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.
Frankie comes up with a plan to stay on top of her kids' schedules; Brick's new teacher (Doris Roberts) accuses Frankie of being overprotective.
Mike and Frankie must decide whether to attend Axl's football game or Sue's first cross-country meet; Mike makes Brick rake the leaves.
A store clerk makes an assumption that leaves Frankie feeling humiliated; Sue falls for one of Axl's friends; Brick tests urban legends.
Mike tries to teach Axl a lesson after he is suspended from school; Brick is baffled by his own magic trick.
On his ninth birthday, Brick wants to hear the true story about the day he was born.
Frankie's holiday plans are threatened when her parents come to stay with the family.
Axl, Sue and Brick resist when Mike and Frankie try to regain control of the household.
Mike gets mad at Frankie when she unwittingly pays $200 for eye cream; Axl cares for a mechanical infant for health class.
In preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl, Brick studies football; Mr. Ehlert asks Frankie to accompany him to a managerial seminar.
Frankie is happy when Axl asks her to help him choose a present for his mysterious new girlfriend; Mike accidentally embarrasses Brick; Sue tries to find the guy she kissed during a hayride.
Frankie intends to find a suitable friend for Brick; Sue sneaks into an R-rated movie with her friend Carly; Axl and his band covertly shoot footage of their biology teacher (Kristin Cavallari) for their music video.
Everything that can go wrong does when the Heck family embarks on a trip to New York.
Ms. Rinsky (Doris Roberts) asks Frankie and Mike to attend a math class after Frankie questions her teaching skills; Sue and Axl consider helping their aunt find a time capsule she buried.
The Hecks spend spring break trying to clean out the house; Brick opens an information stand where he sells advice for a dollar.
Mike's motives are questioned when he punishes Axl by forbidding him to play in the last school basketball game of the season; Sue wins a trophy; Brick has to wear his cousin's clothes.
Frankie becomes obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding; Brick helps Sue when she decides to try out for the school's news team; Mike has to make cutbacks at the quarry.
Things don't go as planned when Mike and the kids give Frankie a day without the family as a Mother's Day gift.
Axl invites the wrong girl to the prom, then decides to stand her up; Sue tries to fit in with the school's B crowd; Brick bores Frankie and Mike with his one-man plays.
Frankie and Mike try to get Brick over his fear of crossing bridges; Axl competes against his nemesis for a job; Sue has trouble choosing a bathing suit.
Brick must write a daily journal for school or risk being held back; Axl has time left in his community service requirement; Sue must prove she had perfect attendance.