History Series / HomeImprovement

11th Jul '16 2:31:31 PM KJMackley
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%%* MilitaryBrat: Jill.

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%%* * MilitaryBrat: Jill.Jill. Her dad was retired Army and spent much of her life in Army bases. In one episode she and Tim got to race in tanks, after Jill saying she always wanted to drive one, and she soundly beat him.



* ObnoxiousInLaws: Jill's father rarely calls Tim by his name, usually just "Hey you!" In the early seasons he also took a lot of pot-shots at Jill's mother for being overweight, only for her first appearance on the show to reveal she had slimmed down considerably. Jill also mentions most of her family did not want her to marry him, and he avoids being around her sisters for any considerable amount of time.



* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Tim was asked to promote a new Binford demolition saw on the show, designed to be lightweight and appeal to women. Tim took the prototype home and found it to be lacking in both durability and performance and could not give it his endorsement. The marketing guy gave him the ultimatum of promoting the tool or being fired, which he got around by affirming on air the great quality of Binford tools and that the saw was not one of them, and topping it off invited the marketing guy to stand with him and answer questions about why they would make a substandard tool.



* TrashTheSet: Subverted in-universe in the series finale. The new management tells Tim to intentionally light the ''Tool Time'' set on fire as a ratings stunt. Tim acts like he's going along with it...until he reveals the management's plan to the audience and brings out the tool-themed band who sing about burning down the set while Al and Tim brandish lighters (but don't burn anything).

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* TrashTheSet: Tim's DIY gadgets often cause collateral damage. His 21 nail gun salute to John Binford was on a rotary turntable, and started spinning around the room, taking out windows and set decorations. Subverted in-universe in the series finale. The new management tells Tim to intentionally light the ''Tool Time'' set on fire as a ratings stunt. Tim acts like he's going along with it...until he reveals the management's plan to the audience and brings out the tool-themed band who sing about burning down the set while Al and Tim brandish lighters (but don't burn anything).
10th Jul '16 1:11:08 AM KJMackley
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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: The show almost didn't air because a special all-female test audience said they hated Tim, an apparent chauvinistic alpha male who loves to grunt and scratch. The producers had to beg the network to take a chance on the show, as Tim was supposed to be a celebration of the modern man with all his flaws, with wives nudging their husbands whenever Tim does something stupid.
3rd Jul '16 1:28:33 PM gewunomox
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* SpecialGuest: Many celebrities appeared as themselves as guests on ''Tool Time'', including Bob Vila, Creator/PennAndTeller, George Foreman, Michael and Mario Andretti, and Evander Holyfield, and a few celebrities appeared as themselves outside of ''Tool Time'', including TheBeachBoys (Wilson is related to the 'blood relation' Beach Boys including Mike Love, as his mother was Emily Wilson) and Rodney Dangerfield.

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* SpecialGuest: Many celebrities appeared as themselves as guests on ''Tool Time'', including Bob Vila, Creator/PennAndTeller, George Foreman, Michael and Mario Andretti, and Evander Holyfield, and a few celebrities appeared as themselves outside of ''Tool Time'', including TheBeachBoys Music/TheBeachBoys (Wilson is related to the 'blood relation' Beach Boys including Mike Love, as his mother was Emily Wilson) and Rodney Dangerfield.
19th Jun '16 9:21:24 AM lalaTKG
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* FranchiseZombie: The network wanted to keep the show going but everyone involved, including Patricia Richardson and Tim Allen, knew that they had reached their peak at 7 seasons. The last season is generally considered the point when the show was running out of steam.
3rd Jun '16 10:31:15 PM Fuzy2K
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* ContinuityNod: To demonstrate [[TimTaylorTechnology a power washer he souped up]], Tim blasts "Al's a gal" into a wall of the studio building. However, he is unable to remove it from the wall, instead only smearing it slightly. It's there every time they shoot outside at that location from then on.

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* ContinuityNod: To demonstrate [[TimTaylorTechnology a power washer he souped up]], Tim blasts writes "Al's a gal" into a wall on the outside of the studio building. However, he is unable to remove it the writing from the wall, instead only smearing it slightly. It's there every time they shoot outside at that location from then on.
3rd Jun '16 10:29:54 PM Fuzy2K
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* ContinuityNod: After Tim [[TimTaylorTechnology soups up a power washer]], he blasts "Al's a gal" into a wall of the studio building. It's there every time they're shooting outside at that location.

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* ContinuityNod: After Tim To demonstrate [[TimTaylorTechnology soups up a power washer]], washer he souped up]], Tim blasts "Al's a gal" into a wall of the studio building. However, he is unable to remove it from the wall, instead only smearing it slightly. It's there every time they're shooting they shoot outside at that location.location from then on.
31st May '16 5:38:24 PM lorgskyegon
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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with regards to the actors, in the final curtain call Zachery Ty Bryan and Tim Allen can be seen desperately [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOaI7B0TGw trying to hold back tears and failing.]]

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with regards to the actors, in the final curtain call Zachery Ty Bryan and Tim Allen can be seen desperately [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOaI7B0TGw trying to hold back tears and failing.]]]] Debbe Dunning and Patricia Richardson are crying as well.
30th May '16 2:17:58 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: The season 5 episode ''The One With The Vasectomy'' alongside the later episodes where Jill gets a Hysterectomy. In the former episode Jill asks Tim to get a vasectomy because its less dangerous than her getting a tubiligation. The sad truth when comparing the two episodes is, if Jill had gotten the tubiligation the doctors no doubt would have seen her defect before it had progressed to the point it did in Season 7, possibly performing the surgery then while keeping her ovaries that time, thus sparing her the early menopause she got. On top of all that, it would have saved Tim some existential problems in his mid-life crisis where he wanted his vasectomy reversed to have a fourth child.
28th May '16 8:40:35 PM lorgskyegon
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* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: Al's brother is named Cal and his mother is named Alma. Also, Wilson Wilson's niece is named Willow Wilson and it is once mentioned that his relatives include Wilbur, Wilhemina, Wilford, Willard, and Wilma.

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* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: Al's brother is named Cal and his mother is named Alma. Also, Wilson Wilson's niece is named Willow Wilson and it is once mentioned that his relatives include Wilbur, Wilhemina, Wilford, Willard, Wilma, and Wilma.[[AerithAndBob Brian]].
28th May '16 4:23:57 PM lorgskyegon
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* NotSoAboveItAll: Jill constantly tells off Tim for making jokes about Al's mother. When they walk into her funeral, Jill stares at the oversized coffin in amazement and remarks on how it looks like someone polished a barn. Tim and Mark can only give her a look somewhere between astonishment and disgust.
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