Magazine article Variety

Top Moments from the First 100 Episodes of Abc's 'The Middle'

Magazine article Variety

Top Moments from the First 100 Episodes of Abc's 'The Middle'

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"The Cheerleader"

Oct. 7,2009

Forced to pinch pennies when the "No payments "til 2009!" credit comes due and the dryer conks out, Frankie cons a boy into checking out a library book for her when she can't pay a big fine.

"The Neighbor"

Jan. 6,2010

Frankie finally confronts the scary mother of neighborhood bullies, played by Brooke Shields in trashy makeup, complete with a mullet, a tattoo and a cold sore.

"The Legacy"

April 13,2011

Fed up with his son's insubordination, Mike forbids Axl from playing in the final basketball game of the season. But is Mike doing this to keep Axl from breaking his own school freethrow record?

"Back to Summer"

May 25,2011

Frankie and Mike learn Brick needs to turn in his daily third-grade journal or risk being held back a grade; the only problem is. he hasn't started. Sue, meanwhile, needs to prove she never took a sick day before she can pick up a perfect attendance award.

"The Paper Route"

March 14,2012

It's a rough day for Sue as she loses her boyfriend and gains some unwieldy dental headgear for her "underbite overbite," still for one of the few times, big brother Axl is there to console her.

"The Guidance Counselor"

May 2,2012

Sue bonds with her enthusiastic, awkward guidance counselor (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires Sue to make some important changes. …

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