Mike and Frankie agree to house-sit for Frankie's sister in hope of having a romantic, kid-free weekend; Axl, Darrin and Sean go on a road trip.
Axl looks for the right time to share news about his college classes; Frankie's dad reveals a gambling loss; Sue hides a secret; Brick determines to have lime-green Jell-O salad on Thanksgiving.
Frankie rescues a lost dog and takes solace in the unconditional love she receives; Sue surprises her parents when she makes the volleyball team; Axl asks Brick for help with school.
Sue holds a seance with her friends.
Marking the 100th episode milestone of The Middle, the citizens of Orson, Indiana celebrate the Orsontennial – the town's 100th anniversary. During this momentous event, Frankie and Mike find themselves begrudgingly trying to drive a giant cow float in the parade; Axl, Sean (recurring guest star Beau Wirick) and Darrin resurrect Boss Co. and attempt to make some big bucks by setting up a VIP area to view the festivities; Sue, still crushing on Darrin, tries to make him jealous by pretending to be dating Brad (recurring guest star Brock Ciarlelli) again; and Brick tries to earn himself a place in Orson history by entering a contest to come up with the town's new motto, which will be used for the next 100 years.
After Frankie and Mike are forced to return the church van when it's discovered that their car has been repaired, Sue – who has been driving the other car – begins to freak out because she'll have to start taking the bus again. But when her parents tell her that she could get her own car if she got a job, Sue ends up working as a potato girl at a local mall eatery. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike are called into Brick's principal's (guest star Rachel Dratch) office and are informed that he has not attended any of his classes; and much to the family's dismay, Axl begins to spend his nights back home when he becomes fed up with having to deal with his horrible college roommate.
The first day of school is upon the Heck family – and Sue finds herself feeling a sense of freedom she's never felt before, with Axl not around to make her campus life miserable. But Brick, who is beginning middle school and afraid of getting a "swirlie," avoids the bathroom at all costs. Meanwhile, Frankie becomes jealous of Mike when she discovers that Axl calls and returns his texts but won't do the same for her; and Sue's feelings for Darrin (guest star John Gammon) surface once again when Mike calls him over to help fix the air conditioner.
Against Axl's wishes, the whole family takes him to college and helps him move into the dorm; Brick keeps losing his new cell phone.
This Season Pass includes all current episodes and will include future episodes after broadcast date as they become available. The quirky misadventures of one of the Heartland's most hilarious families continue as the middle returns for a fifth fitful season... and family dynamics have never been funnier. As a middle-aged, middle-class, middle USA mom, Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) tackles the mundane chaos of everyday life, while kids continually manufacture drama, while her husband offers support from the sidelines.
As graduation day approaches, tension begins to build between Frankie and Axl when he ignores her requests for answers about the graduation party she's planning for his special day. Meanwhile, Sue hopes that the sixth time's the charm as she once again attempts to pass her driver's test; and during his final days of elementary school, a forgetful Brick is reminded by Vice Principal Dunlap (guest star MARION ROSS – Happy Days) that he's the class historian and is responsible for putting together a slideshow highlighting the last four years of school in front of a school assembly. Note: This season finale episode was directed by series co-creator and executive producer Eileen Heisler.
While waiting in line at the power company to pay a late bill and dressed in her lab coat for her new dental assisting job, people mistake Frankie for a doctor and let her cut in front of them so that she can finish her business quickly and get back to saving lives. But when one of those people shows up at Dr. Goodwin's (guest star JACK McBRAYER – 30 Rock) office for a dental checkup, Frankie must attempt to keep up the charade, which leaves her new employer completely perplexed. Meanwhile, Axl discovers that Sue has a perfect attendance record at school and convinces her to ditch a day and live life on the edge; Dr. Fulton (DAVE FOLEY) tries to find out why Brick is so opposed to going to middle school; and Mike and Axl's fishing trip takes a turn for the worse when a distraction causes Mike to crash the boat he is towing, wedging it into a ditch.
As Mother's Day approaches, Frankie wants to ensure that Mike gets her something she actually wants for a gift and informs all of the kids of her wish so that at least one of them will clue in a clueless Mike. Meanwhile, Sue asks Reverend TimTom (recurring guest star PAUL HIPP) for advice when she begins to resent her friends' happiness over getting their driver's licenses after she has repeatedly failed the test, and Cassidy stuns Axl with some bad news during the prom.
After discovering that Sue's life, as defined on Facebook, is pretty pathetic, Frankie creates an online alias (or two or three) and attempts to make her daughter as popular as possible. Meanwhile, after having read Tuesdays with Morrie, Frankie's healthy dad, Tag (recurring guest star JERRY VAN DYKE), coerces Mike into listening to his long-winded life stories on a weekly basis; and Axl and Brick attempt to garner interest in getting a bunch of baby bunnies and kittens adopted by producing a viral video starring the animals in a James Bond knockoff.
After successfully graduating from dental assisting school, Frankie attempts to interview for a job but discovers that, when asked about herself, she doesn't quite know how to describe who she is. Meanwhile, when Axl gets his band their first paying gig at the Orson Dollar Days, Sue becomes a 'Yoko' to boyfriend Darrin's 'John' and begins to offer unwanted advice to the group; and when Brick informs Frankie and Mike that he has joined the Prairie Scouts, Mike ends up reluctantly having to lead his quirky troop's camping trip. JACK McBRAYER (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph) guest stars as Dr. Goodwin, who Frankie interviews with for a possible job. Supernatural's JIM BEAVER guest stars as Brick's not-so-trustworthy Scout Master, Mr. Stokes.
Frankie can't hide her disappointment over who "The Bachelor" chooses to marry and ends up moping around the house for days about it; Mike attempts to toughen Sue up when she joins the school's tennis team and continually compliments her opponents during their matches; and Axl and Cassidy try to figure out where their relationship stands after their big fight. The Bachelor's CHRIS HARRISON provides voiceover for the episode.
Frankie's sister, Janet (guest star MOLLY SHANNON), comes to the rescue and offers to help run the Heck household while Frankie studies for her dental assisting school finals. But the sheer amount of disorganization in the house throws perfectionist Janet for a loop. Meanwhile, when Cassidy's ex-boyfriend pays an unexpected visit from college, Axl tries to take the high road and not act like a jealous boyfriend; and Sue wants to legally change her middle name (which is also Sue) in order to have a normal name on her driver's license.
I am allergic to Christmas!
Mike and Frankie Heck can't figure out how to turn on the TV.
The Middle sneak peek.
The Middle: Season 1 clip - starring Chris Kattan, Charlie McDermott, Patricia Heaton, Atticus Shaffer, Eden Sher, Neil Flynn.
The Middle clip - starring Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, Chris Kattan, Charlie McDermott, Atticus Shaffer, Eden Sher.
Everyone learns the truth about Frankie Heck's holiday shopping habits.
Mike Heck teaches Axl Heck how to become a responsible adult.