The Middle: Season 1, Episode 17

The Break-Up (10 Mar. 2010)

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Mike and Frankie are shocked to find out that Axl is dating the head cheerleader, but what will happen when she breaks up with him? Meanwhile, Sue and Brick become freaked out after they watch a horror movie about zombies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Bob (credit only)
Morgan Edwards (as Alexa Vega)
Sally Meenahan
Janitor (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
School Dad
Willa (as Kristina Cohen)
Teen Boy


Axl delights his startled parents by dating his basketball team's ambitious, seemingly perfect head cheerleader Morgan, but when she dumps him for being 'not focused enough', he's heartbroken. Frankie enjoys comforting him but her 'solution', an answering machine recording showing Mike once grieved over a break-up with her, not only embarrasses both men but also inspires Axl to a disastrous 'roma,tic move', which nevertheless works out, albeit only for him. Even babysitting easy Brick proves too hard for airhead Sue, who gets as paranoid as him after they watched a zombie movie, causing public embarrassment for the whole family. Written by KGF Vissers

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Sue Heck: I couldn't sleep either. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw zombies ripping the guts out of Taylor Lautner.
Brick Heck: Maybe we should tell Mom we saw the movie.
Sue Heck: No! You can't tell Mom. She'll think I'm a bad babysitter.
Brick Heck: You are a bad babysitter! You let me watch a scary movie I am too young for. Besides, Mom always makes it better when I'm scared.
Sue Heck: Did the mom in the zombie movie make it better? No, she ate her baby's face off!
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