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The Middle: Season 5 (2013-2014)

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Season Info

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

Genre: Comedy

Network: ABC

Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2013




Air date: Sep 25, 2013

The Drop Off

Against Axl's wishes, Frankie insists on having the entire Heck family along for the ride as they drive to his college to move him into his dorm.

Air date: Oct 2, 2013

Change in the Air

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.

Air date: Oct 9, 2013

The Potato

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.

Air date: Oct 23, 2013

The 100th

'The 100th',10/23/2013, Marking the 100th episode milestone of The Middle, the citizens of Orson, Indiana celebrate the Orsontennial - the town's 100th anniversary.

Air date: Oct 30, 2013

Halloween IV: The Ghost Story

'Halloween IV: The Ghost Story',10/30/2013, As Halloween approaches, Sue holds a seance during a sleepover with her fellow Wrestlerettes and swears that she's seen the ghost of Christopher Columbus and one of his ships.

Air date: Nov 13, 2013

The Jump

'The Jump',01/29/2014, Frankie is upset over constantly being made fun of by her family and finds some solace in the unconditional love she gets from a rescued dog.

Air date: Nov 20, 2013

Thanksgiving V

'Thanksgiving V',11/20/2013, 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.

Air date: Dec 4, 2013

The Kiss

'The Kiss',12/04/2013, 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.

Air date: Dec 11, 2013

The Christmas Tree

Axl forces Frankie into a negotiation when he announces that he would rather spend his Christmas vacation with friends over family. (C) ABC

Air date: Jan 8, 2014

Sleepless in Orson

'Sleepless in Orson',01/08/2014, 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.

Air date: Jan 15, 2014

War of the Hecks

Sue makes a discovery that leads to an ultimate prank battle with Axl. (C) ABC

Air date: Jan 22, 2014

The Carpool

'The Carpool',03/19/2014, With the bus drivers on strike, Principal Barker asks the parents to form carpools to get the kids to and from school.

Air date: Feb 5, 2014

Hungry Games

'Hungry Games',02/05/2014, 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.

Air date: Feb 26, 2014

The Award

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. (C) ABC

Air date: Mar 5, 2014

Vacation Days

Brick makes it hard for Mike to relax during the vacation he was forced to take. (C) ABC

Air date: Mar 12, 2014

Stormy Moon

Frankie is arrested over an unreturned library book; Cassidy and Axl reunite during spring break. (C) ABC

Air date: Mar 26, 2014

The Walk

Frankie and Mike discover that they are more fun and charming with other people than with each other, Sue ends up with multiple dates to the prom. (C) ABC

Air date: Apr 2, 2014

The Smell

Bill backs out of coaching the girls soccer team; Frankie tries to teach Brick better hygiene. (C) ABC

Air date: Apr 23, 2014

The Wind Chimes

Frankie begs Rita Glossner to take down her wind chimes; Sue announces she is back with Darrin. (C) ABC

Air date: Apr 30, 2014

The Optimist

Frankie hopes to correct a mistake at work without her boss finding out. (C) ABC

Air date: May 7, 2014

Office Hours

Mike watches to make sure Darrin doesn't take advantage of Sue; Brick invites new friends over. (C) ABC

Air date: May 14, 2014

Heck on a Hard Body

Sue enters a contest to win a car; Mike and his brother bond on a road trip to Chicago. (C) ABC

Air date: May 21, 2014


Sue looks forward to the trip to Walt Disney World; Axl waits to learn his final grades. (C) ABC

Air date: May 21, 2014

The Wonderful World of Hecks

When the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World, a good time may not be had for all when a series of misfortunes threaten to put a damper on their trip. (C) ABC

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One of TV's best, and probably most under-appreciated, comedies

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Looks like we've got another fun season ahead of us, and I for one can't wait to see where things go from here.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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