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The Middle

The Middle
  • Bewertung: 7,50
  • Jahr der Ersterscheinung: 2009
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Länder: United States
  • Dauer: 21 Minuten
  • Komplexität: 10

Die Hecks sind eine ganz normale, amerikanische Familie der Mittelklasse: Mutter, Vater und drei Kinder. Dabei sehen sich Frances und Mike täglich neuen Herausforderungen auf der Arbeit, in der Familie und im Haushalt gestellt. Gleichzeitig versuchen sie, ihre drei Kinder in einem glücklichen Umfeld in Orson, Indiana, großzuziehen.

  • Sue tries out for show choir with disastrous results. Frankie desperately tries to close a sale with disastrous results. Brick has trouble relating to his teacher with odd results.
  • Payments delayed until 2009 come due just as the dryer breaks, Sue needs glasses and Frankie comes within a jelly bean of losing her job. Sue tries out for the swim team with disastrous consequences but a tornado brings good fortune.
  • Mike gives daughter Sue questionable advice on handling a crush. Mirroring Newton's laws, growing Independence by Axl and Brick are balanced by codependency by Frankie's aunts. Assured the world won't stop without her, Frankie takes a fifteen minute break, and the world falls apart.
  • Socially indifferent Brick didn't bother to protest when classmate Olivia declared him her boyfriend, but soon tires of her ‘romantic’ demands to the point of despair. Alas, Axl's advise doesn't cut it and Mike is no match for the possessive, selectively deaf mini-bitch either, but Brick's brain ultimately finds a way out. Eager to Sue Sue succeed at something, both parents invest ludicrous effort in helping her win a place on a cheap bus trip to nearby Indiana by selling $3,000 food for the school. When her name is absent from the winners list, teacher in charge …
  • Brick's teachers tell Frankie and Mike that Brick tested as “socially challenged,” so Mike thinks basketball is the answer to help Brick interact with others. When that fails, Mike enters the neighborhood block-party lawnmower contest and discovers that Brick has a talent for souping up machines. Meanwhile Frankie joins the booster club to raise money for new football jerseys for Axl's team, but Axl refuses to give his old one to her.
  • Frankie is caught in the middle when Axl accidentally breaks down the front door, and Mike insists that he fix it - which could leave the Heck house wide open for days. Meanwhile, Frankie must sell a car within a week or be forced to wear a dog suit outside the lot, and it's school picture time for Sue, who has never had a flattering photo taken of her.
  • When the Heck family goes into a cleaning frenzy in order to get the trash out to a passing garbage truck, Frankie accidentally hits Brick with a beer bottle as she attempts to toss it into a bag - causing a small scratch. But when Brick innocently informs his school that his scratch was caused by his mother throwing a beer bottle at him, a social worker is called to look into the matter - sending Frankie into a panic to give off the image that the Hecks are a picture-perfect family. Meanwhile, Bob must help an uncooperative Mr. Ehlert shoot a new commercial …
  • The Hecks' Thanksgiving plans are thrown into a loop when Mr. Ehlert makes her work a shift at the car dealership on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Frankie observes what she thinks are the perfect siblings, and it becomes her mission in life to make her kids stop fighting with one another and interact as a loving family. Meanwhile, Mike contemplates firing Aunt Edie after she makes a costly mistake at the quarry.
  • Frankie writes a Christmas letter and comes up with interesting interpretations of the family activities. She gets the lead in the Christmas choir's solo and has to attend more practice sessions. Mike takes over home duties.
  • Frankie buys Sue an expensive pair of jeans to help build her confidence, Mike buys Axl a car to help him impress a girl, and Brick tries to take care of the Aunts' pet dog.
  • Frankie summons up the courage to confront the scary mother of the neighborhood bullies after they get in a fight with Sue, while Axl agrees to teach Brick how to play kickball.
  • Mike is forced to look for a job when the quarry temporarily shuts down, and Frankie is forced to do all the work as Brick runs for class historian.
  • Frankie vows to stop yelling at and nagging her kids if they agree to follow through on their school work and chores without her intervention. Meanwhile, Mike reluctantly takes a night job as a driver delivering snack cakes with Bob.
  • Axl has a date, Sue has her first boy-girl party, and Brick is at a sleepover. So will Mike and Frankie have an opportunity to have a romantic Valentine's Day?
  • The family takes a weekend trip to Chicago so that Brick can take part in a spelling bee, but Sue gets to call the shots because Mike and Frankie forgot her birthday.
  • Mike and Frankie are shocked to find out that Axl is dating the head cheerleader, but what will happen when she breaks up with him? Meanwhile, Sue and Brick become freaked out after they watch a horror movie about zombies.
  • Mike gets a pool table so that their house can be the “fun house” in the neighborhood, and Frankie's job could be in jeopardy when a motivational consultant visits Ehlert Motors.
  • Mike's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to the Final Four is put into jeopardy when Frankie's uncle's funeral is scheduled for the same day.
  • Mike and Frankie struggle to find an alternative form of entertainment over cable TV after a visit to a financial adviser, but the kids quickly pick up new hobbies and don't miss it at all.
  • Frankie becomes distressed when Axl gets back together with Morgan one more time and she begins telling him what to do again, while Brick struggles to take care of a baby chick.
  • After another disappointing Mother's Day, Frankie and Sue leave for the rest of the day to visit Frankie's mom.
  • As the Hecks prepare for their annual spring barbecue, Mike and Brick work on their social skills together and Sue becomes infatuated with the pastor in charge of her youth group.
  • The Hecks parents must react to school assessments of their kids. Axl scored high on aptitude, so his slacking and poor grades are no longer acceptable, but cramming all night with Mike still doesn't do the trick. Brick may a librarian's dream, the only school kid who truly enjoys reading, mean old Mrs. Nethercott, who luckily can't prove vandalism, still threatens to prevent him passing to the next grade unless he returns all missing books, now found all over the Heck home. Sue is the only school kid without a yearbook picture, so Frankie steps up the search for some…
  • Frankie plans to get ahead of the game with her children's school needs, but winds up failing miserably.
  • Frankie's dream of being Axl's escort for the homecoming football game is shattered when Sue's cross-country meet is scheduled for the same day. Meanwhile, Brick attempts to rake the leaves in the backyard.
  • Frankie is worried that she is getting old after she throws out her back, Sue has a crush on Axl's friend who is working on a school “project” at the house, and Brick becomes wise to Frankie's lies.
  • When Axl is suspended for skipping school, Mike decides it's time to teach his son a lesson about life and makes him go to work with him at the quarry. But Mike's master plan backfires when Axl likes the job so much that he wants to quit school and lead the life of a quarryman. Meanwhile, Frankie is devastated when she fears that she accidentally prayed away Sue's cross-country team after it's cut by the school; and while practicing a magic trick, Brick makes the main TV remote disappear - and can't figure out how to make it reappear.
  • Frustrated with being forced to bribe the kids to get along, Frankie convinces the family to host a foreign exchange student to improve the situation. However, the student shows no interest in anything either.
  • Mike reluctantly agrees to go to a Halloween party with Frankie, but won't dress up. Meanwhile, Axl has a plan to pick up some girls, Sue parties with Reverend TimTom and the youth group, and Brick has an unusual costume.
  • Brick finally learns the embarrassing story about how the day he was born, and Axl picks up the slack for his incompetent but beautiful new boss at the movie theater.
  • Brick asks to stay home instead of running errands with mom on Saturday, Mike gets upset when one of Sue's so-called “friends” doesn't invite her to a sleepover, and Axl tries in vain to grow a beard with the football team.
  • When Frankie finds out her mother isn't coming for Thanksgiving, she encourages Mike to invite his emotionally distant father and brother. At dinner, Bob's new librarian girlfriend shows more interest in Brick's book collection than Bob.
  • Mike and Frankie's plan for a simple Christmas are dashed when Frankie's parents show up and stay for 12 days, spoiling the children and never giving Mike a minute of freedom.
  • After they discover that they are treated like second-class citizens in their own home, Mike and Frankie decide to take control of the house away from the kids.
  • Mike stops talking to Frankie and Frankie takes a second job after she makes an accidental $200 purchase. Meanwhile, Axl tries to take care of a “baby” for a class project, and Brick and Sue try to fix a hole in the wall.
  • Mike encourages Brick to take an interest in football right before the Super Bowl, Sue and Brad enter a square dancing competition, and Mr. Ehlert invites Frankie to a “management seminar,” which turns out to be his colonoscopy.
  • Mike helps Brick with his Valentine's crush at school, Frankie is flattered when Axl asks for help getting a gift for his new scary girlfriend, and Sue tries to find the boy who kissed him on Halloween night.
  • Fearing that a friendless Brick could be missing out on his childhood, Frankie makes it her mission to find a suitable friend for him. Meanwhile, after Mike forbids Sue from seeing an R-rated film, she goes against her father's wishes and sneaks into a movie theater with her friend, Carly; and Axl and his band need a hot chick to appear in their online music video and try to shoot footage of their sexy biology teacher, Ms. Devereaux - without her knowledge or consent.
  • After Sue wins a family trip to New York, Murphy's Law goes into full effect and it's anything but a smooth flight, when the Hecks board a plane and fly to the Big Apple.
  • Frankie wages war on Ms. Rinsky after Brick receives a D in math, and Axl and Sue help Aunt Edie search for her lost time capsule.
  • The Hecks try to clean out their house during Spring Break, but uncover a lot more than junk. Meanwhile, Brick takes advantage of the situation to make some money.
  • After receiving multiple warnings about leaving his dirty, smelly socks lying around the house, Mike has finally had enough and punishes Axl by forbidding him to play in the final school basketball game of the season. But everyone assumes that Mike is being petty when they discover that Axl could end up beating his father's record for most free throws landed in a season if he does play in the game. Meanwhile, Sue is ecstatic - but Frankie and Mike are suspicious – when she wins an MVP trophy for cross-country, and Brick is humiliated when he's forced to wear …
  • Frankie buys a plasma screen TV to watch the Royal Wedding but plans to return it the next day, Sue tries out to be a lunchtime news anchor, and Mike's employees at the quarry try to revolt after he stops buying pretzels.
  • Mike decides to give Frankie the gift of having the day to herself without any family for Mother's Day, but they day is disastrous. However, the “do-over” the following week turns out to be even worse.
  • The Hecks bring in reverend TimTom to convince Axl to take his accidental date to prom, Brick begins writing plays with his new friend, and Sue and her friend try to get a seat at the “B Table” at lunch at their middle school.
  • Mike and Frankie try to help Brick overcome his fear of a covered bridge, Frankie tries to help Sue find a two-piece swimsuit, and Axl tries to get a lifeguard job.
  • With only three days left until summer vacation, Frankie is ecstatic that she's made it through another school year with the family. But her happiness turns to panic when she and Mike learn that Brick needs to write a daily journal and turn it in to Ms. Rinsky or risk not moving up to the fourth grade; that Axl hasn't fulfilled his required 30 days of community service; and that, because of an error, Sue must prove that she never took a sick day from school in order to receive a perfect attendance award at her middle school graduation ceremony.
  • When Mike proposes a camping trip for a family summer vacation, all Frankie can think about is the disastrous camping trip they had for their honeymoon.
  • After Axl plays a trick on Sue at school and doesn't come to her defense, a debate ensues over who's really in charge in the family, causing Mike to attend a parent-teacher conference with Brick's new teacher.
  • Frankie gets fed up with the kids and leaves to spend some time with her mom, leaving the kids with Mike to figure out what they did wrong and how they can change.
  • Frankie helps Axl prepare at the last minute for the PSAT, Sue tries out for the cheerleading team, and Mike tries to get Brick to stand up to bullying.
  • The Hecks consider moving into an apartment, Axl plots to miss a test at school but still go to a party, Sue and Brad prepare a skit for school, and Brick begins quoting Shakespeare.
  • Mike convinces Sue to update her wardrobe, but he is scared by what he sees. Meanwhile, Frankie takes Brick's social group to trick or treat, and Axl takes his friends are not sure if they want to let go of trick or treating.
  • In the aftermath of a visit to Axl from a college football recruiter, Frankie decides to try harder for her family. Meanwhile, Sue and Brick find Aunt Edie's ancient cell phone and decide to keep it for themselves.
  • Frankie and Sue decide to act together in a play, but Frankie refuses to quit after Sue is removed. Meanwhile, Uncle Rusty tries to make up to Brick for missing the special school lunch he was invited to.
  • 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 when Frankie's sister, Janet, and her family also join in, and soon the siblings are at each other's throats over their widely differing parenting techniques. Meanwhile, Mike tries to offer some advice to Axl on how to pick up girls when he witnesses his son trying to impress a pretty mini-mart cashier - and fails miserably; Brick attempts to prove his innocence when he is accused by Janet of damaging …
  • Mike tries to surprise Frankie with a dishwasher on Christmas Day, Sue tries to get Reverend TimTom to help Brick, who is struggling with believing the Bible, and Bob tries to befriend Axl after Axl gets a job for Christmas.
  • Frankie randomly assigns New Year's resolutions to each family member, but chaos ensues when everyone tries to live up to her expectations.
  • After attending Aunt Ginny's funeral, Frankie begins to fear that the family is missing out on important life milestones and vows to begin celebrating all of them. Meanwhile, Axl accidentally eats Brick's Indiana dough school map project and is tasked with creating a new one, and Sue discovers that one of the boys on the wrestling team has a crush on her.
  • The Hecks help themselves to the Donahues' new car while they are away at the Super Bowl, and Sue decides to tell her new boyfriend that she loves him.
  • Frankie and Mike decide to celebrate Valentine's Day by going to dinner with two other couples. Sue gets upset when Matt kisses her differently. And, Axl has to write a paper on a life-changing event while Brick has to write a paper about love.
  • Frankie helps Sue get tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, Brick is too embarrassed to go to school after losing a spelling bee, and Axl tries to break the speed limit on foot.
  • Frankie and Mike decide to stop nagging and punishing the kids and let them begin taking responsibility for themselves.
  • Sue anxiously awaits a Leap Day surprise birthday party that isn't coming, Brick tries to save the social skills group after a girl joins it, and Mike is saddened after a cat he took care of at the quarry dies.
  • Sue tries to keep a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend when he moves away, Brick decides to take a paper route to make money for night vision goggles, and Frankie discovers that Mike is keeping an odd secret.
  • A new church convinces the Hecks to “get their business done,” but the results that stem from their new-found inspiration are mixed.
  • Sue bonds with her high school guidance counselor, Mike and Frankie fight when it comes time to buy a new bed, and Brick struggles with the president's physical fitness test.
  • Axl is going to the prom with Weird Ashley and is horrified when his friend Darrin asks Sue. Brick finds a 4-leaf clover and it brings him anything but good luck. One of Frankie's aunt accidentally starts a fire. Mike is too soft on Brick.
  • Mike gets the unwelcome task of signing up to volunteer at Brick's school because Frankie is stuck at work, while Sue blackmails Axl to get free rides around town for her and her friends.
  • The Hecks discover at the last minute that they are hosting Mike's brother Rusty's wedding, and Axl and his friends decide to start their own summer business.
  • The Heck family summer gets off to a bad start after Mike tells Sue that Axl is his favorite child.
  • Frankie contemplates a new career after Mr Ehlert lets her go, Sue mentors a popular freshman girl, and Mike considers punishing Brick for his rudeness.
  • The Hecks get Brick a pet rabbit to help his social skills, Sue tries out for school mascot, and Axl doesn't know which cheerleader he's dating.
  • Frankie once again gets on the bad side of an old neighborhood nemesis, Sue discovers that her family is poor when she sees her dad's paycheck, and Brick learns about sex education.
  • Sue gets her learner's permit, Axl registers to vote, and Brick's personality changes after eating all his Halloween candy in one night.
  • Frankie begins dental hygienist school, Axl becomes attracted to his new tutor, and Sue and Brick find a new way to make money for the family.
  • Frankie's bickering parents come for Thanksgiving, along with two special guests. Axl's football comeback may be postponed by a broken heart, Sue's mascot head is stolen, and Brick is fascinated by a new book.
  • Frankie gets a retail job to get Christmas gifts at a discount, Mike has another falling-out with his brother, and Bricks gets a part in reverend Tim-Tom's Christmas production.
  • Sue tries to set up a 20th anniversary for Frankie and Mike, but Frankie is mad at Mike for not answering his phone call. Meanwhile, Axl gets revenge on Brick by spoiling the ending to his favorite book series.
  • Axl and Sue wind up in the same life skills class, a school therapist tries to help Brick make friends, and Frankie and Mike fight the insurance company for a new windshield.
  • Frankie and Mike give each child a day alone with them so each child can get their undivided attention for one day, but the plan meets with mixed results.
  • Frankie intervenes behind Mike's back to make him a new friend, Brick helps Axl pretend to be smart to impress Cassidy, and Sue's Wrestler-ettes have a showdown with the real cheerleaders.
  • Axl waits to find out if he's been accepted into college and tries to come up with a senior prank, Sue tries to prove that smiling is contagious, and Brick tries to get his parents to buy him an iPad.
  • Axl and his friends find a way to make money from Valentine's Day breakups, Sue gets a surprise date for the dance, an accidental text gets Mike in trouble at work, and Frankie gets in trouble for throwing away Brick's art projects.
  • Frankie has reservations about letting Brick go on a field trip to Chicago, and things become awkward with Sue and Darrin after their first kiss.
  • While Frankie and Mike are out, Axl, Sue, and Brick are all involved in breaking a window. They decide to lie that someone else die it. Frankie and Mike do not believe them and find ways to get them to tell the truth.
  • Frankie's sister Janet comes to help around the house while Frankie studies, Sue decides to change her middle name, and Axl gets competition for Cassidy from her ex-boyfriend.
  • Axl tries to win Cassidy back, Mike reluctantly tries to teach Sue how to play tennis, and Frankie becomes depressed over the results of the TV show “The Bachelor.”
  • Frankie gets discouraged while looking for a new job as a dental assistant, Axl reaches his breaking point with Sue and Darrin, and Mike has a campout with Brick's new scout group.
  • Frankie turns to Facebook to help make Sue more popular, Axl and Brick try to make a viral video with bunnies and kittens, and Frankie's dad tries to share his “wisdom” with Mike.
  • Sue is upset when everyone gets their driver's license but she still can't pass her driving test, Frankie tells each kid exactly what she wants for Mother's Day, and Axl and Cassidy's prom does not go well.
  • Sue decides to play hooky for the first time, Frankie pretends to be a doctor to skip a line, Mike has a careless accident on the highway with Axl, and Brick refuses to take a middle school placement test.
  • Will Frankie and Axl make it to Axl's graduation without killing each other? Meanwhile, Sue gets one more crack at the driving test, and Brick neglects his duties as class historian.
  • Frankie becomes emotional as the Hecks send Axl off to college, Sue waits for an important call from school, and Brick gets a new cell phone.
  • Mike tries to help after Frankie doesn't get a response to her texts to Axl, Sue gets an unexpected visit from Darrin, and Brick and his fellow classmates are afraid to use the school bathroom.
  • Axl is fed up with his college roommate, Sue gets a job so that she can get a car, and Frankie and Mike get bad news about Brick from his middle school principal.
  • During the Orson Centennial parade, Mike and Frankie volunteer to drive a float, Sue tries to make Darrin jealous, Axl tries to make some money, and Brick is upset over his town slogan not being chosen.
  • Sue has a Halloween sleepover, and during a game, she thinks she sees the ghost ship of Christopher Columbus. Axl finds he is low-man on the totem pole as a freshman in college. Brick is interested in a girl at school.
  • Frankie finds comfort from a lost dog after feeling like her family doesn't appreciate her, Axl discovers that he is hopelessly failing 3 classes, and Sue makes the volleyball team so the school can avoid a lawsuit.
  • It's Thanksgiving, and Axl looks for the right time to say he dropped three classes, Frankie's dad looks for the right time to say he gambled away their vacation money, and many surprise visitors arrive at the last minute.
  • Sue and Brick deal with a group of young house intruders while Frankie and Mike are away house-sitting for Frankie's sister, and Axl and his friends go on a road trip to surprise Cassidy.
  • Mike is ecstatic knowing his in-laws are not visiting for Christmas. Frankie looks forward to Axl being home, but he has plans to spend all the time with friends. Brick has to sell fund-raiser items. Sue is allergic to the Christmas tree.
  • A terrified Brick begins sleeping in the kitchen, Derrick Glossner kisses Sue again, and Axl reunites with Boss Co. for a new job.
  • Sue goes to war with Axl after she discovers he stole her mascot head, Frankie spends time after work with her boss, Mike tries to bond with the dog, and Brick reads an autobiography by Debbie Reynolds for his book club.
  • Frankie joins a carpool for Brick when the bus drivers are on strike, Axl pretends to be in an astronomy class to impress a girl, and Mike gets in trouble after blowing off Sue's offer to spend time with him.
  • The Hecks' plans to eat at an all-you-can-eat buffet are delayed when the new reverend calls them in after church for some impromptu counseling.
  • Mike is reluctant to accept an award from the quarry, Sue has a plan to meet new people at her school, Axl tries to uncover the identity of a mystery girl who left a phone message, and Brick gets a new hand-me-down suit.
  • Brick ruins Mike's “staycation,” Frankie is upset when Axl stays with the neighbors instead of coming home, and Sue becomes obsessed at work with a negative online customer review.
  • Frankie is arrested over an overdue library book, Sue is upset over reverend TimTom's new female singing partner, and Axl wants to talk to Cassidy about their future.
  • Sue goes from zero dates to five prom dates, Axl helps Brick put together an interesting book report, and Frankie and Mike discover that they have nothing to talk about with each other.
  • Mike is suckered into coaching a girl's soccer team, Frankie introduces Brick to deodorant and cologne, and Axl tries to figure out the meaning of Cassidy's painting.
  • Frankie gets into a fight over Rita Glossner's wind chimes, Axl and Hutch claim a discarded couch, Frankie and Mike are concerned about Sue and Darrin's relationship, and Brick tries to come up with a new idea for a pretzel.
  • Sue frantically tries to earn a college scholarship for when she graduates in two years; Frankie hopes to correct a mistake at work without her boss finding out; Brick demands a formal apology from Mike after a misunderstanding.
  • Frankie decides to hold “office hours” for the kids to discuss their needs in order to unclutter her brain, and Mike becomes worried when Darrin starts spending all his time at their house with Sue.
  • Rusty joins Mike and Brick on a road trip to Brick's spelling bee, Frankie helps Axl find his missing dorm desk so she can get her deposit back, and Sue enters a contest at Ehlert Motors to win a car.
  • The Hecks have an eventful road trip to Disneyworld when Axl wins a bet with his parents, Sue demands to take a driving shift, and Brick asks to take a detour to North Carolina to visit his online girlfriend.
  • A series of unfortunate events threaten to spoil the trip to Walt Disney World.
  • Sue's senior year, the “Summer of Sue,” begins with the premature removal of her braces. Meanwhile, Axl finally beats Mike in basketball and Brick tries to find the perfect backpack for school.
  • Mike and Frankie search for second jobs in order to send Sue to a good college, Sue and Brad produce a play for school, Brick finds some of his old “lost” toys, and Axl raids the house to furnish his new home.
  • Frankie and Mike are shocked when Brick announces that he wants to go to his school's fall dance. Axl has a week to declare his major but has no idea what it should be. Sue attempts to show she's more mature by drinking loads of coffee.
  • When Frankie finds a dining room set online for $50, she gives the family's old table to Axl.
  • Frankie and Mike are surprised when Brick invites a girl over to the house to hang out.
  • The Heck house once again throws a curve ball to the family when the kitchen sink caves in and drops out of sight, causing Frankie to have to wash the dishes with the outside hose. Meanwhile, Sue is informed that - since Wrestlerettes does not qualify for P.E. credit - she needs to master tinikling (a difficult dance routine for a clumsy Sue) to get the credit she needs to graduate; and after Brick accidentally breaks Mike's lawn mower, he takes Axl's advice to try and play the hero card by taking his dad's wallet then returning it later, thinking this will divert …
  • Thanksgiving for the Hecks at a local restaurant buffet doesn't go well when Sue feels that Mike doesn't like her boyfriend, Darrin, and Brick invites his quirky girlfriend, Cindy.
  • Mike accompanies Sue on a college tour weekend. Frankie leaves Brick with babysitters and a school project while she goes to watch Axl play in his first college football game.
  • Frankie has had enough of schlepping out the Christmas decorations and trying to make the perfect holiday for her family - who she feels doesn't appreciate all that she does for them - and decides to kick back on the couch and have a minimalist Christmas this year. Meanwhile, due to Sue's allergy to real Christmas trees, Mike attempts to purchase an artificial one and ends up not getting what he paid for; Axl puts Boss Co. back into business for the holidays as “Tree Wise Men” but gets into such a heated argument with Sean (recurring guest star BEAU WIRICK) over a …
  • Frankie socializes with a high school classmate who won $1million On Wheel of Fortune.
  • Frankie discovers an old, uncashed paycheck from Ehlert Motors. But in order for her to collect her pay, Mr. Ehlert (recurring guest star BRIAN DOYLE-MURRAY) forces her to work on the lot for one day. Meanwhile, after her hours at Spudsy's are cut down, Sue takes a part-time job from Mike as the quarry cleaning lady; Mike's dad, Big Mike (recurring guest star JOHN CULLUM), attempts to persuade a lazy Axl to help replace the Heck family's damaged kitchen sink; and Brick discovers the joy of watching '70s game shows and begins his own annoying classic contest with the …