Season 2 | Episode 209 | Aired 11/23/2010
It’s an utterly awkward moment when Mike says “I love you” to his dad during Thanksgiving dinner. Frankie tries to make things right by unleashing a string of “I love you” lines, too. Brick adds that he loves the librarian which causes a heartbroken Bob to flee the room. Aunt Edie mentions that she once loved a black man but nothing came of it because it was forbidden. Yes, it was a different time back then. As for Big Mike, he doesn’t say “I love you” but does mention that the mashed potatoes are pretty darn tasty.
After dinner, Big Mike and Rusty celebrate a Thanksgiving Day win by the Colts with what is probably their longest conversation in years. It ends with an agreement to live together until they both get back on their feet. As they’re heading out the door, Rusty surprises Mike with a goodbye hug. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle! Well, at least it is for Frankie. Mike’s just glad it’s over.