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Season 5 Episode 15

Tanks For The Memories

Aired Unknown Jan 30, 1996 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Tim and Jill play each other in a tank driving competition, and Jill wins. However, Tim doesn't congratulate her because he thinks she humiliated him.

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  • Not as good as others but it was still hilarious!

    This episode is about Time going to California to check out army tanks for Tool Time's military week. Jill wants to go, but Tim refuses her too, but ends up letting her go anyway. When driving the tanks, Jill excels, while Tim fails (hilariously) miserably. Tim refuses to congratulate her, but after talking to Wilson, he does. Meanwhile, the boys stay at Al's apartment on a carefree weekend, and play Al's soon-to-be-popular Tool Time game. My favorite parts were when Tim crashed into the golfcarts, when Tim was shown in a body cast in the Tool Time game, when Brad did Tim's grunt, and when all of the cards in the Tool Time game were just bad things that happened to Tim! Although I didn't like the plot, it was above average.

    FINAL GRADE: B-moreless
Vaughn Armstrong

Vaughn Armstrong

Lt. Colonel Hall

Guest Star

Tim Grimm

Tim Grimm

Lt. Colonel McDougal

Guest Star

Steven Petrarca

Steven Petrarca

John Conoven

Guest Star

Debbe Dunning

Debbe Dunning


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Although this episode was shown in the middle of the season, it's very obvious that it was shot at the beginning of the year, or possibly even at the end of Season 4. Jill's hair is clearly shorter, and Brad and Randy's hair is longer. Mark looks slightly younger, and all the kids' voices are a little different, too. For whatever reason, the episode was aired much later than it was filmed.

    • During the tank driving scene, a Marine asks Jill if her husband is out of his mind and she says, "Yes, sir, corporal sir." A corporal is an enlisted person; according to military protocol, only officers have to be addressed as "sir." This seems like something Jill should know, considering all the military knowledge she has.

    • Two episodes prior, the character of Randy had a haircut, and it was made apparant, leaving his hair cropped short. But in this episode it is back to shoulder length hair. Also Al has the broken crane he made on his shelf, which was broken by Tim in "Don't Tell Momma" and had been put up on a shelf in the new Tool Time set on the previous episode.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Randy: Hey, Dad, how come you didn't marry Al?
      Tim: Not that I didn't think about it. I just couldn't stand the thought of him bearing my children...

    • Tim: Jill and I both got to drive tanks.
      Wilson: Really?
      Tim: Yeah, and she had to act like a big shot by not driving through a sign, or shooting off the machine gun, or running over a couple of golf carts.

    • (After Tim drives a tank through a golf course)
      Jill: The important thing is that nobody got hurt. And now we know our country would win if we're ever invaded by enemy golf carts.

    • Jill: I've always loved tanks.
      Tim: What would one of these cost, out the door?
      Lt. Col. McDougal: 4.3 million. A little more if you want the CD player.

    • Mark: (picks up card and reads) Tim makes a bad joke about Al's mom. Audience boos. Lose a turn.
      Al: (laughs) Mother loves that card.

    • Tim: Uh, Bill, what are the chances of me driving that tank again?
      Lt. Colonel McDougal: Oh, about the same as Tool Time winning an Emmy.

    • Al: Excuse me, Colonel, but letting Tim drive a tank, well, that's jeopardizing national security.
      Tim: Let it go, Al, please.
      Lt. Colonel McDougal: Al, you've got nothing to worry about. We've got 10,000 Marines on the base to keep their eyes on Tim.
      Al: It's not enough.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode premiered in syndication before it premiered on ABC during the show's regular time slot.

      The episode was produced to kick off Home Improvement going into national syndication.


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