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.
A short drive turns into an eternity as the Hecks try to move Axl into his college dorm.
Sue feels a new sense of freedom now that Axl is out of the house, Brick avoids the middle school bathroom, and Frankie is jealous that Axl returns Mike's calls and text but not hers.
Sue gets a job at a local mall eatery in order to buy herself a car, Frankie and Mike are called into Brick's principal's office and told that he hasn't attended any of his classes.
As the town of Orson celebrates its 100th anniversary, Frankie and Mike find themselves driving a giant cow float in the parade, Axl and his friends resurrect Boss Co., Sue uses Brad to make Darrin jealous.
Sue sees the ghost of Christopher Columbus, Axl is hazed by the football team, and the family offers Brick advice on asking a girl to a dance.
Frankie finds solace by rescuing and taking in a lost dog, Sue makes the volleyball team, and Axl calls on Brick to help when he discovers that he's failing three of his four college classes.
Frankie's parents - along with some uninvited guests - show up for Thanksgiving dinner, and Axl tries to find the perfect time to tell Frankie and Mike that he's dropped most of his college courses.
Frankie and Mike's romantic house-sitting weekend is jeopardized by the home's technical difficulties, and the Glossner kids invade the heck household.
Axl forces Frankie into a negotiation when he announces that he would rather spend his Christmas vacation with friends over family.
Frankie and Mike become concerned when Brick suddenly develops a host of irrational fears.
Principal Barker asks the parents to form carpools while the bus drivers are on strike.
Reverend Deveaux interferes with the Hecks' plan to go to an all-you-can-eat buffet after church.
Frankie tries to persuade Mike to attend a dinner honoring his dedicated service at the quarry.
Brick makes it hard for Mike to relax during the vacation he was forced to take.
Frankie is arrested over an unreturned library book; Cassidy and Axl reunite during spring break.
Frankie and Mike discover that they are more fun and charming with other people than with each other, Sue ends up with multiple dates to the prom.
Bill backs out of coaching the girls soccer team; Frankie tries to teach Brick better hygiene.
Frankie begs Rita Glossner to take down her wind chimes; Sue announces she is back with Darrin.
Mike watches to make sure Darrin doesn't take advantage of Sue; Brick invites new friends over.
Sue enters a contest to win a car; Mike and his brother bond on a road trip to Chicago.
Sue looks forward to the trip to Walt Disney World; Axl waits to learn his final grades.
When the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World, a good time may not be had for all when a series of misfortunes threaten to put a damper on their trip.