Home Improvement: Season 1, Episode 14

For Whom the Belch Tolls (14 Jan. 1992)

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It's family night at the Taylors. Randy would like to re-watch 'Bury Me Again' and Tim suggests 'Bayonet Hell', but it's Jill's time to choose and she wants to see 'The Sound of Music'. ... See full summary »

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It's family night at the Taylors. Randy would like to re-watch 'Bury Me Again' and Tim suggests 'Bayonet Hell', but it's Jill's time to choose and she wants to see 'The Sound of Music'. Then Tim's college roommate Stu calls to say that he's in town. Tim agrees to meet him over a beer, because Jill finds him obnoxious and doesn't want him in their home. However, Tim can't tell Stu he is not welcome... On "Tool Time": Tim demonstrates how to heat insulate a window. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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The title is based on the 1940 novel 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' by Ernest Hemingway about a group of anti-fascist guerrillas during the Spanish Civil War; the novel's title, in turn, was taken from John Donne's 1624 work "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions" ("... never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee"). See more »

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Stu Cutler: [trying to make a joke with Al] Nice beard - had chili for lunch, huh?
Al Borland: [oblivious to the attempted humor] No, I didn't, Stu.
Stu Cutler: [again trying to kid around] ... So - gotta work with this jerk, huh, Al?
Al Borland: Yes, I do, Stu... Well, it was nice meeting you.
Stu Cutler: [as Al walks away] Uh, great sense of humor!
Al Borland: Thank you.
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Those Were the Days.
6 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People have a tendency to change over time, owing to various circumstances that occur in their lives. For instance, a man may not be the same man today that he was ten years ago. He may have settled down, started a family, made a career for himself. Tim Taylor, is one such man, and he is about to be reunited with an old friend who none of the above applies to. As you know, Tim is a sophisticated man... not in terms of outlook or behavior, but in terms of circumstance. He tries to be a good role model for his boys and an ideal husband for Jill, as well as good provider for his family, and so various sacrifices had to be made. But he sure got a blast from the past when his old college roomie, Stu Cutler, came a-calling. After another mundane Tool Time, Stu waits for Tim backstage and pounces on him. Old friends reunited. Stu was a party animal, and unfortunately, not very likable, as he makes a bad first impression with Al, and Lisa won't even give him the time of day. Tim invites him out for a beer, but Stu insists on stopping by the house to see Jill and the boys. Things are bound to get awkward, since Jill detests Stu and his distinctive mannerisms.

Stu proves to be an obnoxious house-guest, as well as a 21-year-old boy stuck in a grown man's body. But the boys seem to like him. They go out to the garage to Tim's makeshift workout room, and Stu dares him to bench 150 pounds. He manages to do one rep, which almost wipes him out. It seems Stu has cemented himself in the "good old days" and thinks Tim has too, but as it turns out, Tim is happy with life the way it is now. Even though now, Tim is subjected to "family night", watching family movies. Stu considers himself family and invites himself to family night, and so he heads out to get another case of beer. Unsure of what to do about his old friend, Tim goes to talk with another: Wilson. He helps Tim see that circumstances in his life have changed and that he isn't the same man he was all those years ago, so why pretend to be? That's when Stu comes back from the liquor store, having run into some more of the old gang and invites Tim to join them all at a club. Tim declines the invite, as well as finally gives Stu a clue. So he excuses himself from family night to go hang out with the gang, bidding Tim a fond adieu and as a token of his esteem, he lets him keep the case of beer. Oh well, family night will now commence with the watching of The Sound of Mus... er, Bayonnet Hell! To cap it all off, Tim does a little analogy on Tool Time with his experience with Stu on an old door, showing how both can change with age and in some cases, become more fragile, as Tim shatters the door glass. Live and learn.

This one is great. Christopher McDonald steals the show as Stu Cutler, a character we'll never see or hear from again. It's kind of strange though, considering he and Tim were such close friends. I guess McDonald didn't want to come back and they didn't want to recast him. You may recognize McDonald as Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore, or any other movie he was in where he plays a scumbag, which I think is every movie he's done. Funny, well-written and a brilliant allegory for how people can change over the years, and how some can't. Fans of this show and fans of Christopher McDonald should definitely see For Whom the Belch Tolls, it's fantastic.


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