List of Last Man Standing episodes

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Last Man Standing is an American sitcom that premiered on ABC on October 11, 2011.[1] Created by Jack Burditt, the series stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, a director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Colorado, whose home life and world is dominated by women: his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) and their three daughters Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and Kristin (Alexandra Krosney for season 1 and Amanda Fuller for season 2–present), who is a single mother. Héctor Elizondo also stars as Ed Alzate, Mike's boss at his sporting goods store "Outdoor Man", while Christoph Sanders appears as Kyle Anderson, a young employee of Outdoor Man.

As of January 16, 2015, 77 episodes of Last Man Standing have aired.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
218November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)
322September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25)
4TBAOctober 3, 2014 (2014-10-03)TBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2011–12)[edit]

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11"Pilot"John PasquinJack BurdittOctober 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)1ATP7913.19[2]
Mike Baxter, a director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store, returns home from traveling to a new assignment at work and to his house filled with women: his wife Vanessa, his oldest daughter Kristin (a single mother caring for her son in the Baxter family home), his middle daughter Mandy (an unintelligent, popularity-driven teenager) and his youngest daughter Eve (a tomboy inspired by her father). While Mike gives Eve advice for her soccer game, which results in her injuring a boy she has a crush on, he also plays Cupid to set up Kyle, a young employee at his store, with Mandy. However, Kyle mistakes Kristin for Mandy, and dates Kristin instead.
22"Last Baby Proofing Standing"John PasquinLinda Videtti FigueiredoOctober 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)1ATP0113.19[2]
Kristin decides that the Baxters need to hire a baby-proofer (Paul F. Tompkins) for their home to protect Boyd, and when Vanessa sides with their daughter, Mike finds himself fighting a losing battle against the women. Meanwhile, fed up with Mandy constantly taking his money, Mike decides to get her a job as a pizza delivery girl, but Vanessa takes issue with this.
33"Grandparents Day"John PasquinLiz AstrofOctober 18, 2011 (2011-10-18)1ATP0210.34[3]
It is grandparents day at Boyd's daycare center, and Vanessa forces Mike to attend with her. However, Mike's mildly offensive comments about a boy dressed as a fairy gets Boyd expelled from the center, forcing Mike to take his grandson to work with him. Meanwhile, when an older grandmother compares Vanessa to herself, Vanessa attempts to make her style more youthful with some help from Mandy.
44"Last Halloween Standing"John PasquinMarsh McCallOctober 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)1ATP039.88[4]
Mike is upset when Eve tells him that she does not want to continue their annual tradition of trick-or-treating because her crush on Victor Blake (Kenton Duty), who has her thinking Halloween is immature and for kids. So Mike decides to dress up Boyd and take him trick-or-treating, directly disobeying Kristin's orders. While trick-or treating, Mike meets Ed's friend Elvira. Meanwhile, Mandy chooses a very revealing costume for a party but Mike disallows it, and Vanessa's equally revealing costume draws the attention of the Baxters' obsessive neighbor, Bill Calhoun (David Anthony Higgins).
55"Co-Ed Softball"John PasquinKevin HenchNovember 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)1ATP049.42[5]
Mike's boss Ed is irritated when the Outdoor Man company softball team votes to go co-ed, and he vows to track down the 'for' votes one-by-one. Meanwhile, Mike is afraid of Ed's reaction when he finds out that Mike voted for co-ed, so he has Eve join the team to make up for it. The move backfires when Eve usurps Mike's role as star pitcher with her far-superior skills. Mandy begins filling out college applications, but is stumped by the essay she has to write, and Kristin ponders what her own future holds while she helps her sister.
66"Good Cop, Bad Cop"John PasquinEben RussellNovember 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)1ATP079.26[6]
Mandy intends to enter a teen modeling competition, a plan which Vanessa does not approve of. Sick of being the "bad cop", Vanessa forces Mike to stop Mandy from entering. However, Mike is tentative to give up his role as the good cop. He changes this he views the revealing pictures Mandy wants to send in. Mike is then forced to visit the family of Mandy's boyfriend Travis when he discovers that the semi-nude pictures Mandy took for the modeling competition have been forwarded to Travis' phone. Meanwhile, Kristin tries to stand up to her boss for a raise, but ends up saving his life instead.
77"Home Security"John PasquinEben RussellNovember 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)1ATP059.06[7]
Vanessa encourages Mike to join the neighborhood watch. Mike then spends some idle time on his shift sharing neighborhood gossip that Vanessa had relayed to him in private. Meanwhile, Ed has trouble saying "no" to a certain supplier's sales pitches.
88"House Rules"John PasquinAndy GordonNovember 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)1ATP089.29[8]
After finding out that Kyle slept in Kristin's bed overnight, Mike implements new rules in the house forcing Kristin to move out. Eve has her first period, making her cranky.
99"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"John PasquinKevin HenchNovember 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)1ATP0910.32[9]
Mike and Vanessa meet their new neighbors, a lesbian couple. Mike ends up being good friends with one of the women until he insults her. The girls create a music group called The Inglorious Baxters and make a viral music video about Mandy's lying boyfriend, Travis. Kyle tries to jokingly insult Ed.
1010"Last Christmas Standing"John PasquinJack BurdittDecember 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)1ATP108.79[10]
Ryan (Nick Jonas), the father of Kristin's baby, unexpectedly comes back to town wanting to be in his son's life. Kyle begins to feel threatened by Ryan's arrival. Mandy works as a helper elf for Santa Claus Ed in the Outdoor Man store, until she demands better work benefits.
1111"The Passion of the Mandy"John PasquinMarsh McCallDecember 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)1ATP067.51[11]
Mandy starts accompanying Mike to work after sharing her surprisingly good marketing ideas, but her recently successful campaign has Ed upset. Vanessa becomes overwhelmed with having to spend more time at her job while still running the house. Eve gets upset when Victor Blake does not ask her to a school dance, instead asking her advice about dating another girl.
1212"Moon Over Kenya"John PasquinSteve Baldikoski & Bryan BeharJanuary 3, 2012 (2012-01-03)1ATP127.93[12]
Chad Bickle (Steve Talley), a brash young pro fisherman, renews Mike's interest in traveling the world for work, which does not sit well with Vanessa. After seeing Mike and Vanessa's family life going so well, Chad decides to quit pro fishing to get back together with his girlfriend. Ed hires Tony Hawk to replace Chad. Meanwhile, Mandy decides to become a vegan, but Kristin and Eve are convinced it is one of her passing phases and tease her about it.
1313"Take Your Daughter to Work"John PasquinJoe Port & Joe WisemanJanuary 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)1ATP137.57[13]
Ed hires his daughter Gabriella (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) as a marketing consultant and her ideas threaten Mike's standing at the company. Mike and Eve bring home a stray dog that Mandy believes she is allergic to, but her allergies are really a childhood lie started by Vanessa.
1414"Odd Couple Out"John PasquinLiz Astrof & Linda Videtti FigueiredoJanuary 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)1ATP118.59[14]
Vanessa finds out that her neighbor, Michelle (Danielle Bisutti), has not invited her and Mike to a party. She later finds out that Mike was the reason why, due to him insulting Michelle's profession on a previous occasion. So he agrees to change his ways by being more sociable. Eve damages Mandy's car, while trying to move it out of the garage.
1515"House of Spirits"John PasquinLiz Astrof & Linda Videtti FigueiredoFebruary 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)1ATP167.78[15]
After discovering that two elderly women had previously died in the Baxter home, the Baxter daughters fear that ghosts are haunting the house. After hiring a medium to investigate, Vanessa also becomes scared. Elsewhere, Ed keeps borrowing cash from Kyle.
1616"Tree of Strife"John PasquinKevin HenchFebruary 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)1ATP148.02[15]
Mandy meets Kim Kardashian, freaks out, and becomes the butt of jokes when a video of her way-over-the-top reaction surfaces. Mike and the Baxter family fight city hall after the city orders that an old tree on their property be cut down.
1717"Adrenaline"John PasquinAndy GordonFebruary 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)1ATP157.64[16]
Mike gets NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and his car to spice up the Outdoor Man retail space, but the car later goes missing. Kristin, wanting to go skydiving, has Vanessa looking back to when she took more chances before becoming a mom.
1818"Baxter & Sons"John PasquinStory by: Kim Flagg
Teleplay by: Marsh McCall
February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)1ATP177.46[16]
Mike's father Bud (Robert Forster) and younger brother Jim (Mike Rowe) visit, hoping to win a bid to build a new Outdoor Man store. The brothers try got a loan from a young bank loaner Richard Clark (Frankie Muniz), but the sibling rivalry between Mike and Jim threatens it. The Baxter girls try to set up Bud with a girlfriend, by giving him an online profile.
1919"Ding Dong Ditch"John PasquinJon HallerFebruary 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)1ATP187.50[17]
The Baxters are annoyed when teenage prankster Ben Milbauer (Uriah Shelton) repeatedly rings their door bell and runs off, but when Mike booby-traps the door, Ben gets hurt on their property. Ben's father Frank (Alex Skuby) orders Mike to cover the boy's hospital bill and Mike discovers that Eve and Ben have secretly been dating. Kristin begins her college classes, but has a difficult time getting acclimated. Kyle gets hurt on the job, causing Ed to fear that Kyle will sue him.
2020"Animal Wrongs"John PasquinMarsh McCallMarch 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)1ATP196.98[18]
Mandy worries when Mike does not like her new boyfriend, Terrence (Shane Coffey), who is an animal rights activist. Kyle discovers that he has Basque ancestors, like Ed, but the two have a disagreement after learning their ancestors are from rival families.
2121"Wherefore Art Thou, Mike Baxter"John PasquinKevin HenchApril 10, 2012 (2012-04-10)1ATP206.84[19]
Mike and Ed invite Kyle as a last-minute substitute for Outdoor Man's annual grudge competition against Ted's Tacklebox, but fear Kyle is not very good at outdoor sports. When the competition runs late, Mike has to miss Mandy's school play. Vanessa offends both Eve and Mandy, when she is overheard saying she does not care to attend their extracurricular activities.
2222"This Bud's For You"John PasquinSteve Baldikoski & Bryan BeharApril 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)1ATP226.51[20]
Bud moves into town to begin working on the new Outdoor Man store. Mike is upset that Bud's girlfriend Stella (Deborah May), who Mike did not know about before, has moved in with him. After getting a company physical, Mike is told he has high blood pressure.
2323"The Spotlight"John PasquinEben RussellMay 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)1ATP236.52[21]
Vanessa receives kudos for her volunteer efforts, but when Mike steals her spotlight, he has to try and remedy the situation. Eve has fears about starting high school. Ed wants to use Mike as an action-figure model for Outdoor Man, but the end product has numerous errors.
2424"Found Money"John PasquinAndy GordonMay 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)1ATP216.62[22]
Vanessa's sweet-but-flighty sister, April (Christina Moore), pays a visit. This irritates Mike, who is convinced April only wants to ask for another loan, and he has just used some extra cash to buy a tank so he and Ed can run over old cars and boats. Meanwhile, Kyle and Kristin break up, but Kyle is more worried about what Mike will think.

Season 2 (2012–13)[edit]

On May 11, 2012, ABC renewed Last Man Standing for a second season.[23] Beginning this season, Amanda Fuller now plays Kristin, replacing Alexandra Krosney.[24] Flynn Morrison was also added to the main cast as an age-advanced Boyd, replacing twins Evan and Luke Kruntchev.[25] Jordan Masterson recurs as Ryan, Boyd's father, replacing Nick Jonas, who guest starred in one episode in the previous season.[26] The second season initially received a thirteen-episode order, but ABC announced on November 12, 2012 that an additional three scripts had been ordered.[27] The episode order was then extended to five additional episodes, bringing the current total to eighteen for the season.[28] Tim Allen's former Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn guest starred in the episode "Attractive Architect", playing the character Bill McKendree.[29][30] Karn reprised his role again in the episode "The Fight".[31] Jonathan Taylor Thomas, another Home Improvement co-star of Allen's, guest starred in the season finale, "College Girl", as the character John Baker.[32][33]

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251"Voting"John PasquinTim Doyle & Jon HallerNovember 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)2ATP038.07[34]
Mandy is voting for the first time, with Mike urging her to vote for Mitt Romney, while Kristin and Ryan urge her to vote for Barack Obama. Vanessa maintains secrecy about how she votes, which she claims she has done throughout her marriage to Mike. Eve, Ed, and Kyle compete in fantasy football, which has ramifications at work for Kyle when he will not make a trade with his boss, Ed.
262"Dodgeball Club"John PasquinKevin HenchNovember 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)2ATP017.44[35]
Ryan has dodgeball banned from Boyd's school, which infuriates Mike to the point that he teaches Boyd and his friends dodgeball in the Baxter back yard. Ed and Kyle volunteer in a search and rescue team. Mandy begins dating her school's star quarterback, which has her asking for Eve's help to brush up on football facts.
273"High Expectations"John PasquinMichael ShipleyNovember 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)2ATP077.13[36]
Vanessa invites Carol and Chuck Larabee (Erika Alexander and Jonathan Adams), an African-American couple, over for drinks after their car is egged. Mike expresses discomfort over them visiting – not because they are black, but simply because they are neighbors. After Mike refuses to let Eve quit soccer, she ditches soccer practice and gets drunk at a friend's party. Mandy then comes to the rescue to help Eve, ditching her own extracurricular activity.
284"Ed's Twice Ex-Wife"John PasquinSarah Jane Cunningham & Suzie V. FreemanNovember 23, 2012 (2012-11-23)2ATP026.68[37]
Ed begins to develop old feelings for his third ex-wife Wanda (Robin Riker), which has Mike greatly concerned. Mandy gets a waitress job at the diner where Kristin works.
295"Mother Fracker"John PasquinEd YeagerNovember 30, 2012 (2012-11-30)2ATP066.72[38]
Eve invites Vanessa to talk about her job at her class career day. After learning the gritty truth about what Vanessa really does as a geologist, Eve camps outside the house and refuses to come back inside until Vanessa quits her job. Mike, in turn, will not let Eve back in until she apologizes to her mother. With Ryan watching Boyd for a few days, Kristin and Mandy plan a "girls night out" but have different opinions on what that really means.
306"Circle of Life"John PasquinVince CalandraDecember 7, 2012 (2012-12-07)2ATP046.54[39]
Mike and Ryan disagree on teaching Boyd about the harsh realities of life. Mandy feels responsible for Kyle possibly losing his job, as she has shoplifted numerous items at Outdoor Man under Kyle's watch. To make things right, Mandy helps teach Kyle how to spot and catch shoplifters.
317"Putting a Hit on Christmas"John PasquinMike TeverbaughDecember 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)2ATP086.81[40]
Mike and Vanessa decide that they want to spend Christmas together, without the girls, so they have each of the girls go on different trips for the holiday. But a favorite Christmas song of Vanessa's has her reconsidering this decision. Ed accidentally shoots a bald eagle, mistaking it for a wild turkey, and has Kyle help him dispose of it.
328"Bullying"John PasquinKevin HenchJanuary 4, 2013 (2013-01-04)2ATP056.63[41]
Eve is suspended from school for a calling a boy "gay". It turns out she said it in retaliation, after she defeated the boy in a one-on-one basketball game and he called her a name that "rhymes with Mike". Kristen finds out that Ryan bought a motorcycle after getting a new job, which makes her angry due to the fact Ryan has rarely given her money for child support.
339"Attractive Architect"John PasquinMike TeverbaughJanuary 11, 2013 (2013-01-11)2ATP126.89[42]

Bill McKendree (Richard Karn), an architect that has worked with Mike and Outdoor Man for years, is bidding on the construction of a new Outdoor Man mall store. Bill assumes the bid is a formality, but Ed feels that an attractive young female architect, Alyssa (Jackie Seiden), is more qualified. Mike assumes that Ed only wants to hire Alyssa for her looks, but Vanessa convinces him to view the bids "blindly" and determine who really is best for the job. After a colleague at her job passes away, Vanessa gets that person's job over an equally qualified but "plain" looking candidate, and she questions whether she got the job based on her looks. After Mandy takes all the drawers in their bathroom for herself, Eve hides all of Mandy's makeup, forcing her to go to school without wearing any.

Note: There is a reference to Tim Allen's previous long-running series Home Improvement, on which Richard Karn co-starred, when Bill tells Mike to say "hi" to his three boys. After Mike reminds Bill that he has three girls, Bill remarks, "Really? I remember three boys."
3410"The Help"John PasquinEd YeagerJanuary 18, 2013 (2013-01-18)2ATP136.62[43]
Mike and Vanessa hire a new housekeeper, Blanca (Carla Jimenez), but her presence has Eve, Mandy and Boyd becoming a lot more lazy. Mike and Ed check on the loading dock workers of Outdoor Man, to see if they are legally allowed to work there.
3511"Mike's Pole"John PasquinVince CalandraFebruary 1, 2013 (2013-02-01)2ATP116.92[44]
Eve joins the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps and becomes overly patriotic, forcing Mike to wake up before dawn every day to put up their new American flag on a flag pole in the Baxter front yard. Vanessa is also concerned over Eve's newfound military interest, scared that it might make her join the actual military. Mike is upset after learning that Ryan refuses to have Boyd learn or recite the Pledge of Allegiance at his school.
3612"Quarterback Boyfriend"John PasquinSid YoungersFebruary 8, 2013 (2013-02-08)2ATP097.29[45]
Mike gets Greg Archer (Bryce Durfee), the local high school's star quarterback, a job at Outdoor Man. Mike later learns that Greg is a prima donna and refuses to do any work at the store, leaving Kyle to do all the work by himself. Mike is worried about Mandy's romantic interest in Greg and tries to warn her that he may not be what he seems, but Vanessa insists that Mike let Mandy discover this on her own. Mike also teaches Eve about hunting gophers and rabbits. Kristin and Ryan begin to develop old feelings for each other.
3713"What's in a Name?"John PasquinKevin HenchFebruary 15, 2013 (2013-02-15)2ATP146.74[46]
Mike is upset after finding out that Boyd is using Ryan's last name, Vogelson, instead of the Baxter last name. Mike and Ryan then compete by each crafting a car for the annual father-son pinewood derby race, with Boyd picking the car he wants to race with. The Inglorious Baxters reunite to film a new viral music video for Valentine's Day.
3814"Buffalo Bill Day"John PasquinJulie LarsonFebruary 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)2ATP106.04[47]
Mike directs a small skit at the Outdoor Man store to celebrate the birthday of Buffalo Bill. However, Boyd being involved in the skit rubs Ryan the wrong way, as he feels the script contains material that is offensive to Native Americans. Matters become even worse, when Ryan draws up legal papers to spend time with Boyd. Mandy decides to make romantic moves on Kyle, despite that the fact that Kyle and Kristin previously dated.
3915"Breaking Curfew"John PasquinVince CalandraMarch 1, 2013 (2013-03-01)2ATP157.05[48]
Mike sees Mandy sneaking into the house past her curfew, and begins to think that Kyle and Mandy's relationship has become sexual. Kristin is reluctant to tell Boyd that she and Ryan are now dating.
4016"Private Coach"John PasquinEd YeagerMarch 8, 2013 (2013-03-08)2ATP166.96[49]
The women fawn over Octavio (Ezequiel Stremiz), Eve's new assistant soccer coach, whom Mike hires to give Eve private lessons. However, Mike and Octavio soon disagree on how to coach Eve. Mandy is bothered by Kyle not getting jealous when he catches her staring at Octavio. In the ensuing argument, Kyle mistakenly calls her "Kristin".
4117"The Fight"John PasquinMichael ShipleyMarch 15, 2013 (2013-03-15)2ATP176.43[50]
Ryan punches a drunk Bill McKendree, after he pesters Boyd at a baseball game. This especially bothers Ryan, due to his pacifist beliefs. Mike and Vanessa take away Mandy's cell phone and laptop, until she gets her history grade up. Mandy then discovers that she can "chat" using Mike's ham radio in the basement.
4218"College Girl"John PasquinSarah Jane Cunningham & Suzie V. FreemanMarch 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)2ATP187.85[51]

Kristin is shocked to hear that Mandy has been accepted into not one, but two colleges, causing her to re-evaluate where she is in her own life. This is further reinforced when Kristin runs into a previous co-worker from the diner named John Baker (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) who now owns a hip new restaurant. Eve gets help preparing for her Junior ROTC drills from neighbor and former Marine, Chuck Larabee. Meanwhile, Mandy's choice of an expensive college in Laguna Beach, California does not sit well with Mike and Vanessa, and Mike lets out a secret to Mandy that Ed pulled some strings to get her accepted there.

Note: Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas worked together as father and son on the 1990s sitcom, Home Improvement. This makes Thomas the second Home Improvement regular (after Richard Karn) to appear on Last Man Standing.

Season 3 (2013–14)[edit]

On May 10, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season,[52] it premiered on September 20, 2013.[53] Beginning this season, at the start of each episode a different cast member narrates that the series is recorded in front of a live studio audience. Duck Dynasty stars Willie Robertson and Si Robertson guest starred in the season premiere, "Back to School".[54] Jonathan Taylor Thomas reprised his role as John Baker in the episode "Ryan v. John Baker".[55] Thomas also made his directorial debut, directing the episode "Haunted House",[56] it was the first episode of series not directed by John Pasquin. Petty Officer First Class Raymond McKnight guest starred in the episode "Elfie".[57][58]

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431"Back to School"John PasquinKevin HenchSeptember 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)3ATP016.67[59]
Mike disagrees with Kristin and Ryan about Boyd attending a Spanish bilingual school. Mike offers to have Boyd co-located at the Baxter home so that he can qualify to attend a "better" school with smaller class sizes. An ulterior motive is also revealed: Mike misses having Boyd around. Mandy takes a college philosophy course, which starts to affect Kyle's outlook on life.
442"Driving Lessons"John PasquinMike TeverbaughSeptember 27, 2013 (2013-09-27)3ATP025.73[60]
Mike arranges for Vanessa to give Eve driving lessons, feeling that they do not spend enough time together. Mandy dislikes the fact that Mike makes Kyle do household chores whenever he arrives at the house to spend time with her.
453"Pledging"John PasquinMichael ShipleyOctober 4, 2013 (2013-10-04)3ATP036.22[61]
Vanessa encourages Mandy to join the sorority at her college, but Mandy's time commitment to the sorority and her courses cause her to spend less time with Kyle. Surprisingly, Vanessa tells Mandy it may be time to move on from Kyle in order to get the "full" college experience. Inspired by an Undercover Boss-type show, Ed goes undercover at the Outdoor Man loading dock to investigate why the area's performance has not been up to par.
464"Ryan v. John Baker"John PasquinEd YeagerOctober 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)3ATP046.03[62]
Ryan and his fellow beer truck drivers are on strike. Frustrated over the negotiations, he spews some anti-management hate in front of Kristin's boss, John. Kristin is mad and embarrassed, and almost kisses John when they are alone. Ryan later says that his management met their pay demands but not some others, so he broke off the talks. Kristin is furious and tells him not to come home. So Ryan accepts a night janitor job at Outdoor Man to help Kristin make ends meet. Meanwhile, Mike tries to teach Eve how to be stealthy.
475"Haunted House"Jonathan Taylor ThomasAmy MassOctober 18, 2013 (2013-10-18)3ATP056.19[63]
Vanessa takes over the PTA haunted house responsibility from Kristin for Boyd's school Halloween party. Vanessa's designs end up scaring Boyd, and she considers a less scary plan until Mike steps in and says Boyd needs to learn how to face his fears. Meanwhile, Mandy and Eve's constant exchange of insults winds up hurting both of their feelings.
486"Larabee for School Board"John PasquinVince CalandraNovember 1, 2013 (2013-11-01)3ATP066.36[64]
Carol Larabee runs for the school board and asks Vanessa to put her campaign sign on their front lawn. Mike is reluctant to do so, and becomes a suspect when the sign keeps getting stolen. Ultimately, Mike is supportive when he learns that Carol's ideas on cost-cutting mirror his own, while Vanessa withdraws her support after Carol says she would cut an after school art program. Kyle becomes jealous when Ed takes Ryan out for lunch. Eve gets dating advice from Mandy and Kristin, and says she likes Kristin's idea even though it is essentially the same advice Mandy gave her moments before. When the boy she likes shuns her, Eve ultimately goes to Mandy for advice on how to win the boy back.
497"Shoveling Snow"John PasquinMike HaukomNovember 8, 2013 (2013-11-08)3ATP076.22[65]
Eve's neighborhood snow shoveling business is threatened by Phil Munroe (Larry Joe Campbell), one of the Baxter's neighbors, who starts his own business using a snow blower. Mike's market-driven advice to Eve conflicts with Vanessa, who feels sorry for Phil after learning that he recently lost his accounting job. Meanwhile, Mandy pretends to be single so she can earn bigger tips at the diner, and asks Kyle to stop showing her affection when he comes in.
508"Vanessa Fixes Kyle"John PasquinKevin AbbottNovember 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)3ATP096.15[66]
After previously suggesting that Mandy break up with Kyle to date college guys, Vanessa tries make amends with Kyle by building his self-esteem and tricking Ed into giving him a job as a boat salesman at Outdoor Man. However, Kyle turns out to be a horrible salesman, so Ed orders Mike to make things right. Meanwhile, Eve is stuck babysitting Boyd, much to her dislike.
519"Thanksgiving"Ted WassVince CalandraNovember 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)3ATP086.21[67]
Mike's father Bud is in town for Thanksgiving, and announces that his other son, Jim, has kicked him out of his own construction business. He now wants to open up a marijuana store (now that pot is legal in Colorado), and says he needs Mike's marketing expertise. Meanwhile, Boyd is doing a school project that has him videotaping his aunts and grandparents on why they are thankful. Ryan announces he placed a bet with coworkers on the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving football game despite knowing nothing about football. Eve tries to secure a seat at the adult table, now that Kyle is taking caring of his sick grandmother and will not be able to make it to the Baxters for dinner.
5210"Spanking"John PasquinMiriam Tragdon & Gracie ChartersDecember 6, 2013 (2013-12-06)3ATP106.27[68]
Tension arises when Bud says that, while babysitting, he spanked Boyd once on the rear after he refused to clean up his mess. A day later, Kristin spanks Boyd and blames it on Vanessa spanking her a few times during childhood. But Kristin soon realizes that Ryan's method of bribing Boyd with ice cream is not working either. Meanwhile, Mandy buys Kyle a hat that he does not really want to wear, so Ed and Mike convince him that the hat is Mandy's way of "marking her property".
5311"Elfie"Ted WassStory by: Maisie Culver
Teleplay by: Bryan Larrivee & D.J. Ryan
December 13, 2013 (2013-12-13)3ATP116.27[69]
Conflict arises over the way Boyd should be celebrating Christmas; Mike and Vanessa want to continue their traditions featuring Jesus, Santa Claus, and Santa's helper, "Elfie", while Ryan wants to include all the other seasonal traditions from around the world. Meanwhile, Mandy wants only money for Christmas, so that she can spend it on what she wants without the hassle of returning gifts for cash. Her attitude changes when she meets Blanca's niece, whose father is a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. Mandy then surprises everyone by using the money to bring the girl's father home.
5412"All About Eve"John PasquinKevin HenchJanuary 10, 2014 (2014-01-10)3ATP127.18[70]
When Eve shares some of Mike's conservative vlogs on her social media page, she becomes a target of ridicule and hate from her overwhelmingly liberal classmates. Meanwhile, a police officer who has set up speed traps in the neighborhood is making life miserable for several of the Baxters.
5513"Breaking Boyd"John PasquinLisa K. NelsonJanuary 17, 2014 (2014-01-17)3ATP136.22[71]
After several incidents of misbehavior at school, Boyd is sent to a therapist who prescribes medication for ADHD. Mike, Vanessa and Ryan all convince Kristin that Boyd is too young for the medication, and they try alternate methods. Mike builds a hockey rink in the back yard, and his method of having Boyd burn off excess energy seems to work. Meanwhile, Mandy secretly takes Boyd's pills and passes all of her final exams, causing Mike and Vanessa to believe that she actually has ADHD.
5614"Renaming Boyd's School"John PasquinJonathan HallerJanuary 24, 2014 (2014-01-24)3ATP146.34[72]
William Clark Elementary (Boyd's school, named after the explorer) is in danger of having its name changed, after Boyd, with Ryan's help, writes a report that says Clark owned slaves. Vanessa and Mike both want the name to remain, but for different reasons. To Vanessa's surprise, Carol Larabee supports keeping the name because money would be wasted on changing the sign and painting over a Lewis & Clark mural that was Vanessa's pet project when she was PTA president. Meanwhile, Blanca helps Mandy sew her first dress for her fashion design class assignment.
5715"Tasers"John PasquinSid YoungersJanuary 31, 2014 (2014-01-31)3ATP156.92[73]
Mike gives Vanessa a taser for Valentine's Day, as it's a holiday that he doesn't really believe in, but he secretly sends her a large bouquet of roses, too. When the roses show up at the Baxter home with no card, however, Kristin thinks they are from her boss John, which creates an awkward moment at work. Eve has three boys at school that like her compete for the position of "Eve's Boyfriend". She eventually falls for Justin (Tye Sheridan), the one guy who won't play along, much to the chagrin of Andrew (Zachary Gordon), who worships her. Elsewhere, Kyle carves a bar of soap into Mandy's favorite bird for a Valentine's Day gift.
5816"Stud Muffin"Ted WassTim DoyleFebruary 28, 2014 (2014-02-28)3ATP166.37[74]
Muffin, the Baxters' dog, appears to have knocked up the Larabees' prized German shepherd, Lady. When Mike goes to the Larabee home to tell Chuck that he plans to take care of any financial obligations, he learns from Carol that Chuck moved out a week ago. This upsets Vanessa, who just talked to Carol the day before and heard nothing about it. Meanwhile, Mandy dents a parked car while driving with Eve and doesn't leave a note for the car's owner, so Eve leaves one for her. Eve then learns that the vehicle's owner, Jerry (Maz Jobrani), who runs an electronics store, was so impressed with Mandy's honesty, he rewarded her with an iPad.
5917"Eve's Boyfriend"John PasquinMike HaukomMarch 7, 2014 (2014-03-07)3ATP186.38[75]
Eve confides to Vanessa that her boyfriend Justin is very religious and has taken a purity pledge. Vanessa leaks the info to Mike, which annoys Eve while making Mike surprisingly more suspicious of Justin. Eve then tells her sisters that Justin will be with her on a weekend away at Junior ROTC camp, and Kristin feels it's her duty to tell their parents. Mike and Vanessa then tell Eve she must stay home, but she sneaks out of the house. It turns out they've all misinterpreted Eve's intentions – she doesn't even want Justin at camp because he was a last-minute replacement and will drag her team down in the competitions.
6018"Project Mandy"John PasquinMike HaukomMarch 28, 2014 (2014-03-28)3ATP176.47[76]
After displaying her designs at a class fashion show, Mandy decides to drop out of college to pursue her dreams. Mike and Vanessa are strongly against the idea, then run afoul of Bud after he gives Mandy $5,000 in seed money. When Mike sees that Mandy has over 80 online orders already and is actually running her start-up smartly, buying close-outs from discount stores for material, he changes his tune. For her part, Mandy decides to stay in school and take some "marketing and businessing" classes.
6119"Hard-Ass Teacher"Jonathan Taylor ThomasMike TeverbaughApril 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)3ATP196.30[77]
Eve reveals she will be pursuing acceptance into West Point Academy, and is worried about her poor grade in Geometry. She asks Vanessa to sign a schedule change form so she can get out of the class taught by the notoriously tough Mr. Hardin (Michael Gross) and into an easier one, but Mike thinks she should learn to face difficult situations head-on. At Outdoor Man, Wendi Gracin (Joely Fisher), a smothering mother, convinces Ed to give her slacker son a summer job at the store. Wendi and Ed then begin dating.
6220"Parenting Bud"John PasquinVince CalandraApril 11, 2014 (2014-04-11)3ATP205.90[78]
After Bud gets mugged and the attacker takes a stash of the store's pot, Mike wants to get his father a handgun. But Bud is strictly against it, so Mike finds another way to help through a new business that Chuck Larabee has started. Mike also feels left out when Chuck, Ed and Bud all swap war stories. Meanwhile, all the Baxter girls reveal that they think Vanessa is a pushover.
6321"April, Come She Will"John PasquinKevin HenchApril 18, 2014 (2014-04-18)3ATP215.39[79]
April, Vanessa's flighty sister returns, this time saying she wants to have a child but is no longer fertile. She asks Mike and Vanessa for $6,000 to purchase a donor egg, but after some deliberation, Vanessa declines. Mandy then offers to donate one of her eggs, which upsets her parents. Meanwhile, Mike has Kyle follow Chuck Larabee around the Outdoor Man store as a "prank profiling", but later realizes his prank wasn't very funny.
6422"Mutton Busting"Tim DoyleMichael ShipleyApril 25, 2014 (2014-04-25)3ATP226.10[80]
Mike wants Boyd to participate in the Outdoor Man-sponsored mutton busting competition to build his confidence. Ryan actually agrees but runs into trouble trying to convince an overprotective Kristin. Meanwhile, Eve's boyfriend Justin doesn't want her to wear her JROTC uniform to the prom. His insistence on her wearing a dress leads to a fight, and Eve ends up going to prom with the nerdy Andrew instead. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Kristin and Ryan are engaged.

Season 4 (2014–15)[edit]

On May 10, 2014, ABC renewed Last Man Standing for a fourth season,[81] which premiered on October 3, 2014. Both Jordan Masterson and Jonathan Adams were promoted to the main cast this season, however they are only credited in the opening credits for episodes they appear in. Patricia Richardson, Tim Allen's former Home Improvement co-star, guest starred in the episode "Helen Potts", playing the episode's titular character.[82] Richardson is the third Home Improvement cast member to guest star on Last Man Standing after both Richard Karn and Jonathan Taylor Thomas guest starred previously.[83] Thomas also made a cameo appearance at the end of the "Helen Potts" episode, but not as John Baker (the character he previously played on Last Man Standing), but as Randy Taylor, his character from Home Improvement.[84]

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651"Here's the Kicker"John PasquinMichael ShipleyOctober 3, 2014 (2014-10-03)4ATP016.91[85]
After kicking a field goal during a halftime promotion that wins her a new Camaro, Eve is asked to be the new placekicker for her high school football team. This creates a rift between Mike, who is eager for Eve to join the team, and Vanessa, who fears that Eve will get hurt. It also complicates the relationship between Eve and her boyfriend Justin, a benchwarmer on the team, after Eve becomes the hero in the next game by kicking the winning field goal.
662"War Games"Victor GonzalezKevin HenchOctober 3, 2014 (2014-10-03)4ATP026.91[85]
Boyd gets in trouble at a friend's house for using "finger guns", which both Mike and Kristin find ridiculous while Ryan supports the friend's mother. Ryan gets further upset that Mike has taught Boyd to shoot guns and sometimes lets him watch violent movies. Things come to a head when Mike lets Boyd leave a kiddie carnival at Outdoor Man to play "splatball", and Ryan learns that Kristin keeps a gun in their apartment. Meanwhile, Mandy agrees to make a little black dress for Vanessa who is meeting up with her still attractive college classmates.
673"Rediscover America"Victor GonzalezVince CalandraOctober 10, 2014 (2014-10-10)4ATP036.62[86]
Wendi convinces Ed that Mike is getting too much credit for the success of Outdoor Man, after Mike appears on the cover of Denver Business Weekly. So Ed nixes Mike's idea for a Columbus Day boat sale, and also cancels his related vlog. Mike does the vlog anyway, but has a surprise in store for Ed. Elsewhere, the Baxter girls tell Eve she is representing all women in school sports after her name appears in the local paper, causing a nervous Eve to miss a crucial field goal in her team's next game.
684"Sinkhole"Joel MurrayVince CalandraOctober 17, 2014 (2014-10-17)4ATP056.79[87]
While Mike is driving Boyd in the truck, they just miss falling into a massive sinkhole in the road, making Boyd afraid to leave the house. Ryan scares Boyd even more when he blames the fracking that Vanessa's company is doing for a large increase in sinkholes, and he also doesn't agree with Mike's assurances to Boyd that God protects them.
695"School Merger"John PasquinMike TeverbaughOctober 24, 2014 (2014-10-24)4ATP066.18[88]
The Larabees visit the Baxter home, and Carol discusses ballot Proposal C. If passed, it will allow students from Taft High, a failing school made up of mostly minorities, to be merged into better-performing schools. If the proposal fails, programs like art and music may be cut. Mike and Chuck are against the proposal because it will raise property taxes, as is Eve, who worries that her low grade in art will hurt her chances to get into West Point. Meanwhile, Vanessa has been frustrated with "non-science" elements of her job. This is made worse when Ryan dresses up Boyd for Halloween as "the scariest thing on earth" – a lump of coal. When Proposal C fails to pass, Vanessa announces that she wants to teach science at Taft. This amuses Chuck, until Carol reveals she has also decided to relinquish her school board position and go back to teaching.
706"Mike Advises Mandy"John PasquinEd YeagerOctober 31, 2014 (2014-10-31)4ATP046.71[89]
Mike advises Mandy on how to use re-branding to boost sales on her website, after he finds out that she has not been paying taxes. Vanessa grows concerned upon learning that Bud is going to Reno with a married woman, while Mike is not happy that Bud asked Kristin to look after the pot store for a couple of days. Meanwhile, Ed has let a vendor talk him into buying a thousand six-man tents to sell at Outdoor Man, and now he can't get rid of them.
717"Big Shots"John PasquinJoey GutierrezNovember 7, 2014 (2014-11-07)4ATP076.67[90]
Mike gets caught between Kristin and Ryan when Boyd gets chicken pox and Kristin reveals he was never vaccinated. After reading up, Ryan considers getting Boyd vaccinated behind Kristin's back. Elsewhere, Eve beats Kyle in a shooting-gallery game, knocking off his high score. Mandy is convinced Kyle let Eve win, and Kyle allows Mandy to believe it.
728"Risky Behavior"John PasquinMike HaukomNovember 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)4ATP087.07[91]
After Kyle gets into a wreck on his motorbike, Mandy tries to convince him to sell the bike while Ed becomes paranoid over Outdoor Man's insurance rates. Meanwhile, Eve gets frustrated with her football coach's play-calling and decides on her own to run a fake field goal. While the play results in a touchdown, the coach benches Eve for the next game.
739"Changing Light Bulbs"Ted WassLisa K. NelsonNovember 21, 2014 (2014-11-21)4ATP097.10[92]
After Mike's last 75-watt incandescent light bulb burns out, he and Chuck go on a mission to find some more on the black market. Meanwhile, Mandy announces that she will be moving out of the house and into her own apartment. However, she doesn't tell her parents that Kyle will be moving in with her.
7410"Outdoor Man Grill"Ted WassTim DoyleDecember 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)4ATP106.66[93]
Mike wants to go forward with an idea to start a wild game restaurant under the Outdoor Man name. He asks Kristin if she would leave her job and manage the new endeavor, but she says that working with her dad might ruin their relationship. In reality, she is afraid to take the risk, feeling that Ryan doesn't provide enough of a safety net. Meanwhile, Mandy needs to acquire more pheasant feathers for her hat designs, so she goes hunting with Eve.
7511"Wedding Planning"Robbie CountrymanMatt BerryDecember 12, 2014 (2014-12-12)4ATP115.99[94]
Mike and Vanessa give Kristin and Ryan a $20,000 check for their wedding. While the parents think it is understood that the ceremony will be in the Baxter family's church followed by a big reception, Ryan and Kristin announce that they've planned a small ceremony in the park with a Native American official. Kristin says they would rather use the money to pay down Ryan's student loan debt. Surprisingly, it is Vanessa, not Mike, who then wants to retract the check. Elsewhere, Kyle wants to join Ed's weekly poker game, and tries to get Ed to teach him how to play.
7612"Helen Potts"John PasquinAmy MassJanuary 9, 2015 (2015-01-09)4ATP138.60[95]
When Mike complains about Chuck's dog barking in the wee hours of the morning, Chuck blames it on his neighbor Helen Potts (Patricia Richardson) running her tile saw. Mike confronts Helen, and finds that she has numerous household projects going since her husband left. In a nod to Tim Taylor (Tim Allen's character on Home Improvement who played opposite Richardson's Jill Taylor), she explains that her ex's home improvements were frequently disasters. Mike's annoyance with Helen worsens when she and Vanessa become friends. Elsewhere, Eve wants to interview Ed for a school project on the Vietnam War, but is disappointed when she learns that Ed was in the clerical pool and didn't see combat. She changes her tune when she sees that Ed is still helping vets to this day.
7713"Mike Hires Chuck"John PasquinMike HaukomJanuary 16, 2015 (2015-01-16)4ATP12
7814"Eve's Breakup"[96]John PasquinMichael ShipleyJanuary 30, 2015 (2015-01-30)
7915"Big Brother"[97]John PasquinLisa K. NelsonFebruary 6, 2015 (2015-02-06)

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