The Middle

Season 1 Episode 2

The Cheerleader

3
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Trying to save her job, Frankie organizes a publicity stunt by filling a car with jelly beans. Meanwhile, Sue fails to make the swim team and realizes that she needs glasses and Brick starts reading his mother's romance novels when he can't check books out of the library.moreless

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  • 102

    9.5
    I think this episode was far too under appreciated, it was loads better than the pilot, and it was absolutely hilarious, not to mention it left it's viewers with a heartwarming yet funny narration at the very end. Sure getting a new looking dryer out of a tornado isn't very realistic, but it fit the moral of the story. The episode title was genius, just watch the episode and see why.



    Not only was this episode a hilarious installment, but a lot of entertaining things happened such as the tornado, jellybeans in a car, or Sue being bad at swimming. This also had a great story line that all families can relate too. Those payment plans years in the future is probably the most relatable.



    This is a great family show that anyone can relate too, and I must say, watching this episode just lets me know that Modern Family isn't the best family show on ABC's comedy lineup, this is!moreless
  • Second funniest show on ABC's comedy block.

    8.6
    I liked the pilot better, but this episode has convinced me that The Middle really is one of the better shows on ABC's comedy block. I thought Cougar Town was okay at first, but it's progressively getting worse, while Hank is just flat out bad. At least in this show, we get unique characters that are relatable and fun to watch.



    First off, I just have to say that Brick is the funniest character in the show. He's socially problematic but extremely smart which makes for one hilarious character. Also, I thought Sue's swimming skills ("Mike was right. She sucked.") made for some funny moments. And as for Frankie, played wonderfully by Patricia Heaton, has proven to have found a hit with her role on this new show. I'd like to see her be nominated for an Emmy, but that's just my initial thoughts based on the first two episodes.



    The second episode was definitely a little slower and less interesting than the first, but it's still a very funny and entertaining show. The way the storylines connect by the end makes the show smarter than your average sitcom on television. If I were ABC, I'd dump Hank, give Cougar Town a few more chances and RENEW The Middle! Give it a few more episodes and the show should hit its stride and attract more attention. Either way, the show brings the laughs and the fun.moreless
Laura Heisler

Laura Heisler

Librarian

Guest Star

Julianne Buescher

Julianne Buescher

Woman customer

Guest Star

Charles C. Stevenson

Charles C. Stevenson

Old Hoosier

Guest Star

Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray

Mr. Ehlert

Recurring Role

Peter Breitmayer

Peter Breitmayer

Pete

Recurring Role

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