LAST MAN STANDING “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Review

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LAST MAN STANDING “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Season 1 Episode 6 – Oh, Last Man Standing. I’m having a hard time finding anything to write about this show from week to week. Here’s the thing: It’s not very funny. But here’s the other thing: It’s not offensively bad. It’s just, sort of, there. Sitting firmly in the middle of the road.

This episode featured what was definitely the most provocative story of the series so far, as Mandy posed topless for some photos she was shooting for a modeling competition. It was a bit creepy to see her in this scene for me, as she’s obviously playing a girl who’s still in high school. The actress who plays her, Molly Ephraim, is actually 25 so I guess it wasn’t that bad, but it just didn’t seem like the kind of thing Mandy would do. She’s ditzy and shallow, sure, but not slutty.

This episode really made me realize how similar the family situation in this show is to Modern Family. Eve is very similar to Alex, the brainy and sarcastic youngest sister. Mandy is like Hailey, the ditzy and self-absorbed pretty girl. Even Kristin is similar to Claire, as the over-worked and exasperated mother. It adds to the overwhelming feeling of “Been there, done that” that is brought on by the entire show.

The other story line here took place at Outdoor Man, where Ed was getting angry at Mike as he felt he was going over his head in the decision-making process. This whole story was a snore, and had a pretty confusing ending. After Ed insisted on hugging Mike not once, not twice, but three times to bury the hatchet, he then proceeds to turn into a grumpy old fart when all of his employees try to do something nice for him. I get that the grumpy old man is part of his character, but he’s not even funny in that role. To continue our comparison to a much better comedy, Modern Family, Ed is similar to Jay Pritchett in that he’s cranky and sarcastic. However, Jay can pull it off, since he actually makes us laugh!

Since Last Man Standing has been picked up for a full season, and most likely a season two renewal, it’s clear that there are fans out there who appreciate the show. I’m not one of them, and unless the show makes an incredible resurgence in the second half of the season, I’m not sure I ever will be.

Random Thoughts:

– I wonder where all of the animosity for David Spade came from. I’m not saying I don’t agree, but it seemed to come out of nowhere.

– Probably my favorite part of the episode was Kristin deadpanning “You can see underboob”. I’m glad to see there are other people who have classifications for how much boob you can see in pictures.

– Nancy Travis’ character is quickly becoming one of the worst mothers in TV history. She’s constantly drinking, talking about cutting people, and whining to her husband. It gives me a headache.