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Episode: 177 | Aired: September 22, 1998

Jill takes Tim, Wilson, Al, and Heidi on a surprise river rafting trip for Tim's birthday, but he wanted to relax that day. Meanwhile, Brad and Mark try to get a grape soda stain out of the couch.


Episode: 178 | Aired: September 29, 1998

When Randy is unexpectedly accepted into a year long environmental study program in Costa Rica, Tim and Jill find it difficult in letting go. Meanwhile, on Tool Time, auditions are held for a song lyric contest for the Tool Time theme.

All in the Family

Episode: 179 | Aired: October 06, 1998

Tim and Jill's plans to spend some time together are interrupted when Tim's brother and Jill's sister announce that they are an item.

Taylor Got Game

Episode: 180 | Aired: October 13, 1998

While Brad studies for his SAT's, a friend of Wilson's offers him the chance to play professional international soccer in Europe.

Al's Fair Lady

Episode: 181 | Aired: October 20, 1998

Jill is concerned when Al's new rich girlfriend keeps buying him extravagant gifts in order to keep him in the relationship.


Episode: 182 | Aired: October 27, 1998

At a Halloween party Tim encourages Wilson to break up with his girlfriend, who claims to be a witch. But, after he dumps her he mysteriously disappears. Tim blames the witch but when the police arrive Tim is accused of Wilson's disappearance.

No-So-Great Scott

Episode: 183 | Aired: November 03, 1998

When Tim overhears Jill saying that one of her patients is having an affair with Heidi's husband, Tim has trouble keeping it from Heidi.

Tim's First Car

Episode: 184 | Aired: November 10, 1998

When Tim's first car is destoyed before his eyes in a junkyard, Jill decides to find him a replica of it. Meanwhile, Mark helps Brad make a video for his college applications.

Mr. Likable

Episode: 185 | Aired: November 17, 1998

Tim becomes unhappy when Al stars in a TV movie with Morgan Fairchild. Meanwhile, Mark tries to get the affection of the most beautiful girl in his class by listening to her talk about her problems.

Thanks, But No Thanks

Episode: 186 | Aired: November 24, 1998

Tim invites his brother Marty and his twins to live with him when he discovers that Marty and his wife Nancy are separated.

Home For The Holidays

Episode: 187 | Aired: December 08, 1998

Randy returns from Costa Rica for Christmas only to discover the changes that have taken place in his absence and that life has gone on without him.

Ploys for Tots

Episode: 188 | Aired: December 15, 1998

Tim and Jill try to teach Marty the best way to parent when one of the twins keeps throwing tantrums to get her own way.

Chop Shop 'Til You Drop

Episode: 189 | Aired: January 05, 1999

When Brad finally gets his first car he spends virtually every moment with it until it is stolen and stripped for parts. Tim becomes obsessed with proving who stole it, so he and Al go undercover at a salvage place to find the thieves.

Home Alone

Episode: 190 | Aired: January 19, 1999

Tim gets preoccupied when he is left alone to write his book.

Knee Deep

Episode: 191 | Aired: February 02, 1999

Brad blames Tim for possibly ruining his soccer career when he injures his knee after tripping over a rolled-up carpet during a Tool Time shoot at the house. The magicians Penn & Teller appear on Tool Time.

Mark's Big Break

Episode: 192 | Aired: February 09, 1999

Tim commissions Mark to make a video to celebrate the completion of his hot rod. When Tim is disappointed with the result, Mark films a new version - with a dance number set to "Greased Lightning."

Young at Heart

Episode: 193 | Aired: February 16, 1999

Jill is angry when Tim spends too much time with his new female mechanic near their anniversary.

Love's Labor Lost (1)

Episode: 194 | Aired: February 23, 1999

Plans for a ski trip are put on hold when Jill needs an emergency hysterectomy. Tim helps her face the situation, but becomes frightened when complications arise during surgery.

Love's Labor Lost (2)

Episode: 195 | Aired: March 02, 1999

Tim waits for news on Jill's surgery. Jill will be fine, although she had to have her ovaries completely removed, not partially as was first thought. Jill's mother comes to visit to help with her daughter's care and with her mood swings.


Episode: 196 | Aired: March 16, 1999

Tim and Wilson's friendship is tested when Wilson wins $10,000 and decides to build an elaborate greenhouse in his backyard - which blocks the Taylor family's view.

A Hardware Habit to Break

Episode: 197 | Aired: March 30, 1999

Harry announces that he is retiring and selling the hardware store. Tim organizes a fundraising party for the store, but ends up buying it himself. But when the customers dry up, Tim begins to wonder what he is doing wrong.

Loose Lips and Freudian Slips

Episode: 198 | Aired: May 04, 1999

Jill's thesis is before the committee. During Mark's student film viewing, Jill's psychology professor sees Jill criticize him and Jill is worried that this will affect the thesis committee's decision.


Episode: 199 | Aired: May 11, 1999

Troubles brew on Tool Time when Bud mandates that no non-Binford products are to be used on the show. Brad has to decide whether or not to play soccer earlier than he is scheduled to when he has an opportunity to play in front of a UCLA scout.

The Long and Winding Road (1)

Episode: 201 | Aired: May 18, 1999

Tool Time's new producer, Morgan, stages a Jerry Springer style fight on the show. When he refuses to stop degrading the show, Tim quits. Jill's psychology professor offers her a great job - in Indiana.

Dead Weight

Episode: 200 | Aired: May 18, 1999

Tool Time continues to be a "jewel" despite the continued excess presence of the Binford name. Things rapidly turn sad when Al decides to take his mother out to dinner to tell her he's going to get married... and she has a heart attack and dies.

The Long and Winding Road (2)

Episode: 202 | Aired: May 25, 1999

As Tim and the Boys drive to school, they reminise about some of the memories they have over the past eight years.

The Long and Winding Road (3)

Episode: 203 | Aired: May 25, 1999

Tim records his finale Tool Time, with a host of guests - and a pregnant Heidi. Morgan offers Tim more money and an executive producer credit to stay with the show, but Tim rejects his offer. Jill makes a decision about the Indiana job offer. Wilson and Tim take down their fence to make more room for Al and Trudy's wedding. Harry and Delores return for the happy occasion, while Benny, Marty and Jeff bet on the outcome. The Taylor's decide to go to Indiana, taking their house with them in the ultimate home project - or is it just a figment of Tim's imagination?