The Middle - Season 3 Episodes
The Middle - Season 3
Work. Kids. Bills. Comedy. It's how the middle half lives. The Heck family returns for Season Three, bringing with them further episodes of offbeat fun - with one foot in reality and the other on a greasy wrapper from Burgerworld. Two-time Emmy (R)winner Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star as Frankie and Mike Heck, frazzled parents trying to stretch their patience and paychecks around three brilliantly true-to-life kids: slacker teen Axl (Charlie McDermott).
“Forced Family Fun (1)”
Frankie insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a guy Mike knew in high school.
“Forced Family Fun (2)”
Frankie insists the family take a few days of vacation before school starts. But Mike's suggestion of a camping trip brings back bad memories of their honeymoon camping trip.
After learning his son has been allowed to skip gym class, Mike meets with Brick's new fourth grade teacher (Chord Overstreet).
Frankie accidentally commits an act so hilariously horrifying that it sends her on a mini-journey that makes her question everything. Brick becomes obsessed with a catalog.
Frankie discovers Axl hasn't studied for his quickly approaching PSATs; Sue tries out for cheerleading; Mike tries to help Brick toughen up.
Frankie and Mike consider trading the burdens of home ownership for apartment living; Axl fakes sickness to get out of a test; Sue and Brad put together a skit about the dangers of texting and drinking while driving; Brick quotes Shakespeare.
When Sue wears an embarrassing costume to a Halloween party, she turns to Mike for advice; Frankie takes Brick's social-skills group trick-or-treating; Axl and his friends plan a prank.
“Heck's Best Thing”
Mike and Frankie worry Axl will blow an opportunity that could result in a full college scholarship; Brick and Sue start a texting marathon.
Frankie and Sue are cast in a theater production of "The Wizard of Oz"'; Brick invites his uncle (Norm Macdonald) to Special Friends Day at school.
The Hecks spend Thanksgiving at Frankie's parents' house, but things fall apart when her sister's family joins in.
“A Christmas Gift”
Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party; Sue asks the Rev. Tim Tom to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick.
“Year of the Hecks”
Frankie decides that each family member will have a New Year's resolution assigned anonymously.
After Aunt Ginny's funeral, Frankie decides the family needs to start celebrating more milestones; Axl eats Brick's school project; Sue learns a boy at school has a crush on her.
“Hecking It Up”
Frankie is deeply disappointed with her volunteer assignment at the Indiana-hosted Super Bowl; when the Donahues are out of town, the Hecks take advantage of their new car; Sue professes her feelings to Matt.
“Valentine's Day III”
Frankie and Mike decide to try a fresh approach to Valentine's Day by having dinner out with friends. But a clueless Mike angers Frankie by refusing to present her with a simple romantic gesture. Meanwhile, Axl can't think of a life-changing moment that's occurred in his life when he's assigned to write a school paper on the subject, Brick is tasked with writing a report on love, and a hapless Sue doesn't understand why her new boyfriend, Matt (guest star MOISES ARIAS), has suddenly turned into a "bad kisser."
Frankie vows to get Sue tickets to a Justin Bieber concert; Mike coaches Brick for a spelling bee.
“The Sit Down”
Sue, Axl and Brick meet with Frankie and Mike to air complaints about their parenting styles.
Sue wants a big celebration for her leap year birthday.
“The Paper Route”
Brick is hired to deliver newspapers. Elsewhere, Sue faces the challenges of a long-distance relationship; Frankie is shocked to learn that Mike hoards batteries; and Sue struggles with wearing some complicated headgear.
“Get Your Business Done”
A church sermon inspires the Heck family to live life to its fullest without regrets and while Mike and the kids put this into action, Frankie struggles to find her own mission.
“The Guidance Counselor”
Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires her to reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Frankie is ecstatic when she and Mike buy a much needed new bed but is gobsmacked when her stubborn husband insists on assembling it himself; and Brick attempts to call the President to outlaw the Presidential Fitness Challenge, which would force him to accomplish some strenuous physical exercises at school.
Brick gets anything but good luck after he finds an evil four-leaf clover. Frankie makes a decision to find a caregiver for Aunt Edie after she almost burns down her house; Axl tries to devise a plan that will keep his status as a lady's man in play after he once again accidentally invites "weird" Ashley to the prom; Mike gets upset with his dad, Big Mike, when he's accused of being too soft on Brick; and Axl is horrified when his friend Darrin asks Sue to the prom.
It seems like Frankie truly has eyes in the back of her head when she busts both Sue and Axl for making some bad choices that they thought no one would ever find out about. But when it turns out that she's using Brick to be her snitch, Mike is completely against it. Meanwhile, Axl's weekend getaway to the lake is in peril when Sue discovers him sneaking into the house in the middle of the night and coerces him into doing whatever she commands -- otherwise she will tattle on him; and when Frankie is stuck at work, Mike is forced to attend Parent Day at Brick's school.
Frankie and Mike are surprised to receive an invitation to Mike's brother Rusty's (Norm Macdonald) fast approaching wedding. But their surprise turns to panic when they discover that he has listed the Heck house as the site of the ceremony. Meanwhile, Axl and his friends decide to become their own bosses and set out to form their own company to garner summer jobs, and Brick is upset with Mike when he finally accepts an invitation to a fellow student's party but is not allowed to go because it falls on the same day as the wedding.