Home Improvement: Season 1, Episode 24

Stereo-typical (5 May 1992)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Gary McGurk ...
Lisa (as Pamela Denise Anderson)
John 'Juke' Logan ...


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... Written by Toni Tapola, Finland

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Where Tim is explaining the stereo system to Jill, Jill is reading a book with the title "Backlash". The camera goes back and forth to Jill and Tim and the third time it returns to Jill, the cover is gone. See more »


[Janeen Rae Heller has been invited on Tool Time to play the saw]
Janeen Rae Heller: Any requests?
Al Borland: I have one. It's from my favorite movie.
Tim Taylor: Do you know the theme to Dumbo?
Al Borland: Tim, that's my favorite movie about an elephant.
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2 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tool Time is talking about saws. Tim demonstrates using a scroll saw by carving his name into a piece of wood, and ends up reading it backwards. After that, he demonstrates a loud Binford chainsaw while taking shots at the common housewife, prompting Al to hold up the sign of how to get in touch with Tim. The Tool Man then asks Al if the words "job search" mean anything to him. He should, it's how he got this crappy job, isn't it? Then, to demonstrate that saws can also be musical instruments (surely you've heard of the band saw), they bring out special guest Janeen Rae Heller to play a song on her crosscut saw. Al requests Green Sleeves, and becomes very emotional when hearing how Janeen can play a mean saw. At home, Tim and Jill bicker over the stereo. She says Tim is playing the music too loud, he thinks it's just fine, and then, right on cue, the woofers blow out. Tim jumps at the opportunity to go buy new speakers, with the proviso that he get NOTHING else. Bet you can guess where this is going. He comes home with a state-of-the-art digital surround sound stereo system, so simple even a child could figure it out...or an adult with a child's brain.

No sooner does Jill lay eyes on the contraption does she order Tim to take it back, but he protests, saying it's such a cinch to operate. He even rigged it to be sound sensitive, so all one has to do to turn on the TV is clap. Well, the TV does come on, and so does the whole stereo so you can't hear the TV. Well, there was...however much Tim blew on the system...well spent. Now we return to Tool Time, where Tim invites back the K&B boys, who became very inspired by Janeen's saw solo that they have created themselves a tool band. Rock, Pete, Dwayne and Juke have made instruments out of just about every tool at the job site. The song is "The Ratchet Rhapsody", and you can't tell me your feet are not tapping to that tune. At home, Tim thinks he's finally got the speakers properly calibrated and turns them on so Jill and the boys can hear the opera. Unfortunately, the sound is too loud and Tim can't turn the speakers down. So once that high note is hit, every piece of glass in the house shatters. Thankfully, the Taylors seem to have opera-singer- singing-through-loud-speakers insurance, but their premiums will be doubled. It seems they think Tim is rather accident prone. Tim? Nah. I mean, sure he's made a few mistakes here and there...like conking Bob Vila in the head with a 4x8, crashing a souped up lawnmower, backing a truck into the front of a house, electrocuting himself, falling off the roof while trying to install a satellite dish, and getting dragged away by his car. Eh, it could happen to anybody.

And so concludes the first season of Home Improvement, and we have a nice montage of Tim's foul-ups during the credits. Not every episode of this season was a winner, but it's only just starting out. As for this episode...well, not much to it. It's okay, it's not horrible, but it really isn't one of my favorites. I guess maybe it would've been funnier if the whole sound system blew up, creating a giant hole in the Taylor's living room, and then Jill would look at Tim with an annoyed face, and he'd be all, like, "oh no." Plus, the tool band is all kinds of awesome! The K&B boys would appear every now and then for the remainder of the series. To sum up Season 1, my favorite episodes were Wild Kingdom, Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble, Flying Sauces, Up Your Alley, Yule Better Watch Out, Al's Fair in Love and War, Battle of Wheels, Jill's Birthday, and For Whom the Belch Tolls. My least favorites were Satellite on a Hot Tim's Roof, Luck Be A Taylor Tonight, Look Who's Not Talking, Adventures in Fine Dining, and Reach Out and Teach Someone. So, what's in store for Season 2? Well, more of the same basically. Tim and Jill go through thick and thin together, that would be thickheadedness and thin-skinned. The boys are getting older and becoming even bigger smart-asses, and Al's character gets rounded out so he's not just a stiff board who only barely tolerates Tim. Lots more coming up, but for now, might as well check out Stereo Typical and the rest of Season 1.

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