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The Middle: The Other Man

912. The Other Man

Aired January 9, 2018

After Axl starts his new job, Frankie feels left out as Axl and Mike bond as working men. Meanwhile, Brad asks Sue not to break up with Aidan just yet when he's introduced to Aidan's bandmate, Luke (Corbin Bleu).

Quote from Brick

Frankie: It's just that your dad and Axl are like two little peas in a pod, and, well, I don't know. Lately, I've just been feeling like there's no room for me in that pod, like I'm out. You know, I'm... I'm invisible to the family.
Brick: Oh. I know.
Frankie: No, no, no. This is different.
Brick: Is it? They didn't bring me food from Taco Jason's either. But I sucked it up, had a bowl of mayonnaise, and went to bed. Mom, can I give you some advice? As a person who's been shoved aside and ignored most of his life, I realized it's important not to dwell on the negative. If I let stuff get me down, like having only one friend or everybody missing all my birthdays or having no one show up to my parent-teacher conferences or everybody rolling their eye...
Frankie: Okay, I got it, Brick.
Brick: I don't take it personally. The truth is, if you go through life expecting other people to make things good for you, you're gonna be disappointed. And the only person you can depend on is yourself. And I guess I'm lucky 'cause I like myself. So whenever I'm with myself, I'm happy. I've never once let myself down.
Frankie: [sighs] I have.


Quote from Frankie

Frankie: Ooh, Taco Jason's. What'd you get me?
Axl: Uh...
Frankie: Seriously?
Mike: W... You weren't with us. We didn't think. It was really just a last-minute thing.
Frankie: It's 6:30, and you didn't bother to check in. You just went to Taco Jason's and got something for yourselves.
Axl: [mouth full] We didn't know you'd want anything.
Frankie: [sighs] Okay. Fine. Let's just clear up any confusion. In the future, if you are ever out somewhere getting food at dinnertime, I would like to be included. And while we're at it, if I am ever drowning in the ocean, please pull me out. And if you ever step over what appears to be my dead body, please take my pulse.
Mike: Want some of my burrito?
Frankie: No, I don't want the burrito! It's too spicy. I like the Quesadilla Gringo, which I would have ordered if anybody had bothered to call me.

Quote from Frankie

Frankie: Mike, I thought it was gonna be me and you and burgers. He's the one horning in here.
Mike: Yeah, Frankie, he lost an account today. He feels bad.
Frankie: Well, how would I know that? I... Nobody ever tells me anything. You guys come home from work and get in your little clubhouse, and I'm invisible.
Axl: Dad says he wants Chinese.
Frankie: Yeah, oh, did he? Did you say that, Mike? 'Cause five minutes ago, you couldn't wait to try the new burger place. But all of a sudden, your little backup singer says you'd rather have Chinese so...
Axl: Oh, my God! There she goes again! The great ruiner, ruining everything fun in her path. Mom... Dad and I have had tough days. We want egg rolls. Just let it happen!
Mike: [sighs] Hey, Axl. Come on. What if we got you an order of those dumplings you like?
Frankie: I don't want dumplings! I want a burger! That's why I am going to Hole Lotta Burger... not because the name is clever and makes me laugh, but because that was the plan. You stick with the plan!
Mike: Frankie...
Frankie: No, I've had it. I don't need you guys. I don't need any of this. Have fun on your date.

Quote from Frankie

Frankie: Hey! Look who's here! It's Brick. See? I've got Brick, and we're very close. Hey, buddy! [chuckles] So while you and Axl are "bro-ing" around out there, Brick and I will be out, too, having fun and making our own inside jokes. He's my backup singer, and we're gonna go out to dinner and have ice cream...
Brick: Uh, I have a lot of homework.
Frankie: [sighs] So you guys go and do whatever you want. And while you're slurping your Don's Oriental noodles like "Lady and the Tramp", just know that Brick and I will be at the new burger place, enjoying a "Down the Rabbit Hole". I don't even know what that is, but I'm very excited to find out!
Brick: I'd rather have Chinese.
Frankie: Brick.

Quote from Frankie

Brick: What's this?
Frankie: I got you a little something.
Brick: You got me a piece of birthday cake?
Frankie: No, I got you seven... [Brick chuckles] one for every birthday I've missed.
Frankie & waiters: [sing] Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday, dear Brick Happy birthday to you [applause, laughter] [talks] You know, Brick, I may have blown some birthdays, but you're never ignored in my heart.
Brick: I know.
Frankie: All right.
Brick: Do I have to have the carrot cake? I'm not a fan.
Frankie: No. We'll just eat the frosting off it and take it home to your dad and Axl. [both chuckle]

Quote from Frankie

Frankie: [v.o.] There's a lot of firsts in people's lives... first tooth, first birthday, first steps, first day of school, and first day of a real job. [camera shutter clicks]
Axl: [wakes up] Whaaaaat are you doing?
Frankie: I knew you wouldn't let me take your picture in the morning, so I thought I'd do it now. Oh, and since you're up, will you hold this sign? [camera shutter clicks]
Axl: Ow! Stop! You're gonna wake Brick up. His dream world is all he's got.
Frankie: No, Brick fell asleep on the couch again. Your dad had on basketball. Knocked him right out. So, I know you're, like, a sales rep for a plumbing company, but do you drive around and sell plumbing stuff, or do you have to call people? It helps me to brag about your new job if I know what it is.
Axl: I don't know. I know I'm training with some guy named Dwayne for a couple weeks. He's gonna show me the ropes.
Frankie: Aww! Look at you all grown up! [chuckles] Hey, you want me to rub your back like when you were little?
Axl: No! Actually, okay.
Frankie: Oh, ho, ho, ho. So, we never had a chance to talk about the New Year's Eve party. I know you were at your Grandpa's, but let's just say things happened.
Axl: Look, lot of weird stuff went down on New Year's. I don't get it. I'll never get it. I don't want to get it. Staying out of it.
Frankie: Okay, okay. Hey, you want me to make you a lunch for tomorrow?
Axl: Mom, like I told you the first day of first grade, get out of my room.
Frankie: Oh.
Axl: PB&J! Crust on, no note. Well, it's my first day. Maybe a note. [camera shutter clicks]

Quote from Brad

Sue: Brad, what is the matter with you?!
Brad: What?
Sue: You were so boring! Where is Brad? You were like the shell of Brad with no Brad inside.
Brad: Oh, I'm sorry. When I get nervous, I shut down. The same thing happens to me when I get around my improv coach. He was David James Elliott's stunt double on JAG. Yeah, that JAG.

Quote from Axl

Axl: We just walked out with the account, and all because I noticed the owner was a Cub fan. Dwayne was blown away.
Mike: Man, that's great. On the first day. I can't believe it!
Frankie: What? Can't believe what?
Axl: And then he says he doesn't think I'm gonna even need the whole two weeks of training. Says I could be flying solo by Thursday.
Mike: That's my boy. [After Mike and Axl high-five, Frankie holds up her hand expectantly to no result]
Frankie: So, tell me all about it. Start at the beginning.
Axl: Uch. I am fried. I just told Dad the whole story. He'll tell you.
Frankie: No, he won't.
Axl: Probably not.
Frankie: Just tell me what Dwayne said.
Axl: Look it's all good, all right? I'm gonna crash. Thanks for the advice, Dad. [they clink beer bottles]
Mike: More where that came from.
Frankie: Yeah, I'm here if you need me. I-I'm in sales, too. Today I sold some guy teeth whitening that he didn't need. Oh, once, I accidentally sold a c... [door slams] Tell him later.

Quote from Brad

Brad: Oh, I can't believe there's a hot gay drummer in Aidan's band. And you kept it to yourself.
Sue: Oh, well, I don't know. I didn't want to be that kind of person who was like, "You're gay, he's gay, therefore I should set you up."
Brad: Why not? Sue, Gumford is not exactly the Fire Island of Indiana. It's slim pickings out there.
Sue: Sorry. I didn't know the protocol. Ah, so you're really ready to start dating?
Brad: Of course I am. It's just tough in college. All the good gay guys are taken by girls.
Sue: Ah, yeah.
Brad: In New York, it was easier. But you get outside of New York, and there's still places that wouldn't bake me a wedding cake.
Sue: That is just not right, Brad. Everybody deserves cake.

Quote from Brad

Sue: Okay. I'm not gonna break it off with Aidan just yet, but I feel like he's just gonna look at my face and know that something is up.
Brad: Sue, you were the Girl in the Well at Dollywood, and you audited two student-taught improv classes. Don't let that top-notch training go to waste.

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