A bear wanders into Outdoor Man after Kyle leaves a door open on the loading docks. Meanwhile, Kristin's extra efforts at work leave Ryan feeling neglected at home.
A wedding shower is planned for Mandy and Kyle, but it falls on the same day as a big football game. Mike then persuades them to have two separate showers, but the men's shower gets out of hand thanks to Ryan; and Ed's superstitions become a problem.
Mandy takes a new interest in vaping, and while disappointing to her parents, it also sparks memories of Vanessa's old smoking habits. As Vanessa and fellow teacher Sheryl commiserate in their stress of the looming teacher's strike, Ryan and Kristin discover a secret safe in their basement. Later on, Mike finds out that Vanessa has been secretly smoking and must find a way to gently confront her,.
Boyd is turning 10 years old, and sticking with the Baxter family tradition, Mike wants nothing more than to give him a shotgun and take him hunting. Kristin is all for it but Ryan has no interest in his son having a gun or harming animals. Meanwhile Kyle and Mandy's wedding preparations continue as Vanessa tries to convince Kyle to do a mother-son dance with her.
Mike decides everyone in the family should dress up like each other for the annual Halloween party.
Having a difficult time supporting Eve's gap year, Mike gives her a hard lesson on surviving in the real world, but Eve's unexpected reaction throws Mike for a loop. Meanwhile, Kyle wants to give Mandy the best wedding gift imaginable, so taking inspiration from a story he read online, he works on turning a laser pointer into a car by way of some old-fashioned bartering.
As the big day approaches, Mandy has turned into a full-blown bridezilla. She fires her wedding planner, puts her whole family to work and refuses to let Kyle wear sneakers with his suit. Tired of Mandy's behavior, Ed opts out of the festivities all together, leaving Mandy to re-cast the role of Kyle's best man. In the end, Mandy realizes that all she really needs on their wedding day is to be surrounded by family, and the most important thing of all is her love for Kyle.
Mike is determined to get Chuck to sell him a car recently left to him by his late father, but Joe might beat him to the punch. At the Baxter home, Kyle shows up with a family Thanksgiving heirloom, and Vanessa doesn't even try to hide her distaste for the hideous centerpiece. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan are forced to lay down some house rules after learning that Eve's new boyfriend stayed overnight in their basement.
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school's graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve's friend Cammy is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.
Vanessa can't find a job, so she hovers over her family and tests their patience, prompting Mike to find a way to get her to resume doing the work she loves. Meanwhile, Ryan and Kyle get competitive with their zombie knowledge.
It's Christmas dinner at The Baxters, and the time has finally come for Eve to introduce her new boyfriend, Rob, to her dad, Mike, and the rest of the clan. After learning about a secret Rob's been keeping, Mike questions whether or not he approves of this guy for his daughter. Meanwhile, Mandy puts Kristin up to dropping hints to Kyle on what to get her for Christmas, but he's got something else in mind that's sure to surprise her.
Eve asks for money from her parents and they turn her down, but Kristin fulfills her request, which annoys Mike. This leads to a tense dinner at the Baxter home in which the three Baxter siblings have a fight. Meanwhile, Kyle and Ed's bond intensifies.
A museum seeks an artifact donation from Mike, but Ed feels left out because he's wanted this honor. Meanwhile, Mike and his poker pals bond during colonoscopy prep; and the Baxter gals get nostalgic and have a slumber party, which Vanessa crashes.
When Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their constant displays of affection, Mandy agrees but only if her parents become more discreet in the way they express their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, Kristen gets Eve a gig playing at the Grill, but Ed wants to fire her after a lackluster performance.
Mike creates a competition between his sons-in-law as he attempts to bolster their handyman skills. Meanwhile, Eve's boyfriend declares his love for her, a pronouncement she finds quite unexpected.
Mike and Vanessa pressure Eve to apply to college, and the school she finally chooses puzzles them. Meanwhile, Kyle and Mandy try to preserve the memory of Ed's recently deceased dog by having the animal stuffed.
A contest winner gets to appear with Mike on a vlog, which he thinks contain secret messages. Meanwhile, Vanessa forms a local lending library; Chuck adapts to spending time on his own after his wife begins her new job in Los Angeles.
Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don't attend church anymore, so they decide to take it upon themselves to make church more interesting for everyone involved. When Ryan has Kyle as his guest on his podcast, they don't expect their wives to hear their conversation.
After Mike encourages Vanessa to branch out her tutoring business, she takes his advice but gets frustrated when he gets a little too involved. Meanwhile, Kyle is determined to be like the other Baxter's and become a high-powered entrepreneur.
When Eve's boyfriend, Rob, doesn't invite her to his parents' anniversary party, Vanessa feels that Eve should tell him how this makes her feel. But Mike disagrees and thinks it's better for Eve to not say anything. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan think it's beyond the airy Mandy and Kyle to find the hidden clues in an escape room.
Mike and Vanessa think it's time for Mandy and Kyle to move out, but then Mike has second thoughts after Chuck relays some unexpected news about Kyle's absentee mom. Meanwhile, Eve tells Ryan that Boyd is making up stories about his dad's real job.
Mandy job shadows Mike and causes a dispute between Chuck and Joe, but her conflict-resolution skills differ from Mike's. Meanwhile, Kristen and Eve invite Vanessa to their kickboxing class so she can blow off some steam.