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The Middle

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 Sue in Halloween II

Frankie: [v.o.] Yep, it's no fun being a parent when you gotta tell your kid something they don't want to hear...
Mike: Sue, hold on. I gotta talk to you.
Sue: Please, not now. I looked up the best time to show up for a party on kickinitteenstyle.com, and right now we're in the "casually cool" window, but if we wait too much longer, we'll be "party tardy," and I'll risk dissing my host. We gotta go.
Frankie: [v.o.] Especially when you don't get to tell them.

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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 Brick in The Waiting Game

Brick: Phew! Done. You know, there's an expression that writers hate writing but love having written, and, boy, do I get that now. Would you like to hear it?
Frankie: Of course...
Axl: Not.
Brick: [clears throat] "As his eyes fluttered open, the boy saw the sun had already gently nudged awake its captives, yesterday's mistakes vanished to wispy nothings, and the father he thought long dead was standing at his door." Well? What do you think?
Frankie: Wha... That's awesome, Brick.
Axl: You wrote that?
Frankie: Keep going.
Brick: What do you mean?
Axl: Keep reading. What happens next?
Brick: Oh, that's all I got.
Axl: Oh, my God. You write nonstop for days, and you only got one sentence? I can write like a whole 10-page paper in 5 minutes... 3 if you don't care how good it is.
Frankie: Axl, he's gonna do more. You're gonna do more, right, Brick?
Brick: What are you, my editor?

Quote from Axl in The Guidance Counselor

Axl: What are you so worried about? It's a pull-up.
Brick: Axl, what you and the President fail to understand is that everyone's gonna laugh at me.
Axl: Dude, you can do it. You weigh, like, 3 pounds. It's all physics. Here. Watch and learn. Think people are gonna laugh at you when you do this?
[As Axl grabs the top of the door and pulls himself up, the door slams shut and traps his fingers]
Axl: Ow! Ow! Oh, God! No! Open the door! Open the door! Brick! Brick! Aah!