Home Improvement: Season 8, Episode 8

Tim's First Car (10 Nov. 1998)

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Tim has a chance to buy back the convertible he owned when he was a teenager.

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Tim Reunites with an Old Friend.
23 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fool Time is on location. Tim, Al and Heidi are in a junk yard filled with old, wrecked cars. Tim used to consider this place his playground. In fact, he still does. They meet the owner of Hernando's, Larry. Hernando is no longer with us, however his old guard dog, who used to harass Tim in his youth is still there. Yeah, that's impossible. Tim is around 40, so that dog would have to be at least 30 or so. Maybe if this were The Simpsons, I'd buy it, but not Home Improvement. Anyway, they also take a look at the car crusher: a Binford 6100 (naturally). Tim looks over the cars awaiting their fate, and one of them is a 1966 Corvair convertible. He remarks about his first car, also a Corvair. In fact... could it be? It IS Tim's first car! He wants it back, but he'd better hurry before it becomes an even smaller piece of scrap metal. At home, Mark decides to document his "typical suburban family's life." He starts by bugging Jill as she tries to study, but an ultimatum about having his allowance withheld causes the director to call cut. And for this, I agree. A child should work to earn an allowance, not have it passed out freely. But I'm getting off track. Brad wants to film a video acceptance speech, in lieu of just mailing one in, so it looks like Mark's camera will be put to good use...maybe. So Tim gets home, all excited about finding his Corvair, but now he needs to ask Jill's permission to get it. Um, why? Since when has Tim ever needed his wife's permission to do ANYTHING? Bottom line, the selfish bitch won't let him. However, she has a talk with Wilson, where he shares memories of his first car, and Jill remembers her first apartment where she used to make whoopee with many boys. Hey, it was the '60s, they were stoned. So, she relents and lets Tim get his car.

Tim gets to the salvage yard just in time to see the Corvair get sent through the crusher. When he gets home, he doesn't place the blame on Jill, but rather on himself for having sold the car in the first place. Actually, it was more his fault for listening to her, and why didn't he call the junkyard and have them hold the car in the first place? Anyway, Jill sees the error of her ways and together with Brad, begins perusing Corvair magazines and the classifieds to find a shell of a '66. Most of her leads are dead-ends, except for one. Meanwhile, Tim has helped start a new program at Binford: Adopt a Car, to not only save junkers from the crusher, but to keep kids off the streets and in the garage. A noble cause. At first, nobody calls, but offering lunch with Heidi really lights up those lines. When Tim gets home, he's in for a giant surprise, for parked in his garage was a shiny, classic 1966 Corvair, four on the floor and all that good stuff. Jill had traded her Healy for it. Tim is touched at the gesture, but ultimately can't accept the gift, because in truth, he wanted HIS Corvair, not somebody else's. It's the memories of that first car that count. So, the happy couple sit in the Corvair for a fond trip down memory lane and a casual make-out.

Now here's an episode I think most of us can relate to. Remember your first car? Mine was a 1991 Ford Explorer. May not have been fancy or very powerful, but the memories are what truly counts. The writing of this episode was good, if you can look past the ancient junkyard dog schtick. Now again, this will bother many casual Home Improvement viewers: Tim needing Jill's permission to get his old car. It was a plot device, sure, but a far-fetched one. He's ALWAYS done things without consulting with her. Remember those $4,000 Pistons tickets he bought? And he didn't seem to mind bringing home the frame for his first hot rod in Season 1 without checking with her first. But anyway, it's a sad moment when Tim sees his Corvair get destroyed. Believe it or not, people CAN become attached to materials, that's just life. It's not just guys either. I recommend "Tim's First Car", it's really good and has got it where it counts. I only hope that some day I'll come across my old Explorer. Who knows.


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