The Middle (season 2)

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The Middle (season 2)
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Region 1 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 22, 2010 – May 25, 2011
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List of The Middle episodes

The second season of the television comedy series The Middle aired between September 22, 2010 and May 25, 2011, on ABC in the United States. It was produced by Blackie and Blondie Productions and Warner Bros. Television with series creators DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler as executive producers.

The show features Frances "Frankie" Heck (Patricia Heaton), a working-class, Midwestern woman married to Mike Heck (Neil Flynn) who resides in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana. They are the parents of three children, Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Shaffer).

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Brock Ciarlelli as Brad, Sue's ex-boyfriend.

Appeared in "The Diaper Incident" and "Super Sunday"

Appeared in "The Diaper Incident", "Halloween", "Errand Boy", "Taking Back the House", "Valentine's Day II", "Friends, Lies, And Videotapes", "The Prom", and "The Bridge"

  • Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, the Hecks' neighbor

Appeared in "Foreign Exchange", "Taking Back The House", "Spring Cleaning", "The Legacy", and "The Bridge"

Appeared in "Homecoming", "The Diaper Incident", "Halloween", "A Birthday Story", "Errand Boy", "Friends, Lies And Videotapes", "The Prom", and "The Bridge"

  • Brian Doyle-Murray as Don Elhert, owner of the car dealership where Frankie and Bob work.

Appeared in "Back To School", "Homecoming", "The Quarry", "Super Sunday", and "Mother's Day II"

Guest cast[edit]

  • Doris Roberts as Mrs. Rinsky, Brick's third grade teacher. She appears in "Back to School", "The Math Class" and "Back to Summer".
  • Matthew Moy as Takayuki, a foreign exchange student from Japan. He appears in "Foreign Exchange"
  • Sarah Wright as Kasey, Axl's new manager at the movie theater. She appears in "A Birthday History".
  • Norm Macdonald as Rusty Heck, Mike's brother. He appears in "Thanksgiving II".
  • John Cullum as Big Mike, Mike's father. He appears in "Thanksgiving II".
  • Marsha Mason as Pat Spence, Frankie's mother. She appears in "A Simple Christmas".
  • Jerry Van Dyke as Tag Spence, Frankie's father. He appears in "A Simple Christmas".
  • Mary-Pat Green as Mrs. Larimer, the principal of Orson Elementary. She appears in "The Math Class".

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
25 1 "Back to School" Wendey Stanzler DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) 3X6501 8.81[1]
The first day of the new school year is full of chaos.
26 2 "Homecoming" Ken Whittingham Rob Ulin September 29, 2010 (2010-09-29) 3X6502 8.35[2]
When she discovers that Sue's first cross-country meet is the same day as the homecoming game, Frankie's dream of escorting Axl across the field is put in jeopardy.
27 3 "The Diaper Incident" Wendey Stanzler Vijal Patel October 6, 2010 (2010-10-06) 3X6503 8.03[3]
During a mission to buy Sue diapers for the baby she is babysitting, a clerk makes the assumption that Frankie is the one who needs diapers, depressing Frankie.
28 4 "The Quarry" Lee Shallat Chemel Alex Reid October 13, 2010 (2010-10-13) 3X6505 7.97[4]
When Axl is suspended for skipping school he hopes to relax at home, but Mike gets him a job at the quarry.
29 5 "Foreign Exchange" Paul Lazarus Jana Hunter & Mitch Hunter October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) 3X6506 8.54[5]
Frankie insists that the family host a foreign exchange student from Japan. When the serious, emotionless student does not take an interest in the family, Frankie plans a road trip, during which the car breaks down.
30 6 "Halloween" Jamie Babbit Roy Brown October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27) 3X6507 9.54[6]
Frankie tries to persuade Mike to attend a neighborhood Halloween party. Meanwhile, Sue attends a church-sponsored Halloween event, Brick's costume is unrecognizable by most adults, and Axl and his friends try to make their way to a haunted house, but their car breaks down en route.
31 7 "A Birthday Story" Ken Whittingham Vijal Patel November 3, 2010 (2010-11-03) 3X6508 9.42[7]
For his ninth birthday, Brick wants to hear the story of what happened when he was born, which puts the family in an awkward position.
32 8 "Errand Boy" Lee Shallat Chemel Tim Hobert November 17, 2010 (2010-11-17) 3X6509 9.19[8]
Brick is tired of accompanying Frankie on errands, but she won't let him stay home alone. Axl tries to grow a beard. Mike overhears one of Sue's friends talking about her behind her back.
33 9 "Thanksgiving II" Ken Whittingham Rob Ulin November 24, 2010 (2010-11-24) 3X6504 8.25[9]
Mike invites his brother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) and their father to Thanksgiving. Hearing them have a rather superficial conversation, Frankie encourages Mike to discuss feelings with his brother and father. Brick is very excited that Bob's librarian girlfriend Linda shares his great love of books. Sue bakes an apple pie with Frankie.
34 10 "A Simple Christmas" Elliot Hegarty Mitch Hunter & Jana Hunter December 8, 2010 (2010-12-08) 3X6510 8.68[10]
Frankie's parents (Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke) are in town for Christmas and the pair soon interfere in their daughter's plans for a quiet Christmas. Frankie's father constantly follows Mike around, annoying him; and Frankie's mother angers her by interfering constantly. Axl builds Brick and igloo and with Sue's help they defend it from the Glossner boys.
35 11 "Taking Back the House" Barnet Kellman DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler January 5, 2011 (2011-01-05) 3X6511 9.31[11]
Frankie and Mike attempt to regain complete control of the household by ignoring the kids' demands for rides, particular foods, and services, and focusing on their own needs, including what to watch on TV.
36 12 "The Big Chill" Lee Shallat Chemel Rob Ulin January 12, 2011 (2011-01-12) 3X6512 10.09[12]
Mike becomes mad at Frankie for accidentally spending $200 on eye cream. Meanwhile, Axl must take care of an infant doll for health class, forcing Brick to bunk with Sue, and they accidentally make a hole in Sue's bedroom wall and make it bigger by trying to fix it.
37 13 "Super Sunday" Paul Lazarus Vijal Patel January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19) 3X6513 8.32[13]
The Super Bowl is coming up, and the Hecks to spend it together as a family. Sue and Brad enter a square-dancing competition, but Sue can't dance at all. Frankie's boss tricks her into accompanying him to a hospital appointment during the Super Bowl. Mike encourages Brick to read about the NFL, but Brick goes crazy with reciting all of his facts, causing Mike's friends to leave the Hecks' house during the Super Bowl.
38 14 "Valentine's Day II" Lee Shallat Chemel Roy Brown February 9, 2011 (2011-02-09) 3X6515 8.84[14]
Axl starts dating a girl his parents aren't exactly pleased with, while Sue finds the boy who kissed her during a Halloween hayride. Meanwhile, Brick has a crush on a girl from his class, but Mike humiliates his shy son by telling her.
39 15 "Friends, Lies and Videotape" Alex Reid Tim Hobert February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) 3X6514 7.85[15]
Frankie finds Brick a friend. Sue and a girlfriend sneak into an R-rated movie. Axl shoots footage of his sexy biology teacher.
40 16 "Hecks on a Plane" Elliot Hegarty DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler February 23, 2011 (2011-02-23) 3X6516 7.96[16]
Sue wins tickets for the family to visit New York, but the plane ride turns into a comedy of errors.
41 17 "The Math Class" Alex Reid Jana Hunter & Mitch Hunter March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02) 3X6517 7.86[17]
Ms. Rinsky (Doris Roberts) asks Frankie and Mike to attend a math class after Frankie criticizes her teaching skills when Brick receives a D on a math test. Meanwhile, Sue and Axl consider helping their aunt find a time capsule she buried.
42 18 "Spring Cleaning" Barnet Kellman Vijal Patel March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23) 3X6518 7.05[18]
The Hecks spend spring break trying to clean out the house; Frankie finds an old, unflattering list Mike had written about her when they were dating; Brick opens an information stand where he sells advice for a dollar; Axl and Sue are caught dropping off items outside the thrift store after closing hours.
43 19 "The Legacy" Adam Davidson Rob Ulin April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13) 3X6519 6.14[19]
Frustrated by Axl's sloppiness, Mike keeps him from playing the final basketball game of the season, but then relents at the last minute. Sue wins a trophy for "punctuality". She and Brick have another run-in with the Glossner boys, and Brick gets locked in the Glossner's garage.
44 20 "Royal Wedding" Ken Whittingham Vijal Patel April 20, 2011 (2011-04-20) 3X6520 6.82[20]
The British Royal Wedding becomes Frankie's obsession and she buys countless Royal Wedding paraphernalia and borrows an enormous new TV to watch the ceremony. Meanwhile, the workers at Mike's quarry go on strike because budget cuts stop him from buying pretzels; and Brick helps Sue audition for the school's news team.
45 21 "Mother's Day II" Lee Shallat Chemel Tim Hobert May 4, 2011 (2011-05-04) 3X6521 7.08[21]
Mike and the kids present Frankie with the perfect Mother's Day gift: a day to herself. While the rest of them enjoy rural festivals in another county, Frankie somehow gets none of the things done she had planned. Mike offers to repeat the trip with her and the family the next weekend, but many of the activities have closed by the time they arrive.
46 22 "The Prom" Ken Whittingham Michael Saltzman May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11) 3X6522 7.25[22]
After learning that Axl accidentally text-invited the wrong girl to prom and plans to solve the situation by standing her up, Frankie and Mike demand that he meet the girl face-to-face to gently break off the date in time for her to get another, or face the music and take her to the big event. Meanwhile, Sue and her friend Carly earnestly try to fit in with the school's "B" crowd during lunch; and after a successful first show, Brick begins to bore Frankie and Mike with his repeated, impromptu one-man plays in the living room.
47 23 "The Bridge" Lee Shallat Chemel Roy Brown May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18) 3X6523 7.68[23]
Frankie and Mike attempt to cure Brick of his irrational fear of crossing over bridges. Meanwhile, Axl is pitted against friend Sean Donahue when a lifeguard position opens up at the local public pool, and Frankie is ready to pull her hair out when she tries to help an indecisive, emotional Sue pick out a two-piece bathing suit to wear on the pool's opening day.
48 24 "Back to Summer" Ken Whittingham DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25) 3X6524 7.33[24]
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 at the last minute 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 hours 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.

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