The Middle: Season 2 (2010 - 2011)


Season 2
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Air date: Sep 22, 2010

In the Season 2 premiere, Frankie has a hard time getting the kids ready for school, and she's accused of being overprotective by Brick's new teacher (Doris Roberts). Meanwhile, Sue may be too enthusiastic about being on the cross-country team.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2010

A dilemma present itself to Frankie and Mike when Axl makes the varsity football team, but Sue's first cross-country meet is the same day as the homecoming game. Meanwhile, Brick announces a new take on fallen foliage when he rakes up the leaves in the yard but doesn't want to take them to the dump; he wants to set them free in the forest instead.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2010

Frankie is humiliated when she goes shopping for baby diapers for Sue, who has run out of them while babysitting, and the clerk thinks she's looking for adult diapers. Elsewhere, Frankie makes Mike take a physical, thinking he's starting to break down, but it's her back that goes out and she tries to hide it from Mike.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2010

Axl is suspended for truancy, and Mike makes him work in the quarry during the suspension to teach him a lesson. But the plan backfires when Axl likes the job and wants to quit school to work at the quarry full time. Meanwhile, Sue's cross-country team is cut by the school, and Frankie fears she may have caused it.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2010

The Heck family host a foreign exchange student from Japan, who, to their chagrin, shows no interest whatsoever in the family.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2010

Frankie and Mike are invited to an adult Halloween party in the neighborhood, while Axl, his friends and their dates go to a haunted house party and Sue attends a Halloween church event.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2010

On his ninth birthday, Brick asks to be told about the day he was born, which has been kept a family secret. Meanwhile, Axl's new manager at the movie theater is hot but incompetent, and he wrestles with the question of which is more important.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2010

Brick objects to being carted around with Frankie on her weekend errands and asks to be left home alone. Meanwhile, Mike overhears a friend of Sue's referring to her unflatteringly and doesn't know whether to tell her or not; and Axl has trouble growing a beard like his football teammates are doing for the playoffs.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2010

Mike's brother and father join the family for Thanksgiving dinner, and Frankie encourages the macho men to share their feelings. Bob brings his librarian girlfriend, much to Brick's delight; and Sue's plan to start a mother-daughter pie-baking tradition backfires.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2010

Frankie's parents Tag (Jerry Van Dyke) and Pat (Marsha Mason) visit for Christmas, which doesn't thrill Mike, and they clash with the Hecks over Frankie's idea on how to celebrate the holiday---sans gifts.

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The Hecks, a just-getting-by poster family for middle America, grow a year older, if not wiser in a second series that opens and closes (plus an episode in...the middle) with the scene-stealing panache of Doris Roberts, Patricia Heaton's TV mother-in-law from "Everybody Loves Raymond." Roberts plays Ms. Pinsky, a schoolteacher whose credentials Frankie and Mike (Heaton and Neil Flynn) question when brilliant youngest child Brick (Atticus Shaffer) begins getting poor grades. His knowledge is displayed a little too well after Mike gives him an American football book to read before inviting the guys over to watch the Colts in the Super Bowl; and the living room is again the focus when Frankie becomes obsessed with waking up to watch the Royal Wedding. In school sports, Sue (Eden Sher) "wins" a trophy in cross-country while Axl (Charlie McDermott) nears Mike's long-standing record for consecutive free-throws made, only to be suspiciously punished before the final game. Early in the series, a foreign-exchange student from Japan is slow to warm to the Hecks, while more relatives are introduced at holiday time led by Mike's not-so-trusty brother Rusty (Norm MacDonald) and Frankie's parents (Marsha Mason, Jerry Van Dyke).

Critic Reviews for The Middle Season 2

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

The Middle's tendency to play it, ah, right down the middle works to its advantage.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The Middle stands in the tradition of Roseanne, using realistic situations and exaggerating them for laughs, but rarely to the point of absurdity.

Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

With each passing week, this series seems to more assuredly offer a first-class version of what so many viewers say they want: a humorous, heartfelt, realistic look at middle-class, middle-America family life.

Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

All the characters are well-served, the stories are funny, and the sentiment is sweet but not sappy.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Basically, the Hecks are just like your family. Only funnier.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Middle: Season 2

  • Sep 12, 2020
    More fresh than the first season and more funny moments. The whole family will enjoy every one of these episodes and it is definitely worth seeing.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    Season 2 was such a disappointment. It the laughs weren't there, it felt tired, ridiculous and pointless. It relies on making the characters stupid to drag out the episodes.
  • Nov 15, 2013
    Full review coming soon

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