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73 :04x01 - Last Whiff of Summer Part 1

Sep/26/2012
Frankie's plans to recreate the magic of her own childhood summers are foiled when Mike lets it slip that Axl is his favorite Heck child, and Frankie tries to coax the kids into telling them who their favorite parent is. Meanwhile, when Frankie and Mike discover that Axl failed English during the past school year, they force him to make it up in summer school, otherwise he could jeopardize any chance of getting a college sports scholarship after graduation; Brick takes up growing a tomato for his summer project; and Sue tries to bond with a reluctant Mike and to get him involved in different activities with her -- which she plans to document in a giant scrapbook.

Source: ABC

74 :04x02 - Last Whiff of Summer Part 2

Sep/26/2012
Summer continues with August and the Heck family summer comes to a surprising conclusion at a county fair.
Co-Guest Stars: Sarah Buehler as Office Worker | Van Epperson as Guy with Flag | Hilary Pingle as Mom | Ron Roggé as Dad | Davis Desmond as Boy
Songs: Chad & Jeremy -- A Summer Song

75 :04x03 - The Second Act

Oct/03/2012
When Frankie is suddenly fired from Ehlert Motors, she embarks on a quest not to repeat mistakes from the past by taking any crummy job that comes her way, deciding to go instead to tech school to secure a real career. Meanwhile, school has begun and Axl is starting his Senior year in high school, Sophomore Sue takes on the task of mentoring new freshman Jenna (Bailey Buntain, "Bunheads"), and Mike is upset with Brick when he can't be bothered to put his book down to meet some of Mike's friends after a softball game.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Chris Kattan as Bob | Peter Breitmayer as Pete Miller | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Christopher Darga as Mr. Farrar | Blaine Saunders as Carly | Bailey Buntain as Jenna Taylor | Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert |
Co-Guest Stars: Robert Scott Wilson as Ben | Mark DeCarlo as Mr. Morrison | Harrison Miller as Brian Morrison | Audrey Moore as O.T.I. Lady | Justin Baker as Student No. 1 | Dwana White as Student No. 2
Director: Blake T. Evans
Writer: Tim Hobert

76 :04x04 - Bunny Therapy

Oct/10/2012
When Brick develops yet another quirky tic that begins to overshadow his whispering, Frankie and Mike are urged by the school therapist, Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley), to get him a small pet so that he can learn to bond with it, which in turn will help him bond with people. But when they present Brick with an ill-tempered bunny, the tiny animal teaches the Heck family the true meaning of evil. Meanwhile, as the Homecoming dance approaches, Axl finds himself dating cheerleaders Courtney and Debbie - but he doesn't know which one of them is actually his girlfriend -- and Sue tries out for school mascot.
Guest Stars: Dave Foley as Dr. Fulton | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Brittany Ross as Courtney | Natalie Lander as Debbie | Krista Braun as Ms. Tompkins | Christopher Darga as Mr. Farrar | Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley |
Co-Guest Stars: Josh Latzer as Guy in Crowd
Director: Elliot Hegarty

77 :04x05 - The Hose

Oct/17/2012
Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) returns and is about to rain fire upon the Heck household when she accuses Frankie of stealing her hose. Meanwhile, Sue takes a peek at Mike's paycheck and is so shocked at how little he makes that she decides to call off her first official road trip to Cincinnati for her school mascot duties in order to save money; and while Brick learns about the birds and bees in school, Axl shocks his little brother by explaining the whole process in graphic detail.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Brooke Shields as Rita Glossner |
Guest Stars: Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Blaine Saunders as Carly | Troy Metcalf as Jim | Malcolm Foster Smith as Dave | Jocelyn Christensen as School Nurse |
Co-Guest Stars: David R. Chandler as Derrick Glossner | Parker James Bolek as Wade Glossner | Gibson Bobby Sjobeck as Diaper Glossner | J. Trevor Davis as Accountant (as Trevor J. Davis)

78 :04x06 - Halloween III: The Driving

Oct/24/2012
As Halloween approaches, the Hecks get quite the scare when Sue receives her learner's permit, and it's time for Frankie and Mike to teach her how to drive. But when a freaked-out Sue loses her nerve, she ends up running over Axl's foot, which could put an end to his high school football career and his hopes for a scholarship. Meanwhile Axl looks forward to voting in his first election, and Brick undergoes an unexpected transformation when he eats too much Halloween candy.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Sam Lloyd as Mr. Walker | Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue | Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie | Brittany Ross as Courtney | Natalie Lander as Debbie |
Co-Guest Stars: Brent McGregor as Chris | Marque Richardson, II as Nick | Jill Tracy as Mom | Malcolm Hobert as Baseball Player | Ella Hobert as Princess
Director: Phil Traill
Writer: Roy Brown
Songs: R.E.M. -- Everybody Hurts

79 :04x07 - The Safe

Nov/07/2012
Frankie is made an example of in front of the entire class when she doesn't make a good impression on her first day of dental assisting school with no-nonsense teacher Mrs. Armwood (Jane Kaczmarek). Meanwhile, because Axl's broken foot may end any chance of his receiving a college sports scholarship, Frankie and Mike insist that he up his grades and get himself a tutor; and Sue and Brick think they've stumbled upon an expensive item inside an old safe and try to get big bucks for it from a local pawn store employee (Rick Harrison).

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Jane Kaczmarek as Sandy Armwood |
Guest Stars: Rick Harrison as Rick | Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch | Cynthia Sophiea as Ms. Bratton
Writer: Robin Shorr

80 :04x08 - Thanksgiving IV

Nov/14/2012
Frankie tries to do a good deed for Thanksgiving by inviting a couple of Marines to celebrate the holiday with her family. But with Frankie's parents, Pat and Tag (Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke), constantly bickering, the good deed may not go unpunished. Meanwhile, while Axl grapples with his growing feelings for tutor Cassidy, he receives the good news that his foot is healed and he can play in the big game; Sue tries to track down the thief who has stolen the chicken head off of her school mascot uniform; and Brick becomes mesmerized by a book on the making of the film "Love Story".

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Marsha Mason as Pat Spence | Jerry Van Dyke as Tag Spence |
Guest Stars: Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch | Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley | Casey Sander as Jack Tracy |
Co-Guest Stars: William Franco Vasquez as Corporal Martinez | Nick Jones Jr. as Sergeant Howard | Brad Bingham as Roosevelt Player | Frank Crim as Coach
Director: Blake T. Evans
Writer: Tim Hobert

81 :04x09 - Christmas Help

Dec/05/2012
Christmas doesn't seem so merry to Mike when he helps brother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) move some furniture into the Heck house garage and discovers that Rusty doesn't actually own the items. Meanwhile, Frankie hatches a plan to take a part time holiday job in a department store in order to get an employee discount to buy presents; Axl turns the garage with the stolen furniture into his own bachelor pad; and Reverend TimTom makes a bold choice by casting Brick in a holiday play and tasks an overly zealous Sue with baking cookies for the event.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Norm MacDonald as Rusty Heck |
Guest Stars: Paul Hipp as Reverend TimTom | Nancy Lenehan as Penny |
Co-Guest Stars: Julie Meyer as Woman | Samuel Gilbert as First Wise Man | Jasmine Alveran as Mary
Director: Phil Traill

82 :04x10 - Twenty Years

Dec/12/2012
As their 20th anniversary approaches, Frankie begins to think that Mike may be tiring of her company and is purposely trying to avoid her. Meanwhile, Sue frantically tries to coax Axl and Brick into helping her set up an anniversary party for their parents, and Brick falls into a non-responsive state when Axl tells him the ending of a book he's been waiting years to read.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: John Cullum as Big Mike | Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue
Director: Phil Traill

83 :04x11 - Life Skills

Jan/09/2013
Axl is shocked to discover that he and Sue are enrolled in the same Life Skills class. And things only get worse for the Ax-Man when he is assigned to work with his sister on a big class project. Meanwhile Brick's school therapist, Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley), tries to teach him how to reach out to his fellow students in order to make some friends; and Frankie and Mike find themselves dealing with an unreasonable insurance company after they discover a tree branch has fallen and broken the windshield of Frankie's car.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Dave Foley as Dr. Fulton | French Stewart as Principal Cameron | Gina Hecht as Ms. Schaefer | Dierk Torsek as Reverend Hayver | Bill Chott as Wendell |
Co-Guest Stars: E.J. Callahan as Mr. Flurry | Mary Kate Wiles as Beth | Daniel David Stewart as Steve | Karan Soni as Vijal | Julia Max as Erica | Victoria Park as Connie
Writer: Roy Brown

84 :04x12 - One Kid at a Time

Jan/16/2013
Feeling guilty over not being able to spend enough quality time with each of their kids, Frankie and Mike decide to dedicate each day of a three-day weekend to one of their offspring. Unexpected revelations emerge when Axl takes them to a paintball range, Sue talks them into an exhausting itinerary consisting of 17 separate activities, and Brick tries to bring them to a "Planet Nowhere" sci-fi book convention.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch
Director: Elliot Hegarty

85 :04x13 - The Friend

Jan/23/2013
Mike is upset with Frankie when he discovers that she set him up on an adult playdate with a new neighbor who shares the same interests. Meanwhile, when the school cheerleaders announce that they're taking over cheering for the wrestlers - thus putting Sue and her Wrestlerettes out of business - a determined Sue demands a cheer off; and Brick makes a lovesick Axl begin to question whether he's intellectually stimulating enough for his smart, new girlfriend.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: David Koechner as Jeff Webber | French Stewart as Principal Cameron | Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch | Gabrielle Carteris as Colleen Webber | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Brittany Ross as Courtney | Natalie Lander as Debbie | Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley | Grace Bannon as Ruth | Jessica Marie Garcia as Becky |
Co-Guest Stars: Peter A. Hulne as Robby | Ron Ostrow as Mitch
Writer: Robin Shorr

86 :04x14 - The Smile

Feb/06/2013
While other kids begin receiving college acceptance letters and Axl still hasn't, Frankie and Mike begin to worry that their son's chances for a sports scholarship have passed him by. Meanwhile, Sue is determined to prove that smiling is contagious as a hypothesis for a school science project, and a relentless Brick begins pestering his parents for an iPad.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Roger Rees as Mr. Glover | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Adam Kulbersh as Mailman |
Co-Guest Stars: Heather Moiseve as Waitress | Jordyn Barber as Lauren Moore | Kevin Joy as Steve Johnson | G. Maximilian Zarou as Manager | Shad Hart as Soldier
Director: Elliot Hegarty
Writer: Tim Hobert

87 :04x15 - Valentine's Day IV

Feb/13/2013
As Valentine's Day approaches, Axl takes Boss Co., with partners Sean and Darrin, to the next level by offering their services to help guys break up with their girlfriends. Meanwhile, Brick becomes upset with Frankie when he discovers that she has thrown out all of the school artwork he has made over the years, Sue is thrilled when ex-boyfriend Matt invites her to the school's Valentine's Day dance, and Mike accidentally sends a romantic text meant for Frankie to a co-worker at the quarry.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Troy Metcalf as Jim | Malcolm Foster Smith as Dave | Greg Cipes as Chuck | Jessica Marie Garcia as Becky | Moises Arias as Matt | Caitlin Elizabeth Baunoch as Amanda (as Cait Fairbanks) |
Co-Guest Stars: Mandy McMillian as Miss Poltorak | Victoria Bruno as Emma | Tessa Vonderhaar as Rachel | Kyra Pringle as Paige | Ezra Buzzington as Wayne | Poetri as Ralph | Lizzie Fabie as Eva | Ryan McCartan as Ryan | Brian Dare as Josh | Tajh Bellow as Evan
Director: Phil Traill

88 :04x16 - Winners and Losers

Feb/20/2013
As Frankie prepares for her upcoming annual tradition of watching the Oscars on TV, she becomes concerned when Brick informs her that he's taking a three-day school bus trip to Chicago, and she worries that his unique quirkiness could lead him to become separated from the group. Meanwhile, Sue wants to find out if Axl's friend, Darrin, has feelings for her.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Carolyn Hennesy as Connie McDonald | Sam Lloyd as Mr. Walker | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Blaine Saunders as Carly |
Co-Guest Stars: Kacey Camp as Jenna Bieler | Jocelyn Ayanna as Julia Laumann
Director: John Putch

89 :04x17 - Wheel of Pain

Feb/27/2013
After accidentally breaking the family room window, Axl, Sue and Brick decide to band together and place the blame on the neighborhood bad seed Glossner children. But Frankie and Mike know that the kids aren't being truthful and put together a wheel of pain, in which the kids must spin the wheel and land on a consequence, hoping that one of them will break down and confess -- which puts Sue's "Sue-weet 16 Party" at risk. Meanwhile, Frankie needs to please her no-nonsense dental assisting school teacher, Mrs. Armwood (Jane Kaczmarek), in order to obtain a prime dental rotation spot.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Jane Kaczmarek as Mrs. Armwood |
Guest Stars: Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Blaine Saunders as Carly | Jessica Marie Garcia as Becky | Grace Bannon as Ruth | Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley

90 :04x18 - The Name

Mar/27/2013
Frankie's sister, Janet (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.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Molly Shannon as Janet |
Guest Stars: Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch | Ryan Rottman as Cliff | Pete Gardner as Mr. Finch | Jill Matson-Sachoff as Mrs. Finch | Danielle Kennedy as Alice |
Co-Guest Stars: Caroline Rich as Woman
Director: Alex Hardcastle
Writer: Roy Brown

91 :04x19 - The Bachelor

Apr/03/2013
Frankie can't hide her disappointment over whom "The Bachelor" chooses to marry and ends up moping around the house for days about it; Mike tries 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.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Brittany Ross as Courtney | Natalie Lander as Debbie | Matt Champagne as Tennis Coach |
Co-Guest Stars: Paul McKinney as Tennis Ref | Amy Okuda as Opponent
Writer: Tim Hobert
Songs: Bruno Mars -- Just The Way You Are

92 :04x20 - Dollar Days

Apr/10/2013
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 guest stars as Dr. Goodwin, who interviews Frankie for a possible job.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Marsha Mason as Pat Spence | Jack McBrayer as Dr. Ted Goodwin |
Guest Stars: Jim Beaver as Eddie Stokes | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Mason Cook as Corey |
Co-Guest Stars: Andrew J. Fishman as Zack | Aidan Potter as Scott | Bryce Hurless as Henry | Jake Netter as Theo | Melissa Denton as Instructor | Stuart Allen (2) as Sleeping Kid
Director: Phil Traill

93 :04x21 - From Orson with Love

May/01/2013
After discovering that Sue's life, as defined on Facebook, is pretty pathetic, Frankie creates an online alias (or two or three) and tries to make her daughter as popular as possible. Meanwhile, after reading Tuesdays with Morrie, Frankie's healthy dad, Tag (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.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Jerry Van Dyke as Tag Spence |
Guest Stars: Blaine Saunders as Carly | Bailey Buntain as Jenna Taylor |
Co-Guest Stars: Lauren Manix as Chloe | Ali Mullin as Ally
Writer: Robin Shorr

94 :04x22 - Hallelujah Hoedown

May/08/2013
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 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.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Paul Hipp as Reverend TimTom | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Blaine Saunders as Carly | Brittany Ross as Courtney | Natalie Lander as Debbie | Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley | Grace Bannon as Ruth | Jessica Marie Garcia as Becky |
Co-Guest Stars: Mandy McMillian as Miss Poltorak | Jonina Gable as Alicia | Krista Marie Yu as Maya | Brian Chenoweth as BMV Employee | Rodney J. Hobbs as Examiner #2 | Paul Bond as Examiner #3
Director: Blake T. Evans

95 :04x23 - The Ditch

May/15/2013
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 (Jack McBrayer) office for a dental checkup, Frankie tries 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 to 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's towing, wedging it into a ditch.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Jack McBrayer as Dr. Ted Goodwin |
Guest Stars: Dave Foley as Dr. Fulton | Sam Lloyd as Mr. Walker | Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig | Brent Weinbach as Greg | Stephanie Drake as Sandra |
Co-Guest Stars: Tammy Dahlstrom as Carrie
Writer: Roy Brown

96 :04x24 - The Graduation

May/22/2013
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 (Marion Ross) that he's the class historian and is responsible for putting together a slideshow highlighting the last four years of school for the school assembly.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Marion Ross as Ms. Dunlap |
Guest Stars: French Stewart as Principal Cameron | Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue | John Gammon as Darrin | Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy Finch |
Co-Guest Stars: Brian Chenoweth as BMV Examiner | Jason F. Nott as Mr. B | Harrison Miller as Brian Morrison | Paul Bond as BMV Examiner | Taylor Mosby as Student #1 | Matthew Jacob Wayne as Student #2
Director: Eileen Heisler
Writer: Tim Hobert
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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