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The Middle

Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) is a middle-aged mom living in the middle of America with her middle-class family: husband Mike (Neil Flynn), oldest son Axl, middle child Sue, and youngest son Brick.

Starring: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer.
Recurring Actors: Brock Ciarlelli, Norm Macdonald, John Cullum, Marsha Mason, Jerry Van Dyke, Jeanette Miller, Jen Ray, Paul Hipp, Chris Kattan, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brooke Shields, Beau Wirick, John Gammon, Katlin Mastandrea, Jack McBrayer, Casey Burke, Daniela Bobadilla.
Original Run: 2009-2018.

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Quote from Axl in Halloween III: The Driving

Axl: Look, this is important. My whole life, people have been telling me what to do... "Sit up straight!" "That cup's not a toilet!" "Clean your room!" Well, now I finally have a say. Now... I get to tell America to clean its room.
Sue: But I'm scared. What if I mess up again?
Axl: Sue, let me tell you why I'm so awesome. You see, even when I have no idea what I'm doing, I pretend I do. That's why I'm good at everything. This guy Harry Butts... He should be living in a hole. But he has the guts to put his name on signs all over town and run for office. If he can do that, then you gotta step it up and get me there so I can vote for him. Do it for America!

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Quote from Brick in Hecks on a Train

Brick: Do we have any details about the cause of Aunt Edie's death?
Mike: Just one. She was 96.
Brick: Interesting. Has anyone questioned Helen Riley? She was the perennial runner-up to Aunt Edie in the church pie contest.

Quote from Mike in Not Your Brother's Drop Off

Mike: How you doing balancing the checkbook?
Sue: Well, I must have done it wrong. I have your balance at minus $11.
Mike: No, you did it right. It's us who did it wrong. [Frankie and Mike high-five]

Quote from Frankie in The Christmas Tree

Brick: Hey, Mom. Can I interest you in a decorative crock-pot cozy? Now you can leave your crock-pot out where everyone can see and save yourself unwanted embarrassment. It's for the women's club. These glasses are the prize for being their top seller.
Frankie: Let me guess. You're using the cozy money to pay off the peppermint-bark people.
Brick: Exactly.
Frankie: Brick, you're running a Ponzi scheme.
Brick: A Ponzi-what, now?
Frankie: You're using money you don't have to pay off the debt you had before, and now you got to go into even more debt to pay off this debt. It's an endless cycle. You're never gonna catch up.
Brick: Isn't that what you guys do with your credit cards?
Frankie: Well, yeah, but we're gonna die before they catch us.

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Quote from Brick in Sleepless in Orson

Brick: Actually, I was asleep in bed, and then I woke up and started to worry about the Asian stock market. It opens early, you know.
Frankie: Of course.
Brick: Well, I started to feel a little anxious, so, taking Dr. Fulton's advice, I came out here to do some jumping jacks, and while I got the jumping part right, when it came to the jacks, my coordination was a little off, and I bumped into the fireplace, and Mom's royal baby goblet fell and broke.
Frankie: Brick.
Mike: That's okay.
Brick: I wanted to fix it, so I Googled "Gluing a broken goblet," and it took me to this interesting web page about Buddhism. It said a person should imagine the things they love broken and destroyed because in the future, everything ends up that way anyway.
Frankie: Okay.
Brick: So, I imagined the house burned down and you and Sue and Axl all dead and all my books gone and I had no one left in the world, and it started to make me feel better.
Frankie: It did?
Brick: Yeah. Suddenly, things made sense. It's like this Buddhist guy says. "You see this goblet? For me, it is already broken. I enjoy it. I drink out of it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over and it shatters, I say, 'Of course.' When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious." So I've decided, from now on, I want to spend every moment I can with the things I cherish most. [Frankie holds her arms out for a hug] So, I'll be in my room with my books. Try not to bother me.

Quote from Axl in The Christmas Miracle

Frankie: H-How long have you been feeling this way about church?
Axl: A year, maybe two. I mean, it's healthy. Aren't you the one that told me to ask questions and think for myself?
Frankie: No.
Axl: Oh. Well, I've been traveling the world, seen a lot of religions out there. I mean, who's to say which one's the right one?
Frankie: Ours is. Ours is the right one. Let's go to church.
Axl: Mom, this is about me. It's not your problem. It shouldn't bother you if I don't believe in God.