‘Last Man Standing’ Season 10 Christmas episode brings a family member back for the holidays

It was a Baxter family Christmas on the latest episode of “Last Man Standing.” When the Baxter kids tried to do their own thing for the holidays, they were brought right back home by the good old fashioned holiday spirit in Season 7, Episode 10 “The Gift of the Mike Guy.” [SPOILER ALERT: This article … Continue reading “‘Last Man Standing’ Season 10 Christmas episode brings a family member back for the holidays”

It was a Baxter family Christmas on the latest episode of “Last Man Standing.” When the Baxter kids tried to do their own thing for the holidays, they were brought right back home by the good old fashioned holiday spirit in Season 7, Episode 10 “The Gift of the Mike Guy.”

[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of 'Last Man Standing']

The episode opens with Vanessa and Mike decorating the inside of the house for the holidays. Mandy and Kyle enter to reveal that they will be seeing “The Nutcracker” with Kristin and Ryan instead of helping decorate the tree. Vanessa is upset that her kids have outgrown their usual traditions but understands and plans a nice evening in with her husband.

Before leaving, Mike tries to get his wife to talk him out of buying Ed a gift for Christmas. Although they’ve never exchanged in the past, he understands that this is a special year given his friend’s retirement. After a brief brainstorming session with Chuck and Kristin back at the office, Mike meets up with Ed later in the day to reveal what he thinks is the perfect present. The city allowed him to name the access road that leads to Outdoor Man, which he named after Ed.

His friend is thrilled, but Mike can tell that really means he hates the gift. However, he can’t figure out why until he visits Ed, who is bartending at the V.A., the following day. Mike learns that Ed feels useless now that he’s retired. While he doesn’t want to take a step backward and go back to work at Outdoor Man, he knows that he needs some reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Ed confesses that he likes going to the V.A. because there are a lot of people that work there with the same issue as him – a unique skill set and nowhere outside the military to utilize it.

Realizing he has to do some serious rethinking about his gift, Mike goes home. Fortunately, he’s greeted by Kristin, Mandy, Kyle and Ryan, who all decided to skip the “Nutcracker” when the ladies realized that the tree would be decorated without their magic touch. This is fine with the boys, who both choke up at the sight of their own family stockings.

Chuck arrives to give Mike the last personnel report of the year. The combination of his family’s Christmas spirit and his employee’s work ethic gives him an idea. He returns to the V.A. and asks Ed to help him with a hiring push across all the stores in the New Year. He suggests using veterans as he’s looking for people with a unique skill set, and someone who knows where to place them.

Just like that, Mike has solved his gift for Ed, fixed the company’s biggest concern in 2019 and earned some much-needed time with his family on Christmas. However, one thing is missing.

Just as Mike laments that Eve isn’t around, she returns home brandishing a new star for the tree. The episode ends with the Baxter family singing an original Christmas carol for their dad and mom.

‘Last Man Standing’ Season 7, Episode 8 recap: What happened in ‘HR’s Rough n’ Stuff’?

“Last Man Standing” returned after a week away to bring the laughs and teach some lessons in the latest episode "HR's Rough n'Stuff." Mike Baxter has to find a place at the company for his doting son-in-law Kyle, but needs to launch a complicated scheme in order to make it happen in Season 7, Episode 8.

[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss the latest episode of “Last Man Standing.”]

The episode opens with Ed coming into MIke’s office to reveal that Kyle simply isn’t working out at his position in Outdoor Man’s personnel department. Not only did he produce the most wishy-washy help wanted ad, but he also hired three people for the same job because he simply couldn’t say “no.”

Ed urges Mike to go easy on Kyle, but the fact of the matter is that he’s not working out and isn’t doing his job. He calls Kyle into his office to tell him that he’s done in personnel, but that the store is his family and he’ll find a place where he can thrive.

Later that night, Mike breaks the news to Mandy, who explains that Kyle feels like he’s failing at one job after another thanks to Mike’s constant switching. Mike, however, has a plan to make Kyle their new HR person given his propensity to be kind to others and have a more liberal approach to conflict. She makes it clear that this job has to work out or it will simply break Kyle, to which a determined Mike agrees.

The next day, things seem to be going well. Kyle hasn’t screwed anything major up, and human resources seems to be a job that he can properly wrap his head around. That is, until he brushes up against some real ethical conflict resolution.

As he works, Chuck and Joe come in and awkwardly explain that they want to file a complaint against Mike. Throughout the episode, Mike had been jabbing the duo with barbs about how they’re both fat and dumb. In fact, while they’re in the middle of complaining, he walks in and berates them more thinking he has impunity.

“I love being the boss,” he says as he walks away.

Realizing that disciplining the CEO and your father-in-law in one fell swoop is tricky territory even for a seasoned HR professional, Kyle seeks Ed’s help. He’s told that he needs to just buckle down and handle the conflict in the open, the way Outdoor Man wants things handled as a company.

He quickly has a disgruntled Mike, Chuck and Joe in his office where he mediates their bickering. Unfortunately, Mike simply can’t pull any punches and the argument gets heated, forcing Kyle to lay down the law. He shouts down all three of them and explains that, at Outdoor Man, they’re not just co-workers and friends, they’re family. With the room in stunned silence, Ed enters clapping.

Mike, Chuck and Joe join in the applause as they reveal that the fight was all an elaborate trick. It turns out, in an effort to keep his promise to Mandy, Mike wanted to test Kyle at the HR role, which he passed with flying colors.

Just like that, Mike has found a position that his son-in-law will thrive in, and the family unit can forge ahead to the next adventure.

‘Walking Dead’ Season 9, Episode 8 recap: The midseason finale ends on a major cliffhanger

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the midseason finale of “The Walking Dead” Season 9, titled “Evolution”

In the Season 9 midseason finale of “The Walking Dead,” fans finally get their first official look at the long-awaited villains, The Whisperers.

But first…

The rescue team consisting of Daryl (Norman Reedus), Jesus (Tom Payne), Aaron (Ross Marquand), and Dog comes across a walker herd that is not moving like a normal walker herd. But the group has no time to worry about the herd’s behavior, as they must find Eugene (Josh McDermitt) before it’s too late.

In Alexandria, Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) sits with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and tries to instruct him in spirituality. Negan is happy to simply needle Gabriel, particularly about his relationship with Rosita (Christian Serratos). Gabriel eventually leaves in frustration, only to learn that riders from Hilltop have come to report that Rosita has been found injured in the woods.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) has finally reached Hilltop along with Siddiq (Avi Nash) and the new group: Magna (Nadia Hilker), Luke (Dan Fogler), Connie (Lauren Ridloff), Kelly (Angel Theory), and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura). In a taste of how frosty relations have gotten between the communities, Hilltop initially seals its gates to those approaching until they all surrender their weapons.

Once inside, Michonne speaks with Tara (Alanna Masterson), who fills her in on what they know about the Rosita-Eugene situation. Tara also informs the newcomers that Jesus will have to decide what happens to them, but they will expected to earn their keep should they stay. Michonne also runs into Carol (Melissa McBride), who is heading back to the Kingdom after dropping off Henry (Matt Lintz). Carol asks that Alexandria send a delegation to the fair, but Michonne once again declines.

Henry, meanwhile, has begun his apprenticeship at the blacksmith. He bumps into Enid (Katelyn Nacon). Henry is smitten with Enid, so he is heartbroken when he sees her kiss Alden (Callan McAuliffe). Later at dinner, Henry barely touches his food. When he goes to clear his plate, he meets three other young residents of Hilltop: Gage (Jackson Pace), Addy (Kelley Mack), and Rodney (Joe Ando Hirsh). They’ve noticed Henry moping around and decide to cheer him up by inviting him to their after-hours activities beyond the walls.

Michonne and Siddiq sit with an unconscious Rosita, who suddenly awakens. Rather than rest, she demands to go out after the search party, saying they have no idea what they are up against.

Back with the search party, Daryl concludes that the herd is still following them. He plans to distract it by chucking an old alarm clock into the tall grass, drawing the herd to the sound once it goes off. Once the herd comes into view, Jesus realizes it has doubled in size from the last time they saw it.

As the hunt continues, a storm rolls in on the search party. They eventually find the barn where Eugene is hiding. Once they find him, he begins to tell them that he and Rosita heard the walkers whispering to each other, and that the herd that has been tailing the search party has been hunting for him as well. The other three don’t believe it, until the herd begins approaching the barn.

Once they get out on the road, Eugene shares a theory that the walkers are evolving, giving them the ability to speak and strategize. Daryl offers to stay behind and distract the herd, giving Jesus and Aaron the chance to get Eugene, who is still injured from his fall off the water tower, to safety.

At Alexandria, Negan continues to poke at Gabriel, leading Gabriel to snap at the former Savior while cleaning up his cell. He tells Negan of his frustration that he cannot help Rosita as he is charged with taking care of him. That night, Negan sits in his cell bouncing a ball. When it rolls beyond the bars of his cell, Negan gets up and realizes the door is unlocked.

Henry parties with the other Hilltop kids at their forest clubhouse, which includes drinking some of their moonshine liquor. The group then shows Henry that they have a walker trapped in a pit nearby. As they taunt and torment it, Henry jumps in and kills it with his bo staff. Later, Tara leads Earl the blacksmith (John Finn) down to the cells beneath the Hilltop main house. Henry is there, sleeping off his drunkenness. He shares his story with Earl, who sympathizes given his own issues with alcohol.

Daryl uses firecrackers and Dog’s barking to again distract the herd, but he is flabbergasted when they ignore the diversion and continue on after Eugene, Aaron, and Jesus. The trio moves as fast they can, eventually taking refuge behind the stone walls of a cemetery. The herd pushes through a small break in the wall and continues after them. They try to open a metal gate they find but it is wedged shut. As the walkers close in, Jesus and Aaron turn to face them.

After they’ve dispatched a number of the walkers, Michonne appears on the other side of the gate and tries to pry it open. Magna and Yumiko arrive just after Michonne, saying they have come to earn their keep. Aaron goes to help with the gate as Jesus continues to fight the walkers. As he goes to finish one, however, it suddenly moves quickly out of the way and stabs Jesus with a hidden knife. As it does, it whispers in his ear, “You are where you do not belong.”

The others are stunned, but more walkers begin attacking out of the darkness carrying weapons. Luckily, Daryl is there to fire off a few well-placed crossbow bolts. They examine the walker that killed Jesus, with Daryl discovering that it is actually a human who was wearing a mask made of walker flesh.