The Middle: Season 4, Episode 11

Life Skills (9 Jan. 2013)

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Axl and Sue wind up in the same life skills class, a school therapist tries to help Brick make friends, and Frankie and Mike fight the insurance company for a new windshield.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Dierk Torsek ...
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Axl and Sue wind up in the same life skills class, a school therapist tries to help Brick make friends, and Frankie and Mike fight the insurance company for a new windshield.

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Dr. Fulton asks Brick if he's watched the kids in the hall. Dave Foley, who plays Dr. Fulton, was a member of the sketch comedy group The Kids in the Hall. See more »


Axl Heck: ...And another thing, why are you always raising your hand and asking questions like a dork? Stare at the clock and wait for the bell to ring like a normal person.
Sue Heck: Excuse me if I like to participate.
Frankie Heck: What's going on?
Axl Heck: So I'm sitting in my Life Skills class, minding my own business, when Hurricane Sue rolls in blowing geek and raining nerd everywhere.
Sue Heck: What are you even doing in that class? It's for freshmen and sophomores only, not loser seniors who missed it 'cause they were taking Math two ...
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The Middle Life Skills
13 January 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Axl is just having a normal day at school but when Sue joins his class it feels like his world has just ended. The two go home complaining but are told to just get along. Then the front of the car is smashed by a fallen car. Brick after being followed for some time is made go to the school therapist who for free is trying to help Brick make friends. Somehow on a school project Sue and Axl become partners, when Sue wants to start straight away Axl does not because he thinks projects can be done the night before. Brick takes more of his sessions but every attempt he tires to make friends does not go well which shows the therapist failing at his job. Sue continues to do her project and Axl really does nothing to help her. Frankie and Mike have applied to get their car fixed but are told through mail that their car cannot be fixed. Brick practices more in his sessions but when there are more failures he just asks what is the point of trying ti get along with kids. Sue somehow forgot her school project by brining the bad attempt by Axl. Axl somehow is the one to save the day by calling in all his connections to recreate the project which turns out so well for the both of them. Mike and Frankie visit their banker and find out the three failing was not an act of god but because of inporper tree trimming. Brick talks to the therapist once again who has to ask Brick to keep up with the sessions so he can keep his job. Brick agrees to this agreement and the lesson we learn in this episode was life skills people can learn. OK episode with not much to write about because nothing really special happened or was written.

EPISODE GRADE: C (MVP: Charlie McDermott)

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Mike's dad+brother are annoying. Charlie2164
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