The Middle Shows Us How to Have a Drama-Free Valentine’s Day

By Rose Curiel | Feb 12th, 2015

Feeling the pressure of romancing that special someone on Valentine’s Day? If we learned anything from The Middle’s “Valentine’s Day VI” episode, it’s that sometimes it’s better to take a thoughtful, low-key approach to celebrating the holiday.

Take Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn), who don’t even bother addressing Valentine’s Day until they find themselves in a drugstore parking lot after making a toilet paper run.

While still parked, they surprise each other with gifts they’ve just purchased for one another, including a giant remote control for Mike and tweezers for Frankie. Mike even ventures into the “lady aisle” for his Valentine. If that’s not true love, we don’t know what is.   

Frankie and Mike's Fuss-Free Valentine's Day Gift Exchange|Frankie and Mike celebrate Valentine's Day with low-key presents.|After helping their children deal with their Valentine’s Day woes, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) surprise each other with presents in a drugstore parking lot. The loot, which includes tweezers for Frankie and a remote control with oversized numbers for Mike, might not be the most romantic of gifts but they certainly are thoughtful. From The Middle, Season 6, Episode 15, “Valentine’s Day VI.”

But what if, like Axl (Charlie McDermott), you have a lady who claims she hates the holiday and you don’t believe her? To cover his bases, Axl decides to surprise his girlfriend (guest star Gia Mantegna) with a few romantic gestures on World Radio Day instead. Seeing as he avoids the potential wrath of his ladylove and crowded Valentine’s Day restaurants, we’d say it’s a pretty genius move on Axl’s party. 

Axl's Creates Anti-Valentine's Day Surprise for His Girlfriend|Axl's confused about whether he should give his girlfriend a gift.|Axl (Charlie McDermott) doesn't know whether to believe his girlfriend (guest star Gia Mantegna) when she tells him she hates Valentine's Day and doesn't want a gift. So, instead of celebrating the holiday, he decides to surprise her with a series of romantic gestures on World Radio Day. From The Middle, Season 6, Episode 15, "Valentine's Day VI."

Whatever you do, don’t freak out and over plan your Valentine’s Day like Brick (Atticus Shaffer). When his girlfriend (guest star Casey Burke) tells him she expects a kiss on the holiday, he nervously seeks tips from his family.

Frankie and Mike Give Brick Kissing Tips|Brick's parents try to ease his fears over making the first move.|When Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer) girlfriend (guest star Casey Burke) tells him she’s expecting a kiss on Valentine’s Day, he begins to freak out. In an effort to ease his apprehension over making the first move, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) share a few helpful tips on how to kiss a girl. From The Middle, Season 6, Episode 15, “Valentine’s Day VI.”

 But no amount of pointers can prepare young Brick for the actual kiss, which lasts a ridiculously long amount of time because no one ever told him he had to end it! 

Brick Kisses His Girlfriend|Brick finally makes a move and kisses his girlfriend.|After asking his parents for tips on kissing a girl, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) finally makes his move and plants one on Cindy (guest star Casey Burke). However, since Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) never told Brick how to end the kiss, the young couple remains lip locked for quite some time. From The Middle, Season 6, Episode 15, “Valentine’s Day VI.”


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