the middle episode guide
Forget about athletes, movie stars and politicians. Parents are the real heroes—but we think Frankie Heck, must be some kind of superhero. A loving wife and mother of three, she's middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age.
Sue auditions for show choir; Brick asks Frankie to come to his class presentation dressed in a costume; Frankie thinks she has finally sold a car.
Frankie organizes a publicity stunt in hopes of saving her job; Sue discovers she needs glasses; Brick starts reading his mother's romance novels.
Sick Brick, lovesick Sue, Axl, two crazy aunts and their diaper-wearing dog thwart Frankie and Mike's romantic plans for their anniversary.
Frankie encourages Sue to fight for her right to attend a class trip to the state capitol; Brick's first girlfriend turns out to be a bit bossy.
When Brick's teachers determine that he is socially challenged, Mike involves him in various activities, eventually settling on the block-party lawn-mower contest.
Axl accidentally breaks down the front door and Mike insists he fix it; Frankie may be forced to wear a dog suit.
An accident leads to a visit from a social worker; Bob tries to help Mr. Ehlert shoot a commercial.
Mr. Ehlert forces the staff to work on Thanksgiving; Brick gets lost in a corn maze.
Frankie tries to stop her kids from fighting with one another; Mike considers firing Aunt Edie when she makes a costly mistake.
Mike offers to organize the Heck family Christmas so that Frankie can focus on rehearsing for her solo in the midnight Mass.
Sue wants an expensive pair of jeans in order to fit in with her peers; Frankie and Mike let Brick take care of Aunt Edie and Aunt Ginny's dog for a few days.
Sue has a confrontation with a neighbor's sons; Axl is asked to help Brick with a gym requirement.
Mike discovers a dinosaur bone in the in the quarry at work; Brick decides to run for school historian.
Frankie vows to stop yelling at the kids if they start following through on their schoolwork and chores; Mike takes a night job as a driver delivering snack cakes.
Frankie and Mike try to plan a quiet, romantic Valentine's Day without the kids.
Axl is heartbroken when his girlfriend (Alexa Vega) breaks up with him; Sue and Brick watch a scary movie.
Frankie worries about her job when a motivational consultant (Amy Sedaris) is asked to speak to the sales staff; Mike gives advice to Sue's ex-boyfriend and helps Brick with a school project.
Mike receives tickets to a basketball game that falls on the day of the funeral of Frankie's uncle; Brick tries to avoid a birthday party.
Mike and Frankie decide to cut unnecessary expenses, including their cable TV; Brick and his fellow socially challenged friends are forced to socialize during recess.
Frankie worries that Axl will be heartbroken when his on-again and off-again girlfriend re-enters his life; Brick must watch over a baby chick for a school project.
Frankie does more for Mike and the kids and less for herself on Mother's Day; Sue feels guilty when she steals a motivational magnet from a store.
Mike decides that he and Brick should be more social at the Heck family barbecue; Axl sets out to clean the family pool to entice girls to stop by for a swim.
Frankie and Mike find out that Brick may be held back a grade because of the school librarian (Betty White); an aptitude test reveals Axl to be academically gifted.