The Middle: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)

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Air date: Sep 21, 2011

With school about to start in a few days, Frankie realizes that she and Mike have barely spent any time together with the kids over the summer so she insists that they take a short family vacation. But when Mike decides that the perfect family getaway is a camping trip, memories of their campsite honeymoon 19 years earlier which was ruined by Nicky (guest star RAY ROMANO), a sad-sack, former high school acquaintance of Mike's come flashing back, on the third season premiere.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2011

With Sue now in high school, Axl (who is totally embarrassed by her presence) decides to play a mischievous trick on her, which earns his perfectionist sister a collection of tardy slips. Meanwhile, Mike sets a meeting with Brick's new fourth grade teacher, Mr. Wilkerson (guest star CHORD OVERSTREET), after learning that he's allowing his son to skip gym class; and Frankie and Mike bicker over which one of them is really the boss of the family.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2011

After being mortifyingly humiliated and grossed out due to a family member's actions, Frankie has a meltdown and decrees to the family that major changes need to take place in every aspect of the Heck household and then packs up and abruptly leaves. But Frankie's not gone for good as she heads to her mother's (guest star MARSHA MASON) house for a little TLC and motherly advice to help her through the humiliation.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2011

Frankie cracks down on Axl and forces him to focus on his future when she learns that the school PSATs are right around the corner, and he hasn't even begun to study for them. Meanwhile, Sue once again tries out for a school activity that may not be a perfect fit for her cheerleading; and Mike tries to toughen up Brick when he learns that his son is being bullied at school.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2011

As the Heck home begins to literally fall apart, Frankie and Mike consider leaving homeownership behind and moving the family to an apartment. Meanwhile, Axl attempts to fake Frankie out by pretending that he's sick in order to get out of taking a school test and must later convince her that he's well enough to attend a party that evening; Sue and her ex-sort-of-boyfriend Brad volunteer to prepare a school skit about showing the dangers of texting and drinking while driving; and Brick tries to offer a little bit of brevity by spouting off Shakespearian quotes.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2011

After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high school Halloween costume party and being ignored by the guys, Sue asks a flabbergasted Mike for his advice on what boys want when it comes to girls. Meanwhile, Frankie reluctantly volunteers to take Brick's socially awkward school social skills group trick-or-treating; and Axl and his friends devise a plan to trick rather than treat the neighborhood kids on Halloween.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2011

Frankie and Mike are convinced that their slacker son Axl will blow his interview with a football scout, which could earn him a scholarship to college. Meanwhile, Sue and Brick begin a texting marathon and accidentally rack up some serious charges on Aunt Edie's cell phone; and Frankie attempts to be completely attentive to the family's needs when she realizes that she's more considerate to outsiders than her own kin.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2011

Frankie is thrilled when she learns that the Orson Community Theater is putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz, and that kids don't need to audition to be munchkins as they will be automatically cast which is a perfect scenario for a hapless Sue. But things quickly go awry when Frankie is cast in a singing role and learns the director is not happy with Sue's performance and may cut her from the play. Meanwhile, Brick asks his unreliably quirky Uncle Rusty (guest star NORM MACDONALD) to attend his school's Special Friends Day with disastrous results.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2011

Frankie's parents, Pat (guest star MARSHA MASON) and Tag (guest star JERRY VAN DYKE), invite the Hecks to spend a few days at their house to celebrate Thanksgiving together. But the festivities begin to fall apart quickly when Frankie's sister Janet (guest star MOLLY SHANNON) and her family also join in, and soon the siblings are at each other's throats over their widely differing parenting techniques. Meanwhile, Mike attempts to offer some advice to Axl on how to pick up girls when he witnesses his son trying to impress a pretty mini-mart cashier and fails miserably; Brick attempts to prove his innocence when he is accused by Janet of damaging her daughter's expensive toy; and Sue is thrilled when Frankie, Pat and Janet invite her to take part in their gossip sessions.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2011

On a tipsy whim and against Mike's warnings Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party at the house; Mike buys Frankie a much needed new dishwasher for Christmas but has a hard time keeping it a secret when she begs him to replace the old one before the party takes place; Sue calls on Reverend TimTom (guest star PAUL HIPP) to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick when he reads the Bible and begins to question it; and Axl gets annoyed with Bob (recurring guest star CHRIS KATTAN) when he tries too hard to be cool in order to befriend him while working together on a Christmas tree lot.

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The Heck family returns for another season of offbeat fun with one foot in reality and the other on a greasy fast-food wrapper.

Critic Reviews for The Middle Season 3

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

If you've just started watching, I highly recommend that you spend your summer trying your best to play catch-up, and if you're a longtime fan, then do something to spread the word about it, because this has been the best year yet.

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

Like Sue, I was shocked that Reverend Tim Tom was unable to blow Brick's mind. I love Reverend Tim Tom and what he does for Sue's self esteem.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Middle: Season 3

  • Sep 12, 2020
    This season has countless laughs that will leave the family satisfied after each episode. This is an absolute fun filled season of TV.
  • Jun 01, 2015
    I am on season 4.. I like this show it's funny. Sues character can be irritating and the whisper Brick does is creepy,'but it's funny overall
  • Nov 15, 2013
    Full review coming soon

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