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To Build or Not to Build

Episode Number:047 / 2.23
Production Number:
Show Number:A348
Air Date:05 May 1993
Writer:Robert Zappia
Director:Andy Cadiff
Taping Date:


Mother's Day is coming up and Jill wants Tim and the boys to get her something from the heart so Tim makes the boys build her something. He makes the garage into "Man Central" and Randy tries to build a birdhouse but doesn't succeed. When Jill finds out, she gets mad at Tim because he doesn't understand how important Mother's Day should be. But he learns when he talks with Wilson and his mother. Instead of a birdhouse, Randy gives Jill a magic trick where he makes Tim disappear in a trunk. Unfortunately he can't get him out again so they all leave him and go to dinner.



Tim AllenasTim Taylor
Patricia RichardsonasJill Taylor
Earl HindmanasWilson
Zachery Ty BryanasBrad Taylor
Jonathan Taylor ThomasasRandy Taylor
Taran Noah SmithasMark Taylor
Richard KarnasAl Borland

Guest Cast

Pamela Denise AndersonasLisa
Mickey JonesasPete Bilker
Gary McGurkasDwayne Hoover
Casey SanderasRock Lannigan
Ann GuilbertasWilson's Mother


Producer Gayle S. Maffeo
Created byCarmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Matt Williams
Executive ProducersCarmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Matt Williams
Co-Executive Producer Maxine Lapiduss
Supervising Producer Billy Riback
Associate Producer Frank McKemy
Creative Consultant Elliot Shoenman
Executive Story Consultant Howard M. Gould
Executive Story EditorsSusan Estelle Jansen, Howard J. Morris
Executive Consultant Tim Allen
Director of Photography Donald A. Morgan
Production Designer David Sackeroff
EditorsAlex Gimenez, Marco Zappia
Associate Director Peter Filsinger
Stage Manager Shawn Shea
Original Music by Dan Foliart
Casting by Deborah Barylski, C.S.A.
Set Decorator Jeannie Gunn
Property Master Warren Shaffer
Script Supervisor Susan Straughn Harris
Production Coordinator Caterina Fiordellisi Nelli
CostumersNicole Gorsuch, Valerie Laven-Cooper
Make-up Wendy J. Weiss
Hair Stylist Maria Valdivia
Opening Design by Geoffrey Nelson
Post Production Supervisor Jim Praytor
Technical Director Chris Donovan
Audio Klaus Landsberg
Video Bob Kaufmann
Based on the Stand-Up Comedy of TIM ALLEN
© MCMXCIII Touchstone Pictures and Television. All rights reserved
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Touchstone Television
Distributed by Buena Vista International, Inc.

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