After eating Polish food, Tim's stomach is bothering him so he stays up all night watching old Tool Time episodes.

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After eating Polish food, Tim's stomach is bothering him so he stays up all night watching old Tool Time episodes.

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Crummy-Ass Clip Show, Part 2: Old Habits Die Hard.
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tim is still awake with indigestion, looking back on some fond memories of Tool Time. First up, remember when Tim set his sleeve on fire? How about the soundproof booth trick Tim played on Al? Bringing out a booth that he boasted was entirely soundproof. He walks in, makes a spectacle of himself and then invites Al to do the same. First, Al puts down Tim, then he sings "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General." Again, I'm not sure what point Tim was trying to prove by pulling this trick. If it was all an elaborate ruse to humiliate Al, then I guess he got pretty good mileage out of it, but still, a perfectly good waste of a booth. So anyway, on to the time the Space Shuttle Endeavor crew visited Tool Time, only to have Tim steal their tools. What a likable guy. And now, the Man's Bathroom. Remember this? Stainless steel, man's can, John's john and all that? I'm sure Tim wishes he actually had that bathroom about now, feeling sick to his stomach the way he was. Fortunately, Wilson seemed to be awake, so Tim goes outside in the cold to chat with him. It doesn't really go anywhere, so Tim goes back inside to watch some more Tool Time's Greatest Hits. Remember when Tim painted Al? Meaning, he actually made a color out of him and then painted him right on a wall? What'll they think of next?

Remember when Tim fashioned himself a pair of pneumatic hydraulic drywall stilts? He went through the roof. Then, after he and Al compete with left-handed pruning shears, it's time to revisit another Man's relic from the past: the Man's Kitchen. It came fully equipped with a Binford Macrowave that will nuke a potato, a stainless steel fridge containing a live butcher (Benny), and then Tim proceeds to waste two perfectly good slabs of meat by pouring 20 pounds of salt all over them and throwing them away. Moving on... after Tim literally loses his shirt, courtesy of a powerful lathe, it's on to... THAT one. Remember when Tim was allowed to operate a crane? Or rather, the time he forced his way into a crane cab? Remember where he dropped that beam? Thankfully, Jill was still fast asleep on the couch when that clip came on. But now, they've saved the best for last: where it all began, figuratively speaking, the Tool Time "pilot". You remember that from Season 3's "Fifth Anniversary"? Mrs. Binford was the tool girl, Tim had a beard, and Al did not. If you recall, they were driving stakes. Al got hurt, and if you listen closely to the audio as the camera does a loop- around to move in on a sleeping Tim holding a Tool Time video box, you can hear the aftermath: Al smarting over his injury and openly wondering why Tim got a show like this. Because Binford was a moron, that's why, Al. I'm sorry, but it's true.

And there you have it. Tool Time After Dark, looking back on episodes of the show within a show from the first four seasons. I'm surprised they didn't do another one of these in Season 8 to look back on moments from Season 4 onward. Just as well, because the show got completely ridiculous after that. Tool Time becomes a complete and utter joke, and it's just more of the same: Tim doing something stupid and either he or Al get hurt because of it. Just gimmick after gimmick, trying so hard for a laugh. At least the Tool Times of the first four seasons had more substance, which is all put on display in this hour-long clip show. If you want to look back on classic moments such as the Man's Kitchen, Tim falling through a porta-potty, setting his sleeve on fire, getting electrocuted, falling through a roof, dropping a beam on Jill's car, the Man's Bathroom, the K&B boys making a jamming tool band, and so on, then I suggest popping in Home Improvement seasons on DVD...or just watch this episode. Either way, you'll have a good time. Tool Time may be a stupid show, but there is a charm to it. It balances Home Improvement out nicely and is a prominent staple to the series... but, as I said before, both become utterly ridiculous in the later seasons. Incidentally, after Tim watched all these clips, you think he'll learn from his mistakes? Looking back and maybe thinking, "I shouldn't have done that?" Nah, probably not.


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