Season 08, Episode 21 – Clear and Present Danger
Frankie frantically searches the house for Axl’s graduation gift that she bought months before and hid. Meanwhile, Sue makes a sweet video for Mike’s upcoming birthday; and Brick turns to Axl to help get him into shape so that he can stick up for himself after Cindy embarrasses him by strong-arming and chasing away a boy who was bullying him.
Frankie Heck and her husband Mike have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl, her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue, the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything… but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick, whose best friend is his backpack. Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to get to the top, or struggling not to hit bottom, but we think Frankie and her family will find a lot of love, and a lot of laughs, somewhere in “The Middle”.