Home Improvement

Season 2 Episode 3

Overactive Glance

Aired Unknown Sep 30, 1992 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jill and Karen think that Tim will look at a woman in a restaurant, after he checks out a woman on Tool Time. Randy has trouble playing football. Tim's solution? Super glue.

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  • Very smoothly executed restaurant scene topped off nicely by Kiki!

    From the moment Tim and Jill walk into the dining room, the restaurant scene is smoothly executed. Classic Home Improvement. Tim's exaggerated attempt not to look at women is thwarted by the zealous fan at the next table who indulges Tim's grunting and love for his own show. It's a smooth segue and a harbinger of what's to come as his minor celebrity is sure to attract more attention. He chokes on his food when Jill catches him- innocently, to be sure- signing an autograph for Kiki (Debbe Dunning in stunning pre-Heidi form). The choking leads to everyone thinking he is grunting, as he does on the show, and they join him in hilarious unison. Wide eyes, exaggerated expressions, and Tim stumbling about are topped only by him expelling his morsel of food perfectly and splashingly into someone's soup. The rest of the episode, with Tim making amends to Jill after a talk with Wilson and a son's social troubles, is standard Home Improvement fare. The restaurant scene is what justifies the show being called a comedy.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Debbie Dunning plays the character Kiki in this episode but later becomes the well-known Tool Time Girl Heidi.

    • In the restaurant scene, when the camera follows Tim as he walks past the table with his head down, you can see a mic at the top of the screen as the camera zooms in.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Tim: (about Barbara) I wasn't looking at her, I was looking past her.
      Karen: Yeah, right into her water bed.

    • Tim: What I did was just downright rude. It would be like burping in public.
      Jill: Well, you do that all the time.
      Tim: But not with other women!

    • Tim: You had a bad day, we all have bad days.
      Randy: There's a rumor going around that they're gonna make me a cheerleader.
      Tim: Oh, no. Well, if that happens, make sure you get on the top of the pyramid. You don't wanna be on the bottom of that thing.

    • (Tim gets caught looking at Barbara on Tool Time)
      Tim: That shot wasn't supposed to be on me, it was supposed to be on Al.
      Karen: Oh, so you only gawk at other women when Jill's not around?
      Tim: Yes. No!

    • Wilson: I want to take a vacation so I'm mentally projecting myself into a place I'd like to be.
      Tim: Hawaii?
      Wilson: No no no no, Tahiti. Hawaii's too crowded.

    • Jill: Then why were you looking at other women tonight?
      Tim: Why was I looking at other women tonight?
      Jill: Are you stalling?
      Tim: Am I STALLING?

    • Jill: He went into shock after staring at Bambi the land nymph.
      Tim: It was Kiki the land nymph!

    • Jill (to Tim): I'll bet you can't make it through our dinner tonight without checking out the babes.
      Karen: He'll be lucky to get past, "Taylor, table for two!"

  • NOTES (1)


    • Tim (about a faucet): Do you suppose if an ancient Egyptian king owned this, they would call it a "pharaoh faucet"?

      This is a play on the name of actress Farrah Fawcett who starred in "Charlie's Angels." Her blonde winged hairstyle was widely imitated. Tim also says the faucet would be married to, "Ryan O'Nile," a reference to Farrah's marriage to actor Ryan O'Neal.