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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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season 4

    S4 E1 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.

    09/26/12Season 4PG
    S4 E2 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.

    10/03/12Season 4PG
    S4 E3 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.

    10/10/12Season 4PG
    S4 E4 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.

    10/17/12Season 4PG
    S4 E5 Halloween III: The Driving

    Sue accidentally runs over Axl's foot while practicing driving; Axl looks forward to voting; Brick binges on Halloween candy.

    10/24/12Season 4PG
    S4 E6 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.

    11/07/12Season 4PG
    S4 E8 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.

    11/14/12Season 4PG
    S4 E7 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.

    11/14/12Season 4PG
    S4 E8 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.

    12/05/12Season 4PG
    S4 E9 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.

    12/12/12Season 4PG
    S4 E10 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.

    01/09/13Season 4PG
    S4 E11 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.

    01/16/13Season 4PG
    S4 E12 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.

    01/23/13Season 4PG
    S4 E13 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.

    02/06/13Season 4PG
    S4 E14 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

    02/13/13Season 4NR
    S4 E16 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.

    02/20/13Season 4PG
    S4 E17 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.

    02/27/13Season 4PG
    S4 E18 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.

    03/27/13Season 4PG
    S4 E19 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

    04/03/13Season 4PG
    S4 E20 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.

    04/10/13Season 4PG
    S4 E21 From Orson with Love

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

    05/01/13Season 4PG
    S4 E22 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.

    05/08/13Season 4PG
    S4 E23 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.

    05/15/13Season 4PG
    S4 E24 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.

    05/22/13Season 4PG