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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Pilot

Sep/30/2009
Sue auditions for the choir of a show; Frankie is asked by Brick to attend his class presentation dressed in a costume; and Frankie believes she has finally sold a car.
Special Guest Stars: Chris Kattan as Bob |
Guest Stars: Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert | Amy Farrington as Gail | Patricia Belcher as Mrs. Rettig |
Co-Guest Stars: Mike Randleman as flight attendant | Ping Wu as Mr. Yamamoto | Andy Kreiss as choir director | Peter Breitmayer as Pete | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie |
Uncredited: Frances Bay as Aunt Ginny | Robert Clendenin as P.A.

2 :01x02 - The Cheerleader

Oct/07/2009
Frankie, acting as the family cheerleader, encourages Sue to try out for the swim team. Meanwhile, Frankie comes up with a promotional idea at work to fill a car with jelly beans; and Sue learns she needs glasses.
Guest Stars: Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert |
Co-Guest Stars: Garrett Ryan as Boy | Maurice G. Smith as Neighbor Guy #1 | Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. as Old Hoosier | Julianne Buescher as Woman Customer | Laura Heisler as Librarian | Peter Breitmayer as Pete

3 :01x03 - The Floating Anniversary

Oct/14/2009
An ill Brick thwarts the romantic anniversary plans for Frankie and Mike, as does a lovesick Sue, a learner's permit-toting Axl, a pair of crazy aunts and their diaper wearing dog.
Guest Stars: Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert | Peter Breitmayer as Pete |
Co-Guest Stars: Wesley Thompson as Cop | Tom Mann as Brendan Nichols | Frances Bay as Aunt Ginny | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie
Director: Gail Mancuso
Writer: Rob Ulin

4 :01x04 - The Trip

Oct/21/2009
Sue finally finds her calling -- selling thousands of dollars in sausage and cheese samples -- earning her a trip to the state capitol. However, when the school fails to recognize her for her accomplishment, Frankie urges her to fight for the trip she earned. Meanwhile, Brick's first girlfriend ends up being very bossy towards him.
Guest Stars: Michael William Arnold as Obnoxious Kid | Van Epperson as Cafeteria Worker | Susan Harmon as Mrs. Wilkinson | Scott Michael Morgan as Chuck | Lexi Jourden as Olivia | Mel Rodriguez as Mr. Perez | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert

5 :01x05 - The Block Party

Oct/28/2009
Michael gets involved in various activities, finally choosing a block party lawn mower contest, after Brick's teachers determine that he is socially challenged.
Co-Guest Stars: Krista Braun as Mrs. Tompkins | Jason Edgar as Trevor | Rachel Marie as Sophie | Jeffrey Wallace as Six-year-old Axl | Antoine Perry as Student | Austin Trace as Kid #2 | Terrell Ransom Jr. as Spencer | Harrison Forsyth as Kid #1 | Lance Carter as Coach | Thomas F. Duffy (1) as Jack Meenahan | Jen Ray as Nancy | Beau Wirick as Sean
Director: Ken Whittingham
Writer: Alex Reid

6 :01x06 - The Front Door

Nov/04/2009
Mike insists that Axl fix the front door after he accidentally breaks it down. Meanwhile, it's time for Sue's school picture and she's not exactly photogenic.
Guest Stars: Derek Waters as Owen Ehlert | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert |
Co-Guest Stars: Peter Breitmayer as Pete | Michael Boucher as Wayne | Scott Ward as Conservatively dressed man | Jeffrey Wallace as Six-year-old Axl | Riley B. Smith as Three-year-old Axl
Director: Michael Spiller
Writer: Russ Woody

7 :01x07 - The Scratch

Nov/18/2009
When the Heck family works to get trash into the passing garbage truck, Frankie accidentally hits Brick with a beer bottle, which leaves a small scratch on him. When Brick mentions at school that the scratch is from a beer his mother threw, a social worker is called to look into the family.
Guest Stars: Betsy Hume as Woman | Will Matthews as Mr. Seifried | Adilah Barnes as Receptionist | Mary-Pat Green as Mrs. Larimer | Rick Hall as Officer McCoy | Vicki Lewis as Carol Barry | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert

8 :01x08 - Thanksgiving

Nov/25/2009
Frankie's hopes for the perfect Thanksgiving are ruined when Mr. Ehlert makes the staff work on the holiday. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike meet Sue's first boyfriend, and Axl loses Brick in a corn maze.
Guest Stars: John Cullum as Big Mike | Peter Breitmayer as Pete | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert |
Co-Guest Stars: Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie | Frances Bay as Aunt Ginny | Jeris Lee Poindexter as Old Man | Megan Hubbell as Cute Girl
Director: Michael Spiller

9 :01x09 - Siblings

Dec/02/2009
Frankie sets out to get her kids to stop arguing with one another. Meanwhile, Aunt Edie makes a terrible mistake at the quarry, which leads to Mike debating whether or not to fire her.
Co-Guest Stars: Laura Ann Kesling as Dotty | Sam Schuder as Shelly | Rhonda Aldrich as Kathryn | Troy Metcalf as Jim | Malcolm Foster Smith as Dave | Beau Wirick as Sean | Jen Ray as Nancy | Frances Bay as Aunt Ginny | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie
Director: Barnet Kellman
Writer: Rob Ulin

10 :01x10 - Christmas

Dec/09/2009
While Frankie rehearses for her Christmas midnight mass solo, Mike agrees to handle getting Christmas ready. However, Frankie becomes jealous when she thinks that Mike is doing a better job than she usually does. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike try to get Brick into the holiday spirit.
Co-Guest Stars: Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Joseph Whipp as Mike's Boss | Charles Dougherty as Choir Director | Donovan Scott as Santa | Dierk Torsek as Reverend
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Writer: Roy Brown

11 :01x11 - The Jeans

Jan/06/2010
Sue is desperate to get a pair of jeans in order to fit in at school, which Frankie and Mike fight over whether or not to indulge her need, as well as Axl's want for a car. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike let Brick take care of Doris, Aunt Edie and Aunt Ginny's dog, in order to teach him responsibility.
Guest Stars: Mandy Musgrave as Kate
Director: Jamie Babbit

12 :01x12 - The Neighbor

Jan/06/2010
Sue has a run-in with the neighbor boys, but Frankie tries to avoid a confrontation with their trashy neighbor at all costs. Meanwhile, Axl tries to bribe Brick into completing a book report for him in exchange for teaching Brick how to kick a ball.
Special Guest Stars: Brooke Shields as Rita Glossner |
Co-Guest Stars: Gibson Sjobeck as Four-Year-Old Glossner | Parker James Bolek as Wade Glossner | Aimee Carrero as Teenage Sales Clerk | Thomas F. Duffy (1) as Jack Meenahan | Blaine Saunders as Carly | David R. Chandler as Derrick Glossner | Gabriel Basso as Rodney Glossner

13 :01x13 - The Interview

Jan/13/2010
Mike loses his job when the plant shuts down after Mike finds a dinosaur bone in the quarry. As he sets out to find a new job, Mike is put off by how technology has changed the ways that one goes about searching for a job. Meanwhile, Frankie tries to save Brick when he decides to run for school historian.
Guest Stars: Joel McCrary as Doug Morton | Steve Byrne as Charles F. Barnes | Rachel Quaintance as Barb |
Co-Guest Stars: Troy Metcalf as Jim | Larell VanBuren as Ken Fickner | Kiva Jump as Teacher | Joseph Whipp as Mike's Boss | Mackenzie Brooke Smith as Megan | Malcolm Foster Smith as Dave
Director: Ken Whittingham

14 :01x14 - The Yelling

Feb/03/2010
Frankie decides to stop yelling at and nagging her kids, as long as they do all of their school work without her telling them to do so. Meanwhile, Mike gets hired as a night driver delivering snack cakes with Bob.
Co-Guest Stars: Daniel Lewk as Security Guard | Monica Yudovich as Ellen Craig |
Uncredited: Samantha Adams (1) as Other Mom
Director: Elliot Hegarty
Writer: Rob Ulin

15 :01x15 - Valentine's Day

Feb/10/2010
It's Valentine's Day, and Frankie and Mike get to spend the evening at home together when Brick is invited to his first sleepover, Sue is invited to her first boy-girl party, and Axl has a date night with friends. However, Frankie and Mike's night together doesn't go as planned.
Guest Stars: Suzy Nakamura as Beth |
Co-Guest Stars: Luis Anthony as Beck | Dylan Rummel as Brian | Tahlena Chikami as Tanya | Devan Leos as Henry | Andrew J. Fishman as Zack | John Gammon as Darrin | Laura Siegel as Jill | Krista Braun as Mrs. Tompkins | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | Blaine Saunders as Carly
Director: Chris Koch

16 :01x16 - The Bee

Mar/03/2010
When Mike discovers that Brick is a spelling wiz and won the school spelling bee, he puts all his efforts into training him to win the regional bee, which could ultimately lead to competing in the Scripps Spelling Bee. But as the family gets set for their road trip to Chicago for the regional bee, Frankie and Mike are horrified when they realize they forgot one thing -- Sue's birthday.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert |
Co-Guest Stars: Aidan Miner as Kid #2 | Gregory Kasyan as Kid #1 | Harrison Boxley as Boy Contestant | Noelani Bailey as Girl Contestant | Ryan Agahee as Sanjit | Keith Gerchak as Announcer | Duane R. Shepard, Sr. as Judge | Jill E. Alexander as Penny | Kiva Jump as Mrs. Thomas
Director: Ken Whittingham

17 :01x17 - The Break Up

Mar/10/2010
Frankie and Mike are excited to discover that Axl has found the perfect girlfriend, Morgan, and that he's in love. But just as they start to get used to his new, sunny outlook on life, Morgan does the unthinkable and breaks up with him, leaving Axl completely heartbroken. Meanwhile, Sue learns that she's not the greatest of baby-sitters when she's put in charge of watching Brick and freaks him out -- as well as herself -- by letting him watch a scary movie.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Azim Rizk as Teen Boy | Tim Trobec as School Dad | Kristina Cohen as Willa | Nicole Travolta as Sasha | Jeris Lee Poindexter as Janitor | Sarah Rush as Sally Meenahan | Alexa Vega as Morgan | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert
Director: Wendey Stanzler

18 :01x18 - The Fun House

Mar/24/2010
Frankie worries about her job when a motivational consultant is asked to speak to the sales staff; Mike gives advice to Sue's ex-boyfriend and helps Brick with a school project.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Beau Wirick as Sean | Amy Sedaris as Abby | Blaine Saunders as Carly | Christopher H. Fisher as Logan | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Peter Breitmayer as Pete Miller | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert
Director: Chris Koch
Writer: Roy Brown

19 :01x19 - The Final Four

Mar/31/2010
Mike receives tickets to a basketball game that falls on the day of the funeral of Frankie's uncle; Brick tries to avoid a birthday party.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert |
Co-Guest Stars: Phillip Wilburn as Paramedic | Dierk Torsek as Reverend Hayver | Adam Pilver as Surgeon | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie | Margarita Franco as Anesthesiologist | Frances Bay as Aunt Ginny
Director: Alex Reid
Writer: Rob Ulin

20 :01x20 - TV or Not TV

Apr/14/2010
Mike and Frankie decide to cut unnecessary expenses, including their cable TV; Brick and his fellow socially challenged friends are forced to socialize during recess.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Michael Kostroff as Financial Advisor |
Co-Guest Stars: Devan Leos as Henry | Aramis Knight as Mitch | Piper MacKenzie Harris as Rayna | Parker Contreras as Eric | Mason Cook as Corey | Andrew J. Fishman as Zack | Dierk Torsek as Reverend Hayver | Will Matthews as Mr. Seifried | John Gammon as Darrin | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | Frances Bay as Aunt Ginny | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie

21 :01x21 - Worry Duty

Apr/28/2010
Frankie worries that Axl will be heartbroken when his on-again and off-again girlfriend re-enters his life; Brick must watch over a baby chick for a school project.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert | Alexa Vega as Morgan |
Co-Guest Stars: Jillian Nelson as Inga. | Peter Breitmayer as Pete Miller

22 :01x22 - Mother's Day

May/05/2010
Mother's Day for Frankie is anything but serene when she finds herself doing more for Mike and the kids and less for herself. But she learns that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when she escapes the family for a few hours to go to her mom's and ends up acting like a child by making her mom wait on her hand-and-foot. Meanwhile, Sue feels guilty when she steals a motivational magnet from a store whose message actually enticed her to shoplift it

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Marsha Mason as Pat Spence |
Co-Guest Stars: Hilary Pingle as Waitress
Director: Barnet Kellman

23 :01x23 - Signals

May/12/2010
The Heck family BBQ is being planned as spring rolls around and Mike decides it's time for him and Brick to try to be more social at the event, as Frankie has pointed out that Mike's own social ineptness has been passed on to Brick. Meanwhile, Axl sets out to clean the family pool in order to entice the girls to stop by for a swim -- in their bikinis; and Sue finally finds someone who totally understands her -- church youth group leader Reverend TimTom -- but when she learns he may be leaving the parish due to budget cuts, she attempts to raise money to help finance his stay

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Audrey Wasilewski as Jody | Paul Hipp as Reverend TimTom |
Co-Guest Stars: Beau Wirick as Sean | Erin Sossamon as Marcy | Lancaster Duplechin as boy | Cort Rogers as punching kid. | Cynthia Rube as Carol | Jen Ray as Nancy | Mandy McMillian as Henry's Mom | Devan Leos as Henry | John Gammon as Darrin | Andrew J. Fishman as Zack | Parker Contreras as Eric | Krista Braun as Mrs. Tompkins | Terrence Beasor as Old Man
Director: Jamie Babbit

24 :01x24 - Average Rules

May/19/2010
After attending year-end school parent-teacher conferences, Frankie and Mike are shocked to discover that Brick may be held back from going to the third grade because the school librarian, Mrs. Nethercott (Betty White), has it out for him due to 31 unreturned books. Meanwhile, as Axl's aptitude test results reveal him to be academically gifted, Frankie makes it her mission to get an overlooked Sue the recognition she deserves when none of her teachers even realize that she's in their classes,

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Betty White as Mrs. Nethercott |
Guest Stars: Andy Milder as Principal Sholin | Greg Cromer as Coach Emerson | Mary Passeri as Mrs. Seabrook | Dale Raoul as Guidance Counselor |
Co-Guest Stars: Kiva Jump as Mrs. Thomas | Blaine Saunders as Carly | Adrienne Berry as Cross Country Girl
Director: Wendey Stanzler
Warning: The Middle guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Family
Status: Returning Series
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 30, 2009
Episode Order: 24
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