Home Improvement: Season 1, Episode 10

Reach Out and Teach Someone (26 Nov. 1991)

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Tim starts his dream hot rod project; he has only a frame to a 1934 Ford Roadster to begin with, but it's a start. Jill is more interested in the clogged sink, which to Tim is not an urgent... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Judith Potter
Greta Post


Tim starts his dream hot rod project; he has only a frame to a 1934 Ford Roadster to begin with, but it's a start. Jill is more interested in the clogged sink, which to Tim is not an urgent matter. Because of that, Jill has already tried to unclog it herself and managed to drop Tim's precious screwdriver in. Suddenly Tim gets very upset and decides to teach the basics of plumbing to Jill. Soon they have a fight. Afterwards, Tim apologizes, but Jill doesn't feel she owes him an apology in return. On "Tool Time": Tim decides to teach basic home repair to women "in a simple language even a woman can understand". Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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26 November 1991 (USA)  »

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The title is based on a former AT&T advertising slogan ("reach out and touch someone") for the use of the telephone for communication purposes. See more »


Tim Taylor: I don't think you realize that I worked two hours on this sink!
Jill Taylor: But I worked two hours on this sink before you did.
Tim Taylor: Worked? You just threw tools down there.
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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There's a big development happening in the Taylor garage. Tim has acquired the frame to a '34 Ford Roadster. He's going to build his dream hot rod all from scratch. Sure it may look like a rusted hunk of metal now, but by the end of Season 3, it's gonna be a true, blue beauty. Not being a car guy, Randy isn't too interested in helping the old man build the hot rod, and Jill isn't so crazy about that prospect either. But why should she be, given her limited knowledge of tools? I'm not accusing, she REALLY knows bupkis about tools, especially since she tried to use Tim's screwdriver AND needle nose pliers to unclog the sink when the plunger failed. A disgruntled Tim decides he's going to teach Jill a thing or two about basic plumbing. That doesn't last long, as Jill asks stupid questions and Tim loses his temper, and ends up doing the job himself. Later on after he's calmed down, Tim apologizes to Jill for losing his cool, and does she reciprocate? No, of course not. Nothing is EVER her fault. Since she won't listen to him at home, Tim vents his frustrations on Tool Time the next day. He talks about how men have learned to do housework like laundry and such, but the women don't follow suit and learn to do men's work. And, since he's such a self- proclaimed expert, Tim decides to set up a little workshop on the show to teach women how to do some household repairs. But first, it's time to finish the project at hand: sanding a table. Naturally, Tim plugs it in without checking to make sure the trigger wasn't already locked on, and the belt sander zips right off the table.

At home, as Tim and Brad work on sanding the rust off the frame, they have a heartfelt talk about studying and applying yourself when it comes to school and learning. Brad's feeling a little insecure since no matter how hard he studies, he always gets C's, while Randy always aces. Tim points out how much better at sports Brad is, and assures him that everybody is better at some things than others. Hopefully Tim will remember this next time he tries to teach Jill how to fix the sink. And as for that woman tool workshop he's putting together, he's having a little trouble obtaining an all-female audience. I think the cracks he made about women on the previous show had something to do with that. A talk with Wilson helps to get Tim to realize that he's got to lighten up on the "meta messages" and keep it simple. Layman's terms, none of that inside B.S. jargon that nobody understands. Well, on to the show, and to Tim's good fortune, there was an all-female audience. I guess Lisa knew a few people and Al spread the word to his friends at bingo. Nope, Tim pulled a fast one and tricked the Cooking with Irma audience to come to Tool Time. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Tim manages to wrangle three volunteers, Judith, Greta, and Jill, who says her name is Rita. Their first project was a running toilet, which Judith managed to fix easily, and without the tools Tim planned to use. Next is a clogged sink, which Greta was supposed to fix, but she just wasn't feeling up to it, so Al invites her to go and rest. How about "Rita"? She says her husband yells at her whenever he tries to teach her anything. Tim apologizes for using meta messages and for being a big lout. So, Tim successfully teachers her, I guess, and as a show of appreciation, she has his favorite picture of a hot rod with a babe on the hood blown up...minus the babe. And as for Brad and his math test, he was hoping for a C, but guess what? He got a C+! He's gonna graduate! To cap off the whole shebang, Tim takes an imaginary drive in his soon-to-be hot rod.

Do you think Jill will be able to handle household repairs from hereon out? I doubt it. The next time we see her do anything like that is next season in "Birth of a Hot Rod" where she's trying to fix the stove. Well, let's just say she isn't as ignorant about tools anymore. The moral of our story is before you teach, you must learn. Tim learned not to use 'meta messages' to make himself sound superior when trying to teach Jill, and the same can be said for any field, any situation. Especially the technical and medical fields. If you thought tool jargon was difficult to understand, try listening to some of their babble. Reach Out and Teach Someone is a very good episode and I recommend checking it out. You might just learn something.

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