the middle episode guide season 1

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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.

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    S1 E1 Pilot

    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.

    09/29/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E2 The Cheerleader

    Frankie organizes a publicity stunt in hopes of saving her job; Sue discovers she needs glasses; Brick starts reading his mother's romance novels.

    10/06/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E3 The Floating Anniversary

    Sick Brick, lovesick Sue, Axl, two crazy aunts and their diaper-wearing dog thwart Frankie and Mike's romantic plans for their anniversary.

    10/13/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E4 The Trip

    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.

    10/20/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E5 The Block Party

    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.

    10/27/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E6 The Front Door

    Axl accidentally breaks down the front door and Mike insists he fix it; Frankie may be forced to wear a dog suit.

    11/03/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E7 The Scratch

    An accident leads to a visit from a social worker; Bob tries to help Mr. Ehlert shoot a commercial.

    11/17/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E8 Thanksgiving

    Mr. Ehlert forces the staff to work on Thanksgiving; Brick gets lost in a corn maze.

    11/24/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E9 Siblings

    Frankie tries to stop her kids from fighting with one another; Mike considers firing Aunt Edie when she makes a costly mistake.

    12/01/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E10 Christmas

    Mike offers to organize the Heck family Christmas so that Frankie can focus on rehearsing for her solo in the midnight Mass.

    12/08/09Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E12 The Neighbor

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

    01/05/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E11 The Jeans

    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.

    01/05/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E13 The Interview

    Mike discovers a dinosaur bone in the in the quarry at work; Brick decides to run for school historian.

    01/12/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E14 The Yelling

    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.

    01/26/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E15 Valentine's Day

    Frankie and Mike try to plan a quiet, romantic Valentine's Day without the kids.

    02/09/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E16 The Bee

    Mike helps Brick train for a regional spelling bee; Sue's birthday is forgotten.

    03/02/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E17 The Break Up

    Axl is heartbroken when his girlfriend (Alexa Vega) breaks up with him; Sue and Brick watch a scary movie.

    03/09/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E18 The Fun House

    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.

    03/23/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E19 The Final Four

    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.

    03/30/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E20 Tv Or Not Tv

    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.

    04/13/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E21 Worry Duty

    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.

    04/27/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E22 Mother's Day

    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.

    05/04/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E23 Signals

    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.

    05/11/10Season 1TV-PG
    S1 E24 Average Rules

    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.

    05/18/10Season 1TV-PG