Ilene is furious with Al after he tells Tim about an embarrassing dream Ilene had about Tim, which Tim then tells to Jill.



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Ilene is furious with Al after he tells Tim about an embarrassing dream Ilene had about Tim, which Tim then tells to Jill.

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Comedy | Family





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12 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Tim: Al, I only make fun of people and joke around with people I like.
Al: Then you must like me an awful lot.
Tim: I think of you as one of my brothers.
Al: You do?
Tim: Yeah. I used to joke and gag around with them all the time, that's why most of them won't speak to me to this day.
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Sherry Hursey's character's name is misspelled in the closing credits. Instead of "Ilene Markham," the credit reads "Ilene Martin." See more »


References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Nightmare on Al's Street
25 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tool Time kicks off with a salute to finishing, and not as in Tim finishing a show without a mishap. He and Al also discuss safety precautions when sanding down a wood table, although Tim refuses to wear gloves while performing the task, and suddenly, his hands blow up like balloons. Balloon gloves don't count. After the show, Al has some harsh words with Tim. It seems Ilene had a very peculiar dream involving a man on a golden stallion, wearing skimpy bicycle shorts. But what really grinds Al's gears is that the man was Tim. He finds it hilarious, but reminds Al that it was only a dream. The flannelman laments that it wasn't him on that stallion in those shorts. At home, the boys are playing Scrabble, and coin a new word: Melonology. You know, the study of melons. Or, according to Tim, the study of guys named Mel. Still tickled over the prospect of being in a woman's dream, Tim tells Jill about it, and she relays to him one of her own bizarre dreams: she's Jane, living with Tarzan. Well, things are sure to get awkward at dinner that night, as Al and Ilene are coming over, but I'm sure Tim will exercise a little self-control and keep references to personal dreams out of the air of conversation that night. Fat chance! No sooner does Ilene say she's so hungry she could eat a horse, does Tim chime in and say they're having stallion. He changes it to "scallion. Big, golden scallion." As if that weren't bad enough, he just couldn't leave well enough alone and added, "at least she's not cookin' bicycle shorts." Oh no.

Ilene is furious at Al for breaking her confidence, and Al is furious at Tim for breaking his confidence and Jill is furious at Tim for not leaving well enough alone. So the idiot adds insult to injury by blabbing about Jill's Tarzan dream. So while Al and Ilene go outside to fight on the porch, Tim and Jill go at it themselves. The Tool Man doesn't feel remorse for his actions, as he felt he was trying to make Al laugh about the situation to make him feel better, but it sure didn't work out that way. Ilene breaks up with Al and steals his car. So after royally screwing the pooch, Tim goes to talk to Wilson over the whole fiasco, and he helps Tim realize how his attempts at jocularity only made things worse. It's in his nature to joke about things, whether it be at inappropriate times or not. He and Al finally get to talk down at Tool Time, as Tim admitted his mistake and says he jokes around with people he likes, and in Al's case, he makes fun of his beard and weight because he likes him, but as for the flannel, he does it because he thinks Al looks ridiculous. So they make up just as Ilene comes by to return Al's car. They make amends, kiss and make up so now all was well, and there's enough time for Tim to try and bring Jill's Tarzan fantasy to life...though perhaps he should have waited for a warmer night.

This episode does raise an interesting question: could Ilene secretly be attracted to Tim? That theory has never been explored on the show, so I think it's safe to say her dream was just a coincidence. It reminds me of a Married With Children episode (title is the same as my summary line) where Marcy dreams about Al, except there, it was said it happened because Al was right about something Marcy said wasn't right...or something. I wonder who the women in the audience would rather dream about: Al Bundy or Tim Taylor? We also get a nice insight into Tim and Al (Borland)'s friendship, and how Tim makes fun of him because he likes him, and as for the flannel, Tim will find out in the next episode just why his buddy wears flannel. In the meantime, if you can relate to this premise, if you have dreams about people or people dream about you, check out Dream On.

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