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 insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a guy Mike knew in high school.
After learning his son has been allowed to skip gym class, Mike meets with Brick's new fourth grade teacher (Chord Overstreet).
Frankie accidentally commits an act so hilariously horrifying that it sends her on a mini-journey that makes her question everything. Brick becomes obsessed with a catalog.
Frankie discovers Axl hasn't studied for his quickly approaching PSATs; Sue tries out for cheerleading; Mike tries to help Brick toughen up.
Frankie and Mike consider trading the burdens of home ownership for apartment living; Axl fakes sickness to get out of a test; Sue and Brad put together a skit about the dangers of texting and drinking while driving; Brick quotes Shakespeare.
When Sue wears an embarrassing costume to a Halloween party, she turns to Mike for advice; Frankie takes Brick's social-skills group trick-or-treating; Axl and his friends plan a prank.
Mike and Frankie worry Axl will blow an opportunity that could result in a full college scholarship; Brick and Sue start a texting marathon.
Frankie and Sue are cast in a theater production of "The Wizard of Oz"'; Brick invites his uncle (Norm Macdonald) to Special Friends Day at school.
The Hecks spend Thanksgiving at Frankie's parents' house, but things fall apart when her sister's family joins in.
Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party; Sue asks the Rev. Tim Tom to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick.
Frankie decides that each family member will have a New Year's resolution assigned anonymously.
After Aunt Ginny's funeral, Frankie decides the family needs to start celebrating more milestones.
Frankie is deeply disappointed with her volunteer assignment at the Indiana-hosted Super Bowl; when the Donahues are out of town, the Hecks take advantage of their new car; Sue professes her feelings to Matt.
Mike angers Frankie on Valentine's Day by refusing to present her with a romantic gesture; Axl struggles with a school assignment; Brick must write a report on love; Sue's boyfriend suddenly turns into a bad kisser.
Frankie vows to get tickets to a Justin Bieber concert for Sue; Mike coaches Brick for the school's annual spelling bee; Axl and his friends try to break a speed limit -- on foot.
Sue, Axl and Brick meet with Frankie and Mike to air complaints about their parenting styles.
Axl tries to convince Sue that a long-distance relationship between her and Matt won't work.
After attending a new church, Frankie is inspired by a pastor who wants people to live without regrets by fulfilling their own destiny.
Sue forms a connection with her awkward guidance counselor (Whoopi Goldberg).
Brick finds a four-leaf clover that seems to bring bad luck; Axl is shocked when his friend asks Sue to the prom.
Frankie uses Brick as a snitch; Sue catches Axl sneaking into the house in the middle of the night.
Mike's brother, Rusty (Norm Macdonald), invites the Hecks to his wedding, but lists their address as the location of the ceremony; Brick isn't allowed to go to a party that falls on the same day of the wedding.