Mark is signing The First Noel at church. He and the other kids have to wear robes with letters that spell out N-O-E-L. Mark is the N and he thinks his robe “looks geeky.” Meanwhile, Brad wants to skip-out on Christmas with his family, so he can go skiing with a friend from school. (Brad was always the shittiest kid in this family).
When it’s time to go to church and see Mark sing on Christmas Eve, Brad is too busy sulking to come along just because his mom wants “the whole stupid family” to spend Christmas together. (Literally. The shittiest.)
The family leaves Brad at home, rather than forcing him to come along and have him throw a fit all night. When Tim comes home to check on him, he finds Brad trying to sneak out of the house with his skis. He doesn’t want to miss out on the trip because there will be a lot of people there that he wants to hang out with.
“Christmas is not about being with people you like. It’s about being with your family,” words of wisdom from Tim, the Tool Man, Taylor. But then things get real. Tim tells Brad that he’s not going to be a kid forever. One day he’ll have his own family and never make it home for Christmas, just like Tim and Jill never spend Christmas with their parents. Plus, Tim’s days are numbered since he lives dangerously on the set of Tool Time.
So finally it’s time for Mark’s big debut as the N. But the kids line up backwards, so it looks like they’re singing about some guy named Leon. Oh hey and do you recognize the kid playing the L? It’s Michelle Tanner’s friend Derek from Full House! Of course, Brad shows up mid-song and it’s a joyous occasion.
Very Special Holiday Lesson: Don’t ditch your family on Christmas, even if there’s a cool trip involved.
4 thoughts on “Home Improvement: Twas the Blight Before Christmas”
Even though he kind of redeemed himself, Brad is still the shittiest. Just…he’s just so shitty.
Seriously. I almost feel bad for this actor. Randy is funny and Mark is sweet and then there’s just this other shit kid.
And that rat-tail, samurai haircut in the later years completely ruined whatever street cred he had.
There was also a period of slicked-back, bad Zack Morris hair. Like honestly maybe the production crew hated Zachary Ty Bryan and wanted to make him suffer.