The Big Chill
Season 2 | Episode 212 | Aired 01/11/2011
Speaking of screwdrivers, it’ll take more than your standard Phillips-head to repair Axl’s disassembled baby. A frustrated Frankie tries to quiet her mechanical grandchild by rocking the torso. Mike comes home to coddle the kid’s detached head. This leads to a little heart-to-heart where Frankie learns that Mike isn’t mad that she made a mistake. He’s upset because they can’t “afford” to make a mistake.
Mike thought they’d be a little better off than they are at this point in their lives. Frankie makes him realize that, in truth, they are. Back when Axl was born, all it took was a loss of five dollars to send them over the edge. Now it takes 200. That’s progress! They’ll make it through this current crash crunch using their tried-and-true technique of embracing denial and watching lots of TV.
Denial works well for the kids, too. Axl asks his class to accept his beautiful, duct-taped baby even though she’s different from other kids. Sue and Axl create a colorful poster collage to cover the cave entrance that once served as a bedroom wall. As for Frankie and Mike, they’ll continue to find resourceful ways to improve their lives. After all, folks have been doing so since the times of Obadiah!