Planned par­ent­hood

Dad is slip­ping into Mom’s shoes when she goes back to work in Man With A Plan.

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Matt Le­Blanc has grown up since his days as strug­gling-ac­tor ladies’ man Joey Trib­biani on Friends (1994-2004). He’s set­tled down in sit­com Man With A Plan (2016cur­rent) as con­struc­tion boss Adam, who’s mar­ried to stay-at-home mom Andi (Liza Sny­der), with kids Kate (Grace Kauf­man), Teddy (Matthew McCann) and Emme (Hala Fin­ley). Ex­cept the cat’s been thrown among the pi­geons when Andi goes back to work. Cue mild panic as Adam’s told to “hus­band up” and take care of the kids a bit more. “I’m not get­ting any younger and I’ve never played a dad,” says 49-year- old Matt. “I’m a dad in re­al­ity and I’ve never played a guy in a re­la­tion­ship, so I thought this was the time to take that next step.”

But while Matt’s used to clean­ing up af­ter kids and deal­ing with their teach­ers, Adam is obliv­i­ous to the im­pend­ing drama. “Adam was only there af­ter work and the kids were cleaned up from school and on their

best be­hav­iour when Dad gets home. Now Adam sees be­hind the cur­tain, the real part of how colour­ful it is to be a par­ent some­times,” jokes Matt. That in­cludes sit­u­a­tions like…

1 In episode 1, Adam drops Emme at kinder­garten and meets full­time stay-at-home dad Low­ell (Matt Cook). Ma­cho Adam wor­ries that he will also turn to soft mush like Low­ell if he con­tin­ues his home- dad du­ties. 2 Episode 3 (14 June) sees Adam in the dog­box with Emme’s teacher when he for­gets to make a pup­pet for the theatre show. Just wait un­til Andi hears that Adam’s try­ing to undo all her hard work of get­ting Emme into the school’s most pres­ti­gious class… Adam and his el­dest daugh­ter 3 Kate are home alone in episode 8 (9 July) while Andi’s stuck at the zoo with Teddy and Emme. Of course it’s the per­fect time for Kate to get her first pe­riod and Adam tries his best to help, al­though he’s more ner­vous. 4 And in episode 11 (9 Au­gust), Adam and Andi find top­less girl pics on Teddy’s tablet de­vice. While Adam’s in­wardly proud that it was so easy to give his son “the talk”, turns out it was ac­tu­ally self- con­scious Kate who was look­ing at the mod­els and not young Teddy…

(Seated, from left): Teddy, Emme, Andi, Adam and Kate, with dodgy Un­cle Don (Kevin Nealon) in the back.

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