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The Middle Season 2

Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, a harried wife and working mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. Her work life's no easier. With her friend and co-worker, Bob Weaver (series star Chris Kattan), she struggles day to day as the least successful saleswoman in Orson, Indiana's only surviving car dealer. Frankie's unflappable husband, Mike (series star Neil Flynn), is a manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average - yes, most definitely average - family. 

In between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl (series star Charlie McDermott) is the oldest, a teenage jock who eats the family out of house and home and walks around in his underwear. Then there's Sue (series star Eden Sher), their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto - although she's hoping her recent acceptance on the school's beleaguered no-cut cross country team might just turn things around. Finally, there's Brick (series star Atticus Shaffer), their quirky third-grader, who reads constantly, whispers to himself and has a best friend who's his backpack.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - Back To School

    After a disastrous attempt to get her kids ready for the first day of school, Frankie devises a plan to stay on top of her kids' schedules in order to better organize their lives. But things go from bad to worse when Frankie -- aided by a reluctant Mike -- tries to be preemptive and explains Brick's eccentric quirks to his new, no-nonsense teacher, Ms. Rinsky (guest star DORIS ROBERTS), and gets accused of being over protective. Meanwhile, Sue is so enthusiastic about being on the school's cross-country team that she wears a heavy sweatshirt touting her team spirit in 80-degree heat, and Axl's body clock gets thrown for a loop when Frankie begins waking him up for school with an alarm clock, on the second season premiere.

  2. 02 - Homecoming

    Axl has just made the varsity football team, much to Frankie's delight, and she looks forward to a life-long dream of dressing up and walking him out on the field with Mike during homecoming. However, when she learns that Sue's first cross-country meet is the same day, Frankie and Mike must each make a Sophie's Choice-like decision on which kid's activity to attend. Meanwhile, Mike gets Brick to rake up the leaves in the yard but is thrown when instead of taking them to the dump, Brick wants to set them free in the forest.

  3. 03 - The Diaper Incident

    While shopping for baby diapers for Sue, who has run out of them on a baby-sitting job, Frankie is completely humiliated when a clerk assumes she's shopping for adult diapers. Meanwhile, after getting on Mike's case to get a physical exam because she thinks men tend to fall apart faster than women as they age, Frankie proceeds to throw out her back and hides it from Mike, who tells her he received a clean bill of health from the doctor; a clueless Sue falls for Axl's friend Sean, who barely notices her existence; and Brick begins to test all of the age-old urban legends parents tell their kids -- such as not to swallow a watermelon seed for fear one will grow in their belly -- after discovering Frankie has used these white lies on him in the past.

  4. 04 - The Quarry

    When Axl is suspended for skipping school, Mike decides it's time to teach his son a lesson about life and makes him go to work with him at the quarry. But Mike's master plan backfires when Axl likes the job so much that he wants to quit school and lead the life of a quarryman. Meanwhile, Frankie is devastated when she fears that she accidentally prayed away Sue's cross-country team after it's cut by the school; and while practicing a magic trick, Brick makes the main TV remote disappear - and can't figure out how to make it reappear.

  5. 05 - Foreign Exchange

    Frankie's best laid plans go awry when she convinces Mike and the kids that the Heck family should host a foreign exchange student from Japan (guest star MATTHEW MOY) to expose him to life in an average American family. But the Hecks become frustrated when the student shows no sign of interest whatsoever in the family.

  6. 06 - Halloween

    Excited over being invited to the neighborhood Halloween party, Frankie encourages Mike to dress up in costume -- but he might just have his own idea of fun. Meanwhile, a melancholy Sue's spirits are lifted when she discovers that Reverend TimTom (guest star PAUL HIPP) is back in town and hosting a Halloween church event; things don't go quite as planned for Axl, his friends and their dates as they head out to an exclusive haunted house party; and Brick chooses a unique Halloween costume that is not easily defined.

  7. 07 - A Birthday Story

    Frankie and Mike are speechless when, on his ninth birthday, Brick demands to hear the true story about the day he was born, which has remained a mysterious Heck family secret. Meanwhile, Axl's new manager at the movie theater turns out to be a conundrum -- hot and dumb -- which leaves a confused Axl wondering if her hotness trumps her incompetence.

  8. 08 - Errand Boy

    Brick is sick and tired of being forced to accompany Frankie on her weekend errands and pleads with her to let him stay home alone. Meanwhile, Mike is torn over how to deal with Sue's friend when he overhears her diss his daughter. And, with his fellow teammates all growing beards for the football playoffs, Axl attempts to grow one of his own -- with mixed results.

  9. 09 - Thanksgiving II

    Mike begrudgingly invites his brother Rusty (guest star NORM MACDONALD), who is temporarily living in a tent, and his father Big Mike (guest star JOHN CULLUM), who has recently broken his hip, to join him for the annual Heck family Thanksgiving. But when Frankie observes the macho Heck men's non-communicative nature, she encourages a not-so-receptive Mike to engage them in a real conversation and express their feelings. Meanwhile, Brick is ecstatic when he discovers that Bob is bringing his girlfriend Lisa -- the local librarian who loves books as much as Brick does -- to Thanksgiving; and Sue wants to start a mother-daughter tradition of baking a pie for the holiday but ends up getting more sliced up than the crust.

  10. 10 - A Simple Christmas

    The Hecks countdown the 12 days of Christmas with Frankie's parents, Pat (guest star MARSHA MASON) and Tag (guest star JERRY VAN DYKE), when they come to town to spend the holiday with the family -- much to Mike's dismay. But when Frankie decides that she wants to take the focus off of the gifts and make it a simple Christmas, Pat and Tag have other ideas in mind.

  11. 11 - Taking Back the House

    After years of being at their kids' beck and call and never having time for themselves, Frankie and Mike decide to take charge of their lives and regain control over the Heck household. But Axl, Sue and Brick don't plan on going down without a fight.

  12. 12 - The Big Chill

    Mike freezes Frankie out because he can't fathom how she inadvertently paid $200 for a small bottle of eye cream that she thought was priced at $20. Meanwhile, Axl's fathering techniques are put to the test when he has to take care of a mechanical infant doll for health class; and Sue and Brick desperately search for a way to fix a hole that they caused in Sue's bedroom wall.

  13. 13 - Super Sunday

    As the Super Bowl approaches, Mike is thrilled when Brick takes his advice and studies up on football in order to understand and talk the sport. But Axl thinks his little brother is taking over his turf by being Mike's football buddy -- a position Axl used to cherish. Meanwhile, Frankie thinks her professional career is looking up when Mr. Ehlert (guest star BRIAN DOYLE-MURRAY) chooses her to accompany him to a managerial seminar, and ex-boyfriend Brad (guest star J. BROCK CIARLELLI) asks Sue to be his dance partner for the school's annual Square Dancing with the Stars.

  14. 14 - Valentine's Day II

    As Valentine's Day approaches, Frankie becomes elated when elusive son Axl asks her to accompany him to help pick out a present and choose a restaurant to impress his mysterious new girlfriend -- who may be way out of his league. Meanwhile, Mike inadvertently spills the beans about Brick's crush on fellow student Autumn (guest star ISABELLA ACRES), which totally humiliates his extremely shy son; and forgetting to get a name or e-mail address, Sue begins a diligent search for the boy she kissed during a Halloween hayride.

  15. 15 - Friends, Lies and Videotapes

    Fearing that a friendless Brick could be missing out on his childhood, Frankie makes it her mission to find a suitable friend for him. Meanwhile, after Mike forbids Sue from seeing an R-rated film, she goes against her father's wishes and sneaks into a movie theater with her friend Carly (guest star BLAINE SAUNDERS); and Axl and his band need a hot chick to appear in their online music video and attempt to shoot footage of their sexy biology teacher, Ms. Devereaux (guest star KRISTIN CAVALLARI) -- without her knowledge or consent.

  16. 16 - Hecks on a Plane

    After Sue wins a family trip to New York, Murphy's Law goes into full effect and it's anything but a smooth flight, when the Hecks board a plane and fly to the Big Apple.

  17. 17 - The Math Class

    Frankie once again goes head-to-head with Brick's third grade teacher, Ms. Rinsky (guest star DORIS ROBERTS), when Brick gets a 'D' on his math test, and Frankie thinks bad teaching skills are to blame. But Frankie wonders whether or not she can make the grade when Ms. Rinsky makes her and Mike attend a class to test their own math skills. Meanwhile, Axl and Sue, while begrudgingly watching over their crusty, old aunts, mull over a plan to accompany Aunt Edie on a search for a time capsule she had buried years ago when she was young.

  18. 18 - Spring Cleaning

    Spring Break turns out to be anything but peaceful when the Hecks attempt to clean up 20 years of junk accumulated throughout the house. But digging up the past leads to things that were better left buried and forgotten. Meanwhile, Brick opens up a lucrative neighborhood information stand, giving advice on everything for a dollar per query.

  19. 19 - The Legacy

    After receiving multiple warnings about leaving his dirty, smelly socks lying around the house, Mike has finally had enough and punishes Axl by forbidding him to play in the final school basketball game of the season. But everyone assumes that Mike is being petty when they discover that Axl could end up beating his father's record for most free throws landed in a season if he plays in the game. Meanwhile, Sue is ecstatic -- but Frankie and Mike are suspicious -- when she wins an MVP trophy for cross-country, and Brick is humiliated when he's forced to wear hand-me-down clothes from his rebellious cousin.

  20. 20 - Royal Wedding

    Obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding, Frankie shocks her family when she treats the event like the Super Bowl and begins purchasing commemorative "tchotchkes" -- as well as an expensive HDTV -- to enjoy the festivities. Meanwhile, Brick attempts to teach Sue how to become an on-air reporter when she decides to try out as an anchor for the school's Shucker News Team, and Mike has a mutiny on his hands at the quarry when he's forced to make cutbacks and takes away the one thing his workers care about -- free pretzels.

  21. 21 - Mother's Day II

    Mother's Day for Frankie turns out to be anything but serene when Mike and the kids present Frankie with the perfect Mother's Day gift -- a day to herself. But when her special day off goes awry, Mike offers a do-over with the family, which comes complete with its own set of glitches.

  22. 22 - The Prom

    After learning that Axl text-invited the wrong girl to prom and plans to solve the situation by standing her up, Frankie and Mike demand that he meet the girl face-to-face in a timely manner to gently break off the date -- or face the music and take her to the big event. Meanwhile, Sue and her friend Carly (guest star BLAINE SAUNDERS) try in earnest to fit in with the school's "B" crowd during lunch. And, after a successful first show, Brick begins to bore Frankie and Mike with his impromptu one-man plays.

  23. 23 - The Bridge

    Frankie and Mike attempt to cure Brick of his irrational fear of crossing over bridges. Meanwhile, Axl is pitted against nemesis Sean Donahue (guest star BEAU WIRICK) when a lifeguard position opens up at the local public pool, and Frankie is ready to pull her hair out when she tries to help an indecisive and emotional Sue pick out a two-piece bathing suit to wear on the pool's opening day.

  24. 24 - Back To Summer!

    With only three days left until summer vacation, Frankie is ecstatic that she's made it through another school year with the family. But her happiness turns to panic when she and Mike learn that Brick needs to write a daily journal and turn it in to Ms. Rinsky (guest star DORIS ROBERTS) or risk not moving up to the fourth grade; Axl hasn't fulfilled his required 30 days of community service; and because of an error, Sue must prove that she never took a sick day from school in order to receive a perfect attendance award at her middle school graduation ceremony.