The Middle

Season 1 Episode 5

The Block Party

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2009 on ABC
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Brick's teachers tell Frankie and Mike that he is "socially challenged". Mike believes that enrolling Brick on a basketball team is a good way to get him to interact with others, but the idea falls through. However, when Mike enters the neighborhood block-party lawnmower contest, he realizes that Brick has some special talents. Meanwhile, Frankie joins a booster club in the hopes of raising enough money for Axl's football team to buy new jerseys, but Axl refuses to give his old one up.moreless

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  • 105

    8.0
    Great episode of The Middle, and you can really see how much heart this show had comparing to a season 2 episode nowadays. Neil Flynn continues to be the star of the show. Watching him drive the tractor with his son really was a heartwarming scene, and Frankie's narration can be humorous and emotional, and the reason why this show got picked up for a second season, was because of how much heart it had within the first 5 episodes.



    Hopefully it gets that sort of emotion back in season 2, but that's besides the point. Brick bonded with his father, Axl bonded with Sue (an unexpected twist I may say), and Frankie was hilarious as usual. Everyone was pretty much equally funny but I just love the way Frankie ties up the story lines at the end of each episode every week. Great episode overall.moreless
Thomas F. Duffy

Thomas F. Duffy

Jack Meenahan

Guest Star

Lance Carter

Lance Carter

Coach

Guest Star

Rachel Marie

Rachel Marie

Sophie

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Krista Braun

Krista Braun

Mrs. Tompkins

Recurring Role

Jen Ray

Jen Ray

Nancy Donahue

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Beau Wirick

Beau Wirick

Sean Donahue

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • 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.

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