Home Improvement

Season 4 Episode 25

A Marked Man

Aired Unknown May 09, 1995 on ABC
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Episode Summary


A pocket knife goes missing at the hardware store, and Al believes that one of the Taylor boys is responsible. Tim reacts badly when he finds out that Mark did it, which creates a problem in the family.

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  • Poor Mark makes an unfortunate mistake that yields quite an unexpected reaction from his father. A pretty good lesson is to be learned here for both parents and children!

    In another very honest and realistic episode of "Home Improvement," raising children with good values is the main theme as Tim and Jill argue over how to handle their youngest son's first major offense. When a pocket knife goes missing at Al's hardware store, Al confronts Tim and Jill with his belief that one of their boys is responsible, and despite not being able to imagine such a thing, they come across the item in the pocket of Mark's pants. After really losing his cool and even going so far as to call Mark a "dirty little thief" (right to his face, too), Tim's only initial concern is how furious he is with him, but reality hits when he realizes how his anger has distanced his own child from him.

    It is a solid episode that deals with the various ups and downs of family discipline in the household. It also shows that while all children need to be taught that stealing is wrong, yelling at and belittling them is very rarely the right answer. In the end, all that really does is make kids afraid to confide in their parents in the future. I've seen that with the students I teach, as well as with my own family at times, and it was interesting to see it reflected so honestly here. I think most families find themselves in situations like this, and sometimes it's hard to know exactly how to deal with it, but this episode does a nice job of raising some valid discussion points.

    Fortunately, when kids are taught at home to be held accountable for their mistakes, they usually end up going out and doing the right thing, and Mark's final confession and apology really show how much parents can achieve by simply setting a good example themselves. So far, I have not seen very many episodes of "Home Improvement" that I didn't like, and this is no exception. 10/10moreless
Deb Selby

Deb Selby


Guest Star

Steve Selby

Steve Selby


Guest Star

Jay Lacopo

Jay Lacopo


Guest Star

Debbe Dunning

Debbe Dunning


Recurring Role

Blake Clark

Blake Clark


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Notice the scene where Jill is holding a pair of Mark's jeans, and the pocket knife falls onto the floor. As she shuts the drawer, she lunges the other way with the jeans, and it is obvious that she's trying to make the knife fall out on purpose.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, Tim apologizes to Mark for yelling and screaming at him earlier that day. However, it is clear that the blow-up actually took place the day before, because they are all wearing different clothes, and the kids got up and went to school that morning, after the fight.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Tim: (to Al) Well, I know kids steal things, but my boys steal from you and Harry? Come on.
      Al: Things like that happen. Let me tell you a story about my uncle's grocery store. I was holding my mother's hand...
      Tim: And this was yesterday?
      Al: I was 7 years old.
      Tim: Oh.
      Al: And she went off to look for the children's appetite suppressant and on the shelf was a cookie, and I stole it, and I ate it.
      Tim: OK so, you're saying ... you think one of my kids ate that knife.
      Al: (Rolls his eyes back)

    • Al: So, even though it was only one cookie that I stole, the point is I too succumbed to temptation. Do you understand, Mark?
      Mark: I think so but what's an appetite suppressant?
      Harry: Uh, something his mother obviously never found.

    • Jill: And since when are you the only one that makes decisions around here? I thought we were in this parenting thing together.
      Tim: Well, somebody had to deal out the punishment, and it certainly wasn't gonna be you.
      Jill: Oh, I see, I see. So you deal out the punishment, and then I'm the one who has to stay home and enforce it?
      Tim: You want to work together? That's your part.

    • Jill: Hi, sweetie. How was your day?
      Tim: Where are the boys?
      Jill: Outside. (he goes outside) And how was my day? It was great. I went to school. It was really interesting.
      Tim: (walks back in) I didn't see them.
      Jill: I came home. I washed the floor. I did the laundry. I had an affair.
      Tim: Who are you talking to?
      Jill: Evidently, myself.

    • Brad: (looking at a Swiss army knife) I'd give anything to have a knife this cool.
      Randy: Yeah, me too, but where are we gonna get 95 bucks?
      Brad: We could sell Mark.
      Mark: Hey!
      Randy: Where are we gonna get the other 90?

    • Randy: (catches Jill looking through his desk drawer) Mom, what are you doing?
      Jill: Um...putting your underwear away.
      Randy: In the desk drawer?
      Jill: Yes. It's something my mother taught me. This way, if you're doing your homework, and you realize that you're not wearing any underwear, then you don't have to walk all the way to the dresser drawer. (turns and leaves quickly)

    • Jill: (after Tim yells at Mark and calls him a rotten thief) This is one of the stupidest things you've ever said.
      Tim: So what am I supposed to do--quit work, stay home, and enforce his grounding?
      Jill: No, I just want you to think about what you say, before you say it, and if it's not the right thing to say, then don't say it at all!
      Tim: (pauses) Could you say that again?

    • Jill: Randy, could you leave us alone for a minute?
      Randy: But it's my room.
      Jill: I was trying to tell Mark a story about when I was a little girl.
      Randy: I'm outta here!

    • Tim: Where's Mark?
      Randy: I don't know.
      Brad: He was supposed to meet us at the bus stop, but he never showed up.
      Tim: What are you talkin' about? I told him to come straight home after school.
      Randy: Dad, the kid's a convicted hardware criminal. They're unpredictable.

    • Jill: Every time the kids do something wrong, you overreact.
      Tim: No, you underreact!
      Jill: I do not underreact, you go overboard!
      Tim: No, you go underboard!
      Jill: There's no such word as underboard!

    • Tim: Can we trust kids that would steal their dad's Victoria's Secret catalogue?
      Jill: I'm more concerned that their dad is the one getting the Victoria's Secret catalogue. What are you wearing under there?
      Tim: A beautiful camisole and a silk thong.

    • Tim (about the Swiss Army knife): It's got a magnifying glass, a corkscrew, a toothpick.
      Jill: In case they get attacked by wine stewards with spinach in their teeth?

    • Al: After you left the hardware store, I noticed that something was missing.
      Tim: Why, thank you, Al. I do kind of light up a hardware store, don't I?

    • Harry: So what can I do for you today, Tim?
      Tim: What?
      Harry: Still having trouble with your hearing?
      Tim: Herring? I hate fish! When did you start selling fish? Blech!
      Brad: The doctor says his hearing will be coming back any day.
      Randy: Yeah, we came here to get a hacksaw blade.
      Harry: Oh. Aisle three.
      Tim: What?
      Randy: Aisle three!
      Tim: So go pee!

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