How Home Improvement’s Tim “The Toolman” Taylor Returns

The new episode of Last Man Standing called “Dual Time” saw the comeback of Tim “The Toolman” Taylor from Home Improvement, with series star Tim Allen playing both roles with some visual effects magic. With Taylor meeting Allen’s other role Mike Baxter, it marked the first on-screen appearance of the popular sitcom character in over 20 years. So how did it all come together?

The crossover kicks off when Mike’s wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) hires a handyman from Binford to fix their broken garbage disposal. Mike himself is struggling with his latest vlog for his website, which is causing him to procrastinate on fixing the disposal himself; he refuses to hire someone else to do a man’s job, though his writer’s block is preventing him from doing it himself.

Just as he’s coming up with an idea that involves everyone being a “snowflake,” Vanessa reveals Binford’s owner decided to take the job himself because of how similar the two look. The guys bond over some playful ribbing, including Taylor’s trademark grunting that Mike finds annoying.

After a minor argument and a Home Improvement call back to the neighborly discussions with Wilson, the two find some common ground. Tim reveals

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