Home Improvement: Season 4, Episode 9

My Dinner with Wilson (22 Nov. 1994)

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Tim and Jill are upset to find out that Wilson is planning on moving to the forests of Ecuador.

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Tim and Jill are upset to find out that Wilson is planning on moving to the forests of Ecuador.

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Goodbye, Mr. Wilson.
3 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's left-handed pride day on Tool Time as Tim and Al, both left- handers, show off an array of left-handed tools. They demonstrate some southpaw pruning sheers on a set of shrubs, and I'll bet you can guess who wins. Surprisingly, it was Tim. That's right, he cheated. But, whatever helps him retain his dignity...or lack thereof. At home, Tim notices a very foul stench coming from somewhere in the house. It seemed to be coming from inside the living room wall. Most likely cause: a dead rat. So he and the boys slip bandanas over their faces looking like old west bandits and Tim knocks a giant hole in the wall. While he doesn't find a dead rat, he found an old glove he'd lost years ago. Then, at the worst possible time, a man stops by looking to appraise the house. Thankfully he'd made a mistake or else he'd be looking at a very tiny commission. It seems he was looking for Wilson's house. Tim and Jill are curious as to why Wilson would want to appraise his house. To sell? Hopefully they'll find out when they all go over to his house for Thanksgiving dinner. Yep, we finally get to see the inside of Wilson's house. It has everything that a refugee from Africa and South America would have hanging in their homes. I'm not saying Wilson IS a refugee, but then you never know. So at dinner, Jill tries to broach the question of whether or not Wilson is moving in a delicate manner, but Tim just comes right out and asks. It turns out, their suspicions were accurate: Wilson is moving.

He wants to move to Ecuador to get back with nature to rekindle his spirit and rediscover his identity. The Taylors were dismayed at this news, knowing things would never be the same without Wilson. Who would they go to when they have problems? Who would Tim confide in whenever he screws the pooch? Their living neutral corner would be no longer. Next day, after Tim finally disposes of the dead rat in their crawl space, he overhears Wilson talking to James Cromwell and his wife, who were looking to buy the house. James also meets Tim, who tries to find out if this man is anything like Wilson. Turns out, he isn't. He doesn't even say "hidey ho." Eventually, though, Tim and Wilson do get to share their feelings over a wheelbarrow of concrete. Wilson was looking to make any repairs on his house before he sold it. So as they mix the concrete, Wilson talks about his late wife, Katherine, whom he'd met in Ecuador, which seemed to be his primary reason for moving there. He feels his memories of her are fading and he doesn't want to lose her again. It's time for a little role reversal as Tim quotes a great mind to get his point across to Wilson, and while it doesn't completely connect, he does get the gist of what he's saying: he doesn't have to move to Ecuador to keep his wife's memory alive, he can share them with the people he loves right here in Detroit. And so, Wilson decides not to move after all. After all this talk about his late wife, Wilson shows Tim and Jill their wedding picture: Wilson and Katherine Wilson posing together...behind the wedding cake.

Very good character building episode for Wilson. I believe this is the first time they've really delved into his backstory, where we learn about his late wife, where he met her, and pretty much where he gets all his bizarre habits from. Okay, maybe that last part wasn't really explained, he's just an eccentric. He also won't have to worry about living alone much longer, because at the end of the season, Jill finds him a girlfriend...and it lasts. At least for a few more episodes. As for "My Dinner with Wilson" it was a very good one. Heartfelt, genuine, and it shows just how vital Wilson was, not just to the Taylor family, but to the series as a whole. Without a strong voice of reason present, the whole thing would just be nothing but mean jokes and hurt feelings. In fact, I wonder if Tim and Jill would have even stayed together this long if not for Wilson. So anyway, if you like the eccentric, floppy-hat wearing "hidey ho" neighbor from behind the fence whose entire face is always just out of view, I recommend "My Dinner with Wilson." Those with eagle eyes may catch a glimpse of his uncovered face during the scenes in his house where he's moving from one object to another.


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