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The Middle: The Telling

323. The Telling

Aired May 16, 2012

It seems like Frankie has eyes in the back of her head when she busts Axl and Sue for trying to keep bad decisions from her, but Mike learns that Brick has been feeding her information in return for candy. Axl's trip to the lake is in peril when Sue catches him sneaking into the house after curfew, although she decides not to tell on him so long as he drives her and her friends wherever they want to go. Meanwhile, Mike is forced to attend Parent Day at Brick's school when Frankie gets stuck at work.

Quote from Brick

Brick: Dad, you don't get it. I give Mom information, she gives me candy. I give it to the bullies at school, they leave me alone. There's a whole fragile ecosystem you're messing with.
Mike: Look...
Brick: [holds up a finger] [whispers] Ecosystem.

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Quote from Frankie

Frankie: [on the phone] Mike, are you listening? You want to be in the front of the classroom... Because that's where they put out the sign-up sheets. Got it?
Mike: Yes. [Mike walks out into the hallway so he can hear Frankie better]
Frankie: Repeat it.
Mike: Front of the classroom. I'm not deaf.
Frankie: Now listen. The second Ms. Tibbits stops talking, you need to make your move. Take those long legs and run. And don't be polite. Remember that Colts game where you cut in front of that kid and made him cry so Peyton Manning would sign your football? Channel that guy. And as soon as you get to the sign-up sheets, you look for the words "purchase" or "bring" on it. That means we can shop and dump. Paper products are best. And stay away from anything that says "beautify." That's just a fancy word for cleaning. And should anyone ask you, you have no special skills, nor do you own or know how to use tools. Are you getting this?
Mike: I think so.
Frankie: Are you in the front of the class?
Mike: Uh, no. The teacher started talking, so I stepped in the hall to hear you better.
Frankie: The hall? Are you nuts? She could stop talking at any time. You get back in there. Go, go, go, go, go, go!

Quote from Frankie

Mike: Okay. I got a bunch of questions.
Frankie: They're candy cigarettes.
Mike: Yeah. I connected those dots when he ate one. What are they for?
Frankie: Information. He told me about Axl and Sue.
Mike: Wait, what?
Frankie: Yeah, you know, the desk chair and the earrings? How do you think I find out about stuff around here?
Mike: So wait a minute... Brick is a snitch?
Frankie: I prefer the term "whistle-blower."

Quote from Mr. Ehlert

Frankie: Mr. Ehlert, by any chance, did you promise customers they could take a ride in an Indy car?
Mr. Ehlert: You bet I did.
Frankie: Do we have an Indy car?
Mr. Ehlert: No, we do not. Just tell 'em it's out on a run and they're next in line.
Frankie: Mr. Ehlert, you're better than that. Now you need to get on that radio right now and tell people we don't have an Indy car.
Bob: We're back, sir.
Mr. Ehlert: [into microphone] Uh, folks, I need to clear something up. Uh, we do not have an Indy car. We got two Indy cars and a hot air balloon! So come on down, bring the kids, and take a magical tour over Orson.

Quote from Axl

Frankie: [v.o.] Since the dawn of time, kids have been trying to get away with stuff, and ours is no exception.
[Axl is strapped to a desk chair that is being pulled along by a car on the road]
Axl: Whoo! Oh! Best... day... ever!
[later, at dinner:]
Brick: Long story short, I still hate dodgeball.
Frankie: What about you, Axl? How was your day?
Axl: Whatevs.
Mike: In two years, we're gonna be releasing you into society, so here's a little tip: "Whatevs" is not the answer to any question.
Axl: Fine. School. Homework. Whatevs.
Frankie: Mm, speaking of homework, the next time you want to take our desk chair out on the open road, you might want to register it at the DMV first.

Quote from Axl

Mike: You did what? I just bought that chair.
Frankie: You could have killed yourself, Axl.
Mike: Yeah, that, too.
Axl: It was perfectly safe. I was strapped in with bungee cords and the belt from Darrin's dad's robe. How'd you find out about this, anyway?
Frankie: How many times do I have to tell you? Moms know everything.
Mike: Try another stooge move like this again, and you can forget about going to the lake with Sean and Darrin.
Axl: No! You can't take the lake away from me. I've been working on my abs all winter.
Mike: I'm not taking it away from you yet. If you want to go to the lake, don't do any more stupid stuff. It's in your control.
Axl: How is that in my control?

Quote from Frankie

Frankie: [v.o.] And it's not only the ones who you expect that screw up. Sometimes it's the good ones, too.
[Sue puts Frankie's earrings back in her jewelry box and sneaks out of her parents' bedroom]
Frankie: [v.o.] So the next night, we found ourselves in the same place with a different kid.
Brick: I just don't understand why I need to learn this skill. Outside of gym class, when will I ever need to dodge a ball?
Frankie: You just gotta get through it, Brick. Look, when I was in fourth grade, I got beaned on the side of the head, and to make it worse, I was wearing my mom's earrings. I probably had it coming since I borrowed 'em without asking.
Sue: Okay! I'm sorry I took your earrings. I know you know, so please stop torturing me.
Frankie: Of course I know. You have to do more than refluff the carpet to get one by me.
Mike: When are you gonna realize she's got eyes in the back of her head? [puts his hand behind Frankie's head] How many fingers?
Frankie: Three.

Quote from Frankie

Sue: I'm sorry, Mom. I just wanted to try them out. Brad and I are doing our Team Sober Non-texting-and-driving performance at the mall, and I'm playing a high-powered businesswoman who thinks the rules don't apply to her.
Mike: Well, around here, the rules do apply to you, and if you don't follow 'em, there's gonna be consequences.
Axl: Yeah. I say we make her take a run through slap alley. I call butt and face.
Sue: You're right. Sorry I took the earrings. I'm going to my room without dinner.
Axl: And I'll go to my room with dinner.
Frankie: Sit down. Now everybody drink their milk. It expires today.
Frankie: [v.o.] Yep. It's nice to be able to scare people. Sure beats being scared.

Quote from Mr. Ehlert

Mr. Ehlert: All right, listen up, space-wasters. In case you're not clear on this, this is not a parking lot. You can actually sell those cars out there. And don't whine to me about the economy. My wife's paint-huffing brother just got a job, so it's back. Now I want to hear some ideas. Pete? Nothing. Bob. Nothing. Fish-Face. Nothing!
Pete: Sir, that- That was a customer.
Frankie: You know, the Indy 500 is coming up. What if we had a radio station broadcast live from the lot and tied it in with the race? [Pete socffs]
Mr. Ehlert: Hmm. Interesting. Pete, you want to repeat that in a man's voice so I can see if I like it?
Bob: I can do it, sir.
Mr. Ehlert: I said, "a man's voice." You know what? Forget it. I love the idea. The Indy 500. We go live on the radio and promise to sell 500 cars in 5 days, and if it doesn't work, it's your fault.
Frankie: But-
Mr. Ehlert: "But" nothing! Now somebody go sell Fish-Face a car.

Quote from Brick

Frankie: It's the meeting where they do all the sign-ups... For the end-of-the-year volunteering, and every year, I get screwed with a crappy job, but not this year. This year, I'm getting paper goods if it kills me. Shop and dump, baby. Shop and dump.
Brick: Hey, Mom? I'm gonna turn in for the night, so you want to settle up?
Frankie: Oh. Okay. All right. [hands Brick three candy cigarettes]
Brick: Oh. That's the stuff. See you in the morning.

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