Axl panics when he realizes that he's graduating in four months and still hasn't applied for any jobs. Elsewhere, Brad leads Sue's a cappella group in a music competition; and Brick seeks his parents' advice when Cindy threatens to break up with him if he doesn't stop reading so much.
Frankie wins free maid service for one month. Mike and Rusty decide it's time to look for an assisted-living facility for their father. Elsewhere, Axl moves in with Sue and Lexie in their temporary housing after snow falls through the hole in the Winnebago's roof.
The Hecks spend New Year's Day in the Orson's escape room, where various secrets are revealed, including one Sue's been keeping since childhood and Frankie's romantic dream about Frank Sinatra.
Christmas is approaching and Sue keeps a holiday secret from the family. Brick hides from the neighborhood kids after doing too good a job of babysitting. Mike is dumbfounded when Bill Norwood give him a Christmas gift.
Rita Glossner convinces Frankie to take a road trip to an unspecified destination. OSHA investigates when Mike takes a fall at the quarry. Sue does her best to convince Axl to heal the rift he has with the family about April.
Axl refuses to talk to Frankie after she blurted out how she really feels about April. Brick picks up a new tick which lands him in detention. Brad makes a surprise visit to Sue at college.
Frankie goes to great lengths to keep April out of the family's Christmas photo and must rearrange Thanksgiving dinner after learning Axl is attending April's holiday festivities that day. Elsewhere, Sue finds out her new Spudsy's co-worker is Brick.
Frankie and Mike realize it's Brick's 15th birthday and time for their youngest to learn to drive, but Brick ends up running down an Orson landmark when Axl lets him drive the Winnebago. Meanwhile, Sue tries to choose a college major before the deadline and learns a shocking secret from Frankie along the way.moreless
Sue asks Axl for advice on how to break up with Jeremy. Brick shows his school spirit in hopes of fitting in, but Troy steals the spotlight when he's drafted by the football team. Elsewhere, Frankie accidentally buys herself racy underwear.
Halloween looms near, as Frankie's surprised to hear the kids would rather live with Mike if they ever got a divorce. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to reclaim her bedroom from Brick and Axl lashes out on his family after having to act nice around April.
Sue's kicked out of college after forgetting to renew her financial aid, prompting Mike to visit the bursar. Meanwhile, Frankie struggles to teach Brick how to swallow a pill; and Hutch gets angry at Axl for taking the Winnebago without permission to visit his new girlfriend.
In the eighth-season premiere, Frankie and Mike meet Axl's new girlfriend, who has a quirky personality trait. Meanwhile, Sue wants to change her major to theater after spending the summer at Dollywood; and Brick begins high school with a mission to change his image from weirdo to cool kid.