Season 5, Episode 7
Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck (series star PATRICIA HEATON) is a harried wife and working mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Having been fired as the least successful saleswoman at the town's only surviving car dealership, Frankie re-evaluated her career path and is now working as a dental assistant. Her unflappable husband, Mike (series star NEIL FLYNN), is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average -- yes, most definitely average -- family.
Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love, humor and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl (series star CHARLIE McDERMOTT), the oldest, is a jock slacker who eats them out of house and home and walks around the house in his boxers. But his lazy days are numbered as he prepares to enter college via a well-earned sports scholarship. Then there's Sue (series star EDEN SHER), their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now a junior in high school, she continues to navigate the raging waters of school life and, to Frankie and Mike's horror, will be driving on her own since recently passing her driver's test -- on the sixth try. And last is Brick (series star ATTICUS SHAFFER), their quirky son, who is entering middle school. He reads constantly, whispers and "whoops" to himself and unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer. But through all the madness shines a loving family, and together, the Hecks are putting THE MIDDLE on the map.