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Tool Time After Dark 

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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Episode credited cast:
Wilson Wilson, Jr. (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa (archive footage)
Heidi Keppert (archive footage)
Janeen Rae Heller ...
Herself (archive footage)
Pete Bilker (archive footage)
John 'Juke' Logan ...
Himself (archive footage)
Dwayne Hoover (archive footage)
Robert Cho (archive footage)
Rock Lannigan (archive footage)


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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Comedy | Family






Release Date:

11 April 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Crummy-Ass Clip Show, Part 1: It Was the Best of Tool Times, It Was the Worst of Tool Times.
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That's right, it's come to this: a Home Improvement clip show. Better yet, an HOUR long clip show. This one will be dedicated to the best, worst, intriguing, embarrassing, memorable, creative and tragic moments on Tool Time. It all began when Tim went up to Hamtramack to his favorite Polish restaurant and got a jumbo take-out order for dinner that night. Polish food is Tim's main vice, even though it gives him severe indigestion. So, he stuffs himself with Polish cuisine and, as expected, he was wide awake at 3:30 in the morning with gastritis and stomach pains. He goes downstairs and plops on the couch, and while drinking stomach medicine from the bottle through a twisty straw, Tim peruses through the channels. Unfortunately, the only thing on is an in- depth surgical documentary and an incredibly tragic Mexican soap opera. He decides to look back on some fond memories, so he pops in an old Tool Time tape. That should help him sleep. First up, Tim watches the time the K&B boys appeared on the show and demonstrated how to make lunch on the job site. Then there was the time Tim lost control of a power sander, and remember when he glued his head to the table? The dumbkopf became too overconfident in working with glue, getting into a battle of wits with Al, and then when he knocked the stoppers off the table and bent down to retrieve them, his forehead smacked against the table and bonded with it. And then there was the time Bob Vila first guest starred on Tool Time. His head met with a piece of wood too, which was also Tim's fault.

After watching the classic episode where the K&B boys put on their own tool band and rock the day away, Tim gets a painful reminder of the time he fell through the roof of their project house. It's at this point Jill comes downstairs to join him on the couch. Good, she's just in time for the episode where Tim loses control of a bulldozer and smashes Al's tea set. Then, Al proves himself a secret Karate expert, which Tim finds out when he easily breaks a board with his head, and so the Tool Man tries itself and gives himself a skull fracture. Remember the lawnmower race with Bob Vila? How about the time Al claimed he could tell a piece of wood by its scent? Sure, he got the first two right, so Tim decided to play a trick on blindfolded Al by placing one of his socks on the board. It backfires right on his bare foot. Then, we move on to the time Al shows the viewers at home how to remove a broken bulb from a lamp using a potato...or rather Tim tries to demonstrate it while the lamp was plugged in and receives a shock. Then he takes a camera to the face when demonstrating a powerful magnet. And who could forget the time he plummeted right down into a porta-potty? Part 1 of our clip show concludes with the bittersweet tribute Tim gave to John Binford: a 21- nail gun salute...with predictable results. In the next part, we'll look at more Tool Time memories, such as the Man's Bathroom, when the Endeavor astronauts visited, the Color Al, the Man's Kitchen, and many more.

And so ends Home Improvement's first clip show, or the end of the first part anyway. For me personally, clip shows were okay when the show was still in production, because it was a chance to look back on older episodes and remember the first time you saw them. They're pretty pointless when the series is in syndication and the old shows air all the time. Not to mention the advent of DVDs. I don't think many shows do clip shows anymore. Even The Simpsons haven't done in 10 years. In Home Improvement's case, I guess they figured doing a Tool Time clip show would have more material than just family moments. So anyway, if you want to look back on old Tool Time memories and see how Tim lives the other half of his life...and wonder to yourself why he isn't either in a mental hospital or a casket, check out Tool Time After Dark. Stay tuned, for there is more to come.

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