List of Home Improvement episodes

Home Improvement is an American sitcom television series created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, and David McFadzean and starring Tim Allen that originally aired on ABC from September 17, 1991, to May 25, 1999. A total of 204 22-minute episodes were produced, spanning 8 seasons.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankViewers
First airedLast aired
124September 17, 1991 (1991-09-17)May 5, 1992 (1992-05-05)428.9
225September 16, 1992 (1992-09-16)May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19)331.5
325September 15, 1993 (1993-09-15)May 25, 1994 (1994-05-25)235.2
426September 20, 1994 (1994-09-20)May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)332.9
526September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)725.9
625September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)923.1
725September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)1019.5
828September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)1017.7



Season 1 (1991–92)

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11"Pilot"John PasquinCarmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt WilliamsSeptember 17, 1991 (1991-09-17)510028.0[1]
Jill has a job interview and tells Tim not to touch and wreck the dishwasher in the meantime. Nevertheless he does, gets an electrical shock, and destroys the dishwasher. Jill does not get the job. Taking Wilson's advice, Tim apologizes in a subtle manner on his next Tool Time episode, and Jill forgives him.
22"Mow Better Blues"John PasquinElliot SternSeptember 24, 1991 (1991-09-24)A30428.1[2]
After Mark breaks one of Tim's oldest tools, he fears the worst when Brad and Randy fabricate a story about the traded son "Peter," who was given away because he wrecked Tim's tools. Meanwhile, Tim modifies his riding lawnmower.
33"Off Sides"John PasquinMarley SimsOctober 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)A30226.8[3]
Tim and Jill want to go out and have a romantic evening, but Jill can't find a babysitter, so she hires a magician (Eric Christmas), who messes up during a trick and locks himself in a trunk, leaving the kids on their own around the house. During their romantic dinner, Tim is distracted by a Detroit Lions game, much to Jill's irritation.
44"Satellite on a Hot Tim's Roof"John PasquinAllison M. GibsonOctober 8, 1991 (1991-10-08)A30527.7[4]
Tim tries to put up a satellite dish that has over 200 channels so he can watch sports games around the country, and is jealous when Jill's teacher (Sam McMurray) comes to the house and promptly starts making romantic advances on Jill.
55"Wild Kingdom"John PasquinSusan Estelle JansenOctober 15, 1991 (1991-10-15)A30325.7[5]
Brad and Randy hear a rustling in the basement, and Tim dismisses it as a peaceful mouse, until Randy finds a snakeskin. Tim has a huge fear of snakes and doesn't want to deal with the issue, but Jill pushes him to because Mark's Cub Scout troop is coming over.
66"Adventures in Fine Dining"John PasquinPeter TolanOctober 22, 1991 (1991-10-22)A30125.4[6]
Jill makes a bet with Tim that he cannot teach the kids some manners after they are kicked out of a pizza parlor. If Tim cannot teach the boys manners, he will be attending the opera for an entire year with Jill, much to Tim's horror. With the bet on, he tries his best to make the boys behave.
77"Nothing More Than Feelings"John PasquinPeter TolanOctober 29, 1991 (1991-10-29)A30627.5[7]
Jill drives with the oil light on for three days and Tim mentions this on Tool Time. Jill gets angry at Tim for mocking her on his own show. Randy believes his hands are just like a girl's hands, and Mark and Brad take advantage of this information.
88"Flying Sauces"John PasquinBilly Riback & Elliot SternNovember 5, 1991 (1991-11-05)A30926.3[8]
Workers from the K&B Construction Site come and show how to cook food using tools. Brad and Randy convince Mark that he's adopted, and then make up a story that everybody around him are aliens. To get back at the boys, Tim, Jill and Mark dress as aliens and scare them.
99"Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble"John PasquinSusan Estelle JansenNovember 19, 1991 (1991-11-19)A31027.5[9]
Tim tries to renovate his and Jill's bathroom, and involves Tool Time crew members as well as Al to make it free except for the construction material. The project turns out to take longer than expected, taking 18 days, much to Jill's dismay. Brad attempts to ask out Jennifer, his longtime crush, on a date.
1010"Reach Out and Teach Someone"John PasquinAllison M. GibsonNovember 26, 1991 (1991-11-26)A31127.6[10]
Tim and Jill get in an argument after Tim tries to teach her plumbing. To prove he can be a reasonable teacher, Tim invites women on Tool Time to teach them basic household maintenance. Meanwhile, Brad thinks he will do terribly on a test when Randy calls him an idiot. Tim begins working on his vintage 1930s hot rod.
1111"Look Who's Not Talking"John PasquinBilly RibackDecember 10, 1991 (1991-12-10)A30727.3[11]
Jill has to present a speech to the Library Association, and is beginning to have stage-fright. Tim and Mark dress up as women to help her practice while trying to clean the house.
1212"Yule Better Watch Out"John PasquinBilly RibackDecember 17, 1991 (1991-12-17)A31230.2[12]
Tim is competing in the neighborhood's annual Christmas Lighting Contest, and is trying to outdo his rival, Doc Johnson. Brad and Randy tell Mark that Santa Claus died before he was born, but a mysterious Santa (Earl Hindman) gives him his wish. Brad and Randy get meager parts in a Christmas play.
1313"Up Your Alley"John PasquinBilly Riback & Elliot SternJanuary 7, 1992 (1992-01-07)A31431.3[13]
It's family night, and Tim decides to take the family bowling. Jill believes Tim gets too intense during bowling, so they don't keep score, but soon it turns into an all out competition as Tim tries to impress the boys from K&B Construction who are bowling in the lane next to them. Brad and Randy encounter an arcade bully.
1414"For Whom the Belch Tolls"John PasquinSheila M. AnthonyJanuary 14, 1992 (1992-01-14)A30831.2[14]
Stu Cutler (Christopher McDonald), Tim's old college buddy, comes to town and visits the Taylor's. Unfortunately, Stu starts to annoy Tim and Jill because he acts like he and Tim are still in college, and Tim has to set him straight.
1515"Forever Jung"John PasquinCarmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt WilliamsJanuary 21, 1992 (1992-01-21)A31332.1[15]
Karen (Betsy Randle), Jill's friend, visits, and Tim has to tolerate and stand up to her constant comments about his masculinity and his own tool show. Because of this stress, Tim accidentally glues his forehead to a table. Meanwhile, Jill teaches Brad how to dance, because he will be attending Jennifer's parents' anniversary party.
1616"Jill's Birthday"John PasquinRosalind MooreFebruary 4, 1992 (1992-02-04)A31530.9[16]
When Tim finally thinks he has the perfect birthday gift for Jill, it backfires, and he must find a new one. In order to fund Jill's present after blowing their money on a baseball card, Brad and Randy lie to Mark about a "Little Brother's Tax" and they take all his money.
1717"What About Bob?"John PasquinSusan Estelle JansenFebruary 11, 1992 (1992-02-11)A31728.6[17]
Bob Vila is going to be a guest on Tool Time, and is going to participate in a game called "Stump the Toolman" with Tim. Randy gets in trouble for picking on a kid at school, and Jill forces him to invite the boy over, only to realize he is as annoying as Randy claims.
1818"Baby, It's Cold Outside"John PasquinB. K. TaylorFebruary 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)A31830.9[18]
Tim and Jill's romantic getaway is ruined when John Binford demands Tim take his family camping using the new Binford camping gear, and share clips of their time on Tool Time. The trip doesn't go quite as Tim planned it would. Brad competes with another boy for Jennifer's Valentine's Day heart.
1919"Unchained Malady"John PasquinBilly RibackFebruary 25, 1992 (1992-02-25)A31928.7[19]
Tim throws out a chain letter from Al, and receives bad luck continuously. Randy breaks his bike after participating in a dare. Tim dyes his hands green and Jill accidentally punches him, giving him a black eye. George Foreman guest stars as himself on Tool Time.
2020"Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor"John PasquinMarley SimsMarch 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)A32030.7[20]
Tim is convinced Jill never told him about an opera fundraiser they're going to, prompting an all out argument between the two. All the while, Tim helps Mark build an elaborate bird house. Jack Elam and Ernest Borgnine portray old-timers.
2121"A Battle of Wheels"John PasquinLaura Eve AndersonMarch 17, 1992 (1992-03-17)A32131.8[21]
Jill begins pottery class, and begins to practice in the garage where Tim is working on his hot rod. This causes friction between the couple, but it all gets worked out, in part because of Wilson's advice. Meanwhile, after embarrassing Al following a mistake during an episode, Tim lets Al be the host of Tool Time for a day. It doesn't end well, and the two switch back to their normal roles.
2222"Luck Be a Taylor Tonight"John PasquinAllison M. Gibson & Marley SimsApril 7, 1992 (1992-04-07)A31627.6[22]
Tim's all-men-poker-night is ruined when Jill's sister Robin (Amy Ryan) and her husband Charlie (Tom Verica) come and have a big fight, thus causing disruptions in the game.
2323"Al's Fair in Love and War"John PasquinElliot SternApril 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)A32230.0[23]
Al is too nervous to ask Greta Post (a previous guest of "Tool Time") out, so Jill suggests he invite her to a barbecue at the Taylor house. Tim gives Al bad advice that leads him to lose Greta, causing a friction between the two. Tim tries to get a hold of Jill's college diary. Jill discovers something about the effects of Jennifer and the boy's manners.
2424"Stereo-Typical"John PasquinCarmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt WilliamsMay 5, 1992 (1992-05-05)A32331.2[24]
Tim purchases a new stereo set, which causes problems because of how complicated it is to use.

Season 2 (1992–93)

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251"Read My Hips"John PasquinB. K. TaylorSeptember 16, 1992 (1992-09-16)A32429.6[25]
Jill has planned a romantic surprise dinner for Tim, who is at Big Mike's with Al and the guys from K&B Construction. He phones home and she flirts with him, and he doesn't notice and comes home two hours late. Jill is upset and accuses him of not picking up all the signals she sends. Tim thinks that signals should be clear and dresses up as Fred the phone repairman so he can fix the problem. Meanwhile, Brad is wondering whether Jennifer punching him is a sign that she wants to kiss him.
262"Rites & Wrongs of Passage"John PasquinSusan Estelle JansenSeptember 23, 1992 (1992-09-23)A32629.5[26]
Tim is going to let a grounded Brad (because he pulled a prank at school) go to a planned truck rally, until Brad is caught by the police throwing bricks at a greenhouse thus meaning no truck rally. Wilson tells Tim that Brad is rebelling because he believes he should be his own man. Tim teaches Brad to behave again while they work on his hot rod together, while Jill takes the rest of the boys to the rally and comes home partially deaf.
273"Overactive Glance"John PasquinBilly RibackSeptember 30, 1992 (1992-09-30)A32727.3[27]
Jill and Karen think that Tim will look at any woman in a restaurant, after they see him checking out a woman on Tool Time. Randy has trouble playing football. Tim's solution? Super glue.
284"Groin Pains"John PasquinHoward J. MorrisOctober 7, 1992 (1992-10-07)A32528.9[28]
Tim pulls a groin muscle when trying to impress Jill with his masculinity by carrying a big trunk of books. Randy plays Peter Pan in the school play, but the school doesn't have the necessary machine for him to fly, but Tim has an elaborate idea.
295"Heavy Meddle"John PasquinRosalind MooreOctober 14, 1992 (1992-10-14)A32828.7[29]
When Tim has a get-together with some of his friends to celebrate putting in the hot rod's engine, Jill decides to hook her friend Karen up with Tim's single friend Dave, and ends up ruining Tim's day with her interference. Meanwhile, the boys have problems with the McGurn brothers.
306"The Haunting of Taylor House"John PasquinSusan Estelle JansenOctober 28, 1992 (1992-10-28)A33129.6[30]
Brad and Jennifer plan to dress like Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy on Halloween, but she shows up with another boy named Danny and is instead dressed like him. After Danny tries to ruin Tim's "Catacombs of Terror", Tim (Nanastein) scares him away with the help of Al and Wilson.
317"Roomie for Improvement"John PasquinBilly RibackNovember 4, 1992 (1992-11-04)A33226.7[31]
When Mark contracts chicken pox, Jill forces Tim to move out for a few days, since he has never had it. Al then offers for Tim to stay with him, and although he doesn't want to, he decides against hurting Al's feelings, which he does anyway when he embarrasses Al severely on Tool Time in front of special guests Mario and Michael Andretti.
328"May the Best Man Win"John PasquinMaxine LapidussNovember 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)A32928.2[32]
When John Binford marries a young, hot tool model, he assigns his daughter Maureen as the producer of Tool Time, who Al fully supports, but Tim is unhappy when she begins making changes to the show. Meanwhile, Tim is forced to take over the house when Jill unexpectedly gets a job as a researcher for a magazine, and Tim is weirdly left without advice when Wilson is more eager to take a herb bath than help Tim with his predicament.
339"Where There's a Will, There's a Way"John PasquinHoward J. MorrisNovember 18, 1992 (1992-11-18)A33328.4[33]
Jill decides it's time for she and Tim to complete their wills, which Tim does not want to be part of because of his fear of mortality. Mark, after overhearing the wills being discussed, fears that his father is going to die. Brad and Randy build a human catapult and need a victim for their experiment.
3410"Let's Did Lunch"John PasquinHoward M. GouldNovember 25, 1992 (1992-11-25)A33032.4[34]
Dave puts Tim in an uncomfortable position by asking Tim to tell Karen that they had lunch one day, even though they didn't. When Tim tells Jill about the secret, he learns Jill has been holding a secret for Karen at the same time. The boys built a catapult in order to launch garbage into the McGurns' yard to avenge all of their cruel pranks.
3511"Abandoned Family"John PasquinRosalind MooreDecember 2, 1992 (1992-12-02)A33432.7[35]
When Jill gets to research the cover story for the magazine, Tim takes over the house; however Jill is frustrated with the way Tim operates the house when he "improves" the washing machine and dryer, forgets to make the boys' lunches and fails to make Mark's gingerbread house for the bake sale.
3612"I'm Scheming of a White Christmas"John PasquinB. K. TaylorDecember 16, 1992 (1992-12-16)A33531.7[36]
Brad and Randy start soliciting donations from the neighborhood for charity and are great successes; however, when presented with the amount of money that they collect the boys can't help themselves and keep some of the money to buy comic books and Game Boy games.
3713"Bell Bottom Blues"John PasquinSusan Estelle JansenJanuary 6, 1993 (1993-01-06)A33633.4[37]
Tim complains to Jill that she has too many things in their closet, so she starts cleaning it out - but when all she throws away is a pair of pants and a single shoe, Tim decides to remodel the closet to have enough space. Meanwhile, Brad tries to con his parents into signing a "field trip release form" without them knowing that it's actually a note from school explaining that Brad punched a kid at school because Tim unknowingly embarrassed him in front of all his friends.
3814"Howard's End"Andy CadiffStacey HurJanuary 13, 1993 (1993-01-13)A33734.9[38]
Jennifer is going away on holiday, so she leaves her goldfish Howard in the care of Brad, who accidentally kills the fish, and now he has to buy a new fish before Jennifer finds out. Tim and Jill get into a fight over who owns what when Jill opens a private checking account for herself.
3915"Love is a Many Splintered Thing"Andy CadiffBilly RibackJanuary 20, 1993 (1993-01-20)A33830.3[39]
Jill takes a compatibility test from the magazine, and the results show that her and Tim are not compatible. In revenge, Tim creates a test that intentionally shows that Jill is not the woman for him. Meanwhile, Randy wants to perform a ventriloquism act for the school talent show, but he discovers that it's harder than it looks.
4016"Dances with Tools"Andy CadiffRosalind MooreFebruary 3, 1993 (1993-02-03)A33934.4[40]
It's the Taylors' anniversary. Tim bribes Mark to tell him where the present Jill has bought for him is, and after discovering that it's the steering wheel from Mario Andretti's race car, he decides to get her ballroom dancing lessons; however, he ruins the experience for Jill by making fun of the dancing, making sarcastic comments about the other dancers and spinning the teacher right into the piano, sending her to the hospital.
4117"You're Driving Me Crazy, You're Driving Me Nuts"Andy CadiffMaxine LapidussFebruary 10, 1993 (1993-02-10)A34042.8[41]
One of Jill's cousins is getting married, but Tim gets lost on the way and refuses to get directions, which leads them to end up in Ohio. Meanwhile, Karen babysits the boys, and they cheat her in go fish.
4218"Bye Bye Birdie"Andy CadiffSusan Estelle JansenFebruary 17, 1993 (1993-02-17)A34130.5[42]
A woodpecker arrives at the Taylor household, and Tim goes crazy trying to get rid of it. Brad and Jennifer break up, and after he flunks a math test, he blames it on his being lovesick. However, when Jennifer drops by and gives Brad his workbook, revealing that she had been doing his homework and thus explaining why Brad failed the test (Brad gets grounded as a result), Tim and Jill are forced to tutor Brad to get his grades up again.
4319"Karate or Not, Here I Come"Andy CadiffBilly RibackFebruary 24, 1993 (1993-02-24)A34230.4[43]
Hoping to boost Mark's confidence when Brad and Randy continue to disallow him to play with them and their friends, Tim and Jill put him into a karate class, after an influence from a wood-breaking demonstration on Tool Time. However, a boy starts bullying Mark at the karate lessons, leading to a fight between Jill and the boy's mother.
4420"Shooting Three to Make Tutu"Andy CadiffHoward M. GouldMarch 3, 1993 (1993-03-03)A34325.5[44]
Jill's computer crashes, so she has to go into work and recreate her research paper, forcing Tim to take Mark to Swan Lake instead of her. Tim reluctantly agrees, but when Wilson gives him front-row courtside seats to the Pistons game, he decides to leave the ballet after thirty minutes and go to the game instead. This angers Jill, and she tells Tim she wants Mark to have these experiences because Mark is the only one of the boys who likes the things Jill likes. Brad and Randy are left home alone, time they spend smoking one of Tim's cigars from his stash.
4521"Much Ado About Nana"Andy CadiffHoward J. MorrisMarch 17, 1993 (1993-03-17)A34437.1[45]
Jill's mother, Lillian (Polly Holliday), comes to visit for Mark's birthday. She comes bearing gifts: a drum set for Mark, and a family heirloom for Jill. But instead of the antique clock that she loves and really wanted, Lillian gives her a tea set, disappointing Jill until Lillian explains why she was given the tea set and not the clock.
4622"Ex Marks the Spot"Andy CadiffDarrel Campbell & Billy RibackApril 14, 1993 (1993-04-14)A34535.2[46]
When Tim's high school girlfriend Stacey Lewis returns to town, Jill invites her over to have dinner at the Taylors' household, which leads to Stacey revealing an unpleasant secret about Tim's past with her, embarrassing Tim and putting him into an uncomfortable situation with Jill.
4723"To Build or Not to Build"Andy CadiffRobert ZappiaMay 5, 1993 (1993-05-05)A34834.1[47]
For Mother's Day, Tim decides that each of the boys will build something for Jill. Brad and Mark succeed in making jewelry and recipe boxes; however, the more unskilled laborer Randy does not want to build anything, since he is not interested in tools, so Tim consults Wilson and his mother about what to do about Randy.
4824"Birth of a Hot Rod"Andy CadiffSteve GabrielMay 12, 1993 (1993-05-12)A34633.0[48]
Jill asks Tim to fix the ice dispenser on the refrigerator, replace the knob on the back door and repair the burner on the stove, but all he is interested in is getting his hot rod's engine to turn over. Jill calls a repairman, but Tim distracts him with the hot rod, leaving Jill angry.
4925"The Great Race"Andy CadiffCarmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt WilliamsMay 19, 1993 (1993-05-19)A34731.5[49]
Bob Vila reappears on Tool Time and challenges Tim to a lawnmower race for charity. Determined to beat Vila once and for all, Tim inserts a jet engine from a helicopter into the lawnmower. Meanwhile, Brad and Randy create "The Tadpole Secrecy Test" for Mark, who wants them to play with him. The test involves Mark holding a live tadpole in his mouth for three seconds, but he accidentally swallows it.

Season 3 (1993–94)

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501"Maybe, Baby"Andy CadiffBob BendetsonSeptember 15, 1993 (1993-09-15)A34936.5[50]
Jill learns her sister Carol is having a baby girl. While going through the boys' baby things, Jill wishes she could have a baby girl, putting Tim on edge because he doesn't want another child. After seeing a pink blanket Jill knitted when she was pregnant with Mark, Randy and Brad tell Mark that Jill wished he had been a girl. This upsets Mark and when Jill wants to bake a cake with him he resists, which confuses Jill. On Tool Time, Lisa leaves the show for college, so Tim and Al welcome Heidi, who becomes the new Binford Tool Girl.
512"Aisle See You in My Dreams"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsSeptember 22, 1993 (1993-09-22)A35025.5[51]
Al wishes for a wife on his 35th birthday, so Jill fixes him up with Ilene Markham. After Al proposes to her on Tool Time very quickly, Jill urges Tim to talk to Al about not moving so fast. Randy and Brad write a letter to Mark pretending to be Isiah Thomas, so Tim and Jill tell Mark to get revenge.
523"This Joke's for You"Andy CadiffHoward J. MorrisSeptember 29, 1993 (1993-09-29)A35330.1[52]
Tim stops telling jokes and screwing up on Tool Time after he installs an intercom and hears Randy making fun of the show. Hurt, he grounds Randy as a result. Brad wants to read David Copperfield so he can talk to Jennifer, but he finds out it's not about the magician and Jennifer breaks up with him, which hurts Jill more than Brad.
534"A Sew, Sew Evening"Andy CadiffRosalind MooreOctober 6, 1993 (1993-10-06)A35234.6[53]
Tim has trouble with Joe Morton (Robert Picardo), his annoying new neighbor, after Joe dents the grill of his hot rod so to get rid of him, Tim makes up lies about Jill, claiming she's a depressed alcoholic. Jill becomes good friends with Marie Morton, Joe's wife. Brad signs up for home economics as his elective to meet girls, but his plan goes awry when every other boy in school does the same thing as Brad, filling the class with boys instead of girls.
545"Arrivederci, Binford"Andy CadiffElliot ShoenmanOctober 13, 1993 (1993-10-13)A35132.0[54]
Tim is afraid to cry after Mr. Binford, his boss and close friend, dies from a heart attack. Brad, seeing this, believes men are not allowed to cry at all and starts to show off his masculinity.
556"Crazy for You"Andy CadiffBob BendetsonOctober 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)A35440.7[55]
It's Halloween, and Tim is up to his old tricks, however Jill plans a prank of her own on Tim. Tim gets cookies from a fan named Rose, but soon strange things start happening. She keeps calling him, and Wilson thinks she is obsessed with him. Tim tries to hide but it's no use.
567"Blow Up"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisNovember 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)A35535.8[56]
After forgetting to blow up a nice picture of Jill for a dinner in her honor, Tim uses the only picture he can find at the last minute - Jill's driver's license picture, completely humiliating her. Meanwhile, Al takes the boys miniature golfing and ends up being banned for life after throwing a fit after Brad gets a hole-in-one and beating Al at the game.
578"Be True to Your Tool"Andy CadiffBruce FerberNovember 10, 1993 (1993-11-10)A35632.9[57]
Wes Davidson, the new president of Binford, forces Tim to promote a new saw tool on Tool Time, but Tim pushes back because the tool is poorly made with cheap materials. When Davidson threatens Tim's job if he doesn't endorse the saw, Tim has to choose between his job and his principles. Meanwhile, the boys go grocery shopping and find a way to save money to buy junk food.
589"Dollars and Sense"Andy CadiffBob Bendetson & Bruce FerberNovember 17, 1993 (1993-11-17)A35836.4[58]
The boys buy a one-of-a-kind remote controlled car with stock bonds from their grandmother, but they can't resist the temptation of racing it - until the car is run over by a truck.
5910"A Frozen Moment"Andy CadiffMax EisenbergNovember 24, 1993 (1993-11-24)A35734.7[59]
On Thanksgiving, Tim wants the perfect Christmas card, so he builds a Christmas Village in the backyard and has the family wear costumes, annoying Jill in the process because she just wants something simple.
6011"Feud for Thought"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsDecember 1, 1993 (1993-12-01)A35940.0[60]
At her high school reunion, Jill tries to avoid Joanie Graham (Lee Garlington), her high school best friend who stole her boyfriend, and learns a shocking truth about her and Jack (who had dumped Jill for Joanie). Meanwhile, Al watches the boys and Brad's girlfriend Ashley (Leigh Ann Orsi), and finds himself overwhelmed and outnumbered until he gets some much needed help from Wilson.
6112"'Twas the Blight Before Christmas"Andy CadiffB. K. TaylorDecember 15, 1993 (1993-12-15)A36135.2[61]
Tim tries to beat Doc Johnson in the neighborhood Christmas Lighting Contest, but Randy is inadvertently leaking information to Doc's granddaughter on whom he has a crush. Brad wants to go skiing with a friend's family on Christmas instead of spending it with his family, which leads to him causing problems when Tim and Jill tell him no.
6213"Slip Sleddin' Away"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisJanuary 5, 1994 (1994-01-05)A36039.1[62]
Randy loses a sled race to neighborhood bully Vinnie McGurn. But after getting help from Tim with upgrading his sled for a rematch race, Randy falls off his sled and sprains his wrist, compelling Tim and Jill to have a conversation about accepting challenges. Meanwhile, Brad contemplates stopping his saxophone lessons since he thinks he'll never be good at it.
6314"Dream On"Andy CadiffPaul WolffJanuary 12, 1994 (1994-01-12)A36240.9[63]
Al doesn't want to come to dinner with the Taylor's after Ilene has a dream about Tim riding on a golden stallion in tight bicycle shorts, and after Tim reveals the dream to everyone at the dinner, Ilene dumps Al for betraying her, causing friction between Al and Tim.
6415"Reel Men"Peter FilsingerRon BloombergJanuary 26, 1994 (1994-01-26)A36343.8[64]
While Jill is having Ilene and Marie over for a pamper day, Tim goes ice fishing with Al to an ice shed Al is interested in buying. Problems ensue when they have trouble catching fish, Tim drops Al's family heirloom chisel down the fishing hole, and Tim falls through the ice, losing the car keys in the process. Gilligan's Island is mentioned.
6516"The Colonel"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisFebruary 9, 1994 (1994-02-09)A36541.0[65]
Jill has a hard time telling her father, the army colonel, the truth when he asks her opinion on his boring book. Meanwhile, Tim builds a hockey puck shooter to help Randy with his hockey skills.
6617"Room for Change"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffMarch 2, 1994 (1994-03-02)A36730.4[66]
Tim makes Jill angry when he makes the decision to have Mark move into Randy's room without consulting her after Randy and Brad continuously fight. The reason why Brad and Randy have been fighting is more than either Tim or Jill anticipated.
6718"The Eve of Construction"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris
and Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims
March 9, 1994 (1994-03-09)A36644.0[67]
Jill joins Al's team for a Habitat for Humanity build because Tim thinks married couples shouldn't work together. Tim tries to beat Jill's team with an all star athlete construction team directed by himself. Meanwhile, Brad finds a locket and gives it to Ashley, but finds out it was Marie's.
6819"Too Many Cooks"Andy CadiffBob Bendetson & Bruce FerberMarch 16, 1994 (1994-03-16)A36438.9[68]
Tim and Al are asked to be guest chefs on Cooking with Irma while Irma is away. Tim has a hard time not being the star when Irma asks Al to be the head chef while Tim assists him, but when Jill points out how well he can help her when she's cooking dinner, he decides to continue to help Al when it becomes apparent Al is struggling as the main host. Randy finds it hard to talk to a girl in his class named Beth (Anndi McAfee) and asks Jill for advice.
6920"It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisMarch 30, 1994 (1994-03-30)A36839.9[69]
After Tim charms all the women at a baby shower, Jill wants a romantic evening with him, but Tim's uncouth behavior after returning from a demolition derby with the boys ruins Jill's mood.
7021"Fifth Anniversary"Andy CadiffHoward Bendetson & Art EverettApril 6, 1994 (1994-04-06)A36937.7[70]
After destroying his budget for 6 months on the Man's Kitchen, Tim struggles to find a good idea for his anniversary show. Jill tries to get guests for a no dinner dinner fundraiser, but finds it particularly difficult when no one understands the concept.
7122"Swing Time"Andy CadiffB. K. TaylorMay 4, 1994 (1994-05-04)A37134.4[71]
Tim and the boys plan on getting Jill a hot tub for Mother's Day by getting rid of the swing set so they can install the hot tub in their yard. But they discover the swing set meant more to Jill than they thought and she prefers an herb garden instead of a hot tub. Tim faces off with the new foreman of K&B Construction, a female named Les (Victoria Principal).
7223"What You See is What You Get"Andy CadiffTim Allen & Diane FordMay 11, 1994 (1994-05-11)A37026.3[72]
After reading a story about a woman whose husband left her because of her appearance, Jill thinks Tim wants her to have cosmetic surgery, especially after Tim makes a comment about how women "let themselves go after childbirth". Meanwhile, Mark beats Brad and Randy in a video game and chess.
7324"Reality Bytes"Peter FilsingerMatthew Miller & Barrie NedlerMay 18, 1994 (1994-05-18)A37224.7[73]
Randy, pretending to be thirty-two years old, meets a woman on an online singles messaging board, and she comes by for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Tim tries to help Mark with his solar system science project, but has trouble resisting the temptation to completely take over. The Crew of the Space Shuttle mission STS-61 appears on Tool Time as guests.
7425"The Great Race II"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffMay 25, 1994 (1994-05-25)A37325.6[74]
After Bob Vila raises more money than Tim for Jill's library fundraiser, Tim challenges him to a hot rod race against Bob's 1934 Roadster. The only problem: Tim's hot rod isn't finished.

Season 4 (1994–95)

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751"Back in the Saddle Shoes Again"Andy CadiffBruce FerberSeptember 20, 1994 (1994-09-20)A50136.1[75]
Jill is laid off from her job, and decides to go back to college to get her Master's Degree in psychology. Tim is skeptical and unsupportive of Jill's plan, which angers her. In the end, Tim has a conversation with Wilson where he's able to understand Jill's reason for wanting to go back to school.
762"Don't Tell Momma"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisSeptember 27, 1994 (1994-09-27)A50435.0[76]
Tim is annoyed when he finds a scratch on Jill's vintage Chevrolet Nomad that she tried to fix with nail polish, and insists that he take it to Eddie's body shop to be fixed, but first he drives it to work on a special Tool Time episode in a construction yard where he drops a three-ton steel beam on the car. He doesn't tell Jill the truth but she sees the car in the body shop when she goes to retrieve a book from it and also finds out that Tim had told Eddie that Jill had caused the damage. Brad and Randy prepare to stop the bus bully (by gluing his butt to one of the seats), but they get caught and are kicked off the bus.
773"Death Begins at Forty"Andy CadiffBob BendetsonOctober 4, 1994 (1994-10-04)A50333.5[77]
Tim becomes concerned about his health around his 40th birthday after witnessing Harry, the owner of Harry's Hardware, having a heart attack. Tim cancels his birthday plans, but feels better after receiving advice from a heart-attack survivor and a clean medical report. Tim and Al shrink down to view a car engine.
784"The Eyes Don't Have It"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffOctober 11, 1994 (1994-10-11)A50534.2[78]
Mark has recently been having trouble at school, and after a meeting with his teacher, Jill believes it's because they're not giving him enough attention, but it's really because Mark is having eye problems and will need glasses. Mark worries he's going to be teased, but Tim and Jill help him get through it, and Randy and Brad agree to stand up for him at school.
795"He Ain't Heavy, He's Just Irresponsible"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsOctober 18, 1994 (1994-10-18)A50233.2[79]
Tim installs a central vacuum system; Tim's brother Marty visits and tells Tim that he's thinking of leaving his wife Nancy and newborn twin daughters, but Tim's harsh advice turns Marty against him. Meanwhile, Tim makes a big hole in the floor installing the vacuum system, further irritating Jill who is having trouble working on her psychology report because Tim and the boys won't leave her alone.
806"Borland Ambition"Andy CadiffBob Bendetson & Bruce FerberOctober 25, 1994 (1994-10-25)A50637.0[80]
Harry offers to sell Tim 20% of his hardware store. Jill doesn't let Tim buy it, so Al decides to purchase it. When Al becomes obsessed with the store, this drives everyone crazy, including Ilene when he skips a date with her, and Tim decides to confront him about it. Brad and Randy try to beat Mark (dressed as Al) in a Halloween costume contest.
817"Let's Go to the Videotape"Andy CadiffHoward J. MorrisNovember 8, 1994 (1994-11-08)A50729.6[81]
After videotaping an important speech Jill gives, Tim accidentally records himself making fun of her in front of the guys at Harry's Hardware Store. After Jill sees the video, Tim reads some of her psychology books and tapes a fake conversation with his buddies, complimenting Jill.
828"Quibbling Siblings"Andy CadiffPaul WolffNovember 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)A50831.2[82]
Al's favorite Bingo caller dies, so Tim has to replace Al on the show for a day with somebody else. Brad volunteers for the position, and Tim allows him to do it. Randy shows signs of jealousy after Brad keeps bragging about it, and is convinced Tim favors Brad over him.
839"My Dinner with Wilson"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsNovember 22, 1994 (1994-11-22)A51031.1[83]
At Thanksgiving dinner with the Taylor's, Wilson announces he is moving to Ecuador, but Tim gives him advice in the hopes Wilson will decide to stay. The reason Wilson wants to leave ends up being much more meaningful and personal than Tim anticipates. Tim is able to help Wilson using words from Mario Andretti. Meanwhile, there is a dead rat in the Taylors' wall.
8410"Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher"Andy CadiffHoward J. MorrisNovember 29, 1994 (1994-11-29)A50932.0[84]
Mr. Leonard, Tim's high school shop teacher, comes to visit, but after a disastrous guest appearance on Tool Time Mr. Leonard angrily storms off. Tim has to try and mend things with Mr. Leonard and get to the bottom of what set him off.
8511"Some Like It Hot Rod"Andy CadiffNeil Kramer & Ned TeitelbaumDecember 6, 1994 (1994-12-06)A51136.4[85]
Tim finds out he can get his hot rod into a major car magazine, but Jill's preoccupation with Mark's Christmas pageant leads her to accidentally leave Tim's hot rod outside during a major snowstorm. Tim has less than a day to dry his car before the photo shoot.
8612"'Twas the Night Before Chaos"Andy CadiffRosalind MooreDecember 13, 1994 (1994-12-13)A51335.6[86]
Marty and his wife and kids, along with Jill's parents come to visit for Christmas. Jill learns her parents are having marital problems related to her dad's retirement and tries to fix things, only making them worse. Wilson suggests that Tim talks with Jill's father as a third party, to patch things up.
8713"The Route of All Evil"Andy CadiffLloyd GarverJanuary 3, 1995 (1995-01-03)A51233.7[87]
Brad takes on the responsibility of a paper route and ends up not having enough time in his day for both the route, his schoolwork and other activities, but he doesn't want to quit because he would upset his dad. Brad pays Mark and Randy to do his extra chores, until Tim and Jill find out. Marie helps Jill make dinner while Jill has exams, which the rest of the family enjoys.
8814"Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffJanuary 10, 1995 (1995-01-10)A51434.6[88]
Tim impulsively sells his finished hot rod to Doug O'Brien (Bruce McGill), a pizza entrepreneur and car collector. This upsets the family, especially Brad because of how much time he and Tim had worked on it. Randy resists going clothes shopping with Jill because he's afraid Jill will embarrass him in front of Beth, his crush.
8915"Super Bowl Fever"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisJanuary 31, 1995 (1995-01-31)A51732.7[89]
Despite Jill asking him not to, Tim throws a Super Bowl party for his loud friends while she is sick with the flu.
9016"Bachelor of the Year"Peter FilsingerRosalind MooreFebruary 7, 1995 (1995-02-07)A51532.9[90]
When Al is published as one of Detroit's "Most Eligible Bachelors" in a magazine, women begin flocking all over him and he starts to ignore Ilene. Mark has to write a report on the most interesting person he knows, and he hurts Tim's feelings when he decides to write it on Wilson instead of himself.
9117"It's My Party"Andy CadiffThad MumfordFebruary 14, 1995 (1995-02-14)A51630.9[91]
At Randy's first boy/girl party, Tim puts too many coats of polish on the dance floor which causes Michelle (Kimberly Cullum), the girl Randy likes, to fall and sprain her ankle. Tim bonds with Michelle's overprotective dad over their shared love of classic cars.
9218"A House Divided"Andy CadiffBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverFebruary 21, 1995 (1995-02-21)A51831.4[92]
Benny, Tim's friend, moves into his aunt's house while she's away. While fixing a gas leak at the house for a Tool Time remote show, Benny fails to mention there's a second gas leak, causing the house to blow up. Benny stays with the Taylor's, much to Jill's annoyance. Everyone, including Wilson and the guys from the hardware store band together to quickly rebuild the house to get Benny out of the Taylor house.
9319"The Naked Truth"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsFebruary 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)A52033.9[93]
When Marty and Nancy (Jensen Daggett) are staying with the Taylor's, Tim accidentally walks in on Nancy in the shower, thinking she is Jill. Randy goes to a Bar Mitzvah and must come home after he splits his pants.
9420"Talk to Me"Andy CadiffCarmen Finestra & David McFadzean & Matt WilliamsMarch 14, 1995 (1995-03-14)A51932.9[94]
Tim drops Jill's wedding ring down a heating vent right after he'd chastised her for being careless with it. When Jill calls Tim out on his recent absentmindedness, he admits he feels underappreciated with all the extra work he's been doing around the house while she's occupied with school. This upsets her, since she's been doing the same things for 15 years without complaint or thanks, sparking a debate on Tool Time.
9521"No, No, Godot"Andy CadiffBob BendetsonMarch 21, 1995 (1995-03-21)A52131.7[95]
Tim and Al try to scalp tickets to a Red Wings game before heading to the theater with Jill and Ilene, but they're caught by an undercover cop and arrested, and Jill and Ilene have to bail them out. Meanwhile, Mark papier-mâché's Wilson's face for a school project when Wilson watches the kids while Tim and Jill are gone. Brad and Randy try to sneak out for a party.
9622"Tool Time After Dark: Parts 1 & 2"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsApril 11, 1995 (1995-04-11)A52533.6[96]
Despite Jill's advice, Tim eats too much Polish food, upsets his stomach and ends up staying up all night watching old Tool Time tapes.
9824"Sisters and Brothers"Andy CadiffRosalind MooreMay 2, 1995 (1995-05-02)A52429.0[97]
Jill's visiting sister Carrie (Tudi Roche), a world-traveling photographer, annoys Jill when she constantly makes condescending comments about Jill's "simple" suburban life. Tim's brother Marty's moving plans are halted by an unfinished floor (thanks to Tim). Cal, Al's brother, reveals a childhood secret.
9925"A Marked Man"Peter FilsingerJon VandergriffMay 9, 1995 (1995-05-09)A52327.8[98]
Al tells Tim and Jill that one of their boys may have stolen a pocket knife from the hardware store. They don't believe their boys would steal, but soon discover the knife hidden in Mark's pocket in the laundry.
10026"Wilson's Girlfriend"Andy CadiffHoward J. MorrisMay 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)A52231.4[99]
Jill sets Wilson up on his first date in 20 years with her psychology professor, Judith. Tim gives him advice when Judith expresses some doubt about Wilson. Brad gets a horrendous pimple, which, with Jill's help, he covers up with makeup.

Season 5 (1995–96)

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1011"A Taylor Runs Through It"Andy CadiffBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverSeptember 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)A52832.1[100]
The family travels to Traverse City, MI for Jill's cousin's wedding. While Jill tries to write a poem for the wedding ceremony, Tim tries to squeeze in fun activities for him and the boys. Jill, seeing all the fun they're having, decides to take a break from writing to go water skiing with the boys and gets injured when Tim accidentally launches her off a jumping ramp.
1022"The First Temptation of Tim"Andy CadiffHoward J. MorrisSeptember 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)A52731.0[101]
After Bud Harper, the new owner of Binford, fires Wes, Tim fears Tool Time is in jeopardy, but Bud wants to only fire Al to improve the show's ratings. Tim must decide if his loyalty is to Bud/Binford or Al. Brad keeps getting detention.
1033"Her Cheatin' Mind"Andy CadiffRuth BennettOctober 3, 1995 (1995-10-03)A53125.1[102]
After Tim feels threatened by one of Jill's classmates, Chris, he joins her book club who is reading Madame Bovary. After Jill reveals she and Chris have had deep conversations, Tim thinks that Chris is Jill's soul mate. Jill must assure Tim she and Chris are just friends.
1044"Jill's Surprise Party"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsOctober 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)A52928.0[103]
While Tim has everyone at the house for Jill's surprise party 40th birthday (in which it is her 39th), she is off looking for her childhood piano which her cousin has. Bud makes Al try a makeover, which causes him to experience "flannel withdrawal."
1055"Advise and Repent"Andy CadiffRosalind MooreOctober 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)A53226.4[104]
When Jill gets an A on her psychology paper, she starts giving psychological advice, which causes Randy's girlfriend Michelle's parents to have marital problems. Tim accidentally drops Al's pet turtle Scooter in concrete.
1066"Let Them Eat Cake"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffOctober 31, 1995 (1995-10-31)A53024.9[105]
Brad throws a Halloween party for his new friends at school while Mark is sick. Meanwhile, Tim, Jill, Al, Heidi, and Ilene go to an awards show, hoping to win one for Tool Time, but it seems that the only winner will be Cooking with Irma, which has won every other award.
1077"The Look"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsNovember 7, 1995 (1995-11-07)A53326.0[106]
Tim gets "the look" from Jill, after spending $4,000 on Pistons season tickets from Bud. Tim admits to Wilson he was intimidated by "the look", and after getting advice, comes up with a compromise so both he and Jill will be happy.
1088"Room Without a View"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffNovember 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)A53426.6[107]
Tim turns the basement into Randy's new room so that Randy doesn't have to share a room with Mark. Yet Randy, who isn't used to all the new sounds of the basement, won't admit he's afraid.
1099"Chicago Hope"Andy CadiffTeresa O'NeillNovember 21, 1995 (1995-11-21)A53625.4[108]
Jill plans on having a romantic weekend at an authentic Japanese hotel with Tim, but Tim fails to mention he's also there for a business meeting with Bud and a Chicago-based sponsor for Tool Time. The meeting takes all day, leaving Jill mostly alone.
11010"Doctor in the House"Andy CadiffBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverNovember 28, 1995 (1995-11-28)A53527.3[109]
Jill, Wilson, and Al are jealous when Tim gets an honorary Ph.D.from his college alma mater, but Tim later finds out the school gave him the Ph.D. in the hopes of receiving additional funding from donors because he's a local celebrity.
11111"That's My Momma"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisDecember 5, 1995 (1995-12-05)A53724.8[110]
Tim's mother comes to town and Tim feels slighted when she'd prefer to have a night out with Mr. Leonard (Tim's old shop teacher) instead of him. When Tim confronts his mom, she tells him Mr. Leonard is someone she can talk to, unlike Tim who never listens to her and doesn't take what she says seriously.
11212"'Twas the Flight Before Christmas"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffDecember 12, 1995 (1995-12-12)A53824.5[111]
On Christmas Eve, Tim and Al get stuck at the tiny Alpena, MI airport on the way to Binford's winter festival. Ilene makes Al choose between her and his mother. The boys take on Doc Johnson in the Christmas Lighting Contest in Tim's absence.
11313"Oh, Brother"Andy CadiffRuth BennettJanuary 9, 1996 (1996-01-09)A53928.0[112]
When Tim hires Marty (who lost his job) to help rebuild the Tool Time set, it puts their relationship on the line when Tim complains about Marty's work performance. Meanwhile, Brad gets a new girlfriend: a girl new to Detroit, who is also a motor-mouth.
11414"High School Confidential"Andy CadiffBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverJanuary 16, 1996 (1996-01-16)A54024.6[113]
When Tim and Jill find out Randy is getting detention because of his inattentiveness in class, they find out from his teacher he's far ahead of the other students and they all agree to put him in high school level science and math classes. This makes Brad, who has just started getting better grades, jealous. Tim designs the man's bedroom.
11515"Tanks for the Memories"Andy CadiffBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)A39223.8[114]
Tim is invited by an old school friend to drive a tank at a military base and reluctantly lets Jill come along, but when Jill outshines him in both tank knowledge and driving ability during a competition, Tim turns into a sore loser because he thinks she humiliated him. The boys are stuck at Al's for a weekend, but perk up when they see the Tool Time game he invented.
11616"The Vasectomy One"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisFebruary 6, 1996 (1996-02-06)A54125.7[115]
Jill wants Tim to get a vasectomy when they agree their family is complete. Tim gets mocked by the guys at the hardware store, which makes him more reluctant to go ahead with the procedure, until Harry secretly tells Tim he had one himself, which rebuilds Tim's confidence. Meanwhile, Randy is voted "best butt" by the girls at school, but learns it was just a prank, while Brad is shocked to learn he lost "best eyebrows" to a kid with a unibrow.
11717"Fear of Flying"Andy CadiffMax EisenbergFebruary 13, 1996 (1996-02-13)A54222.3[116]
Mark wants to take flying lessons, but Jill is reluctant to let him until she has a conversation with Wilson. Jill takes piano lessons, but frustrates her teacher when she shows no improvement, prompting the boys to reveal she hasn't been practicing as much as the teacher told her to. Tim and Al accidentally ruin Bud's car while on a Tool Time location shoot.
11818"When Harry Kept Delores"Andy CadiffJon VandergriffFebruary 20, 1996 (1996-02-20)A54325.8[117]
Delores, Harry's wife, is demoted at her job at the diner because of her attitude, so she starts picking up shifts at the hardware store, upsetting the casual dynamic the guys enjoy. Tim's advice to Harry about standing up to Delores backfires, putting Harry and Delores' marriage in jeopardy. Country music singer Alan Jackson makes a guest appearance on Tool Time.
11919"Eye on Tim"Peter BonerzBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverFebruary 27, 1996 (1996-02-27)A54525.1[118]
When a TV report is done on Tool Time, Jill gets angry when the attractive reporter makes blatant advances on Tim, something he seems completely oblivious to until lines are crossed. Jill comes down with a fever, and gets tipsy after drinking Wilson's hot toddy remedy.
12020"The Bud Bowl"Andy CadiffRuth BennettMarch 5, 1996 (1996-03-05)A54425.1[119]
Tim and Jill are invited to go bowling with Bud and his wife. Tim tells Jill, who is bowling a great game, to purposely lose after Bud's wife informs Tim the last person who beat Bud at bowling was transferred to Pakistan. Angela, Brad's girlfriend, sets her sister up with Randy, however Randy has trouble having a conversation with her because of Angela's constant interruptions.
12121"Engine and a Haircut, Two Fights"Andrew TsaoJon VandergriffMarch 12, 1996 (1996-03-12)A54627.0[120]
Tim and Brad get into a fight over Brad's new haircut and the hot rod engine. Meanwhile, Randy doesn't want Jill to help him rehearse for an audition to play Romeo in a school play of Romeo & Juliet.
12222"The Longest Day"Andy CadiffElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsApril 2, 1996 (1996-04-02)A54738.0[121]
It's a tense 24 hours in the Taylor household while they await medical test results for Randy. After finding swelling around his neck, his doctor warns Tim and Jill Randy could have problems with his thyroid, with thyroid cancer being a possibility.
12323"Mr. Wilson's Opus"Richard ComptonBruce FerberApril 30, 1996 (1996-04-30)A54919.8[122]
Wilson becomes the director of Randy's school play when his drama teacher goes into labor, but takes the fun out of it for everyone with his micromanaging and eccentric direction. When Tim later shows him the aluminum set he built, Wilson doesn't like it and orders him to rebuild a new one, and Tim soon quits. Jill's parenting advice turns against her.
12424"Shopping Around"Andy CadiffRosalind Moore & Howard J. MorrisMay 7, 1996 (1996-05-07)A54821.0[123]
Tim accidentally shoots Art Leonard, his old shop teacher, with a nail gun on Tool Time. Later, Tim and Jill see Art, who is dating Tim's mother, at a restaurant with another woman.
12525"Alarmed by Burglars"Geoffrey NelsonCharlie HauckMay 14, 1996 (1996-05-14)A55022.9[124]
When Wilson's house is burglarized and ransacked, Tim decides to get a surprisingly simple security system, thinking of Jill's reaction. However Jill, paranoid over what happened to Wilson, urges Tim to get the biggest security system he can find, but the overly-complicated system causes chaos in the house and the neighborhood. Brad gets the opportunity to cheat on an important exam, but trips the sensitive alarm sneaking downstairs to retrieve the test answers slipped under the front door by his friend Jason.
12626"Games, Flames and Automobiles"Peter FilsingerJennifer CelottaMay 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)A55122.7[125]
While Tool Time is on vacation, Al plans to market his Tool Time board game, puts his life savings on the line, and plans to propose to Ilene on the upcoming Saturday. But, Tim, Jill, and Mark discover a malfunction that causes a fire due to a wiring defect, which Al didn't know about. When it turns out the person that built the games is in jail, Tim, Jill, Cal, Wilson, Heidi, and Ilene have to repair all the games before they have to be shipped to customers. Al proposes to Ilene.

Season 6 (1996–97)

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1271"At Sea"Andrew TsaoBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverSeptember 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)A55328.38[126]
Jill catches Brad and Angela having a heavy make-out session behind his closed bedroom door. When Jill asks Tim to have the safe sex talk with Brad, Tim is reluctant to do it because it's something he's never done before with a kid and feels out of his element. Tool Time goes to sea in another on-location shoot, with Tim, Al and Heidi boarding the USS Constellation aircraft carrier as part of their salute to engines.
1282"Future Shock"Peter BonerzElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsSeptember 24, 1996 (1996-09-24)A55424.82[127]
After getting into an argument about Tim's strict morning routine, Tim and Jill have dreams about their future lives. In Jill's dream, Tim and his routine prevent her from ever finishing school, which makes her even more upset at him. In Tim's dream, he realizes his strict and obsessive routine leads to some horrible consequences: Al and Heidi quit Tool Time, Wilson runs out of advice to give, and Jill dies under a coffee table.
1293"Workshop 'Til You Drop"Andrew TsaoCharlie HauckOctober 1, 1996 (1996-10-01)A55226.73[128]
When Bud suddenly gets divorced, Tim and Jill decide to go to a couple's therapy workshop to prevent Bud's fate from coming to them. However, Jill finds herself on the defense when the rest of the group, including the other women, agree with Tim that she is too critical and too demanding of him.
1304"Burnin' Love"Geoffrey NelsonJon VandergriffOctober 8, 1996 (1996-10-08)A55528.26[129]
Tim tells Randy to go after Lauren, Randy's new friend who likes cars, but he finds out she is hanging out with Jason, Brad's friend. After being specifically told not to cook anything, Jill attempts to prove to her psychology colleagues she knows how to cook for a potluck dinner.
1315"Al's Video"Andrew TsaoRuth BennettOctober 15, 1996 (1996-10-15)A55723.86[130]
Al gets to make a how-to video and asks Tim to direct, but fires him when Tim gets too controlling. Jill gets a new laptop computer and needs the boys help in setting it up, while forbidding Tim to use it.
1326"Whose Car is It Anyway?"Andrew TsaoAdam EnglandOctober 22, 1996 (1996-10-22)A55822.02[131]
Jill receives money from an inheritance and buys an Austin-Healey, something she's always wanted. After Tim tries to take over her car purchase decision making, she forbids him from driving her new car. He goes against her wishes, thinking she won't find out, but is caught when a photo of him driving Jill's car is printed in the newspaper.
1337"I Was a Teenage Taylor"Geoffrey NelsonEric HorstedOctober 29, 1996 (1996-10-29)A55629.53[132]
It's a battle of Halloween pranks. First, Tim scares Al, then Brad and Randy scare Jill, then a strange man shows up at the door asking to see the basement. Jill, Tim and Wilson tell Brad and Randy that years ago a man named Clifford Warren was accused of killing his brother, but because of his mental problems he was put in an insane hospital. Little do the boys know that it's a Halloween prank. Unfortunately, Al blows the secret and they invite him to help them pull a prank of their own, but Al blows that one too. Tim, Jill and Mark end up scaring Brad and Randy in the attic, and Al and Wilson pull a prank of their own on the Taylor's.
1348"Jill and Her Sisters"Andrew TsaoLaurie GelmanNovember 12, 1996 (1996-11-12)A55923.42[133]
Jill's sisters Linda, Carrie, and Tracie visit to plan their parents' 50th anniversary party, but they start arguing the minute they arrive, and Jill quickly grows tired of being the mediator. Meanwhile, with three guests in the house, Tim and the boys camp out in the backyard for a few nights, however the boys can't get any sleep because of Tim's constant snoring.
1359"The Tool Man Delivers"Peter BonerzCharlie HauckNovember 19, 1996 (1996-11-19)A56123.47[134]
Heidi goes into labor while on the way to the Classic Car Man of the Year awards with Tim and Jill and they have to stop at a gas station. Tim and Jill help deliver the baby there while receiving instructions from Wilson on the phone, who is at the awards with Al.
13610"The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry"Geoffrey NelsonAdam EnglandNovember 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)A56025.34[135]
Benny isn't allowed on the guest list for the Thanksgiving dinner party at the Taylor house because of his terrible behavior the year before, but Tim and Randy spot him at a food shelter, thinking he is having money problems, and invite him as a guest of honor. As it turns out, Benny only eats there because of the free meals.
13711"Workin' Man Blues"Peter BonerzBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverDecember 10, 1996 (1996-12-10)A56219.50[136]
Brad gets a part-time job at a sporting goods store and work soon becomes his top priority, and skips his PSATs.
13812"No Place Like Home"Peter FilsingerElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsDecember 17, 1996 (1996-12-17)A56321.11[137]
Tim, Jill and the boys, along with Tim's brothers Jeff and Marty help move their mother out of the family home, but Tim takes an immediate dislike to the new owners and their plans for the place when he finds out they're going to completely gut and re-do the house, essentially erasing his dad's legacy.
13913"The Flirting Game"Peter FilsingerLaurie GelmanJanuary 7, 1997 (1997-01-07)A56423.68[138]
After teasing Tim for falling victim to a flirtatious door-to-door saleswoman, Jill inadvertently flirts with a policeman to get herself out of a ticket. This makes her hyper aware of her demeanor during an important interview for an internship.
14014"The Karate Kid Returns"Geoffrey NelsonJon VandergriffJanuary 14, 1997 (1997-01-14)A56523.22[139]
Karate-student Mark successfully intervenes when a classmate of Randy's attacks him at the mall after Randy accidentally steps on his shoes. The next day, the incident is written about in the school paper causing the students to make fun of Randy, which leads to some dispute between Tim and Jill & Randy and Lauren. Wilson's cousins The Beach Boys visit, only to reveal resentment between them and Wilson because the group never used any of Wilson's song ideas.
14115"Totally Tool Time"Peter BonerzJon VandergriffJanuary 28, 1997 (1997-01-28)A56724.64[140]
A high-strung Tim stresses the Tool Time team when the audience includes two Swedish buyers who are considering the show for the European market. Will Tool Time's "Salute to Men" have the desired result? Tim also builds the Man's Gym.
14216"A Funny Valentine"Peter BonerzCharlie HauckFebruary 11, 1997 (1997-02-11)A56619.31[141]
A singer reaches out to Tim and hints that her past relationship with Tim's father was more than friendly. Tim can't remember where he hid Jill's Valentine's Day gift. Brad and Randy struggle to find gifts for their girlfriends.
14317"Wilson's World"Andrew TsaoJennifer CelottaFebruary 18, 1997 (1997-02-18)A56820.30[142]
After a critic declares performance artist Wilson is out of touch with reality, the Taylors' neighbor tries to become "one of the guys". Tim and Al compete in a cooking contest with unusual food ingredients.
14418"Something Old, Someone Blue"John PasquinElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsFebruary 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)A56923.35[143]
Al reveals a secret to Tim and the guys before his wedding to Ilene, that he is not sure if marrying her is right. Jill tries to reassure him by talking about how she had to be dragged to her wedding, which offends Tim. Ilene soon reveals she has the same feelings as Al, putting the wedding in jeopardy.
14519"Communication Breakdown"Geoffrey NelsonEric HorstedMarch 11, 1997 (1997-03-11)A57019.47[144]
The kids are using the phone way too much so Tim convinces Jill to let Harry's son Dennis (David DeLuise) install a second line. When Dennis walks out of the job to respond to another call, Tim takes over with the help of Brad and Randy, damaging not only the house, but also Dennis and Harry's relationship. Their fall out causes Tim and Jill to question their own relationship with their sons.
14620"My Son, the Driver"Andrew TsaoLaurie GelmanApril 1, 1997 (1997-04-01)A57121.66[145]
Jill's instincts are correct when she predicts something bad will happen on Brad's first night out with his driver's license - but it's more serious than Brad initially admits. The Unser family (Al Unser Sr., Al Unser Jr., and Al Unser III) visits Tool Time.
14721"Insult to Injury"Geoffrey NelsonEric HorstedApril 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)A57218.82[146]
Tim dislocates his shoulder on Tool Time, and leaves the hospital in order to make it to his next Tool Time episode to break Bob Vila's record for most appearances on a tool show, where he's injured again. Because of this, Tim is unable to take Mark to an Air Show, severely disappointing him. Instead, he arranges a special surprise for Mark to make up for missing the show.
14822"Family Unties"Geoffrey NelsonRuth BennettApril 29, 1997 (1997-04-29)A57319.41[147]
The Taylor's go to a hardware show in Cleveland, and Jill looks forward to spending quality time exploring the city with the boys. But they don't seem to be interested in spending time with her, and she realizes how fast they're growing up. Meanwhile, Tim causes several accidents at the hardware show during Tool Time remotes.
14923"The Feminine Mistake"Peter BonerzLaurie GelmanMay 6, 1997 (1997-05-06)A57420.58[148]
Tool Time gets the go-ahead to create a special 3D effects show. When Jill discovers that Brad's girlfriend caters to his every need, she insists that Tim sets an example for the boys by acting more like an equal partner.
15024"Taps"Peter BonerzBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverMay 13, 1997 (1997-05-13)A57521.74[149]
Jill's father suddenly dies and she has to deal with the guilt after she pretended to be sick that weekend so her parents wouldn't come to visit. Tim has to deal with the various ways the boys deal with the loss, namely Randy's tendency to make jokes about it.
15125"The Kiss and the Kiss Off"Peter BonerzJennifer Celotta & Adam EnglandMay 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)A57622.46[150]
Lisa (Pamela Anderson Lee), the original Tool Time girl who left the show to become a paramedic, returns for a visit. Tim, excited to see her, invites Lisa to come back anytime she wants without consulting the current Tool Time girl, Heidi. As a result, Heidi quits. Tim has to convince her they want her to stay. Randy finally gets up the nerve to ask Lauren out on their first official date, and after some initial hiccups and awkwardness Randy is able to salvage the date with some helpful advice from Wilson.

Season 7 (1997–98)

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1521"Quest for Fire"Andrew TsaoBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverSeptember 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)A60226.06[151]
The family goes on vacation to a Lake Michigan resort and they find out Tim is seriously considering quitting Tool Time and moving permanently to this resort, but Jill thinks he's having a mid-life crisis. Randy meets with Lauren at the lake but they struggle finding some alone time. Brad is depressed because Angela dumped him for a guy with a cool car. Mark's changing clothing style starts to worry Jill.
1532"Clash of the Taylors"Andrew TsaoJennifer Celotta & Adam EnglandSeptember 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)A60121.47[152]
Randy and Tim face off over Binford's environmental policies when Randy writes an article for his school newspaper, and his interview with Bud leads Randy to cause a Tool Time argument. Jill gets an internship counseling families.
1543"Room at the Top"Geoffrey NelsonElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsOctober 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)A60324.21[153]
The family is driving Jill crazy and she is having a hard time getting any of her studies/work done and impulsively decides to let Tim build her a room all of her own... but it's not all smooth sailing as she visits a psychologist as part of her schooling and ends up changing her mind about the room, causing a huge fight between her and Tim.
1554"Pump You Up"Peter BonerzJon VandergriffOctober 14, 1997 (1997-10-14)A60524.81[154]
After Brad gets word he's a candidate for a soccer scholarship, Tim begins to push him to get better, but Brad's growing ego gets him kicked off the school soccer team. Randy and Lauren keep getting cornered by an annoying couple who want to go on a double date; Jill saves the day by "offering" to come along on the date. The K&B Construction guys make an appearance on the show, and Mark furthers his rebellion by wearing dark clothes and painting his nails black.
1565"A Night to Dismember"Geoffrey NelsonEric HorstedOctober 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)A60619.19[155]
It's Halloween at the Taylor house. Worried that Mark will spend the night alone with Ronnie, Jill asks Brad and Randy to take them to a party they're going to, but they refuse. Mark tells his parents that he and Ronnie are in a film class, and that they're going to be making a horror film about an ignored boy who wants to kill his family - but the characters hit a little too close to home for Tim and Jill, leaving them more concerned about Mark's changing behavior than ever before.
1576"The Niece"Peter BonerzCharlie HauckNovember 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)A60717.43[156]
Wilson's free-spirited niece, Willow, comes to visit for his birthday, and decides to stay for a while, but soon starts to feel smothered when Wilson wants to spend every moment with her. Tim becomes impatient because Wilson no longer has time for him.
1587"Jill's Passion"Peter BonerzElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsNovember 11, 1997 (1997-11-11)A60827.91[157]
Tim and Al use Wilson's garage to demonstrate how to make room in a garage on Tool Time. Jill is asked out by a man named Ian (Tom Wopat) at the gym who thought Tim and Jill were brother and sister after watching an earlier interaction between them. That night, she dreams about kissing Ian. Feeling guilty, she opens up a conversation with Tim about how she doesn't want their marriage to go stale.
1598"Losing My Religion"Andrew TsaoBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverNovember 18, 1997 (1997-11-18)A60920.86[158]
Tim manages to break a valuable piece of church equipment during Custom Cabinet week on Tool Time. After volunteering at a hospice, Randy begins to question his religion and is shocked when his patient takes a sudden turn for the worse. Dan Aykroyd makes a guest appearance as Father Mike Weber, Aykroyd's character from the fellow ABC sitcom Soul Man.
1609"Thanksgiving"Peter BonerzEric HorstedNovember 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)A61018.87[159]
Tim and the family spend Thanksgiving watching the Detroit Lions play a Thanksgiving game from a luxury box. Tim, however, manages to black out the entire Pontiac Silverdome while on a private tour. This leaves Jill and the boys to fend for themselves in the box with an obnoxious Hollywood producer, but their moods lighten when Rodney Dangerfield drops in.
16110"The Dating Game"Geoffrey NelsonLaurie GelmanDecember 9, 1997 (1997-12-09)A60419.30[160]
Al finds out his ex-fiance Ilene is engaged and begins hanging around the Taylor house too much. At Jill's insistence, Tim takes Al out to a singles club where they meet women, putting Tim in an uncomfortable and unwanted situation.
16211"Bright Christmas"Peter BonerzJon VandergriffDecember 16, 1997 (1997-12-16)A61319.25[161]
New rules for the annual Christmas Lighting Contest make Tim work harder to give his display "more power!". Jill is upset when she finds out her mother is dating so soon after her father's death.
16312"The Old College Try"Albert AlarrJennifer Celotta & Adam EnglandJanuary 6, 1998 (1998-01-06)A61118.21[162]
Tim starts to believe that his old friends are boring after he has the opportunity to teach an auto-shop class at a local college, so he starts hanging out with people from the class... people half his age.
16413"An Older Woman"Peter BonerzCharlie HauckJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20)A61222.86[163]
Brad, still depressed about being dumped by Angela, is encouraged by Tim and Jill to go to a party where he meets college junior Samantha Hayes (Maggie Lawson). Already uncomfortable with the age difference, Tim and Jill are further shocked when Brad announces he and Samantha are getting married.
16514"Tim 'The Landlord' Taylor"Peter FilsingerEric HorstedFebruary 3, 1998 (1998-02-03)A61418.52[164]
Tim and Jill buy an investment property and Al moves in as the tenant. However Tim and Al soon starting butting heads when Tim forces Al to sign an 18-page lease with strict rules, of which Al begins to take advantage of. Brad and Randy accidentally buy the same shirt and argue over who gets to wear it.
16615"Say Goodnight, Gracie"Andrew TsaoLaurie GelmanFebruary 10, 1998 (1998-02-10)A61516.97[165]
Tim decides he wants more children after Marty asks him to babysit one of the twins. After some discussions about his vasectomy with Jill, and some words of wisdom from Wilson, he decides that being able to return the twins after playing with them is the best idea. Mark is still wearing black, but with an added touch (of lipstick) for this episode.
16716"What a Drag"Geoffrey NelsonElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsFebruary 24, 1998 (1998-02-24)A61623.64[166]
Tool Time is on location at the Taylor house as Tim and Al show viewers how to prepare for a severe winter storm. When Tim falls through the gazebo he discovers a small bag of marijuana taped to the underside of the swing. Jill and Tim stake out their backyard from Wilson's where they catch the culprit red-handed. This leads Jill to admit to a scary drug experience she had while high at a Led Zeppelin concert.
16817"Taking Jill for Granite"Peter BonerzLaurie GelmanMarch 3, 1998 (1998-03-03)A61717.55[167]
The Taylor's do a kitchen remodel, but a surprise is in store when Tim and Jill find out who the counter installer is: Ian, the man Jill met at the gym and had an attraction to in an earlier season seven episode.
16918"Futile Attraction"Peter BonerzDavid MaplesMarch 10, 1998 (1998-03-10)A61819.01[168]
Tim becomes suspicious that Heidi and Al are having an affair when he finds out she has separated from her husband and begins spending a lot of time with Al; he sets out to find out exactly how much of an affair they are having. On Tool Time, golf-pro Payne Stewart stops by to help demonstrate a golfing simulator. Jill catches a cold.
17019"Desperately Seeking Willow"Peter BonerzJennifer FisherMarch 17, 1998 (1998-03-17)A61918.18[169]
When Wilson is out of town and his house is being fumigated, Willow stays over at the Taylor's, and Willow doesn't return home from a club one night. Jill fears the worst and sends the whole family out searching for her. It's Saint Patrick's Day on Tool Time, and the boys from K&B Construction drop by for a visit.
17120"The Write Stuff"Peter BonerzJennifer Celotta & Adam EnglandMarch 31, 1998 (1998-03-31)A62017.67[170]
On Tool Time, Tim manages to throw himself out a window while doing renovation work. Jill tries to get Tim to help prepare for a tax audit. Brad and Randy become rivals when Brad's tabloid article "Hey Yo!" takes the spotlight away from Randy's "Genetic Mutations in the Second Half of the 20th Century".
17221"The Son Also Mooches"Peter FilsingerEric HorstedApril 21, 1998 (1998-04-21)A62215.29[171]
It's Jill's turn to worry about needing glasses as she struggles to read her textbooks. Tim worries that his mother is going to lose money on another of his brother Jeff's business schemes: a 'UPS Store' like operation.
17322"Believe It or Not"Geoffrey NelsonJon VandergriffApril 28, 1998 (1998-04-28)A62113.39[172]
On Tool Time, "Men's Convenience Week" features a visit by Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons. Wilson becomes upset with Tim after he tells everyone about Wilson's encounter with an alien, something Wilson would rather Tim had kept to himself.
17423"Rebel Without Night Driving Privileges"Andrew TsaoJennifer FisherMay 5, 1998 (1998-05-05)A62313.71[173]
Randy feels slighted when his driving privileges differ from those Brad had when he first got his license. On Tool Time, "Judy's Rat" pulls cable through hard to reach spaces, and bites Tim's nose. Afterward "Judy" confesses that she's the real Judy's sister Trudy, and is impersonating her sister in order to meet Al.
17524"Tool-Thousand-One: A Space Odyssey"Peter BonerzBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverMay 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)A62412.61[174]
Tool Time is revisited by NASA astronauts Ken Bowersox and Steve Hawley, who announce that a Binford tool will be used on their next shuttle mission. Tim and Al go to Houston to try and win a spot on the mission to be the one to use the tool in space. Mark tries to impress a girl by making a dramatic change to his appearance.
17625"From Top to Bottom"Peter FilsingerCharlie HauckMay 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)A62517.45[175]
On Tool Time, Tim is getting ready to pick the final colors for the hot rod, but this soon leads to a delay in finishing it. When Jill is asked to appear on a talk show, "Women on Top", she makes some comments that make Tim look bad.

Season 8 (1998–99)

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1771"Whitewater"Geoffrey NelsonBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverSeptember 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)A62815.93[176]
Jill's surprise birthday gift of a river-rafting adventure trip with Heidi, Al, and Wilson to Kernville, California goes against Tim's plans of VIP tickets to a NASCAR race. Tim annoys everyone with his ungrateful behavior. Mark and Brad create a big soda stain on the couch after arguing who gets to use Tim's new massage chair.
1782"Adios"Geoffrey NelsonJon VandergriffSeptember 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)A62716.99[177]
The Taylor family has to say some tough goodbyes to Randy after he is unexpectedly accepted into a yearlong environmental-study program in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Tool Time holds auditions for a group to write lyrics to the Tool Time theme music.
1793"All in the Family"Geoffrey NelsonElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsOctober 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)A62616.45[178]
Jill's sister Carrie unexpectedly visits, and she and Tim's brother Jeff get a little too friendly with each other, which interrupts Tim and Jill's plans to spend some intimate time together.
1804"Taylor Got Game"Geoffrey NelsonJonathan PollackOctober 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)A63014.99[179]
While Brad struggles with his SAT practice tests, Wilson's visiting friend, an English soccer-team owner, tells Tim that Brad is good enough to play professionally; Brad seriously considers it.
1815"Al's Fair Lady"Geoffrey NelsonTracy GambleOctober 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)A62914.52[180]
The Tool Time gang take their show on the road in Tim's new community fix-up van. Tim and Jill are introduced to Al's new, very wealthy girlfriend, who gifts Al a rare and expensive classic car. Al, uncomfortable with the extravagant gift, goes to Tim for advice, but Tim, who is enjoying being able to use the car, tells Al to accept it. This leads Jill to question Tim on what he values more: Al or the car.
1826"Bewitched"Geoffrey NelsonJennifer Celotta & Adam EnglandOctober 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)A63115.29[181]
The Taylors' Halloween-prank tradition continues when Jill springs the ultimate on Tim, feigning the disappearance and death of Wilson.
1837"Not-So-Great Scott"Peter BonerzLaurie GelmanNovember 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)A63214.11[182]
Jill, violating doctor/patient confidentiality, reveals to Tim that she thinks one of her patients is seeing Heidi's husband Scott (Mark Dobies); Tim can't keep the secret and reveals the affair to Heidi.
1848"Tim's First Car"Peter BonerzKim Flagg & David MaplesNovember 10, 1998 (1998-11-10)A63315.63[183]
Tim finds his first car at a junkyard and pleads with Jill to let him buy it. She initially says no, but after speaking with Wilson and understanding the importance of it to Tim, she changes her mind, however it's too late for the car. Jill instead decides to find Tim an exact replica the car. Mark helps Brad apply to colleges by making a video for him to send out to prospective schools.
1859"Mr. Likeable"Peter BonerzAdam EnglandNovember 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)A63413.53[184]
Tim has trouble convincing everyone he's happy for Al, who beat Tim in the TV popularity ratings for the area. This leads to Al hiring a manager and getting a role in a TV movie with Morgan Fairchild. Mark thinks being a girl's shoulder to cry on makes her like him because of Brad's advice.
18610"Thanks, but No Thanks"Peter BonerzJonathan PollackNovember 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)A63515.21[185]
Without consulting the rest of the family, Tim invites his brother Marty and 6-year-old twin nieces to live at the house when he discovers Marty is sleeping at the hardware store after separating from his wife.
18711"Home for the Holidays"Peter BonerzJonathan PollackDecember 8, 1998 (1998-12-08)A63616.13[186]
Randy returns home unexpectedly for Christmas and admits to Wilson he feels like a guest in his own house because of all the changes that have occurred. Tim discovers that his biggest rival in the annual neighborhood-lighting contest is Al whose wealthy girlfriend helps with decorating.
18812"Ploys for Tots"Peter BonerzLaurie GelmanDecember 15, 1998 (1998-12-15)A63713.30[187]
Tim and Jill try to give Marty parenting advice (something Marty takes offense to) when Claire, one of the twins, keeps throwing tantrums to get her own way at the expense of her sister Gracie.
18913"Chop Shop 'Til You Drop"Shawn SheaDavid MaplesJanuary 5, 1999 (1999-01-05)A63818.56[188]
Tim and Jill buy Brad a car, which is done on Tool Time where Al drops boysenberry jelly on the manifold, but when it's stolen and stripped for parts, Tim and Al go undercover to catch the thieves--by finding the berry stain.
19014"Home Alone"Geoffrey NelsonJennifer Celotta & Adam EnglandJanuary 19, 1999 (1999-01-19)A65114.27[189]
Spending a weekend alone to write a book for Binford, Tim is distracted by dreams of fame and fortune.
19115"Knee Deep"Peter FilsingerJonathan PollackFebruary 2, 1999 (1999-02-02)A64115.56[190]
Brad blames Tim for possibly ruining his soccer career when he injures his knee after tripping on rolled-up carpet during a Tool Time shoot at the house. Tim wins Car Guy of the Year at a cheese banquet. The magicians Penn & Teller appear on Tool Time.
19216"Mark's Big Break"Geoffrey NelsonTracy GambleFebruary 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)A63914.81[191]
Tim commissions Mark to film a video to celebrate the hot rod's completion. But when Tim is dissatisfied with the results, Mark directs a dance number starring Tim, Jill, Al, Heidi, Wilson, Sparky, and Eddie the body shop guy, set to "Greased Lightning", a musical number from Grease.
19317"Young at Heart"Geoffrey NelsonBruce Ferber & Lloyd GarverFebruary 16, 1999 (1999-02-16)A64015.76[192]
Tim and Jill's 19th-anniversary plans go awry when Tim is caught on a traffic camera in a compromising position with his new female mechanic, Alex (Jenny McCarthy).
19418"Love's Labor Lost" (Part 1)Peter BonerzElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsFebruary 23, 1999 (1999-02-23)A64219.18[193]
Ski-trip plans are put on hold when Jill needs an emergency hysterectomy, as for several years she had not managed to fit checkups into her busy schedule. Tim helps her face the situation, but becomes frightened when complications arise during surgery.
19519"Love's Labor Lost" (Part 2)Peter BonerzElliot Shoenman & Marley SimsMarch 2, 1999 (1999-03-02)A64321.58[194]
Tim waits for news on Jill's surgery. Jill will be fine, but due to unexpected complications ends up having to have her ovaries removed as well. Jill's mother visits to help Tim look after her, but Jill, due to the sudden hormone changes, starts to take her anger out on Tim. Jill's mom offers her valuable advice on how to cope with the changes to her body.
19620"Neighbors"Patricia RichardsonDrew LevinMarch 16, 1999 (1999-03-16)A64414.37[195]
Tim and Wilson's friendship is tested when Wilson wins $10,000 at a Red Wings game that Tim buys Wilson for his birthday and decides to build an elaborate Victorian greenhouse in his backyard--which blocks the Taylors' view. Mark tries to woo a girl.
19721"A Hardware Habit to Break"Peter BonerzJon VandergriffMarch 30, 1999 (1999-03-30)A64514.11[196]
When Harry announces he's moving to Arizona with Delores and selling the hardware store, Tim organizes a fundraising party for the store to entice some potential buyers, but ends up buying it himself after being pressured by the attendees. After Harry's departure, Tim and Al struggle to keep the store afloat. Brad tries to convince Jill to let him go to Florida for spring break.
19822"Loose Lips and Freudian Slips"Tim AllenKim FlaggMay 4, 1999 (1999-05-04)A64613.06[197]
Jill's thesis is before the committee. During Mark's student-film viewing, Jill's psychology professor sees her criticize him and she is worried that this will affect the thesis committee's decision.
19923"Trouble-a-Bruin"Andrew TsaoTracy Gamble & David MaplesMay 11, 1999 (1999-05-11)A64713.04[198]
Bud mandates that no non-Binford products are to be used on the show and makes major changes that perturb Tim. Brad must decide whether to play soccer earlier than he is scheduled to when he has an opportunity to play for a UCLA soccer coach/scout. Jill, worried for Brad's safety, goes against it.
20024"Dead Weight"Geoffrey NelsonJennifer CelottaMay 18, 1999 (1999-05-18)A64814.59[199]
Tool Time continues to be a "jewel" despite the continued excess presence of the Binford name, and new producer Morgan Wandell tries to give Tim a hard time. Things rapidly turn sad when Al decides to take his mother Alma out to dinner to tell her he's marrying Trudy--and upon hearing the news, Alma has a heart attack and dies.
20125"The Long and Winding Road" (Part 1)Andy CadiffLaurie GelmanMay 18, 1999 (1999-05-18)A64917.18[199]
Tool Time's new producer Morgan stages a Jerry Springer-style fight on the show. When Tim learns Bud left Binford and Morgan refuses to stop degrading the show, Tim quits, followed by Al and Heidi. Jill's psychology professor offers her a prestigious job with a renowned psychologist - but the job is in Indiana.
20226"The Long and Winding Road" (Part 2)Jim PraytorCarmen Finestra & Billy RibackMay 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)A65235.53[200]
During the ride to school, Tim and the boys reminisce about some of the good times they've had, with clips from previous shows.
20327"The Long and Winding Road" (Part 3)John PasquinBruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver & Marley SimsMay 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)A65035.53[200]
In the series finale, Tim records his final Tool Time with a host of memorable guests from previous shows, which garners huge ratings. Morgan offers Tim more money and an executive-producer credit to stay with the show, but Tim refuses because of Jill, who is having second thoughts about accepting the Indiana job. As the two host Al and Trudy's wedding in their backyard, they discuss their respective opportunities and decide whether they want to stay or go.
20428"Backstage Pass"Geoffrey NelsonChris Carlisle & Billy RibackMay 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)A65335.53[200]
A look back at the past 8 years of Home Improvement, with cast interviews, outtakes, scenes for the final taping—and Earl Hindman's entire face.


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