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The Middle

Season 5 Episode 10

Sleepless in Orson

13
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2014 on ABC
8.8
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Frankie and Mike grow worried when Brick develops more and more irrational fears generated by new alerts. Sue is taken aback by Derrick Glossner's continuous spontaneous kisses. Darrin decides to spinoff Boss Co but Axl and Sean quickly put an end to that idea with unforeseen consequences.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Kisses, Snow Piles and Buddhism

    9.0
    This was another interesting episode.

    Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is now paranoid about everything, like lettuce having a slight chance of having fecal matter, ruining lettuce for the whole family. He can't even sleep in his own bed, terrified that he'll be kidnapped. He wants to know where his family is at all times. Then, his fears spill over to Mike (Neil Flynn) but they don't last. Frankie (Patricia Heaton) pulls out the big guns. She calls the guidance counselor, Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley) who is an odd duck, with tons of cats at his house. Fulton can't even let go of his old girlfriend. But he does sort of give Brick some good advice. Get his mind off the bad stuff by doing some exercises. This oddly works, but in a weird way. He searches the internet and finds out the philosophy of buddhism, imagining your favorite things broken and destroyed. So he decides now that he will spend time with something that matters most, his books.

    Sue (Eden Sher) can't deal with Derrick Glossner's (David Chandler's) sudden kiss and tells him firmly that that is not okay. But it does keep happening and soon that is all Sue can think about, annoying Brad (J. Brock Ciarlelli) to no end. It may not be clear to Sue, but, yeah, she totally has a crush on him. The worst part is when she tells him off and fully expects him to kiss her, but he doesn't. Until he does, but Darrin (John Gammon) is around to watch, literally killing me. That plot line ends on a note which I don't know if it's supposed to be sad or glad, Derrick decides that he is not yet worthy of Sue, but once he is, he'll come back for her, and promptly proceeds to whacking her mailbox down with a baseball bat.

    Too bad Axl's (Charlie McDermott's) plot line sucked. His involved Darrin trying ot break away from Boss Co. but Axl and Sean (Beau Wirick) don't let him. But they don't do the job they're hired to do, shoveling snow away from the door of a car dealership, trying to let nature take its course. They are fired from that job. Darrin is also tired of taking orders, from his friends, but mostly from his girlfriend, the demanding Angel (Christiann Castellanos), yikes, but he still can't get back together with Sue.

    Overall, this episode was better than I expected, though Sue can be incredibly stupid at times, but at least Derrick saw the light. He's right, he's not worthy of Sue, not even close, but part of me was almost rooting for that relationship, mainly because I do want to see one of the Heck children in a relationship. I also liked how Frankie and Mike tried to handle Brick and both epically failed. Grade: A-

    Side Notes:

    -How long does winter break last in Orson?

    -How does Mike get over his temporary fear of someone breaking into the house?

    -We do get a Colin Firth sighting this week, but he still doesn't make any noise.

    -The younger Glossner kid still wears diapers, which is just gross as he is at least six.

    -Why does Brad not shake Sue until she realizes the truth?

    -I love how Frankie had to put the Frugal Hoosier milk in the fridge though it might already be too late.

    -Fulton's cats fight over who should get the sun beam?

    -Axl, you're stupid, for the record.

    -I did like how Sue dealt with the sudden kiss, because shows rarely deal with a sudden, unexpected kiss like that. She was right, he did it without her permission which is not alright.

    -Also, Sue kept track of how many times he kissed her.

    -Can the show please give Axl a girlfriend?moreless
Christiann Castellanos

Christiann Castellanos

Angel

Guest Star

Bill Stevenson

Bill Stevenson

Reggie

Guest Star

Jake McLean

Jake McLean

Calvin

Guest Star

Dave Foley

Dave Foley

Dr. Fulton

Recurring Role

Beau Wirick

Beau Wirick

Sean Donahue

Recurring Role

John Gammon

John Gammon

Darrin

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