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Love Is a Many Splintered Thing 

Jill takes a compatibility test that shows that she and Tim are not compatible. Randy gets a chance to do a ventriloquist act, but his lips keep moving while he's practicing.



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Jill takes a compatibility test that shows that she and Tim are not compatible. Randy gets a chance to do a ventriloquist act, but his lips keep moving while he's practicing.

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Comedy | Family




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20 January 1993 (USA)  »

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The title is from the song "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster from the movie of the same name winning its own Best Song Academy Award. See more »


Wilson (and, later, Tim) refers to the Chinese principle of opposites as "Ying and Yang". The correct term is "Yin and Yang". See more »


Tim: I go to the opera with you.
Jill: Oh, once. I've sat through three Rambo movies. When was the last time you took me to a foreign film?
Tim: Didn't we just see "Le Robocop"?
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References Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

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Who's the Real Dummy?
9 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tim and Jill wake up to a pleasant surprise: the boys made them breakfast. Two covered dishes. Hmm, this sounds like the perfect set up for a prank. Tim suspects as much and while their backs are turned, he switches his dish with Jill's. The boys were way ahead of them, as Jill's dish was scrambled eggs and sausage, and Tim's were springing snakes. When the boys get home from school, Randy announces he's going to be in the talent show, doing ventriloquism. Something he knows very little about, but is sure he can look it up. Tim offers to carve him a dummy for the occasion, and then Jill shows him a compatibility test she acquired for the magazine. It's a test made FOR women BY women. Jill already took the test for Tim and scored him a 98...out of 300. You know, the word "petty" wouldn't touch this woman. On to Tool Time, where Tim and Al use a wood lathe to carve a table leg, as well as baseball bat, which Tim horses around with. Then he grumbles some more about that compatibility test, saying comparing men to household objects is stupid. After the show, he makes up his own little compatibility test for a man to give a woman.

A little tit-for-tat from Tim's quiz gives them both a good laugh, but in the end, he and Jill are not compatible and scores a whopping 88 out of 7,000,000. Take that! Meanwhile, Randy finds ventriloquism to be much more challenging than he originally suspected, practicing on a coat on a coat hanger. Jill attempts to help him, remembering back to her first exposure of ventriloquism on Ed Sullivan as well as Edgar Bergen, two men the boys sadly have never heard of. After that, she and Tim argue about compromises, including the boys. Jill says she wanted all girls but she gave Tim all boys, which is what he wanted, though to be fair, that was actually nature's decision, not her's. So he talks to Wilson about it, wondering how he and Jill managed to stay together so long if they're so different, and Wilson says it has to do with the Yin and the Yang. Opposites attract and such. But before he can solve that little to-do, there is the matter of Randy's ventriloquism act. The boys is doubting himself and ready to give up the ship, until Tim springs his little surprise: a Tim Taylor ventriloquist dummy! Confidence restores, he takes Little Tim upstairs to practice, while Big Tim explains to Jill how he figured out why they're compatible after all: they're just stuck together, they always start anew and they compromise. Tim admits he even likes buying lingerie. After that, Tim practices some more with his dummy doppleganger, and he even made a Jill dummy for Jill. They launch into some schtick, and then they practice a little...French ventriloquism.

Not a very memorable episode, aside from the Tim and Jill dummies. Those things were fantastic. I wonder where they are now. They might have been put on display in some TV museum, maybe the guy who made them kept them, maybe Tim Allen kept them, maybe they were sold to a collector at a charity auction. Who knows? Very good craftsmanship on those dummies. As for that compatibility test, I agree with Tim in how ridiculous those things are. It's not like women need another excuse to complain about their man. And since the advent of the internet, they don't need to take little magazine tests, they can just blurt out their feelings for all to see. Anyway, I'd recommend seeing this episode purely for the dummies, as the rest of it isn't very interesting, it's standard, banal, not very funny, so just skip ahead to the dummies and you'll have a good time. The breakfast gag at the beginning was pretty funny too. Whenever Randy addresses Tim as "Father", you know something's up.

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