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Episode Number:178 / 8.02
Production Number:
Show Number:A627
Air Date:29 September 1998
Writer:Jon Vandergriff
Director:Geoffrey Nelson
Taping Date:14 August 1998


The Taylor family has to say some tough goodbyes to Randy after he is unexpectedly accepted into a year long environmental study program in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Tool Time holds auditions for a group to write lyrics to the Tool Time theme music.



Tim AllenasTim Taylor
Patricia RichardsonasJill Taylor
Earl HindmanasWilson
Zachery Ty BryanasBrad Taylor
Jonathan Taylor ThomasasRandy Taylor
Taran Noah SmithasMark Taylor
Richard KarnasAl Borland
Debbe DunningasHeidi

Guest Cast

Courtney PeldonasLauren
Dennis CochrumasWade Waller
Shelby GrimmasFlannel #1
Harry J. CampbellasFlannel #2
William LewisasFlannel #3
Timothy ReederasFlannel #4
Steffon SamasL.L. Tool J.
Sam SarpongasGrand Master Bath


ProducersGayle S. Maffeo, Alan Padula
Created byCarmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Matt Williams
Executive ProducersTim Allen, Bruce Ferber, Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Elliot Shoenman, Matt Williams
Co-Executive Producer Laurie Gelman
Consulting ProducersTracy J. Gamble, Lloyd Garver, Marley Sims
Co-ProducersJonathan Pollack, Judy Rauh
Associate Producer Jeff Sarver
Creative Consultant Tom Brady
Program ConsultantsKim Flagg, David Maples
Executive Story Editor Adam England
Story Editor Jennifer Celotta
Executive Consultant Jon Vandergriff
Director of Photography Donald A. Morgan
Production Designer David Sackeroff
EditorsRichard Russel, Marco Zappia
Associate Director Peter Filsinger
Stage ManagersGuy Distad, Shawn Shea
Original Music by Dan Foliart
Casting byDeborah Barylski, C.S.A., Jonell Dunn
Set Decorator Jeannie Gunn
Property Master Warren Shaffer
Script Supervisor Susan Straughn Harris
Technical Consultant Brett Gregory
Production Coordinator Ian Goyanes
Post Production Coordinator Reid H. Nakamura
Costume SupervisorsNicole Gorsuch, Valerie Laven-Cooper
Make-up Wendy J. Weiss
Hair Stylist Roxanne Baker
Opening Design byGeoffrey Nelson, Jim Praytor
Technical Director Craig Shideler
Audio Klaus Landsberg
Video Bob Kaufmann
Based On The Stand-Up Comedy of TIM ALLEN
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