Home Improvement: Season 3, Episode 9

Dollars and Sense (17 Nov. 1993)

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Jill's mother gives the three boys bonds to either re-invest or to spend. The boys decide to buy a valuable remote control car. Tim & Jill tell them they cannot play with it, but of course, the boys decide to drive it around.



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Jill's mother gives the three boys bonds to either re-invest or to spend. The boys decide to buy a valuable remote control car. Tim & Jill tell them they cannot play with it, but of course, the boys decide to drive it around.

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Tim: My sons are interested in baseball cards as an investment, and they don't wanna get ripped off.
Salesman: Sorry, all we do here is rip people off. Store policy.
Tim: I didn't mean to insult you, Mister...?
Salesman: Rip-offer. Con-man T. Rip-offer.
Tim: From the famous Jack the Rip-offer family?
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Premature Investment.
12 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tool Time does a salute to the high steel and the brave men who work on it all day long. Pete and Dwayne from K&B come back to demonstrate a few safety tips, such as how to walk across one of those solid steel girders. This is important because it will come into play later in the show. So, meanwhile at the homefront, Jill's mother had purchased bonds for the boys, but rather than just reinvest them, Jill feels the boys should learn responsibility as well as the value of money and let them choose how to invest the money. Tim actually agrees with Nana, citing how irresponsible and childish the boys are...just like him. The bonds were valued at $50 a piece, so it would be a relatively modest investment. As predicted, Brad, Randy and Mark instantly begin fighting over what to invest in, namely rare baseball cards. If they pool their money together, they could get one that is extremely valuable. Jill cautions them against doing this, citing the bloody noses that resulted from trying to share a Nutty-Buddy bar. Regardless, Tim takes the boys down to a baseball card shop and they browse their options. But amidst all the cards, Tim spots a remote controlled Indy car. But not just any Indy car. One signed by Rick Mears himself! It was priced at only $140. Despite getting the boys excited, Tim still tries to discourage them from pooling their money together. However, they purchase the car anyway and place it on the mantle.

Brad, Randy and Mark now spend their time sitting and staring at their investment. Curiosity and boredom soon set in and they wonder just how fast it goes. So they take the car into the backyard, and just as the little wiener-heads start fighting over who would control it, the car takes off into the alley and is flattened by a garbage truck. D'oh! Fortunately only one side of the car is truly damaged...the one with Rick's autograph. However, they put it back in the display case with the damaged side against the wall, figuring who's gonna notice. When Jill gets home, Tim shows her the car, and she's very underwhelmed. But that's when they discover the damage, and as expected, Jill blames the whole thing on Tim. But enough of that, on to the K&B construction site where Tim and Al get up close and personal with the high steel. You get quite a view from up there. Then Tim broaches the question of what to do when nature calls. Pete tells him they just take the elevator down to the porta-potty, but Tim decides to eliminate the middle man and figure out a way to slide down via rope. Unfortunately, he slips, slides down several stories and crashes right through the porta-potty roof. After that, Tim goes home and talks about the whole investment fiasco with Wilson. It seems the impulse to buy that toy car hearkened back to Tim being a kid (physically) and not having many toys of his own, so he made his own...and they caught fire. So Tim and Jill get to talking, they both admit they were wrong, but neither were at fault, so they placed blame rightfully on the boys. Jill devises a plan to teach them a lesson. So as Larry, Curly and Moe come home, Jill pretends to have gotten a call from the guy at the baseball store, looking to buy back the race car...at a pretty penny. They quickly refused every bid, and then proceeded to kick themselves...and each other, while Tim and Jill walk away in triumph.

This was the first full episode of Home Improvement I sat down to watch. It looked so good in the promo, I decided to give it a shot. It did not disappoint. In fact, this is one of my all-time favorite episodes. Well-written, funny, great message, satisfying from beginning to end. Like Tim and the porta-potty, it's through the roof. I definitely recommend Dollars and Sense. A good time is guaranteed to be had!

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