Tim Allen pays tribute to Home Improvement character Wilson in Last Man Standing sneak peek

Tim Allen will honor a beloved character from his ’90s sitcom Home Improvement during the special Last Man Standing crossover episode airing Thursday night on Fox.

In the episode, titled “Dual Time,” Mike Baxter (Allen) has a tete-a-tete with Tim Taylor (also played by Allen), a home repairman who could be his twin. The Tool Man brings up Wilson, his former neighbor who only showed half his face peeking above the wooden fence that divided their properties during their many backyard conversations.

Wilson was portrayed by Earl Hindman across 202 Home Improvement episodes that aired between 1991 and 1999. The actor died of lung cancer in 2003, at 61.



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In the exclusive clip above, Mike asks Tim, “Who was Wilson?”

“One of my neighbors, actually,” Tim replies. “For many, many years, I shared a lot of stuff with him. He passed away.” He later adds, “I miss Wilson. I miss a lot of stuff.”

Allen tells EW of the tribute, “Earl meant the world to me and everyone at Home Improvement. It was an organic moment to settle on, both on the set and in our hearts.”

Fox announced in October that

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Watch Tim Allen Pay Tribute to ‘Home Improvement’s Wilson

In a crossover that officially created the Tim Allen Cinematic Universe, Allen reprised his role as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from his ’90s sitcom Home Improvement on his current (and now concluding) series Last Man Standing. The meeting of the Tims Allen was first revealed a few weeks back, but with the episode’s premiere taking place this week, there are new clips from the show.

They include a moment between Tim and Allen’s Mike Bond that became an impromptu tribute to Wilson, Tim Taylor’s wise neighbor from Home Improvement. Wilson’s gag throughout that show was that he mostly appeared from behind his fence, with just the top half of his head visible. When Mike opens a utility box, he inadvertently looks like Wilson, prompting a conversation about him where Tim reveals he passed away. (Earl Hindman, the actor who played Wilson on all eight seasons of Home Improvement, died in 2003, four years after the show went off the air.)

The scene also includes a joke about Tom Hanks, Allen’s co-star in the Toy Story series. Watch it below:

Fox also posted another scene featuring Tim and Mike interacting in his kitchen, where their remarkable physical similarity is

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Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement’s Wilson on ‘Last Man Standing’ [Video]

A Home Improvement update! During the Thursday, January 7, episode of Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) hires a handyman to come fix the garbage disposal. Enter Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (also Allen), who no longer hosts a TV show but now works for Binford Tools and is in Colorado for business. When he heard that there was a man in town who resembled him, he had to respond to the call.

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“I had this TV show for eight years called Tool Time. They called me ‘The Toolman,’” Tim says to Mike during the episode before doing that famous grunt. “It was kind of my thing.” Mike then responds that the grunt is “a little annoying.”

Later in the episode, Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), tells her husband about her talk with Tim. “It turns out he has three grown kids, only boys. He’s smart, he’s funny,” she says. “You guys are a lot alike.”

Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement's Wilson on 'Last Man Standing'
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Although Tim calls for “more power” — another Home Improvement nod — he ends up blowing up Mike’s disposal. When he comes

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Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement’s Wilson on ‘Last Man Standing’

A Home Improvement update! During the Thursday, January 7, episode of Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) hires a handyman to come fix the garbage disposal. Enter Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (also Allen), who no longer hosts a TV show but now works for Binford Tools and is in Colorado for business. When he heard that there was a man in town who resembled him, he had to respond to the call.

“I had this TV show for eight years called Tool Time. They called me ‘The Toolman,’” Tim says to Mike during the episode before doing that famous grunt. “It was kind of my thing.” Mike then responds that the grunt is “a little annoying.”

Later in the episode, Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), tells her husband about her talk with Tim. “It turns out he has three grown kids, only boys. He’s smart, he’s funny,” she says. “You guys are a lot alike.”

Tim Allen Honors Home Improvement's Wilson on 'Last Man Standing'
Tim Allen in Last Man Standing Fox

Although Tim calls for “more power” — another Home Improvement nod — he ends up blowing up Mike’s disposal. When he comes over to apologize, Mike is outside, standing behind a

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