The Middle Episode Guides
Back to School
Frankie vows to be a good example and a more involved mother after the kids almost miss their first day of school. Frankie and Mike go to Brick's new teacher, Ms. Rinsky, in order to explain his odd tendencies, but Ms. Rinsky turns the tables and accuses Frankie of being a clingy mom . Also, Sue is too excited about being on the cross country team and wears her team sweatshirt everywhere, and Axl can't get used to waking up to an alarm.
When Axl makes the varsity football team, Frankie looks forward to fulfilling her dream of dressing up and proudly walking him out on the field with Mike at the homecoming game. However, Sue's first cross-country meet is the same day, and Frankie has to attend the race, while Mike goes to the football game. Meanwhile, Brick rakes the leaves in the yard and he later wants to release them in the forest rather than throw them away.
The Diaper Incident
Sue runs out of diapers while babysitting, so Frankie agrees to pick some up for her at the store. Frankie is mortified when the sales clerk assumes she's in the market for adult diapers. Meanwhile, after nagging Mike to get a physical exam, she proceeds to throw out her back, but tries to keep it a secret. Also, Sue develops a crush on Axl's friend, and Brick starts to realize that sometimes parents lie.
After Axl is suspended for skipping school, Mike decides he needs to teach his son the value of education by taking him to work at the quarry. However, Mike's plan backfires when Axl likes the job and wants to drop out of school. Meanwhile, Frankie is guilt-ridden after she feels she accidentally prayed away Sue's cross-country team after the budget is cut by the school.
Frankie convinces her family that they should host a Japanese foreign exchange student and show him the life of an average American family. However, the Hecks get confused and frustrated when the student shows a total lack of interest in them.
Frankie is excited over being invited to a Halloween party, but she is disappointed when Mike doesn't get in the holiday spirit. Meanwhile, Sue is depressed when she can't get a date to the Halloween dance, but she perks up when she hears Reverend Tim Tom is back in town.
A Birthday Story
Frankie and Mike are forced to finally tell Brick about the harrowing day of his birth. Meanwhile, Axl's new manager at the movie theater is drop-dead gorgeous, but she's dumb as a rock, which leaves him to try and run things on his own.
Brick can't take joining Frankie on her errands anymore, so he convinces her to let him stay home alone. Things go awry, however, even though Frankie is only gone for a short time. Meanwhile, Mike is angered when he overhears one of Sue's friends insult his daughter, and Axl tries to grow a beard.
Mike invites his father and brother, who are both down on their luck, to Thanksgiving dinner, and Frankie tries to get them to open up about their feelings. Meanwhile, Brick is ecstatic that Bob's librarian girlfriend is coming for the holiday.
A Simple Christmas
The Hecks spend 12 days with Frankie's parents when they come to town for Christmas. Frankie and Mike decide they don't want to have a holiday that focuses on gifts, but her parents don't share the same sentiment.
Taking Back the House
Frankie and Mike are tired of waiting on their kids hand and foot, so they decide to make some quality time for themselves.
The Big Chill
Frankie accidentally buys a $200 bottle of face cream, which causes Mike to clam up and shut Frankie out. Meanwhile, Axl has to take care of a lifelike baby for his health class, and Sue and Brick scramble to fix the hole they accidentally put in her bedroom wall.
Brick studies up on football and joins Mike for his Superbowl viewing party. However, Axl gets jealous over his little brother occupying what used to be his turf. Meanwhile, Frankie thinks her boss sees her as management material when he chooses her to accompany him to a seminar. Also, Sue's ex-boyfriend asks her to be his dance partner at a school competition.
Valentine's Day II
Frankie is thrilled when Axl asks for her help with choosing a Valentine's Day present for his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Mike is forced to be a helper in Brick's class on Valentine's Day, and he accidentally reveals his son's crush to the young girl he has his sights on. Also, Sue is determined to track down the boy she shared her first kiss with on Halloween.
Friends, Lies, and Videotape
Frankie is determined to find Brick a friend before he completely misses out on his childhood. Meanwhile, Sue sees an R-rated movie after her parents tell her not to, and Axl tries to use footage of his hot biology teacher in his music video.
Hecks on a Plane
The Hecks travel to New York after Sue wins a free trip, but the journey is arduous.
The Math Class
Frankie and Brick's teacher butt heads when Brick receives a D on his math test. When Frankie blames the grade on poor teaching, the teacher challenges the Heck parents to attend a class and test their abilities. Sue and Axl hang out with their elderly aunts.
The Heck family uses spring break to attempt to remove years of junk from their house. Brick opens an information desk in the yard for neighbors to inquire about various issues.
Mike punishes Axl by not allowing him to play in his final basketball game of the season. Sue's trophy is stolen by some rowdy neighbor kids, so she tries to get it back with Brick's help.
Frankie's obsession with the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton drives her to buy a new HDTV to enjoy the ceremony. Sue manages to get on board with the school news program, and Mike has to contend with angry employees when he is forced to take away their pretzels due to budget issues.
Mother's Day II
For Mother's Day, Mike and the kids leave Frankie alone at the house, but she ends up wasting her free time. They try and create a special day the next weekend, but none of their plans go well.
Frankie and Mike try to stop Axl from breaking off prom plans with a girl via text. Sue and her friend try to attach themselves to a lunch crowd, and Brick insists on putting on one-man performances for his parents.
Frankie and Mike try to convince Brick that crossing over bridges is perfectly safe. Axl competes for a lifeguard position, and Sue has difficulty shopping for a two-piece swimsuit.
Back to Summer
Frankie panics when Brick mentions he was supposed to be writing a journal all year for school and he has to turn it in on the last day of class. Sue has to prove she never missed a day of school in order to receive her perfect attendance award.
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