The Middle

Season 1 Episode 7

The Scratch

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Frankie accidentally hits Brick's arm with a beer bottle when trying to get the trash out before the garbage truck leaves. But when Brick innocently tells his school that the scratch was caused by his mother throwing a beer bottle at him, a social worker comes to evaluate the Heck family. Meanwhile, Bob helps Mr. Ehlert shoot a commercial for the car lot.


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  • 107

    7 episodes in, and I am hooked. I am really loving this show more than ever now with this crazy and hilarious family. Easily one of the best family comedies I've seen (and believe me, I've seen quite a few). The whole premise of the entire episode was clever, funny, and just entertaining. This is the kind of thing that you hope wont happen to your family. Brick really was great in this episode, and you can't help but feel nervous when the social worker was going to interview Brick.

    We got a great balance of the entire family, we got a great format with the social worker interviewing the whole family one at a time. From Sue crying to Axl not caring to Frankie stressing and finally to Mike being the only calm and honest one. We got a feel good resolution with a non-irritating subplot that involved Frankie's co-workers. Overall, superb installment to this wonderful family show that really deserves more recognition.moreless
  • Brick gets hit with a beer bottle on trash day, and hilarity unfolds!

    Sue running into the glass was great. It was so fitting for her character, and the physical comedy just added to the chaos. Plus I couldn't stop laughing when Sue couldn't stop crying!

    Neil Flynn is the reason I started watching this show from the start, and his performance in this episode strayed so far from that of the Janitor because his involvement was big enough to show off his talent. It was refreshing, and well, hysterical.

    Brick's overall glee with the whole situation in the principle's office was great. He was so happy to be involved, but he was so cute since he was so obvious to the seriousness of the situation. Normally the plotline involving the Frankie's work isn't as entertaining as the family element, but in this case I thought they were nearly equal. The commercial was great. There was a wonderful balance between one man worrying about the placement of his hands and one family worrying about being separated. I loved "The Scratch!"moreless
Vicki Lewis

Vicki Lewis

Ms. Barry

Guest Star

Rick Hall

Rick Hall

Officer McCoy

Guest Star

Mary-Pat Green

Mary-Pat Green

Mrs. Larimer

Guest Star

Brian Doyle-Murray

Brian Doyle-Murray

Mr. Ehlert

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mike: (about the huge bandage on Brick's arm) It's tiny. There's not even a scratch. Here, Brick. Unwrap it and show him.
      Officer McCoy: Sir, we can't allow you to talk directly to your child.
      Mike: What? Is this for real?
      Frankie: (narration) Oh, it was for real all right. It started with a bandage and just snowballed from there. It didn't help that there was a new hall monitor at school.
      Hall Monitor: (to Brick) Hey, buddy. What happened to your arm?
      Brick: I'm not supposed to tell.
      Hall Monitor: What do you mean?
      Brick: My mom says I'm not supposed to tell.
      Hall Monitor: Well, if something happened at home, you have to tell a grown-up.
      Brick: Okay. My mom hit me with a beer bottle. She was mad, my dad was mad, and I always get in the way.
      Frankie: (narration) You can see how this sounded. Everyone could see how it sounded, except Brick.

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