Home Improvement: Season 5, Episode 21

Engine and a Haircut, Two Fights (12 Mar. 1996)

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Brad helps Tim with rebuilding the hotrod and they have a disagreement about the work. Brad also gets a haircut that causes disagreements. Randy gets the lead in Romeo and Juliet play at school. Jill offers to help with rehearsals.

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Brad helps Tim with rebuilding the hotrod and they have a disagreement about the work. Brad also gets a haircut that causes disagreements. Randy gets the lead in Romeo and Juliet play at school. Jill offers to help with rehearsals.

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The title is a reference to an old saying, from around 1900: Shave and a haircut, two bits. This seven note lyric was used at the end several songs, and was featured in several cartoons in the 1930's and 40's. See more »

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Tim: Ice cold pop for my favorite son.
Mark: I'm your favorite son?
Tim: Well, you're my last hope. One son looks like a sumo wrestler, the other one's in there putting moves on his mother.
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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.
23 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's Green Week on Tool Time, Tim and Al show the viewers how to take old items and recycle them into useful items, such as building a wall out of tires, tin cans and dirt. Al mentions "our friends" in the animal kingdom that do the same thing, such as the African hornbill who builds its nest out of his own dung. Something else we never knew about Zazu. Next, they add some adobe to their wall, but, as we're told in a disclaimer, Tim hid some actual dung in the adobe, unbeknownst to Al. However, the joke is on him, because we're told Al discovered it and replaced it with real adobe, unbeknownst to Tim, and to get back at him for trying that, Al smears Tim's face with "adobe." At home, Tim and Brad are at odds over which engine to put in the new hot rod. Tim wants a big block, while Brad thinks they should go with the flathead. After that, he's off to get a haircut, which Tim nags him about. Meanwhile, Randy is up for the role of Romeo in his school's production of Romeo & Juliet. Jill begs to let him rehearse with her, because as it turns out, she had once played Juliet herself. Before much longer, Brad comes home with his new haircut...and it looks like hell. Sides are shaved, top slicked back, short ponytail in the back. Jill attempts to be discreet in her feelings about this, but Tim, not so much.

In short, Tim says his son looks like an idiot and he doesn't want to be seen in public with him. The two bicker like children, and Tim continues to obsess over something as trivial as a haircut, fearing it will lead to piercings, tattoos, crime and more bad haircuts. So after he witnesses Randy rehearsing Romeo & Juliet with his mother, Tim concludes that his new favorite son is Mark. And since Jill is quite the hammy Juliet, Randy decides to rehearse with Wilson instead, who also once played Juliet...at an all boys' school...probably. Jill finds out, and she and Wilson engage in a Juliet act-off. A proverbial one-sided Capulet feud. As a result, Romeo bails. On the next Tool Time, Tim STILL can't get Brad's haircut out of his mind, so he decides to pose the question to the audience if any of their sons ever came home with a god-awful haircut. When one guy says yes, Tim ends the engine segment and invites the fellow father, Ken, down for an interview session. It seems Ken's son Cloyd got himself a spike-cut and Ken grounded him for it. Unfortunately, his relationship with his son turned sour, for little Cloyd ran away, shaved his head and joined a cult. Fearing the same might happen to Brad, Tim has a little man-to-man talk with him up in his messy room. Tim has learned to lighten up and realize a boy's hair is his own business. He even tells him about the time when he was a lad, wanting a Ringo Starr haircut, but his parents said no way, Jose. They make amends, Tim wants his help on the hot rod, and finally agrees to go with Brad's idea of using the retro flathead. So all was well...oh, and Randy got the part for Romeo, and of course Jill begged him to let her rehearse with him.

The storyline about Randy as Romeo, or Randyo, is continued in "Mr. Wilson's Opus" as for some reason this and "The Longest Day" aired out of order. But anyway, besides having a hilarious title, Engine and a Haircut Two Fights is a very funny episode. Tim flipping out over Brad's haircut, which he'll have until well into the next season, and Jill overacting as Juliet. She also mentioned that she was once Othello. Jill in blackface... that's all kinds of wrong. So if you can relate to Tim and/or Brad, this episode is a good one to check out. Funny how bad haircuts, pierced ears and tattoos were such big deals back in the '90s. Today, we just have more of all of that. Body piercings, tattoos everywhere. People seem to want to look like walking art galleries. Tim should thank his lucky stars Brad didn't want that. I miss the '90s. Oh, and as for Ken's story about his son, I don't think it was the hair, it was probably the fact the boy had parents who would willingly name their kid Cloyd.


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