The Middle Episodes

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The Middle Season 5 episodes

The Optimist Season 5, Episode 20

Sue grows determined to earn a college scholarship. Meanwhile, Frankie quietly tries to correct a mistake at work; Brick insists that Mike make amends for wrongly yelling at someone; and Axl and Hutch want to gain weight, so they devour the Hecks' food. read more

The Wind Chimes Season 5, Episode 19

Rita's noisy wind chimes annoy the Hecks, so Frankie begs her to remove them. Meanwhile, Axl covets an abandoned sofa; Brick tries to create a new pretzel snack; and Sue tells her family that she and Darrin have rekindled their romance. read more

The Smell Season 5, Episode 18

Mike reluctantly coaches Sue's soccer team and is dismayed that the girls don't prioritize the game over their personal issues. Meanwhile, an unpleasant odor prompts Frankie to ask Brick to practice better hygiene; and Cassidy's painting perplexes Axl. read more

The Walk Season 5, Episode 17

Sue gets several prom dates because she can't reject anyone. Meanwhile, Brick wants to do an unusual book report and turns to Axl for assistance; and Frankie and Mike realize they're more charismatic with other people than they are with each other. read more

Stormy Moon Season 5, Episode 16

Frankie gets arrested because of an unreturned library book, and she realizes Brick is to blame. Elsewhere, Sue disapproves of Rev. TimTom's new girlfriend, Rev. Tammy; and Axl and Cassidy spend more time kissing than chatting over spring break. read more

Vacation Days Season 5, Episode 15

Mike's forced to take a paid vacation from work, but Brick makes it hard for him to relax. Elsewhere, Frankie gets mad at Axl for spending time with the neighbors and not telling her he's back in town; and Sue gets upset about a negative online review. read more

The Award Season 5, Episode 14

Mike doesn't want to attend an awards dinner where he'll be honored for his service at work. Elsewhere, Sue tries to get her classmates to bond more; Axl searches for a woman who left him a message; and Brick dons a purple suit and bolo tie. read more

Hungry Games Season 5, Episode 13

The Hecks plan to feast at a no-limit buffet, but they get stalled at church when a guest minister observes them quarreling and decides they need his counsel. read more

The Carpool Season 5, Episode 12

Frankie's assigned a car pool during a bus-driver strike, but she doesn't get to school on time. Elsewhere, Axl tutors a pretty coed in a class that he's not taking; and Mike's oblivious to the fact that Sue wants to attend a basketball game with him. read more

War of the Hecks Season 5, Episode 11

A prank battle commences between Sue and Axl after Sue learns that Axl stole her mascot head. Elsewhere, a lonely Dr. Goodwin seeks new friends; and Brick struggles to read a biography about Debbie Reynolds. read more

Sleepless in Orson Season 5, Episode 10

Brick develops anxiety issues after receiving news alerts on his refurbished tablet. Elsewhere, Sue has mixed feelings about Derrick's impromptu kisses; and Axl and Sean must do some cleanup work after they put Darrin's spin-off company out of business. read more

The Christmas Tree Season 5, Episode 9

Sue develops an allergy to the Christmas tree. Meanwhile, Axl returns home from college and chooses to spend time with his pals instead of his family, which displeases Frankie; and Brick devises a scheme to cover his lie about his wrapping-paper sales. read more

The Kiss Season 5, Episode 8

Frankie and Mike house-sit for her sister, but the home's computerized features perplex them. Meanwhile, Sue looks after Brick and is surprised to find the Glossner brood hanging around; and Axl and his pals go on a road trip to visit his ex-girlfriend. read more

Thanksgiving V Season 5, Episode 7

Some unexpected guests show up on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Tag tells Mike about his online-gambling losses; Axl dreads informing his parents that he dropped out of three college classes; and Sue hides something about her recent shopping adventure. read more

The Jump Season 5, Episode 6

Frankie bonds with a rescue dog. Meanwhile, Sue wins a spot on her school's volleyball team; and Axl realizes that he's flunking most of his college classes, so he turns to Brick for academic help. read more

Halloween IV: The Ghost Story Season 5, Episode 5

Sue conducts a séance close to Halloween and believes she sees the ghost of Christopher Columbus. Meanwhile, Axl's banned from a party in his own dorm room as part of his hazing by the football team; and Brick gets advice on how to ask a girl to a dance. read more

The 100th Season 5, Episode 4

Frankie and Mike drive a cow float in a parade celebrating Orson's 100th anniversary. Meanwhile, Brick works on writing a new town motto; Axl and his pals try to earn some cash by reviving Boss Co.; and Sue uses Brad to make Darrin jealous. read more

The Potato Season 5, Episode 3

Sue takes a job at an eatery at the mall in order to earn money to buy a car. Meanwhile, Brick's parents discover that he hasn't attended any classes at his new school; and Axl grows annoyed with his college roommate, so he bunks at home. read more

Change in the Air Season 5, Episode 2

Sue enjoys high-school life without Axl around to taunt her. Meanwhile, Brick fears using the bathroom at middle school; and Frankie doesn't understand why Axl is staying in touch with Mike but not her. read more

The Drop Off Season 5, Episode 1

In the fifth-season opener, Axl heads to college and the whole family goes along for the ride, despite his protests. Along the way, Sue loses her cool when she learns that Frankie forgot to fax an important essay; and Brick misplaces his new cell phone. read more

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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
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Premise: A slapstick sitcom about a working-class family in the U.S. heartland follows the daily strife of frazzled mom Frankie who, alongside her husband, raises their three kids, the youngest being an outcast at school because of his unusual behavior.

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