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The Block Party

‘The Block Party’

Season 1, Episode 5 -  Aired October 28, 2009

Mike encourages Brick to join a sports team after his teacher says Brick is struggling to make friends. Meanwhile, Frankie is the only one of the football players not to give his old jersey to his mom, and Sue tries out of the ball girl.

Quote from Brick

Brick: I'm supposed to tell you something. It's important. [whispers] Important.
Frankie: Well?
Brick: [normal voice] They wanna talk to you about that test I had to take.
Frankie: The Waterman-Ginsberg test?
Brick: Yeah. Why'd I have to take that test anyway?
Frankie: No reason.
Brick: Then why did they only give it to me and the kid who sets things on fire?

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Quote from Frankie

Frankie: I guess what we were wondering is, is there something we should be doing?
Mrs. Tompkins: Well, what do you do now to help him socialize?
[flashback to the family watching TV:]
Brick: I think...
All: Shh!
[present:]
Frankie: Oh, you know. The usual.
Mrs. Tompkins: I'd do a little more than that.

Quote from Axl

Frankie: [v.o.] That stupid counselor meeting left us more confused than ever. Why is everyone always trying to convince you something's wrong with your kid?
Frankie: What is wrong with you? That is for the block party.
Axl: [mouth full] I can read. I'm not stupid.
Mike: We'll be the judge of whether you're stupid or not. Now, I know you own pants, I've seen them draped over the TV. Go put them on.

Quote from Frankie

Axl: Oh, Mom, are you going to the Booster Club thing at school on Friday?
Frankie: Well, I will if you want me to. You sound like you do. You know, that means so much to me. Oh, I miss you. [goes to hug Axl]
Axl: Whoa, chill, gross. Thought we talked about this. [walks away]
Frankie: What happened to him? He used to be so sweet. Remember when he was 6 and he made me that clay giraffe?
[flashback:]
Young Axl: Thank you for being the best mom ever.
[present:]
Frankie: Should've kept that.

Quote from Mike

Frankie: So, what are we gonna do?
Mike: About which one?
Frankie: The small one. I don't know. Maybe we didn't do enough for Brick.
Mike: He's a third kid. He's lucky we remember to feed him.

Quote from Brick

[as Mike scans the court and struggles to see Brick, he realizes Brick is sitting next to him in the bleachers:]
Mike: Come on, what are you doing?
Brick: Can you take me to a book signing this weekend? My favorite writer is going to be there.
Mike: What? Yeah, sure. Whatever. Just get back out there. Get your hands out of your pockets. Ketchup packets?
Brick: They're my security condiments. They soothe me.
Mike: You're playing a basketball game. You're not supposed to be soothed. Give me those things. Come on, get back in the game. And make a friend, would you?

Quote from Frankie

Frankie: [v.o.] Okay, so Axl didn't give me his jersey. It was no big deal. [flashback to Frankie being the only mom not wearing the jersey in the photograph] It was a huge deal. Where's the $500 test to tell me how I ended up with a clueless bonehead who doesn't even know how to thank his mother?

Quote from Mike

Mike: That's it. I'm out.
Frankie: Whoa, what do you mean, you're out?
Mike: It was a disaster. It's not that he was even bad. He was just... weird.
Frankie: [sighs] Damn it. I was hoping it was gonna be like the YouTube video where the odd kid on the bench makes the basket and saves the game and everybody loves him.
Mike: Yeah. It wasn't like that.
Frankie: So, what do we do now?
Mike: I told you I'm out. I'm gonna work on something I can understand. The lawn mower.
Frankie: You don't get to be out.
Mike: I'm out.
Frankie: You don't get to be out.

Quote from Axl

Frankie: Sue, what happened to your face?
Axl: She was born that way.
Frankie: Axl.

Quote from Frankie

Frankie: [v.o.] The block party was finally here and my worries were melting away. I don't know if it was because Mike and Brick fixed the mower together, or Mike and Brick fixed the margarita maker. Who am I kidding? I knew.

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