by Amy K. Bredemeyer
Okay, we finally have something new that sets apart Last Man Standing from Home Improvement. On the latter, they never had a dog. On the former, they now do. I'm not sure how different this will make the show (the number of similarities between the two are already staggering), but it should do something. Especially since the dog is so... girly... for a character like Mike. But, canine aside, the episode brought up another interesting issue... it was "take your daughter to work" day, which traditionally takes place later in the spring. Of course, one could say that Outdoor Man has its own tradition of doing it in January, which could be believable if Gabriella had just finished her MBA or an internship or something. And, why Eve? Simply because Kristin has already been established as working as a waitress before she'll eventually go to college? Because Mandy has already had an episode where she goes to work with Mike? I mean, it's not like we needed to see them interact - that happened when Eve played in Mike's company's softball game. It wouldn't have been hard to introduce Gabriella without a "take your daughter to work" excuse. Can anyone see a good reason to have that and bring Eve to the store?
Last Man Standing "Take Your Daughter to Work" (S01E13): Mike and Eve are at his store for "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." Ed's daughter, Gabriella, a recent Wharton Business School graduate, is there too, and has apparently become a new marketing consultant for the store, irking Mike. [in case this show wasn't Home Improvement enough for you,
At work, Gabriella wants to re-design the store as "ODM," for Outdoor Man, suggesting that the company needs to diversify because the average customer is a 43-year-old-man. Mike reminds Ed that the market is "that guy." [true!] Gabriella gets upset and complains about her dad missing school plays when she was younger, so he gives in. [oh boy. I see where this is going...] But, it isn't long before Ed and Mike go in to confront Gabriella, and Mike has to be the one to say that they can't go forward with her plan. Gabriella reminds her father that this is the same thing as always - he makes a promise to her and then reneges. Later, Mike gets Ed and his daughter together to repair their relationship and understand one another, and we learn that Ed has six daughters. Mike does compromise, however, by deciding to open a new website with an ODM banner, which won't alienate the current demographic but could bring in new folks as well. [I thought that was a very sensible and mature thing to do.]
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Finally some other fun things from the episode... Mike's vwork video is him with the dog and a gun. And a threat, for that matter. [has