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'Last Man Standing' recap: Good press vs. bad press

Season 4 | Episode 3 | “Rediscover America” | Aired Oct 10, 2014

Last week on Last Man Standing, we saw Eve make the boys’ football team, Kristin give her gun back to her dad, and Vanessa dress-to-impress old friends who were in town.

Tonight, the Baxter family makes the news: Mike lands the cover of a local magazine, and Eve makes the sports section in the newspaper. For Mike, it’s good press; for Eve, it’s bad. How will the family deal with the spotlight? Read more to find out…

The girl can kick

Since joining the football team, Eve has been getting a lot of positive attention. Her winning kick gets her mentioned in the sports section of the local newspaper. Her family celebrates her new press attention, and Kristin compares Eve to Hillary Clinton because she is “opening doors for women.” Eve expresses that she is uncomfortable being designated as the female kicker, but Kristin thinks it’s a good thing because it’s empowering women.

Later in the episode, Eve gets featured in the paper again; this time for missing a kick during a game. When she’s called the “female kicker” in this article, Kristin rises to her defense. Believing that the article was sexist, Kristin threatens to write a letter to the author of the article, until she finds out the writer is a woman.

During all this bad press, Eve loses her mojo. It’s only after her mom gives her the “women who break ground” pep-talk does Eve feel confident enough to go back and kick for the team.

 Face of outdoor man

Everyone knows that Mike Baxter is the marketing director for Outdoor Man. It was his ideas that grew Outdoor Man from a bait and tackle shop into the retail giant that it is today. Mike knows that, Ed Alzate knows that, even Kyle knows that; everyone knows that, except Ed’s new girlfriend, Wendy (played by Ellen alum Joely Fisher).

Throughout the episode, Wendy points out to Ed that Mike is getting all the glory. Mike’s face is on all the advertising, Mike’s name is on everything, and Mike gets to do all the Outdoor Man vlogs. To make things worse, Mike gets featured in a cover story in Denver Business Weekly. Mike’s face lands right on the cover of that magazine, proving Wendy’s point.

Feeling jealous and frustrated, Ed cancels the Columbus Day boat sale and Mike’s Columbus Day vlog. This strikes Mike as unusual because he and Ed usually get along about everything. It’s only after Mike realizes the problem when he find out the Denver Business Weekly completely left out all the positive things Mike told them about Ed.

Mike makes it up to Ed by including him in the Outdoor Man weekly vlog. As Mike outlines how Columbus didn’t really discover America, that Viking explorer Leif Ericson really did, he shares that he himself did not found Outdoor Man, but that Ed Alzate did, and that Ed deserves all the credit. Mike and Ed finish the episode having drinks around the fire, celebrating Eve’s win, talking again as friends.

As always, Last Man Standing hits some really relevant points about feminism, business politics, and how to take good press— and bad press—when it comes. If you enjoy the Baxter family as much as I do, please leave me a comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode.

Last Man Standing airs Fridays 8/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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