Kid co­nun­drums

Brick and his fam­ily re­turn for mis­chief in The Mid­dle.

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The Hecks are adding more chaos to our TV screens with sea­son 8 of fam­ily-themed sit­com The Mid­dle (2009- cur­rent). And as al­ways, the sib­lings are push­ing their par­ents’ but­tons, like… 1 In episode 2 (30 May), good-two shoes daugh­ter Sue (Eden Sher) is kicked out of col­lege for not pay­ing her fees. Luck­ily dad Mike (Neil Flynn) comes to her res­cue, but he’s go­ing to be mum­bling in his beard while sell­ing his valu­able com­pany shares for Sue. 2 Axl’s (Char­lie McDermott) hor­mones are out of con­trol, also from episode 2, and he bor­rows the

fam­ily mo­torhome to visit his ditsy new girl­friend April (Greer Gram­mer). But just wait un­til episode 9 (18 July) when Axl has a not-so-lit­tle an­nounce­ment for the Hecks, who don’t like April…

And just be­cause he’s the youn3

gest doesn’t mean that Brick (At­ti­cus Shaf­fer) is any less of a man than Mike and Axl – now that he’s in high school, he’s sud­denly Mr Pop­u­lar with a girl­friend to boot from episode 12 (8 Au­gust). But quirky Cindy (Casey Burke) prefers her men books­mart and de­mands that Brick re-nerdify him­self.

Mama Frankie (Pa­tri­cia Heaton) 4

and Mike lose their pa­tience with each other in episode 14 (22 Au­gust) when their base­ment floods. Be­sides the hi­lar­i­ous back-and-forth snip­ing, their kids lead an in­ter­ven­tion that while sweet, is equally funny.

And Frankie goes into su­per5

nosy-an­noy­ing-mom mode in episode 18 (19 Septem­ber) when her “lit­tle girl” Sue hides her se­cret crush. If only Frankie was your usual em­bar­rass­ing par­ent. Sorry for you, Sue.

The Hecks (from left): Frankie, Axl, Brick, Sue and Mike.

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