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Home Improvement: Backstage Pass

828. Backstage Pass

Aired May 25, 1999

The cast of Home Improvement share their memories as they say goodbye. [BEHIND-THE-SCENES]

Quote from Tim

Tim Allen: For a show like this to be successful, everyone has to have a... A role, like on deck. I was the man that kept the boat on course, straight and narrow, always heading towards the sun.

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Quote from Jill

Patricia Richardson: Tim's acting style is somewhere between De Niro and Larry Storch, with a Yanni-like quality.

Quote from Tim

Tim Allen: I'm like a second father to the boys, you know? I used to bounce them on my knee, you know, wipe their noses...
Taran Smith: He really taught us all the important things in life. Grunting, burping...
Tim Allen: Proper spit technique. How to hock a loogie.
Zachary Ty Bryan: We'd play games. He would read us stories. He would sew us little outfits.
Patricia Richardson: Ha!
Zachary Ty Bryan: I'm gonna miss that.

Quote from Tim

Tim Allen: For the boys' benefit, because they're young actors, I would blow a line. It makes them more comfortable.

Quote from Brad

Zachary Ty Bryan: Growing up as a kid, all you want is a little discipline. Tim never really gave us that.

Quote from Jill

Patricia Richardson: Tim, he has some other methods of release.
Taran Smith: You know, he really is a fabulous dancer.
Tim Allen: I don't know who the hell ever said that, 'cause it's not true.
Patricia Richardson: He's just in denial about it.

Quote from Wilson

Tim Allen: Wilson and I were very close. It was like father-son, brothers... But there was something that always came between us, and I couldn't put... I can't put my finger on it. Something always was there.
Earl Hindman: It was a fence, Tim.
Tim Allen: Yes!
Earl Hindman: Two men separated only by wood. It was comfortable. It was easy. It flowed.

Quote from Tim

Tim Allen: I never liked the fence. I mean, I think it was a shame to hide his face. He had a very delicate philtrum. And in the right light, it was very attractive.

Quote from Wilson

Earl Hindman: Well, I like to think that Wilson was a faceless representation of pure intellect and raw reason. Or maybe it was just a gimmick.

Quote from Tim

[outtake:]
Tim: We're supposed to be in the yard, right?
Wilson: Right.
Tim: You can hear people.
Wilson: I don't hear anything.
Tim: [blows raspberry] [audience laughs]
Wilson: What in the hell is that? What could it be? It sounds like a lot of people, too.
Tim: A lot of people, somewhere.
Wilson: Right.
Tim: Now, there's a fence here.
Wilson: And there's a little alley. And it used to be very quiet little townhouses over there. Over there.
Tim: There's the park. The McGerns are here.
Wilson: There's crowds and crowds of people .
Tim: Now wait a minute. [blows raspberry] Where do you suppose they are?
Wilson: I don't know. What I'd like to know is... I wonder who they are.

Quote from Al

Tim Allen: Richard Karn, great guy. Overcame all the odds. Think of one other funny guy that became famous in plaid.
Richard Karn: You know, after eight years, Tool Time was like a well-oiled machine. Many different parts working together in harmony.

Quote from Al

Richard Karn: It was a lot of fun. We were a great team, like Starsky and Hutch. Or Steve and Eydie, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. And the motorcycle guys, you know, with the tight pants and the tall boots. Those guys.

Quote from Heidi

Debbe Dunning: My role as the Tool Time girl gave me a unique opportunity to stretch as an actress. To take one line, seven little words, and to hone them, to make them my own. You know, not many people get that opportunity. I was very lucky.

Quote from Al

Richard Karn: Well, working with Tim was like sitting at the kids' table at Thanksgiving, every day.

Quote from Tim

Tim Allen: Well, I can do this 'cause it's the end of the show. I am a thespian, trapped in a man's body. I'm comfortable with that.

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