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Season 4 Episode 18

A House Divided

Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1995 on ABC
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A House Divided
Benny, Tim's friend, moves into his aunt's house while she's away. But a gas leak causes the house to blow up and Benny must stay with the Taylors.

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  • Tim damages Benny's aunt's house.

    I just have to admit this episode is simply hilarious throughout. When Benny is staying at his aunt's house, the house has a gas leak, which is very dangerous. Tool Time then decides to do an On Location show and fix the leak. Let me stop there, I laughed very hard when Tim hit his head aganist a pipe in the basement, it's so funny since he does that in his own basement! ROTFL! After they complete the gas leak, Benny tells Al and Heidi there is another gas leak in the kitchen. But a good thing was that Benny has unplugged all of the appliances in the house except a lamp which Tim ends up activating by accident, the house then has a huge flame which ends up destroying the inside and burning out the paint. That part was just too funny! Benny now moves in with the Taylors and ends up eating all their food. I laughed when Benny excerised, LOL! At the end, Tim, Jill, Brad, Randy, Mark, Al, Heidi and Wilson (in a mouthmask) repair the house. This episode was just hilarious (although I did miss 5 seconds of it due to a storm colliding with the cable) and the only thing that stopped me from giving a 10 is that Benny was so lazy when everyone helped rebuild the house! What a retard I must say. Otherwise, this episode was simply hilarious throughout.

    FINAL GRADE: A-moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • To anyone who are fans of the mid '60's to early '70's TV show Bewitched, you would realize the house that they use for the Baroney house is the same house that was used for the Stephen's home on the show. Incidentally, it's the same house that is used in some shots on the'70's TV show, The Partridge Family.


    • When Heidi is turning the gas off she says "...so that your wrench is perpendicular to the pipe." In fact she turned the wrench so it was parallel to the pipe.

    • When Heidi is turning off/on the gas to the house she turns the wrench in the exact same motion both times, which wouldn't do the same thing.

    • In various shots in the scene where the house is repaired, you can see the full address on the post, although in later shots Randy is only putting on one at a time and very slowly.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Brad: How come we're not eating eggs?
      Tim: Benny ate them.
      Mark: Or bacon?
      Jill: Benny.
      Randy: Toast?
      Tim: Benny!
      Jill: Who ties up the phone? Puts the dark laundry in with our whites? Sleeps all day, watches TV all night?
      Tim: Benny.
      Brad: Who do we want out of the house?
      Everyone: Benny!
      Mark: I don't know. I kind of like having Uncle Benny around.
      Jill: Uncle Benny?
      Mark: Yeah. He says when I'm twelve, he's gonna take me to Vegas and get me comped.
      (the family gives Mark a weird look)

    • (Benny's house blows up)
      Tim: Let me guess: there was another leak.

    • Tim: Either Benny's singing, or there's a sick cow in this house.

    • Benny: Hey Tim, I hope you don't mind. I borrowed your bathrobe.
      Jill: That's my bathrobe.
      Benny: I should have known. It feels so soft against my body. I'll put it back.
      Jill: Keep it.

    • Randy: I thought you were already in graduate school.
      Brad and Mark: Me, too.
      Jill: I can't believe you guys. I've been taking undergraduate courses since September. You have no idea what I've been doing in school?
      Randy: Well, you're teacher didn't send home any notes. We assumed everything was fine.

    • Old Man: You know, you're just as attractive in real life.
      Al: Thank you. I try to stay fit.
      Old Man: I was talking to her.
      Heidi: Thank you.

    • Tim: Wait a minute, we could help him out. Why don't we take a Tool Time crew over there and fix the furnace for that heating and cooling special we're doing on the show?
      Al: It's a good idea.
      Tim: Yeah.
      Benny: And Tim, you yourself would do the repairs?
      Tim: Yeah.
      Benny: Forget it.
      Tim: It's free.
      Benny: I'm in.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The song that Benny sings on the first morning of his stay in the Taylor house, which is played in the montage later when everyone (except Benny) is fixing his aunt's house, is "Funiculi-funiculà" from The Barber of Seville.

    • When Tim goes into the basement of Benny's aunt's house, he smacks his head on a pipe, which is exactly what happens every time he goes into his own basement.


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