The Middle

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Patricia Heaton

    Frankie Heck

  • Neil Flynn

    Mike Heck

  • Charlie McDermott

    Axl Heck

  • Eden Sher

    Sue Heck

  • Atticus Shaffer

    Brick Heck

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  • ABC's comedy series uses a mother's point of view to shed light on the lives of a middle-class family in the Midwest. The show focuses on the Heck family life in an Indiana suburb and is narrated by Frankie, a dedicated—though frazzled—mother who works at a local car dealership and volunteers for school functions. Father Mike works at a quarry and takes a more laid back approach to most things, but backs up Frankie with force when the need arises. Oldest child Axl, a snarky, surly, high schooler, spends much of his time napping and roams around the home shirtless. Geeky, gangly, braces-wearing Sue is trying to navigate her way through junior high, join the cool crowd, and avoid Axl's endless onslaught of taunts, none of which she does with much success. Youngest child Brick is in elementary school and is the academic in the family, but suffers from near-crippling social anxieties and possesses an odd habit of repeating words he just said back to himself in a loud whisper. Starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, the Warner Bros. television pilot was written by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who also serve as executive producers.moreless

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    • Mike: That's it! Go to your room! (Axl gets up and heads to his room) Mike: Wait, you like your room. Go to Sue's room!

    • Brick: (While reading his mother's romance novel) Mom, which part of me is my hungering manhood?

    • Sue: Mom, can I talk to you? Frankie: Yeah, sure. Sue: I saw this boy today at school... Frankie: (narration) Now, I know I should have been thrilled by this. My daughter was telling me about her first big crush. But I was so tired, all I could do was pretend to listen. And then I saw something amazing, something I was beginning to think I'd never see in my lifetime. Brick was making a sandwich. Just this morning he was sick, and now, an actual sandwich! It was like that guy who got hit by lightning and suddenly knew how to play the piano. Sue: So, what do you think? Is it a good plan? Frankie: Uh, sure, honey. That's a great plan. Sue: Yay! (walks away) Frankie: Brick, did you make your own lunch? Brick: Uh-huh! Did it all by myself! Frankie: Hey! (narration) And suddenly, everything seemed hopeful. There was one less thing I would have to do tomorrow and the rest of my life. Brick would make sandwiches, Axl would learn to drive, and soon there would be time for trips to the carpet remnant store whenever I wanted...or so I thought.

    • Frankie: (taking Brick to work with her when he is sick) Okay, there's ginger ale in the cup holder. If you need anything, honk twice. Brick: I wish I could stay home and watch TV and have you make me soup. Frankie: Oh, sorry, honey. Wrong family.

    • Mike: (after trying to get Brick involved on the basketball team) That's it. I'm out. Frankie: Whoa, whoa. What do you mean, you're out? Mike: It was a disaster! It's not that he was even bad. He was just...weird. Frankie: Damn it. I was hoping it was gonna be like the YouTube video where the odd kid who sat on the bench the whole time makes the basket and saves the game, and everybody loves him. Mike: Yeah. It wasn't like that. Frankie: What are we gonna do now? Mike: I told you. I'm out. I'm gonna work on something I can understand: the lawn mower.

    • Frankie: So, what are we gonna do? Mike: About which one? Frankie: The small one. I don't know. Maybe we didn't do enough for Brick. Mike: He's the third kid. He's lucky we remember to feed him.

    • Mike: (about the huge bandage on Brick's arm) It's tiny. There's not even a scratch. Here, Brick. Unwrap it and show him. Officer McCoy: Sir, we can't allow you to talk directly to your child. Mike: What? Is this for real? Frankie: (narration) Oh, it was for real all right. It started with a bandage and just snowballed from there. It didn't help that there was a new hall monitor at school. Hall Monitor: (to Brick) Hey, buddy. What happened to your arm? Brick: I'm not supposed to tell. Hall Monitor: What do you mean? Brick: My mom says I'm not supposed to tell. Hall Monitor: Well, if something happened at home, you have to tell a grown-up. Brick: Okay. My mom hit me with a beer bottle. She was mad, my dad was mad, and I always get in the way. Frankie: (narration) You can see how this sounded. Everyone could see how it sounded, except Brick.

    • (Mike, Brick, Axl and Sue all discuss their plans for Thanksgiving much to Frankie's chagrin)
      Frankie: Do you people realize what I have gone through this week to make Thanksgiving happen? And now you guys don't appreciate...
      (interrupted by a car honking)
      Axl: There's my ride. (to Frankie) I figured once my friends came to pick me up for snowmobiling, you'd be too embarrassed to say no. Frankie: You figured wrong.
      (opens door) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (car drives away)

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    • Featured Music:
      "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World (end sequence)

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: August 29, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD Czech Republic: September 6, 2010 on HBO Comedy

    • The eldest Heck child, Axl, was originally to be named "Elvis."

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Roztleskávačka (The Cheerleader)

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: September 5, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD Czech Republic: September 7, 2010 on HBO Comedy

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Odkládané výročí (The Postponed Anniversary)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: September 8, 2010 on HBO Comedy United Kingdom: September 12, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD

    • Featured Music: "Spinning Wheel" by Blood Sweat and Tears. "Close To You" by The Carpenters (Sue sings this song into the intercom).

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    Trivia (14)

    • When Frankie shows her new drivers license, it shows that it was issued in 1999. Additionally, when she shows her old one (which she says has a seven-year old picture), that says it was issued in 2008.

    • Sue's postcards reveal the Heck family lives at 427 Birchwood Avenue, Orson, IN 46213.

    • When Frankie hangs a note & picture on what she thinks is Axl's locker, the boy comes & opens locker & you can see the picture fall down, but when he closes it & Frankie goes to move it to the right locker it is back hanging on the locker.

    • In one scene Mr. Ehlert tells Frankie that the car dealership would be open on Easter and that she would have to work. However, according to Indiana state law, car dealerships are prohibited from being opened on Sundays, and since Easter is always a Sunday there is no way the dealership would be allowed to be open anyway.

    • Mike knocks on his dad's door and his dad moves the "Montgomery Ward" Post-It note from the door and sticks it to the curtain beside the inside door pillar. As the scene moves between cuts, the Post-It note moves up and onto the door pillar and finally disappears altogether and is replaced by two totally different Post-It notes saying "At Garage Sale back in 5" and "At the Jump back in 5 min".

    • Frankie used to work in a dental office before she got a job selling cars.

    • When Axl comes home with dinner after getting paid, Mike says; "Thanks buddy, 12,000 more dinners and we're even." Even assuming Mike has paid for every dinner Axl has ever eaten, Axl would have to be at least 32 years old to have eaten 12,000 dinners! (12,000 divided by 365 being 32.87).

    • At the start of the episode Axl climbs onto the bed and tips Frankie's breakfast into her top. She returns everything to the now level tray and we briefly see just a few stains well under the "V" of her top. Mike comes in while brushing his teeth, and the scene cuts back to Frankie, with the tray still level on her lap, and her top is now covered with breakfast stains much higher than they were first seen.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Frankie: Where did I stash that last bag of Halloween candy? Oh, yeah. In my mouth during Grey's Anatomy. Grey's Anatomy is a popular television medical drama that was airing its sixth season when this episode aired.

    • Mike comments that Brick's class isn't exactly a "Brain Trust". This could be a reference to Neil Flynn's previous role in Scrubs where he was the Janitor who started the Brain Trust.

    • The episode title is a reference to the 1989 independent film Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

    • The episode title is a reference to the 2006 movie Snakes on a Plane.

    • Frankie: (in the bedroom with Mike watching TV) Now was that guy in the Army or is he a detective?
      While watching TV, Frankie asks Mike if someone on screen is "in the Army, or is he a detective?", later adding that he's "married to Mindy from Mork and Mindy". Mike responds "both" from which it can be inferred they're watching NCIS since series star Mark Harmon is married to Pam Dawber and his character is both a former soldier, albeit actually a Marine, and an investigator.

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