Jill purchases a 1967 Austin Healey with some inheritance money; Tim is upset she purchased it without him. She tells him he cannot drive it, but of course, Tim does with the typical consequences.



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Jill purchases a 1967 Austin Healey with some inheritance money; Tim is upset she purchased it without him. She tells him he cannot drive it, but of course, Tim does with the typical consequences.

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22 October 1996 (USA)  »

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The episode's title references Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981). See more »


Tim: I'm addicted to cars.
Jill: Well, *duh*.
Tim: I'm thinking of checking into the Henry Ford Clinic.
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Baby, You Can't Drive My Car.
24 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's fire safety week on Tool Time, and Tim and Al show off their burns, and not just the verbal ones to each other. Al demonstrates the Binford 6100 home fireman, which is a long, small hose. Tim, however, has his own version: a real, live fireman. Meanwhile, at home, Jill learns that her Aunt Plot Point, er, Sharon, has kicked the bucket and left her a sweet chunk of change, and in accordance with the old lady's will, Jill is to spend it on something frivolous. She's got just the thing in mind: a sports car. Naturally, this excites Tim to no end and when they go out looking in a used car lot, he's impossible. He introduces Jill to Jerry, his car guy, and together they try to sell Jill on a bunch of muscle cars. It's almost as if Tim had gotten it in his head that HE was buying a car. After the guys repeatedly badgered her to take a '69 El Camino, Jill bails, leaving Tim at the lot. While he was busy carpooling to and from work, Jill had gone out and bought a car in secret. When her husband got home, he admitted to going overboard and says he'll let Jill buy the car she wants and stay out of it. If only. When he sees her new purchase, a '67 Austin Healy, he gets bent out of shape and brings his bigotry towards Britan out in the open.

That night, Tim continues his obsession over the new car, as well as the fact that Jill has forbidden him from setting foot in it. But while she's away, he sits in the Healy and finds he absolutely has to drive it. If only Jill hadn't taken the keys. Not letting a little thing like that bother him, Tim hot wires the Healy and takes it out. His joyride is cut short due to a traffic jam. As Tim waits impatiently in grid lock, he happens upon a Tool Time fan, who happened to also be a newspaper reporter, I guess, because the next morning, a photo of Tim, sitting in the Healy with a stupid grin on his face, was in the metro section. Must have been a slow news day. When Jill sees the photo, she flips out, and rightfully so. Tim could actually go to jail for what he did. He realizes that he does indeed have a problem when it comes to cars, especially other people's cars, so Wilson suggests he apologize to Jill for all the times he wronged her automotively, and sure enough, Tim remembers every single occurrence, from the time they met until the present. He admits he's an addict and aims to check himself into the Henry Ford clinic. To atone for his recent misdeed, he buys Jill an extra special gift: the club. So, after two whole weeks of Tim not laying so much as a finger on her Healy, Jill allows him to ride in it.

So do you think Tim learned his lesson? It seems so, as he isn't as obsessive over cars after this...unless you count his hot rod. Was Tim wrong hot wiring the Healy and taking it out without permission? Damn right. It's hard to sympathize with Tim in this one as he comes off extremely selfish, but at the same time, his intentions were good. In the end, when somebody else makes a decision regarding something you're obsessed with, you're not going to be happy with the result. Like, say, you love the Lions and your friend who is just into sports likes the Pistons. However, admitting you have a problem is always the first step to overcoming it. Check out "Whose Car Is It Anyway?"

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