Home Improvement: Season 5, Episode 23

Mr. Wilson's Opus (30 Apr. 1996)

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Wilson directs the school production of Romeo and Juliet.

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Wilson directs the school production of Romeo and Juliet.

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When Tim & Al are demonstrating aluminum siding installation, Tim uses an air-powered nail gun. A power nailer would drive the nail home, but Aluminum and vinyl siding must be hand nailed so the nails can be left slightly loose to allow for expansion and contraction of the siding. Nails driven home by a power nailer wouldn't allow for movement, and the siding would ripple when it expanded. See more »

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Wilson: Your father told me that my over-zealous pedagogy would only extinguish your Elizabethan exuberance.
Randy: My dad said that?
Wilson: Actually he said I was being a jackass.
Randy: That's Dad.
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Wherefore Art Thou, Randeo?"
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Fool Time begins with a salute to aluminum siding, or as Al puts it, AL-uminum siding. He makes several jokes, emphasizing the 'Al' in words that have it, purely to annoy Tim. After that, they get to putting on a siding, showing how to install around lighting fixtures. Of course, it's probably a good idea to disconnect anything electric before working around it because you could easily hit a wire. Predictably, Tim nails right into the electrical wire and gets electrocuted...no, wait, this time it's Al who gets the electric shock and it sends him stumbling right into a revolving panel. Not only was that effect horribly staged and acted, but have they suddenly decided that accidents happening to Tim all the time was getting old so they had to make them happen to Al now? Maybe they thought it would be funnier? Guess what, it's NOT! That was pathetic! So if you stuck around after that, Tim gets to building the sets for Randy's school play. Remember two episodes back when he was cast as Romeo in his school's production of Romeo & Juliet? Well, that's still happening...or is it? It seems Randy's drama teacher was 8 months preggers and suddenly went into labor. So now who's going to direct the play? Jill? Tim? Not unless they were making a comedic version of R & J. Hey, what about the weird guy next door? Wilson is reluctant at first, but Randy manages to talk him into it. I think he'll do just fine, because after all, even though he is a world-class eccentric, Wilson Wilson is a very rational, clear-minded individual who is very adult and forward about every situation he comes across.

Wilson arrives at the auditorium carrying a stack of Shakespeare books for the sole purpose of hiding his face. When "Juliet" delivers a line half-assed, Wilson questions her as to what the line means. Nobody knew, so he felt it was necessary to lecture them on William Shakespeare's life, then he makes them stand up and flail their arms about, and finally, he makes them imagine that they're a vegetable. They may be veggies, but Wilson is a fruitcake. At home, Randy talks about his day and thinks about quitting. Tim discourages him from that and reminds him that he made a commitment. Oh well, it was Wilson's first day. I'm sure he'll lighten up at the next rehearsal. Fat chance. He tells everyone to bring with them next time a kitchen utensil that personifies their character's persona. Wilson would be a breakfast cereal because he's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. The other kids blame Randy for it all, and worse yet, Wilson gets into a disagreement with Tim over the set design. He demands Tim build more era-appropriate sets, and as a result, the Tool Man refuses and walks. Randy hears about Tim quitting and says it's unfair, but Tim uses the old "I'm an adult, I can do whatever I want" defense that idiots say to their kids when they can't justify their own irresponsible actions. Despite being frustrated at Wilson, Tim still goes out back to talk to him. Wilson is now not only director, but set designer and costumer, because he fired the original 13-year-old one for not making 100% historically correct costumes. Tim manages to make Wilson see what an obsessive compulsive he's being over this play, and even relates a similar experience with himself when first starting Tool Time. He says everybody became fed up with his compulsiveness, so he hired Al to be the boring one. Wrong! Al was there from the beginning. But Wilson gets the gist of what Tim is saying, and so at the next rehearsals, there were no more analysis, no interpretations, just good ol' wacky Shakespearean fun. The night of the play was a big success too. However, when it came time for Randy's big love scene, he was literally upstaged. Tim installed a hydraulic lift under Juliet's crypt, and it just kept going up and up and up.

If you're looking for a funny episode of Home Improvement... look elsewhere. This one was full of groaners, full of overacting, full of ridiculousness, it was just silly. The scene of Al being electrocuted set the tone for the whole thing, and as usual for Wilson episodes, they're hard to do because he keeps having to hide his damn face. Bad directing, bad writing, and pretty lousy acting in terms of just hamming it up. In fact, the credits outtake is Tim and Wilson going back forth with "I am the SET DE-SIGNER" "and I am the Die-RECT-tor", over and over and over! I think the real story of Romeo & Juliet is funnier than this episode. I don't really recommend Mr. Wilson's Opus, it's an unpleasant experience to sit through, and to hear.


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