Season 4 | Episode 5 | “School Merger” | Aired Oct 24, 2014
What do you get when you cross Halloween with an election? Ted Mosby in the hanging chad costume and in Last Man Standing, a little boy dressed up as a lump of coal. You heard that right: Boyd goes trick-or-treating dressed up as a piece of black coal. Why would someone so small forgo a superhero getup or something a little more Halloween-y? Because his dad told him coal was the “single biggest threat to life on earth.” WOW.
Boyd’s costume directly affects Vanessa, Boyd’s grandmother, because she’s a geologist. Vanessa works with coal and other natural resources that help fuel the planet. Does Ryan care that he insulted Vanessa? Absolutely not. In his opinion, Boyd’s Halloween costume is a “statement piece” (I’m sorry but when did costumes become statement pieces for political views?).
Read on to see how Vanessa handles this rude statement costume, and how the upcoming election divides and unites the Baxters and the Larabees.