Brick makes it hard for Mike to relax during his vacation.
Frankie tries to persuade Mike to attend a dinner honoring his dedicated service at the quarry; Sue forms a plan to build connections between students; Axl hopes to track down a girl who left a message on his phone.
Excited and hungry over receiving a "squatter's" coupon at an all-you-can-eat buffet, the Hecks head off to church with the intent of hitting the restaurant immediately after the service. But much to their dismay, they find themselves being counseled by guest minister Reverend Deveaux (guest star Keegan-Michael Key) when a family squabble occurs during the sermon. Now, with all of their pent up issues, they may never get out in time to attend their grand feast!
With the bus drivers on strike, Principal Barker asks the parents to form carpools to get the kids to and from school. But with time management not being one of Frankie's strong suits, her carpool kids find themselves facing the possibility of being on the receiving end of some tardy slips – which could ruin their chances of being invited to the "No Tardy Party." Meanwhile, Axl hits the books and becomes an expert in Astronomy – a class he's not even taking – in order to tutor a hot student; and when Mike receives two IU basketball tickets, he tries to find someone to accompany him to the game, not realizing that Sue really wants to go with him.
Sue makes a discovery that leads to an ultimate prank battle with Axl; Brick tries to read a recommended biography on Debbie Reynolds.
Frankie and Mike start to worry when Brick begins developing irrational fears; Sue is conflicted about Derrick Glossner's behavior; Axl and Sean shut down Darrin's attempt to start a Boss Co spinoff.
When Axl comes home from college for Christmas vacation, he would rather spend time with his friends than with his family, so he and Frankie must come up with a time management agreement that will satisfy both of them; Sue's severe allergic reaction to the Christmas tree threatens to ruin her holiday; and after it's discovered that Brick lied to the school about his Christmas wrapping paper sales, he finds himself running a mini Ponzi scheme in an attempt to pay back the debt.
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.
Thanksgiving finds the Heck family in turmoil when Axl tries to figure out the perfect time to tell his parents that he dropped three out of his four college classes; Frankie's dad Tag (recurring guest star JERRY VAN DYKE) admits to Mike that he lost a lot of money gambling online and won't be able to take wife Pat (recurring guest star MARSHA MASON) on a planned cruise; Sue is hiding a shocking secret from her discount shopping excursion with Frankie; Dr. Goodwin (recurring guest star JACK McBRAYER) and Uncle Rusty's wife (guest star MARY BIRDSONG) and kids show up unannounced for Thanksgiving dinner; and Brick goes to extreme measures to have lime green Jell-o salad during the feast.
Frankie finds solace in rescuing and taking in a lost dog; Sue actually makes the volleyball team; and Axl calls on Brick for help with his college academics classes.
As Halloween approaches, Sue holds a séance during a sleepover with her fellow Wrestlerettes and swears that she's seen the ghost of Christopher Columbus and one of his ships; Axl finds himself being hazed by the football team and not allowed to enter his own Halloween party that's being thrown in his dorm room; and the family tries in vain to give Brick advice on how to ask out a girl he likes to go with him to a Halloween dance.
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.
On the fifth season premiere, Frankie insists on having the entire Heck family along for the ride, against Axl's wishes, as they drive to his college to move him into his dorm. But the short drive turns out to be an eternity when Sue freaks out after discovering that Frankie forgot to fax in her essay to be a candidate for Junior Peer Leadership Advisor, and Brick proves once again that he can't be trusted when he 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.
Some Kids Are Just Different
Kristin Cavallari Guest Stars.
Brick Heck tells Mike the truth about fulfilling his coupons.
The Middle: 'Valentines day II' Sneak Peek
The Middle: Season 1 clip - starring Chris Kattan, Charlie McDermott, Patricia Heaton, Atticus Shaffer, Eden Sher, Neil Flynn.
The Middle Sneak Peek
The Middle - Episode 115: 'The Break-Up'
Frankie Heck and Axl Heck work on their relationship.
The Middle - Episode 117 Clip: 'The Bee'
EP 121 Clips
The Middle sneak peek.
Frankie, Sue and Brick are unable to convince Mike to attend his award reception.
Errand Boy: Sneak Peek
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