Felt bad for Mike having to close down the Grill; still remember that funny episode where they shot a commercial for it. But restaurants are suffering the most in states that won’t ease the lockdown (unlike ours, I’m happy to say.) I thought about Kristin taking over as well, considering how she was so practical about closing down the restaurant she loved, and how well she found jobs for the staff there. Good call, Mike.
As for the other story, I could use a Jen to help me get rid of some stuff and be good about saving only the best. It was a cute ending with Kyle telling Mandy she didn’t need the clothes; they had the memories. Good episode overall.
This one didn’t do much for me. Primary story was Vanessa convincing Mike to go meatless for a week. First Jen tries to torture him by tossing perfectly good meat into the trash. Hey, don’t waste food, huh? Then he sneaks a piece of brisket while trying to toss the rest out and Vanessa shows up. C’mon, he can’t just spit it out? Instead, it’s like he stuck a huge meatball in his mouth and can’t talk without chewing. No payoff to the story, just that men shouldn’t lie to their wives and women shouldn’t pressure their husbands, I guess.
The other story was even sillier. Ventriloquist Jeff Durham gives a shout-out to the Outdoor Man, and Ed makes fun of him in response? Finally, he shows up as a surprise and both Ed and Chuck act terrified of a famous ventriloquist dummy with the ventriloquist right there manipulating him. Now, if he’d rigged it so that the dummy appeared to be talking all alone by himself in the room – that would be funny! This was just lame. And it ended with a Tim Allen puppet giving the vlog. Even that just kind of laid there – or sat there, I guess.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on Mar 26, 2021 23:00:15 GMT
Last night's show was good, but the writers messed up when Kyle's dad was addressed. According to the show's history, Mr. Anderson was supposed to have taken off before Kyle was even born. When Kyle's brother was shown during the first FOX network season of the show, he told Mike that Kyle was the lucky one because he didn't have to live with such a monster.
“Granny Nanny” One story I liked, the other I didn’t. I’ll start with the latter. Mike and Chuck are playing car trivia and Joe wants to be involved. They brush him off by inviting him to make the questions. Of course, they are all easy for these two – until he asks them personal questions, like his mother’s name. They’re clueless and they don’t really care, so Joe comments he knows who his friends really are. Later, Mike comes to talk to him and is amazed that Joe knows all about his mother – because he listens. But essentially Mike tells him friends are like cats and ignore you sometimes, and then he walks out as Joe tries to start a conversation. “Not funny, Baxter,” he calls out. I agree; it wasn’t. I was looking for a little maturity or caring from Mike, but there was none to be had. He even concluded the episode with a vlog essentially saying he missed being “pals” when he was young because that didn’t require any work – but “friends” do. That’s a sorry attitude to have.
Vanessa’s story I liked, since I can sympathize with the growing older part. She’s trying to take care of all the grandkids on a moment’s notice and training to run a half-marathon. (I forgot the funny name the marathon had.) We see her exercising and being cheered on by family and friend, only to then see she’s actually fallen asleep and missed the training session. Jen tries to help by asking the kids not to keep expecting Vanessa to be a free babysitter. But when they tell her about it, she feels offended as if they’re implying she can’t take care of the kids. When Jen confesses it was her doing, Vanessa tells her to butt out. Poor Jen. Her intentions were good, but she should have remembered what happened when Mandy and Kyle butted into her affairs without asking. Anyway, there’s a nice reconciliation between them at the end, where she tells Jen she’s a Baxter now too. Jen isn’t sure quite how to react to that.
So, some good, some bad for tonight’s show. At least I was glad to see Jay Leno again. I had run across an article saying his earlier appearance would be his final appearance on the show. Glad they had that wrong.
“Midwife Crisis” Okay, not a fantastic episode but overall it was all good tonight. Mandy worries about sibling rivalry between the grandkids mirroring what she went through growing up. But using the flashback technique Mike reminds her of the earlier time during the pandemic when Kristin really came through for her. Poor Vanessa, though, wanted to be there for Mandy giving birth. First the hospital rules deny it, but when Mandy decides to have a home birth she has hope, until her middle daughter picks Kristin over her. But in the end, she’s touched by the love between the sisters and takes comfort in that. Meanwhile, Mike is pretty funny in moaning about his bedroom becoming birthing ground zero. And he slips in a joke about always having to play Woody when they play “Toy Story” with the kids. (For obvious reasons, he prefers playing Buzz Lightyear.)
Meanwhile, Chuck and Ryan were trying to build a fancy electronic crib for the new baby, with predictable disastrous results. It was a funny payoff, especially when Chuck said, “You rock” to Ed and then the crib starts rocking by itself and won’t stop even when it’s unplugged. That was the payoff they needed for the dummy episode 2 weeks ago.
I was surprised they didn’t go into Mandy actually giving birth – maybe they’re saving that flashback for another episode. And in tonight’s show, we did at least get to see little Sarah. But in typical Covid fashion, she was all by herself and far away from everyone!
“Your Move” Three stories tonight – all dealing with knowing only half the story.
Ryan tries to teach Mandy how to play chess, after bragging what a championship player he is. Then, to his horror, she proceeds to beat him again and again. What he doesn’t know: Mandy’s been playing chess for years with dear old Dad and was just faking the “clueless little girl” routine.
Kyle meanwhile offers to help Vanessa expand the backyard play area. Vanessa wants a see-saw. Jen suggests a Jungle Gym, but Kyle wants a rocket. Vanessa dismisses the rocket idea as silly. What she didn’t know: Kyle’s father had promised to help him build a rocket before he left his family. Kyle wanted to build the rocket to complete the dream. When Mike tells Vanessa the story, she lets Kyle build his rocketship instead of the see-saw. Seeing Kyle so excited about finally building his childhood dream rocket makes the decision the right one in the end. My opinion: the best suggestion actually was the Jungle Gym. That would be a lot of activity for the girls. (Though her calling it a Jungle Jill is just silly; gym is part of gymnasium and gymnastics. It’s not Jim - to require a feminine counterpart.) A see-saw at least goes up and down. But a rocketship just sits there. Yeah, I know a lot of kid’s fun is in using their imaginations, but still. Never mind, though. Kyle really did look so happy.
Then there’s Kristin and Chuck: She’s been subbing for her Dad at Outdoor Man and makes a discovery. Chuck has processed various young shoplifters over time, and spends much more time with the young Black shoplifters. She wonders if he’s a racist. Thanks to Dad’s needling, she finally confronts him about it. What she didn’t know: he was spending more time with the Black shoplifters to warn them of the consequences of getting involved in other crimes; they might not be so lucky to just get a warning and being banned from the store. Case closed.
Mike has a different perspective about tonight’s stories. Instead of concentrating on “what they didn’t know”, he thinks about it as the truth being camouflaged. And he uses that subject for his vlog – and to sell camouflage gear.
Overall, a generally funny show tonight. But an extra thought follows.
(Darn, why didn't I post this last night? I would have been all caught up for half a second.)
Since they brought up the subject of race on this show a few weeks ago, I can’t help but think about the case we were presented tonight. Was what Chuck doing wrong? Not at all. Should he stop doing it? No, if it seems to help, keep doing it.
But let me make this observation. Imagine the same scenario as presented in last night’s show – same dialogue, but one difference. Imagine it was Ed instead of Chuck. Then imagine they filmed that scenario and showed it to 100 people in one theater, and then showed the same scenario with Chuck to 100 other people in another theater. Then, they took a survey. What would you want to bet that most of the people in theater 1 would say that Ed was being racist, but most in theater 2 would say that Chuck was not being racist? Both men would be doing the same thing for the same positive reason, but Ed would be seen as being judgmental for saying Black kids have it tougher, while Chuck would get a pass for saying that – and for implying that if a White kid got into trouble, he wouldn’t face the same consequence that a Black kid would. Is that not racist thinking, though?
I haven’t seen all of LAST MAN STANDING – only the early episodes (when Netflix had it posted for a while) and the last 2 seasons. But I don’t remember race ever coming up with Chuck; he was just one of the guys. This season he’s twice been singled out for his race – first that he’s treated different for his skin color, and later that he treats other people differently based on their skin color. This is going backward, in my opinion. We should stick to what Martin Luther King Jr. declared – judge a person not by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character.
"The Two Nieces of Eve" It’s always good to see Eve, the only one of the Baxter daughters who was never recast. She’s in the Air Force now and has only been seen sporadically for the past few years. But her fun personality hasn’t changed in all that time. Tonight, she discovers that – yes, even a tough military woman can have a soft spot for her little nieces and their tea parties. It’s called love and family.
Meanwhile, Kyle doubts his own ability to preach to people, especially when Joe keeps talking to him like he’s a member of something like Scientology. Turns out Joe was just pulling Kyle’s leg. (Though I’d have rather heard Joe say that than Ed.) But Ed goes overboard at one point when Kyle just says something to Joe like, “If you don’t believe in the Bible, I don’t know what to say to you,” and tells him he can’t be preaching at work. Well, he wasn’t; he was just stating his opinion. Later on, Ed admits to Kyle that he deep down wants to learn more about the Bible, and Kyle realizes the best way for him to preach is just be himself.
“Butterfly Effect” An encounter with a butterfly saves Kyle’s life and he starts to think about estate planning, and who should take care of Sarah should he and Mandy die. Mike and Vanessa first don’t want to have the responsibility, but are then offended when they pick Ed and Bonnie instead. (How nice to at least hear Bonnie’s name after I spent the first half of the season wondering if she was still alive.) Mike gets Kyle to rethink it and pick Ryan instead which insults Ed and soon everyone’s insulted. Kyle has to sort of pick everybody to settle the matter, in the tradition of the old sitcoms where someone has to pick between 5 people to be the Godfather of their baby and ends up picking them all. I liked how Kyle got choked up reading his own emotional speech, but when Ryan picked it up and choked up two seconds after starting to read it, it just looked totally fake.
Meanwhile Jen gets a job at Outdoor Man and suddenly is very doubtful of her abilities, despite the way she usually acts. She takes everyone’s contradictory advice and predictably comes off looking ridiculous. She finally learns to just be herself.
I did like this exchange: Kris: Jen, what’s with you? Susan in accounting said you saluted her. It kind of freaked her out. Jen: Darn. I knew that would seem weird in the ladies’ room.
Post by jamesottosweetheart on May 15, 2021 20:44:19 GMT
The episode of this show that was shown the day before yesterday only left me with questions. Is Ryan's dad still here? When we see him before Ryan and Kristyn got married, we are given the impression that he was terminally ill. After that episode, nothing more was ever said about him.
God bless you always!!!
P.S. I hope that the final two episodes which will be shown this coming Thursday will tie up what some people call loose ends. Maybe Eve will be engaged. It would be great to see Mike's brother again as well as the family's former housekeeper named Blonca. Vanessa's sister could even make an appearance too. Maybe she won't be so loopy now. Seeing some more of Kyle's family would be nice too.