List of Home Improvement episodes

List of Home Improvement episodes

The following is an episode list for the American television sitcom Home Improvement. The series aired on ABC from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999, with 204 episodes produced spanning 8 seasons.


Series overview

Seasons Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 24 September 17, 1991 – May 5, 1992 November 23, 2004 June 27, 2005 June 28, 2005
2 25 September 16, 1992 – May 19, 1993 June 7, 2005 August 1, 2005 July 20, 2005
3 25 September 15, 1993 – May 25, 1994 November 22, 2005 January 9, 2006 January 16, 2006
4 26 September 20, 1994 – May 23, 1995 June 6, 2006 December 6, 2007 (Germany)
September 1, 2008 (UK)
December 5, 2007
5 26 September 19, 1995 – May 21, 1996 November 14, 2006 March 6, 2008 (Germany) April 2, 2008
6 25 September 17, 1996 – May 20, 1997 May 15, 2007 November 13, 2008 (Germany) December 3, 2008
7 25 September 23, 1997 – May 19, 1998 August 7, 2007 March 18, 2009
8 28 September 22, 1998 – May 25, 1999 June 10, 2008 August 13, 2009 December 2, 2009

Season 1: 1991–1992

Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Pilot" John Pasquin Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean &
Matt Williams
September 17, 1991 (1991-09-17) 63294
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 doesn't get the job. Taking Wilson's advice, Tim apologizes in a subtle manner on his next Tool Time episode, and Jill forgives him. 
2 2 "Mow Better Blues" John Pasquin Elliot Stern September 24, 1991 (1991-09-24) A304

After Mark breaks one of Tim's oldest tools, he fears the worst when Brad and Randy take control of his guilt and fabricate a story about the traded son "Peter". Tim modifies his riding lawnmower. This episode title is a parody reference to the 1990 Spike Lee film Mo' Better Blues.

Note: This episode aired at a special time on Thursday night, September 26. 
3 3 "Off Sides" John Pasquin Marley Sims October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01) A302

Jill can't find a babysitter, so she hires a magician, and he messes up during a trick and locks himself in a trunk. During Tim and her romantic dinner, Tim is distracted by a Detroit Lions game.

Absent: Richard Karn as Al 
4 4 "Satellite on a Hot Tim's Roof" John Pasquin Allison M. Gibson October 8, 1991 (1991-10-08) A305
Tim tries to put up a satellite that has 200 channels, and is jealous when Jill's teacher comes to the house and promptly starts making romantic advances on Jill. 
5 5 "Wild Kingdom" John Pasquin Susan Estelle Jansen October 15, 1991 (1991-10-15) A303

Tim hears a rustling in the basement and dismisses it as a rat, but Wilson thinks it's a snake, which Tim has a strong paranoia about.

Notes: The opening theme from "Home Improvement" is used as the special closing theme of this episode. The initial title for this episode was "Wild Thing", after the Chip Taylor song of the same name; the episode title appeared in TV Guide, early ABC airings and the original shooting script as such. Upon airing in syndication from 1995–present, the alternate title of "Wild Kingdom" is used. 
6 6 "Adventures in Fine Dining" John Pasquin Peter Tolan October 22, 1991 (1991-10-22) A301
Jill makes a bet with Tim that he cannot teach the kids some manners after they are kicked out of a pizza place. If Tim cannot teach the boys manners, he will be attending the opera for an entire year with Jill. 
7 7 "Nothing More Than Feelings" John Pasquin Peter Tolan October 29, 1991 (1991-10-29) A306
Jill drives with the oil light on and Tim expresses this on Tool Time and Jill gets angry at Tim. Randy believes his hands are just like a girl's hands. 
8 8 "Flying Sauces" John Pasquin Billy Riback & Elliot Stern November 5, 1991 (1991-11-05) A309

Workers from the K&B Construction Site come and show how to cook food using tools. Brad and Randy make up a story to Mark that everybody around him are aliens. To get back at the boys, Tim, Jill, and Mark dress as aliens and scare them.

First appearances of: Dwayne, Pete, and Rock, the "boys from K&B Construction"

Absent: Earl Hindman as Wilson 
9 9 "Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble" John Pasquin Susan Estelle Jansen November 19, 1991 (1991-11-19) A310
Tim tries to renovate his and Jill's bathroom, and involves Tool Time to make it free. The project turns out to take longer than expected, taking 18 days, much to Jill's dismay. Brad attempts to ask out Jennifer. 
10 10 "Reach Out and Teach Someone" John Pasquin Allison M. Gibson November 26, 1991 (1991-11-26) A311
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 plumbing. Meanwhile, Brad thinks he'll do terribly on a test when Randy calls him an idiot. Tim begins working on his hot rod. 
11 11 "Look Who's Not Talking" John Pasquin Billy Riback December 10, 1991 (1991-12-10) A307

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.

Note: The opening theme from "Home Improvement" is used as the special closing theme of this episode. 
12 12 "Yule Better Watch Out" John Pasquin Billy Riback December 17, 1991 (1991-12-17) A312
Tim is competing in the neighborhood's annual Christmas Decoration Contest, and is trying to outdo his rival, Doc Johnson. Brad and Randy tell Mark Santa Claus is dead but a mysterious Santa (Earl Hindman) gives him his wish. Brad and Randy participate in a Christmas play as meager parts. 
13 13 "Up Your Alley" John Pasquin Billy Riback & Elliot Stern January 7, 1992 (1992-01-07) A314
It's family night, and Tim decides to take the family bowling. Jill believes Tim gets too competitive during bowling, so doesn't keep score, but soon it turns into an all out brawl. Brad and Randy encounter an arcade bully. 
14 14 "For Whom the Belch Tolls" John Pasquin Sheila M. Anthony January 14, 1992 (1992-01-14) A308
Stu Cutler (Christopher McDonald), Tim's old college buddy, comes to town, and visits the Taylors. Unfortunately, Stu starts to annoy Tim and Jill and is stuck in the past of when he and Tim were in college, and Tim has to set him straight. 
15 15 "Forever Jung" John Pasquin Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean &
Matt Williams
January 21, 1992 (1992-01-21) A313
Karen (Betsy Randle), Jill's friend, visits, and Tim has to tolerate and stand up to her constant comments about his masculinity and tool show. Because of this stress, Tim accidentally glues his forehead to a table. Meanwhile, Jill teaches Brad how to dance, for Jennifer's parents' anniversary. 
16 16 "Jill's Birthday" John Pasquin Rosalind Moore February 4, 1992 (1992-02-04) A315
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. 
17 17 "What About Bob?" John Pasquin Susan Estelle Jansen February 11, 1992 (1992-02-11) A317

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.

First appearances of: Bob Vila and John Binford (Noble Willingham
18 18 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" John Pasquin B. K. Taylor February 18, 1992 (1992-02-18) A318
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. 
19 19 "Unchained Malady" John Pasquin Billy Riback February 25, 1992 (1992-02-25) A319
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 beats him to a pulp, giving him a black eye and a disfigured face. George Foreman guest stars as himself on Tool Time
20 20 "Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor" John Pasquin Marley Sims March 3, 1992 (1992-03-03) A320

When Jill tells Tim they're going to an opera fundraiser, he has no recollection of Jill mentioning it. This prompts an all out argument between the two. All the while, Tim helps Mark build an elaborate bird house.

Guest stars: Ernest Borgnine and Jack Elam

Note: First episode featuring Big Mike's 
21 21 "A Battle of Wheels" John Pasquin Laura Eve Anderson March 17, 1992 (1992-03-17) A321
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. 
22 22 "Luck Be a Taylor Tonight" John Pasquin Allison M. Gibson & Marley Sims April 7, 1992 (1992-04-07) A316

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.

First appearance of: Jill's sister, Robin

Note: Donald A. Morgan (director of photography) won an Emmy Award in 1992 in the category "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series" for this episode. 
23 23 "Al's Fair in Love and War" John Pasquin Elliot Stern April 28, 1992 (1992-04-28) A322
Al wants to ask Greta Post out, but screws up, so Jill suggests he invite her to a barbecue that Tim could put up, and Tim gives Al advice that leads him to lose Greta. Tim tries to get a foothold on Jill's college diary. Jill discovers something about the effects of Jenifer and the boy's manners. 
24 24 "Stereo-Typical" John Pasquin Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean &
Matt Williams
May 5, 1992 (1992-05-05) A323

Tim purchases a new stereo set, which causes many complications with the volume and Jill's paranoia for new gadgets.

Note: The editors Alex Gimenez, Marco Zappia were nominated for an Emmy Award in 1992 in the category "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production" for this episode.[1] 

Season 2: 1992–1993

  • Zachery Ty Bryan (Brad Taylor) was absent for 1 episode.
  • Richard Karn (Al Borland) who was already a regular cast member in the previous season, is now featured in the opening credits.
Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
25 1 "Read My Hips" John Pasquin B. K. Taylor September 16, 1992 (1992-09-16) A324
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 pounding him is a sign that she wants to kiss him. 
26 2 "Rites and Wrongs of Passage" John Pasquin Susan Estelle Jansen September 23, 1992 (1992-09-23) A326
Tim is excited when he manages to get front-row seats to a monster truck rally, but his dream of the perfect Sunday with his boys is jeopardized when Brad pulls a disgusting prank on his school principal. Tim gets him off the hook, but when Brad is escorted home by the police later that week, Jill is adamant that Brad not go. Meanwhile, Tim and Al participate in the Scottish Highland Games. 
27 3 "Overactive Glance" John Pasquin Billy Riback September 30, 1992 (1992-09-30) A327

Jill and Karen watch a new Tool Time segment and observe that Tim checked out a young woman appearing on the show. They then make a bet that Tim can't go a whole night without checking out women, which he fails dismally on their dinner date. Meanwhile, Randy struggles to keep his position on the football team.

First appearance of: Debbe Dunning, although not as Heidi Keppert. Instead, she plays Kiki Von Fursterwallenscheinlaw in this episode. 
28 4 "Groin Pains" John Pasquin Howard J. Morris October 7, 1992 (1992-10-07) A325
Tim pulls a groin muscle when trying to impress Jill by carrying a big trunk of books. Jill is ignorant about it and makes it worse when she tries to jumps into his arms. Randy plays Peter Pan in the school play, but the school doesn't have the necessary machine for him to fly. 
29 5 "Heavy Meddle" John Pasquin Rosalind Moore October 14, 1992 (1992-10-14) A328
Tim excitedly hosts a work party with a few of his friends (and a recently-single Al) to put the engine into his hot rod, however his plans are hijacked when his friends bring their wives and Jill tries to set her friend Karen up with one of Tim's friends. 
30 6 "The Haunting of Taylor House" John Pasquin Susan Estelle Jansen October 28, 1992 (1992-10-28) A331

It's Halloween, and Brad is hosting a party. He and his girlfriend Jennifer plan to dress as Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann, however Jennifer shows up dressed like and with Brad's enemy, Danny, because Brad didn't pick her for his team in kickball, which she takes as a sign that Brad doesn't care about their relationship. Meanwhile, Tim prepares his "Catacombs of Terror" to scare Brad's invitees.

Guest stars: Rider Strong as Danny and Jessica Wesson as Jennifer Sudarsky 
31 7 "Roomie for Improvement" John Pasquin Billy Riback November 4, 1992 (1992-11-04) A332

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.

Absent: Zachery Ty Bryan as Brad Taylor 
32 8 "May the Best Man Win" John Pasquin Maxine Lapiduss November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11) A329

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 that she is taking over his 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.

First appearance of: Maureen Binford (Vicki Lewis
33 9 "Where There's a Will, There's a Way" John Pasquin Howard J. Morris November 18, 1992 (1992-11-18) A333

Jill decides to finally complete the will, which Tim does not want to be part of because of his fear of mortality. Mark fears that his father is going to die.

Note: This is the first episode in which the Home Improvement logo is shown for an opening scene. 
34 10 "Let's Did Lunch" John Pasquin Howard M. Gould November 25, 1992 (1992-11-25) A330
Dave has Tim tell Karen that they had lunch that 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. 
35 11 "Abandoned Family" John Pasquin Rosalind Moore December 2, 1992 (1992-12-02) A334
When Jill gets to research the cover story for the magazine, Tim takes over the house, however Jill is unhappy 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. 
36 12 "I'm Scheming of a White Christmas" John Pasquin B. K. Taylor December 16, 1992 (1992-12-16) A335
Brad and Randy start canvassing 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 steal some of the money to buy comics and video games. 
37 13 "Bell Bottom Blues" John Pasquin Susan Estelle Jansen January 6, 1993 (1993-01-06) A336
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. 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 hugged him in front of all his friends. 
38 14 "Howard's End" Andy Cadiff Stacey Hur January 13, 1993 (1993-01-13) A337

Jennifer is going away on holiday, so she leaves her goldfish Howard in the care of Brad, who inadvertently kills the fish. Tim and Jill get into a fight over who owns what when Jill opens a private checking account for herself.

Note: First episode not directed by John Pasquin
39 15 "Love is a Many Splintered Thing" Andy Cadiff Billy Riback January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) A338
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 volunteers to perform a ventriloquism act for the school talent show, but he discovers that it's harder than it looks. 
40 16 "Dances with Tools" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore February 3, 1993 (1993-02-03) A339
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 racecar, he decides to get her ballroom dancing lessons, however in true Tim Taylor fashion, he makes a mess of it by making fun of the dance, making smart comments and spinning the teacher right into the piano, sending her to hospital. 
41 17 "You're Driving Me Crazy, You're Driving Me Nuts" Andy Cadiff Maxine Lapiduss February 10, 1993 (1993-02-10) A340
One of Jill's friends 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 card games. 
42 18 "Bye Bye Birdie" Andy Cadiff Susan Estelle Jansen February 17, 1993 (1993-02-17) A341
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 maths 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, explaining why Brad failed the test, Tim and Jill are forced to tutor Brad to get his grades up again. 
43 19 "Karate or Not, Here I Come!" Andy Cadiff Billy Riback February 24, 1993 (1993-02-24) A342
Hoping to boost Mark's confidence when the boys 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, leading to a fight between Jill and the boy's mother. 
44 20 "Shooting Three to Make Tutu" Andy Cadiff Howard M. Gould March 3, 1993 (1993-03-03) A343
Jill's computer crashes, so she has to go into work and recreate her work, 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 basketball game, he decides to leave the ballet after thirty minutes and go to the game instead. Brad and Randy are left home alone, time they spend smoking one of Tim's cigars. 
45 21 "Much Ado About Nana" Andy Cadiff Howard J. Morris March 17, 1993 (1993-03-17) A344
Jill's mother, Lilian (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, which Jill does not know why she received it. 
46 22 "Ex Marks the Spot" Andy Cadiff Darrel Campbell & Billy Riback April 14, 1993 (1993-04-14) A345
When Tim's high school girlfriend Stacey Lewis returns to town, Jill invites her over, which leads to Stacey revealing an unpleasant secret about Tim. 
47 23 "To Build or Not to Build" Andy Cadiff Robert Zappia May 5, 1993 (1993-05-05) A348
For Mother's Day, Tim decides that each of the boys will build something for Jill. Brad and Mark succeed in making jewelery 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. 
48 24 "Birth of a Hot Rod" Andy Cadiff Steve Gabriel May 12, 1993 (1993-05-12) A346
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, however 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. 
49 25 "The Great Race" Andy Cadiff Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean &
Matt Williams
May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19) A347

Bob Vila re-appears 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, however he accidentally swallows it.

Final appearance of: Betsy Randle as Karen she was cast in the fellow ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. Also Lisa's (Pamela Anderson) final recurring appearance, although she returns for a guest appearance in the sixth season. 

Season 3: 1993–1994

  • This is the most successful season of the series. The season marked the series' entrance at #2 in the seasonal Nielsen ratings.[2] The series' star, Tim Allen had also the #1 movie of the Christmas season (The Santa Clause) and the #1 book, "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man".
Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
50 1 "Maybe, Baby" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson September 15, 1993 (1993-09-15) A349

Jill learns her 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. On Tool Time, Tim and Al welcome Heidi, who becomes the new Binford Tool Girl, after Lisa goes off to college.

First appearance of: Heidi Keppert, as well as Debbe Dunning's second appearance in the series. 
51 2 "Aisle See You in My Dreams" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims September 22, 1993 (1993-09-22) A350

At Al's 35th birthday, he wants a wife and kids, so Jill fixes him up with Ilene Markham. Al finds out that Ilene wants kids too, so he proposes to her on Tool Time. Randy and Brad write a letter to Mark pretending to be Isiah Thomas, so Tim and Jill tell Mark to get revenge.

First appearance of: Ilene Markham (Sherry Hursey)

Guest stars: David Graf as Chuck Norwood and Isiah Thomas as Himself 
52 3 "This Joke's for You" Andy Cadiff Howard J. Morris September 29, 1993 (1993-09-29) A353
Tim stops telling jokes and screwing up on Tool Time after he installs an intercom and hears Randy call him a screw up. 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. 
53 4 "A Sew, Sew Evening" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore October 6, 1993 (1993-10-06) A352

Tim has trouble with Joe Morton (Robert Picardo), his new neighbor, after Joe dents part of his hot rod. 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.

First appearance of: Marie Morton (Mariangela Pino
54 5 "Arrivederci, Binford" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman October 13, 1993 (1993-10-13) A351
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. 
55 6 "Crazy for You" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27) A354
It's Halloween and as usually Tim is up to his old tricks, however Jill plans a prank of her own. Tim gets cookies from a fan named Rose but soon strange things start happening. She keeps calling him, Wilson thinks she is obsessed with him, Tim tries to hide but it's no use. 
56 7 "Blow Up" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore &
Howard J. Morris
November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03) A355
Tim accidentally blows up a bad picture of Jill for her library fund-raising dinner. Meanwhile, Al takes the boys miniature golfing and throws a fit after Brad gets a hole-in-one. 
57 8 "Be True to Your Tool" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber November 10, 1993 (1993-11-10) A356
Wes Davidson, the new president of Binford, makes Tim promote a bad and lightweight saw tool on Tool Time. Meanwhile, the boys go grocery shopping and find a way to save money to buy sweets. 
58 9 "Dollars and Sense" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson & Bruce Ferber November 17, 1993 (1993-11-17) A358
The boys buy a remote controlled car with stock bonds from their grandmother, and Jill fears the worst after an old "Bloody Nutty Buddy Bar" incident. 
59 10 "A Frozen Moment" Andy Cadiff Max Eisenberg November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24) A357
On Thanksgiving, for a perfect Christmas card, Tim builds a Christmas Village and has the family wear costumes, yet the snow machine causes problems. 
60 11 "Feud for Thought" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims December 1, 1993 (1993-12-01) A359
At their high school reunion, Jill tries to avoid Joanie Graham, her high school friend who stole her boyfriend, and learns a shocking truth about her and Jack, and Tim and Jack try to fix the amplifier. Meanwhile, Al watches the boys and Brad's girlfriend Ashley (Leigh Ann Orsi), and finds himself in trouble until he gets some much needed help from Wilson. 
61 12 "'Twas the Blight Before Christmas" Andy Cadiff B. K. Taylor December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15) A361
Tim tries to beat Doc Johnson in the neighborhood Christmas light contest, but Randy is leaking information to Doc's granddaughter. Brad wants to go skiing with Tom Wheeler's family on Christmas instead of spending it with his family. 
62 13 "Slip Sleddin' Away" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore &
Howard J. Morris
January 5, 1994 (1994-01-05) 312
Randy loses a sled race to evil Vinnie McGurn. But after following Tim's advice of racing Vinnie again with a better sled, Vinnie pushed Randy off and sprains his wrist. Meanwhile, Brad contemplates stopping his saxophone lessons. 
63 14 "Dream On" Andy Cadiff Paul Wolff January 12, 1994 (1994-01-12) A360
Al doesn't want to come to dinner with the Taylors after Ilene has a dream about Tim riding on a golden stallion in tight bicycle shorts, and after Tim reveals the dream, Ilene dumps Al. 
64 15 "Reel Men" Peter Filsinger Ron Bloomberg January 26, 1994 (1994-01-26) A362
When Jill is having Ilene and Marie over, Tim goes ice fishing with Al to get out of the house, and problems ensue when they can't catch fish. Gilligan's Island is mentioned. 
65 16 "The Colonel" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore &
Howard J. Morris
February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09) A365

Jill feels bad when her father, the army colonel, asks her opinion on his boring book. Meanwhile, Tim builds a hockey puck shooter when Randy becomes a goalie.

First appearance of: Col. Fred Patterson (M. Emmet Walsh). 
66 17 "Room for Change" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff March 2, 1994 (1994-03-02) A367
Tim has Mark move into Randy's room when Randy bothers Brad on the phone. 
67 18 "The Eve of Construction" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore, Howard J. Morris,
Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims
March 9, 1994 (1994-03-09) A366

Jill joins Al's team for Habitat for Humanity 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.

Guest stars: Jimmy Carter as Himself, Kimberly Clarice Aiken, John Elway, Eric Hipple, Evander Holyfield and Sean Jones as themselves 
68 19 "Too Many Cooks" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson & Bruce Ferber March 16, 1994 (1994-03-16) A364
When Irma can't host her show (Cooking with Irma) for a week, she asks Al to fill in as host and Tim to be his assistant. Tim has a hard time not being the center of attention, but when Jill shows him that he can assist her, he decides to continue to help Al. Randy finds it hard to talk to a girl in his class named Beth (Anndi McAfee). 
69 20 "It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore &
Howard J. Morris
March 30, 1994 (1994-03-30) A368
After Tim charms all the women at a baby shower, Jill wants a romantic evening with him, but Tim takes the boys to a Demolition Derby, from which he comes back and ruins Jill's mood. 
70 21 "Fifth Anniversary" Andy Cadiff Howard Bendetson & Art Everett April 6, 1994 (1994-04-06) A369

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 fundraiser, but finds it particularly difficult.

First appearance of: Benny (Jimmy Labriola) 
71 22 "Swing Time" Andy Cadiff B. K. Taylor May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04) A371

Tim and the boys plan on getting Jill a hot tub for Mother's Day and getting rid of the swing set. But they find the swing set meant more to Jill than they thought and she wants an herb garden instead of a hot tub. Tim faces off with the new head of K&B Construction, a female named Les (Victoria Principal).

Guest star: Drake Bell as Pete, Jr. 
72 23 "What You See is What You Get" Andy Cadiff Tim Allen & Diane Ford May 11, 1994 (1994-05-11) A370

After researching cosmetic surgery on the computer, Jill finds that Tim wants her to have cosmetic surgery. Meanwhile, Mark beats Brad and Randy in a video game and chess.

Note: This is the only episode of the series co-written by Tim Allen. 
73 24 "Reality Bytes" Peter Filsinger Matthew Miller & Barrie Nedler May 18, 1994 (1994-05-18) A372
Randy, pretending to be thirty-two years old, meets a woman on a singles message board on the computer, and she comes by for a visit. Meanwhile, Tim tries to help Mark with his science project: a solar system. The Crew of the Space Shuttle mission STS-61 appears on Tool Time as guests. 
74 25 "The Great Race II" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff May 25, 1994 (1994-05-25) A373
After Bob Vila raises more money than Tim for Jill's library fundraiser, Tim challenges him to a race... in his unfinished hot rod. 

Season 4: 1994–1995

  • The opening credits of Season 4 changed from previous seasons, with the addition of "video game" scenes featuring the three boys from the show.
Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
75 1 "Back in the Saddle Shoes Again" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber September 20, 1994 (1994-09-20) A501
Jill is laid off from her job, and has plans of going back to college to get her Master's Degree in psychology. Tim is doubtful of Jill's idea, and she doesn't appreciate what he's saying to her. In the end, Tim has a conversation with Wilson, and things change right around. 
76 2 "Don't Tell Momma" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris September 27, 1994 (1994-09-27) A504
Tim digs himself a hole when he drops a three-ton beam on Jill's Chevrolet Nomad, which occurs after he hassles her about a small scratch she got on the car. Tim doesn't tell Jill, who finds out by going to the body shop to get a book out of the car. Brad and Randy prepare to stop the bus bully, but get kicked off the bus as a side effect. 
77 3 "Death Begins at Forty" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson October 4, 1994 (1994-10-04) A503

Tim begins to become concerned about his health when his 40th birthday nears, and Harry, the owner of Harry's Hardware, has a heart attack. Tim cancels his birthday plans, but after receiving advice from a heart-attack survivor and a medical report he moves on. Tim and Al shrink down to view a car engine.

First appearance of: Harry's Hardware Store 
78 4 "The Eyes Don't Have It" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff October 11, 1994 (1994-10-11) A505
Mark has recently been having trouble at school. Tim and Jill then have a meeting with Mark's teacher, and they begin to get concerned as to what's going on. Tim and Jill make constant checks on Mark, to see what's wrong with him, and Jill thinks maybe they're neglecting him, but she couldn't be any more wrong. It turns out that he needs glasses. 
79 5 "He Ain't Heavy, He's Just Irresponsible" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims October 18, 1994 (1994-10-18) A502

Tim installs a central vacuum system; Tim's brother Marty comes over to tell Tim that he's leaving his wife Nancy and kids, but Tim's advice turns Marty against him. Meanwhile, Tim creates a hole in the floor installing the vacuum system, and Jill has trouble working on her psychology report.

First appearance of: Marty Taylor (William O'Leary
80 6 "Borland Ambition" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson & Bruce Ferber October 25, 1994 (1994-10-25) A506
Harry offers to sell Tim 20 percent of his hardware store (that Harry's brother is selling). Jill doesn't let Tim buy it, so Al decides to purchase it. When Al becomes obsessed with the store, this drives everyone crazy, even Ilene when he skips a date with her, and Tim decides to confront him about it. Brad and Randy try to beat Mark, as Al in a Halloween costume contest, but Mark wins because Al's mom was the head judge. 
81 7 "Let's Go to the Videotape" Andy Cadiff Howard J. Morris November 8, 1994 (1994-11-08) A507
After taping Jill's speech, he accidentally leaves the record button on when he critiques her speech. After Jill sees the video, Tim reads some of her psychology books and tapes a fake conversation with his buddies, complimenting Jill. Mark tries to "be a person". 
82 8 "Quibbling Siblings" Andy Cadiff Paul Wolff November 15, 1994 (1994-11-15) A508
Al's favorite Bingo caller dies, so Tim has to replace Al's place on the show, with somebody else. Brad volunteers for the position, and Tim allows him to do it. Randy isn't so pleased about it though, and shows some signs of jealousy. 
83 9 "My Dinner with Wilson" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims November 22, 1994 (1994-11-22) A510
At Thanksgiving dinner with the Taylors, Wilson announces he is moving, but Tim gives him advice in the hopes Wilson will decide to stay. It turns out this is a crisis Wilson is dealing with after his wife died 15 years ago. 
84 10 "Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher" Andy Cadiff Howard J. Morris November 29, 1994 (1994-11-29) A509

Mr. Leonard, Tim's high school shop teacher, comes to visit, but gets angry and leaves after guest starring on an episode of Tool Time.

First appearance of: Mr. Leonard (Dick O'Neill
85 11 "Some Like it Hot Rod" Andy Cadiff Neil Kramer & Ned Teitelbaum December 6, 1994 (1994-12-06) A511
Tim discovers he can get his hot rod into a major car magazine, but Jill's obsession with Mark's Christmas pageant leads her to put Tim's hot rod into a major snowstorm and Tim has less than a day to clean his car before the picture. 
86 12 "'Twas the Night Before Chaos" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore December 13, 1994 (1994-12-13) A513

Marty and his wife and kids, and Jill's parents come to visit. Jill learns her parents are having marital problems and tries to patch things up, only making them worse.

Final appearance of: Col. Fred Patterson (M. Emmet Walsh)

First appearances of: Nancy, Claire and Gracie Taylor

Note: This is the only episode that both of Jill's parents appeared together.

Goof: In this episode, it is implied that Jill's father has always called Tim "hey you." In the episode "The Colonel" from the previous season, Jill's father calls Tim by his real name. 
87 13 "The Route of All Evil" Andy Cadiff Lloyd Garver January 3, 1995 (1995-01-03) A512
Brad takes on the responsibility of a paper route, but doesn't have enough time on his hands for both the route and his homework, but he doesn't want to quit, because he would upset his dad. Brad pays Mark and Randy to do his extra chores, which leads to some compromise with Tim and Jill. Marie helps Jill make dinner while Jill has exams. 
88 14 "Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff January 10, 1995 (1995-01-10) A514

Tim decides to sell his hot rod to Doug O'Brien (Bruce McGill), a pizza entrepreneur, which upsets Brad because of how much time he and Tim had worked on it. Meanwhile, Jill takes Randy shopping for clothes and he is afraid that Jill will embarrass him in front of someone he knows.

Guest stars: Jay Leno 
89 15 "Super Bowl Fever" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris January 31, 1995 (1995-01-31) A517
Tim has a Super Bowl party for his friends while Jill is sick with the flu. 
90 16 "Bachelor of the Year" Peter Filsinger Rosalind Moore February 7, 1995 (1995-02-07) A515
When Al is published as one of Detroit's "Most Eligible Bachelor" 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 writes it on Wilson instead of Tim. 
91 17 "It's My Party" Andy Cadiff Thad Mumford February 14, 1995 (1995-02-14) A516
At Randy's party, Tim's overpolished dance floor causes Michelle (Kimberly Cullum), the girl Randy likes, to sprain her ankle. 
92 18 "A House Divided" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver February 21, 1995 (1995-02-21) A518
Benny, Tim's friend, moves into his aunt's house while she's away. But a gas leak causes the house to blow up (partially on Benny's part) and Benny must stay with the Taylors, so Tim and the others must rebuild the house before Benny's aunt gets back. 
93 19 "The Naked Truth" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28) A520
When Marty and Nancy (Jensen Daggett) are staying with the Taylors, Tim walks in on Nancy in the shower, thinking she is Jill. Meanwhile, Randy goes to a Bar Mitzvah and must come home after he splits his pants. 
94 20 "Talk to Me" Andy Cadiff Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean &
Matt Williams
March 14, 1995 (1995-03-14) A519

Tim insults Jill on Tool Time, ruins dinner, and drops her ring down the furnace.

Guest stars: Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer

Notes: This episode led to the spin-off series, Buddies, starring Dave Chappelle. Jim Breuer was later replaced by Christopher Gartin in the series. 
95 21 "No, No, Godot" Andy Cadiff Bob Bendetson March 21, 1995 (1995-03-21) A521

Tim and Al scalp tickets to a hockey game when Tim can't go, but they get arrested and Jill and Ilene come to bail them out. Meanwhile, Mark papier-maches Wilson's face for a school project when Wilson watches the kids while Tim and Jill are gone, and Brad and Randy try to sneak out for a party. Max Gail guest-stars as an undercover police detective arresting ticket scalpers Tim and Al.

Note: Wilson's mouth and chin is seen in this episode, but not with the rest of his face. 
96 22 "Tool Time After Dark (Part 1)" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims April 11, 1995 (1995-04-11) A525
Despite Jill's advice, Tim stays up all night watching Tool Time tapes because of his upset stomach from eating too much Polish food. 
97 23 "Tool Time After Dark (Part 2)" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims April 11, 1995 (1995-04-11) A526
Tim continues to watch Tool Time tapes to ease his stomach. This episode originally aired as an hour-long episode, cut into two parts for syndication. It is released on DVD in its original hour-long format. 
98 24 "Sisters and Brothers" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore May 2, 1995 (1995-05-02) A524
Carrie (Tudi Roche), Jill's sister, observes the family while on break. Tim's brother, Marty's moving plans are halted by a slippery floor. Cal, Al's brother reveals a childhood secret. 
99 25 "A Marked Man" Peter Filsinger Jon Vandergriff May 9, 1995 (1995-05-09) A523
Al tells Tim and Jill that one of their boys may have stolen a pocket knife. They don't believe their boys would steal, but they find the knife in Mark's pocket in the laundry. 
100 26 "Wilson's Girlfriend" Andy Cadiff Howard J. Morris May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23) A522
Jill hooks Wilson up for his first date (with her psychology professor) in twenty years and Tim gives him advice. Brad gets a horrendous pimple, which he uses make-up to cover. 

Season 5: 1995–1996

Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
101 1 "A Taylor Runs Through It" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19) A528
At Jill's cousin's wedding, Tim tries to squeeze in sports for him and the boys. After Jill gets tired of writing her speech for the wedding, she decides to go water skiing with the boys and gets injured. 
102 2 "The First Temptation of Tim" Andy Cadiff Howard J. Morris September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26) A527

After Bud Harper, the new owner of Binford, fires Wes, Tim fears Tool Time is in jeopardy, and Bud wants to only fire Al to improve the show's ratings. Brad keeps getting detention.

First appearances of: Bud Harper (Charles Robinson) and Delores (Shirley Prestia) 
103 3 "Her Cheatin' Mind" Andy Cadiff Ruth Bennett October 3, 1995 (1995-10-03) A531
After Tim becomes threatened by one of Jill's classmates, he joins her book club. 
104 4 "Jill's Surprise Party" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17) A529

When Tim has everyone at the house for Jill's surprise party, she is off looking for an old piano which her cousin has. Bud makes Al try a makeover, which causes him to experience "flannel withdrawal".

Final appearance of: Marie Morton. 
105 5 "Advise and Repent" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24) A532
When Jill gets an A on her psychology paper, she starts giving psychiatric advice, which causes Michelle Russell's, Randy's girlfriend's, parents to have marital problems. Tim accidentally drops Al's pet turtle, Scooter in concrete and they go to the vet where Michelle's mom works. 
106 6 "Let Them Eat Cake" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff October 31, 1995 (1995-10-31) A530
Brad throws a Halloween party for his new friends at school while Mark is sick. Meanwhile, Tim, Jill, Al, and Ilene go to an awards show, hoping to win one for Tool Time, but it seems that the winner will be Cooking with Irma, which has won every other award. 
107 7 "The Look" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims November 7, 1995 (1995-11-07) A533
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, sells some of the tickets to friends. 
108 8 "Room Without a View" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14) A534
Tim turns the basement into Randy's new room so that Randy doesn't have to share a room with Mark. Yet, Randy is scared of the room and doesn't want to admit that he is. 
109 9 "Chicago Hope" Andy Cadiff Teresa O'Neill November 21, 1995 (1995-11-21) A536
Jill plans on having a romantic evening with Tim when they go to Chicago, but Tim's business meeting takes all day, and Tim, Bud, and the Chicago agent are all around the hotel. 
110 10 "Doctor in the House" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver November 28, 1995 (1995-11-28) A535

Jill, Wilson, and Al are angry when Tim gets an honorary Ph.D., but Tim later finds out that he got the Ph.D. because the college was going to use him, since he had a TV show, to receive additional funding.

Note: This episode was the result of Tim Allen getting the same Ph.D, and because of that, the character got a degree as well. 
111 11 "That's My Momma" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris December 5, 1995 (1995-12-05) A537

When Tim's mother returns, she begins dating Mr. Leonard, Tim's old shop teacher, and doesn't want to spend time with Tim.

First appearance of: Lucille Taylor (Bonnie Bartlett
112 12 "'Twas the Flight Before Christmas" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff December 12, 1995 (1995-12-12) A538
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 beat Doc Johnson in the Christmas lighting contest. 
113 13 "Oh, Brother" Andy Cadiff Ruth Bennett January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09) A539
When Tim hires Marty to rebuild the Tool Time set, it puts their friendship on the line. Meanwhile, Brad gets a new girlfriend: a new girl in the neighborhood, who is also a motor-mouth. 
114 14 "High School Confidential" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver January 16, 1996 (1996-01-16) A540
When Tim and Jill find out Randy is getting detention because of lack of work, they agree to put him in high school science and math, which makes the newly better-grades Brad jealous. Tim designs the man's bedroom. 
115 15 "Tanks for the Memories" Andy Cadiff Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver January 30, 1996 (1996-01-30) A392

Tim and Jill play each other in a tank driving competition, and Jill wins. However, Tim doesn't congratulate her because he thinks she humiliated him. The boys suffer at Al's for a weekend, until they see the Tool Time game.

Note: This episode was produced at the end of the prior season. 
116 16 "The Vasectomy One" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris February 6, 1996 (1996-02-06) A541
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 operation, 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 he learns he lost "best eyebrows" to a unibrow. 
117 17 "Fear of Flying" Andy Cadiff Max Eisenberg February 13, 1996 (1996-02-13) A542
Mark wants to take flying lessons, but Jill doesn't let him. Jill takes piano lessons, but is not making progress at all. Meanwhile, Tim and Al ruin Bud's car. 
118 18 "When Harry Kept Delores" Andy Cadiff Jon Vandergriff February 20, 1996 (1996-02-20) A543

Delores, Harry's wife, comes to Harry's Hardware and Tim's marital advice causes them to split up, and he must bring them back together, at a temporary cost of his personality.

Guest Star: Alan Jackson 
119 19 "Eye on Tim" Peter Bonerz Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27) A544
When a TV report is done on Tool Time, Jill gets angry when the attractive reporter makes advances on Tim. Jill comes down with a fever, and soon gets crazy after drinking Wilson's liquor remedy. 
120 20 "The Bud Bowl" Andy Cadiff Ruth Bennett March 5, 1996 (1996-03-05) A545
When Tim and Jill go bowling with Bud and his wife, Tim tells Jill to lose because he's afraid his career will be ruined (he will be sent to Pakistan) if they beat Bud and his wife. Meanwhile, Angela, Brad's girlfriend, sets her sister up with Randy. 
121 21 "Engine and a Haircut, Two Fights" Andrew Tsao Jon Vandergriff March 12, 1996 (1996-03-12) A546
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
122 22 "The Longest Day" Andy Cadiff Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims April 2, 1996 (1996-04-02) A547
After a medical checkup, the family finds Randy may have serious thyroid cancer. 
123 23 "Mr. Wilson's Opus" Richard Compton Bruce Ferber April 30, 1996 (1996-04-30) A547
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 and makes them do random exercises. 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. 
124 24 "Shopping Around" Andy Cadiff Rosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris May 7, 1996 (1996-05-07) A548
Tim and Jill see Art, Tim's old shop teacher who's dating his mother, at a restaurant with another woman, but Art breaks up with her and goes steady with Lucille. 
125 25 "Alarmed by Burglars" Geoffrey Nelson Charlie Hauck May 14, 1996 (1996-05-14) A550

When Wilson is burglarized, Tim gets a security system, but Jill, paranoid over what happened to Wilson, begs Tim to get the biggest security system he can find, but the overly complicated system causes chaos in the house and in the neighborhood. Brad gets the opportunity to cheat on an important exam, and trips the alarm sneaking out.

Absent: Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Randy Taylor 
126 26 "Games, Flames and Automobiles" Peter Filsinger Jennifer Celotta May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21) A551

While Tool Time is on vacation, Al plans to advertise his Tool Time board game and puts his life savings on the line, and plans to propose to Ilene on the upcoming Saturday. But, Tim, Jill, and Mark discover a function that causes a fire due to a wiring defect, which Al fails to notice. When the people that built the games refuse to fix the defect, Tim, Jill, Cal, Wilson, Heidi, and Ilene fix the games and Al proposes to Ilene.

Absent: Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Randy Taylor 

Season 6: 1996–1997

  • Tim Allen became one of the show's executive producers and continued in that role until the end of the series in 1999.
Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
127 1 "At Sea" Andrew Tsao Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17) A553/601
Jill finds Brad making out with his girlfriend in his room. When Jill asks Tim to have "The Talk" with Brad, Tim is a little reluctant to do it. Tool Time sets out on the U.S.S. Constellation aircraft carrier...with a pregnant Heidi. 
128 2 "Future Shock" Peter Bonerz Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims September 24, 1996 (1996-09-24) A554/602
Tim and Jill dream about their future lives with Tim's overpowering and controlling routine. In Jill's dream, Tim and his routine completely take over Jill and ruin her life, which makes her upset. In Tim's dream, he realizes his strict and obsessive routine leads to some horrible consequences for Tim's side: Al and Heidi quit, Wilson runs out of advice, and Jill dies under a coffee table. 
129 3 "Workshop 'Til You Drop" Andrew Tsao Charlie Hauck October 1, 1996 (1996-10-01) A552/603
When Bud gets divorced, Tim and Jill go to a couple's therapy workshop to prevent Bud's fate from coming to them. Jill gets angered when the rest of the group, including the other women, agree with Tim that Jill is too critical and too demanding. 
130 4 "Burnin' Love" Geoffrey Nelson Jon Vandergriff October 8, 1996 (1996-10-08) A555/604
Tim tells Randy to go for Lauren, who likes cars, but he finds out she is dating Jason, Brad's friend. Jill attempts to prove to her psychology colleagues she can cook for an important dinner. 
131 5 "Al's Video" Andrew Tsao Ruth Bennett October 15, 1996 (1996-10-15) A557/605
When Al is the producer of a video, he selects Tim to direct, until Tim gets too bossy. Jill gets a new laptop computer. 
132 6 "Whose Car Is It Anyway?" Andrew Tsao Adam England October 22, 1996 (1996-10-22) A558/606
Jill buys a foreign sports car Austin-Healey with money from an inheritance and forbids Tim to drive it, but when, of course, does Tim listen to Jill? 
133 7 "I Was a Teenage Taylor" Geoffrey Nelson Eric Horsted October 29, 1996 (1996-10-29) A556/607
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, then Brad, Randy, and Al prank them about the man, then the two prank the boys, then Al and Wilson prank Tim, Jill, the boys, and the Halloween man. 
134 8 "Jill and Her Sisters" Andrew Tsao Laurie Gelman November 12, 1996 (1996-11-12) A559/608
Jill's sisters come up to make plans for their parents' anniversary, only for their plans to halt by a secret about one of Jill's sister's ex-husband. 
135 9 "The Tool Man Delivers" Peter Bonerz Charlie Hauck November 19, 1996 (1996-11-19) A561/609
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. 
136 10 "The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry" Geoffrey Nelson Adam England November 26, 1996 (1996-11-26) A560/610
Benny isn't allowed on the guest list for the Thanksgiving dinner party at the Taylor house, 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. 
137 11 "Workin' Man Blues" Peter Bonerz Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver December 10, 1996 (1996-12-10) A562/611
Brad gets a part-time job at a sporting goods store and work soon becomes his top priority, and skips his PSAT's. 
138 12 "No Place Like Home" Peter Filsinger Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims December 17, 1996 (1996-12-17) A563/612

Tim's brothers help move their mother out of the family home, but Tim takes an immediate dislike to the new owners' plans for the place, and considers buying the place himself.

First appearance of: Jeff Taylor (Thom Sharp) 
139 13 "The Flirting Game" Peter Filsinger Laurie Gelman January 7, 1997 (1997-01-07) A564/613
Jill wonders if flirting with a possible boss will get her employed, after Tim bought a box of cleanser from a flirting salesperson. 
140 14 "The Karate Kid Returns" Geoffrey Nelson Jon Vandergriff January 14, 1997 (1997-01-14) A564/614
Karate-student Mark successfully intervenes when a bully attacks Randy, which leads to some dispute between Tim and Jill & Randy and Lauren. Wilson's cousins visit, who are The Beach Boys, only to reveal resentment between them and Wilson because the group never used any of Wilson's song ideas. 
141 15 "Totally Tool Time" Peter Bonerz Jon Vandergriff January 28, 1997 (1997-01-28) A565/615

A tense Tim troubles 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.

Guest Star: Drew Carey as Seymour "Sy" Winterfleffin 
142 16 "A Funny Valentine" Peter Bonerz Charlie Hauck February 11, 1997 (1997-02-11) A566/616
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. Brad and Randy struggle to find gifts for their girlfriends. 
143 17 "Wilson's World" Andrew Tsao Jennifer Celotta February 18, 1997 (1997-02-18) A568/617
After a critic declares performance artist Wilson out of touch with reality, the Taylors' neighbor decides to be more like others, more like Tim. Tim and Al compete in a cooking contest. 
144 18 "Something Old, Someone Blue" John Pasquin Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims February 25, 1997 (1997-02-25) A568/618

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.

Final appearance of: Ilene Markham (Sherry Hursey) 
145 19 "Communication Breakdown" Geoffrey Nelson Eric Horsted March 11, 1997 (1997-03-11) A569/619
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. Unfortunately when Dennis takes a break, Tim takes over with the help of Brad and Randy, damaging not only the house, but also Dennis and Harry's relationship. 
146 20 "My Son, the Driver" Andrew Tsao Laurie Gelman March 25, 1997 (1997-03-25) A570/620
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. The Unser family (Al Unser, Sr., Al Unser, Jr., and Al Unser III) visits Tool Time
147 21 "Insult to Injury" Geoffrey Nelson Eric Horsted April 15, 1997 (1997-04-15) A571/621
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. Tim is unable to take Mark to an Air Show as a result of his injury, and arranges for one of the air show pilots to take him instead. 
148 22 "Family Unties" Geoffrey Nelson Ruth Bennett April 29, 1997 (1997-04-29) A572/622
The boys don't share Jill's desire for quality time together during the family's annual weekend at a hardware expo, which is also enhanced by Tim's Tool Time remotes. 
149 23 "The Feminine Mistake" Peter Bonerz Laurie Gelman May 6, 1997 (1997-05-06) A573/623
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 24 "Taps" Peter Bonerz Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver May 13, 1997 (1997-05-13) A574/624
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, namely Randy's tendency to make jokes about it. 
151 25 "The Kiss and the Kiss Off" Peter Bonerz Jennifer Celotta & Adam England May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20) A56/625
Lisa (Pamela Anderson), the original Tool Time girl who left the show to become a paramedic, returns. 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. As a result, Heidi quits. Randy finally gets up the nerve to ask Lauren out on their first official date, and the date fails until Wilson's advice turns it around for the better. 

Season 7: 1997–1998

Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
152 1 "Quest for Fire" Andrew Tsao Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23) A56/701
The Taylors vacation at a Lake Michigan resort...however the vacation is not so relaxing when Angela breaks up with Brad, Mark is suddenly dressing all in black, concerning Jill, and then Tim tells the family that he wants them to move to a lodge at the lake. 
153 2 "Clash of the Taylors" Andrew Tsao Jennifer Celotta & Adam England September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30) A56/702
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 counselling families. 
154 3 "Room at the Top" Geoffrey Nelson Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims October 7, 1997 (1997-10-07) A56/703
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 4 "Pump You Up" Peter Bonerz Jon Vandergriff October 14, 1997 (1997-10-14) A56/704
After Brad gets a soccer scholarship, Tim begins to push him too hard, and in a scholarship game, the Coach kicks him off the team. 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. Guest Star Cory Everson 
156 5 "A Night to Dismember" Geoffrey Nelson Eric Horsted October 28, 1997 (1997-10-28) A56/705

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.

Note: Al's name in Mark's movie (Algore) is a reference to the fictional character Igor and Al Gore, the Vice President of the United States at the time. 
157 6 "The Niece" Peter Bonerz Charlie Hauck November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04) A56/706
Wilson's niece Willow comes to visit, and decides to stay. Tim becomes impatient because Wilson no longer has time for him. 
158 7 "Jill's Passion" Peter Bonerz Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims November 11, 1997 (1997-11-11) A56/707
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 (Tom Wopat) 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. 
159 8 "Losing My Religion" Andrew Tsao Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver November 18, 1997 (1997-11-18) A56/708
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 9 "Thanksgiving" Peter Bonerz Eric Horsted November 25, 1997 (1997-11-25) A56/709
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 10 "The Dating Game" Geoffrey Nelson Laurie Gelman December 9, 1997 (1997-12-09) A56/710
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 11 "Bright Christmas" Peter Bonerz Jon Vandergriff December 16, 1997 (1997-12-16) A56/711
New rules for the annual Christmas Decorating 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. 
163 12 "The Old College Try" Albert Alarr Jennifer Celotta & Adam England January 6, 1998 (1998-01-06) A56/712
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 13 "An Older Woman" Peter Bonerz Charlie Hauck January 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) A56/713
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 (Maggie Lawson) he just recently met at a party, while Mark and Randy poke fun at how much older Brad's girlfriend is. 
165 14 "Tim 'The Landlord' Taylor" Peter Filsinger Eric Horsted February 3, 1998 (1998-02-03) A56/714

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.

Note: Tim is the landlord of the house until the end of the series. 
166 15 "Say Goodnight, Gracie" Andrew Tsao Laurie Gelman February 10, 1998 (1998-02-10) A56/715
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 16 "What a Drag" Geoffrey Nelson Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims February 24, 1998 (1998-02-24) A56/716
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. After finding out Brad is using weed, Jill admits she was a pot head and talked to Randy and Mark about Brad's actions and punishment. 
168 17 "Taking Jill for Granite" Peter Bonerz Laurie Gelman March 3, 1998 (1998-03-03) A56/717
The Taylors do a kitchen remodel, but a surprise is in store when Tim and Jill find out who the installer is, the man Jill had a dream about in an earlier episode. 
169 18 "Futile Attraction" Peter Bonerz David Maples March 10, 1998 (1998-03-10) A56/718
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 stops by. Jill catches a cold. 
170 19 "Desperately Seeking Willow" Peter Bonerz Jennifer Fisher March 17, 1998 (1998-03-17) A56/719
When Wilson is out of town, Willow stays over at the Taylors, 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 who better to celebrate with than the boys from K&B Construction. 
171 20 "The Write Stuff" Peter Bonerz Jennifer Celotta & Adam England March 31, 1998 (1998-03-31) A56/720
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 21 "The Son Also Mooches" Peter Filsinger Eric Horsted April 21, 1998 (1998-04-21) A56/721
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: a 'UPS Store' like operation. 
173 22 "Believe it or Not" Geoffrey Nelson Jon Vandergriff April 28, 1998 (1998-04-28) A56/722
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 23 "Rebel Without Night Driving Privileges" Andrew Tsao Jennifer Fisher May 5, 1998 (1998-05-05) A56/723

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, 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.

Final appearance of: Ronny

First appearance of: Trudy McHale (Megan Cavanagh
175 24 "Tool-Thousand-One a Space Odyssey" Peter Bonerz Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12) A56/724
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 25 "From Top to Bottom" Peter Filsinger Charlie Hauck May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19) A56/725
On Tool Time, Tim is getting ready to pick the final colors for the Hotrod, but this soon leads to a delay in finishing the hot rod. When Jill is asked to appear on a talk show, "Women on Top"... she makes some comments that make Tim look bad. 

Season 8: 1998–1999

  • Starting with the episode "All in the Family", Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy Taylor) is no longer a series regular; he is also removed from the opening credits effective with that episode, with the exception of "Home for the Holidays", which he reprises his character as a guest star.
  • Zachery Ty Bryan (Brad Taylor) is absent for 1 episode.
  • Taran Noah Smith (Mark Taylor) is absent for 3 episodes.
Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
177 1 "Whitewater" Geoffrey Nelson Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22) A56/801
Will this be Tim's last birthday? Jill's surprise birthday gift of a river rafting adventure trip with Heidi, Al, and Wilson, to Kernville, California goes against Tim's well thought out plans of watching a NASCAR race in Indianapolis, which he had VIP tickets for. Meanwhile, Mark, who has completely abandoned his darker ways, and Brad make a hard-to-get-out soda stain on the couch after arguing over Tim's new massage recliner. 
178 2 "Adios" Geoffrey Nelson Jon Vandergriff September 29, 1998 (1998-09-29) A56/802

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.

Notes: Jonathan Taylor Thomas's final episode with Randy as a regular. He returns for another episode later in the season. 
179 3 "All in the Family" Geoffrey Nelson Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims October 6, 1998 (1998-10-06) A56/803

Jill's sister and Tim's brother get a little too friendly, which interrupt Tim and Jill's plans to spend some intimate time together.

Absent: Zachery Ty Bryan as Brad Taylor and Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor 
180 4 "Taylor Got Game" Geoffrey Nelson Jonathan Pollack October 13, 1998 (1998-10-13) A56/804

Brad is worried about his SATs. Wilson's friend, who is an English soccer team owner, visits and tells Tim that Brad is good enough to play professionally, Brad seriously considers it.

Absent: Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor 
181 5 "Al's Fair Lady" Geoffrey Nelson Tracy Gamble October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20) A56/805

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.

Absent: Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor 
182 6 "Bewitched" Geoffrey Nelson Jennifer Celotta & Adam England October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27) A56/806
The Taylors' holiday tradition of Halloween pranks continues when Jill springs the ultimate on Tim, feigning the disappearance and death of Wilson. 
183 7 "Not-So-Great Scott" Peter Bonerz Laurie Gelman November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03) A56/807
Jill tells Tim that she thinks one of her patients is seeing Heidi's husband Scott (Mark Dobies). Unfortunately, Tim accidentally spills this little tidbit of confidential information to Heidi. 
184 8 "Tim's First Car" Peter Bonerz Kim Flagg & David Maples November 10, 1998 (1998-11-10) A56/808
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 9 "Mr. Likeable" Peter Bonerz Adam England November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17) A56/809
Al gets a role in a TV movie, starring with Morgan Fairchild. Tim has trouble convincing everyone he's happy for Al, who beat Tim in the TV popularity ratings for the area. Mark thinks a girl's sobbing on him makes her like him because of Brad's advice. 
186 10 "Thanks, but No Thanks" Peter Bonerz Jonathan Pollack November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24) A56/810

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 and Marty is staying at the Hardware Store.

First and only time Wilson's very big basement is shown. 
187 11 "Home for the Holidays" Peter Bonerz Jonathan Pollack December 8, 1998 (1998-12-08) A56/811

Randy returns home unexpectedly for Christmas and discovers all the changes that have gone on in his absence, he then feels not welcome, but enlists help from Tim and Jill. Tim discovers that his biggest rival in the annual neighborhood lighting contest is Al. At the end, Randy feels welcome again and Al and Trudy get stuck on the roof after winning the lighting contest.

Final appearance of: Randy Taylor 
188 12 "Ploys for Tots" Peter Bonerz Laurie Gelman December 15, 1998 (1998-12-15) A56/812
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 13 "Chop Shop 'Til You Drop" Shawn Shea David Maples January 5, 1999 (1999-01-05) A56/813
Tim and Jill buy Brad a car, which is done on Tool Time where Al drops boysenberry jelly on the manifold. However, when it is stolen and stripped for parts, Tim and Al go undercover to catch the thieves, by finding the berry stain Al made. 
190 14 "Home Alone" Geoffrey Nelson Jennifer Celotta & Adam England January 19, 1999 (1999-01-19) A56/814

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 but does get some work done before the weekend is over.

Guest Star: Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno and Leeza Gibbons 
191 15 "Knee Deep" Peter Filsinger Jonathan Pollack February 2, 1999 (1999-02-02) A56/815
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
192 16 "Mark's Big Break" Geoffrey Nelson Tracy Gamble February 9, 1999 (1999-02-09) A56/816
Tim commissions Mark to film a video to celebrate the completion of the hot rod. However, Tim is unhappy with the results, so instead Mark directs a dance number, starring Tim, Jill, Al, Heidi, Wilson, Sparky and Eddie the body shop guy, set to "Greased Lightning". 
193 17 "Young at Heart" Geoffrey Nelson Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver February 16, 1999 (1999-02-16) A56/817
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 named Alex (Jenny McCarthy). 
194 18 "Love's Labor Lost (Part 1)" Peter Bonerz Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims February 23, 1999 (1999-02-23) A56/818
Plans for a ski trip are put on hold when Jill needs an emergency hysterectomy, thanks to Jill's busy schedule which she failed to visit the doctor in several years. Tim helps her face the situation, but becomes frightened when complications arise during surgery. 
195 19 "Love's Labor Lost (Part 2)" Peter Bonerz Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims March 2, 1999 (1999-03-02) A56/819

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.

Final appearance of: Lillian Patterson.

Note: In the entire eight-year run of Home Improvement this is the only two-part, non-back-to-back, episode (not counting "Tool Time After Dark"). 
196 20 "Neighbors" Patricia Richardson Drew Levin March 16, 1999 (1999-03-16) A56/820

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 Taylor family's view. Mark tries to woo a girl.

Notes: The is the only episode directed by Patricia Richardson. She is also the only female to direct an episode. 
197 21 "A Hardware Habit to Break" Peter Bonerz Jon Vandergriff March 30, 1999 (1999-03-30) A56/821

Harry announces that he is retiring to Arizona 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. In the end, Marty and Jeff take the store off of Tim's hands. Brad tries to go to Florida for spring break.

Final appearances of: Harry and Delores, though they return in the series finale. 
198 22 "Loose Lips and Freudian Slips" Tim Allen Kim Flagg May 4, 1999 (1999-05-04) A56/822

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.

Note: This is the only episode of the series directed by Tim Allen. 
199 23 "Trouble-a-Bruin" Andrew Tsao Tracy Gamble & David Maples May 11, 1999 (1999-05-11) A56/823
Troubles brew on Tool Time when Bud mandates that no non-Binford products are to be used on the show and makes major changes that get Tim worked up. 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. Jill, worried for Brad's safety, goes against it. 
200 24 "Dead Weight" Geoffrey Nelson Jennifer Celotta May 18, 1999 (1999-05-18) A56/824

Tool Time continues to be a "jewel" despite the continued excess presence of the Binford name, and the new producer Morgan Wandell tries to give Tim a hard time. Things rapidly turn sad when Al decides to take his mother out to dinner to tell her he's going to get married to Trudy... and she has a heart attack and dies.

Final appearance of: Bud Harper. 
201 25 "The Long and Winding Road (Part 1)" Andy Cadiff Laurie Gelman May 18, 1999 (1999-05-18) A56/825
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, along with Al and Heidi soon after. Jill's psychology professor offers her a great job - in Indiana. 
202 26 "The Long and Winding Road (Part 2)" Jim Praytor Carmen Finestra & Billy Riback May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25) A56/826

Taking place during the ride to school, Tim and the boys reminisce about some of the good times they've had, with clips from previous shows.

Note: Kenny Rogers recorded the song "We've Got It All", which was made exclusively for this episode. 
203 27 "The Long and Winding Road (Part 3)" John Pasquin Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver &
Marley Sims
May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25) A56/827
Tim records his final Tool Time, with a host of guests—and a pregnant Heidi, 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. As the two host Al's marriage to Trudy in their backyard, they discuss their respective opportunities and decide if they want to stay in Detroit or not. 
204 28 "Backstage Pass" Geoffrey Nelson Chris Carlisle & Billy Riback May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25) A56/828

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.

Note: This is the only episode of the series that is not shown in the regular syndication cycle, with "The Long and Winding Road (Part 3)" generally considered the finale of the series. The episode however is included in the season 8 DVD set. 


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