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'Last Man Standing' recap: Death and taxes—well, maybe just taxes

Season 4 | Episode 6 | “Mike Advises Mandy” | Aired Oct 31, 2014

Last week on Last Man Standing, we saw Mandy take on the duties of an election judge. She may have only known that Measure C fell between B and D, but that didn’t stop her from handing out ballots and turning away anyone trying to vote outside of their district, like her sister Kristin. This week, Mandy’s dad comes up with an ingenious solution to help her pay the taxes she has been avoiding.

The tent won’t build itself

This episode starts out at Outdoor Man, where Kyle attempts to assemble a six-man tent. The tent is supposed to take only 30 seconds to set up, but Mr. Alzate points out that Kyle has been working on it since lunchtime. I don’t think it’s Kyle’s fault—the tent collapses the second Mr. Alzate touches it. Must be a faulty tent! Too bad Outdoor Man ordered 1,000 of them.

Back at home, Mandy instructs Kyle how to hand-deliver her customers’ orders. Apparently, Kyle has been hiding them in the bushes so that no one steals them from their doorsteps. Unfortunately, he hides them so well that even the customers can’t find them. Oh, Kyle.

Maybe just taxes

Vanessa is worried that Mandy needs help running her business and encourages Mike to help. It’s only after Mandy admits she hasn’t paid her business taxes that Mike jumps in. Evidently, Mandy has heard so many of Mike’s anti-tax rants that she believes she doesn’t have to pay them. It’s times like these we realize how Kyle and Mandy really are quite perfect for each other: hidden deliveries, no taxes, and problems with “addition.” Vanessa wants to pay Mandy’s taxes, but Mike thinks this should be a teachable moment.

In the basement, Mandy, Mike, and Blanca (returning guest actress Carla Jimenez) talk about hiding from the government, something Blanca’s cousin has been doing for 11 years. Mike and Mandy decide to draw up a plan to decrease costs and increase profits. Mike proposes that Mandy raise her prices. Thankfully, Mike has experience in marketing and branding. Mandy is excited about the prospect of attracting high-end clients. It would seem Vanessa was right: Mike is great at helping out Mandy.

Later on, Mike pays a visit to his dad, Bud. Bud has opened up his pot store and has asked Kristin to pick up some shifts. He needs someone to cover the store while he goes out of town with his bowling lady friend—his married bowling lady friend. Mike and Vanessa are strongly against this.

High-end, high price

Mandy finishes working on her rebrand, but she sets her prices too high. Mr. Alzate gives her some tips on how to sell, although he’s still trying to sell those funky tents from earlier. Mr. Alzate encourages Mandy to get off the Internet and meet with customers face-to-face. And Mandy can use her grandpa Bud’s store while he is in Reno. But instead of pot, she’ll be selling rompers (hopefully not for 150 bucks a pop).

Kyle and Mandy set up in Bud’s store, but nothing sells. Mandy stays up all night to make every dress in every size. As she checks her online store, she notices her sales have taken off. It turns out Mike was right; high-end customers just needed a few days to find her. Mike chooses not to gloat and lets Mandy celebrate her success. I guess there is a market for high-end rompers. Way to go, Mandy.

Last Man Standing airs Fridays at 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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