Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Last Man Standing episode "The Two Nieces Of Eve." Read at your own risk!
Last Man Standing was able to wrangle actress Kaitlyn Dever back for its final season, which fans may know has been an increasingly difficult task. The Fox sitcom brought Eve back to the Baxter household for a fun but harrowing episode in which the daughter struggled to connect with her new nieces.
CinemaBlend's Nick Venable spoke to Last Man Standing's showrunner Kevin Abbott about Kaitlyn Dever's return in the final season and asked about contingency plans for the episode had the actress not been able to return. Would the episode still have found a way for Mike to feel inferior/ignored as a father? Abbott commented on that and the necessity Eve played to the story of the episode:
Throughout the course of Last Man Standing, Kaitlyn Dever has gone from television child actor to one of Hollywood's more in-demand stars. It makes sense Last Man Standing would want to use her whenever they could, especially after her commitments got so numerous. Eve was given a soft exit from the sitcom via the character's acceptance into the Air Force Academy, which allowed Dever to bow out her series regular status and pursue other opportunities.
Last Man Standing fans are often happy to see Kaitlyn Dever return as Eve, as is another key member of the cast. Kevin Abbott went on to say that while the show is always eager to shape stories around Dever when she's available, there's also another member of the cast who has pushed for her return:
Last Man Standing started way back in 2011, so it's no surprise Tim Allen and Kaitlyn Dever have that dynamic. He practically watched her grow up and out of the show, so it's understandable that the two have a dynamic that translates to the on-screen relationship of a father and daughter.
Kaitlyn Dever's return for the final season is a real treat for fans, especially considering production shutdowns in 2020 ended up affecting her appearance in the two-episode Season 8 finale. Last Man Standing ultimately aired Part 1 of the finale, but as Kevin Abbott explained, Part 2 never got to happen:
The lost episode will definitely always be a "what could've been" for Last Man Standing, though the sitcom has done a solid job shoring things up in its final season. All signs point to positive the Tim Allen sitcom will stick the landing and be a great watch on streaming from start to finish for years to come.
Last Man Standing airs on Fox Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Fans should be thrilled after the latest appearance by Kaitlyn Dever, especially after reading our other article about how her return almost didn't happen at all.
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