Kyle struggles to find his place at Outdoor Man on Last Man Standing Season 7 Episode 8.
Like so many young people, Kyle has had many positions with Outdoor Man. However, none of them have been the right fit.
It is difficult figuring out where you belong when you have never felt like you belong anywhere.
Kyle didn't have the best upbringing. No one ever told him he was good enough. There was no one to give him the confidence that he was capable of achieving anything he wanted.
Mike once again proved he is more than just a boss to Kyle. He is a mentor.
The relationship between Mike and Kyle has always been more than an employee and employer. Even before Kyle married Mandy, Mike had a soft spot for him.
Chuck: Where's Fred?
Kyle: He is on vacation.
Joe: Just tell him we stopped by, or don't. Never mind.
Kyle: Well wait, is there a problem? Because if there is, I am supposed to help solve it.
Chuck: Well, we would like to file a complaint against someone.
Kyle: Oh, that is too bad. Give me a second. We have a form for that. Who are we filing the complaint against?
Joe & Chuck: Mike Baxter!
Kyle: Where's Fred?
Kudos to Mike for not creating a job for Kyle, as Ed suggested. Yes, Ed's heart was in the right place, but it was not what the young man needed.
He needed to realize his self-worth. Kyle is so funny and ditzy that his vulnerable side is rarely seen.
Kyle doesn't let anyone, but Mandy sees that side of him. Even Mike didn't realize he viewed himself as a failure until Mandy told him.
I think it is understandable Kyle feels that way. What he didn't realize though, is that he was not failing. He was merely finding his way.
Honestly, I never thought of Kyle as someone who lacked confidence because of his goofy demeanor. It was a nice twist that added more insight into Kyle.
I hope the writers continue to show there is more to Kyle than his quick wit.
It is so easy when a job doesn't work out to blame ourselves, think we aren't good enough. Sometimes though, all people need is a push in the right direction.
Mike knew Kyle's biggest asset was his people skills. The trick was letting Kyle figure that out.
You know what, forget the binder. I want you all to look at each other and think about the mean and dismissive words you've used at this meeting. Like bastard and bonehead, that is not how coworkers talk to each other. It is definitely not how friends should. At Outdoor Man, we are not just coworkers. We're not just friends. We're family. It is time you guys started acting like one.
No matter how much someone tells you that you can do a job, if you don't believe it then success will be hard to achieve.
Instead of telling Kyle, Mike created a problematic situation to show Kyle that he could handle the job in HR.
Any time Joe and Chuck are involved in a scheme, it is pure entertainment for fans. They have such a great banter, especially when they are teaming up against Mike.
I never realized Ed was so fond of Kyle until he defended him to Mike. Ed was trying to do right by Kyle by giving him any job and putting him in his will.
However, Kyle didn't need a handout. He needed someone to believe in him, which both Mike and Ed did.
There is nothing like realizing people you respect and admire truly believe in you.
Kyle learned he could stand up for himself to the men whose opinions he values the most.
The slow clap that Ed, Mike, Joe, and Chuck did when Kyle gave his heartfelt speech was a moment right out of the 80's film Lucas. It warmed my heart.
Kyle: So, this was a setup?
Mike: It wasn't a setup. It was more of a test.
Kyle: If this was a test, did I pass?
Mike: Well, how do you think you did?
Kyle: I don't mean to boast, but I think I got a solid C.
Ed: I think I will give you an A+.
Mike: I am a little tougher than Ed, but I will give you an A+ too. Listen, you know how people should be treated. That gooey dare I say, liberal heart of yours, is why I put you in HR. It is where you belong.
Kyle: Thank you!
Ryan and Kristin need to keep Murphy the dog. I know they were just dog sitting.
However, the entire family so was smitten with the dog. I loved it.
Plus, a dog would be a great way to teach Boyd responsibility.
It was perfect that after Ryan went against Kristin to watch the dog, then Murphy ended up not liking him.
Ryan so badly wanted to be friends with Murphy that he enlisted Vanessa's help. I mean conducting a science experiment to find out why a dog hates you, classic Vanessa.
The reason Murphy was growing at Ryan, was his baseball cap. Murphy hated the hat. Something must have happened for the dog to hate hats.
Dogs have triggers too, just like people.
Murphy's dislike of hats was a reminder that when you're dog sitting or get a new dog, you never know what will trigger the animal.
They can be loving one minute and be growling the next. But there is nothing like a good snuggle with your dog.
Ryan: I am sorry Kris, but you didn't tell me he was the coolest dog in the world.
Boyd: Please mom? When you point your finger at him and say bang, he rolls over.
Kristin: Ok, but you have to do all of the work.
Ryan: I will!
Boyd: Thank you. Thank you. I am going to call Jeff.
Ryan: I think I messed up the whole united front thing.
Kristin: Yeah, a little bit.
Ryan: But he falls over when you say bang.
Kristin: I know, that is what got me too.
I have a few more random thoughts about Last Man Standing.
I think Mike's vlog is a thing of the past. It has been a while since he did one. I have decided to accept it.
Eve is back next week to celebrate Christmas with the Baxter family.
I love how the guys of Outdoor Man have formed such a close bond, but they only show it through banter and insults.
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