1991, 8 seasons to date
Comedy / Family
By Carmen Finestra
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Tim and the boys are watching football on TV when Jill reminds him that they have a dinner reservation at Chez Pierre because it was supposed to be their romantic night out. Tim has to give up the football - but sneaks a portable radio with an earpiece underneath his clothes into the restaurant in order to listen to the match. The boys get a peculiar new babysitter, Sir Larry Houdini!
On Tool Time: Tim is working on a wood table with a power saw, with predictable results. Al is going to help out Lisa with her bookshelf. At home: Tim decides to install a huge new satellite dish all by himself. He is also jealous about a guy who's willing to help Jill prepare for a job interview on a Saturday.
Tim and Jill are going out for a dinner. Tim glues his hands together. Jill has asked Karen to babysit for the boys. Jill watches a Tool Time on tape and sees Tim checking out a woman's behind. Tim is then accused of having the wandering male eye with no control. Tim guarantees he's not going to "check out babes" while on dinner with Jill. Then he is approached in the restaurant by an ardent fan, Kiki Van Fursterwallenscheinlaw...
Tim lifts a heavy load of books after Jill tells him not to and pulls a groin muscle. He tries to hid the injury from Jill. Also, Randy has the lead in the Peter Pan show at school, but there is no apparatus to help him fly; Tim builds one.
Tim installs an intercom at home, but is hurt when Randy calls him a goof-ball and the show should be Fool Time. Tim tries to change on the show. Meanwhile, Brad reads David Copperfield to impress a girl, thinking it is about the magician.
New neighbors move in near Tim & Jill. The husband is a friendly obnoxious type who dents Tim's hotrod. Jill and the wife get along great. Brad takes Home Ec at school to be in a class with the girls.
Harry from the hardware store has a mild heart attack as Tim turns 40. Tim is worried and goes off the deep end about getting healthy. The boys give him a Tool Man figure made out of tools, and Jill gets him a ride on a jet (more power!).
Mark is afraid that getting eyeglasses will cause everyone to make fun of him.
When Tim finds out Jill's new book club member is a good looking guy, Tim decides he needs to also join the book club. At the next meeting, he brings a new perspective on a classic book.
Tim tries to throw a surprise 39th birthday party for Jill, but she suddenly decides to go to Ohio to reacquire her childhood piano. When she finds that it's been converted into a fish tank, Tim decides to get it back and restore it as a gift.
Tim and Jill go to a marriage workshop to learn more communication skills. Tim tells everyone about Jill's faults. Jill brags about her education in psychology.
Jill is invited to her Psychology Dept Potluck Dinner, but banned from taking food. Randy likes a girl at school but a friend of Brad's asks her out. On Tool Time, a woman who knows more than Tim about cars is a guest.
Jill wants Tim to convert their attic into office space for her. Tim is enthused, but then Jill changes her mind. They each come to realize why he needs to build it, and why she does not want it built.
A scout from the UNC is interested in Brad for a soccer scholarship. Tim starts to coach him so he improves his game and chances for the scholarship. Brad's ego gets the best of him and he is kicked off the team at high school.
Jill's sister Carrie stays with the Taylor's while in town for business. Tim's brother Jeff is over for dinner. Carrie and Jeff start seeing each other, and Jill does not think Jeff is good enough for her sister.
Brad does not do well on his math test, and it may hurt his chances of getting into college. Wilson has a friend visiting from England; he owns a soccer team and extends an offer to Brad to play.