It’s Brick’s Middle School Graduation Time in the Season Finale of “The Middle”

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11 May 2016
The Middle
Photo: ABC/Michael Ansell
“The Middle”
Season Finale Wednesday, May 18 at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC
          “The Show Must Go On” - After almost forgetting that Brick’s middle school graduation is only days away, Frankie goes on a mission to right a wrong when Brick discovers that the song he was supposed to sing at the ceremony has been cut. Meanwhile, Sue needs to be at Dollywood to begin her summer job on the same day as Brick’s graduation, and Axl takes a job as a country club counselor and finds himself being mocked by a 10-year-old carbon copy of himself.

          Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family. Between juggling shifts and picking up fast-food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love, humor and solid Midwestern practicality.

          Axl, the oldest, is a jock slacker who is beginning his third year of college via a sports scholarship. He lives near campus in a house with his friend and teammate, Hutch, and silent gamer, Kenny, but issues with the house may force the group to temporarily find new accommodations, which could end up impacting Frankie and Mike. This being his junior year, the business major starts getting real, and he has to navigate the adult workforce and start thinking seriously about his future.

          Then there’s the ever-optimistic Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. She is starting her first year of college at the same campus that Axl attends – much to his disgust – with a new haircut and an even more optimistic view on life. She’s moving out of the house and into the dorm, but will she take college by storm – or find that navigating nightmare roommates, new challenges and living away from home for the first time test her endless optimism in new ways?  As always, she will tackle this new phase of life as only Sue can.

          And finally there’s Brick, their quirky son, now navigating his way through eighth grade – his final year of middle school. He continues to read constantly, whisper and “whoop” to himself, as well as unapologetically march to the beat of his own drummer. But with equally quirky girlfriend Cindy wanting to take things to the next level – holding hands – Brick will find himself in new romantic territory and begin a misguided effort to become more social.

          “The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

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