001 / 1.01 - Pilot
After Jill explicitly tells Tim not to touch the dishwasher, he breaks it in an attempt to make it more powerful; more of a "man's" dishwasher. Jill has a job interview, but she doesn't get it and when Tim tries to comfort her, he only makes matters worse. After talking to Wilson, Tim tries again and succeeds.
002 / 1.02 - Mow Better Blues
Trying to improve the lawnmower, Tim gets mad at Jill for always borrowing things and never returning them. While playing with Tim's torque wrench, Mark drops and breaks it. Knowing that Tim will be upset, he hides it in the dryer. When Jill finds it, Tim immediately suspects Brad and Randy, who know it was Mark, and they tell Tim. When trying out the new lawnmower, it roars backwards and crashes.
003 / 1.03 - Off Sides
Tim forgot that Jill planned a romantic dinner and hasn't got a baby-sitter, so Jill hires a magician to entertain the boys. Tim would rather stay home to watch the football game on TV, and he brings a radio to the restaurant. At home, the magician is locked inside a trunk and the boys try to get him out by dropping the trunk from a tree.
004 / 1.04 - Satellite on a Hot Tim's Roof
Tim has bought a satellite dish and, while installing it, he overhears Jill's job interview with her job-search seminar teacher, Rondall. Tim thinks it is suspicious that Rondall would do that on a Saturday and he gets jealous. Jill assures Tim that there is nothing between them. Later, Rondall tells Jill that she has been sending him signals after hitting on her. Jill throws him out.
005 / 1.05 - Wild Kingdom
After hearing noises in the basement, Tim thinks they have a mouse. The boys think it's a snake, and so does Wilson. When the exterminator can't find the snake, everybody thinks it's gone - until it crawls into Tim's shirt. Mark's friends, the Cub Scouts, want Tim to kill the snake but he's scared of it.
006 / 1.06 - Adventures in Fine Dining
After they're banned from Wacky Jack's Pizza Pagoda, Tim promises Jill he'll teach the boys some table manners, but the session ends with the boys mimicking everything Tim says. Tim talks to Wilson who tells him that the boys don't have respect for their food because they don't have to hunt it down and kill it. So Tim brings out raw chicken to teach the boys.
007 / 1.07 - Nothing More Than Feelings
On Tool Time, Tim talks about "his friend's wife" who drove her car while the oil light was on. After Jim and Kyle, two audience members, start to complain that their wives don't respect their tools, Tim admits that "his friend's wife" is really Jill, and that she drools in her sleep. When Jill sees that on TV, she gets really furious. After talking with Wilson, Tim admits that he was wrong to say that on TV.
008 / 1.08 - Flying Sauces
The K&B Construction guys are invited on Tool Time to show how to make hot gourmet meals while on the job site. They use the tools of their trade to make meals anyone would be proud of. At home, Jill is fed up with Brad and Randy excluding Mark from their games so she has a talk with them. Brad and Randy tell Mark that they, along with Tim and Jill, are aliens from outer space. But Mark gets his own back when Tim and Jill dress up as aliens and scare Brad and Randy.
009 / 1.09 - Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
Jill is tired of Tim's shaving gunk in the sink so she says that she would like two sinks in the bathroom. Tim gets the idea of improving the whole bathroom as a one-day Tool Time project. But when the tub won't fit through the door, the water is turned off, and the stove explodes, Jill leaves the house with the kids, but soon regrets doing it. Brad wears his hair in spikes to impress Jennifer.
010 / 1.10 - Reach Out and Teach Someone
Tim has just bought a frame for the hot rod he is going to build. Jill wants him to fix the clogged sink instead, or at least teach her how to do it. So Tim does a special Tool Time show with only women in the audience. He wants to teach them how to do basic plumbing. At the show, Al meets Greta post for the first time. Brad is worried about a test in school; he hopes to do well despite being called an idiot by Randy.
011 / 1.11 - Look Who's Not Talking
Jill has to write a speech for the Library Association but is afraid of standing in front of all those women. Tim solves this problem by dressing himself and Mark as two women and listening to Jill's speech. While Jill is writing, Tim has promised to clean up the house. Instead he decides to rewire the vacuum cleaner, which almost sucks up Mark.
012 / 1.12 - Yule Better Watch Out
Tim wants to beat Doc Johnson with Christmas lighting and puts a giant Santa and sleigh on the roof. But when Santa starts rotating, it practically beats up Tim. Mark is working on his list for Santa. Randy and Brad tell him that Santa is dead. Mark doesn't believe them and asks Tim and Jill, who answer the best they can. Mark decides to ask Wilson who tells him that the spirit of Santa lives in us all, even though St. Nicholas died.
013 / 1.13 - Up Your Alley
It is family night. Tim and the kids want to play video games and Jill wants to play charades; they go to the bowling alley. Since Jill knows how Tim behaves in a competition, she suggests that they don't keep score. When Jill scores two strikes in a row and the guys from K&B Construction appear, Tim wants to impress them. So the family night becomes a match between Tim and Jill. The boys get in trouble at the video arcade when a boy won't let them play a game, but they get even with him.
014 / 1.14 - For Whom the Belch Tolls
aka: Hasta La Vista, Neighbor
Tim's old college friend, Stu Cutler, calls Tim to say he is in town for a few days and he wants them to get together at the Taylor house. Jill doesn't want to have Stu in the house, so Tim tells him that they can meet at the studio after his Tool Time taping. When they meet, Stu insists that he meets Jill and Tim gives in. At home, Stu insults both Tim and Jill, and belches with the boys.
015 / 1.15 - Forever Jung
Karen is visiting Jill so Tim has to stand up to her remarks about him being insecure, aggresive, and destructive. It doesn't get any better when he accidentally glues his head to a table at Tool Time and has to come home with a piece of table stuck to his forehead. Jennifer has invited Brad to her parents' wedding anniversary but he can't dance "old", so Jill has to teach him.
016 / 1.16 - Jill's Birthday
The boys remind Tim that it's Jill's birthday. Jill complains that he always gives her something she has to plug in. This time she wants him to tune into her and give her something from his heart. When he sees her exercise, he wants to give her a lifetime membership for a health care club. But on her birthday, she says she won't exercise again so Tim has to come up with a new gift for her. Brad and Randy spent all their money on a baseball card and so need to get the money to buy Jill's gift. So they make Mark pay a little brother tax.
017 / 1.17 - What About Bob?
Bob Vila is in town signing his new book and Mr. Binford tells Tim that Bob is going to be a guest on Tool Time. Because Bob inspired Tim to make Tool Time and knows a lot more than Tim, Tim doesn't like the idea that he is going to compete in a "Stump the Toolman" contest with Bob where people call in with questions. So Tim has Jill call and ask questions he knows he can answer. Unfortunately Tim knocks Bob unconscious with a wooded plank, and doesn't feel better when he hears that Bob has agreed to be a guest on Tool Time again the next day. Randy pulls a prank on a kid in school whom he thinks is a geek. When the boy, Curtis, comes over so Randy can apologize, Jill sees for herself what a geek Curtis really is.
018 / 1.18 - Baby, It's Cold Outside
aka: Camp Taylor
Tim has planned a romantic Valentine's Day weekend at Stone Creek Lodge but when Mr. Binford presents his new line of winter camping gear on Tool Time, he wants Tim and his family to go camping that weekend and shoot some videos of it. Jill gets upset but Tim thinks they can do both. But when they're ready to leave the camp, Tim can't find the car. Luckily Wilson is nearby.
019 / 1.19 - Unchained Malady
Al sends Tim a chain letter and Tim is warned that, if he breaks the chain, bad luck will happen to him. He doesn't care and throws out the chain letter. The next day strange things happen: the battery in his car goes dead; someone parks in his spot; he dyes his hands green; and Jill knocks him out. So again, Tim turns to Wilson who can help him with his problem: garlic and wolfbane. Randy is double-dared to jump a ramp with his new bike, and he breaks it. Tim doesn't know how to respond; on one hand, Randy did something wrong; on the other hand, it reminds him of his own childhood.
020 / 1.20 - Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor
Tim and Mark are building a birdhouse. Jill asks him which dress she should wear to the opera fund-raiser next Saturday. Tim is busy that day and is sure that Jill hasn't mentioned this before, but she insists that she told him at least three times and calls him a bad listener. Jill talks to Wilson to get his opinion, and Tim talks with the new guys at Big Mike's, Hick and Eddie. When Mark wants to feed the birds in the new birdhouse, Brad and Randy try to make him chew a worm for the birds.
021 / 1.21 - A Battle of Wheels
Jill has taken up pottery and placed her pottery wheel in the garage along with Tim's hot rod. Tim doesn't like the idea of her moving in on his domain. Tim accidentally breaks her first pottery project, and they get into a big fight over who the garage belongs to. The result is that Jill makes a schedule to control who is in the garage at what time. Al is upset because Tim embarrasses him on Tool Time by saying that Al screwed up something he screwed up himself. So he announces that Al can be host of Tool Time for a day, but Al finds out that it definitely is harder than it looks.
022 / 1.22 - Luck Be a Taylor Tonight
Tim and the guys have arranged a poker night but when Murray can't come, Al is invited instead. This should have been a night with men, cigars, and talk about cars, but when Charlie arrives, his wife Robin, Jill's sister, is upset. She and Charlie have had a big fight and now they have to make up.
023 / 1.23 - Al's Fair in Love and War
Al wants to ask out Greta Post but doesn't have the guts. He turns to Jill and Tim who suggest that Al and Greta come to their barbecue. After that, Tim talks to Al about not being too sensitive; just show her that he's got hair on his chest. Unfortunately he does just that, and an upset Greta ends up at the Taylor house, and Al at the studio, where he and Greta have to make up. Jill is spring cleaning and finds her old diary which Tim would like to read. Jill also wonders why Brad is a totally different person when Jennifer is around.
024 / 1.24 - Stereo-Typical
Tim and Jill disagree about how loud the stereo should be and, when Tim turns it up, Jill turns it down with the remote and a speaker blows. Tim talks Jill into letting him buy a couple of speakers he read about. Tim comes home with a new "entertainment center." On Tool Time, Tim invites Janeen Rae Heller and the K&B Construction guys to play music with tools.
025 / 2.01 - Read My Hips
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. Brad is wondering whether Jennifer pounding him is a sign that she wants to kiss him.
026 / 2.02 - Rites & Wrongs of Passage
Tim has bought tickets to a truck rally and the boys are excited. The next day, the principal of Brad's school tells Jill that Brad pulled a prank with a dead frog in food line at school. So they ground him for the weekend, but Tim talks Jill into letting him go to the truck rally. But the next day, a policewoman brings Brad home after he threw stones at a greenhouse. As punishment, Brad can't go to the truck rally. Tim turns to Wilson to find out what's wrong, and Wilson tells him how he must help Brad step into manhood. So he lets Brad use the firecutter. Also, Tim takes parts in a cabertoss competition.
027 / 2.03 - Overactive Glance
Tim and Jill are going out ot dinner. When Jill and Karen see Tim checking out a woman on Tool Time, they bet he won't last long before he looks at a woman in the restaurant. When they arrive, Tim tries hard not to glance at anyone, but it's difficult when a gorgeous woman asks for his autograph. Randy has trouble playing football; he fumbles all the time. When glue doesn't help, Tim builds a training machine for Randy to exercise with.
028 / 2.04 - Groin Pains
Jill is cleaning and fills a trunk with books which she wants Tim to carry to the garage. But when she feels how heavy it is, she doesn't want him to do it. Tim wants to impress Jill so he carries the trunk anyway, and he pulls his groin muscle but doesn't tell Jill. Randy gets the role of Peter Pan in the school play, but he can't fly because the school hasn't got the machine needed. Tim insists on building and trying one.
029 / 2.05 - Heavy Meddle
Tim is finally ready to put the engine in his hot rod, so he invites "the guys" over to help him. When he finds out that Al and Greta broke up, he invites Al as well. When the guys arrive, they all have their wives with them, all for different reasons. When Jill wants to fix Karen up with Dave and someone suggests they barbecue, Tim can see where this is heading. He gets really upset and Jill turns to Wilson to find out what she's done wrong. The McGurn brothers cause problems for the boys, and Tim wants them to beat up the McGurns or pelt them with water balloons.
030 / 2.06 - The Haunting of Taylor House
It is Hallowe'en and Brad is having a party for his friends. He and Jennifer have decided to dress up as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. When she arrives, she is wearing leather clothes like Danny. Tim talks with Brad, asking him what he did wrong. He doesn't know but talks with Jennifer after Tim has told him that "I understand" are the two most important words you can say to a woman. Danny has bored Jennifer the whole night and is starting to annoy Jill. So she and Tim agree to scare the hell out of Danny in the basement where Tim has made a "Catacomb of Terror."
031 / 2.07 - Roomie for Improvement
Mark has chicken pox so Tim can't stay at home as he's never had them. When Al plays a little trick on Tim on Tool Time, he wants to make it up to Tim by letting him stay at his apartment. Tim doesn't want to but can't bring himself to tell Al. So he ends up at Al's where he has to listen to square dance music and watch home videos of Al's childhood. He also meets Cynthia, Al's neighbor, who wants to meet Al but he keeps rejecting her. Tim tells her what Al really wants: no rush and respect for her. The stars Michael and Mario Andretti are on Tool Time where they guess engine sounds.
032 / 2.08 - May the Best Man Win
Tim is preparing to start the project house for Tool Time when Maureen Binford turns up and tells him that she is his new producer. She tries to change everything on Tool Time. Al is also becoming good friends with her, and Jill has got a job on the "Inside Detroit Magazine" so Tim is all alone to handle the problem. Even Wilson gives him bad advice, so he turns to Mark. In a last attempt to show Maureen who's boss, he walks on the roof of the project house and fall through it.
033 / 2.09 - Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Jill finds some wills that Tim and she never finished. She wants to finish them now but Tim doesn't. When she does it anyway, Tim can't help but give his opinion about who should have his tools and the children. He turns to Wilson to ask him whether he should do it or not and finds out that he could die tomorrow and so should write the will; after all, if you rearrange the letter in his name, it spells "mortality." Mark overhears this conversation and is afraid that his father is going to die, but Tim assures him that even though his father died early, it doesn't mean that Tim is going to die.
034 / 2.10 - Let's Did Lunch
Dave and Karen are going to the opera and Dave tells Tim that he needs him to tell Karen that they both had lunch together the day before; he lied to Karen because he was seeing another woman. Jill knows that Tim didn't have lunch with Dave and is suspicious. She gets Tim to tell her the truth, and now Tim has to confront Dave and make him tell Karen about it. Before he can do it, Karen breaks up with him, and Tim is sure that Jill told her about Dave's infidelity. So Tim is confused about which lies you can tell and which you can keep secret. On Tool Time, Tim makes Al take part in a wood-sniffing contest. The boys run into trouble with the McGurn brothers again after they make Mark the "Mudman". So they want to get revenge by building a catapult and throwing garbage into the McGurn garden.
035 / 2.11 - Abandoned Family
Jill is going to work and hasn't got time to look after the house, so Tim is going to take over the responsibilities for a while. He wants to do things his way even though they may not be as effective as Jill's. Jill was supposed to make a gingerbread house for the school PTA meeting but as she doesn't have time, Tim says he'll do it. But when he forgets the boys lunches, makes a gingerbread house which is inedible, and "improves" the dryer so it spins round the floor, it becomes too much for Jill. She wonders if she is not supposed to work, but Tim assures her that he can run the house; after all, the improvement he made to the washing machine did work. Maureen Binford tries to run Tool Time in a way Tim doesn't like again. This time she wants to make "The Bachelor Corner with Al" with helpful household hints for bachelors.
036 / 2.12 - I'm Scheming of a White Christmas
Randy and Brad are collecting money for the Oak Lane Children's Center and they get the idea of taking half the money for themselves; after all, charity begins at home. When Jill discovers the comic books, video game, locket and watch Brad and Randy have bought, they really get into trouble. They have to go down to the Children's Center and apologize and give the money back. On Tool Time, Maureen has booked "The Manhattan Transfer" to sing instead of "The Barking Dogs" whom Tim wanted. Al dresses up in a Santa suit and gets stuck in a chimney.
037 / 2.13 - Bell Bottom Blues
Tim is complaining about the closet space. He wants Jill to throw out some of her hats, belts, and other clothes or he will "reorganize" the whole thing. When he walks upstairs with a sledge hammer, Jill tries to stop him and they agree on a new, super high-tech closet with remote control. Brad has punched a boy in school named Mickey Walker because the boy called Brad "Diaper Baby" after seeing Tim hug Brad. He doesn't want Tim to hug him anymore. Tim doesn't understand why until he has a hugging session on Tool Time. They both agree on a code language instead of caring words.
038 / 2.14 - Howard's End
Jennifer brings her fish over so Brad can take care of it while she is out of town for a few days. She tells him to keep the fish well-lit, but he puts it too close to the desk lamp and it dies from over-heating. Randy suggests they find another fish that looks just like it so Jennifer won't know. Unfortunately they can't find one so they try to make it look like the fish is still alive; they stick a ball-bearing in its mouth so it doesn't float. Jill sees that the fish is dead and tells Brad that he must tell Jennifer the truth, and Randy helps out by telling her how worried Brad was about how Jennifer would react. Tim and Jill have a big fight over who owns what and why. He thinks he owns the car, not because he paid for it but because he maintains it. He is also upset because Jill opened her own checking account with telling him.
039 / 2.15 - Love is a Many Splintered Thing
Randy is going to perform a ventiloquist act at the talent show at school but is nervous because his lips move and he hasn't got a decent dummy. Tim has a solution to both of his problems; he carves a dummy out of wood that looks like himself and Wilson paints it. All Randy has to do is grunt and move the dummy's mouth. Jill takes a compatibility test for herself and Tim and finds they don't match. Jill thinks it is because she does all the compromising but Tim disagrees and he and the guys at work make another test.
040 / 2.16 - Dances with Tools
It is Jill and Tim's wedding anniversary and they are talking about giving each other gifts. Jill has bought a steering wheel for the hot rod but only wants Tim to get her a sweater she has picked out. But Tim wants to do more, so he takes them both to ballroom dancing lessons. Because he isn't good at dancing and Jill is dancing with another guy, Tim just cracks jokes and wants to impress the teacher. When he dances with the teacher, he spins her around and she flies out of the room and hurts herself. On Tool Time, Tim is given a "Certificate of Appreciation" for promoting safety at home and on the job. Al isn't happy about this because his name isn't on the paper.
041 / 2.17 - You're Driving Me Crazy, You're Driving Me Nuts
Tim and Jill are going to Sheila's wedding and they hope that this time it's for real; Shelia has been stood up three times. Shelia has given Jill instructions for driving there. Tim is sure they don't need them but Jill brings them anyway. After Jill has asked Tim to ask for directions many times, he finally stops at a shop after ending up in the wrong state. Officer Lambert gives him directions he doesn't understand and after driving for a while, they end up back at the same shop. When they both go into the shop, the car rolls into a ditch. Tim has to get it out, so Jill goes to the wedding alone where Shelia is stood up again.
042 / 2.18 - Bye, Bye Birdie
An annoying woodpecker is disturbing Tim's sleep, so he attempts to get rid of it without much success. Brad is faking being sick to avoid going to school. He won't tell Jill what the matter is, but Randy tells her that Brad and Jennifer broke up. What she doesn't know is that Brad broke up with Jennifer because she wouldn't let him copy her homework anymore. Jill finds out when Jennifer turns up with Brad's math workbook. Tim and Jill try to teach Brad how to multiply compound fractions but they find it even harder than Brad does. And for the first time, Tim finds a use for the woodpecker!
043 / 2.19 - Karate or Not, Here I Come
When Brad and Randy won't let Mark play football with them, and because he needs self-confidence, Tim and Jill agree on signing him up for one sport. Jill wants him to pick gymnastics but when Tim tells him he can pick karate, Mark wants to do that. Jill thinks the sport is a little too violent. When she visits the karate school and sees a big boy picking on Mark, she gets into a fight with the boys' mother; and Tim gets hit by the mother's handbag. Even though Tim should have learnt his lesson, he gets into trouble with the boy's father. Wilson tells Tim that both he and Mark need to be mature enough to know when karate and especially violence can and should be used.
044 / 2.20 - Shooting Three to Make Tutu
Tim and the boys are going to watch the Pistons vs. Bulls game on TV, but Jill wants Tim to take Mark to the ballet instead because she doesn't have time to do it herself. Tim doesn't want to because he hates ballet. He talks to Wilson about the problem and Wilson gives Tim two front-row tickets to the game for Tim to give to someone else. Tim convinces Mark to go to the game after only half an hour of ballet. When they get back, Tim wants Mark to "delay the truth" for Jill so she won't get upset but she finds out that they were at the game anyway. When Randy and Brad are home alone, they try to smoke a cigar. When Tim finds out, he makes them sorry they ever lighted it.
045 / 2.21 - Much Ado About Nana
Jill's mother, Nana, is coming to visit for Mark's birthday. When she arrives, she has lost a lot of weight thanks to Tim and all his jokes about her. Jill has cleaned the house and wants it to look perfect for Nana's arrival, but Nana says it looks "nice" and that is where the problems begin. Nana tells stories about Jill, and has a gift for her. Jill wants the antique clock but instead she gets a tea set. Tim can't understand why Jill and her mother don't speak to each other about the problems. When Nana thinks that Tim and Jill are having problems, Tim tells her about Jill's problems with her.
046 / 2.22 - Ex Marks the Spot
When Tim and Al are at Big Mike's, they meet Tim's old girlfriend Stacey Lewis. As they talk about what has happened since, Al almost invites Stacey home to meet Jill and Tim gets upset. He tells Al that he never actually broke up with her. Because Al also tells Jill about them meeting, Tim needs to confront Stacey. When she arrives at the Taylor house, she and Jill begin to talk about Tim and Jill finds out the truth. When Al wants to have lunch with Stacey, Jill sets up a dinner appointment for all four, but Tim finds out that Al doesn't really want to see Stacey. So he tells Stacey that Al couldn't make it, but when Al turns up and tells the truth, Tim is caught in a lie for a second time.
047 / 2.23 - To Build or Not to Build
Mother's Day is coming up and Jill wants Tim and the boys to get her something from the heart so Tim makes the boys build her something. He makes the garage into "Man Central" and Randy tries to build a birdhouse but doesn't succeed. When Jill finds out, she gets mad at Tim because he doesn't understand how important Mother's Day should be. But he learns when he talks with Wilson and his mother. Instead of a birdhouse, Randy gives Jill a magic trick where he makes Tim disappear in a trunk. Unfortunately he can't get him out again so they all leave him and go to dinner.
048 / 2.24 - Birth of a Hot Rod
Tim is finally ready to start the hot rod engine, but it won't. Because he spends a lot of time fixing it, Jill complains that he doesn't make time to fix things around the house, like the doorknob, the stove, and the ice dispenser. So she tries to do it herself, but when that doesn't work, she calls a repairman. Tim is upset, partly because he doesn't want people to know that he can't fix the small things, but when Gus the repairman offers to help him with the hot rod, he is happy again, and finally gets his hot rod started.
049 / 2.25 - The Great Race
The viewers of Tool Time vote Bob Vila as their favorite guest on the show, even though Tim deliberately left him out of the contest. So Bob is invited on Tool Time and talks about a lawn mower race he's planning. Tim wants to impress Bob so he agrees to race him. Tim puts a jet engine from a Chinook helicopter in his lawnmower and, of course, loses control over it during the race. Mark is complaining that Randy and Brad never play with him; they promise him that they will if he takes "the test." He must put a tadpole in his mouth but unfortunately he swallows it. He tells Jill, and Tim and Mark get revenge.
050 / 3.01 - Maybe, Baby
Jill's sister Carol is having a baby girl. When they talk about the baby's name and Jill is going through the boys' baby toys, she wishes she could have a baby girl. Tim tells Randy and Brad that Jill always wanted a girl so they tell Mark that Jill wished he had been a girl. This upsets Mark and when Jill wants to bake a cake with him, he doesn't want to. When she finds out the truth, she tells Mark that what Randy and Brad told him isn't true. Tim is also upset because he doesn't want another child. But he feels alright again when Jill tells him that they don't have the time for another child.
051 / 3.02 - Aisle See You in My Dreams
It's Al's birthday; he's 35 and realizes that he should get a wife soon. When he blows out the candles on his birthday cake, he wishes for a wife. When Jill hears about it, she wants to fix him up with the sister of a woman she's working with. Her name is Ilene and she works as an orthodontist. Al has arranged a dinner at his place for Tim and Jill, and when Ilene appears, he finds out that she is also desperate for a husband and kids. So he proposes to her on Tool Time; but he soon regrets it. Randy and Brad write a letter to Mark, pretending to be Isiah Thomas, the basketball player Mark has been writing letters to, asking to come for dinner. When Jills finds out, she and Tim tell Mark to get revenge.
052 / 3.03 - This Joke's for You
Tim has installed an intercom in the house and given it more power; it doesn't work so he has to work on it. When Randy and his friend Jeremy are up in Randy's room, Tim gets the intercom to work and hears how Randy cracks jokes about him and calls him a goof-ball. This hurts Tim so he grounds Randy for a week. When he talks to Wilson about the problem, he realizes that Randy is entering puberty and grounding him is not the solution. So for the first time on Tool Time, Tim doesn't tell jokes or screww anything up and Al thinks that Tim is playing a trick on him. Brad borrows Dicken's "David Copperfield" and wants to read it so he can talk to Jennifer about it. When he finds out that it isn't David Copperfield the magician, he suddenly doesn't feel like reading it. When Jennifer breaks up with him, it hurts Jill as much as Brad.
053 / 3.04 - A Sew, Sew Evening
Joe and Marie Morton have just moved in across the alley, and Joe is trying to get to know Tim, but Tim finds him really annoying. Joe accidentally dents the grill on the hot rod. Tim tries not to get too upset, but instead tries to get rid of Joe by telling him that he has to take care of Jill, and Joe gets the idea that Jill is drinking. Unfortunately, Jill has become good friends with Marie and, when they all go out for dinner, Jill finds out what Tim said. Later, Tim makes up with Joe after he buys Tim an original '33 grill for the hot rod. Brad has signed up for classes at school and picks home ec. to get to meet girls. But when all the other boys in his class do the same, he regrets it.
054 / 3.05 - Arrivederci, Binford
On Tool Time, Tim gets the horrible news that his boss, Mr. Binford, has died of a heart attack. Al knows that Tim felt Mr. Binford was like a father to him and so Al thinks that Tim should mourn over Mr. Binford. Tim doesn't feel like it because he has taught the boys that guys don't cry. But Jill assures him that there is nothing wrong with crying. Wilson thinks that crying is just one way of mourning, so Tim has to find his own way to say goodbye to John Binford. So Tim gives him a Tool Time fashion salute on the show.
055 / 3.06 - Crazy for You
It's Hallowe'en and Jill plans to get even with Tim "The King of Hallowe'en" Taylor, who always plays a trick on her and everybody else on Hallowe'en. Marie, their neighbor, pretends to be "Rose," a fan of Tim on Tool Time. She sends him cookies but Wilson thinks they might be poisoned. When "Rose" calls Tim at home, she says that she loves him and wants him. In no time, Tim is a total wreck, picking up a bat before opening the door, and so on. Just before shooting a Tool Time show, he realizes that the audience is full of women from the "Sharpshooters Club" and he gets a letter from "Rose" telling him that she's sitting in the front row and will be at the party tonight.
056 / 3.07 - Blow Up
Jill has done a lot of fund-raising for the library and there is a dinner in her honor. Marie, her neighbor, has arranged a surprise for Jill; Tim is going to have the photo lab blow up a picture of her so everybody can sign it. Unfortunately, when Marie reminds Tim that there is only half an hour to get it to the photo lab, Tim grabs the first photo he can find - Jill's driver's licence photo - and has it blown up. It is a really bad picture of Jill, and Jill is upset. When Tim tells Jill it was Marie's fault, and she finds out that it wasn't, she accuses Tim of not understanding how important this night was for her. Al and the boys go to a miniature golf course and when Brad gets a hole-in-one, Al gets upset and then gets suspended from the golf course.
057 / 3.08 - Be True to Your Tool
Wes Davidson, the new president of Binford Tools, meets Tim after the show and shows him a new prototype of a reciprocating saw which he wants Tim to promote on Tool Time. When Tim takes it home and takes it apart, he discovers that it is an inferior and bad tool. So he doesn't want to promote it on the show, but when he and Al visit Wes, he tells Tim that he is able to cancel the show unless Tim promotes the saw. Jill says she will be behind Tim whatever solution he chooses. He comes up with an idea that saves both his job and stops production of the saw. The boys get to buy groceries for the first time and have found a good way to save money to buy luxuries.
058 / 3.09 - Dollars and Sense
Nana bought some bonds for the kids a long time ago, and now the boys can have the money. They agree on going to the baseball store and investing the money in baseball cards. When Tim sees a 140-dollar autographed Indy-car with remote control, he would really like to have it but he knows that the boys can't handle sharing one thing. They buy the car anyway, and when they boys can't resist seeing it drive, they take it into the garden and it gets damaged. They try to repair it but Jill notices the damage and gets revenge big time. Tim and Al are doing a salute to high steel and while visiting the building the K&B Construction guys are working on, Tim falls down into a toilet.
059 / 3.10 - A Frozen Moment
It's Thanksgiving Day and Al and Ilene are coming over for dinner. Tim has had a vision: he doesn't want the same old boring Christmas card photo; this time he wants to show the spirit of the Taylor family as they are. They will have to wear costumes at the North Pole in the "Christmas Village" he's going to build. The boys have to wear elves costumes, which they don't want to. The snow machine doesn't work properly and smashes the garden door. On Tool Time, Tim and Al present the "Bathroom for Men Only" which has everything a man could want when sitting in it.
060 / 3.11 - Feud for Thought
Jill finds out that there is a school reunion and she wants to go, even though she's bound to meet her old friend Joanie Graham who stole her boyfriend 20 years ago and is the reason Jill didn't go to her high school prom. When they all get together, Joanie wants to talk about "it" and Jill finds out the truth why she hasn't heard from Joanie since the incident. While they are talking, Tim and Jack try to fix the amplifier at the reunion. At home, Al is looking after the boys and Brad's new girlfriend Ashley. He tries very hard to control Brad, Ashley and Randy's bronchitis, but Randy locks him out of the house when it all gets too much. Luckily, Wilson has some extra keys.
061 / 3.12 - 'Twas the Blight Before Christmas
It's Christmas time and Tim wants to win the Christmas lighting contest which Doc Johnson has won for the last nine years. He doesn't understand why everytime he puts something up on the roof, Doc has already done it right before him. He finds out that Randy has been talking to Doc's granddaughter and she pumped him for information. Brad wants to spend Christmas skiing with Tom Wheeler's family but, because it is on Christmas Day, Tim and Jill won't let him go. When all the family except Brad are at church, Tim walks home to talk to Brad and finds him on his way to go skiing.
062 / 3.13 - Slip Sleddin' Away
When Randy comes home with his sled, he is upset because he lost a race to Vinnie McGurn who challenged him. He wants to get even by beating him up, but Tim suggests that he can improve the sled and that Randy could challenge Vinnie to another race. When he does, Randy sprains his arm and has to go to the emergency room. Everybody there knows Tim and he is glad to be there without being the patient, but that soon changes. Jill is upset because she doesn't like the idea that Randy could get hurt in the race but, when she finds out that Randy wants to race because he has to fight back as he's the shortest boy in his class, she realizes that she was wrong after all.
063 / 3.14 - Dream On
Al isn't in a good mood and doesn't want to come to dinner at the Taylors with Ilene. Tim gets Al to tell him that he's upset because Ilene had a dream about Tim riding on a golden stallion wearing tight bicycle shorts. Al wants to be that guy and feels like he's not man enough for Ilene. Tim talks Al into coming for dinner anyway and when Al and Ilene arrive, she accidentally mentions a horse, and Tim starts joking about stallions and bicycle shorts. When Ilene realizes that Al told Tim, and Tim told Jill, she breaks up with Al.
064 / 3.15 - Reel Men
Al wants to buy an ice fishing shanty and wants Tim to go there fishing with him. At first Tim won't, but when he finds out that Jill has invited Marie and Ilene over to watch musicals, talk about men, and remove unnecessary body hair, he accepts. When they arrive, Tim has brought a TV and watches football when Al wants to fish and talk. When they don't catch anything, Tim suggests they make the hole bigger. When he tries to do that, he falls through the ice and loses the car keys and has to call Wilson to bring a spare set. Then Tim "improves" the heater so the shanty burns down.
065 / 3.16 - The Colonel
Jill's father, an Army colonel, comes to visit. He asks for Jill's and Tim's opinions on a military book he's written. The book is very boring and even Wilson fell asleep while reading it, and Jill has trouble telling her father the truth. Randy is a hockey goalie, and Tim builds a puck machine so he can practice. After a couple of tweaks, the shooter works almost too well.
066 / 3.17 - Room for Change
Brad complains that Randy bugs him all the time when he's on the phone. Tim wants to move Randy in with Mark, but Jill thinks they can talk things through. When Jill isn't home, the squabbling gets too much for Tim and he moves Mark in with Randy and Brad into Mark's room. Mark is happy about it, but Randy isn't until Jill explains the benefits to him. On Tool Time, Tim plays a prank on Al with a "soundproof" booth.
067 / 3.18 - The Eve of Construction
Tim and Al take part, with the help of some celebrities, in the Habitat for Humanity project to build homes. Jill wants to help but Tim explains that married people shouldn't work together. So Jill joins Al's team, together with other women - and Wilson. Tim thinks that he can build his house faster than the "girls" team, but has to admit that "men are equal to women." Brad finds a gold locket on the street and gives it to Ashley, but when he finds out it belongs to Marie, he has to get it back but is afraid to tell Ashley the truth.
068 / 3.19 - Too Many Cooks
After a taping of Tool Time, the staff begin setting up the "Cooking with Irma" set, and Al and Tim talk with Irma. She tells them that she can't host next week's shows because her daughter has had a baby. She wants Al to host the shows with Tim as his assistant. They agree and, when they do the show, Tim tries to crack jokes like on Tool Time, but the female audience only laugh at Al's jokes. Tim wants to quit but Jill makes him change his mind. Randy has been staring at a girl named Beth at the class photo, and wants to meets her so Brad sets up a meeting at home. Randy tries to be cool, but he only says dumb things. Luckily Wilson is there to help out.
069 / 3.20 - It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims
When Jill throws a baby shower for a friend at work, Tim charms all the women there. Jill wants him to stay home afterwards for some romance, but Tim has promised to go to the Demolition Derby with the boys. When he returns home, Jill is all excited but Tim spoils it all. After a talk with Wilson, Tim finds out what he did wrong and makes up for it.
070 / 3.21 - Fifth Anniversary
Tool Time features a "man's kitchen" with all the amenities. But when planning a big production for the 5th anniversary show, Tim finds that the kitchen has blown Tool Time's budget. So for the anniversary show, we get a peek back at the "first episode" of Tool Time. Al and Jill surprise Tim with racing car driver guest stars.
071 / 3.22 - Swing Time
Tool Time features changes at the K&B Construction site - and those changes include a woman foreman, Les. Tim challenges her to a "battle of tools." For Mother's Day, Tim and the boys want to get rid of the swingset and surprise Jill with a hot tub in its place. The surprise is on them however; she'd rather have a herb garden, and Tim finds out that the swingset means more to them than he first thought.
072 / 3.23 - What You See is What You Get
Jill is doing some research on cosmetic surgery and, while playing with a computer program to change a person's looks, Jill finds out that Tim would prefer her with surgery to the way she looks now. The boys play games with Tim and the loser has to clean the house.
073 / 3.24 - Reality Bytes
Randy discovers a singles bulletin board on his computer. He poses as a 32 year-old dermatologist and corresponds with 25 year-old Molly in St. Louis. He plagiarizes the love letters Tim wrote to Jill in college. Jill discovers the ruse when Molly comes for a surprise visit. Tim "helps" Mark with his science project. Six shuttle astronauts from the NASA Endeavour Space Shuttle Crew guest star on Tool Time.
074 / 3.25 - The Great Race II
Tim suggests an auction of the "Tool Man" to help Jill raise money for the library. Jill appears on Tool Time as the auctioneer, and Al has a surprise entry - Bob Vila, who brings in more money in the auction than Tim. Tim challenges Bob to a hot rod race. But Tim's car isn't even finished yet!
075 / 4.01 - Back in the Saddle Shoes Again
Tim is less than sensitive when Jill is laid off and decides that she wants to go back to college. Initially Tim has reservations as he's afraid that he will lose her to smarter guys. On Tool Time, Al and Tim have a dry-walling competition, which Al easily wins.
076 / 4.02 - Don't Tell Momma
Tim lectures Jill about improper care of her car after she touches up a scratch with nail polish. However, on a special Tool Time, Tim drops a 3 ton beam on Jill's car and tries to hide the car from her. Brad and Randy get kicked off the school bus for gluing Vinnie McGurn's butt crack, as he was bullying them.
077 / 4.03 - Death Begins at Forty
Harry, the hardware store owner, has a heart attack, and Tim begins to worry about his health as he's approaching his 40th birthday. Wilson tells Tim that eveything will be okay, as he's had a heart attack and is fine now. The boys give Tim a "Tool Man" and Jill arranges for Tim to fly in a jet. On Tool Time, Tim and Al are shrunk to go inside a small block 350 engine.
078 / 4.04 - The Eyes Don't Have It
Mark's teacher wants to meet with Tim and Jill; Mark is having problems at school. Tim and Jill try to figure out what is wrong. Jill thinks that the problem could be that she is neglecting Mark because of Tim and her busy schedules, but they both miss the real problem; Mark needs glasses and is afraid of looking stupid. Al bores the studio, Heidi and Tim with the history of linoleum.
079 / 4.05 - He Ain't Heavy, He's Just Irresponsible
Tim's brother, Marty, comes by and tells Tim he's leaving his wife. Tim tells Marty that things will get better, but that turns Marty against Tim. Also Tim puts a hole in the floor while trying to install a central vacuum. Jill needs to finish her psychology paper, but there are too many distractions.
080 / 4.06 - Borland Ambition
Jill says no to Tim's desire to buy into Harry's hardware store, so Al buys into it instead and is less than a "silent partner." Tim is also annoyed when Al starts advertising "Harry's Hardware" on Tool Time. Tim saves Al's relationship with Ilene as Al is spending too much time in the hardware store. Mark wins a Hallowe'en competition when he goes dressed as Al.
081 / 4.07 - Let's Go to the Videotape
Tim videotapes Jill's speech at the library, then accidentally leaves the "record" button on when he critiques her performance for his hardware-store buddies. When Jill screens the tape, she sees Tim referring to her as "the big bopper of boredom." Tim redeems himself by reading Jill's psychology books, and re-recording a conversation with the guys at the hardware store.
082 / 4.08 - Quibbling Siblings
Jill tries to explain to Tim that middle son Randy's scrapping with his brothers is really a bid for his share of Tim's attention, which the boy feels he is definitely not getting. This is made worse when Brad is made Tim's assistant when Al can't make it. Brad is very nervous around Heidi as he has a crush on her.
083 / 4.09 - My Dinner with Wilson
While entertaining the Taylor family for Thanksgiving, Wilson announces that he's moving away. But Tim tries to keep Wilson as a neighbor - and gets a peek at life from the other side of the fence. However Tim advises Wilson for once, quoting Mario Andretti, and Wilson decides to stay.
084 / 4.10 - Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher
Tim is paid a visit by his favorite high-school shop teacher, Mr. Leonard. Jill learns that this is the man who first recognized, aided and abetted Tim's unnatural need for "more power." But guest-appearing on Tool Time, Mr. Leonard has to admit that arthritis has ruined his hands and he can't cut metal anymore. But when Tim tries to help out, Leonard gets angry and leaves. After a talk with Wilson, Tim decides to pay Mr. Leonard a visit.
085 / 4.11 - Some Like It Hot Rod
Tim has a shot at getting the family hot rod featured in a major automotive magazine, but Jill almost spoils it because of her own busy agenda with Mark's fourth-grade Christmas Pageant; she has to use the garage, so she leaves the hot rod outside in a snowstorm. Trying to make it anyway, Tim gets help from Al to clean up the hot rod, but they both fall asleep.
086 / 4.12 - 'Twas the Night Before Chaos
Tim's brother Marty and his wife Nancy are visiting for the holidays with their new twin baby girls. Jill's parents also come from Texas and their bickering threatens to spoil Christmas. Jill and Tim try to help her parents solve their marital problems. As usual, Tim goes all out to beat Doc Johnson in the lighting contest. On the Christmas edition of Tool Time, we see ice sculpting with a chain saw.
087 / 4.13 - The Route of All Evil
Brad takes on an early-morning newspaper route after assuring Jill that his school work won't suffer. He finds it harder and harder to get up in the morning, and starts falling asleep whilst doing his homework, but is afraid to quit the job and disappoint Tim.
088 / 4.14 - Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?
Tim gets his hot rod in a show and, without consulting his family, he decides to sell it. Tim has a tough time coming up with the reason he did it - other than all the little zeros that have made it a big-money deal. Desperately trying to get the car back, Tim and Brad decide to buy one to rebuild instead. Even though Randy doesn't want to, Jill takes him shopping for clothes; he's afraid she'll embarrass him in front of someone he knows.
089 / 4.15 - Superbowl Fever
Tim has a Super Bowl TV party for his friends while Jill is sick upstairs with the 'flu.
090 / 4.16 - Bachelor of the Year
Mark has to do a school project on the "Most Interesting Person" he knows. Of course, Tim thinks it should be himself, but Mark decides he'd rather do it on Wilson. Al gets written up in a Detroit magazine as one of the city's "Most Eligible Bachelors" and the women begin flocking after him. Al's ego inflates by 10 times, his behavior changes, and he alienates everyone around him, especially Ilene. Finally, Tim brings Al down to earth by being a true friend and telling Al the "truth": that one of the reasons the women were going crazy over him was because they added an extra zero on to what his salary was in the magazine article.
091 / 4.17 - It's My Party
Tim wants to throw a snow mobile party for Randy's party, but Randy would rather have a co-ed party; Tim decides to build a polished dance floor - with 16 layers of polish. At the party, Randy decides to ask Michelle to dance, but she slips on the floor and hurts her ankle. She has a very protective father who nearly didn't let her go to the party. He's not impressed with the news of her injury, or that he saw Tim running around the house with no trousers on.
092 / 4.18 - A House Divided
Tim's free-loading friend, Benny, moves into his aunt's house while she is away. There is a gas leak and Tim does a Tool Time special on fixing the leak. But there's a second leak and the house blows up. Tim tells everybody that it wasn't his fault. Benny moves in with the Taylors and drives them nuts, so they do up Benny's aunt's house to get rid of him.
093 / 4.19 - The Naked Truth
Tim's brother, Marty, has a job interview in Detriot, so he and his wife, Nancy, come to stay with the Taylors. Thinking she was Jill, Tim walks in on Nancy in the shower, and they see each other naked. Tim is very uncomfortable about this and doesn't want to tell Jill or Marty. But over dinner, Nancy can't keep it to herself any longer and she tells them. Marty is even more uncomfortable about it than Tim. Randy goes to a Bar mitzvah but has to come home again when he splits his trousers. Brad suggests repairing them with a stapler; Tim would rather use a hot glue gun - while Randy's still wearing them.
094 / 4.20 - Talk to Me
Tim and two guys commiserate about their mates on Tool Time. Tim accidentally crushes dinner and then drops Jill's ring down the furnace. Furthermore, he calls Jill an "old hen" on Tool Time.
095 / 4.21 - No, No, Godot
Jill has booked theater tickets for the same night as a hockey game, so Tim has to get rid of his tickets for the game. Tim persuades Al to help him sell them outside the arena just before the game. They think they're in luck when they find a buyer, but he turns out to be a policeman who arrests them for scalping tickets. They spend 45 minutes in jail before Jill and Ilene can bail them out. Wilson is looking after the boys whilst Tim and Jill are out. Mark papier machés Wilson's face.
096 / 4.22 - Tool Time After Dark - Part 1
Tim ignores Jill's advice, eats too much Polish food and spends an entire night watching old Tool Time episodes.
097 / 4.23 - Tool Time After Dark - Part 2
Tim ignores Jill's advice, eats too much Polish food and spends an entire night watching old Tool Time episodes.
098 / 4.24 - Sisters and Brothers
Tim gets stuck in the middle when Jill's career-driven sister, Carrie, comes to observe Jill's world so she can decide if the married life would suit her too. Meanwhile, Tim's brother, Marty, moves to Detroit; and Al and his brother, Cal, have it out on Tool Time.
099 / 4.25 - A Marked Man
Deb Selby, a husband-calling contest champion, demonstrates her calls so loudly that Tim loses his hearing for a few days. Al hesitantly approaches Tim about the possibilty that one of the boys has stolen an expensive Swiss Army pocket knife. When Tim and Jill question the boys, no-one confesses and Jill doubts her sons would steal and lie. However, while putting the laundry away, Tim searches their rooms, while Jill convinces him not to because she trusts her kids. The missing knife turns up in Mark's dirty laundry, and Tim loses his temper and overreacts, leaving Jill to calm him down. Mark does not come home from school and Tim and Jill frantically call around and find him at the hardware store. Mark admits he stole the knife to impress his brothers.
100 / 4.26 - Wilson's Girlfriend
Jill acts as a matchmaker, roping Wilson into his first date in 20 years. And Tim promises to give Wilson a few pointers to the big event.
101 / 5.01 - A Taylor Runs Through It
Jill has to go to a cousin's out-of-town wedding. Tim, however, decides to turn the trip into a "bit" of a vacation for the whole family. As a consequence, Jill is injured several times.
102 / 5.02 - The First Temptation of Tim
Tim's new boss wants to replace Al because he isn't liked by the younger viewers. Brad is in trouble because he got both detention on the first day of school, and detention during detention. On Tool Time, Tim and Al do a salute to porta-potties.
103 / 5.03 - Her Cheatin' Mind
Tim decides to join Jill's book club because he feels threatened by one of Jill's classmates. Even though Wilson says Tim shouldn't feel that way because Tim and Jill are soul mates, Tim decides to make a fool of himself by discussing "Madame Bovary" with Jill's friends. He didn't even read the book but bought it on audio tape.
104 / 5.04 - Jill's Surprise Party
Tim has plans for a surprise party for Jill, but when everybody shows up, Jill has gone out on a search for an old piano. At work, Tim's boss decides to spice up Tool Time. That involves a whole new look for Al.
105 / 5.05 - Advise and Repent
Because Jill has got an A on her psychology paper, she dispenses some amateur psychiatric advice. In the process, she manages to cause marital problems between Randy's girlfriend's parents. On Tool Time, Al is turtle-sitting for his mother's turtle, Scooter.
106 / 5.06 - Let Them Eat Cake
Tim, Jill, Al and Ilene are at an awards banquet and hope to win an award for Tool Time. The award usually goes to "Cooking with Irma." At home, Brad throws a Hallowe'en party for some of the "new crowd" from school.
107 / 5.07 - The Look
Tim gets a good deal on Pistons season tickets but doesn't consult Jill before buying them for over 4000 dollars. That gets him a "woman's look" from Jill, the same Harry gets from his wife at the hardware store. Suddenly Tim is the most popular among his friends but he realizes that he probably overdid it and decides to sell some of the tickets in an auction.
108 / 5.08 - Room Without a View
After Randy decides that he can't stand Mark when his history paper is ruined, Tim decides to do a Tool Time project and convert the basement into a room for Randy. After the room is finished, Randy has difficulty admitting that he's afraid to sleep there due to all the strange noises and loneliness.
109 / 5.09 - Chicago Hope
Tim and Jill's relationship has been on hold for almost a month and Jill is tired with it. She hopes that their trip to Chicago will change the situation. But the plans go down the drain when Tim's business meeting takes all day.
110 / 5.10 - Doctor in the House
Tim gets an honorary Ph.D., and student Jill and Al are less than thrilled. Even Wilson seems upset. Tim thinks he was chosen because of Tool Time, but when he's accepting the degree, he finds out the real truth.
111 / 5.11 - That's My Momma
Tim's visiting mother doesn't want to spend time with him but goes out with Tim's old shop teacher, Mr. Leonard. Friends and family suggest that Tim try talking about more personal matters with her. He thinks he isn't able to do that.
112 / 5.12 - 'Twas The Flight Before Christmas
Tim and Al get stranded at the airport on Christmas Eve on the way to a winter festival which Binford sponsors. Illene thinks Al is too attached to his mother and makes him choose between them. The boys beat Doc Johnson in the lighting contest without Tim's help. On Tool Time, Tim and Al do a salute to electricity.
113 / 5.13 - Oh, Brother
Although Tim thinks it is a bad idea, he hires his brother Marty to rebuild the Tool Time set, after Marty loses his job. They get on each others nerves and put their friendship in jeopardy. At home and on Tool Time, Tim tries to boil fish in the dishwasher.
114 / 5.14 - High School Confidential
Randy's science and math abilities land him in classes at the high school where his older brother Brad feels overshadowed. Tim and Al introduce "The Man's Bedroom" on Tool Time.
115 / 5.15 - Tanks for the Memories
Tim and Jill are squaring off in a tank-driving competition on an obstacle course. Jill, raised as the daughter of an Army Officer, turns out to be quite the commando, while Tim's tank tactics, of course, end in disaster. Tim doesn't realize tha he should praise Jill for her good driving; instead he feels that she humiliated him.
116 / 5.16 - The Vasectomy One
Jill wants Tim to undergo a vasectomy when they decide their family is complete. He agrees that they should talk to a doctor but when it is a woman, Tim wants to forget about it. Randy has been voted "best butt" by the girls in his school. On Tool Time, an air-driven furniture mover is introduced.
117 / 5.17 - Fear of Flying
The Columbia astronauts make an appearance on Tool Time and take Tim's special screwdriver on a mission. Mark wants to take flying lessons which Jill doesn't approve of. Jill decides to take piano lessons, to the dismay of the rest of the family. Tim and Al ruin Bud's car.
118 / 5.18 - When Harry Kept Delores
Harry's Hardware becomes less of a last refuge when Harry's wife comes to work. When the marital advice Tim gives Harry results in a break-up of his marriage, Tim takes matters into his own hands to fix what he broke. On Tool Time, country music superstar Alan Jackson performs his hit song "Mercury Blues."
119 / 5.19 - Eye on Tim
Tool Time is the subject of a local TV report, and sick Jill is not pleased with the reporter's advances towards Tim. Tim is impressed by the reporter because of her fascination with tools. She and Tim end up at "Big Mike's" where Tim finally realizes what she is up to.
120 / 5.20 - The Bud Bowl
While bowling with his boss and his wife, Tim wants Jill to throw the game to spare Bud's feelings and keep his future out of the gutter. But that creates a split between the Taylors. Brad's girlfriend, Angela, sets up her sister and Randy.
121 / 5.21 - Engine and a Haircut, Two Fights
Brad and Tim get into an altercation over both Brad's new haircut and what type of engine to put into the hot rod. Randy gets a part in Romeo and Juliet and is less than enthusiastic over Jill's offer to help him rehearse.
122 / 5.22 - The Longest Day
After a routine medical checkup for the boys, it is discovered that Randy may be suffering from cancer. The family endures a long and painful wait for the results of Randy's blood test.
123 / 5.23 - Mr. Wilson's Opus
Wilson takes over as director of Randy's school play but, in trying to get more from the kids than they're capable of, he takes all the fun out of Shakespeare. Tim has his heart set on set designer but also gets upset when Wilson wants him to completely redesign the set.
124 / 5.24 - Shopping Around
Tim's mother is going out with his high-school shop teacher, Art Leonard, but Tim and Jill go to a restaurant and discover Art with another woman. Tim ruins Art's appearance on Tool Time where we also see Wilson. Art has to tell Tim's mother the truth, but she has already found out.
125 / 5.25 - Alarmed by Burglars
After a burglary at Wilson's, Jill allows Tim to go all out in buying a fancy security system for their home. But it's most alarming when they keep setting it off themselves. Wilson retaliates by taking up a petition with the neighbors.
126 / 5.26 - Games, Flames and Automobiles
Al thinks his Tool Time board game will give him the financial security to propose to Ilene. But faulty wiring on the product sends his plans up in flames, along with his investment of his life savings.
127 / 6.01 - At Sea
Jill finds Brad making out with his girlfriend in his room. When Jill asks Tim to have a man-to-man talk with Brad, Tim is a little reluctant to do it. Not because he doesn't feel Brad needs it, but because it's something he's never done before with a kid. 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.
128 / 6.02 - Future Shock
Jill's distress over catering to Tim's daily routine leads both to dream of their senior years, and each has a different view of how Tim's "self-discipline" has affected their lives.
129 / 6.03 - Workshop 'Til You Drop
Bud's divorce announcement makes Jill drag Tim to a couples therapy workshop hoping to improve their communication. Good idea, bad result: Tim finally opens up - about Jill's faults.
130 / 6.04 - Burnin' Love
Tim encourages Randy to express his true feelings for Lauren, who, like Tim, is a real car enthusiast. But Randy is crushed when he finds out that she's going out with Brad's friend, Jason. On Tool Time, well-known auto care expert Lucille Treganowan makes a guest appearance.
131 / 6.05 - Al's Video
Producer Al selects Tim to direct his how-to video. But Tim's "vision" of the project leads to creative differences - and his firing. Jill gets a computer.
132 / 6.06 - Whose Car is it Anyway?
Jill uses an inheritance to buy herself a foreign sports car, which she prohibits Tim from driving. But how often does Tim listen to Jill?
133 / 6.07 - I was a Teenage Taylor
In a battle of Hallowe'en pranks, Brad and Randy score the first fright, then turn Tim and Jill's retaliatory effort around on them. But who will laugh last?
134 / 6.08 - Jill and Her Sisters
Jill's sisters, who are "neurotic, especially when they argue," arrive to help plan their parents' 50th-anniversary party. And it's neuroses on parade!
135 / 6.09 - The Toolman Delivers
While Tim drives Jill and a very pregnant Heidi to his Classic Car Man of the Year awards banquet, Heidi goes into labor. Jill and Tim act as coach and receiver, respectively, while Wilson instructs them over the phone.
136 / 6.10 - The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry
The cast appears in animated form during a brief dream sequence in this touching Thanksgiving episode. The story concerns Tim's freeloading friend Benny, whose past boorish behavior puts him off the Taylors' holiday guest list until Tim sees him in line at a soup kitchen. Tim's change of heart is followed by the dream, filmed in stop-motion animation by the studios of Claymation creator Will Vinton. In the fantasy, Tim gathers a myriad of items for those less fortunate and comes to realize that "real charity is about giving of yourself." The show also includes cameos (in human form) by race-car drivers Michael and Mario Andretti, who compete against Tim in "the Butterball 500," a turkey-carving race, which is called by famous Indy 500 announcer Jack Arute.
137 / 6.11 - Workin' Man Blues
Brad throws himself into his new part-time job at a sporting-goods store. But Jill and Tim become concerned when it appears that work is Brad's top priority.
138 / 6.12 - No Place Like Home
Tim's brothers join to help their mother move out of the family home, but Tim objects to the new owners' plans for the place.
139 / 6.13 - The Flirting Game
Jill wonders if flirting with a potential boss might help her get hired.
140 / 6.14 - The Karate Kid Returns
Karate-student Mark successfully intervenes when a bully accosts Randy, who takes a different sort of beating when the story hits the school paper. The Beach boys visit their cousin Wilson.
141 / 6.15 - Totally Tool Time
A tense Tim troubles the Tool Time team when the audience include two Swedish buyers who are considering the show for the European market. Will Tool Time's "Salute To Men" have the desired result?
142 / 6.16 - A Funny Valentine
A singer hints that her relationship with Tim's father was more than casual. Tim forgets where he hid Jill's Valentine's Day gift.
143 / 6.17 - Wilson's World
After a critic declares performance artist Wilson out of touch with reality, the Taylors' neighbor decides to be more like others, more like Tim.
144 / 6.18 - Something Old, Someone Blue
Al reveals a secret to Tim and the guys before his wedding to Ilene.
145 / 6.19 - Communication Breakdown
The kids are using the phone way too much so Tim convinces Jill to let Harry's son Dennis install a second line. Unfortunately when Dennis takes a break, Tim takes over with the help of Brad and Randy. A blowup between Harry and Dennis keys Jill and Tim into a bigger question of sensitivity and discipline with their boys.
146 / 6.20 - My Son, the Driver
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 admits. Members of racing's Unser family have cameos.
147 / 6.21 - Insult to Injury
Plans call for Tim to drive a steamroller on the next Tool Time, which will break a Bob Vila record. And he refuses to let his separated shoulder interfere.
148 / 6.22 - Family Unties
The boys don't share Jill's desire for quality time together during the family's annual weekend at a hardward expo, which is also enhanced by Tim's Tool Time remotes.
149 / 6.23 - The Feminine Mistake
Tool Time gets the go-ahead to create a special 3D effects show, featuring in-your-face antics from Tim, Al and Heidi. 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.
150 / 6.24 - Taps
Jill's father dies and she has to deal with the guilt after she faked being sick that weekend so he wouldn't come to visit. Tim has to deal with the various ways the boys deal with the loss.
151 / 6.25 - The Kiss & the Kiss-Off
Pamela Lee makes a special guest appearance when she returns as Lisa, the Tool Time girl who left the show to become a paramedic. Tim, who is as excited as everyone else to see her again, invites Lisa to temporarily resume her part on the show without consulting the current Tool Time girl, Heidi. Randy finally gets up the nerve to ask Lauren out on their first official date.
152 / 7.01 - Quest for Fire
The Taylors vacation at a Lake Michigan resort... while Tim tries to give MORE POWER to the BBQ concept, Randy meets with Lauren and Brad breaks up with Angela. Mark's changing, but is it for the better? Tim is seriously considering quitting Tool Time and moving permanently to this country resort.
153 / 7.02 - The Clash of the Taylors
Randy and Tim face off over Binford's environmental policies when Randy writes an article for his school newspaper. Jill gets an internship counselling families.
154 / 7.03 - Room at the Top
The family is driving Jill crazy and she is having a hard time getting any of her studies/work done and 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 letting Tim go ahead with the construction.
155 / 7.04 - Pump You Up
After Brad gets a soccer scholarship, Tim begins to push him too hard. Randy and Lauren want to go out on another date... but they don't particularly want to double date with a couple of friends, 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 rebels further by deciding to wear only dark clothes and paint his nails.
156 / 7.05 - A Night to Dismember
Mark and his friend Ronny make a film for a school project. He casts Brad and Randy as successful young men and Tim & Jill as the Cleavers. Later, Tim watches the unfinished video and sees Mark as the third son, Clark, who goes on a killing spree... after which, of course, Jill is worried that Mark wants to kill them, but Mark claims it's just a video.
157 / 7.06 - The Niece
Wilson's niece Willow comes to visit, and decides to stay. Tim becomes impatient because Wilson no longer has time for him.
158 / 7.07 - Jill's Passion
Tim and Al use Wilson's garage to demonstrate how to make room in a garage on Tool Time. Jill meets a man named Ian at the gym who is as much in love with classical music as she is. That night, she dreams about kissing him. The next day she ends up telling her friend Patty, and after feeling guilty all day, tells Tim about the dream. Tim and Jill spend the night watching Spartacus.
159 / 7.08 - Losing My Religion
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. Randy is shocked when his patient takes a turn for the worse.
160 / 7.09 - Thanksgiving
Tim and the family spend Thanksgiving watching a football game from a luxury box. However Tim takes a tour and manages to black out the entire stadium. This leaves Jill and the boys to fend for themselves in the box with a Hollywood producer but are thrilled when Rodney Dangerfield drops in.
161 / 7.10 - The Dating Game
Al finds out that Ilene is engaged and begins hanging around the Taylor house too much. To help him out, Tim takes Al out to a club where they both meet up with some women... will Al get a date?
162 / 7.11 - Bright Christmas
New rules for the annual Christmas Decorating contest make Tim work harder to give his display MORE POWER. Jill is concerned when she finds out her mother is dating, so soon after her father's death.
163 / 7.12 - Old College Try
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.
164 / 7.13 - An Older Woman
Brad's getting MARRIED... well, maybe not after Tim and Jill get through with him. The Taylor parents try to make Brad realize that he's not ready for the commitment of marriage to a college girl he just recently met at a party.
165 / 7.14 - Tim 'The Landlord' Taylor
Brad and Randy occupy their time arguing over a shirt they both want, while Al becomes a nightmare tenant for Tim and Jill who have rented him a house.
166 / 7.15 - Say Goodnight, Gracie
Tim begins to want to have 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.
167 / 7.16 - What a Drag
On Tool Time, 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 to catch the culprit... to everyone's surprise, Brad is caught red-handed with the goods.
168 / 7.17 - Taking Jill for Granite
The Taylors do a kitchen remodel, but a surprise is in store when Tim and Jill find out who the installer is.
169 / 7.18 - Futile Attraction
Tim becomes suspicious that Heidi and Al are having a hot affair when he finds out she has separated from her husband; he sets out to find out exactly how much of an affair they are having. On Tool Time, Tim adds a little MORE POWER to his golf swing when golf-pro Payne Stewart guests.
170 / 7.19 - Desperately Seeking Willow
While staying over at the Taylors, 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 who better to celebrate with than the boys from K&B Construction.
171 / 7.20 - The Write Stuff
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 article "Hey Yo!" takes the spotlight away from Randy's "Genetic Mutations in the Second Half of the 20th Century."
172 / 7.21 - The Son Also Mooches
It's Jill's turn to worry about needing glasses as she reaches middle age. Tim worries that his mother is going to lose money on another of his brother Jeff's business schemes.
173 / 7.22 - Believe It or Not
On Tool Time, "Men's Convenience Week" features a visit by Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons. Wilson becomes upset with Tim after Tim tells everyone about Wilson's encounter with an alien, something Wilson would rather Tim had kept to himself.
174 / 7.23 - Rebel Without Night Driving Privileges
Randy's driving, get off the sidewalk! ... Randy doesn't feel that he's being treated fairly 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.
175 / 7.24 - Tool-Thousand-One: A Space Odyssey
Tool Time is revisited by Astronauts Ken Bowersox and Steve Hawley, who announce that a Binford tool will be used on their next shuttle mission. Will Tim or Al win the competition to be the one to use the tool in space? Back on Earth, Mark tries to impress a girl by making a dramatic change to his appearance.
176 / 7.25 - From Top to Bottom
aka: Over The Top
On Tool Time, Tim is getting ready to pick the final colors for the Hotrod. When Jill is asked to appear on a talk show, "Women on Top"... she makes some comments that make Tim look bad.
177 / 8.01 - Whitewater
Will this be Tim's last birthday? Jill's surprise birthday gift of a river rafting adventure trip to Kernville, California goes against Tim's well thought out plans of lounging in his new recliner.
178 / 8.02 - Adios
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.
179 / 8.03 - All in the Family
Jill's sister and Tim's brother get a little too friendly... and interrupt Tim and Jill's plans to spend some intimate time together.
180 / 8.04 - Taylor Got Game
Brad is worried about his SATs and is also faced with the tough decision of whether to accept an offer to play professional soccer in Europe.
181 / 8.05 - Al's Fair Lady
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 rich girlfriend... and Tim doesn't understand what is so wrong about Al accepting very extravagant gifts from her... of course, the gift is a car.
182 / 8.06 - Bewitched
Continuing their holiday tradition, the ghouls and goblins aren't the only scary creatures on this Hallowe'en episode of the show. But, when Wilson disappears after the Hallowe'en party, Tim becomes the prime suspect.
183 / 8.07 - Not So Great Scott
Jill tells Tim that she thinks one of her patients is seeing Heidi's husband Scott. Unfortunately, Tim accidentally spills this little tidbit of confidential information to Heidi.
184 / 8.08 - Tim's First Car
Jill decides to find Tim an exact replica of his first car after it is junked. Mark helps Brad out in his search for colleges by making a video for him to send out to prospective schools.
185 / 8.09 - Mr. Likeable
Al gets a role in a TV movie, staring with Morgan Fairchild. Tim has trouble convincing everyone he's happy for Al.
186 / 8.10 - Thanks, But No Thanks
Tim invites his brother, Marty, and his six-year-old twin daughters to stay at the Taylor household when he discovers that Marty and his wife are separated.
187 / 8.11 - Home for the Holidays
Randy returns home unexpectedly for Christmas and discovers all the changes that have gone on in his absence. Tim discovers that his biggest rival in the annual neighborhood lighting contest is Al.
188 / 8.12 - Ploys for Tots
Tim and Jill try to teach Marty the best way to parent when one of the twins keeps throwing tantrums to get her own way.
189 / 8.13 - Chop Shop 'Til You Drop
Tim and Jill buy Brad a car. However, when it is stolen, Tim and Al go undercover to catch the thieves.
190 / 8.14 - Home Alone
Tim is alone for the weekend so that he can write a book for Binford. However, he is distracted by dreams of fame and fortune.
191 / 8.15 - Knee Deep
Brad blames Tim for possibly ruining his soccer career when he injures his knee on a piece of hardware during a Tool Time shoot at the house. The magicians Penn & Teller appear on Tool Time.
192 / 8.16 - Mark's Big Break
Tim commissions Mark to make a video to celebrate the completion of his hot rod. When Tim is disappointed with the result, Mark films a new version - with a dance number set to "Greased Lightning."
193 / 8.17 - Young at Heart
The plans for Tim and Jill's 19th wedding anniversary go awry when Tim is caught on security cameras in a compromising position with his new female mechanic
194 / 8.18 - Love's Labor Lost, Part I
Plans for a ski trip are put on hold when Jill needs an emergency hysterectomy. Tim helps her face the situation, but becomes frightened when complications arise during surgery.
195 / 8.19 - Love's Labor Lost, Part II
Tim waits for news on Jill's surgery. Jill will be fine, although she had to have her ovaries completely removed, not partially as was first thought. Jill's mother comes to visit, to help with her daughter's care and with her mood swings.
196 / 8.20 - Neighbors
Tim and Wilson's friendship is tested when Wilson wins $10,000 and decides to build an elaborate science lab in his backyard - which blocks the Taylor family's view.
197 / 8.21 - A Hardware Habit to Break
Harry announces that he is retiring and selling the hardware store. Tim organizes a fundraising party for the store, but ends up buying it himself. But when the customers dry up, Tim begins to wonder what he is doing wrong.
198 / 8.22 - Loose Lips and Freudian Slips
Jill's thesis is before the committee. During Mark's student film viewing, Jill's psychology professor sees Jill criticize him and Jill is worried that this will affect the thesis committee's decision.
199 / 8.23 - Trouble-a-Bruin
Troubles brew on Tool Time when Bud mandates that no non-Binford products are to be used on the show. Brad has to decide whether or not to play soccer earlier than he is scheduled to when he has an opportunity to play for a UCLA soccer coach/scout.
200 / 8.24 - Dead Weight
Tool Time continues to be a "jewel" despite the continued excess presence of the Binford name. Things rapidly turn sad when Al decides to take his mother out to dinner to tell her he's going to get married... and she has a heart attack and dies.
201 / 8.25 - The Long and Winding Road, Part I
Tool Time's new producer, Morgan, stages a Jerry Springer style fight on the show. When he refuses to stop degrading the show, Tim quits. Jill's psychology professor offers her a great job - in Indiana.
202 / 8.26 - The Long and Winding Road, Part II
While on the way to school, Tim and the boys reminisce about some of the good times they've had. With clips from previous shows.
203 / 8.27 - The Long and Winding Road, Part III
Tim records his finale Tool Time, with a host of guests - and a pregnant Heidi. Morgan offers Tim more money and an executive producer credit to stay with the show, but Tim rejects his offer. Jill makes a decision about the Indiana job offer. Wilson and Tim take down their fence to make more room for Al and Trudy's wedding. Harry and Delores return for the happy occasion, while Benny, Marty and Jeff bet on the outcome. The Taylor's decide to go to Indiana, taking their house with them in the ultimate home project - or is it just a figment of Tim's imagination?
204 / 8.28 - Backstage Pass
A look back at the past eight years of Home Improvement, with cast interviews, outtakes, scenes for the final taping - and Wilson's entire face.