The Middle: Season 3

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 21
2011

Forced Family Fun (1)

Frankie insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a guy Mike knew…

2 Sep 21
2011

Forced Family Fun (2)

Frankie insists the family take a few days of vacation before school starts. But Mike’s suggestion of a camping trip brings back bad memories of their honeymoon camping t…

3 Sep 28
2011

Hecking Order

Mike learns that Brick has been skipping gym class, and goes to meet with his fourth grade teacher. Meanwhile, Axl plans a prank on Sue, who is now in high school with him.

4 Oct 05
2011

Major Changes

Frankie has a meltdown and forces the family to make significant changes to their lifestyle. But just as she puts these changes into effect, she leaves them to spend a some tim…

5 Oct 12
2011

The Test

Frankie learns that Axl’s PSAT’s are fast approaching and he hasn’t been preparing for them. Sue sets her sights high and decides t…

6 Oct 19
2011

Bad Choices

As the Heck home begins to literally fall apart, Frankie and Mike consider leaving homeownership behind and moving the family to an apartment. Meanwhile, Axl tries to fake Fran…

7 Oct 26
2011

Halloween II

After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high school Halloween costume party and being ignored by the guys, Sue asks a flabbergasted Mike for his advice on…

8 Nov 02
2011

Heck's Best Thing

Frankie and Mike are convinced that slacker son Axl will blow his interview with a football scout, which could earn him a scholarship to college. Meanwhile, Sue and Brick begin…

9 Nov 16
2011

The Play

Frankie is thrilled when she learns that the Orson Community Theater is putting on a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” and that kids don’t need to audition to…

10 Nov 23
2011

Thanksgiving III

Frankie’s parents, Pat and Tag, invite the Hecks to spend a few days at their house to celebrate Thanksgiving together. But the festivities begin to fall apart quickly wh…

11 Dec 07
2011

A Christmas Gift

On a tipsy whim – and against Mike’s wishes – Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party at the house; Mike buys Frankie a much needed new dishwasher for…

12 Jan 04
2012

Year of the Hecks

After realizing that no one keeps their New Year’s resolutions, Frankie decides that they will be assigned anonymously to each family member, and an all-you-can-eat buffe…

13 Jan 11
2012

The Map

Aunty Ginny’s funeral is the catalyst for Frankie’s vow to begin celebrating all of the family’s major life achievements. Axl mistakenly eats Brick’s sc…

14 Jan 18
2012

Hecking It Up

With Indiana hosting the Super Bowl, Frankie is devastated when she hopes to land a plum assignment as an official volunteer and ends up with a less-than-stellar position. Mean…

15 Feb 08
2012

Valentine's Day III

Frankie and Mike decide to try a fresh approach to Valentine’s Day by having dinner out with friends. But a clueless Mike angers Frankie by refusing to present her with a…

16 Feb 15
2012

The Concert

Frankie pulls out all of the stops in an effort to get an over-excited Sue tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, Mike is thrilled over Brick’s enthusiasm to win the school&…

17 Feb 22
2012

The Sit Down

The kids have a meeting with Frankie and Mike about their parenting techniques, and they are thrown for a loop, when their parents attempt to change.

18 Feb 29
2012

Leap Year

Sue wishes for a big birthday bash for her Leap Year birthday. Meanwhile, Frankie learns that Mike has been taking care of a stray cat, Brick develops a crush at school, and Ax…

19 Mar 14
2012

The Paper Route

Brick takes a job delivering newspapers, in order to save up enough money to buy night vision goggles. Meanwhile, Axl tries to convince Sue that a long-distance relationship wi…

20 Apr 11
2012

Get Your Business Done

Frankie is inspired by the pastor’s sermon at the new church the family is attending. She decides to make it her mission that every family member completes their lifeR…

21 May 02
2012

The Guidance Counselor

Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires her to reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Frankie is ecstatic when she…

22 May 09
2012

The Clover

Misfortune plagues Brick after he finds a four-leaf clover; Frankie seeks a caregiver for her aunt; Axl struggles with a prom-date dilemma and is also dismayed to learn that Su…

23 May 16
2012

The Telling

Frankie gets Brick to snitch on his siblings, but Mike disapproves of the tattling. Meanwhile, Sue threatens to get Axl in trouble if he doesn’t obey her commands; and Mi…

24 May 23
2012

The Wedding

The Hecks are pleased to learn that Mike’s brother, Rusty is getting married. However, the joy is short-lived, when they discover that the wedding is to be held at their…

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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