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Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble 

Jill mentions the need for another sink in the bathroom, and Tim promises to add one plus a whirlpool, and anything else Jill wants. Tim decides to make a "Tool Time" special about a ... See full summary »



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Felix Myman


Jill mentions the need for another sink in the bathroom, and Tim promises to add one plus a whirlpool, and anything else Jill wants. Tim decides to make a "Tool Time" special about a bathroom re-do at his home because that way the show will cover much of the cost. Of course, things don't go as smoothly as planned... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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Comedy | Family





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19 November 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the three witches' dialog in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' (Act IV, Scene I): "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble." See more »


Tim claims to be using a 20 lb. sledgehammer to dismantle his bathroom, when it is obviously a much smaller hammer. It appears to be about an 8 lb. hammer. See more »


Tim Taylor: What's to think about? We've always wanted this done; they'd pay for it - let me do this for you.
Jill Taylor: Will Al be here?
Tim Taylor: I don't see what that has to do with anything.
Jill Taylor: Will Al be here?
Tim Taylor: I want you to listen to me - Al is my assistant; he assists *me*.
Jill Taylor: Yeah, I know; will he be here?
Tim Taylor: ...Yes.
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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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The Bathroom of My Dreams.
10 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Taylor men were all gathered in the master bathroom one morning, but for different reasons: Tim was trying to shave, Mark was pretending to shave, Brad was looking for a hairbrush so he can actually brush his hair to look good for his new girlfriend, and Randy came to make fun of him. The boys wonder why Jill has so many different accessories on her side of the small sink, and Tim tells them what he thinks they're for. After he and Jill crowd each other at the sink, Tim decrees he should install a second one, saying it will be a small project, but since his wife is all too familiar with his idea of "small" projects, she promptly denies him. But with Tim being Tim, he won't give up so easily. He attempts to sway Jill with not only an additional sink, but a special make-up area AND a whirlpool, which actually manages to peak her interest. But then the question of coast is broached, and of course, Tim has the answer: Tool Time project. Binford foots the bill. Under those conditions, Jill finally agrees. Meanwhile, Brad is going to great lengths to impress little Jennifer Sadarsky, up to and including making his hair look like Bart Simpson's, and of course, Randy never hesitates to rib him for it. Kids.

Construction for the Taylors' new bathroom quickly gets underway, and almost immediately, disaster strikes. Tim has gotten his hands on a twenty pound sledge, which he intends to use to knock out the wall where the sink stood and replace his galvanized pipes with copper. Of course he swings the hammer too hard and breaks a huge hole right through the wall. Ten days later, they're finally ready to install the giant whirlpool. Unfortunately, that's going to be easier said than done, because, as master plumber Felix Myman measured, it won't fit up the stairs. The only alternative would be to hoist it up to the second level, knock a hole into the wall and slide it in. And if you think Jill was grumbling over the destruction in their bathroom before, when she finds out Tim has to make ANOTHER hole in the wall she's fit to blow a gasket, but as a compromise, he'll add a new greenhouse window. Unfortunately, after 7 days, Tim was having a little difficulty locating that window. and worse than that, the guys had to shut the water off due to some, shall we say, technical problems, AND they had to shut the gas off when Tim busted the water main as a safety precaution. It's at this point Jill wants to give up the ship and go to a motel with the boys. So now Tim is stuck with a busted up bathroom, no wife, no kids, and a hole in the wall. Fortunately Wilson is there to lend an ear, and he attributes Tim's constant yearning to create and improve things to the fact that men cannot bare children. Thankfully Jill and the boys return, mostly because she missed the big lug. Tim did manage to finish the new bathroom, though, and when he unveils it to Jill, she was just the happiest girl who ever lived. Not only were there now two sinks, but new toilet with automatic toilet seat, make-up area, and best of all, new whirlpool AND greenhouse window. It was breathtaking! Well, the guys saw very little of Jill after that, as she locked herself in the bathroom to take a 7-hour whirlpool bath.

First episode to feature a Tool Time remote at the house, and the first time Tim remodels a room. There's a similar episode in Season 3 where he remodels their closet, and it's ever bit as awesome as the bathroom in this episode. Doesn't it look like something right out of Macy's? I'd say the holes in the wall were worth it. This was also the first time, and probably only time that Jill leaves Tim over something like this. Not leave as in separation, but as in leave the house and stay somewhere else, and with the kids too. I guess she wasn't used to this sort of thing yet. I definitely recommend Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble. It's funny, it's touching, it's thrilling, it's something we all wish we could put in our homes.

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