Last Man Standing Season 4 Recap: The Atheist vs. the Mother

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Last Man Standing Season 4 Recap: The Atheist vs. the Mother

Ryan’s belief makes things complicated in the new episode of “Last Man Standing” Season 4 Episode 11 “Wedding Planning,” which aired last Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, the engaged couple rejects the $20,000 check, the younger sisters plan their own future weddings, Kyle wants to learn poker for a cause and Vanessa’s disappointments from the past return to haunt her. Read on to know if the wedding still continues.

Boyd and Mike arrive in Kristin and Ryan’s home. Mike brings them a small Christmas tree. He wants that size to share his old trick that small trees make the presents look bigger. Ryan reminds Mike that he is an atheist and does not believe in Christmas.


Mike approaches the couple and gives them a $20,000 check. He says it is from Vanessa and him to help the couple in their wedding. Their condition, however, is to have the wedding at St. Mark’s. The couple wants to do it under a tree in the forest. Mike jokes the moose already reserved the tree. Ryan is still serious, saying Mike is bribing them to do a church wedding. He returns the check to Mike. Before going out, Mike sarcastically says they should have a double wedding with the moose.

Kyle goes to Ed’s office to ask for a favor. He wants to learn poker to join the Saturday game. Ed makes him promise first to learn fast.

Vanessa arrives from school and shares she is invited to a sorority party. She slowly doubts it because maybe the college kids just want her to buy drinks because she is “already at legal age.” She notices Mike cooking steaks for dinner. Mike tells her it is steak night because they saved money from the couple rejecting their $20,000. Mandy and Eve interrupt them and ask what the money is for. Their parents tell them they each have a $20,000 check reserved for their future weddings. Mandy is hoping for more. Eve sarcastically says Mandy wants to split the check for two or three marriages.

Ed is teaching Kyle right before the poker game. However, Kyle’s focus is having a gambler nickname. Ed wearily says “Bubbles,” and Kyle loves it.

Kristin, Ryan and Boyd arrive for dinner. Vanessa tells Mike before meeting them to leave the couple to their decisions because forest wedding is already okay for her. She returns the check to the couple. If not for the wedding ceremony, they can use it for the reception. The couple decided to invite only a few people, so a big reception is not really necessary. Kristin tells Vanessa they will use the check to pay their debt, specifically Ryan’s student loan.

Vanessa is disappointed. She attacks Ryan, saying that he was able to go to college while Kristin was raising their baby. Kristin defends it happened in the past, but Vanessa walks out.

Eve and Mandy are looking for decorations in the basement. Eve plans of doing her future wedding in a courthouse for $50 and pocketing the rest. Mandy thinks it is good Ryan ran away for a while from his responsibilities in the past because it made him realize family is important. Eve is surprised of Mandy’s deep thought. She thinks Mandy was saving her brain for years to have that one thought.

Vanessa rants in the kitchen that Ryan is selfish, taking away her daughter’s college, future and big wedding day. Mike surprisingly wants her to forgive Ryan. Vanessa finds his remark strange since she was the one defending Ryan in the past, and Mike keeps on arguing with him. Mike tells her the arguments let him know what kind of man Ryan is and learned to respect him. He says Ryan is going to be their son, so they must pay the debt.

Vanessa tells the couple that she is willing to give the check. However, the condition is to have a church wedding. Mike finds the situation hopeless and walks out.

Kristin approaches her mother in the kitchen to talk about the issue. Vanessa tells her that she always knew ever since Kristin was a child that she wanted a big church wedding. Kristin defends that she was talking about marrying Johnny Depp. Vanessa brings up that her friends’ kids have big church weddings. Kristin knew it all along. She accuses her mother that she wants a big public ceremony to fix the past when people looked down on her for she was a pregnant teenager. Vanessa comforts her that she never felt ashamed. She was even proud for the way Kristin handled herself. She was ashamed of herself because she is the parent, and she should have done something. Kristin realizes nobody should feel guilt or shame.

Ryan and Mike also talk about the problem. Ryan cannot understand why a public spectacle is a must for a thing that is personal. He thinks ceremonies and people watching are ridiculous. He wants a nontraditional wedding. However, Mike reminds him that he wants a didgeridoo to be played at their wedding. He says it is also ridiculous and even more traditional because it is 1,500-year-old instrument. Finally, Mike becomes serious and tells him weddings are not just about the couple, it is also joining the community — the family.

Kyle confuses poker with black jack. Ed has two aces, yet Kyle still raises his gamble. Kyle proudly says he is bluffing. Ed gives up, saying Kyle will never be a gambler. Kyle is disappointed because he needs extra cash for the Christmas party in the homeless shelter. Ed suddenly teaches Kyle on what cards to pull out. Kyle wins the mock game. Ed acts as if he is disappointed from his loss and gives Kyle the money he won.

Vanessa and Kristin announce the check is given, and there are no more conditions. However, Ryan gives another condition — the wedding must be at St. Mark’s. He realizes it is the family’s church and he will be part of the family.

In the end, the sisters sweetly sing “Silent Night” while putting up more decorations. They have no idea their parents are watching them, obviously enjoying their performance.

There you have it for the recap on “Last Man Standing” Season 4 Episode 11 “Wedding Planning,” which aired last Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Catch the next episode on Dec. 19, 2014. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).  

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