At home: Tim is tuning up his ride-on lawnmower, Jill is making the boys donate unnecessary stuff for a rummage sale and Mark breaks his dad's precious 20-year-old torque wrench. On Tool Time: Tim hides a blowtorch from Al "to make an important point".
Tim and the boys are watching football on TV when Jill reminds him that they have a dinner reservation at Chez Pierre because it was supposed to be their romantic night out. Tim has to give up the football - but sneaks a portable radio with an earpiece underneath his clothes into the restaurant in order to listen to the match. The boys get a peculiar new babysitter, Sir Larry Houdini!
On Tool Time: Tim is working on a wood table with a power saw, with predictable results. Al is going to help out Lisa with her bookshelf. At home: Tim decides to install a huge new satellite dish all by himself. He is also jealous about a guy who's willing to help Jill prepare for a job interview on a Saturday.
Mark is bringing his Cub Scout pals for a visit. Tim has to re-light the pilot light of the furnace and he decides to show Randy and Brad how to do it. While in the basement, they discover something moving down there.
At home: When the boys manage to get the whole family kicked out of a pizza place because of their misbehavior, Jill points out that since Tim has encouraged the boys' bad behavior, he should be the one to teach them how to behave. On Tool Time: Besides showing how to lay floor boards, Tim takes the time to give a speech about manners. He also demonstrates the new Binford nail gun, with predictable results.
Jill has ignored the car's oil warning light for two days, and the car becomes inoperative. Tim then gives a speech on Tool Time about respect for the machines. He tells the audience about the oil light incident that happened to "a friend". Tim gets support from two audience members with similar experiences. When they start sharing experiences about each other's wives, Tim lets it slip out that Jill drools A LOT in her sleep - with a predictable reaction from Jill when the show airs...
On "Tool Time": Tim has a tip on how to avoid hitting oneself on a finger while holding a nail. Tim also has received a fan letter which he decides to read out aloud to the audience. The writer of the letter and his friends are construction workers who have invented a way of "cooking with power and steel". Tim invites them to demonstrate this on the show. At home: Brad and Randy are ashamed of being seen in public with their "geek brother". Jill thinks she and Tim should tell Brad and Randy not to torment their little brother, but Tim has another idea: they have to "out-torment" Brad and Randy. They try Jill's idea, but when that seems to have no effect, Tim gets a chance to try his idea... Tim then finds some old 8-track tapes in the basement, and he and Jill start quizzing each other about the music of the 1960s and 1970s.
Jill mentions the need for another sink in the bathroom, and Tim promises to add one plus a whirlpool, and anything else Jill wants. Tim decides to make a "Tool Time" special about a bathroom re-do at his home because that way the show will cover much of the cost. Of course, things don't go as smoothly as planned...
Tim starts his dream hot rod project; he has only a frame to a 1934 Ford Roadster to begin with, but it's a start. Jill is more interested in the clogged sink, which to Tim is not an urgent matter. Because of that, Jill has already tried to unclog it herself and managed to drop Tim's precious screwdriver in. Suddenly Tim gets very upset and decides to teach the basics of plumbing to Jill. Soon they have a fight. Afterwards, Tim apologizes, but Jill doesn't feel she owes him an apology in return. On "Tool Time": Tim decides to teach basic home repair to women "in a simple language even a woman can understand".
At home: Jill starts experiencing stage fright when the time to give a speech at a fundraiser approaches. Tim promises to clean the house while Jill concentrates on the speech. True to his manners, Tim decides to rewire the vacuum cleaner with, you guessed it, more power! On Tool Time: Tim gives a house cleaning tip for men.
On "Tool Time": Tim gives a Yuletime tip - never plug in a frayed wire - and grunts "Jingle Bells". He also demonstrates his great invention, a rotating Christmas tree, with the usual results. At home: Tim has decided to beat Doc Johnson in the neighborhood Christmas decoration contest. The competition soon gets out of control. Jill is upset that Randy did not get the part of Joseph but rather the inn-keeper in the school Christmas pageant, and decides to make Randy stand out by making him an outstanding costume. Mark learns a shocking secret from his brothers: There is no Santa Claus... Or is there?
In Tool Time: Tim demonstrates how to hang a drywall. At home: At Tim's suggestion, the family goes bowling. Tim's obsession for winning soon turns a time of family fun into bloody competition. Randy and Brad run into the bowling alley arcade bully.
It's family night at the Taylors. Randy would like to re-watch 'Bury Me Again' and Tim suggests 'Bayonet Hell', but it's Jill's time to choose and she wants to see 'The Sound of Music'. Then Tim's college roommate Stu calls to say that he's in town. Tim agrees to meet him over a beer, because Jill finds him obnoxious and doesn't want him in their home. However, Tim can't tell Stu he is not welcome... On "Tool Time": Tim demonstrates how to heat insulate a window.
At home: Brad is going on his first date, but is uncomfortable about having to learn how to dance. Jill's friend Karen is coming for a visit; she and Tim don't like each other. Karen mocks Tim about his power tools, saying that men buy them because they are insecure about their manhood, then claims men are aggressive and destructive and that society is male-dominated. Tim claims his relationship with Jill is an equal one, but Karen comes up with tricky questions to test that. On "Tool Time": Tim demonstrates how to apply laminate. The process involves a new instant glue, the use of which requires great care - which Tim does not quite manage.
At home: Jill's birthday is coming up and Tim has forgotten it. Luckily for him, the boys remind him. Jill says she doesn't need any presents - especially because the previous year, he got her a pressurized window washer. This year, she tells, Tim has to get her something thoughtful. In Tool Time: The show is shooting a makeover of a house - live. Tim has a truck on site. All that is needed for a catastrophe... Elsewhere: Tim learns a secret of Al's when they visit a women's clothes store to find a gift for Jill.
In Tool Time: Al is excited because Bob Vila is in town signing his new book. When Al utters "I can't believe I actually got to talk to the pioneer of home repairs", Tim's ego can't take the blow. Then, Tool Time sponsor Mr. Binford announces that Bob Vila will be the guest in the following day's episode. What's even worse, Mr. Binford wants Tim to face Bob Vila in a challenge... At home: Tim makes Jill prep him for trivia questions. Randy has been bad at school - he got caught for bullying. Jill announces that she will invite the boy, Curtis, to come to their house so that Randy can apologize in person. However, when Curtis asks Jill how old she is and compares her to his grandma, then tells on the phone to his mom that their house is cooler and that Jill is much heavier than her, Jill's goodwill starts to evaporate.
Valentine's Day is coming up. Brad is trying to figure out a card for Jennifer. Tim has made a weekend reservation for him and Jill at Stone Creek Lodge. The boys will go to Aunt Helen so that Tim and Jill have privacy; at least that's the plan. On Tool Time: The sponsor, John Binford, announces that Tim's family is to go camping for the weekend - and the whole experience will be filmed for Tool Time. Tim comes up with a solution: They will film it to look like the family camped the whole weekend, when they really only make a quick side trip on their way to Aunt Helen.
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.
On Tool Time, Al thinks he does the work and Tim has it easy. Tim lets Al be host to see what it is like. Jill takes up pottery, and Tim does not like that she keeps it in the garage. He breaks something, and Jill thinks it is on purpose.
In Tool Time: It has been Tim and Al's week of salute to painting. Tim brings up the subject of women thinking that men are insensitive and don't listen. He claims that men are sensitive to other things like details. Tim's guys poker night is in jeopardy because one of the regulars won't be able to make it. They invite Al as a substitute. At home: Tim wants the women and kids out of the house for the duration of the men's poker night, but that is not going to happen. One of the men is Jill's sister's husband Charlie and they are having marriage problems. Charlie is about to leave but Tim talks him out of it and the poker night is a go. He also gives Charlie advice on how to apologize to his wife. Meanwhile, Jill gives her sister advice on Charlie.
Greta is in the audience, and Al wants to ask her out. He is self-conscious and messes up on the show and asking Greta out. Jill suggests a double date with Tim & Jill, Al & Greta. Tim finds Jill's old diary and wants to read it.
In Tool Time: It's the "Salute to Saws" week. Tim's special guest is Janeen Ray Heller, who can play the saw. At Home: The speakers of Tim's stereo system blow up (sadly, not literally) and he goes to buy new ones. The thing is, he can't restrain himself and ends up buying a whole home entertainment system...
In Tool Time: It's "Salute to Safety" week. The Guys from K & B Construction are back for a safety demonstration. Tim reads a letter from a viewer who thinks Tim has taken the show too far with all the macho grunting stuff. Tim burns the letter with a construction-use flame thrower. At home: Randy teases Brad about Jennifer wanting a kiss. Jill has prepared a surprise romantic evening for two, but Tim goes from Tool Time to a bar with the construction workers. And Tim is so thick he can't take a hint when he calls home and Jill says that she is "really looking forward to" seeing him and listening to Billie Holliday while waiting. He promises to be at home in 15 minutes but actually arrives after two hours. Jill isn't pleased...
In Tool Time: Tim's guest, Angus McLain, has come to tell about The Highland Games in Detroit. Tim and Al will be participating in the games. At home: Tim has bought tickets to the biggest monster truck rally in the history of Detroit, which means that Jill will get the house all for herself on Sunday. Brad's principal calls the Taylors and tells that Brad hid a dissected frog in her food. Turns out that Brad's schoolmate had dared him to do it. Brad gets grounded and Jill says that means no truck rally for him, but Tim wants to allow Brad to go. They have an argument about it but eventually come to a compromise. Then comes the evening when the police bring Brad home...
Tim and Jill are going out for a dinner. Tim glues his hands together. Jill has asked Karen to babysit for the boys. Jill watches a Tool Time on tape and sees Tim checking out a woman's behind. Tim is then accused of having the wandering male eye with no control. Tim guarantees he's not going to "check out babes" while on dinner with Jill. Then he is approached in the restaurant by an ardent fan, Kiki Van Fursterwallenscheinlaw...
Tim lifts a heavy load of books after Jill tells him not to and pulls a groin muscle. He tries to hide the injury from Jill. Also, Randy has the lead in the Peter Pan show at school, but there is no apparatus to help him fly; Tim builds one.
It's weekend. Tim reveals to Al that he is going to put the 350 Chevy engine in his hot rod. Tim has invited "some friends" to help him. Al wants to come too. Tim thought Al would be spending the weekend with Greta (last seen in season 1 episode 21, "Al's Fair in Love and War"). But Greta broke up with him. So Tim invites Al. Karen has broken up with Greg and is visiting Jill. When Tim tells that Dave Gibbons is coming, Jill wants to introduce him to Karen. Tim can see what Jill has in mind and protests - he needs Dave in the garage. Another friend of Tim's, Bob, brings his pregnant wife with him. The next to arrive are Hank and Wanda. And Tim's original plan was that no one bring along their wife. Then Jill gets the idea that they should barbecue...
On Tool Time: Tim is demonstrating how to make a brick wall. Since it's Halloween, he also dresses up as a monster in an attempt to scare Al. Together, they carve jack-o-lanterns. Except that Tim has invented a new method for achieving the same result - with, you guessed it, more power! With predictable results. At home: Tim has turned the basement into a "haunted house" for Brad's Halloween party. Brad has agreed to dress up as "Raggedy Andy" because Jennifer is coming as Raggedy Ann. But Brad is stunned when she comes as a biker chick with another boy, having changed her mind because she claims Brad had been insensitive to her. Also, the impolite Curtis is back!
In Tool time: It's Tool Time's salute to lubricants. Michael and Mario Andretti are going to make an appearance in the show. At home: Mark has chicken pox and Tim's never had it, which means that Tim has to move to Al's place for a while. Which means Tim finds out the answers to questions he never wanted to ask...
In Tool Time: Tim has a huge project: renovating a house from top to bottom. Mr Binford's daughter arrives to announce that she is now the show's producer, which means Tim is no longer in charge. At home: Jill gets a week's job at Inside Detroit magazine. She has to be at work 8 o'clock the next morning and Tim has to be at the project house at the same time. Who's going to get the boys off to school?
At home: Jill has been trying to get Tim to go to see a lawyer with her in order to update their will. Tim finally agrees to do it. In Tool Time: Al has been building a cabin for 4½ months without any power-tools. Naturally, it is Tim's opinion, that Al needs... yep, more power. He then demonstrates log-cutting with a dangerously powerful Binford chainsaw nicknamed "widowmaker"...
On Tool Time: Al claims he can distinguish types of wood by their smell, even blindfolded. Tim agrees to set up a test for Al. At home: Brad and Randy decide to build a catapult. Tim has tuned up his weed whacker - with predictable results. Karen and Dave stop by on their way to the opera. Dave asks a favor from Tim; should Karen ask, Tim is to say that Dave was at lunch with him the previous day. He's actually seeing another woman, but doesn't want to hurt Karen.
Tim decorates his house in typical "more power" fashion. Brad and Randy collect money for charity but decide to keep a portion of the money for themselves. Jill & Tim find out, and tell them they have to return the money to charity.
At home: Jennifer is going away for a while and leaves his goldfish Howard in Brad's care (the episode title might be a clue as to how that ends up). Jill complain's about Tim's reckless driving on her car. Tim decides to tune up the car. Next, Tim learns Jill has opened her own bank account and Jill overhears Tim say to Mark that Jill's car is really his car because he paid for it. They then get into a huge argument about whether possessions belong to one of them or whether they are mutually owned. Once again, Tim has to consult Wilson on how to make up with Jill. In Tool Time: Tim demonstrates a heavy duty drum sander in use. Lisa FINALLY gets more lines to say to the Tool Time audience! Tim has rewired the sander to be more powerful. Which has the usual results.
At home: The boys pull a prank on a sleeping Tim. Tim and Jill's wedding anniversary is coming up. Tim bribes the boys to reveal Jill's surprise gift for him. When he finds out how cool it is, he realizes he has to give Jill something she really wants - ballroom dancing lessons with him! The problem is, Tim can't dance at all. The boys try to pull a prank on a sleeping-as-far-as-they-know Al. In Tool Time: Tim demonstrates a nail gun. With disastrous effects.
In Tool Time: Tim and Al have built a wooden home entertainment center rack. To which Tim has made "a little adjustment" that was not in the original plan. At home: Tim and Jill are going to Sheila's wedding. Karen is babysitting the boys. Tim has tossed the driving instructions away since he is confident that he knows the area and how to find the church. However, it is not so easy when it is dark and snowing...
A woodpecker keeps Tim awake at night. He's trying hard to get rid of it, but Mark has been feeding it and named it Pete. Brad tries to fake being sick in order to be able to stay home because his math homework is not done since Jennifer used to do it until she refused and Brad broke up with her. When Brad flunks in math Randy suggests that he tell Jill that Jennifer left him and he's depressed because of it. This works, until Jennifer turns up and Jill learns the truth. Tim and Jill have to teach Brad and they find out that multiplying compound fractions is not as easy as they thought it would be... In Tool Time: Tim demonstrates how to lay a new floor. Tim has one of his genius ideas regarding how to scrape off the old floor. With the usual results.
On Tool Time: Tim has invited an expert to demonstrate how to cut wood using karate. Al believes he can do it too - and he does! Tim's ego can't take this and he tries it too - with predictable results. At home: Brad and Randy won't let Mark play football with them. They say Mark is a geek and a chicken. Tim and Jill agree that Mark should find a way to improve his confidence. Tim suggests karate, Jill gymnastics. Naturally, Mark chooses karate. In karate class, Mark's partner is a bully, and the boy's mother gets into a fight with Jill and Tim.
On Tool Time: Tim and Al are building a deck. Surprisingly, there is NO catastrophe! At home: Tim's mother-in-law comes for a visit from Texas. To everyone's surprise, she is no longer super-fat; in fact, she is slim. Since Jill's parents are moving to a new condo, her mother has decided to give some items to her daughters. Jill wishes for their antique wooden clock, but her mother has chosen a tea set for her. Jill is unable to tell her mother about how she feels about the clock, and Tim fails to understand what's the problem.
At home: Mother's day is approaching and Tim wants to prove to Jill that he and the boys can actually buy something from the heart. In Tool Time: Tim presents Binford products that clear drain and toilet clogs. Surprisingly, there is no catastrophe. Tim demonstrates how to pour a concrete foundation. Sadly, again no catastrophe.
At home: Tim's project hot rod is finally in the stage where he can see if it starts up. It doesn't. Tim takes a break. Jill wants him to fix a doorknob, the burner on the stove, the gas line and the ice dispenser. Tim keeps postponing them all because of the hot rod. Jill declares that she will fix the stove and the ice dispenser. Tim forbids that and promises he will fix everything, "soon". Jill becomes tired of waiting and calls a repairman to fix the stove. Tim does not approve. Then the repairman sees the hot rod and in an instant forgets all about the stove... In Tool Time: It's Lawn Care Week. Tim gives a speech about mowing the lawn and presents several types of grass. Later during the week, they will salute clippers and sprinklers, but first they salute fertilizers.
In Tool Time: Tim announces the poll winner of The Most Popular Guest on Tool Time. The winner will be returning for another episode - despite Tim's attempt to rig the vote. Tim ends up in a lawnmower racing contest against the guest in question. Lisa finally gets more than one scene! At home: Karen has won a day at a spa for two and plans to take Jill with her. Brad and Randy say they won't exclude Mark from their activities if he passes a non-squealer test: he has to hold a tadpole inside his mouth for three seconds. unfortunately, Mark swallows it when Randy gives him a pat on the back. Jill decides to teach the two a lesson...
Al celebrates his birthday with Tim's family. His wish is for a wife. Jill sets him up with Ilene. Al is ready to get married on the first date. Meanwhile, Brad and Randy play a trick on Mark with a letter saying Isiah Thomas will visit.
Tim installs an intercom at home, but is hurt when Randy calls him a goof-ball and the show should be Fool Time. Tim tries to change on the show. Meanwhile, Brad reads David Copperfield to impress a girl, thinking it is about the magician.
It's Halloween time and the pranks begin. A fan named Rose sends Tim cookies and starts calling him at home. Tim worries about an obsessive fan, but Jill dismisses it. Jill has her own plans for tricking Tim.
The local library has a dinner honoring Jill for her fund raising efforts. Tim provides a picture of Jill for them to blow up for a poster; it is an unflattering picture. Al takes the boys to miniature golf and they do better than him.
Binford Tools has a prototype for a new power saw and wants Tim to promote it on Tool Time later that week. Tim tests it out at home and finds it is inferior and not worthy of the Binford name. Tim and Al tell their concerns to the boss.
Jill's mother gives the three boys bonds to either re-invest or to spend. The boys decide to buy a valuable remote control car. Tim & Jill tell them they cannot play with it, but of course, the boys decide to drive it around.
Al watches the boys while Jill & Tim attend Jill's 20th high school reunion in Washington DC. Jill tries to avoid Joanie, the girl who stole her boyfriend. But, they talk and Jill hears the whole story.
Mark performs in the Christmas play at school. A neighbor puts up decorations a day before Tim does it, and it is because Randy is sharing Tim's secrets with that neighbor's granddaughter. Brad wants to go skiing instead of staying home.
Randy loses a sled race to a neighbor boy he does not like, so Tim helps build a super sled. He wants to win to prove he is good even though short. Meanwhile, Brad wants to give up his saxophone lessons.
When Jill's father comes to visit, their relationship is strained by their longtime inability to have an honest talk, but this causes problems when he asks her opinion on the book he's written about his military career.
Tim agrees to build a house for Habitat for Humanity on his show, with famous athletes helping out, but Al and Jill challenge him by agreeing to lead a separate team (made up of women) to see who can build a house faster. Meanwhile, Brad doesn't know what to do after giving Ashley a locket he found, not telling her that it was lost by one of Jill's friends.
Tim and Al present the "man's kitchen" on Tool Time, but it costs so much that the head of Binford insists they cut back on expenses for the rest of the year - ruining Tim's big plans for the show's fifth anniversary program.
For Mother's Day, Tim and the boys plan for a hot tub, but they have to remove the swing set. Jill mentions she wants an herb garden. When she sees the swing set gone, she reminisces how much she enjoyed it. Tim gets the swing set back.
After an acquaintance of hers gets cosmetic surgery to please her husband, Jill gets mad at Tim for suggesting that she could benefit from some improvements. On Tool Time, Tim and Al attempt to refurbish a table. Meanwhile, Brad and Randy challenge Mark to a series of games, with the loser having to do cleanup chores around the house.
Randy starts a romantic correspondence with a woman in St. Louis on a computer bulletin board, presenting himself as a 32-year-old dermatologist rather than a 12-year-old, but his bluff is endangered when she decides to come meet him. Meanwhile, Tim helps Mark with his science project, but has to fight the urge to do it all himself. Also, Tool Time gets a visit from the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-61).
Jill loses her job, and decides to go back to school for a masters in psychology. Tim is unhappy about her decision and he wonders what she even saw in him since they both think differently about education.
Harry from the hardware store has a mild heart attack as Tim turns 40. Tim is worried and goes off the deep end about getting healthy. The boys give him a Tool Man figure made out of tools, and Jill gets him a ride on a jet (more power!).
Tim wants to install a central vacuum system and Jill is opposed. She agrees when he promises it will be a fast and small project. Of course, things get out of hand. Tim's brother Marty arrives and tells Tim he is leaving his wife.
When Al buys 20% of Harry's hardware store, he irritates everyone by becoming obsessed with the business, trying to change store policies, promoting the store on Tool Time and spending less time with Ilene.
When Al has to miss a taping of Tool Time, Brad fills in for him; but Randy can't stop making fun of Brad's appearance on the show, and Tim realizes it's because Randy feels that Tim prefers Brad over him.
Mr. Art Leonard, Tim's favorite old metal shop teacher, is invited for an appearance on Tool Time, along with some of his old classmates. Unfortunately, during a taping of the show it becomes clear that the man who inspired a young Tim Taylor to seek more power is losing much of his own when his crippling arthritis is revealed, as well with his bitterness about his condition.
Everyone is stunned when Tim impulsively sells his hot rod to a pizza magnate - especially Brad, who helped him build it, so Tim and Brad try and talk the millionaire into selling it back. Meanwhile, Randy is embarrassed that Jill still goes along with him when shopping for clothes.
After a Detroit magazine selects Al as the city's most eligible bachelor, women begin constantly flirting with him, causing him to lose sight of his priorities and making Ilene jealous. But the reasons for the flirting may not be what they seem.
Tim puts a dance floor in the basement for Randy's birthday party, but he over-waxes it, causing Randy's friend Michelle to sprain her ankle; Randy is embarrassed that Tim is now sending his friends to the hospital.
For a segment on Tool Time, Tim agrees to fix the furnace is Benny's aunt's basement, but disaster strikes when Benny fails to tell him that there are TWO gas leaks in the house. Benny soon wears out his welcome as Tim's house guest, as everyone struggles to repair the aunt's home while she is out of town.
When Tim accidentally exposes himself to his equally naked sister-in-law Nancy, who's using his and Jill's shower, he suggests they keep quiet about the incident. However, Nancy breaks the silence and a more uncomfortable one descends.
Tim & Jill are to double date with Al & Ilene at a play, but first Tim and Al have to sell tickets to a hockey game. Tim & Al get caught scalping the tickets. Wilson watches the boys while Tim and Jill are out.
Jill's sister Carrie, a globetrotting photographer, comes to visit, and their different paths in life create conflict. Meanwhile, Tim can't seem to stop arguing with his brother Marty, and the strife even spills over to create friction between Al and his brother Cal.
Tim and the boys visit the hardware store where Harry and Al are working. The boys want a pocket knife, and after they leave, the knife is just gone. Al talks to Tim about the boys taking it. Tim & Jill find the knife in Mark's drawer.
Brad has a pimple before a big date. Jill sets Wilson up on a blind date with one of her professors, Judith. They seem compatible, but Wilson seems happy to keep the relationship on an intellectual level only.
Tim tries to throw a surprise 39th birthday party for Jill, but she suddenly decides to go to Ohio to reacquire her childhood piano. When she finds that it's been converted into a fish tank, Tim decides to get it back and restore it as a gift.
Jill gets a good grade on a psychology paper and starts to give advice to the father of Randy's girlfriend. It causes the parents to start arguing. When talking it over with Wilson and Judith, they start to disagree.
Bud talks Tim into buying his Pistons season tickets, which cost $4000. When he gets home and talks with his sons about his purchase they're excited at first, until they find out he didn't discuss it with Jill, his wife. Even his kids know that isn't going to work. When Jill gets home and finds out about what Tim spent on the tickets things get a little hot around the Taylor house hold. While the Taylors try to work out an agreement on the tickets; the guys down at the hardware store discuss how women get the upper hand in arguments with what's called "The Look".
Tim is awarded an honorary doctorate by his old college, bewildering Jill as she works for her own master's degree. However, Tim begins to wonder whether his school's reasons have little to do with respect for his show.
Tim's former tool shop teacher is visiting and meets Tim's mother. The mother and teacher start seeing each other and Tim is not happy about this. He is hesitant to talk to his mother on an emotional level.
Tim & Al attend a winter festival for Binford. At the airport, everything is shut down due to snow. The boys decorate for the holiday judging contest. Al's mother wants to join Al & Ilene for New Years; Ilene gives Al an ultimatum.
Tim hires his younger brother Marty to work for him. This proves to be the usual disaster, making both men miserable. Just when Tim appears to be ready to work things out, Marty quits. After a brief awkwardness, they make up and Tim sends him to a friend at a construction outfit to work.
Brad's girlfriend Angela wants to set up Randy with her sister. Tim & Jill go bowling with Bud and his wife. Tim and Jill are winning, and Tim thinks they should lose in case Bud gets upset and it affects his job at Tool Time.
Brad helps Tim with rebuilding the hotrod and they have a disagreement about the work. Brad also gets a haircut that causes disagreements. Randy gets the lead in Romeo and Juliet play at school. Jill offers to help with rehearsals.
Jill is invited to her Psychology Dept Potluck Dinner, but banned from taking food. Randy likes a girl at school but a friend of Brad's asks her out. On Tool Time, a woman who knows more than Tim about cars is a guest.
It's Halloween, and the pranks begin. Brad and Randy begin with a head in the microwave, Tim and Jill follow up with actor playing a mysterious visitor. Brad and Randy find out and pretend to be frightened, causing Tim and Jill to worry.
Jill and her sisters get together to plan on their parents' 50th wedding anniversary, but there's one problem; they can't stop bickering. After an unproductive first day, Jill talks to Tim and is telling him that her sisters' bickering is driving her nuts and she's tired of always having to be the sensible one. Tim tells her that she needs to lay down the law to put a stop to it. The next morning, Jill tries to have a truce declared between her and her sisters, but when they try to work on the party, they cannot agree on anything and the bickering continues. Jill says she had enough of this and storms out of the house. Her sisters shocked that she is acting this way, then Tim says the same thing to them but in a more abrasive way. After being away from the house Jill learns that she needs to say how she feels and in the end, her parents' anniversary party plans fall into place.
Tim is to receive an award from the Tri-City HotRod Club. As Tim, Jill, and Heidi drive to the banquet, the car runs out of gas and Heidi goes into labor. Tim & Jill help with the birth at a nearby gas station.
On Thanksgiving, Randy volunteers at a soup kitchen. Tim does not want to invite Benny to the Thanksgiving meal at his home, but when he goes to pick up Randy, he sees Benny eating there. Tim invites him, and then finds out Benny eats there because the soup is good.
The Tim Taylor family and Tim's brothers travel to their mother's home since she is moving. The brothers reminiscence over childhood items and things the dad built. The new owners come to see the house, the brothers find it hard to let go.
A door-to-door saleslady flirts with Tim, after which he buys a case of her household cleaner. Jill then avoids a speeding ticket by flirting with the policeman. This brings on humorous discussions on the issue of flirting - is it right or wrong? Jill struggles with flirting in order to get job but eventually she does the right thing.
Swedish buyers are interested in broadcasting Tool Time in Sweden, so they visit the set to watch the show. The show has many mistakes and boring segments. The Swedes decide to buy it, thinking it is slap-stick comedy.
Tim meets a woman who used to date his father. Tim doesn't want to learn more because he was afraid his father had an affair with the woman. Meanwhile, Tim cannot find the Valentine's Day gift he purchased for Jill.
Tim throws a bachelor party for Al, and everyone tells negative tales of marriages. Al starts to doubt his decision to marry Ilene. The day of the wedding, Ilene starts to doubt her decision to marry Al.
Tim's friend Harry thinks his son Dennis is a slacker at work. Dennis takes a job to install a second phone for Tim; Harry accuses Dennis of not taking the job seriously. Tim wonders about his communication skills with his own children.
Brad passes his driver's test and gets his license. He gets to drive the car that night, and Jill obsesses over what could happen. Brad has an accident, but tells his parents he hit a pole instead of the back of a car.
Tim separates his shoulder and needs an operation the day before an award-winning show where he could drive a steamroller, and two days before a trip with Mark to see the Blue Angels. He escapes from the hospital, and causes further injury.
The Taylors attend an annual hardware expo. Tim is in seventh heaven at the expo, and Jill has plans to spend quality time with the boys while sight-seeing. However, the boys want to pursue their own interests with people their age.
Jill is upset to learn Brad's girlfriend, Angela, is doing Brad's laundry and other chores. Jill asks Tim to set an example of men not using women as servants. Tim realizes there is truth to what Jill says.
After completing a hectic quarter in college and is on break, Jill gets a call from her Father, The Colonel that he will be paying a visit. Jill, feeling tired, tells a lie to him saying that it wouldn't be a good time to visit because she's feeling sick, but a few days later, he dies. Grief stricken and feeling very guilty for lying, she flies to Texas to help in the funeral arrangements and Tim and the boys will join her in a couple of days. While there, Jill tries to tell her Mom and her sisters that she's okay, but they think she's sick and is putting a brave front. During the funeral, the Minister presiding talks about how her Father valued honesty, which makes her feel worse. Jill decides to tell her Mom the truth about when he wanted to visit.
Lisa, the former Tool Time Girl, finishes school and returns to visit Tim and Al. Tim asks Lisa to join the show as a guest. Heidi feels threatened and quits. Meanwhile, Randy goes on a first date with Lauren. He is nervous and awkward.
Jill wants Tim to convert their attic into office space for her. Tim is enthused, but then Jill changes her mind. They each come to realize why he needs to build it, and why she does not want it built.
A scout from the UNC is interested in Brad for a soccer scholarship. Tim starts to coach him so he improves his game and chances for the scholarship. Brad's ego gets the best of him and he is kicked off the team at high school.
Mark and his friend make a horror movie, with the Taylors being the stars. They are filmed as the perfect family. Tim and Jill view the movie; Mark is shown as the forgotten son who seeks evil, Jill worries Mark really feels forgotten.
Al finds out his former fiancé, Ilene. is engaged to someone else. Al realizes she has moved on, and he has not. Tim takes Al to a night club to meet some women; Al pretends to the the star of Tool Time.
Jill's mother is visiting for Christmas. It is the first one since her husband died. Jill has a hard time seeing her mother with another man. Meanwhile, Tim decorates for Christmas in his usual, over-the-top, way.
Tim teaches an auto course at a community college. Going from the young students to hanging out with his older friends, Tim feels his friends are acting old. He starts to hang out with the college students and keep up with their lifestyle.
Tim found the perfect Granite Guy to replace the counters in the Taylor kitchen. When he arrives, Jill recognizes him as the guy who asked her on a date. She does not say anything to Tim - until the Granite Guy makes a pass.
Heidi has marital problems. Tim suggests that Al take Heidi out and talk with her. Heidi confides in Al, and he talks and listens to her. They become good friends. Tim wonders if there is more going on between them. At home, Jill has a cold.
A St Patrick's Day celebration on Tool Time, and the K&B crew is on hand. Meanwhile, Wilson takes a 3-day vacation while his house is fumigated. Willow stays with Tim & Jill, then goes out at night and does not come home. Jill is worried.
Brad joins the school newspaper where Randy is considered a top writer. Brad writes a light-hearted article about sports, and it gets put on the front page - pushing Randy's serious article to a back page. Randy is upset.
Wilson tells Tim his secret that he once saw a spaceship and aliens. Tim tells the others, who then all start to ridicule Wilson. Wilson feels betrayed and stops talking to Tim. Tim finds a way to apologize.
Randy passes his driving test and gets a license. He wants to drive that night to celebrate, but Jill is reluctant because of what happened when Brad drove his first night. Randy does not think this is fair as each of them are different.
One of Binford's tools is chosen to be included on a space shuttle, and Tim asked to also go. Meanwhile, Mark changes from his all black clothing to a well-dressed teenager, then reverts back. Tim has a decision to make.
It's Tim's birthday, and he plans to go to a NASCAR race. However, Jill purchased tickets for the two of them, plus Al, Heidi, and Wilson to go on a river-rafting trip. They go rafting, but Tim reserves a luxury trailer for sleeping.
Randy and his girlfriend Lauren are selected to go to Costa Rica for a school program to study the rain forests. Jill is upset and does not want him to go. Tim tries to fix things by telling Randy he cannot go. Jill is more upset with this.
Jill's sister Carrie stays with the Taylor's while in town for business. Tim's brother Jeff is over for dinner. Carrie and Jeff start seeing each other, and Jill does not think Jeff is good enough for her sister.
Tim and Jill have dinner with Al and Trudy, his girlfriend for one month. Tim and Jill find out Trudy is wealthy. For the one month gift, Trudy gives Al a 1966 Ferrari. Al uncomfortably accepts the gift, but then returns it.
For the first time, the TV ratings for Tool Time show that Al is more popular than Tim. Al decides to start doing promotions and Tim even helps him line up events. Then, Al hires a manager who tries to push too much too fast.
When Tim finds out Marty is separated from his wife and living in the back of Harry's hardware store, Tim invites Marty and his children to stay with him and Jill. Tim turns out to be a great father to Marty's twins. Marty gets jealous.
It's Christmas time, and that means decorating in Tim's neighborhood. Al is excited to decorate his home for the first time, and proves to be competition for Tim. Randy comes home for Christmas and finds things changed since he left.
Tim is writing a book for Binford Tools, and since Jill and the boys are away for the weekend, Tim tries to write while home alone. But since he is alone, everything distracts him. He starts to dream of wealth and fame.
Tim has Penn and Teller on Tool Time. Tim's die-hard fans thinks Tim is departing from the show's basics. Meanwhile, Tool Time films in Tim's home. Brad trips over a rolled up carpet and injures his knee, risking his soccer playing.
Tim hires a mechanic for his car who turns out to be a gorgeous woman. Driving her home, he is caught by a traffic cam in a compromising position with her. The ticket arrives on Tim and Jill's wedding anniversary, and Jill is suspicious.
Jill visits the gynecologist since she has a problem. Turns out she has a tumor and needs a hysterectomy. While everyone is concerned, it seems like it should be routine. Then, during the operation, problems occur. Tim gets scared.
Jill's operation is completed, and she has had a total hysterectomy. Jill is really upset at what this represents. Jill's mother visits to help around the house. Jill's mood swings are all over the place.
Tim takes Wilson to a hockey game for Wilson's birthday. Wilson wins $10,000 by sitting in the raffle seat. He wants a greenhouse in his backyard. Tim realizes the plans block the fence. He fears the loss of conversation with Wilson.
Harry is selling the hardware store. It comes as a shock to the guys that gather there for man talk and tools. Al owns a percentage of the store, and Tim buys the rest. The business starts slow and then grows more than they can handle.
Jill is anxious about defending her thesis and shares her thoughts with Tim. Mark records it on video. Marks turns in his video project and parents are invited to view all the students' work. Jill's professor is there and hears her comments.
Trouble starts when the Binford CEO (Bud) confiscates all "non-Binford" tools from the set of "Tool Time" in an effort to make Tim into more of a company man. He also dictates that the cast of the show wear Binford uniforms. This leads to the usual mess. Brad finds out that he is still up for soccer scholarship to college, despite a prior injury. Conflicts arise between Tim and Jill over whether or not Brad is ready to play in the upcoming game before the UCLA scout.
Binford Tools hires a new manager to oversee the Tool Time Show. He wants Tim to have more explosions. Tim is against this. And, Al proposes to Trudy. He takes his mother to dinner to break the news to her. She has a heart attack and dies.
Tim and Al do their final Tool Time show. Many of the past Tool Time guests appear. For closures: Heidi is pregnant; Wilson's fence comes down; Al and Trudy get married in Tim & Jill's backyard; Tim and Jill have second thoughts about moving.