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The Safe 

Frankie begins dental hygienist school, Axl becomes attracted to his new tutor, and Sue and Brick find a new way to make money for the family.



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Frankie is made an example of in front of the entire class when she doesn't make a good impression on her first day of dental assisting school with no-nonsense teacher Mrs. Armwood. Meanwhile, because Axl's broken foot may end any chance of his receiving a college sports scholarship, Frankie and Mike insist that he up his grades and get himself a tutor; and Sue and Brick think they've stumbled upon an expensive item inside an old safe and try to get big bucks for it from a local pawn store employee. Written by ABC Media

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7 November 2012 (USA)  »

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When Frankie is in class and pulls up her sleeve for the blood pressure exercise, the test answers are visible on her arm. After being confronted by her teacher, she pulls her sleeve down. When she pulls her sleeve up again, the answers are gone. See more »


Frankie Heck: You think I'm just gonna walk out of here? That I'm just gonna quit because you told me to? Well, let me tell you something about myself - I... am a quitter. A lifelong quitter. Girl Scouts? Quit. Piano lessons when they started with two hands? Quit. Working out at Curves? Quit in the middle of signing up for the membership. So, if I quit - and, yeah, I might if it gets too hard - I'm gonna do it on my terms. It might be tomorrow. It might be next week. It might be the week after! But ...
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The Middle The Safe
8 November 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Axl is so angry at Sue because he cannot do sports anymore because of Sue running over his foot. Al is then told he needs to study more because his football will not pull him though to college. Frankie goes back to school and the water has to be shut off because of the pipes. Frankie is late for school where she is being thought by someone who already has problems with her. Sue and Brick decide to flip some money for the family. Axl's new tutor and him did not get off to the best start. Sue and Brick make some money and decide to let it ride trying to make some more money. Axl starts work with his tutor and the two continue to clash. Axl kisses his tutor which he thinks will make her like him. She does but he thinks she does not. When Frankie gets to class late again the teacher makes the whole class feel her mouth. When Frankie and Axl struggle in school Mike has to try help the two. Axl and Frankie take the wrong medication and fall asleep. Brick and Sue make the hole in the wall again which opens the safe. The find a letter from Gerald Ford the president and can only get $20. When Frankie finishes her test the teacher tells her to leave because she may have cheated. Sue and Brick see that they letter was wrong and can now only get $7 dollars. Axl goes to his tutor again to apologize for kissing her. She tells him she liked it but she has a boyfriend already.

EPISODE GRADE: B+ (MVP: Patricia Heaton)

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