7th Season 1997

  1. "Quest for Fire"
    gs: Courtney Peldon [ Lauren ], Ashley Peldon [ Ashley ]

    The Taylors are looking forward to their annual summer getaway, but all for different reasons. Oldest son Brad hopes the vacation will help him forget about the girlfriend who just dumped him; Randy can't wait to see his girlfriend, whose family will be at the lake; and Mark gets the chance to sport his new but odd all-black clothing look. Meanwhile, Tim, who doesn't realize he might be experiencing a mid-life crisis, reveals a surprise-actually a secret plan that would dramatically change all of their lives.

    b: 23 Sep 97 pc: _________ w: Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver d: Geoffrey Nelson
  2. "Clash of the Taylors"
    gs: Peter Siragusa [ Ralph ], Shelley Morrison [ Gail ], Kaylan Romero [ Ronny ], James Dumont [ Gus ], Paul Keith [ Lou Hanson ]

    rc: Bud

    Tim is horrified when budding journalist Randy writes an article for his school newspaper exposing Binford Tools' poor environmental record. Meanwhile, Jill uses just a little too much psychobabble at her new job counseling families.

    b: 30 Sep 97 pc: _________ w: Jennifer Celotta & Adam England d: Andrew Tsao
  3. "Room at the Top"
    gs: Tammy Lauren [ Patty ], George Del Hoyo [ Doug ], Jack Blessing [ Dr. Breen ], Milton Canady [ Milton ]

    Tim, who thinks he's helping an overwhelmed Jill by offering to build her a quiet, at-home workspace, is offended when she reconsiders his idea upon returning from a required therapy class.

    b: 7 Oct 97 pc: _________ w: Marley Sims & Elliot Shoenman d: Geoffrey Nelson
  4. "Pump You Up"
    gs: Courtney Peldon [ Lauren ], Cory Everson [ Herself ], Kyle Howard [ Greg ], Morgan Nagler [ Cathy ]

    rc: Rock, Pete, Dwayne

    After a college expresses interest in giving Brad a sports scholarship, a proud but over-zealous Tim becomes Brad's personal trainer, causing Jill to wonder if he is pushing Brad too hard to succeed. Meanwhile, on Tool Time, a salute to fitness segment finds Tim and a female bodybuilder in a weightlifting contest.

    b: 14 Oct 97 pc: _________ w: Jon Vandergriff d: Peter Bonerz
  5. "A Night to Dismember"
    gs: Kaylan Romaro [ Ronnie ]

    When Mark features the family in his Halloween horror movie, Tim and Jill wonder if the weird and ghoulish subject matter are a reflection of Mark's true feelings toward them. Meanwhile, it's Halloween Week on Tool Time and Tim has built a hot-rod jack o'lantern for a pumpkinmobile race.

    b: 28 Oct 97 pc: _________ w: Eric Horsted d: Geoffrey Nelson
  6. "The Niece"
    gs: China Kantner [ Willow ], Patrick Cronin [ Sparky ]

    When Wilson's niece gives him a classic Studebaker, Tim's excitement in restoring the car turns to impatience after his neighbor chooses to spend his time with this newly arrived family member.

    b: 4 Nov 97 pc: _________ w: Charlie Hauck d: Peter Bonerz
  7. "Jill's Passion"
    gs: Tammy Lauren [ Patty ], Tom Wopat [ Ian ], Carol Androsky [ Woman ]

    When Jill is asked on a date by a good-looking guy who thinks that she and Tim act more like brother and sister than a loving couple, she starts to consider that her 18-year-old marriage has lost some of its spark and romance.

    b: 11 Nov 97 pc: _________ w: Marley Sims & Elliot Shoenman d: Peter Bonerz
  8. "Losing My Religion"
    gs: Dan Aykroyd [ Reverend Mike Webber ], Eileen Heckart [ Elaine ], China Kantner [ Willow ], Luren Tuerk [ Becky ], Phyllis Erlich [ Out-of-Breath Woman ]

    A concerned Tim seeks guidance from Reverend Mike when Randy's volunteer work with a hospice patient causes him to question the relevance of going to church.

    b: 18 Nov 97 pc: _________ w: Lloyd Garver & Bruce Ferber d: Andrew Tsao

    NOTE: Dan Aykroyd crosses over as his character from the ABC series Soul Man.
  9. "Thanksgiving"
    gs: Tom Poston [ Ted ], Rodney Dangerfield [ Himself ], China Kantner [ Willow ], Alex Rocco [ Irv Schmayman ]

    Tim, who planned to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family watching the Lions' football game from a luxury box, gets a VIP tour of the Silverdome's control room and manages to black out the entire stadium. Meanwhile, Jill and the boys have been left sharing the luxury box with an obnoxious Hollywood producer, and they're thrilled when comedian Rodney Dangerfield stops by to say hello.

    b: 25 Nov 97 pc: _________ w: Eric Horsted d: Peter Bonerz
  10. "The Dating Game"
    gs: Kari Coleman [ Kathy ], Liz Vassey [ Donna ], Shawn Shea [ Stage Manager ], Anastasia Sakelaris [ Woman ], John Lykes [ Richard ]

    After Al learns that Ilene is engaged to be married again, he becomes depressed. Hoping to rebuild Al's confidence in dating and to keep the Tool Time sidekick from hanging around the Taylor household, Jill allows Tim to pretend he's single so he can accompany Al on a double date.

    b: 9 Dec 97 pc: _________ w: Laurie Gelman d: Geoffrey Nelson
  11. "Bright Christmas"
    gs: Polly Holliday [ Lillian ], George Coe [ Parker ]

    Jill is upset when she learns that her mother is dating so soon after her father's death. Tim sets out to make his Christmas lighting display bigger and brighter than ever after the rules for the contest he annually enters change to reflect a "Tim Taylor clause."

    b: 16 Dec 97 pc: _________ w: Jon Vandergriff d: Peter Bonerz
  12. "The Old College Try"
    gs: Al Fann [ Felix ], Josh Blake [ Brett ], Ronreaco Lee [ Billy ], Steve Monroe [ Grant ], Arroyn Lloyd [ Andi ], Maitland Ward [ Christy ]

    rc: Harry, Benny

    Tim gets a youthful energy from his new job teaching auto shop at the local college and starts to think that his regular friends are too tiresome for him, so he starts hanging out with students half his age.

    b: 6 Jan 98 pc: _________ w: Adam England & Jennifer Celotta d: Albert Alarr
  13. "An Older Woman"
    gs: Maggie Lawson [ Samantha ], Haynes Brooke [ Ben ]

    Tim and Jill try to discourage Brad when he announces his plans to marry a college girl.

    b: 20 Jan 98 pc: _________ w: Charlie Hauck d: Peter Bonerz
  14. "Tim 'The Landlord' Taylor"

    After Tim and Jill decide to buy a house as a rental property and fix it up, they rent it to Al, who wants to give up his bachelor pad, and in turn becomes a somewhat difficult tenant. Meanwhile, Randy and Brad buy the same gaudy shirt and argue over who gets to keep it.

    b: 3 Feb 98 pc: _________ w: Eric Horsted d: Peter Filsinger
  15. "Say Goodnight, Gracie"
    gs: China Kantner [ Willow ], Kristen Hooper [ Gracie ], Kaitlyn Hooper [ Claire ]

    rc: Marty

    After spending a fun-filled afternoon with his four-year-old niece, Tim's mid-life crisis gets somewhat critical when he suggests to Jill that they become parents again.

    b: 10 Feb 98 pc: _________ w: Laurie Gelman d: Andrew Tsao

    NOTE: A couple of Disney movie in-jokes: Tim and Gracie play with a Simba doll, as Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the voice of Young Simba in The Lion King) walks up and remarks "I'll tell ya...being a lion king is no easy work." Later, during the credits sequence, in what appears to be cut footage from the same scene, Tim (voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story) and Gracie play with a Buzz Lightyear doll. Tim pulls the pullstring on the doll and it says, "I am Buzz Lightyear." Tim replies, "No, I am Buzz Lightyear," and pulls the string again. This goes on for a while.
  16. "What a Drag"
    gs: Kaylan Romero [ Ronnie ]

    While doing Tool Time on location in the backyard, Tim accidentally finds a bag of marijuana taped to the underside of their swing. Tim and Jill then hold a stakeout in Wilson's yard to see who it belongs to. When they catch Brad trying to get the bag, they must decide what to do.

    b: 24 Feb 98 pc: _________ w: Elliot Shoenman & Marley Sims d: Geoffrey Nelson
  17. "Taking Jill for Granite"
    gs: Tom Wopat [ Ian ], Tammy Lauren [ Patty ]

    Tim has hired the "perfect" man to install the new granite kitchen counter. However, trouble ensues when he discovers that he is the man Jill had a sexy dream about several months ago.

    b: 3 Mar 98 pc: _________ w: Laurie Gelman d: Peter Bonerz
  18. "Futile Attraction"
    gs: Payne Stewart [ Himself ], Pamela Hudacek [ Arlene ]

    When Heidi separates from her husband, Al is there to mend her heart. However, Tim gets the wrong impression when Heidi answers Al's phone at 7:30 in the morning.

    b: 10 Mar 98 pc: _________ w: David Maples d: Peter Bonerz
  19. "Desperately Seeking Willow"
    gs: China Kantner [ Willow ], Neil Barton [ Lance ], T.J. Thyme [ Todd ], George Hertzberg [ Ed ], Robert Hallak [ Bartender ]

    rc: Pete, Dwayne, Rock

    Willow stays with the Taylors while Wilson is away for St. Patrick's Day. When she doesn't come home one night, it sends Jill into a frenzy while Tim and the boys search for her. Meanwhile, Tool Time celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the K & B Construction guys.

    b: 17 Mar 98 pc: _________ w: Jennifer Fisher d: Peter Bonerz
  20. "The Write Stuff"
    gs: Courtney Peldon [ Lauren ], Justin Shenkarow [ Matt ], Kaj Erik-Eriksen [ Brian ]

    Brad begins a sports gossip column for the school paper. But when it turns out to be more popular than Randy's expose about pollution, Randy becomes jealous. Meanwhile, Tim and Jill are audited.

    b: 31 Mar 98 pc: _________ w: Jennifer Celotta & Adam England d: Peter Bonerz
  21. "The Son Also Mooches"
    gs: Bonnie Bartlett [ Lucille ], Thom Sharp [ Jeff ], Graham Jarvis [ Delvin ], Kathleen Freeman [ Gwen ], Montrose Hughes [ Alice ], Kate Williamson [ Lois ]

    rc: Marty

    Tim is concerned about his mother's investment in his brother's new business venture. Meanwhile, Jill refuses to admit that she needs glasses.

    b: 21 Apr 98 pc: _________ w: Eric Horsted d: Peter Filsinger
  22. "Believe It or Not"
    gs: Grant Hill [ Himself ], Bill Ferrell [ Tony ], Milton Canady [ Milton ]

    rc: Marty, Benny

    It's "Men's Convenience" week on Tool Time and Al plays "file reality" basketball with Grant Hill. Wilson tells Tim about an alien encounter that he had many years ago. Tim spreads the secret around and Wilson becomes mad. Tim and Randy surf the net looking for information on UFOs. Tim has a weird dream and reconsiders his beliefs.

    b: 28 Apr 98 pc: _________ w: Jon Vandergriff d: Geoffrey Nelson
  23. "Rebel Without Night Driving Privileges"
    gs: Megan Cavanaugh [ Judy ], Kaylan Romero [ Ronny ]

    Randy prepares for his driving test. Tim and Jill don't want him driving at night immediately. Randy passes his test but is mad when he can't drive at night. He goes out driving at night by himself and gets caught while Brad covers for him.

    b: 5 May 98 pc: _________ w: Jennifer Fisher d: Andrew Tsao
  24. "Tool-Thousand-One: A Space Odyssey"
    gs: Randy Thompson [ Fred ], Harry S. Murphy [ Dr. Lee ], Cmdr. Kenneth D. Bowersox [ Himself ], Dr. Steven A. Hawley [ Himself ]

    Jill tries to make a family photo album. Tim and Al compete to use Binford's new tool in outer space. And Mark drastically changes his appearance to impress a girl.

    b: 12 May 98 pc: _________ w: Bruce Ferber & Lloyd Garver d: Peter Bonerz
  25. "From Top to Bottom"
    gs: Joan Lunden [ Barbara Canfield ], Patrick Cronin [ Sparky ], Lisa Robins [ Kathleen Fitzsimmons ], Judyann Elder [ Diane Peck ]

    rc: Benny, Harry, Marty

    Jill accidentally makes embarassing comments about Tim on a TV talk show.

    b: 19 May 98 pc: _________ w: Charlie Hauck d: Peter Filsinger

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