The Middle

Season 5 Episode 11

War of the Hecks

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 2014 on ABC
8.2
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Sue's determined to out prank Axl when she finds out that it was Axl's prank a year ago that forced her to wear the chicken head when she was school mascot. Dr. Goodwin attempts to make Frankie his friend. Frankie decides that if Mike can't make friends with her new dog, she'll look for the dog's owner. Upon a recommendation, Brick tries to get interested in a biography on Debbie Reynolds.

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  • Chicken Heads, lost dogs and memoirs

    8.5
    This was a mostly good episode, though the one plot line was horrible.

    Sue (Eden Sher) discovers the dreaded truth. While cleaning Axl's (Charlie McDermott's) room, she finds the chicken head that was heartlessly stolen from her last season, in one of my favorite episodes ever to be exact. But Roosevelt High wasn't actually behind the crime, despite the claim that they were. This is not right, it just doesn't fit. But at least it triggered a prank war between the two, with Axl supergluing Sue's toothbrush and toothpaste to her hands and hanging up embarrassing pictures of Sue around the neighborhood. Sue fills Axl's car with foam but finally decides to call a truce. Which goes wrong. After her apologizes, she accidentally burns his priceless jersey from the City Wide Championship. Axl is furious and immediately declares that he doesn't have a sister. Sue is truly brokenhearted, crying her eyes out. Fortunately, all is forgiven, though Sue destroys her precious bear in the process. She wants them to be a close set of siblings, spending vacations with each other when they grow up. Axl can't take all the love.

    Frankie (Patricia Heaton) wants Mike (Neil Flynn) to bond with Colin Firth. In the meantime, she is spending more than enough time with her needy boss, Dr. Goodwin (Jack McBrayer). He is lonely because his dog has gone missing. But his description of the dog sounds a lot like Colin Firth. I didn't like where this was heading. Frankie reluctantly gives the dog back but, here is the twist, Colin Firth isn't the missing Taffy because Taffy only had three legs. But it doesn't matter, Dr. Goodwin will be keeping this dog anyway. And this was after Mike had finally bonded with the dog.

    Brick (Atticus Shaffer) didn't have much to do this week but it was still entertaining. He is reading a biography of Debbie Reynolds because it was recommended to him by the librarians at the local library. He wants to know how things will work out between her and Eddie Fisher and he doesn't even know who Eddie Fisher even was. Small, but hilarious nevertheless.

    Overall, this show wasn't the greatest because the plot holes bothered me. Dr. Goodwin was over at the Heck house for Thanksgiving, and didn't even see the dog then and if the dog's name wasn't Taffy, why did he answer to that when Frankie called him? Also, why did Roosevelt High claim responsibility for the stealing of the mascot head in the episode aired last season when it was Axl, broken foot and all, last season? I didn't like these sudden plot twists because they just weren't consistent. But at least they don't bother me as much as changing the year of Sue's birthday, thus also changing her age as they did last season. Grade: B

    Side Notes:

    -Axl cleans up his clothes by putting a bundle of them into the microwave.

    -Dr. Goodwin, stick to your day job. Stand-up comedy is not your forte.

    -Mike and Colin Firth bond over a basketball game and he's upset that the refs won't call a foul.

    -Brick is in a book club with a bunch of old ladies so of course he isn't going to like any of the books they select to read, but he's a sport for giving them a try anyway.

    -Axl will even invent Sue to visit college but only if no one else is around.

    -Frankie prints out a list of activities Mike can do to bond with the dog. He states that he didn't put that much energy into raising the kids. That is just a scary thought.moreless

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