It's Mother's Day in The Middle. Mike and the kids engage a last-minute brainstorm session seeking the perfect gift for Frankie. Mike says, "Come on, this should be easy. The woman has nothing." Sue remembers last Mother's Day her mom wished everyone would just leave her alone. That's it! The entire Heck clan scrams so Frankie can have the entire day to herself. Alone.
Frankie is thrilled to camp out on the couch and page through the stack of magazines she "borrowed" from the dentist. But while looking for her reading glasses, she takes on the job of cleaning out the junk drawer. This snowballs into a slew of other household chores. Frankie basically fritters away the entire day before ever getting to back to her stack of pilfered People magazines.
Mike and the kids return home with tales of their great day in Brown County. Frankie's always wanted to go there. She would have especially loved it today. There was a huge fair with a giant Ferris wheel. They all had a picnic lunch, a volleyball match against a fun family and got one of those old-time family photos. Frankie's always wanted one of those pictures. Now she finally has one. She's just not in it.
Frankie breaks down in tears after another horrible Mother's Day. Mike plans a do-over the following weekend. Too bad he forgot about Brick's play date with his high-maintenance pal, Arlo. Nevertheless, the Hecks and Arlo are off to Brown County for Mother's Day, Take 2!