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Look Who's Not Talking 

At home: Jill starts experiencing stage fright when the time to give a speech at a fundraiser approaches. Tim promises to clean the house while Jill concentrates on the speech. True to his ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lisa (as Pamela Denise Anderson)


At home: Jill starts experiencing stage fright when the time to give a speech at a fundraiser approaches. Tim promises to clean the house while Jill concentrates on the speech. True to his manners, Tim decides to rewire the vacuum cleaner with, you guessed it, more power! On Tool Time: Tim gives a house cleaning tip for men. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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Comedy | Family





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10 December 1991 (USA)  »

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There is a video company who named their business after an episode of Home Improvement. The owners says that the 11th episode was always he favorite episode. See more »


When Time activates the "Power Suck Mode" on the vacuum, Mark is seen flying in the air while hanging on to the door, but the wire holding him up is visible. See more »


Mark Taylor: I have a woman - Mommy.
Randy Taylor: Your mommy can't be your woman, doofus.
Tim Taylor: A lot of men pay a psychiatrist a lot of money to figure *that* one out.
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References Look Who's Talking (1989) See more »

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Unaccustomed As I Am.
10 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jill has to give a speech. Shouldn't be a problem, as accustomed to talking as much as she does. As she tries to write it up, Tim does his best to keep the boys quiet, which is easier said than done. Those little hellions were roller-blading in the living room. But Tim made sure they wore their helmets. Then Jill comes downstairs, procrastinating over writing her speech. Tim has to remind her that the library is counting on her speech to rake in the $7,000 they need. But, hey, no pressure or anything. Next day on Tool Time, Tim gives a spiel on how men should help out with house cleaning, and even suggests house cleaning appliances should be designed for men, like more-power vacuum cleaners that will suck the carpet right off the floor. And in case you're wondering if Tim practices what he preaches, he sure does. When he gets home, he stuffs cleaning supplies into his tool belt and demonstrates for the boys how to clean the house the "power way." He has Brad and Randy wash the windows, while literally mopping the floor with Mark. He even cooked Jill her favorite lunch: Beanie Weenie Cassarole. Regardless of all the nice things he's trying to do for her, she's still being a stuck-up, self-conscious procrastinating shrew who hasn't written word one for her speech.

Her mood isn't much lightened when she learns Tim rewired the vacuum. He demonstrates for her the new Power Suck Mode, which gives it the power of a tornado. Good thing Mark was wearing his safety wires or else he might have gotten hurt. Moving on... remember Brad's new girlfriend, Jennifer? He thinks she likes him, because today, she hit him in the arm, twice. Hard. It's definitely meant to be. As for Jill and her speech, Tim tries to give her as many useful tips as he can muster...all 2 of them, but regardless, she refuses to budge. Even advice from Wilson doesn't seem to make an impression...especially after Tim misquotes him, as usual. Randy tells her a joke, Mark makes her a peanut butter and jelly milkshake, and then, Tim gets a brilliant idea, which for him are few and far between. He and Mark will act as Jill's audience while she reads the speech she finally wrote to them. Not only that, but since the members of the library fund-raiser are women, Tim dresses up himself and Mark was women... not the WHOLE nine yards, mind you, just earrings and hats. Flattered, Jill delivers her speech, and Tim compliments her, saying it was very good and she'd be a fool not to give it. So, she gives it, she's a big hit, and then she and Mark drop Tim off at Tool Time, where Mark tells Al about how he and his father dressed up like women, and I'm very sure he won't let Tim live this one down.

How many of you can relate to Jill? Having to give a speech in front of dozens of people and you're so self-conscious about looking or sounding bad, even if you don't. While this episode was standard and not very funny for the most part, that scene with Tim and Mark playing women was quite humorous, and it shows what a caring and supportive husband he really is. Not much else I can really say about this episode, because as I said there isn't much story, it's just Jill trying to prepare herself to deliver a speech. But it's still a good episode and I do recommend checking it out. I think, though, in the end, no amount of rehearsals or public speaking classes will truly prepare you for the real thing. But what will get you accustomed to public speaking is to actually go out and do it.

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