Mike Weber), Eileen Heckart (Elaine Jenkins), Tom Poston (Ted), Rodney Dangerfield (Himself), Alex Rocco (Irv Schmayman), Liz Vassey (Donna), Kari Coleman (Kathy), Polly Holliday (Lillian), George Coe (Parker), Al Fann (Felix), Josh Blake (Brett), Maitland Ward (Christy), Maggie Lawson (Samantha Hayes), Kristen Hooper (Gracie Taylor), Kaitlyn Hooper (Claire Taylor), Payne Stewart (Himself), T. Thyne (Todd), Justin Shenkarow (Matt), Kaj-Erik Eriksen (Brian), Bonnie Bartlett (Lucille Taylor), Thom Sharp (Jeff Taylor), Graham Jarvis (Delvin), Grant Hill (Himself), Megan Cavanagh (Trudy), Ken Bowersox (Himself), Joan Lunden (Barbara Canfield) Running Time: 554 Minutes (25 episodes) / Rating: TV-PG 1.33:1 Fullscreen (Original Broadcast Ratio) / Dolby Stereo 2.0 (English) Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; Closed Captioned Season 7 Airdates: September 23, 1997 - May 19, 1998 DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007; Clear Keepcase with cardboard slipcover Suggested Retail Price: .99; Three single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9) No television series can keep its creative juices flowing at full strength forever.This would seem especially true for a situation comedy that relied on archetypes, conventions, and successful traditions.Eldest son Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) becomes a dense soccer jock who begins experimenting with drugs while beginning to consider colleges.Original Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles _____ ______ ___________ ___________ ___________________________________________ Season 1 1. That point arrived in the 1997-98 season, when "Home Improvement" went from a great comedy to an okay one.In having revisited the show completely and chronologically over the past three years' worth of DVD releases, it seems quite easy to establish the show's seventh year on television as the site of a downfall start that has in recent years become known as "jumping the shark." Having devoted lots of attention to issues of marriage, parenting, workplace, and family over the course of the first six seasons' 150 episodes, "Home Improvement" opts to manufacture inorganic developments for its core characters in Season 7.Tim tells him to get his act together or he's out on his ass. I'm sorry, but is any of this supposed to be funny? After the show, Al tells Tim what's bugging him and his friend tells him he needs to get out more..places other than the Taylors' for dinner.
The three teenaged Taylor boys are each taken in new directions, despite little in their pasts to suggest such dramatic turns.
Jill has a job interview and tells Tim not to touch and wreck the dishwasher in the meantime.
Nevertheless he does, gets an electrical shock, and destroys the dishwasher, and as expected, Jill doesn't get the job.
Tim and Jill want to go out and have a romantic evening, but Jill can't find a babysitter, so she hires a magician, who messes up during a trick and locks himself in a trunk, leaving the kids on their own around the house.
During their romantic dinner, Tim is distracted by a Detroit Lions game, much to Jill's irritation, and he is forced to choose between his wife and the game.