Back in the ’90s, Tim Allen was the ultimate sitcom dad, playing Tim “The Toolman” Taylor in the iconic TV show Home Improvement. Airing for eight seasons, the ABC show starred Allen as the perennial handyman and host of Tool Time, Patricia Richardson as Tim’s wife, Jill Taylor, and Richard Karn as Tim’s friend and co-host, Al Borland.
There are countless memorable episodes of Home Improvement, but if you’re a big fan of some solid American muscle, one of your favorites is probably Chop Shop ‘Til You Drop.
With an air date of January 5, 1999, the episode centers around Tim buying a 1988 Ford Mustang GT for his oldest son, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan). After some unsuccessful negotiating on the part of Tim, the father of three eventually buys the car from a lady named Thelma McCready for a few thousand bucks. Then, everyone’s happy, the credits roll, and Brad rides off into the sunset, right? Not so fast!
It wouldn’t be a true Home Improvement episode without a little bit of conflict, so right after Tim seals the deal on the ‘Stang, it ends up getting stolen and stripped.
Here’s the official synopsis of the episode, according to Home Improvement‘s Fandom page:
Tim and Jill buy Brad a car, which is done on Tool Time where Al drops boysenberry jelly on the manifold. However, when it is stolen and stripped for parts, Tim and Al go undercover to catch the thieves, by finding the berry stain Al made.
If you want to watch the episode in its entirety, laugh track and all, you can check it out in the video below. Thank god for YouTube!
If that episode made you feel nostalgic for some more Tim Taylor shenanigans, you can also buy full seasons of Home Improvement on Amazon. Why not start with Season 1?!