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Jill Taylor

Jill

Full Name
Jillian Taylor (née Patterson)
Family
Colonel Fred Patterson (Father, deceased)
Lillian Patterson (Mother)
Linda (Sister)
Tracy (Sister)
Carrie (Sister)
Robin (Sister)
Katie (Sister)
Carol (Sister)
Tim Taylor (Husband)
Brad Taylor (Eldest Son)
Randy Taylor (Second Son)
Mark Taylor (Youngest Son)
Michael Taylor (Father in Law, deceased)
Lucille Taylor (Mother in Law)
Jeff Taylor (Brother in Law)
Marty Taylor (Brother in Law)Rick Taylor (Brother in Law)
John Taylor (Brother in Law)
Steve Taylor (Brother in Law)
Brian Taylor (Brother in Law)
Danny Taylor (Brother in Law)
Gracie and Claire Taylor (Twin Nieces)
First Appearance
Last Appearance
Actor


Jillian "Jill" Taylor (née Patterson) is a played by Patricia Richardson. Jill is Tim Taylor's wife. Jill helps Tim raise their three sons (Brad, Randy, and Mark).

Tim and Jill Fighting

Jill fighting Tim. She's mad and ready to do some hurting.

BackgroundEdit

Jill was born to Coloniel Fred Patterson and Lillian Patterson. Due to her father being in the Army, Jill and her sisters (Linda, Tracy, Carrie, and Robin, also two other sisters Katie and Carol mentioned) grew up without a grounded family life. Jill and her siblings appear together in "Jill and Her Sisters" and "Taps".

Jill and Robin were close as kids, but grew apart at adulthood and caused them to have trouble getting along due to mutual jealousy.

PersonalityEdit

It is established early in the series that Jill serves as the voice of reason for her husband and children. Jill is known for her common sense, but is also in-tune with her emotions. Jill loves sophisticated art forms such as ballet and opera. Throughout the series, Jill has been shown to be bossy and demanding, leading her into millions of arguements with Tim. However, sometimes she realizes her Type A-ish attitude and apologizes to Tim (though he apologizes most of the time due to his narrow-minded complexion.)

Sometimes, Jill can be extremely scary and aggressive when she's angry. She has insane strength for a woman and she was able to give Tim a black eye and knock him out cold with one punch to the face.  

Jill also has a passion for cars-a Chevy-Nomand which Tim accidently crushed with a 3 ton I beam ["Don't Tell Mama"] and a Austin-Healy which Tim drove without her permission. 

College and careerEdit

Throughout the course of the series, Jill progresses from being a fairly typical housewife to a career-focused working woman. Early in the series, Jill frequently has problems finding employment; in the pilot episode of the series, she laments to Tim about how she was passed over for a job interview. However, Jill ultimately goes back to school, majoring in the Psychology field.

PoliticsEdit

Jill's feminism is emphasized throughout the series, especially in its latter seasons. She and Tim would sometimes argue about a man and woman's "place" in the household. Despite Tim's frequent reluctance to understand Jill's point of view, he usually tries to compromise with her.

It is also revealed in "Taps" that Jill is a Democrat. In other episodes, Jill mentions attending protest rallies as a young woman without her father's knowledge. However, being the daughter of an Army father has influenced her personality somewhat. For example, in "Tanks for the Memories", she exhibits great skill in driving a tank.

Running gagsEdit

  • Her cooking talent, or lack thereof.
  • Whenever she addresses her husband or sons by their full name, it is a sure sign they are in trouble.
  • Whenever Tim wants to make changes to an appliance, Jill refuses to let him, but always eventually gives in (except in the pilot, where he rewires the dishwasher even after she explicitly said no, with disastrous results).
  • Tim occasionally makes fun of her (on his Tool Time show, he jokes about her tendency to drool while asleep).
  • Jill being an enthusiastic (albeit unsuccessful) matchmaker.
  • Jill being more logical and perceptive than Tim.
  • Her rocky relationhip with her father, as well as with her mother.
  • Her unsuccessful attempts at getting her Ph.D.
  • Jill seems to be extremely powerful for a woman, as she was able to give her husband a black eye and knock him out cold with one punch.
  • Whenever Tim does or says something especially stupid, even for him, she always says "You're pathetic", or some variation. In one episode, she calls him pathetic several times in a row. He then asks to confirm what he is, to which she simply responds "Pathetic".
  • Getting angry with Tim=such as when he calls her an Old Hen on his TV show; or when he spent $4,000 on game tickets; or when he messed around with her cars.

Skills and AbilitiesEdit

  • Expert Boxer: After starting boxing, Jill has become proficient enough in the sport to fight even the strongest opponents.
    • Jill has a powerful right hook
      • She was able to knock out Tim with it and give him a black eye.
  • Superhuman Strength: Jill has developed an extremely well toned body after doing boxing for a long time and is strong enough to lift over 1,000 lbs, a weight which even the strongest men would find impossible to lift, knock out men and give them a huge black eye with a single punch, and break large sandbags with her bare fists.
  • Extremely Aggressive: Jill is naturally aggressive and finds peace taking out her rage and anger via boxing.  She usually spends her time punching sandbags in the garage to vent her anger and frustration that are usually caused by Tim's idiocy.  She almost always breaks the sandbags every time she uses them so Tim has to replace them constantly, for fear that Jill might start using him to vent out her anger instead.
  • Jill is capable of  fighting men much larger than her.  Most of the time, men are afraid to fight her because of her powerful punches, which they don't wish to experience themselves.  Those who are foolish enough to fight her are left in a world of pain after she's beaten them black and blue.
Jill Boxing

Jill boxing. Don't mess with her, or she'll knock you out!

Jill Taylor

Jill's serious look. Don't make her angry!


  • Jill has shown to be knowledgeable about random topics.
  • Jill has a surprising amount of physical strength as she was able to land a powerful knockout punch on Tim's face, giving him a painful black eye.
  • Jill might have some natural boxing talent.

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