Home Improvement: Season 2, Episode 16

Dances with Tools (3 Feb. 1993)

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At home: The boys pull a prank on a sleeping Tim. Tim and Jill's wedding anniversary is coming up. Tim bribes the boys to reveal Jill's surprise gift for him. When he finds out how cool it ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Keeney
Dirk Lumbard ...
Don Green
Andy Paxton (as Michael Pniewski)
Jerry Holborne


At home: The boys pull a prank on a sleeping Tim. Tim and Jill's wedding anniversary is coming up. Tim bribes the boys to reveal Jill's surprise gift for him. When he finds out how cool it is, he realizes he has to give Jill something she really wants - ballroom dancing lessons with him! The problem is, Tim can't dance at all. The boys try to pull a prank on a sleeping-as-far-as-they-know Al. In Tool Time: Tim demonstrates a nail gun. With disastrous effects. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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The episode's title references Dances with Wolves (1990). See more »


Tim: I've got a good one for you: How much wood could a Wilson chop if a Wilson could chop wood?
Wilson: [as he's cutting firewood] He could cut a quarter of a cord of conifer if you gave him a quarter for every cord he cut.
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Dirty Dancing.
9 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tim is about to fall for one of the oldest tricks in the book and he doesn't even know it... because he's asleep. Brad, Randy and Mark are making sure their dad will look quite the fool when he wakes up. Got his shoelaces tied together, his pants undone and a nice big lump of shaving cream in his hand. They tickle his nose with a feather, and then stand back as the magic happens. A foam-faced Tim staggers after the boys, and Jill takes a photograph. After things settle down, Jill asks Tim if he knows what big day is coming up, and he rightly guesses their anniversary. He never forgets their anniversary... just what day it's on. Since Jill is so hard to shop for, and she acknowledges this, she's decided to cut Tim a break by telling exactly what she wants and where it is. All he has to do is go get it. But out of curiosity, Tim wants to know what Jill got him. He bribes the boys to tell him where it's hidden. She got him an official steering wheel off of Mario Andretti's race car. It's just what he always wanted! So now Tim's gotta think of something to top that...and then it hits him: ballroom dancing lessons. Unfortunately, the only dance steps Tim knows is disco, and he wasn't really very good at that either. So, as you may have guessed, Tim blows chips at their first lesson. Jill, on the other hand, was a natural. The instructor then decides to change things up by having Jill dance with another guy, as she herself dances with Tim, trying a little role playing, taking him back to 1957. That seemed to go alright until the instructor told Tim to spin her, and he does...right into the piano.

At home, the boys attempt to pull the shaving cream trick on babysitter Al, but unfortunately for them, his reflexes are just a little quicker than those of their father, and he's the one who smears shaving cream in THEIR faces. Then Tim and Jill come home, grumbling about the evening, how Tim hospitalized the instructor and how they're barred from ever going to the dance studio again. Tim also lets it slip about discovering his gift, thus dismaying Jill even more. Anniversary down the crapper...for now. Next day on Tool Time, Tim handles a nail gun, which misfires and hits the cameraman in the leg. What a stooge. After that, a guy comes on to give Tim an award. Dumbass of the Year? Nope. Home Builders Association...for promoting safety. Is this somebody's idea of a joke? Actually, the whole award is for promoting safety by "staging" realistic accidents. Again, is this their idea of a joke? At home, Tim talks to Wilson about the whole dancing faux pas, and he seems to think Tim is just over-thinking it, as one who is always thinking about what his hands and feet are doing does not a good dancer make. That night, Tim and Jill exchange presents, the steering wheel and the sweater Jill told him to get, and then, Tim shows off his newly acquired dance steps. This time he performs much better. To cap off this whole madcap misadventure, Jill attempts the old tablecloth trick, after seeing Tim perform it the night before, and promptly makes a big mess. Moron.

This one certainly had it's moments. It was entertaining watching Tim try to dance, and I guess this episode must have been a gag short of its quota because of the whole "safety award" routine, which was actually NOT funny. It comes right out of nowhere, and it goes nowhere. I guess one of the writers thought Homer Simpson being in charge of safety at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant was funny, considering how accident prone he is, and thought to do something similar on Home Improvement? And the shaving cream prank, I'm sure you've seen that on America's Funniest Home Videos. I did. And the guy who got pranked jumped up and beat up the guy who did it. So anyway, if you're into dancing, if you can't dance or like seeing Tim making an idiot of himself, then Dances with Tools is one to see.

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