Post by jamesottosweetheart on Jan 4, 2021 3:10:15 GMT
Tonight's season nine opener was okay, but what I would like to know is why the show has been written the way that its been written now. How far into the future is it supposed to be now? Because the pandemic on the show is now being referred to as a thing of the past, how did things go for the Out Door Man Grill restaurant since that is Kristyn's business? Is the pot shop that Ryan was put in charge of still going strong? Kyle at the end says that he is on his way to teach a Bible class. How close is he to becoming a full fledged preacher? What is Eve, Jenn, and Boyd supposed to be doing now?
I thought it was a good season opener as well. I guess they knew by the time they filmed this who'd be stealing the election which is why in their reality the pandemic drags on for 3 years. (Surprised it wasn't longer). The vlog had the obligatory Santa Claus reference for the year, and that was a cute way to introduce Mandy's little girl.
The Ed/Chuck storyline was clever, but one thing really bothered me. Ed said, "I live in (description of huge home)" Didn't he marry Vanessa's mom last year? What happened to her? Death? Divorce? Or worse, they forgot about her? Even in the early chatroom scene, Ed was all alone.
I guess they'll be recasting Boyd again now. We didn't see either of Kristin and Ryan's kids this week as I recall. Will we see Jay Leno again this year? (I hope so.) Sad that this will be the last season, but the show had a great run.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Jan 9, 2021 0:27:34 GMT
I am only just now seeing last night's show through the FOX website. Because my days start really early in the morning, I fell asleep early last night which is the big reason why I wish that this show was on earlier in the night. If my memory serves me well enough, Home Improvement was on at 8:30 PM when it first got started in 1991.
Anyway, the show that Tim did on there named Tool Time went for ten years and not eight like he said during last night's show. When Tim quit Tool Time during the Home Improvement series finale, he said to Jill at one point that Tool Time was ten years of his life and that he loved the show. The scene where Wilson was being remembered last night was sweet. As "Tim" was leaving, It looked like tears were getting ready to appear in Mike's eyes as the scene was wrapping up there. I love how we got to hear one more grunt at the end of Mike's video clip.
God bless you and Tim and the remaining members of his two cast families always!!!
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Jan 15, 2021 23:10:11 GMT
I saw last night's show just a little bit ago at the FOX website. The Ryan and Kristyn story line was good stuff. What Ryan said to Mike about those who have lost so much due to the pandemic couldn't have been more true, but what Vanessa said to Kristyn was true too. Communication has to have a good enough presence in a marriage or there won't be much of a marriage to speak of.
The big story of the night wasn’t all that big for me. I was never a fan of Home Improvement. The couple of times I watched it, Tim Taylor was just an idiot kept in check by his intelligent wife. Mike Baxter on the other hand is a smart guy to begin with, which is why I like this show. Sure enough, Tim goofs up the garbage disposal repair, firing a carrot into the ceiling and then starting to smoke. I appreciated more the clever reference to the famous bit where Tim would talk to the neighbor and you only saw the upper half of his face. The storyline was amusing. What they can do with two people playing two different roles these days is amazing. I saw the two shake hands casually.
The theme of the episode was giving other people and things a second look. Kyle and Ryan dismiss their wives’ show “League of Super Ladies” only to find that their beloved hero Bill Lamp once wrote for the show. (Loved the gag that his pen name was Bill Chandelier.) Of course, if these guys were such experts on Bill Lamp, why didn’t they know that already? Meanwhile, Mike thinks very little of Tim Taylor, but later finds his old vlogs are actually pretty good and encourages him to return to doing them. He concludes with his own Vlog talking about people doing successful things at older ages. Hey, maybe there’s hope for me still. Overall, a good episode.
Notes: Ed once again never mentions having a wife. No sign of Boyd or Jay Leno. No political references except for the brief whiny liberal comment.
“High on the Corporate Ladder” Another cute episode. My favorite part was watching Mandy itch and squirm in her Shakespearean outfit. It starts out subtle and gets crazier and crazier. Toward the end, you can see her in the background scratching herself against a post, while a co-worker right behind her looks on in disbelief. Funny stuff. The whole story was a little silly to be sure, but I liked the positive attitude that even though Ed and Chuck pranked them, they appreciated that what Kyle and Mandy were trying to do was out of genuine love and concern.
Meanwhile, the other story was about Mike not wanting to be mentor to Ryan and passing him off onto someone else – only to regret it. It’s really a story about accepting that people change as they grow older and finding a way to adjust to it. Funny bit with Vanessa and Kristin and the bottle of wine. Nice comic timing on the whole scene.
Still no sign of Boyd (he’s mentioned) or Jay Leno. Ed still hasn’t mentioned his wife; did she die of Covid or something? I notice Jen’s name is still in the credits, but we haven’t seen her yet either. But I see next week’s episode is titled “Jen Again,” so...
Jen Again It was like a half-serious, half-funny night tonight. Jen returns, and they made an effort to make her look a few years older in line with the timeline. But her father only sent her there to protect her because he was going to speak out against the Chinese treatment of Hong Kong. Good luck to her dad; he won’t be getting much help from here, especially now.
On the other hand, Ryan asks Chuck to help him improve his golf store to improve his standing in his new company. But it all goes horribly wrong. Well, not really, turns out the disaster was actually just a pleasant diversion for the boss and even gets Ryan the nickname Goose, which beats “new guy.” I have to say, when he’s not discussing politics (like he wasn’t tonight) Ryan’s a downright likeable guy and I was glad everything worked out for him.
Got to say that scene where Mike walks away from the phone and then tries to signal to Vanessa was downright silly. I couldn’t figure out what he was trying to say either (although I knew he wasn’t “practicing his mime act.”) He couldn’t just have made an excuse for both of them to step away and then told her, “He’s afraid someone’s listening in on him?” Well, this is comedy of course. And Mike, it’s okay to hide your wife’s keys to keep her from leaving when a surprise guest is coming. But what was with hiding her phone later on?
Only one scene with Ed tonight. Spending the rest of the time with his new wife, hopefully?
Outdoor Toddler Well, it finally happened. Ed commented to Vanessa that he always has time for his stepdaughter. That at least acknowledges that he remembers marrying her mother last season. I suppose these episodes were made some months back when the Covid fears were greater and that’s why we don’t see any of the little kids anymore. They’ve always just been put to bed or something. Even though the two female toddlers are the focus of this episode we never even see them, except for a brief glimpse of them in small photos that Vanessa holds up.
The theme of tonight’s show was rivalries and how easily they can go awry. A nice little life lesson. The funniest bit for me was Jen doing a slow burn as Vanessa kept trying to decide which little girl to pick for the photo shoot, concluding with Jen screaming into the refrigerator. I also liked the bit at the end when Ed is trying to cast his scriptless movie and refers to parts he (Hector Elizondo) has played in movies and on TV, only to find Jen doesn’t have a clue who Hector is. The story about Ryan, Mike, and Chuck trying to bid on a house was nice. When he won out in the end, Ryan thought it was karma biting them back, but it was just Mike and Chuck doing the right thing.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Feb 6, 2021 3:00:35 GMT
The story line concerning Joe was my favorite thing about last night's show. I wonder if this show being on so late at night has anything to do with why we haven't seen any of the younger family members on the show. We have yet to see Boyd or the two girls that Kristin and Mandy have even one time.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Feb 12, 2021 21:26:07 GMT
Last night's show was good. I love the story line concerning Kyle. I wonder how many more episodes will be shown since we are said to be in the show's last season. Last night's show was the seventh one.
What a great start to tonight’s episode – Jay Leno’s back. And the episode is about him, as well. Great to see him again, and it was a really nice story about loving your parents. Poor Joe tried to help his mother by putting her in a hospital but ultimately she died anyway and he felt guilty. We can all relate to that possibility. Mike’s blog at the end about honoring your parents made a sweet close.
To counter this more serious topic, we have Kyle and Mandy freaking out that their daughter is learning bad words like (shudder) “butt” from her sister. Silly, harmless fun all around.
And Vanessa? Wow. I wish my biggest regret in life was only taking two newspapers instead of one from a vending machine.
Preschool Confidential Poor Vanessa. She tries to get one of her granddaughters into an exclusive school by playing on her old friendship with the school principal Annie, but Annie expects a favor in return from the woman who works in the city council’s office. When Vanessa calls back to proclaim she won’t do quid pro quo, she ends up getting both granddaughters bounced out. (Seems the other one had made it because Annie knew whose granddaughter she was.) Can’t really feel sympathy, though. People should get it on their own merits, not from who they’re related to.
Kyle seems like a great guy who will make an excellent minister – he really likes to help people. He even teaches a lesson to Mike about it. I was annoyed by the last line where, after Mike offers to help Kyle and the Reverend Paul paint the school on Saturday, Paul tells Mike he’ll be golfing. Sure, a reverend works hard and is entitled to leisure time, but that just came off as tacky to me.
However, Mike trying to make a point about compromise and not thinking of your enemy as evil just doesn’t ring true in our current state of politics, where the party currently is power is trying to demonize conservatives at every turn. There is no compromising with people like that. As Vanessa said late in the show, “That ship has sailed.”
Lost and Found There’s no point commenting on the rest of the show – the scene that sticks in everybody’s mind came after Chuck returned to the office after being arrested. This is how I would have liked to have seen the scene play:
(After Mike, Joe, and Ed discuss that they heard Chuck was arrested, Chuck returns to the office.)
(Joe goes over and hugs him sympathetically)
Chuck: Relax, man. I’m okay.
Mike: We heard you got arrested. What the hell happened?
Chuck: Everything would have been fine if I hadn’t forgotten my ID yesterday morning. The cop took me to the station, but as soon as he verified my identity he let me go. No charges or anything; it was just a misunderstanding.
Ed: That must have been a little scary – riding in the back of a car driven by a White cop, not knowing what he might do.
Chuck: I wouldn’t know about that. The cop who arrested me was Black.
Chuck: And he was just doing his job. Look, I didn’t think anybody was home. I got carried away and was pulling back the cover on the car, taking pictures – trying to see what features it had. I can imagine how it must have looked to her.
Joe: But we did the same thing later on – and she just came out and talked to us. She didn’t call the cops.
Chuck: I’m a big, muscular-looking guy. (to Mike) You look like a 90-pound weakling. (to Joe) Don’t even get me started on you.
Ed: But she didn’t have to call the cops. Why do seem so okay with what happened?
Chuck: There’s two ways I can look at the situation. The old White lady was a racist, who saw the color of my skin and sicced the cops on me. Or…she was an older lady, living alone, vulnerable, who saw a strange man in her yard and panicked. I’m the kind of person who likes to give people the benefit of the doubt, and hope that they would do the same for me. (He exits the scene in a dignified fashion.)
Mike: (looking back toward Chuck) Now, there’s the Black man I wish I could have voted for for President.
But, alas, that’s not what I saw. Instead, I saw Chuck come in and essentially declare. “Welcome to my world. I’m a perpetual victim, day after day. And the country is full of racists.”
I really expected better from this show.
It’s a shame, too. I wanted to see Mike lose the bet and have to listen to Joe’s country album.
“Tumbleweeeed, keep a tumblin’ Down the Road, Down the Road, Down the Road.”