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Season 4 Episode 12

'Twas the Night Before Chaos

Aired Unknown Dec 13, 1994 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

'Twas the Night Before Chaos
Marty and his wife and kids, and Jill's parents come to visit and Tim and Jill try to solve their marital problems. Tim tries to beat Doc Johnson in the Christmas lighting contest.

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  • Christmas Review #75

    Marty and his wife and kids, and Jill's parents come to visit and Tim and Jill try to solve their marital problems. Tim tries to beat Doc Johnson in the Christmas lighting contest. I thought that this was a great Christmas episode of "Home Improvement". While it's nowhere near as good or funny as the other Christmas episodes... it is still great to watch. My biggest issue with this episode that did lower my score was how annoying Jill's parents were in this episode... the most annoying was definitely Jill's father though. But yeah, this episode was funny in some parts but not really a huge laugh out loud thing for me. We get some great lines by Tim... Marty (Tim's brother) was pretty funny as well. Overall, a great Christmas episode of "Home Improvement" but it could have been better. 8/10moreless
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Guest Star

M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh

The Colonel

Guest Star

Debbe Dunning

Debbe Dunning


Recurring Role

William O'Leary

William O'Leary


Recurring Role

Polly Holliday

Polly Holliday


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Jill's parents arrive early in the episode, notice how Brad, Randy, and Mark come running downstairs to greet them. All three of the boys hug their grandparents very awkwardly, barely touching them or making eye contact - which suggests that perhaps the scene had to be shot multiple times in a row.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fred: You know? This is just like you. The second we walk through the door, you stick your nose in the middle of our business!
      Jill: Now wait a second. I've been trying to stay out of this. The second you walked through the door, you two started arguing.
      Fred: That's not true. We starting arguing in Texas!
      Jill: Well, it's 2000 miles! You could've finished by Missouri!

    • Jill: (because Marty and Nancy's babies are at the house) Tim, will you please set the high chair up for lunch?
      Tim: I'll just eat at the counter.
      Jill: Oh, it is so great to have babies in the house again!
      Tim: Yeah. There's nothing like a little projectile vomit to brighten up the holidays.

    • Randy: Come on, Mark. Get out of there. I gotta go really bad!
      Jill: Why don't you use your bathroom?
      Randy: I can't. Aunt Nancy's in there giving the babies a bath.
      Jill: So use ours.
      Randy: Uncle Marty's in there, and he brought five hot rod magazines with him.

    • Randy: So, what did you get me for Christmas?
      Brad: Why?
      Randy: Because I want to know if I got you the same thing you got me.
      Brad: I didn't get you anything.
      Randy: Same thing I got you!

    • Colonel: Those sticky buns are for breakfast tomorrow. You guys aren't sneaking any, are you?
      Brad: No.
      Colonel: Why not? Nobody's looking! (grabs one)

    • Jill: (about her parents) This is not their usual bickering. You know, it seems like they're really unhappy.
      Tim: Well, of course they are. They've been married 42 years!

    • Lillian: Now, don't worry, Jill. You can go back on your diet after Christmas.
      Jill: I'm not on a diet, Mom.
      Lillian: Oh. Oh. Then you don't have to worry at all...

  • NOTES (5)


    • In this episode, Tim says that his father-in-law never calls him by name; he just says "Hey, you." Similarly, in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, a show that was also about a married couple with three kids, the title character never called his mother-in-law by name, either. Instead, he always said "Hey, you."

    • The episode title "Twas the Night Before Chaos" refers to the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore called "Twas the Night Before Christmas".