The Middle

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    FRANKIE, MIKE AND BRICK BEGIN TO NOTICE THAT THEIR LUCK HAS TAKEN A DRAMATIC TURN FOR THE BETTER WHEN THE DONAHUE'S ADDRESS IS ACCIDENTALLY PAINTED ON THEIR CURB; AXL MISSES HIS FINAL COLLEGE TEST; AND SUE CONFIDES TO BRAD THAT HER SOPHOMORE YEAR IN COLLEGE WAS KIND OF A LETDOWN, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    Sue and Brad Break Out Into a Song and Dance as They Perform an Impromptu Musical Number

    "The Final Final" – Frankie, Mike and Brick begin to notice that their luck has changed dramatically for the better after the Prairie Scouts accidentally paint the Donahue's address on their curb; and after missing his final college test before he graduates, Axl pleads with his teacher to let him take it, otherwise he won't be able to graduate. Meanwhile, Sue confides to Brad that her sophomore year in college was kind of a letdown. But a chance to speak to students at her former high school about college life leads her to a realization about her status as a student while at Orson High. A talk with Brad leads into an impromptu musical number about Sue's many accomplishments over the years, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Dan O'Connor as Professor Kepley, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Tommy Bechtold as Kenny, John Omohundro as College Student, Gary Ballard as Janitor, Christopher Gerse as Pizza Guy, Sydney Sweeney as Female Student #1, Tabitha Brownstone as Female Student #2, David Kloehr as Male Student #1, Xavier Avila as Male Student #2, Joachim Powell as Scout #1, and Chet Lewis as Scout #2.

    "The Final Final" was written by Rich Dahm and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.
     
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    FRANKIE AND MIKE ARE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE FENCE ABOUT WHAT TO DO WHEN AXL INFORMS THEM THAT HE'S GOING TO EUROPE OVER THE SUMMER WITH KENNY, WHICH MEANS HE'S NOT GOING TO ACTIVELY BE LOOKING FOR A JOB, AND SUE PANICS WHEN SHE ACCIDENTALLY SCRAPES A PARKED SUV, ON THE SEASON 8 FINALE OF ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    The Episode Was Directed by Co-Creator/Executive Producer Eileen Heisler

    "Fight or Flight" – Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he's planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn't hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair, on the Season 8 Finale of "The Middle," TUESDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue and Jonathan Palmer as Rob.

    "Fight or Flight" was written by Ilana Wernick and directed by Eileen Heisler.

    FYI: ABC has renewed The Middle for Season 9.
     
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    The Middle
    Season 9 Premiere - Tuesday, October 3rd at 8pm ET/7pm CT

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    about
    Now entering its ninth season, two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.

    Between juggling shifts and picking up fast-food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love, humor and solid Midwestern practicality. Recent college graduate
    Axl (Charlie McDermott), the oldest, returns home from his summer trip to Europe and takes on a new, chill European look on life. Although Mike is still on his back to get a job, Axl will do so, but at his own leisurely pace. Axl is still dating Lexie, and their relationship is getting serious enough that it's time for Frankie and Mike to meet her rich parents, which makes them just a tad nervous. Then there's the ever-optimistic Sue (Eden Sher), their extraordinarily ordinary daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. She is excited to start her third year at college with roommate Lexie but is still trying to get used to the fact that Axl and Lexie are dating. And she still has the snow globe that she found in the trash – unaware that Sean Donahue was going to give it to her and profess his crush on her before a misunderstanding quashed the moment. Sue has unrequited feelings for him, too, but will they ever discover their mutual attraction for each other? And finally there's Brick (Atticus Shaffer), their quirky son, who reads constantly, whispers and "whoops" to himself, as well as unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer. Now entering his sophomore year in high school, he thinks this will finally be his time to become more popular and decides to break up with his equally quirky girlfriend Cindy so that he's not tied down. But, being a Heck, things probably won't go quite as smoothly as he would like.

    Frankie and Mike had hoped to continue finding themselves with an emptier nest, which, in theory, would have let them cut back on their parental duties. But with Axl now back at home along with Brick, they find that hope quickly fading. Parenting is never over no matter where your kids are. Balancing kids and work never really gets easier – it just gets different.

    Their hilarious struggles continue, but through all the madness shines a loving family, and together the Hecks continue putting The Middle on the map.

    meet the cast
    Frankie Heck
    Played by Patricia Heaton

    Mike Heck
    Played by Neil Flynn

    Axl Heck
    Played by Charlie McDermot

    Sue Heck
    Played by Eden Sher

    Brick Heck
    Played by Atticus Shaffer

    10/03/17 Season 9 Premiere episode
    THE FAREWELL SEASON BEGINS WITH AXL RETURNING HOME FROM EUROPE, SPORTING A MAN-BUN AND A NEW OUTLOOK ON LIFE; BRICK MAKES THE DECISION TO BREAK UP WITH CINDY; AND SUE TRIES TO CRAM AN ENTIRE SUMMER OF FUN INTO TWO DAYS, ON THE SEASON 9 PREMIERE OF ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    After almost a decade on the air, the upcoming ninth season of ABC's critically acclaimed fan-favorite series The Middle will be its final one. Two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.

    On the Season 9 Premiere episode, "Vive La Hecks," airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network, Axl returns home from his summer trip to Europe, sporting a man-bun and embracing a new, chill European outlook on life. Mike just wants him to clean up and look for a job, but Frankie thinks Axl will do this on his own and asks Mike to give him a little breathing room. Meanwhile, because Sue worked the entire summer at Spudsy's and missed out on having any fun, she decides to cram in a whole summer of fun in two days before going back to college; Brick makes the decision to break up with Cindy because he doesn't want to be tied down in a relationship when he's about to embark on the revelry of his "big sophomore year"; and Frankie desperately tries to come up with an item for a time capsule that's being buried under the Orson cow that will make the town remember the Hecks when it's opened in 100 years.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue, and Casey Burke as Cindy.

    "Vive La Hecks" was written by Tim Hobert and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.
     
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    FRANKIE DISCOVERS THAT IF SHE GIVES NANCY DONAHUE MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS FROM AROUND THE HOUSE, HER CULINARY NEIGHBOR WILL RETURN THE FAVOR BY COOKING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR HER, AND AXL GETS A JOB AS BRICK'S SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    "Please Don't Feed the Hecks" – After Frankie gives neighbor Nancy Donahue an old scarf that is just sitting around gathering dust, Nancy returns the favor by baking her a delicious apple pie. Believing she's stumbled upon a way to get free and tasty meals, Frankie makes it her mission to find miscellaneous items around the house to give to her in exchange for some culinary delights. Meanwhile, Sue and Lexie prepare to move back into their college apartment but find that it's been sublet to a man who refuses to leave; and Axl's new job as the school bus driver gives him a chance to see how Brick's high school sophomore year is treating him, and he discovers that Mike has refused to speak to Brick's class on Career Exploration Day, on The Middle," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Jonathan Goldstein as Professor Mark Beckett, Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue, Shannon McClung as Dad, and Gina Hecht as Ms. Schaefer.

    "Please Don't Feed the Hecks" was written by Ilana Wernick and directed by Phil Traill.
     
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    10/17/17 episode
    AXL INVITES FRANKIE AND MIKE TO MEET LEXIE'S RICH PARENTS, BUT FRANKIE IS WORRIED THAT THEIR NON-LUXURIOUS LIFESTYLE COULD PUT A DAMPER ON THEIR MEETING, AND BRICK DISCOVERS THAT HE CAN'T GET ARRESTED WHEN HE PARTICIPATES IN THE SCHOOL'S SOPHOMORE SLAMMER FUNDRAISER, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    Lisa Rinna Guest Stars as Lexie's Mom

    "Meet the Parents" – Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie's rich parents, Tammy (Lisa Rinna) and Bennett. But Frankie is worried that their less then luxurious lifestyle may put a damper on their meeting. Meanwhile, Brick is excited to be a part of the Sophomore Slammer fundraiser, in which fellow classmates fake arrest each other and friends come to pay money – which will go to charity – to bail them out. But Brick soon discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he just can't get arrested, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Lisa Rinna as Tammy Brooks, Gregory Harrison as Bennett Brooks, Ally Young-Price as Friend, Lauren Kennedy Hardy as Kid, French Stewart as Principal Cameron, Conrad Bluth as Football Player, Micah Nelson as Aiden, and Sean Summers as Parking Attendant.

    "Meet the Parents" was written by Jana Hunter & Mitch Hunter and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.


    10/24/17 Halloween episode
    AS HALLOWEEN APPROACHES, FRANKIE DISCOVERS THAT A WOMAN DIED IN THE BATHTUB OF THE HECK HOUSE CLOSE TO 50 YEARS AGO – AND SHE AND BRICK ARE CONVINCED THAT THE WOMAN WAS MURDERED AND ATTEMPT TO TRACK DOWN THE KILLER, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" – As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago, and Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike's chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Casey Feigh as Police Officer, Lisa Rothschiller as Scary Woman, Maree Cheatham as Sylvia, and Winston Story as OWP Guy.

    "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" was written by Rich Daum and directed by Phil Traill.
     
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    10/31/17 episode
    AS FRANKIE AND MIKE'S 25th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES, SUE PUTS HER FOOT DOWN ON BEING THE FAMILY MEMBER WHOSE ROLE IS TO DO EVERYTHING THEY ASK OF HER WITHOUT COMPLAINT, AND THE REST OF THE HECKS BEGIN TO REBEL AGAINST WHAT THEIR SUPPOSED FAMILIAL ROLES HAVE BEEN, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    "Role of a Lifetime" – While Axl tries to invent a new beverage that mixes wine with beer and Brick decides to join the school orchestra in an attempt to play the field and find himself a new girlfriend, Mike asks Sue to take the reins in putting together a romantic evening for him and Frankie to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary – which both of them totally forgot. Frustrated with being the family member whose role is to do everything they ask of her without complaint, Sue puts her foot down and declares she will no longer be that person, which causes the rest of the Hecks to rethink and rebel against what their supposed familial roles have been, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, OCT. 31 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    "Role of a Lifetime" was written by Roy Brown and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.
     
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    FRANKIE'S MOM STAYS AT THE HECK HOUSE AFTER BECOMING ILL – WHICH LEAVES FRANKIE AT HER BECK AND CALL – AND SUE SUGGESTS TO SEAN THAT THEY BOTH SET EACH OTHER UP ON DATES WITH OTHER PEOPLE, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    Marsha Mason Guest Stars as Frankie's Mom, Pat

    "The Setup" – Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat's (Marsha Mason) beck and call when she has to stay for a few days at the Heck house after coming down with an ailment. Meanwhile, just when it looks like Sean is about to ask Sue out on a date, Sue nervously blurts out that maybe they should both try to set each other up on a date with one of their friends; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, NOV. 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring are Marsha Mason as Pat Spence, Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Ami Park as Tessa, Eve Brenner as Mrs. Perkins, Jackson White as Aidan, Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie Brooks, and Hudson Cordero as Young Axl.

    "The Setup" was written by Tim Hobert and directed by Victor Nelli.
     
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    THE HECKS' THANKSGIVING ROAD TRIP GOES AWRY, AND THE KIDS HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH OF THEM GETS LAID OFF FROM SPUDSY'S, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    "Thanksgiving IX" – The Hecks take a hectic road trip for Thanksgiving to Frankie's sister's house but soon find themselves running into barriers that could make them late to the feast; and with Axl now working with Sue and Brick at Spudsy's, they have been informed by their manager that, due to budget issues, one of them needs to quit, and they must decide amongst themselves which one will take the hit, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, NOV. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring Jimmy Bellinger as Edwin, Johnny Dowers as Cashier, Christopher Goodman as Man, Jake Elliott as Carter, Carlos E. Campos as Guy, Sarah Jane MacKay as Woman, and Sally Brooks as Jocelyn.

    "Thanksgiving IX" was written by Jana Hunter & Mitch Hunter and directed by Phil Traill.
     
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    AXL VISITS HUTCH IN CHICAGO BUT DISCOVERS THAT HIS ONCE FREE-SPIRITED COLLEGE ROOMMATE IS ACTING LIKE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT, AND SUE IS UNABLE TO SLEEP AFTER WATCHING A HORROR FILM THAT SHE THOUGHT WAS ABOUT CUTE LITTLE LAMBS, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    "Eyes Wide Open" – Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue's excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching "Silence of the Lambs"; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike's aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn't know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, NOV. 21 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network, streaming and On Demand.

    "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

    Guest starring Brenna D'Amico as Lilah, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Noah Baron as Male Partygoer #1, Ashley Dulaney as Female Partygoer, and Amos Blackmon as Male Partygoer #2.

    "Eyes Wide Open" was written by Rich Dahm and directed by Jaffar Mahmood.
     
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    CELEBRATING THE SHOW'S MILESTONE 200th EPISODE, FRANKIE MUST FIND AN ITEM TO PLACE IN THE ORSON TIME CAPSULE; MIKE IS STUNNED WHEN BILL NORWOOD INFORMS HIM THAT HE AND PAULA ARE SEPARATING, AND BRICK TRIES TO WIN CINDY BACK, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

    "The 200th" – The Middle celebrates its milestone 200th episode! When Orson is named as one of the top 200 most livable cities in Indiana, Frankie is reminded that she has to come up with something to place in the time capsule that will be buried in the base of the newly rededicated Orson Cow.

    Meanwhile, when Bill Norwood informs Mike that he and Paula are separating, Mike is gobsmacked and starts to appreciate Frankie more; in order to win back Cindy, Brick must complete three acts of bravery for her; and Axl volunteers Sue to be his personal assistant to impress prospective employers, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, DEC. 5 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network, streaming and On Demand.

    Guest starring are Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, Sean O'Bryan as Ron Donahue, Casey Burke as Cindy, Pat Finn as Bill Norwood, Brittany Ross as Courtney, Natalie Lander as Debbie, and Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert.

    "The 200th" was written by Roy Brown and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.
     

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