The maturation of Mandy and Ryan in Last Man Standing Season 7, Episode 15

LAST MAN STANDING: L-R: Nancy Travis and Molly McCook in the “Arrest Her Development” episode of LAST MAN STANDING airing Friday, Feb. 22 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.
LAST MAN STANDING: L-R: Nancy Travis and Molly McCook in the “Arrest Her Development” episode of LAST MAN STANDING airing Friday, Feb. 22 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX. /
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In Last Man Standing Season 7, Episode 15, Mandy and Ryan matured as adults. What did they do, and how did their actions affect their loved ones?

A week after the hourlong episode of Last Man Standing, two Baxter family members matured in their journey of life. Mandy and Kyle plan to move out of the Baxter house into their own apartment, and Ryan wants to expand the pot store Buds Buds. While Tim Allen is the star actor of the show, the spotlight shone on Mandy and Ryan in Last Man Standing Season 7, Episode 15.

Mandy and Kyle move out

Mandy (Molly McCook) and Kyle (Christoph Sanders) are looking for apartments. A week after they combined their finances, they are apartment hunting. They have been living in the Baxter house since Season 5, Episode 22, and Mike (Tim Allen) is excited about them moving out. Perhaps he’s too excited!

When Mandy and Kyle go look for their first apartment, Vanessa (Nancy Travis) joins them. She remembers when she and Mike moved into their first apartment, and she wants to help them to ensure they ask the right questions, learn the proper information, and find a nice place to live.

Yet Vanessa’s motherly instincts come into play. Mandy and Kyle are infatuated with the first apartment they visit, but Vanessa insists the landlord makes repairs to it. Not only does the landlord hang up the phone, but Mandy and Kyle’s application is denied. Furthermore, Vanessa asks intrusive questions to more landlords, and they all reject Mandy and Kyle as tenants.

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Jen (Krista Marie Yu) even wonders if the landlords are sharing Vanessa’s complaints. Although she is a foreign exchange student, Jen is a typical teenager. She sasses Vanessa, and she even claims Vanessa is sabotaging Mandy and Kyle’s chances of landing an apartment.

Mandy discovers why the applications for apartments are repeatedly rejected, and she is pissed. She angrily tells Vanessa to stop treating her like a child; she’s six feet tall!

Vanessa discusses the situation with Mike. He sagely offers this scenario. Even if Vanessa found the perfect apartment for Mandy and Kyle, would it change anything? Keep reading to find out!

Ryan the businessman

Ryan (Jordan Masterson) is successfully running Buds Buds. The store is becoming profitable to the point where Ryan wants to renovate the top floor of the building to make room for more retail space. This is a smart business decision, but it’s ironic coming from Ryan. Of course, Mike knows why, and he delights in it all.

Ryan is shocked to hear that he sounds like a capitalist. He fears that capitalism will lead him to conservatism. This fear is furthered when he brings forms for Mike to sign, and both men agree there are far too many regulations. Ryan dislikes paying all the fees, and he prefers if the government would stay out of his business.

Mike jokingly tells him the next step is to join a party whose mascot is an elephant. Ryan is left questioning his beliefs. He most fears becoming a greedy selfish businessman. Mike understands these worries, and he sets out to resolve the situation.

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Mike asks Ryan why he wants to expand Buds Buds. Ryan says to appease the customers, hire more employees, better the economics of the community. While all of those come from a capitalist mindset, those desires are not based in greed or selfishness.

Ryan cannot afford to renovate the top floor into more retail space, but Mike has an idea. Renovate that space into a living space for Mandy and Kyle! Ryan agrees to it, and he won’t charge the market rate. So while the desire for less government involvement is a conservative idea, Ryan sticks true to his innate desire to help people.

This episode definitely showed the growth of Ryan. In Season 6, Episode 21 Ryan wondered what was his purpose in life. Now, he’s running a profitable business, he manages employees, and he’s providing for his family. This is a far cry from an unemployed man, or earlier in Last Man Standing, a man on strike.

Mandy and Kyle welcome the notion of living above Buds Buds, but when Vanessa walks out of the room, Mandy wants to talk. Vanessa finally admits she’s grown fond of their relationship over the past year. While Mandy is an adult woman, Vanessa likes the fact that the Baxter house is a safe place for Mandy and Kyle. Vanessa doesn’t want them to struggle.

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She also isn’t fond of seeing Mandy move out because none of the Baxter daughters will live at home. Kristen and Ryan own their own home, Eve is at the Air Force Academy, and now Mandy and Kyle are leaving the house.

This reasoning also caused Vanessa to want a foreign exchange student. If Last Man Standing continues for more seasons, it will be interesting to see Mike and Vanessa truly become empty nesters.

Mandy showed her maturation when she reminded her mother that she will always be welcome at the new apartment. Plus, just because Mandy is an adult doesn’t mean she doesn’t need her mother. The episode ended as Vanessa taught Mandy how to cook and enjoy wine. Because of the mother-daughter dynamic in this episode, Nancy Travis loved it.

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In this episode, we didn’t see Eve, Boyd, Chuck, or Ed. Perhaps we’ll see Eve soon when she comes home for her spring break. Hopefully, Chuck is enjoying his honeymoon, and Ed is properly handling Outdoor Man security. As for Boyd, he’ll be back next week. This was a solid episode. It showed the maturation of two characters as they travel along their respective life journeys.

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What did you think of Mandy and Kyle’s decision to move out? Would you have reacted like Vanessa? Did Ryan do the right thing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Last Man Standing airs Fridays at 8/7c on FOX.