The Middle

Season 1 Episode 24

Average Rules

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 19, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

At Brick's year-end parent-teacher conference, Frankie and Mike find out that he might be held back because of 31 not returned library books. Meanwhile, Axl takes an aptitude test and it reveals that he is academically gifted and Frankie stands up for Sue when none of her teachers acknowledge that she is in their classes.moreless

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  • Betty White gives Brick a taste of his own medicine!

    Betty played a school librarian. She was nice to the kids, except Brick. She told him that there were books missing. So Brick rounds up his books he got from the house.

    But when a reference book was gone, she threatened him that if he doesn't retrieve it by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's b-day, he would repeat the 2nd grade. And she did the secret word whisper (*2nd grade*), that Brick was shocked of her bizarre behavior.

    Best Betty White guest role since Complete Savages!moreless
  • Great finale!

    I have to say I love this show! I have loved every episode & this one was no different. Having Betty White as a guest star was a genius move. I loved her as the librian (sp?). And I really loved when she whispered into her chest like Brick does...hilarious! I also loved the other story lines. Sue running on her crutches was great, but I really loved when she got "hit by the deer." So funny! It reminded me of the episode of Gilmore Girls when Rory's car got hit by a deer at a stop sign. Axl's storyline was just kinda so so. Been done before a lot. Anyway, my grade is great! Great way to end a great season!moreless
Andy Milder

Andy Milder

Mr. Sholin

Guest Star

Greg Cromer

Greg Cromer

Coach Emerson

Guest Star

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Guidance counselor

Guest Star

Blaine Saunders

Blaine Saunders


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Betty White's character tells Brick that he has "until Walt Whitman's birthday" to return the 31 library books he has checked out. Walt Whitman was born on May 31st. When he returns the books, she discovers he still has one remaining book checked out, and gives him "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday" to return the last book. Sir Doyle's birthday is May 22nd, which is earlier than Whitman's. A good job using the birthdays of famous literary figure that occur in late May, but they should have been used in reverse order.

    • After going for a run, Sue says "I got hit by a deer!" Her mother says "You hit a deer?" and Sue responds, "No, I got hit by a deer!" This is the exact same dialogue, word-for-word, that was used in a Season 1 episode of the popular television series Gilmore Girls, when 15-year-old Rory Gilmore's car was hit by a deer.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Frankie: The truth is, maybe we are just average. But the way I see it, families where parents get up every morning and go to jobs that are hard so they can get their kids through school and through life and struggle to make it all work and manage to do it with dignity and a little humor, well that's not average, that's extraordinary.

  • NOTES (3)


    • 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.

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