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"The Middle" Thanksgiving IV (2012)

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The Middle: Season 4: Episode 8 -- Frankie's constantly bickering parents (MARSHA MASON and JERRY VAN DYKE) put a damper on the Heck's Thanksgiving, while Axl grapples with his growing feelings for his tutor.


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Original Air Date:
14 November 2012 (Season 4, Episode 8)
Frankie's bickering parents come for Thanksgiving, along with two special guests. Axl's football comeback may be postponed by a broken heart, Sue's mascot head is stolen, and Brick is fascinated by a new book. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Patricia Heaton ... Frankie Heck

Neil Flynn ... Mike Heck

Charlie McDermott ... Axl Heck

Eden Sher ... Sue Heck

Atticus Shaffer ... Brick Heck

Marsha Mason ... Pat Spence

Jerry Van Dyke ... Tag Spence

Jeanette Miller ... Aunt Edie

Brock Ciarlelli ... Brad Bottig

Galadriel Stineman ... Cassidy Finch

Katlin Mastandrea ... Ashley

Casey Sander ... Jack Tracy

Will F. Vasquez ... Corporal Nick Martinez (as William Franco Vasquez)

Nick Jones Jr. ... Sergeant Justin Howard
Brad Bingham ... Roosevelt Player

Frank Crim ... Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny Finneran ... Roosevelt High Jock
Matthew Berke ... Opposing Football Player (uncredited)
Samantha Kelly ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Blake T. Evans 
Writing credits
Eileen Heisler (created by) &
DeAnn Heline (created by)

Tim Hobert (written by)

Produced by
Roy Brown .... co-producer
Eileen Heisler .... executive producer
DeAnn Heline .... executive producer
Tim Hobert .... co-executive producer
Jana Hunter .... co-executive producer
Mitch Hunter .... co-executive producer
Ashley Korman .... co-producer
David S. Rosenthal .... co-executive producer
Robin Shorr .... producer
Korby Siamis .... consulting producer
Leslie Waldman .... co-producer (as Leslie D. Waldman)
Werner Walian .... producer
Original Music by
Joey Newman (music by)
Cinematography by
John Joyce (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Brian Barr 
Casting by
G. Charles Wright 
Production Design by
Randy Ser 
Set Decoration by
Julie Kaye Fanton 
Costume Design by
Julia Caston 
Makeup Department
Tyson Fountaine .... makeup department head
Suzanne Kontonickas .... hair department head (as Suzanna Kontonickas)
Production Management
Leslie Waldman .... unit production manager (as Leslie D. Waldman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colleen Casey .... second assistant director (as Colleen Marie Shariat)
Ken Wada .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael Courville .... property master
Sound Department
Peter Kelsey .... re-recording mixer (as Peter R. Kelsey)
Joe Kenworthy .... sound mixer
David Rawlinson .... re-recording mixer (as Dave Rawlinson)
David Rawlinson .... supervising sound editor (as Dave Rawlinson)
Visual Effects by
Brian McIntyre .... visual effects (uncredited)
Matt Berberi .... stunt double: Charlie McDermott (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Loden .... key grip
Rich Paisley .... gaffer
Scott Odermann .... grip (uncredited)
Tony Olivieri .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tarquin Alexander .... casting associate
Deborah Barylski .... original casting
G. Charles Wright .... original casting
Editorial Department
Nathan Draper .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Keith Shaw .... final colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Michael Paolillo .... location manager
Music Department
Carolyn Bahr .... music editor (as Carolyn J. Bahr)
Transportation Department
Ryan Thor .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Tumber .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Steven Oliveri .... football coordinator
Steven Oliveri .... set production assistant
Keri Owen .... production assistant
Brandon Galvan .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Heather L. Olson .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

22 min
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Did You Know?

Factual errors: Orson High is playing for the city championship on Thanksgiving weekend. The Indiana high school football season concludes on Thanksgiving weekend with the state championship in the state's six different football classes.See more »
Tag Spence:I asked you to do one thing. Pack my gingko biloba.
Pat Spence:They're your gingko biloba. You want 'em, you gotta pack 'em. You're a grown man, for God's sake.
Tag Spence:They're for my memory! How the hell am I supposed to remember 'em if I don't take 'em?
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Movie Connections:
References Love Story (1970)See more »


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The Middle Thanksgiving IV, 15 November 2012
Author: dalydj-918-255175 from Ireland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Thanksgiving once again and Frankie must prepare the dinner once again. Frankie wants to bring Marines to her house for Thansgiving. She tells him she signed the family up to bring these two new guests. Brick got a new book about the making of the movie Love Story. Axl's foot is now better while the chicken head disappears. Frankie's parents come to the house and they are fighting again. When Axl goes to his tutor to celebrate she does not seem impressed compared to everyone else. Axl seems interested in his book and his grandmother wants to see the movie with him. Sue opens her locker and a note says her chicken head has been stolen. Mike has to talk to Axl which makes him tell his tutor that he really likes her. She says no because she is spending thanksgiving with her boyfriend. To find her chicken head Sue has to go to the football team who have stole her chicken head. The marines finally come to the house and Frankie sees how her house may embarrass her. Everyone sits down to dinner and Frankie starts thankful speeches. Of course fighting happens and Frankie is the one to scream at everyone. The marines leave as fast as they can. The next day at the game no one is happy and Sue has to talk to Axl to make him play better in the game. Axl then plays better once Sue tells him to. Someone from a college school says Axl cam go to their school. After his game Cassidy is there watching him. The two finally kiss for real which is weird how much he likes her for being different for him. OK episode but less comedy which is what I always like to watch on the show.

EPISODE GRADE: C (MVP: Charlie McDermott)

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