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Season 4

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.
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Ep 401 Last Whiff of Summer

Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child; Brick tries to grow a giant tomato; Sue encourages her father to participate in a variety of activities with her.

09/26/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 402 The Second Act

After being fired from the car dealership and vowing not to take any job that comes her way, Frankie goes to tech school to get a real career; Axl begins his senior year of high school; sophomore Sue mentors a freshman.

10/03/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 403 Bunny Therapy

To help Brick's interactions with people, the school therapist urges Frankie and Mike to get him a small pet, but the ill-tempered bunny they give him teaches the family the true meaning of evil; Axl dates two cheerleaders.

10/10/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 404 The Hose

Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) returns and is about to rain fire upon the Heck household when she accuses Frankie of stealing her hose; Sue cancels a road trip to Cincinnati after seeing Mike's paycheck; Brick learns about the birds and the bees.

10/17/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 406 The Safe

Frankie doesn't make a good impression with Mrs. Armwood -- her no-nonsense dental assisting school teacher -- and sue and brick try to get big bucks from a local pawn dealer for what they think is a highly collectible item.

11/07/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 407 Thanksgiving IV

Frankie invites a couple of Marines to share Thanksgiving with her family; Axl gets good news; Sue tries to find the person who stole the chicken head from her uniform; Brick is mesmerized by a book.

11/14/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 408 Christmas Help

Mike fights with his brother (guest star Norm MacDonald), Frankie gets a part-time holiday job at a discount store in order to score cheap Christmas presents, and Frankie and Mike are concerned when Reverend Timtom casts Brick in the holiday pageant.

12/05/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 409 Twenty Years

Frankie worries Mike is tiring of her as their 20th anniversary draws close; Sue tries to get Axl and Brick's help planning a party for their parents; Axl spoils the end of a book for Brick.

12/12/12 Season 4 PG
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Ep 410 Life Skills

Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick's school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.

01/09/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 411 One Kid at a Time

When Frankie and Mike dedicate a day to each of their children, Axl takes them to a paintball range, Sue has them do 17 separate activities and Brick wants to go to a sci-fi convention.

01/16/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 412 The Friend

Frankie tries to get Mike to spend time with a new neighbor who shares his interests; Sue demands a cheer-off between the Wrestlerettes and the cheerleaders.

01/23/13 Season 4 PG L
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Ep 413 The Smile

Frankie and Mike worry that Axl may not get a sports scholarship; Sue's school science project involves smiling; Brick wants an iPad.

02/06/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 414 Valentine's Day IV

Axl and his friends offer to help guys break up with their girlfriends; Sue's ex-boyfriend invites her to a v-day dance; Mike accidentally sends a romantic text to a co-worker

02/13/13 Season 4 NR
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Ep 416 Winners and Losers

Frankie is worried when Brick decides to go on a three-day school trip to Chicago; Sue wants to know if Darrin, one of Axl's friends, has feelings for her.

02/20/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 417 Wheel of Pain

When Axl, Sue and Brick accidentally break the family room window, they decide to blame the Glossner children -- the bad seeds of the neighborhood; Frankie tries to land a prime dental rotation spot.

02/27/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 418 The Name

Frankie studies for her dental assisting school finals, sister Janet offers to help run the Heck Household, and Sue wants to legally change her name -- which is also Sue.

03/27/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 419 The Bachelor

Frankie can't hide her disappointment over whom "The Bachelor" chooses to marry; Mike tries to toughen up Sue, who just joined the tennis team; Axl and Cassidy try to figure out where their relationship stands

04/03/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 420 Dollar Days

Frankie tries to put her new degree to work and struggles to land a dental assistant position, while Sue begins offering unsolicited advice to Axl and his band mates.

04/10/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 421 From Orson with Love

Frankie tries to grow Sue's social network popularity after discovering that her friends are not 'liking' her facebook posts.

05/01/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 422 Hallelujah Hoedown

Frankie puts a plan into action to ensure that Mike will get her a mother's day present she actually wants, and Sue asks reverend Timtom for advice on how to stop resenting her friends who have gotten their driver's licenses.

05/08/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 423 The Ditch

Frankie's new boss, Dr. Goodwin, thinks his employee may be a bit crazy when she attempts to convince a patient that she's a full-fledged dentist, and Axl convinces Sue to ditch school.

05/15/13 Season 4 PG
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Ep 424 The Graduation

Tension builds between Frankie and Axl when he refuses to respond to her questions about his graduation celebration, and Brick's Vice Principal reminds him that he must present a slideshow in front of the assembly highlighting the last four years of school.

05/22/13 Season 4 PG
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