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Desperately Seeking Willow (17 Mar. 1998)

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A St Patrick's Day celebration on Tool Time, and the K&B crew is on hand. Meanwhile, Wilson takes a 3-day vacation while his house is fumigated. Willow stays with Tim & Jill, then goes out at night and does not come home. Jill is worried.

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A St Patrick's Day celebration on Tool Time, and the K&B crew is on hand. Meanwhile, Wilson takes a 3-day vacation while his house is fumigated. Willow stays with Tim & Jill, then goes out at night and does not come home. Jill is worried.

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Naughty or Niece.
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It be Saint Paddy's day on Tool Time, with hosts Tim "the Tool Man" McTaylor and Al McBorland, showing you how to build a wee leprechaun trap. Apologies if I've insulted any Irish folk who happened to be reading this. Tim starts things off by breaking a priceless glass collection, but then the collector should've known better than to bring it on this shoddy show. Next, to show how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day like a working man, here come the boys from K&B Construction! Rock O'Lannigan, Pete McBilker and Dwayne O'Hoover. Okay, okay, enough of the Irish theme, I promise. They present a green toolbox filled with the traditional Irish feast of cabbage and cornbeef. Then they rock their socks off, singing an Irish folk song, Mountain Dew. Al dances along, but fails to notice a spill of oil on the floor and he collapses face- first into a rag covered in green paint. At home, Wilson prepares to go on vacation to Dublin, Ohio, and with his house being fumigated, there's a problem of where Willow could stay. Jill asks if she'd like to stay with the Taylors, and she's happy to do so. Willow proves to be a very adequate house-guest...except that she goes out right after dinner, meeting some friends at a club. Jill even lends her the Healy. She MUST have a good feeling about her, maybe Willow is the daughter Jill never had...or ever wants to have.

Despite the girl saying she'd be back by midnight, Jill waits up until 2:00. She applies her nimble psychology skills to Willow and her come- and-go nature by deducing it's because she doesn't have any strong parental figures in her life. That's when Willow saunters in the door, telling about her night at the club and how it became a pants-off dance- off, and then, just as quickly, she heads back out to meet a friend. But this time, she doesn't come home. Her friends haven't seen her either. Jill blames herself for losing Wilson's niece, and so she, Tim and the boys take it upon themselves to find any leads on the wayward Willow. Tim decides to venture over to Wilson's house and find her address book. So he dashes in and out of the house filled with nerve gas, inhaling a generous portion of it and comes back with the book. They find receipts from trendy, bizarre places that people like Willow would go, and Jill sends the boys there to pick up any leads. They come up empty. Jill suggests they check out the club district. They search up and down, no sign of Willow. Finally, they reach the last club on the block, and appeal to the bouncer's good nature to let them go in...but not Tim. He isn't allowed in because 1) He doesn't think Tim is cool enough, and 2) he hates Tool Time. To Jill's good fortune, she spots Willow inside the club. She talks to her, first with a motherly lecture, then as a friend, saying they care about her very much. Willow is touched by the gesture and apologizes for being a thoughtless ingrate. So at least one problem is solved, but one remains: Tim becomes obsessed with being "cool" enough to get into that night club, even if it means putting on a white fleece coat and shades.

So, if Willow was missing, along with the fact that she had Jill's car, why didn't the Taylors call the police? You know, run the license plate and all that? Maybe she got into an accident, maybe got killed, maybe got robbed? Anyway, for what it's worth, this episode was pretty good. It was funny in quite a few places, despite the above plot hole, and this was the final appearance of China Kantner as Willow Wilson. Her character was a welcomed addition to the cast and it's too bad she didn't stick around longer. I think she's a good actress and she certainly has the gift of natural beauty. At least if this were happening today, Willow's problem of finding a phone to call people would be no longer, thanks to the advent of cell phones. I imagine someone like Willow would text all day, every day. So if you like the short-lived Willow character, I recommend this episode.


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