The Middle

2009 • ABC
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Season 9 episodes (23)

1 Vive La Hecks
On the ninth season premiere, Axl returns home from his summer trip to Europe, sporting a man-bun and with 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.
2 Please Don't Feed the Hecks
After Frankie gives neighbor Nancy Donahue (recurring guest star JEN RAY) 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.
3 Meet the Parents
Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie's rich parents, Tammy and Bennett (guest stars LISA RINNA and GREGORY HARRISON). 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.
4 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; 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.
5 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 he and Frankie to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary - which both of them totally forgot about. 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 that she will no longer be that person anymore, which causes the rest of the Hecks to re-think and rebel against what their supposed familial roles have been.
6 The Setup
Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat’s (recurring guest star 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.
7 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.
8 Eyes Wide Open
Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch (recurring guest star ALPHONSO McAULEY) 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 (guest star BRENNA D’AMICO), a new student who doesn’t know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple.
9 The 200th
This week an all new episode of The Middle.
10 The Christmas Miracle
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.
11 New Year's Revelations
This week an all new episode of The Middle.
12 The Other Man
Now that Axl has a real job, he begins to bond more with Mike and spends a lot of time with him – leaving Frankie frozen out of their interactions; and just as Sue is about to break up with Aidan (guest star JACKSON WHITE), Brad (recurring guest star BROCK CIARLELLI) pleads with her to wait a beat until after he has a chance to win the affection of Aidan’s handsome friend, Luke (guest star CORBIN BLEU).
13 Mommapalooza
Frankie decides that she needs to find something new that she’s passionate about – life’s third act - and Reverend TimTom (recurring guest star PAUL HIPP) offers the perfect solution. Meanwhile, tired of hearing Sue and Brick argue because of the giant hole between their bedroom walls, Mike orders them to fix it; and after Axl refuses to let rich girlfriend Lexie pay for some extravagant outings, Lexie finds a way to fool him into thinking he’s becoming lucky when money and other high priced items suddenly make their way into his hands.
14 Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner
Mike’s wayward brother Rusty (recurring guest star NORM MACDONALD) comes to town and presents Sue with an extravagant gift, which Mike thinks is stolen goods. Meanwhile, with Sue now older and living the college life, Mike feels like he’s not as close to her as he used to be and tries to figure out a way to reconnect; Axl blows the money from his first paycheck on a big screen TV and blames his spending spree on years of learning from Frankie’s lack of financial wisdom; and Brick is stumped - but delighted - to discover mysterious, unmarked gifts being left at the front door of the house.
15 Toasted
Things don’t go as smoothly as planned for the Hecks when Frankie helps Sue celebrate her 21st birthday by taking her to a bar close to the college; Mike begrudgingly accompanies Brick to a “Planet Nowhere” convention; and Axl and Hutch head to Ohio in the Winnebago to attend and make a toast at ex-college roomie Kenny’s wedding.
16 The Crying Game
While Frankie feels the need to have a good cry after having a bad week, Mike shares the good news that, after 25 years as manager at the local quarry, he is being offered the job of Regional Manager but feels uncomfortable saying goodbye to his co-workers; and Brick suspects that he’s being treated unfairly by his health teacher because of how horribly Axl treated her back when he was a student.
17 Hecks vs. Glossners: The Final Battle
It’s the Orson showdown of the century when the Hecks – along with the Donahues and Bill Norwood – wage a war against the Glossners after they steal Sue’s car.
18 Thank You for Not Kissing
After Dr. Fulton (recurring guest star DAVE FOLEY) calls Frankie and Mike into his office to inform them that Brick and Cindy have been making out all over school, Frankie tasks Mike into having a talk with his son to discuss dating etiquette. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to work up the gumption to give Sean the snow globe and confess how much she likes him; and after discovering a box full of unfinished thank you notes for gifts received over the years, Frankie orders Axl to finish and mail them all out.
19 Bat Out of Heck
Frankie is surprised but relieved when Dr. Goodwin (recurring guest star JACK McBRAYER) agrees to buy all of the peanut brittle that Brick needs to sell for school. But the good doctor displays a bit of Mr. Hyde behavior when Frankie doesn’t deliver the product in an expeditious manner. Meanwhile, Axl is getting sick and tired of having Mike tell him how to run his life, and things go off the rails when Axl attempts to trade in the Winnebago and buy a car; Sue is more determined than ever to win a very prestigious and competitive hotel scholarship; and Frankie swears that she’s seeing something mysterious flying through the house.
20 Great Heckspectations
Frankie has to force Brick into asking Cindy to the high school prom, but worries that his quirkiness could spoil the happy event; Lexie talks a clueless Axl into giving Sue a belated 21st birthday present; and Mike becomes frustrated over how to get used to a new TV remote.
21 The Royal Flush
In an attempt to get Frankie the best Mother’s Day gift ever, Sue and Brick enter a trivia contest where they could win a trip for two to London for the upcoming Royal Wedding; and Axl is offered a job interview that could change his life.
22 Split Decision
This week an all new episode of The Middle.
23 A Heck of a Ride Part 1 and Part 2
After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and a new life away from home on the one-hour series finale.

About this show

Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in this warm and witty comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact.
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Ginger Cat
July 24, 2021
I LOVEEE this show sooo much that it's become another obsession of mine. But now i only watch season 1-3. So first of all Frankie reminds me of my mom and Mike reminds me of my dad. So when my mom was watching this I was like, "Seems like an old show she used to watch in the 90s." My mom said I reminded her of Axl the oldest son and my brother reminded her of Brick the youngest. I'm kinda bias about my opinion because I have a huge crush on Sue the daughter.
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Tina C. Lee
March 7, 2016
It's not bad. It's not Friends or Modern Family. But it's not bad. I have to be in the right mood to watch it because Francis (Patricia Heaton) yells and cries and throws tantrums all the time, which sometimes makes me want to reach into the TV and slap her.
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Judy Chapman
December 19, 2015
My whole family loves this show. We all get together to watch it, and I buy it on my tablet so my kids can both watch it on long, boring car trips. With the purchase of a cheap splitter from Radio Shack, some headphones and this series, long car trips are a silent breeze with constant chuckles and the occasional request for a restroom break.
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