Home Improvement: Season 1, Episode 19

Unchained Malady (25 Feb. 1992)

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At home: Tim receives a chain letter with the instructions that it be sent forward to 10 people within 24 hours or else something bad will happen. Tim doesn't buy into that and disregards ... See full summary »

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At home: Tim receives a chain letter with the instructions that it be sent forward to 10 people within 24 hours or else something bad will happen. Tim doesn't buy into that and disregards the letter, despite Jill's warnings. Randy breaks his new bike and has to figure out how to explain that to his parents. In Tool Time: Tim is late because his car battery had been dry and someone had parked in his space on the parking lot. He tells Al about the letter and he also warns Tim of the consequences. Turns out he sent Tim the letter and then later found a $20 bill on the street and won a shovel in a radio contest... and Lisa asks if she can stay the night at Al's place because the heating at her place does not work. Even after he accidentally dyes his hands green, Tim refuses to believe in the chain letter's curse because George Foreman himself is coming to make an appearance in Tool Time. Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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How Green Was My Hand?
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While perusing the daily mail, Tim finds a chain letter, and it's addressed to him. It requests him to send it to at least 10 other people within 24 hours or he will be stricken with bad luck. Apparently a naval officer ignored the chain and was decapitated. Tim thinks the whole thing is a lot of B.S. and throws the letter away. When he gets to Tool Time, he's late because his battery died, and then somebody took his parking spot. He also learns who sent him the chain letter, and it was Al who, on the other hand, was having very good luck. He found $20 and won a shovel on a radio contest...oh, and the heat in Lisa's apartment is broken and she asks to stay with Al. Yowza. At least one good thing came out of Tim's morning: George Foreman has agreed to appear on the show. Oh, and apparently they were working with some dye on the show at some point, because when Tim gets home, his hands are dyed bright green. Jill and Karen have themselves a good laugh, and then when Tim tells them about George Foreman coming on the show, they pretend not to know who he is, or what boxing is, so Tim attempts to teach Jill the finer points by goading her into putting up her dukes and trying to hit him. Well he was just asking for that right hook to the face after Mark distracts him.

Regardless of all the beastly bad luck he's been having, Tim says it has nothing to do with throwing out the chain letter. Despite this, he still goes outside to search all the garbage cans for it. But all he finds is a wrecked bicycle Wilson found hidden under his fence. Randy's new bike, and he totaled it doing something stupid. Apparently he accepted a dare and took a spill off of a five-foot high ramp. And even though what Randy did was foolish and couldn't hurt him, Tim still gives his son a pat on the back and condones his actions, because apparently when he was Randy's age, he accepted a dare to jump in the mud naked. But now, on to Tool Time with George Foreman, despite having a black eye and green hands, Tim was still tickled pink to having the former heavyweight champion on the show. Mr. Foreman's mind seemed to be more on food than tools, however. But he still agreed to help them build a staircase, and in order to successfully drive in that nail, George had to get himself good and mad. Fearing for his life, Tim asks Al, Lisa and even George to hold the nail, but after a trio of "I don't think so, Tim," Tim decides to start the nail himself. Probably a safe idea, because when George swung that hammer, he took out that entire staircase in one fell swoop. When Tim gets home, he talks with Wilson about his streak of bad luck, and the neighbor chocks it up to the idea of bad luck being entirely in his head and that "crap happens." But as a preventative measure, Wilson just happened to have some wolfs bane handy, and that, along with garlic, should ward away the evil spirits. After that, Tim talks with Randy over what he did, and while it was a stupid stunt, he still commends him for taking the risk. Then Jill points out to Tim that isn't the chain letter that brought him bad luck, but his own klutziness. Then they kiss and make-up, because... for the hell of it, I suppose. And then, Tim tries to teach Jill boxing yet again, and just like last time, he's too easily distracted.

As for Tim's green hands, I guess they change back to normal in the next episode. Unchained Malady was very good. Chain letters are of course just superstition. I personally have never received one in the mail, but as far as chain e-mails, I've certainly received a few. Very annoying. Now adays we have chain YouTube comments or Facebook posts. The chain just never dies. And that scene where Jill punches Tim is good to watch any time you think Tim is being a jerk, just go back and see him get socked in the chops. Sure, Jill and Karen thought it was funny, but let's say the glove were on the other hand and Tim punched Jill. They wouldn't think that was so funny then. In fact, Tim would be perceived as a wife-beater, feminists would call him the Anti-Christ, or something worse. It's a double standard. It's apparently funny when a woman punches a man, but if a man punches a woman, uh-uh. He's an abuser. As if Jill doesn't already abuse Tim enough as it is. But anyway, I definitely recommend this episode. It's funny, has a good message, and of course, it's got George Foreman, creator of the grill of the same name.


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