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Season 4 Episode 11

Some Like It Hot Rod

Aired Unknown Dec 06, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Tim has a shot at getting his hot rod in an automotive magazine, Jill becomes busy and accidentally leaves it out in the snow.

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  • A great episode to show how characters really are.

    This episode importantly showed how Jill's character can be a great deal of the time - hypocritical. It was about how Jill is actually the one that screws up when she leaves Tim’s Hot Rod out in the snow. I know that it isn’t easy for anyone to openly acknowledge their own faults, but how could Jill assign the blame on Tim? It was clearly her fault for leaving the Hot Rod out in the snow. That scene wasn’t very funny to me, despite the audience’s reaction. Once again, it was Wilson who had to turn things around with his advice, or in the case of this episode, his listening skills. Scenes that were funny included how the boys reacted to Jill’s mistake, as Brad says “They say when to people have lived with each other for a long time, they start acting like each other.” Another funny scene was how Al bit a piece off of Tim’s sandwich after he fell asleep. Overall, it was another great episode.moreless
  • A complete twist of character!

    Tim has a shot at getting his hot rod in an automotive magazine, and leaves his hot rod in the garage, while Jill wants it out of the garage, because she is painting things for Mark's christmas pageant. She takes the car outside, and unknowingly to her, a blizzard comes and covers the hot rod with snow!

    The boys and Jill try to clean the snow off in time before Tim comes home, but were unsuccessful. Jill and Tim have yet another argument, but all comes to an understanding after Jill confides with Wilson. She in the middle of the night blow-dries the car, which surprises Tim. They make up and there is another happy ending.

    It is funny how for once, Jill messed up on something, and Tim didn't! A complete twist of character, which is very original!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • While Mark and his friends are rehearsing "The Little Drummer Boy," Tim makes a joke that "The Little Engine Boy" is his favorite Christmas carol, and he, Brad, and Randy sing "Vroom-vroom-vroom-vroom-vroom" to the tune of "Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum". If you look closely at Brad, you will notice that he starts singing a split second early, then stops briefly before singing along with Tim and Randy.

    • Goof: When Brad and Randy come in from their hockey game, Jill is painting the door on the sets for Mark's school pageant. The amount of red paint on the door changes between shots, specifically when Jill suddenly realizes she left the hot rod out in the snow.

    • When Al and Tim are in the kitchen, Al gets a small amount of water in a glass. When the scene changes, he suddenly has a full glass.

    • It is never explained how Jill and the boys got the hot rod back into the garage while it was filled with snow.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mark: (practicing "Little Drummer Boy" with Jill and his friends) Come, they told me...
      Boys: Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum.
      Tim: (walks in and interrupts) Honey, I have great news! Oh. Sorry. Sorry.
      Jill: No, that's okay. Really. Boys, you wanna take a break?
      Boys: Yeah. Cool! (they leave)
      Jill: I need aspirin, and I need it now!

    • Mark: (singing "Little Drummer Boy") A newborn king to see...
      Boys: Ba-bum-bum-bum-bum.
      Jill: No, guys, guys, you can't sing "Ba-bum-bum-bum-bum." It's "Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum." "Ba-bum-bum-bum-bum" just doesn't make any sense.
      Boy #1: What's the difference?
      Jill: Well, the difference is, if you sing "Ba-bum-bum-bum-bum" instead of "Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum," everyone will think you're da-da-da-da-dumb.

    • Al: (after seeing Tim wrote "Al's a gal" on the outside wall of the studio) Why are you calling me a gal?
      Tim: Because it rhymes with Al. And I couldn't remember if "weenie" ended in a "y" or an "ie".

    • Jill: You know, these kids have got to learn that Christmas is not just all about fun.
      Tim: You taught me. I'm sure you could teach them.

    • (After Jill stays up all night to dry the hot rod)
      Tim: This is the greatest gift you've ever given me.
      Jill: I gave you three children.
      Tim: Yeah, but none of them came out this clean.

    • Al: I am sick of being embarrassed all the time!
      Tim: Check your fly . . . gotcha again!

    • Randy (suggesting how to dry the hot rod): Why don't you just throw it in the dryer and set it on "auto"?

    • Jill (about her fourth grade Christmas pageant): I had the audience eating out of my hand, until I threw up all over the Three Wise Men.

    • (After Jill leaves the hot rod outside to get covered with snow)
      Jill: How could I have done something so stupid?
      Brad: Well, you know, they say when two people have been married for a long time, they start acting like each other.
      Jill: You're not helping, Brad.

    • Wilson: I'm sure you leaving the car out was just an accident.
      Jill: Yeah, but you know what Freud said about that, there are no accidents?
      Wilson: Well, obviously Freud never saw Tool Time.

    • (After Tim finds out that Jill left his hot rod outside to get covered in snow)
      Tim: There's no excuse for this. Why don't you just admit that you screwed up?
      Jill: I think that you could be a little bit more understanding. I mean, it's not like this was my fault.
      Tim: Whose fault was this?
      Jill: Yours.
      Tim:(annoyed) HELLO!
      Jill: Hey, if you had moved the hot rod out of the garage as I asked you to, then-then you would've remembered to put the cover on.
      Tim: This is unbelievable! Did I blame you when I dropped a beam on your car?!
      Jill: Yes, you did!
      Tim: And you remember how LAME that was?!
      Jill: Yes, I do!
      Tim: I worked on this car for three years, and you set it outside like some stray cat! This is like a member of the family to me!
      Jill: Now you wait a minute! You just wait a minute! Every single thing that I have ever owned you've managed to puncture, singe, pulverize, crack, crush, melt, or explode.(Tearfully) And every single time, I have managed to come up with the compassion to forgive you. But the one time that something like this happens, do you have the same compassion to forgive me? No. Thank you so much!
      Tim: Honey, I...
      (Jill storms out of the garage before Tim realizes something)
      Tim:(Annoyed) Wait a minute! You are really good! (Calls out to Jill) You screw up, and I'm getting yelled at! You are really, really good!

  • NOTES (1)

    • When the men from K&B Construction appear on Tool Time, the music used to introduce them is the "Ratchet Rhapsody" the construction crew played during the episode "Stereo-Typical."


    • Tim (sarcastically): Why don't we all get together this weekend and watch Terms of Endearment?

      Jill and Al are talking about mother-and-child relationships, which is what the 1983 movie is about. It stars Shirley Maclaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson. Although it is a popular drama, it is definitely not Tim's preferred type of movie.

    • Some Like It Hot was a movie starring Marilyn Monroe and also a very popular nursery rhyme for young children and also the name of a 1985 song by The Power Station.