The Middle: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 30
2009

Pilot

Frankie is struggling in her career as a car salesman because she has yet to sell one. She finally thinks that she has made her first sale, but the car is stolen right in front…

2 Oct 07
2009

The Cheerleader

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 an…

3 Oct 14
2009

The Floating Anniversary

Frankie and Mike’s romantic anniversary get-away is ruined by various family matters, including Brick being sick, Sue being lovesick, Axl just getting his learner’s…

4 Oct 21
2009

The Trip

Sue sells sausage and cheese samples for the school. All her efforts go in vain as the school fails to see this. Frankie demands her daughter fights for her rights. Meanwhile,…

5 Oct 28
2009

The Block Party

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 i…

6 Nov 04
2009

The Front Door

When Axl accidentally breaks down the front door, Mike insists that, he fix it in order to teach him a lesson, which leaves the Heck house wide open for days. At work, Frankie…

7 Nov 18
2009

The Scratch

Frankie accidentally hits Brick in the head with a beer bottle when trying to get the trash out before the garbage truck leaves. But when Brick innocently tells his school that…

8 Nov 25
2009

Thanksgiving

Frankie’s plan to have an idyllic family Thanksgiving backfires when Mr. Ehlert demands his staff work over the holiday. Brick goes missing in a corn maze.

9 Dec 02
2009

Siblings

Frankie encounters two perfect siblings and vows to make her children stop fighting and become a loving family. Meanwhile, Aunt Edie makes a costly mistake at the quarry and Mi…

10 Dec 09
2009

Christmas

Mike takes over the responsibility of organizing the Heck family Christmas while Frankie practices for a solo that she is singing at midnight mass. However, she gets jealous wh…

11 Jan 06
2010

The Jeans

A hormonally charged Sue wants a cool pair of jeans in order to fit in with her peers, resulting in Frankie and Mike enduring the unpredictability of teenagers, while Axl wants…

12 Jan 06
2010

The Neighbor

When Sue has a run-in with her sons, Frankie fears that a confrontation with the trasy neighbor may be at hand. Meanwhile, Axl attempts to bribe Brick after he’s asked to…

13 Jan 13
2010

The Interview

Mike loses his job when the plant shuts down for scientific research after he discovers a dinosaur bone in the quarry. However, Mike starts to get irregular feelings when he di…

14 Feb 03
2010

The Yelling

Frankie makes a deal with her kids, that if they do their homework and keep chores she won’t nag them. Meanwhile, Mike takes a job as a night driver with Bob.

15 Feb 10
2010

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day unexpectedly finds Frankie and Mike home alone and ready for a romantic evening while Brick is away at his first sleepover, Sue goes to her first boy-girl…

16 Mar 03
2010

The Bee

When Mike discovers that Brick is a spelling whiz and won the school spelling bee, he puts all his efforts into training him to win the regional bee, which could ultimately lea…

17 Mar 10
2010

The Break-Up

Axl is heartbroken when his girlfriend (Alexa Vega) breaks up with him; Sue and Brick watch a scary movie.

18 Mar 24
2010

The Fun House

Frankie fears for her job when a motivational consultant comes to get the sale team into shape. While Frankie is putting in many extra hours, Mike has to deal with the children…

19 Mar 31
2010

The Final Four

Mike’s dream comes to fruition when Frankie’s boss, Mr. Ehlert, offers him two tickets to the Final Four. Unfortunately, Frankie’s uncle dies and the funeral…

20 Apr 14
2010

TV or Not TV

After failing to pay the electric bill on time, the electric company shuts off the Heck’s power. This leads Frankie and Mike to cut down on their unnecessary expenses, in…

21 Apr 28
2010

Worry Duty

Frankie is worried that Axl’s going to get his heart crushed again when his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Morgan (Alexa Vega, “Spy Kids,” “Ruby & t…

22 May 05
2010

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day for Frankie is anything but serene when she finds herself doing more for Mike and the kids and less for herself. But she learns that the apple doesn’t…

23 May 12
2010

Signals

Frankie points out to Mike that his social ineptness has been passed on to Brick, leading Mike to decide that both he and Brick need to be more social, and the Heck family

24 May 19
2010

Average Rules

Parent-Teacher conferences cause Frankie to worry about the kids. In them she’s told Axl is gifted but not applying himself, that her teachers still do not know who Sue i…

About The Middle

Frankie Heck and her husband Mike have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl, her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue, the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything… but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick, whose best friend is his backpack.
Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to get to the top, or struggling not to hit bottom, but we think Frankie and her family will find a lot of love, and a lot of laughs, somewhere in “The Middle”.

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