Mike returns home to his family after a catalog shoot in Alaska for his company, Outdoor Man. Vanessa tells Mike she's getting busier at work, and needs him to help out more with the kids; like taking Eve to soccer practice and Kristin's son Boyd to day care. Mike admonishes Mandy when she says she called for someone to change her tire while on the road, saying Mandy should learn to do this.
Mike returns to work at Outdoor Man, remarking that he is glad to be back in a "man's sanctuary." Ed, Mike's boss and owner of Outdoor Man, tells Mike he is shutting down the catalog until the company increases their web sales. He puts Mike in charge of the website.
Vanessa is offered a promotion; Mike tells her he will help out more with the kids. He takes Boyd to day care but doesn't like the frou-frou way it's being run, so instead he takes Boyd with him to Outdoor Man for the day. While there, Mike asks new teenage employee Kyle if he would like to ask his daughter Mandy out on a date.
Kyle comes over that night, but mistakenly thinks that Kristin is Mandy, and they go out to a movie. Meanwhile, Eve gets asked out on her first-ever date by the boy she injured in soccer practice. Mandy comes home all dirty after she change another flat tire by herself, and Mike is proud.
At home, Mandy asks Mike for twenty dollars to buy coffee at the mall. Mike complains about her asking for money all the time, and suggests she get a part-time job; he tells Vanessa that the kids need to learn responsibility. Vanessa is concerned but goes along with it. The next day Kristin notices cleaning chemicals in the cabinet under the kitchen sink when the door is left open, and declares that the house needs baby-proofing. Eve finds a local man on the Internet who does this, and they show the site to Mike, who dismisses the guy (Chester) as a nut. Mike says it's okay for kids to sometimes have accidents, as that is how they learn not to do it again.
The decision is made to have Chester come by for an estimate. He arrives that night, declaring everything in the house to be dangerous. An irritated Mike confronts Chester about his claims, but Kristin and Vanessa decide to hire Chester anyway, and the house is then baby-proofed.
Everyone now has trouble opening the doors and cabinets because of the locks. Mandy gets a job selling clothes at the mall, but loses it when she charges too many clothes using her employee discount.
At work Mike records his "vlog" about a hunting knife. It turns into a tirade about the absurdity of baby-proofing,and not letting your kids face any kind of danger. Ed walls into Mike's office, telling Mike he agrees about the baby-proofing. Mike gets Mandy a job delivering pizzas at night, but Vanessa is concerned, so Mike and Kyle follow Mandy on her first night in Kyle's old van. When Mandy pulls over in front of a sketchy-looking house, Mike gets out first and sneaks up to the house to check it out. He gets Maced by Mandy, who thinks he's a stalker.
Later that night Mike agrees that Mandy should give up the pizza-delivery job, and Vanessa agrees that they should "un-baby-proof" the house.
Vanessa reminds Mike about attending grandson Boyd's Grandparents Day at his preschool,but Mike tries to get out of it, unsuccessfully .Once there, Mike is not thrilled with the way the school is being run, nor does he like the administrator Bruce. Vanessa is befriended by an older woman there who keeps insisting that Vanessa is elderly.
Vanessa goes clothes shopping at the mall with Mandy, and is irritated by the young salesgirl who thinks she's old, so she tries dressing younger. Mike takes Boyd to work since he can't go to preschool,and no one there gets any work done. Back at home Vanessa worries that she's getting old, and tells Mike. Mike considers returning to Boyd's preschool to make amends.
Mike feels let down when his daughters aren't into celebrating Halloween with him the way they used to. He decides that his two-year-old grandson, Boyd, can be his perfect trick or treat partner. But Kristin, Boyd's mother, adamantly tells him that she doesn't want her son to go out on Halloween. Mike sneaks him out - with a plan to get the child home before Kristin gets back from work. When Mike, dressed as John Wayne from The Green Berets, gets to Ed's house with Boyd, they are greeted at the door by Ed's lady friend, Elvira.
Mike's company softball-team must add females in order to play in a tournament. The team decides to vote on whether they should forgo the tournament and stay all male, or allow a female in order to qualify. Some of the macho men are against adding a female player; Mike suggests a secret ballot to make the final decision. His own decision has him torn between wanting an all-men's team, and wanting to support his daughters in their own battle when being denied because of their gender.
Meanwhile, Mandy struggles over choosing a college, made more difficult when her parents battle each other in trying to get her to attend their own alma maters. Her struggles increase with the pressure of trying to compose just the right college essay to submit.
Mandy wants to audition for the "America's Next Hot Teen Model" contest, and approaches Mike for permission. Even though he doesn't want her to, he agrees thinking she'll never make it past the first step. He resists when Vanessa asks him to say no so that he has a turn at 'bad cop'. Things go out of control when he finds out just how Mandy plans on getting noticed. His attempt at being bad cop digs him deeper into the ever-unpredictable teen world.
Meanwhile, both Mike and Kristin have their own battles to face when they attempt to assert themselves at work.
After a neighbor's home is broken into, Mike installs a security system in his home. The girls are not thrilled when they realize an alarm will beep each time the door is opened... which puts a dent in their sneaking into or out of the house options. Mike then converts the bomb shelter built by a previous owner decades back into an official panic room. When Vanessa invites the neighbors over to plan a neighborhood watch, Mike and Dr. Wong pull patrol duty. As they walk the streets they have trouble finding any common ground for conversation. To break the ice, Mike reveals a secret that Mandy told him.
At the store Mike and Ed prepare for a meeting with a vendor, and attempt to thwart the salesman's track record of finagling deals for products that usually result in disaster.
Kyle's innocent sleepover in Kristin's room prompts Mike's uncharacteristic parental rules. His hard-core list, -,along with his refusal to believe that "nothing happened," triggers an unexpected result when Kristin elects to leave home and move in with Kyle. As she packs, Mandy can't hide her intentions on Kristin's soon-to-be available bedroom.
Mike struggles to find a way to bring harmony back to their family while maintaining a home atmosphere that works for everyone. As he ponders his next steps and seeks Ed's advice, Kristin gets a taste of life with not-quite ready for adulthood Kyle and his fun-loving roommates.
When Vanessa invited the new neighbors to dinner, she didn't realize they were a lesbian couple. Both she and Mike are delighted to discover they all have much in common. Vanessa and one of the women make plans for shopping,while Mike considers the other woman just like his other buddies. He makes plans to do guy stuff, but Mike's soon to discover that this new friendship can get very complex.
Travis tells Mandy he is staying in for the night, but Eve sees that Travis has been tagged in a photo with another girl. This brings the sisters together as co-conspirators when they devise the perfect way to get even.
Boyd's father, Ryan, returns to town, which puts a kink in the Baxter family's Christmas. Kyle feels threatened, and Mike struggles between of feelings of wrath versus the true meaning of Christmas. Kristin understands Ryan's desire to be in Boyd's life, and becomes the voice of reason.
Mandy takes a job at Outdoor Man as a Christmas elf to Ed's Santa Claus. She soon turns to finding a way to reduce the workload. She goes head-on with Ed regarding workers' rights for the Christmas crew, and forms a picket line of elves, pixies, and flying reindeer.
As Mike and Ed ponder the imminent demise of archaic Murphy's Barbershop due to waning clientele, Mandy's blog regarding the retro establishment sparks an unexpected result, which sends Ed into a tailspin. Her moment of success gives Mike hope that somehow Mandy just might be able to make life work.
Vanessa's exhaustion from trying to be super mom to her family while juggling the increased workload from her promotion becomes unbearable. Her desperate tactics to cover for her fatigue during a business meeting backfire. Meanwhile, Mike tries to convince Vanessa he really can step up to the plate.
When a rising young star on the pro fishing circuit has dinner at the Baxters' and the conversation turns to traveling the world for work, Vanessa wonders if Mike is feelingtied down now that he spends more time at home. Meanwhile, Kristin and Eve think Mandy's decision to become a vegan is another one of her passing phases.
Mike is taken aback when he finds out that Ed -- who has been an absentee dad -- has hired his daughter, Gabriella, to replace him as the new marketing consultant of Outdoor Man. When Ed agrees with Mike that her youth-oriented proposals to re-brand the retail stores aren't the way to go, she plays the Daddy card for all its worth. Also, Mike and Eve bring home a stray dog that Mandy thinks she's allergic to.
When Vanessa finds out that she and Mike weren't invited to a neighbor's party, she blames Mike for not trying hard enough to be pleasant in social situations. Mike is willing to try and change his ways, so he agrees to accept a dinner invitation to the neighbor's. Meanwhile, when the underage Eve accide_ ntally dents Mandy's car, they have to figure out a way to hide the damage from their parents.
When Vanessa gives Mike a history of their house for his birthday, they discover that a woman who once lived there over 100 years ago died upstairs. Now the family, especially Vanessa, suspects the mysterious things going on in the house are linked to the woman's ghost.
Meanwhile, Ed claims to never have cash on him and keeps borrowing from the money strap'ped Kyle.
When the overzealous Mandy gets the chance to meet her idol,things don't go exactly as planned, but the outcome is better than. she could have ever imagined. Meanwhile, Mike doesn't want "The Man" ordering him to cut down a damaged tree on his own property and rallies the family to protest down at City Hall.
When Mike gets 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and his race car to jazz up the Outdoor Man retail space, Mike realizes more than ever how much he misses the adrenaline rush he used to get from his adventures on the road. Right before Tony shows up for the opening,Kyle finds a way to give Mike a taste of that excitement once again. Also, Kristin's desire to go skydiving gets Vanessa thinking how she used to take more chances before becoming a Mom.
When Mike's younger brother Jim and father Bud visit, a sibling rivalry ensues; Eve, Mandy and Kristin try to help Bud find a girlfriend.
The Baxters are constantly awakened by an early morning prankster who rings their doorbell and then runs away. When Mike catches the teen-aged boy, the kid injures himself and now his litigious father expects Mike to pay the doctor bill. Also, single working mom Kristin starts college.
When Mandy's new boyfriend, Terrence, turns out to be an animal rights activist, he clashes with Mike, who collects guns and hunts for sport. Meanwhile, Kyle discovers through an online site that, like Ed, he is Basque, and Ed embraces him as his "brother."
After Mike and Ed invite Kyle to join the team for The Outdoor Man's annual sports competition, they have second thoughts, since his non-athletic ways might earn their team yet another loss. Meanwhile Vanessa tries to explain herself when she is overheard saying she didn't want to attend Eve's soccer game and Mandy's school play.
When Mike's dad, Bud, moves to town to be the builder on the new Outdoor Man store, Vanessa is concerned that some of Bud's well-intentioned ways might elevate Mike's high blood pressure.
When Mike realizes he unintentionally upstaged Vanessa's announcement about being nominated as the top volunteer school parent, his efforts to make it up to her might cause more harm than good. Meanwhile, Eve is afraid she won't fit in at high school;and Ed wants to release an Outdoor Man action figure inspired by Mike.
Vanessa's sweet-but-flighty sister, April,pays a visit. This irritates Mike, who is convinced April only wants to ask for another loan, and he and Ed would rather use any extra cash-to buy a tank to run over old cars and boats in a junkyard. Meanwhile, Kyle and Kristin break up, but Kyle is more worried about what Mike will think.
First-time voter Mandy is taking her vote seriously, and Mike wants to make certain she votes the right way... his way. But his lobbying for Romney backfires when Kirsten and Ryan step into the fray with their dedication to Obama. Sparks fly as both sides pull out all the punches to prove their side the only logical way to vote. Political barbs and blatant sarcasm seems the menu for the day at the dinner table. Vanessa attempts the futile role of peacemaker, as the political wedge pushes further into the family harmony.
At the store, Fantasy Football has begun and Ed hits the screen running,determined to win this year and topple the consistent champ, Mike's daughter, Eve. He will stop at nothing to build just the right team and take it to the finish line. Meanwhile, Eve has plans of her own, and much to Mike's chagrin, she builds an elite team from proven winners... including a former Raider, which sends Bronco's fan Mike spiraling as h·is house divides even more.
When Boyd gets in trouble at school for playing dodgeball,which his fellow kindergarteners were banned from playing,Mike thinks this is another sign that parents are raising a generation of wimps. So unbeknownst to Kristin and Ryan and contrary to their values, Mike forms a secret afterschool dodegeball club for Boyd and the neighborhood kids.
When their African American neighbors' car is egged, Vanessa goes against Mike's advice and decides to let them know their car wasn't the only one vandalized. Meanwhile Eve wants to quit soccer, but when Mike and Vanessa won't let her, she rebels by getting drunk at a party.
Mike is shocked when he finds out Vanessa sided with Ed's ex-wife, Wanda, instead of with Ed after he divorced her - twice. And when Ed tells Mike he thinks he and Wanda should get back together, Mike thinks it's a terrible idea. Meanwhile, single, working mom Kristin is reluctant to get the carefree Mandy a job at the diner to help her save money for a high school class trip.
After Vanessa's complex presentation to Eve's class on career day about her work for an oil company, the class quickly turns on Vanessa and accuses her of destroying Mother Earth. A mortified Eve demands her mom be more environmentally responsible by quitting her job. Mike believes Eve should apologize to her mother, but Eve refuses and goes to drastic lengths by camping in the backyard.
When Mike brings home a dead duck he shot for dinner, Kristin is horrified that he would expose young Boyd to the violence of death. Ryan, a vegan, for once agrees with Mike that Boyd should get used to the realities of life. But when Boyd stops eating meat, Mike tries to explain the circle of life to his grandson, with surprising results.
Vanessa, worn out from the recent Thanksgiving holiday, longs for the quiet, no-fuss Christmases when it was just her and Mike. Since he doesn't have a clue about what to get Vanessa for Christmas, he decides a family-free holiday is the perfect gift, and now must figure out a way to get Boyd and the girls away for the holidays. Meanwhile, Ed mistakenly shoots an American bald eagle instead of a turkey.
When Eve is suspended from school for calling a boy a bad name, Mike is surprised name calling would be considered bullying. Meanwhile Ryan finally gets a job, but when he buys a motorcycle, Kristin thinks he won't have extra money to help her and Boyd.
Bill McKenzie has been the Outdoor Man's architect for years, which is why he is dumbfounded when Mike tells him the job may now go to a young,gorgeous female architect. Back home, Vanessa wonders if looks trumped talent in her recent job promotion.
When Mike concedes to Vanessa to hire a housekeeper, the topic of immigration comes up, and Ed is asked to check the green cards of the Outdoor Man workers. Meanwhile, Kristin finds a creative way to make extra money.
When Mike hangs his prized U.S. flag in the yard, 14-year-old Eve is inspired by her father's patriotism and announces she wants to join the Junior ROTC, which concerns Vanessa. Later on, a chance meeting at the VFW with a female armory gunner has an impact on Eve.
Mike is so impressed with Greg,Mandy's new boyfriend and the high school star quarterback, he offers him a job at the Outdoor Man under Kyle's supervision. But when Mandy realizes Kyle is covering for him on the job, she takes a second look at both Kyle and Greg. Meanwhile, Kristin tries to figure out her relationship with Ryan.
When Mike finds out his grandson Boyd is no longer registered at school as a Baxter, Kristen tells him Ryan is recommitted to them and wants their son to start using his last name.
Meanwhile, Mandy, Kristin and Eve reunite the Inglorious Baxters in hopes their Valentine's Day music video will go viral.
To celebrate Buffalo Bill Day Sale-abration, the Outdoor Man puts on a classic entertainment skit based on a Wild West Show, directed by Mike and starring Ed as Buffalo Bill and Eve as Annie Oakley. During rehearsals, Ryan has a problem with Mike's interpretation, and Mandy flirts with an oblivious Kyle.
When Mike catches Mandy sneaking into the house late one night after being with Kyle, he wages his own form of psychological warfare on the couple to prevent it from happening again. Meanwhile, Kristin wants to hide the truth from Boyd that she and Ryan are now romantically dating.
Mike hopes that hiring a private soccer coach for Eve will help her chances of getting a scholarship. But the ladies in the Baxter household, especially Vanessa, find themselves quite enamored of the handsome young man who gets the job.
Mike is surprisingly impressed with Ryan when they take Boyd to a baseball game and have a run-in with a tipsy Bill McKendree, who's been on a downward spiral ever since Mike failed to give him an Outdoor Man account. Meanwhile, when Mandy gets her laptop and cell phone taken away for failing history, she comes across Mike's old ham radio and starts some unlikely conversations with people from around the world.
When the less-than-studious Mandy gets accepted to not one but two colleges, Kristin realizes it's time to reevaluate where she is in her life. While out on a special date with Ryan, she is pleasantly surprised to see Jon, a former co-worker from the diner where she still works, who is now the successful owner of a hip, upscale restaurant. Meanwhile, Mike and Vanessa wonder if Mandy's college choice, a party school in California, is right for her, and Eve gets help with her Junior ROTC competition from neighbor Chuck Larabee.
Mike finds that Mandy's steady boyfriend Kyle's new interest in philosophy is distracting him from his work at The Outdoor Man Store. A solution may be in the offing when camo-wearing regular customers Brody and Uncle Ray come to the sporting goods store to get outfitted for their annual moose hunting expedition. Meanwhile, Mike is skeptical about his grandson Boyd attending a bilingual school and wants Kristin and Ryan to switch Boyd to a school in his neighborhood.
Although Mike is having a great time teaching Eve how to drive, he thinks Vanessa should take over so she can have a chance to bond with her daughter. Meanwhile, Mandy is annoyed with Mike's constant requests to her boyfriend, Kyle, to work around the house.
Vanessa is concerned that Mandy's boyfriend, Kyle, is holding her back from enjoying college life and urges her to join her old sorority, causing Mandy to have to choose between Kyle and her social life. Meanwhile, Ed is worried about the productivity on The Outdoor Man loading dock and disguises himself to work undercover to figure out what the issue is.
Now that Kristin is a manager at the restaurant owned by the ambitious John Baker, she finds herself comparing him to her boyfriend, Ryan, who is still on strike from his beer truck driving job. Meanwhile, Mike and Eve try to catch each other unaware as part of her sniper/hunter training.
When Vanessa tries to relive her PTA glory days by taking over the Halloween haunted house fundraiser for Boyd's school,her ideas prove too scary for him. Now, Mike must find a way to reassure Boyd and help him face his fears.
Mike is reluctant to support neighbor Carol Larabee in her bid for the local school board, so when her campaign signs begin to mysteriously disappear, her husband, Chuck, wonders if Mike is behind it. Also, Eve gets mixed messages when she goes to Mandy and Kristin for romance advice, and Kyle wonders why new Outdoor Man Store.employee Ryan gets more attention from Ed than he ever has.
After a big snowstorm, Eve is thrilled because now she can start her annual snow shoveling business. But when she finds out her neighbor has beaten her to it, she gets a lesson from Mike on capitalism and the free market.
Since Vanessa is feeling guilty after encouraging Mandy to break up with the sometimes clueless Kyle, she is determined to mend things, but her sincere efforts only seem to make a bad situation worse.
It's Thanksgiving Day in the Baxter house and Mike's father, Bud, takes everyone by surprise when he announces his plans to open a recreational marijuana store. Now, Mike struggles between supporting his Dad and questioning the message this new business venture could send to his family.
After giving his great-grandson Boyd a spanking,Bud is surprised that Mike agrees with Kristen and Ryan about not using that style of discipline as a last resort. Meanwhile, when Mandy gives boyfriend Kyle a porkpie hat, he thinks it's because she wants to "brand" him.
In the spirit of Christmas, the sometimes self-absorbed Mandy plays Santa by anonymously arranging a holiday surprise for Blanca, the Baxters' housekeeper. Also, when Vanessa gives Boyd a "magical" Elf doll,Ryan wants to tell Boyd it's just a doll, but Mike wants to prove to Ryan that a little Christmas spirit is not a bad thing.
Eve has proudly posted one of Mike's politically charged vlogs on her Facebook page but ignores the kids at school when they start giving her a hard time for her views. Vanessa worries that Eve may become an outcast, but Mike feels like standing up for your beliefs builds character. Meanwhile, a local police officer begins patrolling the neighborhood and the Baxters find themselves in trouble with the law. Mike is outnumbered when the women in his family get off with warnings.
Boyd has become a discipline problem at school,getting bored easily and resisting sitting still in class. When Kristin explains that the school counselor suggests he go on medicine for ADHD, both Ryan and Mike passionately disagree. Meanwhile, with some extra help, Mandy spends all of her time studying in an effort to get good grades for a change.
When tasked with researching his school's namesake, Boyd gets a little help from Kristin and Ryan, and his report causes outrage, prompting the school to reconsider its name. Also upsetting Vanessa, Mike suggests reaching out to school board member and neighbor Carol Larabee for help. Meanwhile, Mandy enlists Blanca's expertise for a class project.
A large bouquet of roses is delivered anonymously to the Baxter's house on Valentine's Day. Vanessa knows they're not for her because Mike doesn't believe in the frivolity of flowers on a Hallmark holiday. As an expression of his love, though, Mike buys Vanessa a Taser, which only adds to her disappointment. Meanwhile, Kristin suspects her boss, John Baker, may be the secret admirer, while Mandy assumes the flowers are from Kyle.
The Baxter's neighbor Chuck Larabee stops by with his German Shepard, Lady, to let them know that their tiny dog,Muffin, has impregnated his dog. Chuck is very selective about who Lady breeds with because purebred German Shepard puppies are in demand, and he's not pleased at the litter of mutts Muffin has caused. Meanwhile, Eve takes the high road and leaves a note on the parked car that Mandy hit, but somehow Mandy reaps the benefits of her sister's integrity.
Eve has a new boyfriend but refuses to talk about him. After Vanessa pressures her for some good ol' girl talk, Eve concedes and opens up, much to Vanessa's joy. But when Mandy and Kristin catch wind that Eve's boyfriend is taking part in the same overnight Junior ROTC camping trip as Eve, their past mistakes prompt them to be concerned.
For a class project, Mandy has to showcase her clothing designs at a student fashion show and asks Eve to fill in as a model. After the show, the Baxters are beaming with pride for Mandy's success, until she declares that she's decided to quit school and use the money Mike and Vanessa set aside for college to make and sell some of her designs. Mike especially doesn't like the idea of Mandy abandoning her education right when she is finally getting her act together, and the rest of the family isn't shy to provide their opinions either. But when Mike goes to talk to her, he finds out that Grandpa Bud has complicated things.
Eve has decided she wants to go to college at West Point. In order to do so she needs to get straight As, which might be a problem considering her geometry teacher, Mr. Hardin, is called "Hard-ass" Hardin for a reason. In turn, Eve asks Mike and Vanessa for their approval to switch teachers to an easier class - a move Vanessa approves of, but one that Mike just sees as the easy way out.
After Mike notices a bump on Bud's head, Bud explains that he was jumped the other night while unloading his truck at the pot shop. While Vanessa says she knew all along that Bud's business would cause trouble, Mike isn't ready to think of his dad getting older and tries to suggest ways that Bud can protect himself. Later, Vanessa talks with the girls about their responsibility to care for her and Mike when they reach a certain age.
When Vanessa's mooching sister April comes to visit, Mike suspects it's because she needs money. Sure enough, April explains that she's decided to have a baby but doesn't have the funds for a donor egg.VJhile Vanessa and Mike aren't on board, Mandy comes up with a solution. Meanwhile, at Outdoor Man, Mike tries pulling a prank on Chuck Larabee that gives him some new perspective.
With some guidance from Mike, Ryan convinces an overprotective Kristin to let Boyd participate in the mutton busting competition at the rodeo to help build Boyd's confidence. Meanwhile, Eve's turned off by her boyfriend's insecurity after he says he doesn't want her to wear her JROTC uniform to the prom. Having heard about their fight, Eve's not-so-secret admirer Andrew swoops in.
Mike is ecstatic when Eve is picked to be her high school's first female kicker. But Vanessa feels high school football could be risky for their youngest daughter. Meanwhile, Eve wonders if her boyfriend Justin is more envious than enthusiastic about her achievement.
When Boyd gets sent home early from a birthday party for starting a game of "war," Ryan insists Mike stop exposing his son to action movies and video games. Meanwhile, Vanessa hopes budding fashion designer Mandy can help her look awesome when she meets with her still hot-looking college roommates.
The longtime friendship between Mike and Ed is challenged when Ed's pushy girlfriend, Wendi, thinks Outdoor Man store owner Ed and not Mike should be the face of the sporting goods store. Meanwhile, Eve feels the pressure of being labeled her high school football team's "female" kicker.
Mike offers Mandy advice on how to set aside money to pay the taxes on her struggling online clothing business. But she decides to do it her way - by opening up a pop up store at Bud's Buds.
When Mike and Boyd narrowly miss a sinkhole on the interstate, Boyd becomes petrified of leaving the house. Matters get more complicated when Mike and Ryan have different opinions on how best to ease Boyd's fears.
Mike and Chuck debate the merits of a local ballot measure merging their upscale neighborhood high school with one in the inner city. For Halloween, Ryan dresses up Boyd as a lump of coal - another reminder to Vanessa how her job as a geologist may be hurtingthe environment.
Mike finds himself in the middle between Kristin and Ryan when it's discovered that Boyd was never vaccinated for chicken pox. Meanwhile, Mandy refuses to believe that Kyle let Eve beat him in a shooting gallery game.
After Kyle is in a minor motorcycle accident, Mandy is worried for his safety, but Ed is more concerned about the company's health insurance rates rising. Meanwhile, Ed makes a surprise announcement, and Eve finally gets to play with her high school football team.
When Mike realizes Vanessa has given away his remaining and beloved incandescent light bulbs, he and Chuck go on a mission to track down some of the old-school bulbs. Meanwhile, Mandy announces she's moving out of the house into her own apartment but leaves out a major detail.
Mike wants to open a fish-and-game eatery, and he invites Kristin to be his business partner. Elsewhere, Mandy needs feathers for some hats she's making,so she accompanies Eve on a pheasant hunt.
When Mike and Vanessa offer the cash-strapped Kristin and Ryan a very generous Christmas present to put toward their wedding,the couple must decide if they will accept - but there's a catch that goes along with it. Meanwhile, Kyle has his reasons for asking Ed to teach him how to play poker.
When an Outdoor Man billboard is vandalized, Mike wants to hire his neighbor Chuck's security company to protect it. But Vanessa doesn't want to mix business with friendship since she's counting on a teaching recommendation from Chuck's wife, Carol. Meanwhile, Eve benefits from Mandy's philosophical decision to not take credit for doing household chores.
Tim Allen reunites with Patricia Richardson, who played his wife on the acclaimed series Home Improvement. Mike butts heads with his new but noisy neighbor, Helen Potts, for waking up the neighbors with her power tools and fix-it projects. But when Vanessa and Helen become fast friends, Mike decides to interfere. Meanwhile, Eve learns that Ed isn't the type of Vietnam War hero she thought he was.
Although Eve insists she's OK after her first high school break-up, everyone has an opinion as to how she should deal with her feelings. To take her mind off it, Mike has her tag along to watch sports on Ed's new 120-inch TV. Also, while shopping for Kristin's wedding dress, she and Mandy fight over how Kristin broke up with Kyle.
When a neighbor's security camera catches Vanessa spraying the neighborhood cat with a hose, an upset Mike feels like they don't have any privacy. But as Mike reviews the security footage, he also sees Mandy in a compromising situation.
When Mike encourages both Ryan and Kyle to stand up for their beliefs, he sees how important it is for them to have a father figure in their lives.
When a homeless man that Kyle has befriended goes missing,Mike uses his vlog to help track him down. Mandy is inspired by Kyle's good deed and in her unique way, helps a young mother from the woman's shelter.
When Mike and Vanessa come home early from their anniversary celebration, they are surprised to see that Mandy was planning a party, which included beer for the under-aged guests. Meanwhile, Ed's unique take on marriage and divorce causes Kristen to get nervous about her own upcoming wedding.
When an excited Mandy announces she will accept her dream summer internship job to work with a top fashion designer in New York City - then suddenly claims she can't go - Mike and Vanessa want to figure out why she changed her mind.
At the grand opening of The Outdoor Man Grill, things get tense when restaurant manager Kristin feels like co-owner Ed is undermining her ability to run the place. Meanwhile, Eve distances herself from a childhood girlfriend who seems to have a crush on her.
Vanessa plays matchmaker for Eve and sets her up with one of her students - not realizing Eve may already be going out with someone else. Meanwhile, Mike and Chuck suspect Eve is secretly dating Chuck's son, Brandon.
When Mike and Ed take Ryan and his supposedly-ailing dad, Victor, on their hunting trip, Victor admits he wasn't truthful about his reasons for finally coming to see Ryan. Meanwhile, Vanessa scrambles to get more family members to attend Ryan and Kristin's wedding.
Mike has returned from being on a fantastic two-month road trip traveling to far-flung places for Outdoor Man. It's great to be back with his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, but he finds a lot has been going on at home as well as on the job since he's been away. To top it all off, a tornado is headed toward the Outdoor Man store and the Baxter home.
Amidst the mass chaos of picking up Boyd from school,Mike asks a reluctant Ryan to let Boyd walk home unsupervised. Meanwhile, Ed and Kyle hold a "Doomsday Preppers" meeting,and Eve and Mandy try to keep a secret from Vanessa.
Vanessa tries to educate Eve as to why she should be more on board with having a woman president. Meanwhile, after Ed mentions to Mike that he hasn't seen his own daughter for years, Mike and Mandy try to figure out what they have in common.
When Mike blames the public school system for suspending his grandson Boyd from public school,he tells Ryan they should start looking at private schools. Meanwhile, Kristin and Kyle try to capture a raccoon loose in the Outdoor Man restaurant, and Mandy doesn't want Eve to take photos of her for a class assignment.
When Vanessa and the girls surprise Mike with a 1967 Impala for his birthday, he's excited to have alone time in the garage with the car. But when the car's original owner, Joe, keeps showing up with spare parts and unwanted advice, Mike drops some not-so-subtle hints that he can do without Joe's help. Meanwhile, Mandy is mad when Vanessa allows Eve to go to a music festival - when she was never allowed to when she was growing up.
On Halloween, Mike and Chuck decide to spend the evening watching football instead of passing out candy with their wives. But when Vanessa and Carol start pranking them, the competition is on to see who can out-prank who. Kyle dresses up like his hero, Ed, but Ed has a surprising response to Kyle's imitation of him.
Kristin is surprised that Mike is treating her more like a dad than her boss when she tells him she wants to oversee the opening of the next Outdoor Man Grill restaurant. Meanwhile, Mandy and Kyle hope Ed will want their help in rekindling his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Wendi.
When Eve tells the family her annoying best friend Cammy needs to move in with them, Mike springs into action to find a way to pawn Cammy off on someone else, namely the Larabees. Meanwhile, Kristin asks Mandy to design the new uniforms for the Outdoor Man Grill,but they clash over Mandy's creative process.
Although Vanessa is disappointed it will only be her, Mike and Eve at the Baxter Thanksgiving table, she's more let down whn Eve bypasses one of their holiday traditions and calls it "goofy." Meanwhile, Kristin finds out Mandy is lying to their parents about where she and Kyle will be spending Thanksgiving dinner.
When Boyd's hockey team needs a new coach, Mike surprises everyone when he recommends Ryan for the job, since he was an all-star hockey player in high school. Meanwhile, Vanessa doesn't understand why ideal student Eve is failing in chemistry.
Mike, annoyed at how far his family has moved away from the true spirit of Christmas, tells them he doesn't want any physical gifts this year. Instead, he just wants each of them to perform a "good deed" for him. Meanwhile, Chuck is nominated to be Outdoor Man's in-store Santa for the season.
When Mike and Vanessa need a sure winner on their annual college alumnae Sk race teams, they go to extreme measures to see who will win over Eve. Meanwhile, Kristin senses work might get tricky when Ed hires his girlfriend, Wendi,to be the new hostess at The Outdoor Man Grill.
To snap Eve out of her funk of not getting into West Point Academy, Mike hopes that taking her to Outdoor Man will show her different career options. But both Mike and Vanessa are taken aback by the unexpected influence that car mechanic Joe has on her. Meanwhile, Mandy makes Kristin feel like they no longer have anything in common.
When Ed asks Kyle to secretly take an engagement ring to get fitted, Mike spots him with it. Now, he and Vanessa think Kyle is going to propose to Mandy.
Mike has convinced Kristin and Ryan to buy a home instead of renting an apartment. But when he finds the ideal place for them, Ryan surprises everyone with a change of heart and backs out of the idea. Meanwhile, Mandy doesn't want Eve in the basement, which doubles as her work space, but Kyle defends her right to be there.
When Eve and her friend Cammy form a new band, they sound so horrible that Mike comes up with an idea to break them up, but his plan has unexpected results. Meanwhile, Kyle and Mandy babysit Boyd.
Mike is anxious to buy the miniature tank collection that once belonged to the late husband of his neighbor, Helen Potts. But when he discovers Helen already sold the collection, he goes to extremes to make the collection his own. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ed are concerned when a mysterious "Bubba X" posts a scathing review about their dining experience at the Outdoor Man Restaurant.
Mike thinks Vanessa is using too much of his space at home to do her work, so he builds her a detached shed he calls a "she shed" in their yard. Meanwhile, Kyle has to cope when Kristin is unexpectedly named Employee of the Month at the Outdoor Man.
Mike meets with famous rock climber, and former girlfriend, Billie Cassidy, to persuade her to let the Outdoor Man sell her line of climbing gear. Billie agrees to the deal but Mike is wary of her one condition: that he has to go on the promotional campaign trip with her. Meanwhile, Mandy helps Kristin and Ryan sell their old possessions.
Vanessa hopes getting a tattoo will change the current status she has with her three daughters from mother/daughter to the friend/friend level. Meanwhile, Ryan gets camping lessons from Kyle.
When Mike finds out future son-in-law Kyle fears meeting with the church's new minister, Mike tells Kyle to use him and Vanessa as a strong marriage example, but a recent argument ends up sending them to the minister instead. Meanwhile, Ryan helps Eve with her assignment to debate from the opposite side of her politically conservative beliefs.
In honor of Mike's 25 years at The Outdoor Man, Ed plans a surprise dinner for him and asks Joe and Chuck to come up with the after-dinner speech.Also, Mandy decides that in order for her and Kyle to save money, they should move in with her parents after they're married.