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Yes, Yes, Amazing Episode!, 2 January 2010
10/10

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This episode of Home Improvement has Tim, Jill, Al, and Ilene planing on going to a showing of the play "No, No, Godot". One tiny complication though is that Tim has hockey tickets for that night as well. Tim and Al try to sell the tickets right before they meet Jill and Ilene at the play, but a police officer catches them and arrests them for scalping tickets. Tim and Al go to jail while Jill and Ilene wonder why Tim and Al aren't at the play. Jill expects that Tim went to the hockey game, but Ilene is very shocked and worried that Al went with Tim, which is of course something you wouldn't expect of Al. In the side plot, Wilson looks over the kids while Tim and Jill are gone and he tries to make sure that Randy and Brad don't go to a party that they wanted to go to. Tim calls home from jail, informs Wilson about his and Al's situation, then an usher at the play is informed through Wilson via phone, and tells Jill and Ilene about Tim and Al's being in the slammer. Jill and Ilene bail Tim and Al out, and that's the end.

Of course, the endless humor that is throughout the episode while Tim and Al are in jail is unparalleled. Characters going to jail has always been a tried-and-true plot in sitcoms, but once again, Home Improvement's jail episode FAR surpasses any other jail episode in any other show. Not to mention that Wilson baby-sitting the kids is TREMENDOUSLY funny and Jill is A LOT funnier than usual while her and Ilene are waiting for Tim and Al!

Overall, this is one of the show's best episodes for sure, and it takes an established plot line and turns it into a simply beyond-belief-of-how-extraordinary-it-is episode! But, what else would you expect from Home Improvement? Nothing but the absolute BEST that television will EVER OFFER!!! 10/10!

Greatness on a Hot TV Show's Episode!, 23 December 2009
10/10

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This episode of Home Improvement shows a lot of defining baseline character traits for Tim and Jill. It shows Tim's jealousy and it shows Jill's faithfulness. Tim tries to put a satellite dish on the roof, but is easily distracted when one of Jill's male teachers comes over to the house to help her prepare for a job interview. Tim suspects that the male friend, whose name is Rondall, wants to do "something else" with Jill besides help her for the interview. He becomes jealous and spies on the two of them throughout the whole episode, when eventually, Tim's paranoia is proved correct when Rondall tries to make a move on Jill. Jill remains faithful to Tim as she immediately boots Rondall out of the house.

This episode shows Tim's jealous character trait for the first time in the series, and it was nice to see how faithful and loyal Jill is to Tim. Not to mention, this episode is better than the first three episodes in the series combined. It's indescribable how hilarious this episode is and, for the first time in the series, showed just how amazing this show was going to be! A must watch! 10/10 EASILY!!!

Home Improvement's First Christmas!, 22 December 2009
10/10

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Christmas episodes were always one of Home Improvement's specialties and this first one is no different. There are three different, hilarious, plots in this episode. I'll start with the most minor one: Randy has to prepare for a Christmas play at school and Jill buys him a ridiculous, but hysterical, costume to wear. The second storyline that is in between is the storyline of Tim competing in the yearly Christmas lighting contest against Doc Johnson. The third, best, and most focused on storyline was that Brad and Randy tell Mark that Santa Claus is dead, and Mark then has many doubts about Santa's existence, leading to many laughs.

Home Improvement's first Christmas episode isn't the best of all of them, but it is a remarkable episode that will get you into the holiday spirit with lots of laughs and joy. Great "introduction" to some of the series' future Christmas masterpieces, and one of Season 1's best episodes for sure! 10/10 easily!

Third Episode's A Charm!, 6 December 2009
10/10

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Off Sides is the third episode of Home Improvement. It is the best episode of the first three episodes, plain and simple. You could tell that the actors were really getting into a groove after three episodes and overall I think you'll agree that this is the best episode of the first three.

The episode begins with Tim and the boys watching football when Jill reminds Tim that that night they were supposed to go out for a fancy dinner. She calls a magician to babysit the kids while her and Tim are gone because it was last minute and they couldn't get a real babysitter. Tim reluctantly leaves the football game to go to dinner and secretly brings a radio to listen to the game at the restaurant. Jill finds out, gets mad, and when they go home Tim talks to Wilson and the problem is all fixed. The episode ends with Tim and Jill dancing in the backyard.

After an amazing pilot episode and a not as good as the pilot but still great second episode, Off Sides defeats both of the first two episodes easily. Tim trying to listen to the game on the radio at dinner without Jill finding out is indescribably hilarious and the subplot of the magician babysitting the kids was also hysterical! This episode is definitely better than the first two episodes and I think that after watching all three, you will agree. 10/10!

Not as Good as the Pilot, But Still Great!, 6 December 2009
10/10

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This is the second episode of Home Improvement. After the insanely exceptional pilot episode, it was really difficult for the writers to make another episode that was just as good right away. Mow Better Blues is a great episode, it's just that it doesn't match the pilot.

So Tim is trying to power up the lawnmower and Mark is watching. Tim explains that this one wrench he has is very special to him and later in the episode Mark is looking at it and accidentally breaks it. Brad and Randy find out that Mark did this and convince him that his parents are going to give him away because of it, just like their previous son, Peter, who of course never actually existed. And of course Brad and Randy would trick Mark like this several more times in the series. Tim finds out about the wrench, comforts Mark and tells him that he would never give him away, and then at the end Tim rides his powered up lawnmower in the backyard, with hilariously disastrous results.

This episode isn't as good as the pilot; it doesn't have as many hilarious lines in it and the storyline isn't as interesting. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great episode, and we can't always have back-to-back episodes that are amazing, it's just not as funny as the pilot. Still, plenty of humor to be had here and even though there aren't as many funny lines in this episode as in the pilot, there are still several quotes that are gems and you'll still be laughing and thinking about them hours after you heard them on the episode! I give this episode a 9/10. It's a nice follow up to the pilot.

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The Best Episode of Season 6!, 6 December 2009
10/10

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This episode is the best of Season 6 and overall one of the best episodes in the series. The hilarity starts from the minute the episode begins and doesn't stop until the credits roll. One of the most memorable scenes in the show's history is in this episode and Tom Poston makes another hilarious guest appearance as a gas station employee.

Tim is named "Car Guy of the Year" and Heidi, Jill, and Tim all go to the ceremony to receive the award. While driving, Tim's car runs out of gas and Heidi goes into labor. They end up at a gas station with a stubborn employee (Tom Poston) where Heidi gives birth in one of the most hilarious and hysterical scenes in the series. Tim delivers the baby while Jill coaches and Wilson gives advice over the phone.

In conclusion, it was a tough decision, but I have decided that this is definitely the best episode of Season 6. The whole episode is hilarious, as usual, but the scene where Tim delivers Heidi's baby is so hilarious that it's literally indescribable and it is definitely the most memorable scene in the series for me! This episode is also unique in that it is the first episode in which Heidi is part of the main storyline, which is cool. I guarantee that when you are done watching this episode, you will agree that it is easily one of the series' best! It is PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!! 10/10!

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An Underrated Episode, 6 December 2009
9/10

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This mid-seventh season episode of Home Improvement has quite a few hilarious parts in it and is overall a very good episode, like all Home Improvement episodes are. It's not one of the very best episodes in the series, but it definitely has it's usual hilarious moments.

Tim rents out a house to Al after a Tool Time segment they do on the house. Tim gives Al an overly large lease to sign, insinuating to Al that he doesn't trust him. This leads to one of Tim and Al's biggest arguments, leading to Tim wanting to evict Al and Al wanting to sue Tim if he needs to. The reason why Tim gets so mad is because Al forces Tim to fix his house for him because he is the landlord, even though Al can fix the house on his own. And the reason Al is mad is obviously because of the large lease, and because Tim is reluctant to fix the house for him. Tim eventually talks to Wilson as usual, he comes to his senses, and him and Al apologize. There is also a hilarious subplot of Brad and Randy buying and wearing the same shirt and having to decide who gets to wear it on a date with their girlfriends.

In conclusion, this episode has the usual Home Improvement hilarity, but really isn't an extreme standout when thinking of the series' best episodes. I do think that it is very underrated as it seems that a lot of people don't like this episode very much. I loved it, and in my opinion, I think that it is a great episode. Not one of the best, but an average Home Improvement episode, and we all know that an average episode of Home Improvement is still better than every TV episode of every other show ever made combined! This episode gets a 9/10.

Oh No! The Death of Al's Mother! And TONS of Hilarious Jokes About Her!!!, 3 December 2009
10/10

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The jokes about Al's mother were always a staple of the series and was part of what Home Improvement was. Without them, it just wouldn't have been the same show. Every episode that had jokes about Al's mother made that episode loads more funny and after watching an episode with those jokes, those were usually the jokes that we remembered most when the episode was over. They were, in one simple phrase, ROTFL hilarious!!!

Well, this is the episode where Al decides to propose to Trudy, and this puts his mother into a shock that kills her. Instead of making this a really sad episode, they made her death lighthearted with tons of jokes to boot. That's right, because this is the end of Mrs. Borland, HI had to finish her life with lots of jokes about her and they were, as usual, HYSTERICAL!!!

I won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil anything. I'll just say that this is definitely a highlight of the final season with loads of humor about Al's mother, which is one of the running gags that made Home Improvement the best show ever! This is also the last episode before the series finale, and they do a great job of preparing for the finale plot. This is a great episode with tons of HI tradition in it. We say good buy to Al's mother with a lot of laughs! This episode definitely deserves a 10/10!

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Randy's Departure Episode Is Sad, Yet One Of The Best Episodes Of Season 8., 13 November 2009
10/10

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This is the episode where Randy leaves for Costa Rica with his girlfriend, Lauren. It is very sad to see Jonathan Taylor Thomas leave the show, but they wrote him out of the series in a very witty way and this is definitely one of the best episodes of the last season.

I won't go into great detail about what happens. I shouldn't spoil that for viewers that haven't seen this great episode. Basically, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is written out of the show when Randy leaves on a year long Costa Rican study program with his girlfriend. Jill doesn't feel comfortable with him going, but she eventually agrees to it. There's still a problem though, and it isn't Jill. I won't give away what the problem is though. Randy does leave at the end of the episode in a sad and hilarious goodbye to not only the character, but the actor as well as this was the last episode he was in as a regular character. He returns later in the season one last time for the Christmas episode.

This is a wonderfully written, emotional send off to one of the show's most loved characters that is packed to the top with loads and loads of hilarity at every turn and it is one of the best episodes of the season. Too bad it ended with Randy leaving. Still, a great, great episode that sent Randy off in a great way. This is the best send off ever, in my opinion, to a character in a TV show in the history of television!

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Not The Best Season Premiere, But Still Pretty Darn Great!, 12 November 2009
9/10

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Whitewater is a unique episode because it features Tim, Jill, Wilson, Al, and Heidi, all 5 adults in the series, together at the same time, something the show basically never did. It had some great humor and showed that the show absolutely was NOT dead entering the eighth and final season.

It's Tim's birthday and, against his will, Jill brings him, Al, Wilson, Heidi, and herself on a whitewater rafting trip to celebrate. Randy leaves to visit Lauren and while Tim and Jill are gone, Brad and Mark try to figure out how to take out a stain on the couch before their parents return.

Overall, this episode wasn't one of the show's best, and wasn't one of the show's best season premieres, but the thing it did show was that it still had TONS of hilarious humor in it entering the final season and that the show wasn't going to fade out in it's final stages. There's plenty of funny lines in this episode that will make you laugh, especially at the end when Tim and co. are in danger of drowning while rafting. Basically an average level episode, but, like all fans of Home Improvement know, an average episode of Home Improvement is still absolutely extraordinary, remarkable, and hilarious!


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