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Some Like It Hot Rod 

While using the garage to make scenery for Mark's school Christmas pageant, Jill accidentally leaves Tim's hot rod outside during a snowstorm, just a day before he's been asked to display it.



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Episode cast overview:
Wilson Wilson, Jr.
Heidi Keppert
Ben Gillespie ...
Christopher Ogden ...
John Webb ...


While using the garage to make scenery for Mark's school Christmas pageant, Jill accidentally leaves Tim's hot rod outside during a snowstorm, just a day before he's been asked to display it.

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Comedy | Family






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6 December 1994 (USA)  »

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The episode's title references Some Like It Hot (1959). See more »


Jill moves Tim's hot rod convertible outside, where it gets thoroughly covered by snow in a blizzard. We later see the car inside the garage and the interior is completely filled with snow. How did Jill get the car back inside the garage? She couldn't have driven it and even if she got the boys to help her push it, the interior would still need to be cleared of snow to put the car in/out of gear. See more »


[Jill has completely dried, cleaned, and waxed Tim's hot rod, which was in sad shape after Jill left it outside during a blizzard; the car now looks perfect]
Tim: This is the best thing you could give me.
Jill: I gave you three boys.
Tim: But none of them came out this clean.
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »


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Cold Rod
16 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's libel day on Tool Time as Tim tries to demonstrate the Binford way of removing graffiti off the studio building. Graffiti that he placed there himself, and it says "Al's a gal." Real mature. Well, Tim's method of graffiti removal blows chips, and I'd say he's stirring up some karma here for what happens later. At home, Tim spends a little time with the love of his life: his hot rod, while Jill busies herself with the upcoming Christmas play, teaching the kids the proper way of singing "The Little Drummer Boy." Before she knew it, the kids had to go home, Brad and Randy had to dash off to a hockey game, and Tim had to go off to Eddie's body shop to meet with the editor of a hot rod magazine. Now who was going to help Jill paint the sets? She convinces mama's boy Mark to help, and so they commence to painting after Jill moves the hot rod outdoors. A few hours later, Brad and Randy return from hockey, tracking snow through the house. Apparently there had been a blizzard, and guess what was out in it? A horrified Jill and the boys somehow manage to get the snow-covered hot rod back inside the garage and ponder what to do, just as Tim gets home! Jill does a terrible job of trying to stall him, and when he sees what his wife had done to his pride and joy, he was fit to blow a gasket. Does Jill show any remorse for wrecking Tim's hot rod? No, instead she justifies her actions by pointing out all the times Tim wrecked something of hers, even the time he dropped the beam on her car. Not once does Jill apologize for her actions, she and Tim get into a shouting match, and little is accomplished.

What to do now? The magazine editor was coming in the morning to do a piece on Tim's hot rod! So he calls Al and the two spend the night drying out the 'rod. Jill comes outside and admits she has a problem saying she's wrong and blames it on her relationship with her mom. Al can relate, and Tim just wants to get some damn work done. She goes outside to talk to Wilson, saying that she feels this was no accident and that she may have subconsciously wanted to ruin Tim's hot rod as tit for tat. But despite her ramblings, Wilson points out that she is merely over-thinking the incident and she just screwed the pooch. While Jill is left to ponder this, Al sneaks away to make himself a sandwich. Tim catches him and finally agrees to take five. They end up falling asleep, and when morning comes, Tim wakes up and realizes he's screwed. But maybe not, for when he goes to the garage, his hot rod is dry as a bone, courtesy of Jill and her hairdryers. Not only that, she finally brings herself to admit she was wrong, so now all was well. Tim's hot rod will be in the magazine, but now all they needed was a girl in a bikini to sit on the hood while they take the picture, and Tim had just the girl in mind.

One of the first occasions in which Jill causes the problem, and of course, she shows no remorse. Somebody else, usually Wilson, has to point out she was wrong in order for her to get a clue. True, Tim doesn't always admit it right away when he screws up, and he's quick to blame somebody else, usually Al or Jill, but we expect that of Tim. That's his character: the traditional sitcom dad who bungles things, but loves his family and they stand by him, while mom is traditionally the common-sense well of the family. Yeah, it's gotten old, I agree, so it's always nice to see some role reversal. This episode was well done, it had a simple, basic plot and story, which resolved itself nicely. You do have to wonder how Jill got the hot rod back inside the garage, as it couldn't be driven and she would have to scoop out the snow in the interior to put it into gear...oh well. I still say check out Some Like it Hot Rod, and as much dedication Tim shows for his car, it's extremely baffling for him to make the decision to sell it off at a whim a few episodes later...and "Al's a gal" is still on the wall there too. Why not paint over it? Or maybe Al could spray paint "Tim is Dim" in retaliation?

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