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The Middle Season 5 Episodes

24 Episodes 2013 - 2014

The fifth season of this family sitcom finds Axl (Charlie McDermott) leaving the nest and entering college, but it's not a smooth transition: Frankie (Patricia Heaton) gets mad when Axl stays in touch with Mike (Neil Flynn) but not her; Axl bunks at home when he has problems with his roommate; and failing grades lead Axl to turn to Brick (Atticus Shaffer) for academic help. However, Sue (Eden Sher) makes the volleyball team and experiences a new sense of freedom without Axl at home. On the flip side, Frankie loses her freedom when she gets arrested for having an overdue library book. Meanwhile, Mike gets an award for his 20 years of service at the quarry, but he's reluctant to attend the awards dinner, and he also dreads having to take a forced vacation from work. Later, the whole gang go on a family vacation to Disney World, and it wouldn't be a Heck outing without a series of mishaps.

Episode 1

The Drop Off

Wed, Sep 25, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 2

Change in the Air

Wed, Oct 2, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 3

The Potato

Wed, Oct 9, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 4

The 100th

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 5

Halloween IV: The Ghost Story

Wed, Oct 30, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 6

The Jump

Wed, Nov 13, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 7

Thanksgiving V

Wed, Nov 20, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 8

The Kiss

Wed, Dec 4, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 9

The Christmas Tree

Wed, Dec 11, 2013 30 mins

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.

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Episode 10

Sleepless in Orson

Wed, Jan 8, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 11

War of the Hecks

Wed, Jan 15, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 12

The Carpool

Wed, Jan 22, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 13

Hungry Games

Wed, Feb 5, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 14

The Award

Wed, Feb 26, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 15

Vacation Days

Wed, Mar 5, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 16

Stormy Moon

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 17

The Walk

Wed, Mar 26, 2014 30 mins

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 realise they're more charismatic with other people than they are with each other.

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Episode 18

The Smell

Wed, Apr 2, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 19

The Wind Chimes

Wed, Apr 23, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 20

The Optimist

Wed, Apr 30, 2014 30 mins

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.

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Episode 21

Office Hours

Wed, May 7, 2014 30 mins

Frankie feels overwhelmed by the kids' demands, so she restricts the time they can make requests of her. Meanwhile, Mike becomes overprotective of Sue and keeps a watchful eye on Darrin; and Brick hosts a book club for his surprising new pals.

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Episode 22

Heck on a Hard Body

Wed, May 14, 2014 30 mins

Sue tries to win a car by entering an endurance contest. Elsewhere, Mike and his brother bond on a road trip as they escort Brick to a spelling bell; and Frankie helps Axl look for his missing dorm-room desk in order to get her security deposit back.

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Episode 23


Wed, May 21, 2014 30 mins

Sue excitedly prepares for her family's Walt Disney World vacation. Meanwhile, Axl gets stressed out waiting for his grades to get posted; and Brick tries to convince his parents to make a detour on their trip so he can meet his online girlfriend.

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Episode 24

The Wonderful World of Hecks

Wed, May 21, 2014 30 mins

In the fifth-season finale, the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World, but a series of mishaps occur and threaten to ruin to their family vacation.

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