“The line of cars for pick-up was three stupid blocks!” announces “Boyd,” the adorable moppet on “Last Man Standing,” as he gets home from school.
Turns out he is quoting his grandpa, played by Tim Allen, who allowed him to walk instead of being driven. The boy’s dad, Ryan, is horrified. “It’s way too dangerous!”
And so begins an episode titled, “Free-Range Parents.”
Yes, we’ve hit the big time.
So the dad and grandpa argue about the dad’s hovering. The dad — who looks to be about 38 — says, “Don’t even joke. There are child abductions all the time. That’s why I don’t buy into the whole ‘Free-Range Parenting.'”
When asked what this is, he explains, “It’s a movement where parents let their kids walk home and play outside unsupervised.” (Or so I scrawled while watching, my mouth agape. A sitcom declared us a movement!)
Tim Allen rejoins, “You mean what we used to call ‘childhood.'”
Then Boyd pipes up, “That was fun today. Can I walk by myself tomorrow?”
I leave you to watch the rest of the episode here (I couldn’t find the embed code), including a sub-plot about another over-the-top fear. While the metric tonnage number of commercials is fairly maddening, it sure was worth it.
And Tim, if you’re reading this: Thanks. (Call me!) — L.