Home Improvement: Season 3, Episode 20

It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims (30 Mar. 1994)

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Jill hosts a baby shower for a friend. Tim reluctantly attends. The women flatter him and Tim charms them. Jill wants in on some of the charm with Tim, but he does some uncharming things that night.

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Jill hosts a baby shower for a friend. Tim reluctantly attends. The women flatter him and Tim charms them. Jill wants in on some of the charm with Tim, but he does some uncharming things that night.

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Tim and the boys have themselves a round of male bonding by wrestling on the living room rug, when Jill comes in to break it up and announce to Tim that she's hosting a baby shower for one of her friends at work on Saturday. Tim's excuses for not attending are Tool Time, and a demolition derby with the boys. He got off easy, and it's just as well, can you imagine Tim at a baby shower? I don't think he'd like it very much at all. At Tool Time, Al has called in sick, so as a substitute, Tim erected an Al mock-up with speaker phone, so Al can assist via his house. Of course, this could just be a ruse for him to get out of working alongside Tim, and who could blame him? Anyway, on today's show, it's a salute to plumbing, and who better to help out than amiable master plumber Felix Myman? Tim asks Felix about his views on baby showers, and he feels babies should take baths instead. He also gives some helpful hints on what to do when the water breaks. He's a plumber, he knows about these sort of things. But the real subject of the day is what to do about a "sweaty" toilet. Felix explains what to do, and when Al ribs Tim one too many times, he uses a feature he only wishes the real Al had: a hang-up button. After that, Tim demonstrates how to cement foam liners in the toilet tank. Hmm, Tim and cement. Wonder what'll happen. Tim gets his hands glued to the toilet, and then Al calls back to check to make sure it happened.

On to the baby shower, all those gals cooing over every little gift they open. Aww! Widdle bitty booties, widdle jammies, it's all so pwecious! Tim happens to pass through at that moment, and Jill coaxes him into saying hello. Despite reservations about him doing something foolish, Tim Taylor actually comes off as extremely charming, witty, suave, supportive, funny, and philosophical. The odd thing is, he wasn't even trying. It was all coming naturally. When the shower is over, Tim even helps the ladies load up their cars. This display really turns Jill on, and she corners him as he tries to take the boys to the demolition derby...and promises a little 'demolition derby' of their own in the bedroom when he gets home. Things go south when Tim the Suave comes home as Tim the Slob, having eaten his weight in double-cheese nachos and double-onion chili dogs. He's feeling bloated and gassy, letting the burps go one at a time. The mood is killed slowly and painfully as Tim staggers into bed, still feeling very bloated, and then, he really lets go. Jill jumps out of bed, wondering what happened to the man she saw at the baby shower. She complains about his shortcomings and imperfections, and Tim tells her she's no spring chicken herself. Next day, Tim talks about the whole experience to Wilson, saying he's in a comfort zone knowing that since he and Jill have been married for so long, he doesn't have to work so hard to still charm her. Wilson advises him to still try and make the effort though. So, in dirty coveralls, he goes upstairs to try and make amends with Jill, they make their feelings known and agree the spark is still alive. They kiss and make up, then Tim rips off his coveralls to reveal a tuxedo, and they continue making up all through the night. They must have been very noisy about it, because Mark heard them "jumping up and down on their bed." But Brad and Randy tell him what they were really doing: a somersault contest. So when Tim and Jill finally come downstairs, Mark asks them who won. Jill says she won...twice.

This episode really shows us both sides of Tim's persona, on the one hand he's the traditional slovenly, chauvinistic man-ape, but on the other, he's charming, sensitive and debonair. In other words, he's the ideal man. Perhaps all men should be like Tim Taylor... but with the ability to exercise a little self-control when it comes to power tools. I thought this episode was very good, a nice character builder, plenty of funny moments, and of course, plenty for the adults too, like the lovey-dovey scenes between Tim and Jill. Also, "somersault contests." That was a great way to dodge the "birds and the bees" talk. So if you're a guy like Tim, you're a woman wishing you had a guy like Tim, or if you're none of the above, I still say give Best of Tims, Worst of Tims a look.


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