The Middle (2009– )
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The Cheerleader 

Payments delayed until 2009 come due just as the dryer breaks, Sue needs glasses and Frankie comes within a jelly bean of losing her job. Sue tries out for the swim team with disastrous consequences but a tornado brings good fortune.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Charles C. Stevenson ...
Old Hoosier
Woman Customer
Neighbor Guy #1
Boy in Library
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel A. Lopez ...


Axl patiently endures his father's favorite, surreal punishment: staying within hand-reach of a parent for a given time, however inconvenient for everyone, and chooses to do so in his undressed state at home. Years of buying on credit without payments until 2009 kick in hard since New Year, so budgeting must reach new depths. Even Brick's cheap hobby, reading, is suspended after ma fails to pay a hefty tardiness fine, hence looses the library card. Mr. Ehlert is about to fire Frankei for failing to make a single sale, but awards stay of execution for having the promotional idea he picks, guessing the number of jelly beans in the prize car, yet ends up regretting. Frankie forces Mike to pretend Sue's ambition to join the school's swimming time isn't absurd, so she goes on. Written by KGF Vissers

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7 October 2009 (USA)  »

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When Sue comes into he house crying, and again when Mike is standing by the sliding glass door, the blinds are open about 90% In the rest of that scene, every shot of the blinds shows them about 1/2 open. See more »


Frankie Heck: Hi, guys. Did you have fun at the pool?
Sue Heck: [crying] Dad says I suck at swimming and I shouldn't try out for swim team.
Mike Heck: Then I bought you a Creamsicle.
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Cheering for Sue!
10 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sue Heck has not had an easy life despite all her attempts to get recognition or place in a spot on the swimming team. Of course, her family is there to support her no matter what and in this case at the local swimming pool. Meanwhile Frankie has to deal with a huge library fine which prevents Brick from checking out a library book. So Frankie gets another kid to check out the book for them. Hopefully, the book won't get damaged. You can't help but root for Sue Heck who doesn't have it easy. She is the middle child between two brothers, teen Axl, and unusual Brick. But the show is great and I look forward to watching it on Wednesday nights, I hope it lasts at least a season.

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