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 has a confrontation with a neighbor's sons; Axl is asked to help Brick with a gym requirement.
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.
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.