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Season 3 Episode 5

Arrivederci, Binford

Aired Unknown Oct 13, 1993 on ABC
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Arrivederci, Binford
Tim is afraid to cry after Mr. Binford, his boss and close friend, passes away.

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • At the end of the episode Tim and Jill come back from the funeral and she says that she is going to change clothes, which would mean that she has to go up to her bedroom. There is only one staircase leading to the upstairs, and those stairs are seen in the background. You can see her walking towards it but then she disappears behind the utilities closet. She never goes upstairs.

      • According to his gravestone, Mr. Binford was 68 when he died.

      • Al and Tim are at Big Mikes, talking about Mr. Binford's death. Watch the froth on Tim's beer as he is talking. The froth increases, then decreases, and all within a few seconds.

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Wilson: In feudal Japan, when an emperor died, the ronin samurai would show their loyalty by disemboweling themselves.
        Tim: Talk about guts.

      • Al (about John Binford): When was the last time you spoke with him?
        Tim: Yesterday.
        Al: How did he sound?
        Tim: Alive.

      • Tim: What did you do before you joined up with K and B?
        Gus: Well, Tim, I spent nine years teaching twelfth grade math.
        Pete: Yeah, Dwayne spent nine years TAKING twelfth grade math.

      • Tim: And always remember, if it doesn't say Binford on it, somebody else probably makes it.

      • Tim: Why don't you guys get changed, we'll go play some basketball at the Y.
        Boys: Yeah! Cool!
        Jill: How can you play basketball at a time like this, what about John Binford?
        Tim: I don't think he'll be able to play in his condition.

      • Al: Brace yourself Tim, something awful has happened.
        Tim: What, you saw your mom in the shower?

      • (bypassers at the bar are staring at Al, who is shaking horrendously with sobs)
        Tim: (disgusted) It devastates him when they run out of corn nuts!

      • Al: How can you play darts at a time like this?
        Tim: Because the foosball table's broken.

      • Tim: I'm really uncomfortable with this death thing. Which is why we have kids instead of pets, because they last longer.

      • Tim: Tell you what you do.
        Jill: What?
        Tim: You call her up, and you lie to her. Tell her you've got to spend all this time with your husband because he's got a severe mental problem.
        Jill: Where's the lie?

      • Jill: You know that woman, Marilyn Flanders, who's always raising money for everything?
        Tim: Cute blond with the really big... eyes?
        Jill: Those eyes are way bigger than they were six months ago.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Al: (Referring to Mr. Binford) The kind of guy who would forgive someone for being curt.
        Tim: Or Russell, or whatever your name might be.

        This is presumably a reference to actor Kurt Russell.

      • Tim: It wasn't just his crying, he was singing "Oh Danny Boy."

        "Danny Boy" is a traditional Irish song with a mournful tone to it.