Mike is glad that Eve is accepted to Air Force Academy, but Vanessa is against it. Meanwhile Ed's dog is put down.
Mike pits Kyle and Ryan against each other but they just end up fighting. Rob tells Eve he loves her.
Kristin hires Eve to perform at the restaurant. Mike and Vanessa think that Kyle and Mandy are too affectionate in public.
Mike gets an offer to submit an item to Explorer's Museum which Ed has wanted to do his whole life. Girls decide to have a sleepover like they used to when they were children.
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.
The Baxters meet Rob, Eve's new boyfriend, at Christmas dinner, and Mike's unsure if he approves of him. Meanwhile, Mandy persuades Kristin to drop hints to Kyle about what he should get his wife for Christmas.
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.
Mike gets to deliver a speech for a graduation ceremony at Mandy's business school, but he must adhere to a politically correct tone. Meanwhile, Cammy comes home and brags about her great college experience, which leaves Eve feeling lousy.
Mike covets Chuck's car, which Chuck just inherited from his late father, but Joe also wants to buy the vehicle. Meanwhile, Vanessa is honest about how much she dislikes Kyle's Thanksgiving family heirloom; and Kristin has some new house rules for Eve.
Mandy turns into Bridezilla and because of that Ed refuses to be Kyle's best man.
Mike teaches Eve a lesson about the real world while Ed is trying to do the same for Kyle.
Every year the Baxters throw a Halloween party, but this year Mike is tasked to choose a theme. As he hates these parties, he chooses a theme that he hopes would make everyone in his family hate them too. Meanwhile Vanessa gets some bad news.
Boyd turns 10 and Mike wants to buy him a shotgun and take him hunting as part of a family tradition, but Ryan is vehemently opposed to this. Meanwhile, Vanessa tries to persuade Kyle to have a mother-son dance with her at his wedding.
Mandy takes up vaping, much to her parents' chagrin, but it also stirs up fond memories for Vanessa. Meanwhile, Ryan and Kristin stumble upon a hidden safe in their home; and Vanessa and Sheryl worry about an impending teachers' strike.
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.
In the sixth-season opener, 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.