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'Last Man Standing' recap: Is Mandy ready to move out on her own?

Season 4 | Episode 9 | “Changing Light Bulbs” | Aired Nov 21, 2014

How many Baxters does it take to screw in a light bulb? Last Man Standing‘s Mike Baxter is tired of his family wasting electricity by leaving all the lights on in the house, especially during the daytime. He prefers the classic incandescent bulbs to the newer ones, and has been keeping a stockpile of them in the garage since the government outlawed them. He is disturbed to find 75-watt bulbs are missing. Apparently Vanessa gave some to the Larabees, thinking Mike wouldn’t even notice they were gone.

Mike heads over to the Larabee residence to see if he can get his bulbs back. While he’s waiting on the porch for Chuck to answer the door, he wiggles one of his incandescent bulbs out of the porch light. Sometimes Mike Baxter is just plain weaselly. Mike politely asks for his bulbs back, but Chuck says no. From within the Larabee home, Mr. Alzate shouts for Chuck to come back inside, as the third quarter is about to start. Wait a minute. What is Ed Alzate doing at the Larabees? Apparently he is a hockey fan. Stranger things have happened.

Mike and Chuck

Mike and Chuck – ABC

Mike joins Ed and Chuck to watch the game, and Chuck continues to deny Mike his bulbs. Who knew grown men could argue over who gets possession of a light-bulb collection? Amid the arguing, Ed proposes a solution: a friend of his still sells incandescent bulbs at a local hardware store. Who knew you could purchase drugs legally in Colorado but not light bulbs? This show definitely does a great job at pointing out the oddities of this great nation.

Mandy on her own

Meanwhile, Mandy decides she wants to move into her own apartment. A place has opened up near campus, and living closer to school will help her be on time. Mandy has never lived on her own before, so her family is apprehensive about the move. What she fails to disclose—at first—is that she’s not moving out by herself: Kyle is moving in with her. Ryan and Kristin freak out when they discover Mandy hasn’t told her dad yet. Ryan can only see one bright side to this possible disaster: he won’t be the worst boyfriend anymore—Kyle will. Poor Kyle. He has no idea what he’s in for when Mike finds out.

Tim “The Toolman” Taylor

I knew at some point Mike would be in the hardware store, talking about tools, reminiscing about his days as a television talk-show host. No, wait—that was Tim Allen’s character from Home Improvement. Wrong show. Anyway, Mike and Chuck make it down to the hardware store, looking for contraband light bulbs. Ed’s inside man, “Chewie,” agrees to sell them the bulbs, only after he knows Mike and Chuck “aren’t two cops from the ’80s.” Chewie is right, Mike and Chuck could pass for Lethal Weapon’s Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. Pew-pew!

Love for Chuck Larabee

Chuck Larabee is my favorite character on this show. While Mike and Chuck are hanging out in the alley waiting for their bulbs, Chuck asks Mike about Mandy moving out. Mike confesses he already knows Mandy is moving in with Kyle, even though no one told him. Chuck chimes in the with best line of this episode: “You got one kid shackin’ up, another with a baby daddy, and a third playin’ football. Your family’s Blacker than mine!” Chuck, you have a way of making the best, and most humorous, of observations. How the tables have turned on Mike Baxter.

Vanessa and Mandy

Vanessa and Mandy – ABC

Heart to heart

Back at the Baxter house, Eve tries to force the truth out of Kyle while Mandy and her mom have a heart-to-heart in Mandy’s old room. Kyle spills the beans to Eve, who reminds him that Mike sees him as one of the good guys. Kyle then decides moving in with Mandy is not the right thing to do. Mandy is upset, but realizes Eve only said that to Kyle because Eve really loves her and doesn’t want her to leave. I guess Mandy and Kyle will have to wait to move in together. Maybe Kyle will pop the question at some point during this season. If Kyle pops the question, who do you think will get married first? Kyle and Mandy, or Ryan and Kristin?

 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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