Home Improvement

Season 3 Episode 1

Maybe, Baby

Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1993 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


When Jill finds out that her sister is having a baby girl, she herself begins wishing for a daughter. Unfortunately, the subject is not open for discussion with Tim, who thinks that three children are more than enough. Meanwhile, when Brad and Randy learn that their mother hoped for a girl when she had Mark, they seize the opportunity to tease their little brother about it.


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  • Jill is interested in expanding the family, much to the discomfort of her husband. This series amassed eight seasons total, yet this episode will always be one of my favorites!

    As you can most likely tell from my previous reviews for this show, it's hard for me to find anything negative to say about it. I will keep that tradition going as I review this episode, which happens to be one of my very favorites in the entire series. It's got a little bit of humor, a little bit of sweetness, and a whole lot of "real" rolled into one, all while staying firmly away from the overdrawn sap of its genre.

    This Season 3 opener finds Jill desiring a fourth child after learning that her younger sister is pregnant with a little girl. Going through her own sons' baby things makes Jill remember how much she always wanted a daughter, and needless to say, Tim--who is perfectly happy with the way their family is right now--is very apprehensive about the whole idea. Meanwhile, when Brad and Randy discover that Jill was hoping for a girl when she was expecting Mark--she even knitted a pink quilt during the pregnancy--they use the information to further torment their younger brother, who begins fearing that their mother doesn't love him for who he is. (It's one of those episodes that really shows how Brad and Randy are truly premeditative in finding ways to upset Mark, and they certainly love every minute of it!)

    As with many episodes of "Home Improvement," this one touched my heart and successfully worked with a large number of family-related topics. People of all ages will be able to identify, because the characters' feelings are well-developed and relatable to many audiences. I always felt bad for Jill, because she would have absolutely loved to have that little girl she always wanted. Ultimately, I think it was best that the writers decided not to saddle the Taylor family with a daughter (they did toy with the possibility at one point), because it's too common for family shows like this to inflate ratings by bringing in another kid, and "Home Improvement" was never the type of show that needed to do that. The storylines were fresh and funny enough without it, and the dynamic with the family of all sons was a unique one that we hadn't seen before with shows of this type. However, it's the sign of excellent writing when you can empathize with the characters and see them as a real family with problems and desires that we all go through. That's what I love most about it.

    Of course, I also liked the scene between Jill and Mark near the end. Like all good mothers, Jill was quick to reassure her son that even though part of her did want a girl when he was born, that was before she came to love him so much, and now she wouldn't trade him for anything. That can be a difficult concept for some kids to understand, but I think most parents can attest that it really is true.

    Another fantastic, quality episode of "Home Improvement," as as always, I can't help giving it a 10/10!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, Tim and Jill discuss having another baby so they can try for a daughter. The writers considered having Jill give birth to a girl eventually in the series, but they ultimately decided that the "all boys" thing was the best formula for the show, and that it would be interesting if Jill remained the only female in the house.

    • In this episode, Tim says that he owns 276 power tools. Of course, Tim frequently buys new tools, so this number probably changes at some future date.

    • Outtake: Tim stumbles over his line about the 1980 US Olympic hockey team. Jill says the line is "not going to happen." Tim disagrees, but then he stumbles over the line again.

    • At the end of the episode, the camera goes too high and you can see stage lights.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Jill: Come on. Haven't you ever thought about how much fun it would be to have a little girl?
      Tim: No! We have all the kids we can stand right now!

    • Randy: We just heard some awful news, and we wanted to tell you first before you heard it from a stranger.
      Mark: What?
      Randy: Well, Dad said that when Mom had you, she really wanted a girl.
      Mark: You're lying!
      Brad: He just showed us the pink blanket she made for you.
      Mark: He did not.
      Randy: Hey, you know, Mom's always saying she wants to bake with you.
      Brad: Yeah, and how she's always taking you shopping.
      Randy: She's pretending you're her daughter!

    • Tim: What's all that?
      Jill: Oh, it's some of the boys' old baby things. I'm gonna send it to Carol. I'm hoping there will be something that'll work for a girl. Oh, look at the little booties! They're so teeny! (sniffs them) They're Brad's. (Tim looks disgusted) Oh, and the little hat, and the bib!
      Tim: (in sarcastic baby talk) Are you gonna send the wittle bib to the wittle baby?
      Jill: No, I'm keeping this around for you...

    • Tim: I think I know why you want a daughter. You want to be immortal, like me.
      Jill: You're immortal?
      Tim: Long after I'm gone, the boys will still be burping.

    • Tim: I see what's going on here. Your sister's having a little girl, and now you want a little girl?
      Jill: So?
      Tim: So? If your sister gives birth to an elephant, does that mean you do, too?
      Jill: Oh, yeah, that's just what I want--to pass a pair of tusks!

    • Jill: Mark, we're gonna bake a cake when I get home from work.
      Mark: I'm not helping you.
      Jill: How come? You love to make cakes.
      Mark: I'm never baking again! (runs off)
      Jill: What's with him?
      Randy: I don't know, but I'm sure gonna miss his brownies...

    • Jill: (about how she doesn't want another child at the moment) Besides, what would happen if we had another boy? The last thing we need around here is more testosterone; it's practically dripping down the walls as it is!

    • Jill: You know, when I was a kid, I couldn't wait to get to school. Hand in my homework, see my teachers, take all those tests that I always got A's on...
      Brad: Yeah, but I bet you got beat up a lot.
      Jill: Every day.

    • Jill: (when Mark thinks she wanted him to be a girl) Do you remember how you wanted a dog, but we didn't think you were old enough to take care of one, and so we got you a turtle? And even though you wanted a dog, you really loved that turtle, didn't you?
      Mark: Yeah, until he got squished by the truck.
      Jill: I'm sure he didn't feel a thing. Anyway, the point is, you wouldn't have traded that turtle for the world, and I would not trade you for the world.
      Mark: You wouldn't?
      Jill: No way. I've had a dozen offers, at least, just today!

    • Jill: (when Tim agrees to consider having another baby) Thank you, sweetie, but you know what? I really don't want to have a baby right now.
      Tim: I didn't mean this minute.
      Jill: No, I've been thinking about it, and the truth is, I don't really have the time in my life for it right now, you know? I've got the job, three kids...well, four, including you.

    • Jill: (holding a pink quilt) I knitted this when I was pregnant with Mark. Remember how I was hoping for a girl? I wanted a sweet little thing that I could cuddle on my lap with great big bows in her hair.
      Tim: Ah. You wanted to give birth to a poodle.
      Jill: It could happen. Look at the father.

    • Jill: (on the phone with her sister, who just had a baby girl) You know what name I've always loved? Laura. It's simple, it's unpretentious ... Sloan? Well, that's nice, too ...

    • Brad: (when Tim is holding a box of baby stuff) Dad, aren't you a little old to have a security blanket?
      Randy: He got it when he stopped sucking his thumb.
      Tim: Maybe you'll recognize some of the other stuff in here. Hey, look, it's Brad's training pants! You used them last week, didn't you? And what's this? (picks up a rattle and shakes it) Randy's brain.

    • Mark: Then you really didn't want me to be a girl?
      Jill: Well...well, maybe a part of me did.
      Mark: (sadly) Oh.
      Jill: But that doesn't mean I wasn't thrilled to have you. The moment I laid eyes on you, I just fell in love. All that matted hair, the little squished-in face, that wrinkled little body. You looked just like your father.

    • Jill: Sweetie, why don't you just tell me what's wrong?
      Mark: Nothing's wrong! And don't call me sweetie.
      Jill: But I always call you sweetie.
      Mark: That's because you wanted me to be a girl.
      Jill: Who told you that?
      Mark: Brad and Randy.
      Jill: Well, they're grounded for a week.

    • Tim: (when Jill wants another child) Remember the 2:00 AM feedings? The 3:00 AM feedings? I don't have the energy for that anymore.
      Jill: You don't have the energy to say "Wake up, Jill, the baby wants you"?
      Tim: At this point in my life, I don't even have the energy to say, "Wake up, Jill, I want you".

    • Tim: (about not wanting to have another baby) We've talked about this. I mentioned it on Tool Time.
      Jill: Great, so eleven people know about it?

    • Wilson: I think what Jill is after is a legacy.
      Tim: A Japanese car!

    • Jill: Brad, you have a dentist appointment today, and don't try to get detention to get out of it again.
      Randy: Like he has to try.

    • Jill: Boys, you don't want to be late for school.
      Mark: Yes we do.
      Randy: Hey, if we're going to be late, we might as well not go at all.

    • Tim: Our old tool girl's moved on to bigger and better things.
      Al: Did she accept that offer from Bob Vila?

    • Jill: Do you remember your fifth birthday?
      Mark: Yeah. Brad and Randy made me eat the candles on my cake.

    • Al: I thought you said you wouldn't talk about your personal life on the show.
      Tim: Well, does this mean anything to you? (Shows him crossed fingers)
      Al: How would you feel if I talked about my personal life on the show?
      Tim: When you get one, you can!

    • Mark: Would you trade Brad and Randy?
      Jill: (snaps her fingers) Like that.

    • Tim: Having a baby is a big deal. It's up there with putting in a new sprinkler system.

    • Jill: The baby moved today.
      Tim: To where, that all-baby condo downtown?

    • Jill: (about her sister) Did she say anything about the ultrasound? What's she having?
      Tim: A baby.
      Jill: I know she's having a baby. What kind of a baby?
      Tim: I don't know, but I hope it doesn't look a lot like her.

    • Jill: It's angel food cake. Made with real angels. Fortunately they're in season.

    • Jill: Carol's always wanted a girl. They stayed up all night painting the nursery pink.
      Tim: Flat or semi-gloss?
      Jill: Gee, somehow that never came up.

    • Al: You're on fire!
      Tim: Indeed I am, Al. I've done this to teach you kids a lesson. Don't play with sticks, because you could put your eye out, or . . . ignite your forearm.

    • Tim: I'm making Tim Taylor More Power Coffee. (Drinks coffee) Hey, race you to Ann Arbor.

    • Tim: I thought you guys weren't supposed to watch that Goosebump Theater. Gives you nightmares.
      Randy: Well, Tool Time gives us nightmares and you make us watch that.

  • NOTES (1)


    • "Maybe Baby" is also the name of a song by Buddy Holly & The Crickets.

    • Tim: A miracle is what happened to the 1980 US Olympic hockey team.

      The 1980 US hockey team defeated the USSR. The team then had to beat Finland for the gold. It was a surprise to many people because the Soviet team was widely favored to win. This event came to be known as the "Miracle On Ice." When Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics in 2002, members of the 1980 US hockey team were chosen to light the flame during the opening ceremony.