The Middle: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)

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Air date: Sep 26, 2012

On the fourth season premiere, Frankie's plans to recreate the magic of her own childhood summers are foiled when Mike lets it slip that Axl is his favorite Heck child, and Frankie tries to coax the kids into telling them who their favorite parent is. Meanwhile, when Frankie and Mike discover that Axl failed English during the past school year, they force him to make it up in summer school, otherwise he could jeopardize any chance of getting a college sports scholarship after graduation; Brick takes up growing a tomato for his summer project; and Sue tries to bond with a reluctant Mike and attempts to get him to do numerous activities with her, which she plans to document in a giant scrapbook.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2012

When Frankie is suddenly fired from Ehlert Motors, she embarks on a quest not to repeat mistakes from the past by taking any crummy job that comes her way, deciding to go instead to tech school to secure a real career. Meanwhile, school has begun and Axl is starting his Senior year in high school, Sophomore Sue takes on the task of mentoring new freshman Jenna (guest star BAILEY BUNTAIN Bunheads), and Mike is upset with Brick when he can't be bothered to put his book down to meet some of Mike's friends after a softball game.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2012

When Brick develops yet another quirky tic that begins to overshadow his whispering, Frankie and Mike are urged by the school therapist, Dr. Fulton (guest star DAVE FOLEY), to get him a small pet so that he can learn to bond with it, which in turn will help him bond with people. But when they present Brick with an ill-tempered bunny, the tiny animal teaches the Heck family the true meaning of evil. Meanwhile, as the Homecoming dance approaches, Axl finds himself dating cheerleaders Courtney and Debbie (guest stars BRITTANY ROSS and NATALIE LANDER) but he doesn't know which one of them is actually his girlfriend; and Sue tries out for school mascot.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (guest star BROOKE SHIELDS) returns and is about to rain fire upon the Heck household when she accuses Frankie of stealing her hose. Meanwhile, Sue takes a peek at Mike's paycheck and is so shocked at how little he makes that she decides to call off her first official road trip to Cincinnati for her school mascot duties in order to save money; and while Brick learns about the birds and bees in school, Axl shocks his little brother by explaining the whole process in graphic detail.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

As Halloween approaches, the Hecks get quite the scare when Sue receives her learner's permit, and it's time for Frankie and Mike to teach her how to drive. But when a freaked-out Sue loses her nerve, she ends up running over Axl's foot, which could put an end to his high school football career and hopes for a scholarship. Meanwhile, Axl looks forward to voting in his first election, and Brick undergoes an unexpected transformation when he eats too much Halloween candy.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

Frankie attempts to do a good deed for Thanksgiving by inviting a couple of Marines (guest stars/former Marines WILLIAM FRANCO VASQUEZ and NICK JONES, JR.) to celebrate the holiday with her family. But with Frankie's parents, Pat and Tag (returning guest stars MARSHA MASON and JERRY VAN DYKE), constantly bickering, the good deed may not go unpunished. Meanwhile, while Axl grapples with his growing feelings for tutor Cassidy (guest star GALADRIEL STINEMAN), he receives the good news that his foot is healed and he can play in the big game; Sue tries to track down the thief who has stolen the chicken head off of her school mascot uniform; and Brick becomes mesmerized by a book on the making of the film, Love Story.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

Christmas doesn't seem so merry to Mike when he helps brother Rusty (recurring guest star NORM MacDONALD) move some furniture into the Heck house garage and discovers that Rusty doesn't actually own the items. Meanwhile, Frankie hatches a plan to take a part-time holiday job in a department store in order to get an employee discount to buy presents; Axl turns the garage with the stolen furniture into his own bachelor pad; and Reverend TimTom (guest star PAUL HIPP) makes a bold choice by casting Brick in a holiday play and tasks an overly zealous Sue with baking cookies for the event.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

As their 20th anniversary approaches, Frankie begins to think that Mike may be tiring of her company and is purposely trying to avoid her. Meanwhile, Sue frantically tries to coax Axl and Brick into helping her set up an anniversary party for their parents; and Brick falls into a non-responsive state when Axl tells him the ending of a book hes been waiting years to read.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

Axl is shocked to discover that he and Sue are enrolled in the same Life Skills class. And things only get worse for the Ax-Man when he is assigned to work with his sister on a big class project. Meanwhile, Bricks school therapist, Dr. Fulton (recurring guest star DAVE FOLEY), attempts to teach him how to reach out to his fellow students in order to make some friends; and Frankie and Mike find themselves dealing with an unreasonable insurance company after they discover a tree branch has fallen and broken the windshield of Frankies car.

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While an unexpected turn of events might force Frankie to reevaluate her career at the car dealership, Mike's made it his mission to ensure that Axl somehow earns a sports scholarship to college next year.

Critic Reviews for The Middle Season 4

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

There's an admirable simplicity to how this plot works itself out.

Sep 17, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The real key to the show's success is focusing on the interaction between the core members of the cast.

Oct 4, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

TV's most underappreciated great comedy.

Oct 4, 2012 | Full Review…

It doesn't attract the ratings and awards attention of Modern Family, but ABC's The Middle continues to carve out a comfortable place for itself amidst the... um, middle ground of the network's line-up.

Feb 26, 2014 | Full Review…

The Middle is on as solid footing as it's ever been.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Middle: Season 4

  • Sep 12, 2020
    This season is still just as funny as previous season but also finds more of a story while previous seasons were more purely based on laugh-out-loud moments. All the laughs with even more elements makes a perfect story.
  • Apr 12, 2014
    The fourth season of ABC's The Middle continues to offer smart writing and funny insight into the life of most middle class families, as well as having a lot of heart and sentimentality to it. The only problem is that at times, it's not funny enough.
  • Nov 15, 2013
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