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The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana Charlie McDermott as Axl Redford Heck, the oldest son of Frankie and Mike and who . In season 4 Tag calls Mike to meet up at a Stuckey's restaurant, to have Pete Miller (Peter Breitmayer, introduced in Season 1) is Ehlert Motors' best. List of The Middle characters The Middle is an American sitcom about a working- class Charlie McDermott as Axl Redford Heck, the oldest son of Frankie and Mike. .. In season 4 Tag calls Mike to meet up at a Stuckey's restaurant, to have Pete Miller (Peter Breitmayer, introduced in season 1) is Ehlert Motors' best. The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the Charlie McDermott as Axl Redford Heck, the oldest son of Frankie and Mike. . Peter Breitmayer, Pete Miller, Recurring, Guest, Guest . In season 4 Tag calls Mike to meet up at a Stuckey's restaurant, to have man-to- man chats.
In "Friends, Lies and Videotape" during the second season, Mike confronts Sue about a ticket stub to an R-rated movie she and her best friend sneaked into earlier in the episode. Sue responds by tearfully confessing every actually relatively minor transgression she's committed recently. In the process she reveals the hole in the wall she and Brick enlarged while trying to fix it four episodes earlier in "The Big Chill. In "The Telling," Sue is shown sleeping with her headgearwhich she got earlier that season, on.
During "Last Whiff of Summer Part 2 " she takes it off in a desperate bid for attention, loudly announcing she's doing so, but no one notices. She sleeps with it yet again in "Bunny Therapy. Mike, in "The Ditch," during the fourth season, after trying Axl's plan to get the car and boat unstuck. As of its sixth season, the show has done a Thanksgiving, and a Christmas episode every season.
An annual Halloween Episode started in the second season, and each season except the fifth he got a Valentine's Day Episode. The first two seasons also featured Mother's Day episodes, and then "Hallelujah Hoedown" in the fourth season had Mother's Day the Sunday after it aired as one of its plot threads.
The first Mother's Day episode sneaked in a Father's Day episode via flashbacks. A third-season episode was also devoted to the Hecks trying to keep their New Year's resolutions. And an episode around the Royal Wedding. On Feb 29, the show aired the episode Leap Day. While the ads for the episode certainly implied that, Gentile is uncredited and it never explicitly says it's Barry, it could just be another kid from their school. Subverted when Frankie tosses an empty bottle to Sue, which accidentally hits Brick in the arm.
Later at school when asked about the injury, Brick innocently says, "My Mom hit me with a beer bottle," not intending to make it sound the way it did. Damned by Faint Praise: Sue being Sue, she's still genuinely excited to win something. Bob was a regular for the first season or so, but after the show began to focus more on the Hecks' lives and less on Frankie's job, he had little use on the show and was relegated to the end credits.
Axl most of the time, but everyone has their snarky moments. Mike, especially to Frankie and Axl. No matter how many times she fails to make any team or club, she never gives up. This extends far enough that, in that Season Finaleshe "runs" five laps around a cross-country track with a twisted and possibly broken ankle, only for it to start raining while she's on her final lap.
Then, after being splashed with mud and grass and losing a crutch, she drags herself across the finish line with only her arms.
Did we mention that the entire time the theme from Chariots of Fire was playingtimed out well enough that what is usually a cheesy Stock Parody turned into a Moment of Awesome for Sue? Not to mention the fact that every one of her schoolmates watching and cheering for her cheered the wrong name until the family corrected them!
And presumably had been for the first four and a half laps. That makes the support of the family even more heartwarming! In the second episode of the third season it's lampshaded when Axl pays her a backhanded compliment, calling her a "dork optimist. Frankie could be one too, given her various quests to help out her family during which she is inevitably faced with several obstacles. Her speech in the dental-assistant class at the end of "The Safe" pretty much confirms it.
Sean has no romantic interest in Sue At least for the majority of the show but he has twice, out of the kindness of his own heart, driven all the way down from Notre Dame blowing off his own studies in the process to be Sue's date only to be rejected because Sue found someone else at the last minute.
Mike's father had a belt he called "the Enforcer" that he used frequently on his sons. It is implied that this is the reason Mike never even considers Corporal Punishment for his children.
The name of the series actually has a triple meaning.
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It's about a middle-aged mom, in a middle-class household, living in the Midwest. The family also tends to consciously or unconsciously avoid the winner obsession usually attributed to American society.
They represent Aristotle's aurea mediocritas golden mediocrity, another way of being in the middle and this is shown as the basis for their simple yet beautiful happiness, much in the vein the Greeks understood it.
Sue spends the fourth season trying to get her license. By "Hallelujah Hoedown," when she's alone among her like-aged friends, in which we learn she's failed her road test six times and must wait another month. After which, in the season finale, she passes at last. Axl gets this assignment in sex ed.
Needless to say, he is a less than perfect parent. In a later season 9 story arc, Brick is given the same the same assignment, forced to used the same now virtually destroyed doll Axl used.
Her first name was accidentally written twice on her birth certificate. Frankie and Mike have been meaning to get that changed. When they finally get around to it in "The Name," the government worker at the courthouse thinks her name is interesting.
Sue, delighted that someone has finally found something about her unique and special, decides not to have it changed after all. Unable to agree upon an ending, they use all of the endings they came up with.
This leads Brick to comment that he likes the third ending the best. In a Christmas EpisodeBrick explains that Eskimos know how to put a fire in an igloo, only for Axl to snap that back that Eskimos aren't real, but are made-up creatures like leprechauns. Near the end of "The Test," Mike finally manages to get Brick to stand up for himself, something he wanted throughout the entire episode. In "The Clover" during the third season, Frankie, worried about Aunt Edie's ability to continue on her own after her sister's death, visits her.
While there, she points to the phone with extra large buttons and pictures of her, her mother and her sister on the numbers in memory: Press my face if you want to talk. At a religious camp, Brick meets Blake Ferguson, the boy the Hecks accidentally took home from the hospital and kept for a month before realizing their mistake.
Brick is excited to meet his "brother," hugging him and laughing about the mix-up We were switched at birth! I spent the first month of my life with your family and you spent the first month of your life with my family! Why aren't you more excited about this? You're acting like you've never heard this story before He's played by a year-old actor. Don't forget about his two buff football buddies who have had multiple shirtless scene. Sometimes the scenes are even homoerotic.
Dude, we look like three naked guys huggin' each other. Yeah, and you can't see what our hands are doing High five, my brothers! Axl and Sean look at each other in disgust before fleeing the scene In "Hecks at a Movie", it's revealed that Axl and Sean's first kiss was with each other.
Frankie being arrested for an overdue library book - "Stormy Moon. So the show ends with a Heartwarming Moment on the Hecks' doorstep, as they kiss on the lips, limned by sunlight. It's not her first kiss per se but it's her first real one. Sue seems to be becoming even more hopelessly naive and clueless than ever in recent episodes, to the point of ridiculousness especially in "Halloween III," when she becomes so nervous about driving that she accidentally runs over Axl's foot and potentially ruins his football scholarship.
Rule of Funny aside, Sue has not shown very much depth or personality change, and some are finding her perpetual enthusiasm stale - not to mention fast becoming unrealistic underbite-crossbite, anyone? This was addressed in the fifth season's Halloween episode when Mike showed legitimate concern that Sue's "extreme innocence" which he referred to as being normal for a child but not for a year-old will make her look crazy and the victim of bullying.
Brick, too, has been affected by this. As of "Bunny Therapy" he's acquired a whole new odd Verbal Tic for no apparent reason, other than perhaps to make him seem even weirder. In Signals, when Frankie is about to give Mike the middle finger for making fun of her, the scene cuts to a shot of the Hecks' house so Frankie can continue telling the audience about signs.
Well, read this sign. The show is set in the U. Midwest, and the title, "the middle," is a colloquialism used by inhabitants of places like Orson to describe where they live. The pilot episode even goes so far as to show a plane flying overhead, and the passengers not caring when the flight attendant tells them that if they look out their window, they can see Indiana. Invoked in the seventh-season Halloween episode when Axl's friend suggests that the mysterious trick-or-treater in The Grim Reaper costume they keep seeing might actually be Death, since Halloween is the one night of the year Death could walk around like that without anyone thinking anything's amiss.
Four-Leaf Clover Brick finds one in the "The Clover" episode and it brings him all manner of bad luck. Heck family combo ensemble: From Bad to Worse: Sue and Brick's attempt to fix a small hole in her wall in "The Big Chill" only makes it larger.
While Frankie is talking to Mike and bemoaning her inability to figure out who she really is, Brick can be seen in the background trying to get himself into a sleeping bag, and failing miserably.
This gag is repeated in a later episode. Frankie and Mike have a conversation while Sue is shown in the background learning to row a boat in the above-ground pool and, also, failing miserably. In the final episode, Axl tells Sue and Brick that he's moving to Denver.
While Axl deals with an inconsolable Sue, Brick is in the background measuring their bedroom. Later in the same episode, Brick is pushing a bookcase down the hallway while Frankie and Mike are having a conversation.
They don't notice until Brick gets the case stuck in the doorway. Subverted in "Foreign Exchange". The Japanese exchange student who comes to stay with the Hecks has zero personality and says almost nothing to the family the entire time. Only when he returns home and a brief shot of him with his Japanese family is shown in The Tagis it revealed that he's basically a sullen teenager with some of the same personality traits as Axl and Brick. Brick is often shown reading something incredibly advanced for his age.
This leads to the hilarious "I googled Moby-Dick - the hard edition - and guess what I found? Sue and Frankie, at least to some extent. Both are redheads, both have sanguine-phlegmatic personality types, and they have some of the same mannerisms see Inelegant Blubbering below.
The Grand Finale shows that Axl had three sons who are just as lazy and snarky as he is. Frankie says it's retribution for what Axl put her and Mike through. Getting Crap Past the Radar: Axl is responsible for quite a bit of this. Brick does this in "From Orson With Love," where he says that the bunny he got in "Bunny Therapy" found a bunny friend, gave it "piggyback rides," and now there's a litter of bunny babies in his and Axl's closet. In one episode, Brick wakes up Axl.
Axl yells at him that he shouldn't wake him up because he was having a "big boy dream". Brad has one, per "Sleepless in Orson". When Frankie talks about baby showers, she makes Rusty think she takes showers with other women. His immediate response is, "Oh, that is hot". The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Frankie resents the fact that she's married to a chiropractor and has a higher standard of living than the Hecks do, while Janet in turn resents that Frankie didn't need medical assistance to conceive and has three children whereas she only has one.
This builds up to Frankie telling her off during "The Name," when Janet shows up all by herself ostensibly to give Frankie some time and space to study for her dental-hygiene final, but seems only interested in showing her sister up. A short time later, Janet admits to Frankie that her daughter has severe tantrums and has been sent to a special camp during spring break, and as such she envies Frankie, setting up a Heartwarming Moment.
Going to See the Elephant: In "The Bee", the family forgets Sue's birthday in the run-up to the road trip to Chicago for Brick's appearance in the regional spelling bee, so they make it up to her by letting her plan the trip from a guidebook.
Sue winds up wanting to see hilariously minor tourist attractions. Usually with Frankie, but when it's Mike, expect a Heartwarming Moment. Good Girl Gone Bad: Subverted in "Last Whiff of Summer," the fourth-season premiere. Sue realizes that even the negative attention her older brother gets is attention, and decides to start going bad to get some of that from her parents. Double subverted by her parents not noticing or caring.
The hour-long "A Heck of a Ride". The family drives Axl to Denver for his new job, and it ends with a Flash Forward to show how their lives change after that. Brick is terrified of the schoolyard and prefers to spend recess in the library, reading. When forced to spend recess outdoors in one episode, he and his friends devise a scheme for distracting the teachers and getting back into the library that plays out as a pint-sized prison break.
Cindy's costume in the seventh-season Halloween episode Happily Married: Frankie and Mike "Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death" reveals the same for Brick and Cindy with four kids in the future.
The finale also shows Axl and Lexie and Sue and Sean as such too with the former having at least three kids. In "Twenty Years," Axl spoils the ending of the final "Planet Nowhere" book for Brick, sending him into a catatonic state for much of the remainder of the episode.
Sue gets one in "Life Skills" after realizing that she has brought the wrong bag to school, and she is afraid she'll now get an F. Axl unexpectedly becomes this in "Life Skills," as he manages to extract favors from a huge number of students to help him design a "How to Run an Italian Restaurant" project demonstration for himself and Sue in less than an hour.
The pilot also features a horrible field trip for Sue, where she forced her way onto a bus that was for kids that had sold a certain amount of cheese and sausage for a fundraiser so that they could go to the state capital. It turned out that her mother had forgotten to mail the money, resulting in Sue having to sleep on the floor in their hotel, not having a seat on the bus, having to sit out on the steps of the state capitol with an orderly because she wasn't authorized to come in, and a whole other list of horrible things that happened because of it.
Season 2 2Season 3 3Season 5 4Season 6 1Season 7 5 Friends, crushes and classmates Brad Bottig Brock Ciarlelliintroduced in Season 1 is Sue's flamboyant, theater-loving, tap dancing and slightly camp ex-boyfriend, who is on the high school wrestling team. They "date" during Thanksgiving Season 1but shortly broke up. Brad and Sue have remained good friends despite their breakup, and she remains seemingly unaware of his obvious, if stereotypicalhomosexual behavior. From Season 5 onwards, Brad seems to be Sue's closest friend.
In Season 7, Brad prepares to tell Sue a secret in which he is about to come out as gayto which she responds that she knows, and she shows him love and support. Darrin is the most passive and simple of Axl's friends, often landing himself, Sean, and Axl in problematic situations.
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In season 3, he takes Sue to the prom because of her "sunny disposition" and explained to Axl that he Darrin just wanted to go with someone and dance.
In season 4, Darrin takes Sue to a Valentine's Day dance after her date cancels; and when tidying up in the hall after the dance they share a kiss. Later Darrin confides that he wants to continue dating Sue, which angers Axl.
However, near the end of season 4, Sue breaks up with him after he accidentally punched her in the face while she was trying to break up a fight between him and Axl. After high school, Darrin enrolls in a heating and air conditioning repair school. In season 5, Sue feels like the breakup was a mistake and realizes that they only broke up because Axl was being so weird about it. With Axl having gone off to college, Sue gains a renewed interest in Darrin until she sees that he has a new girlfriend Angel.
Darrin later decides that his current girlfriend is too high-maintenance and he brings flowers to Sue, only to see her being kissed by Derrick Glossner. Despite a series of misunderstandings, the two ultimately reconnect at Sue's prom in season 5, and become a couple again. He proposes to Sue in the 6th season, and under pressure, she accepts. After realizing she doesn't want to be married yet, Sue breaks off the engagement with him three days later. She began in season 1 as a geeky character, wearing glasses and braces.
Her braces were removed mid-season 1, and she became more popular as a result. Sue seems to be jealous, if only subconsciously, and wears makeup which her family finds garish.
From season 2 onwards, Carly has reverted to a more geeky look. Fishmanintroduced in Season 1 is Brick's friend from the socially challenged class. He has a tendency to behave like a cat. Zack has not appeared in the show since Season 4. Season 1 3Season 2 1Season 3 2Season 4 1 Morgan Alexa Vegaintroduced in Season 1 is Axl's first girlfriend on the series, whom Frankie takes an instant liking to due to her straight-A grades and talent in multiple areas. However, after she breaks Axl's heart time and time again, Frankie eventually explodes with anger and throws a beanbag at Morgan during a birthday party.
He has an obsession with keeping everything on a schedule and takes frequent and lengthy bathroom breaks in the episode "Mother's Day II" when he is accompanying the Hecks to Brown County. He does not show up in the third or fourth season, although in "Year of the Hecks", he is mentioned.
She is also on Sue's wrestlerette team. She has a keen interest in wizards, although she has never heard of Harry Potter. At their third prom together, Ashley is not Axl's date but dances with him when he's announced as prom king, as Axl and his date Cassidy had broken up only a few moments before the announcement.
Axl is known to have a hatred towards her as he still regrets sending a text message about going to a prom with her. In season 5, Ashley invites Sue to hang with her at prom, as they are both there without dates, while Frankie's voice-over chides: She tells Devin Levin that Axl was her boyfriend, which Axl of course vehemently denies.
In season 4, Matt asks Sue to the school Valentine's Day dance because he broke up with his girlfriend Sherrie. He later calls Sue at the last minute to say that he and Sherrie got back together, and he is no longer taking her to the dance. This paves the way for Darrin to swoop in and save the day for Sue.
Unlike the other wrestlerettes, Ruth wears an ankle-length skirt. Because the two are inseparable, Axl struggles to figure out which one is his real girlfriend and which one is just hanging out with the other. He makes a calculated guess that Courtney is his girlfriend and kisses her, which causes both girls to slap him and break up with him.
They perpetually overlook Sue, often thinking she is a new exchange student, and later calling her a freshman during her senior year. She met Axl when he was trying to boost his grades and needed a tutor. They didn't get along very well in their first session, but then Axl kissed her and soon found out she had a boyfriend.
She later broke up with her old boyfriend to be with Axl. Late in season 4, Cassidy's ex-boyfriend returns, putting tension between Axl and Cassidy for a while before they come back together. They break up in the episode "Hallelujah Hoedown", after Cassidy reveals she is going away in three weeks for an internship program and that they will be in different colleges come September.
They begin speaking again in "The Award" season 5after Cassidy leaves an embarrassing message on Axl's voicemail. After a brief reconnection during spring break, Cassidy breaks up with Axl again, saying it isn't fair to either of them to pursue a relationship while being miles apart. He is mostly shown from behind as he sits at his computer. His face was shown briefly at the end of the season 5 episode "The Kiss". In an episode of season 6 "The Table" Axl and Hutch move out of the dorm and into a rental house, but realize they can't afford it on their own.
They look up Kenny and invite him to be their roommate, too, as he apparently is reliable in paying bills and rent. Kenny speaks on-screen for the first time and his face is shown again in the Season 7 episode "Halloween VI: Season 5 10Season 6 5Season 7 6 Devin Levin Gia Mantegnaintroduced in Season 6 is a relative of Frankie's hairdresser who was only an acquaintance of Axl's in the past.
In season 6, he notices how she has blossomed and that they share many interests, and they begin dating. The two briefly break up when Devin notices that Axl still has her listed as "Uggo from Idaho" in his cell phone contacts, but they get back together later on. Early in Season 7, they break up again, each agreeing they should see other people during their college years.
Season 6 7Season 7 1 Cindy Casey Burkeintroduced in Season 6 is a classmate of Brick's who becomes his pseudo-girlfriend in season 6. Though she stands taller than Brick, she seems as quirky as he is.
She always wears a safari hat, her facial expression shows no emotion, and, since she finds Brick's missing shoe in her first appearance, it is heavily implied that the character is named for Cinderella. Cindy's flaky parents are introduced in the season 7 episode "Crushed", wherein they ask the Hecks for a significant loan to save their house from foreclosure.
The Hecks aren't able to help, forcing Cindy's family to move in with her grandparents and seemingly ending her relationship with Brick, until it is shown that her grandparents live only a block away.
Season 6 4Season 7 6 Logan David Hullintroduced in Season 6 is a guy from another high school who works as a shirtless model in the Abercrombie store at the same mall where Sue works. He asks Sue to her prom after seeing her depressed over breaking up with Darrin, and later reveals that he likes her. The two later try to connect during a chance encounter at East Indiana State, but Sue had taken Brick along that day and he gets lost. Finally, Logan and Sue meet at a movie theater, where Logan says he is majoring in Religious Studies and plans to be a priest, disappointing Sue.
Season 6 1Season 7 2 Troy Jovan Armand, introduced in Season 7 is Brick's large classmate who initially protects him from school bullies, then later becomes his friend. She later becomes Sue's dorm mate and friend.
She loves horses, and her family is rich. Tompkins Krista Braunintroduced in Season 1 is Brick's social skills mentor and guidance counselor. Season 1 3Season 2 1Season 3 1Season 4 1 Mr.