The Middle: Season 4

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 26
2012

Last Whiff of Summer (1)

Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child; Brick tries to grow a giant tomato; Sue encourages her father to participate in a variety of activities with her.

2 Sep 26
2012

Last Whiff of Summer (2)

Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child; Brick tries to grow a giant tomato; Sue encourages her father to participate in a variety of activities with her.

3 Oct 03
2012

The Second Act

After being fired from the car dealership and vowing not to take any job that comes her way, Frankie goes to tech school to get a real career; Axl begins his senior year of hig…

4 Oct 10
2012

Bunny Therapy

To help Brick’s interactions with people, the school therapist urges Frankie and Mike to get him a small pet, but the ill-tempered bunny they give him teaches the family…

5 Oct 17
2012

The Hose

A neighbor accuses Frankie of stealing her hose; Sue cancels a road trip to Cincinnati after seeing Mike’s paycheck; Brick learns about the birds and the bees.

5 Oct 17
2012

The Hose

6 Oct 24
2012

Halloween III: The Driving

Sue accidentally runs over Axl’s foot while practicing driving; Axl looks forward to voting; Brick binges on Halloween candy.

7 Nov 07
2012

The Safe

Frankie does not make a good impression on the first day of dental assistant school; Mike and Frankie ask Axl to get a tutor and improve his grades; Sue and Brick try to pawn a…

8 Nov 14
2012

Thanksgiving IV

Frankie invites a couple of Marines to share Thanksgiving with her family; Axl gets good news; Sue tries to find the person who stole the chicken head from her uniform; Brick i…

9 Dec 05
2012

Christmas Help

Mike helps his brother Rusty move some furniture into the Heck family’s garage, only to realize the furniture is stolen; Frankie hopes to land a part-time job in a depart…

10 Dec 12
2012

Twenty Years

Frankie worries Mike is tiring of her as their 20th anniversary draws close; Sue tries to get Axl and Brick’s help planning a party for their parents; Axl spoils the end…

11 Jan 09
2013

Life Skills

Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick’s school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.

12 Jan 16
2013

One Kid At a Time

When Frankie and Mike dedicate a day to each of their children, Axl takes them to a paintball range, Sue has them do 17 separate activities and Brick wants to go to a sci-fi co…

13 Jan 23
2013

The Friend

Frankie tries to get Mike to spend time with a new neighbor who shares his interests; Sue demands a cheer-off between the Wrestlerettes and the cheerleaders.

14 Feb 06
2013

The Smile

Frankie and Mike worry that Axl may not get a sports scholarship; Sue’s school science project involves smiling; Brick wants an iPad.

15 Feb 13
2013

Valentine's Day IV

As Valentine’s Day nears, killjoys Axl, Sean and Darrin offer their services to help guys who want to break up with their girlfriends. Mike’s romantic text to Frank…

16 Feb 20
2013

Winners and Losers

Frankie is worried when Brick decides to go on a three-day school trip to Chicago; Sue wants to know if Darrin, one of Axl’s friends, has feelings for her.

17 Feb 27
2013

Wheel of Pain

When Axl, Sue and Brick accidentally break the family room window, they decide to blame the Glossner children — the bad seeds of the neighborhood; Frankie tries to land a…

17 Feb 27
2013

Wheel of Pain

18 Mar 27
2013

The Name

Frankie’s sister (Molly Shannon) offers to help at the house while Frankie studies for her finals for dental-assistant school; Axl tries not to act jealous when Cassidy&#…

19 Apr 03
2013

The Bachelor

Disappointed with the finale of “The Bachelor,” Frankie mopes for days; when Sue joins the school’s tennis team, Mike tries to toughen her up by complimenting…

20 Apr 10
2013

Dollar Days

Frankie has a difficult time describing herself during a job interview; Sue dispenses unwanted advice to Axl and his band mates; Brick joins the Prairie Scouts.

21 May 01
2013

From Orson With Love

Frankie tries to make Sue appear more popular on Facebook; Frankie’s dad (Jerry Van Dyke) makes Mike listen to long-winded life stories; Brick and Axl try to create a vir…

22 May 08
2013

Hallelujah Hoedown

Frankie tells the kids what she wants for Mother’s day so one of them can clue in Mike; after repeatedly failing the driving test, Sue feels resentful when her friends ge…

23 May 15
2013

The Ditch

While dressed in a lab coat for her dental assisting job, Frankie is mistaken for a doctor and receives special treatment; Axl talks Sue into ditching school for the day; Mike…

24 May 22
2013

The Graduation

Tension builds as Frankie tries to plan a graduation party for uncooperative Axl; Sue tries to get her driver’s license for a sixth time; Brick must assemble a slide show…

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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