The Middle
2009
(368)
Season 5

Season 5

1. The Drop Off

Sep 25, 2013
On the fifth season premiere, Frankie insists on having the entire Heck family along for the ride, against Axl's wishes, as they drive to his college to move him into his dorm. But the short drive turns out to be an eternity when Sue freaks out after discovering that Frankie forgot to fax in her essay to be a candidate for Junior Peer Leadership Advisor, and Brick proves once again that he can't be trusted when he keeps losing his new cell phone.

2. Change is in the Air

Oct 2, 2013
The first day of school is upon the Heck family -- and Sue finds herself feeling a sense of freedom she's never felt before, with Axl not around to make her campus life miserable. But Brick, who is beginning middle school and afraid of getting a "swirlie," avoids the bathroom at all costs. Meanwhile, Frankie becomes jealous of Mike when she discovers that Axl calls and returns his texts but won't do the same for her; and Sue's feelings for Darrin (guest star JOHN GAMMON) surface once again when Mike calls him over to help fix the air conditioner.

3. The Potato

Oct 9, 2013
After Frankie and Mike are forced to return the church van when it's discovered that their car has been repaired, Sue -- who has been driving the other car -- begins to freak out because she'll have to start taking the bus again. But when her parents tell her that she could get her own car if she got a job, Sue ends up working as a potato girl at a local mall eatery. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike are called into Brick's principal's (guest star RACHEL DRATCH) office and are informed that he has not attended any of his classes; and much to the family's dismay, Axl begins to spend his nights back home when he becomes fed up with having to deal with his horrible college roommate.

4. The 100th

Oct 23, 2013
Marking the 100th episode milestone of The Middle, the citizens of Orson, Indiana celebrate the Orsontennial -- the town's 100th anniversary. During this momentous event, Frankie and Mike find themselves begrudgingly trying to drive a giant cow float in the parade; Axl, Sean (recurring guest star BEAU WIRICK) and Darrin resurrect Boss Co. and attempt to make some big bucks by setting up a VIP area to view the festivities; Sue, still crushing on Darrin, tries to make him jealous by pretending to be dating Brad (recurring guest star BROCK CIARLELLI) again; and Brick tries to earn himself a place in Orson history by entering a contest to come up with the town's new motto, which will be used for the next 100 years.

5. Halloween IV: The Ghost Story

Oct 30, 2013
As Halloween approaches, Sue holds a séance during a sleepover with her fellow Wrestlerettes and swears that she's seen the ghost of Christopher Columbus and one of his ships; Axl finds himself being hazed by the football team and not allowed to enter his own Halloween party that's being thrown in his dorm room; and the family tries in vain to give Brick advice on how to ask out a girl he likes to go with him to a Halloween dance.

6. The Jump

Nov 13, 2013
Frankie finds solace in rescuing and taking in a lost dog; Sue actually makes the volleyball team; and Axl calls on Brick for help with his college academics classes.

7. Thanksgiving V

Nov 20, 2013
Thanksgiving finds the Heck family in turmoil when Axl tries to figure out the perfect time to tell his parents that he dropped three out of his four college classes; Frankie's dad Tag (recurring guest star JERRY VAN DYKE) admits to Mike that he lost a lot of money gambling online and won't be able to take wife Pat (recurring guest star MARSHA MASON) on a planned cruise; Sue is hiding a shocking secret from her discount shopping excursion with Frankie; Dr. Goodwin (recurring guest star JACK McBRAYER) and Uncle Rusty's wife (guest star MARY BIRDSONG) and kids show up unannounced for Thanksgiving dinner; and Brick goes to extreme measures to have lime green Jello salad during the feast.

8. The Kiss

Dec 4, 2013
When Frankie's sister asks her to house-sit, Frankie and Mike jump at the opportunity to have a romantic, kid-free weekend in an upscale home. But technology might just trump romance when they find themselves having a difficult time navigating all of the computerized gadgets in the house. Meanwhile, Sue, who has been left in charge of watching over Brick while the parents are away, finds the Heck house being invaded by the bratty neighborhood Glossner kids; and Axl takes a road trip with Darrin and Sean in an attempt to drive to Vassar and reconnect with ex-girlfriend Cassidy.

9. The Christmas Tree

Dec 11, 2013
When Axl comes home from college for Christmas vacation, he would rather spend time with his friends than with his family, so he and Frankie must come up with a time management agreement that will satisfy both of them; Sue's severe allergic reaction to the Christmas tree threatens to ruin her holiday; and after it's discovered that Brick lied to the school about his Christmas wrapping paper sales, he finds himself running a mini Ponzi scheme in an attempt to pay back the debt.

10. Sleepless in Orson

Jan 8, 2014
Frankie and Mike become concerned about Brick when he starts expressing a host of irrational fears spawned by a constant stream of news alerts showing up on his refurbished iPad. Meanwhile, Sue is both disgusted and intrigued when Derrick Glossner (guest star DAVID R. CHANDLER) continues to surprise her with spontaneous kisses; and when Darrin attempts his own spinoff of Boss Co, Axl and Sean successfully shut down the new operation but end up having to finish the difficult job that their competition had started.

11. War of the Hecks

Jan 15, 2014
The ultimate prank battle is on between brother and sister when Sue discovers that Axl stole the high school's Thundering Hens mascot head over a year ago, forcing Sue to wear an embarrassing chicken head in her role as the school mascot. Meanwhile, a friendless Dr. Goodwin tries to make friends with a reluctant Frankie and invites her to accompany him to after-work social gatherings; Frankie agrees to attempt to find her dog Colin Firth's owner if Mike tries - and fails - to make friends with him; and Brick tries to muster some interest in a recommended book on Debbie Reynolds.

12. The Carpool

Jan 22, 2014
With the bus drivers on strike, Principal Barker asks the parents to form carpools to get the kids to and from school. But with time management not being one of Frankie's strong suits, her carpool kids find themselves facing the possibility of being on the receiving end of some tardy slips -- which could ruin their chances of being invited to the "No Tardy Party." Meanwhile, Axl hits the books and becomes an expert in Astronomy -- a class he's not even taking -- in order to tutor a hot student; and when Mike receives two IU basketball tickets, he tries to find someone to accompany him to the game, not realizing that Sue really wants to go with him.

13. Hungry Games

Feb 5, 2014
Excited and hungry over receiving a "squatter's" coupon at an all-you-can-eat buffet, the Hecks head off to church with the intent of hitting the restaurant immediately after the service. But much to their dismay, they find themselves being counseled by guest minister Reverend Deveaux (guest star KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY) when a family squabble occurs during the sermon. Now, with all of their pent up issues, they may never get out in time to attend their grand feast!

14. The Award

Feb 26, 2014
Frankie discovers via a local blog that the quarry is presenting Mike with an award during a dinner for his 20 years of dedicated service. But Mike, not thinking it's that big of a deal, doesn't want to attend. Meanwhile, after being sat on in class by a guy who didn't know she was even in the chair, Sue attempts to put together a plan to get the students more connected with each other; having imbibed a bit too much at a party the night before, Axl tries to track down the mystery girl who left a message on his phone; and Brick thinks he's totally styling in a purple suit and bolo tie that he found in his cousins' hand-me-down box.

15. Vacation Days

Mar 5, 2014
After being forced by his work to take a paid vacation, Mike tries to relax but finds his "alone time" being invaded by Brick, who wants to cash in and implement all of the personal gift coupons he has given his dad for Father's Day and birthdays over the years. Meanwhile, Frankie is livid when she discovers that Axl has been hanging out at the Donahues for the past few days and didn't let her know that he was even in town; and Sue is horrified when she discovers that someone has given her service at Spudsy Malone's a bad review online and consequently, overreacts in her efforts to better please the customers.

16. Stormy Moon

Mar 12, 2014
Frankie is gobsmacked when she is handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police station. But when she discovers that her arrest was over an unreturned library book, she sets her sights on the only person she suspects to be the real guilty party -- Brick. Meanwhile, Sue doesn't know how to express her feelings of disdain to Reverend TimTom (guest star PAUL HIPP) over his new partner and girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (guest star CASEY WILSON); and Axl and Cassidy (guest star GALADRIEL STINEMAN) reunite during Spring Break but find themselves mostly kissing and not talking to one another.

17. The Walk

Mar 26, 2014
After bumping into some old acquaintances on a walk around the neighborhood, Frankie and Mike realize that they are more interesting and charming with them then they are with each other and search for a way to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, Sue ends up with multiple dates to the prom because she is too nice to turn down any of the boys who asked her; and Brick enlists Axl's aid in preparing an "outside the box" book report.

18. The Smell

Apr 2, 2014
After being goaded by friend Bill Norwood (guest star PAT FINN) into taking an assistant coaching position on the girls soccer team that Sue is now a member of, Mike becomes the new head coach but discovers that the girls care more about their various personal issues then the game itself. Meanwhile, after discovering that a mysteriously hideous smell in the house is emanating from Brick, Frankie must attempt to introduce her pungent son to better hygiene; and Axl is completely perplexed by a picture Cassidy painted for him as to whether it means they are still together as a couple or broken up.

19. The Wind Chimes

Apr 23, 2014
Frankie pleads with a mean and unyielding Rita Glossner (returning guest star BROOKE SHIELDS) to take down her wind chimes, whose noise is driving the Heck family crazy. Meanwhile, Axl and Hutch find a ratty, old couch abandoned on the street and try to figure out a way to retrieve it; instead of complaining to a pretzel manufacturer for skimping on the salt, Brick instead commits himself to coming up with a new pretzel snack idea for the company; and Sue informs the family that she and Darrin are dating again.

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