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.