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"Home Improvement" The Long and Winding Road: Part 3 (1999)

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Original Air Date:
25 May 1999 (Season 8, Episode 27)
Tim and Al do their final Tool Time show. Many of the past Tool Time guests appear. For closures: Heidi... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
John Pasquin 
Writing credits
Carmen Finestra  creator &
David McFadzean  creator &
Matt Williams  created by

Bruce Ferber  written by
Lloyd Garver  written by
Marley Sims  written by

Produced by
Tim Allen .... executive producer
Bob Bendetson .... executive producer
Tom Brady .... consulting producer
Bruce Ferber .... executive producer
Carmen Finestra .... executive producer
Tracy Gamble .... consulting producer
Lloyd Garver .... consulting producer
Laurie Gelman .... co-executive producer
Gayle S. Maffeo .... producer
David McFadzean .... executive producer
Alan Padula .... producer
Jon Pollack .... co-producer (as Jonathan Pollack)
Jeff Sarver .... associate producer
Elliot Shoenman .... executive producer
Judy Rauh Simmons .... co-producer
Marley Sims .... consulting producer
Matt Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dan Foliart 
Cinematography by
Donald A. Morgan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Spach 
Marco Zappia 
Production Design by
David Sackeroff 
Costume Design by
Valerie Laven-Cooper 
Makeup Department
Lois Kawasaki-Harriman .... makeup artist
Wendy J. Weiss .... makeup department head
Production Management
Mitch Ackerman .... executive in charge of production
Reid Nakamura .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Greg Gneier .... set designer
Loren Nickloff .... construction coordinator
Brian J. McNamara .... electronic graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Vic Ortiz .... boom operator
Matthew Pavolaitis .... foley mixer: Technicolor Glendale (as Matt Pavolaitis)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wendy Schmidt .... grip (1996-1999)
David Demore .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Myer .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Reid Nakamura .... post-production supervisor
Other crew
Catherine Cobb .... production staff
Frank M. Garritano .... production assistant
Christy Jacobs .... script coordinator (as Christy Jacobs White)
Moses Payano .... head of security
Kelli Pinker .... construction accountant
Carri Wagner .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Andy Morris 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carmen Finestra  creator
David McFadzean  creator
Matt Williams  created by

Produced by
John Schmidt .... producer
Elliot Stern .... consulting producer
Kim Tushinsky .... producer
Costume Design by
Nicole Gorsuch 
Art Department
Greg Aronowitz .... prop designer
Brent W. Bell .... prop shop
Michael Burnett .... special props
James R. Shumaker .... set dresser
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... post-production sound mixer (as Charlie McDaniel III)
Charlie McDaniel .... sound re-recording mixer (also as Charlie McDaniel) (as Charlie McDaniel III)
Kathy Oldham .... sound re-recording mixer
Christian Santiago .... sound
Otis Van Osten .... sound editor
Special Effects by
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator (seasons 4-8)
Jor Van Kline .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Rick Cortes .... visual effects artist (1994-1999)
Marlan Harris .... digital artist
Steven J. Scott .... digital compositor
Rick Shick .... digital compositor
Kevin Abercrombie .... utility stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator
Dane Farwell .... stunt coordinator
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Barnes .... camera operator
Scott Destefano .... key grip
Larry Gaudette .... jib camera operator (1991-1999)
Jaime Heintz .... grip
Scott Humbert .... still photographer
Wayne A. Lee .... electrician
Bettina Levesque .... camera operator
Wren Maloney .... still photographer
Brian Maris .... video assist operator
Randy G. Singer .... dimmer operator
Rick Tucker .... key grip
Scott Whitbread .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Keith Gore .... assistant editor
Debbie Nathanson .... post-production coordinator
Alex Trocker .... on-line editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Avi Kipper .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Eric Feller .... production assistant (1995-1996)
Lloyd Garver .... creative consultant
Michael Goldberg .... production accountant (1991)
Jennifer S. Hayes .... assistant audience coordinator
Jennifer S. Hayes .... second assistant to producer
Laura Hester .... stage production assistant (1996-1998)
Grant Nieporte .... technical consultant
Irene Oncley .... production executive
Russ Reinsel .... technical director
Tim Tortora .... accountant (1993)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Jonathan Taylor Thomas is the only regular cast member not to appear in the finale (aside from Pamela Anderson, who left the series after season 2).See more »


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Hanging Up the Tools, 8 November 2013
Author: ExplorerDS6789 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Here it was: the series finale of Tool Time. The gang could hardly stomach all these changes, especially when Tim tells them he's moving to Indiana. But on the bright side, Al is getting married and Heidi is pregnant again. Then, jerk-ass VP Morgan comes in, saying that for an "explosive" finale, he wants Tim to start an electrical fire and burn down the set. But Tim has other ideas. The show starts with him giving a safety tip on how to avoid electrical fires: get a surge protector strip. That's not all: The K&B Boys return, instruments a-blazing to play them out, including Janine on the saw. Also including Sparky and Eddie, Felix Myman, and Mario Andretti! They put on the coolest tool concert of all time, singing about "Burning Down the House", but fortunately there will be no fires on this last Tool Time... except the one caused by Tim when he pointed his butane blowtorch on the wrong direction. Going out true to form. Meanwhile, the Taylor backyard was all decorated for Al and Trudy's wedding. However, it made the yard look rather small, so Tim and Wilson decide to take the fence down. Why didn't they ever think of doing that before? Wilson's guess was that they probably didn't want to reveal too much of each other.

As they work, Tim mentions that after the turn out for that final Tool Time, Binford was practically begging him to come back to work, offering him executive producer credit and a big salary increase. He turned them down in favor of moving to Indiana, but he hasn't told Jill yet. So, on to the wedding. The big day. The gang's all here. Harry and Deloris, along with Benny, Marty and Jeff, who were betting on whether or not Al would go through with this. As Jill sets up in the kitchen, who should come through that front door but Morgan Wandell. He lets the cat out of the bag about Tim turning down the huge promotion and tries to place blame on her. Jill kicks his slimy ass out of the house and reflects back on what a one-in-a-million fellow she'd married. And so, after Heidi finally shoots down Brad, it's time for the ceremony. Trudy made an absolutely beautiful bride. Officiating the wedding is, who else, Wilson. They share some heartfelt vows, Wilson pronounces them man and wife, and Al kisses the bride. Before the reception, the Taylors have a little meeting in the garage. It seems Jill has decided against going to Indiana, mainly because she didn't want to leave everything behind and start anew. See? Even now it's all about what SHE wants. After the reception, Tim and Jill clean up the yard, reminisce about their own wedding, so it looks like they may not be moving after all. But, if they ever did, Tim knows a way they could take the house with them: on the back of a big truck. And if that isn't fast enough, there's always a souped up tugboat.

Well, all good things must come to an end, I guess. As far as series finales goes, Home Improvement's was pretty good. Sure, it would've been nice to see Randy again, but I guess Jonathan Taylor Thomas felt this show was "beneath" him, since he became such a "successful" movie star with such big hits as I'll Be Home for Christmas. I also think they should've revealed Wilson's whole face in the episode, even though they do in the final curtain call, but that's usually missing from the syndicated runs. However, there was a special edition episode called Backstage Pass that aired after this one, which includes the curtain call. TV show series finales are often hit or miss, and shows like M*A*S*H and Home Improvement seemed to have hits, while other popular shows, like Seinfeld, had terrible finales. Seinfeld was such a great show and they bid farewell to their audience with a piece of crap finale like that? They go to jail for a non-existent law then parade guest stars from over the years into a courtroom scene? What an insult. Another show with a bad finale was Married with Children, that also ended on a wedding, but it was called off. Besides, that show was canceled behind the casts' back. But anyway, back to Home Improvement. If you were with them in the beginning, you might as well see how it all ended. This episode was a great finale to a great show. My favorite Season 8 episodes were "Thanks But No Thanks", "Dead Weight", "Ploys for Tots" and "The Long and Winding Road", and I despised "Adios", "Mark's Big Break", "Al's Fair Lady", "Not-So-Great Scott", "Home Alone", "Taylor Got Game", "Knee Deep" and "Neighbors" to name a few. So long, Home Improvement! You rocked the well as wrecked it a few times.

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