The Middle (2009–2018)
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A Heck of a Ride, Part One 

Frankie struggles to deal with Axl leaving home as the Heck family drives him on a road trip out to his new job in Denver.


Lee Shallat Chemel


DeAnn Heline (created by), Eileen Heisler (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Heaton ... Frankie Heck
Neil Flynn ... Mike Heck
Charlie McDermott ... Axl Heck
Eden Sher ... Sue Heck
Atticus Shaffer ... Brick Heck
Jen Ray ... Nancy Donahue
Brock Ciarlelli ... Brad Bottig
Pat Finn ... Bill Norwood
Daniela Bobadilla ... Lexie Brooks
Sean O'Bryan ... Ron Donahue
Katlin Mastandrea ... Ashley
Terrence Beasor ... Mr. Johnson
Laura Ann Kesling ... Dotty Donahue
Kayla Madison ... Shelly Donahue
Reagan Rundus Reagan Rundus ... Lacey


Frankie tries to put on a brave face as Axl gets ready to leave for his new job in Denver. Each of the other Heck family members also prepare for their new life without him as well. Sue gets his car, while Brick inadvertently blocks off his bedroom with a bookshelf he bought from the local library. Meanwhile, as the TSA stops Sean Donahue at the airport en-route to Ghana, they discover the snow globe Sue snuck into his duffel bag with a love note, which causes him to rush home to finally tell Sue how he feels about her. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Did You Know?


This is the 1st part of the 2 part series finale. See more »


Bill suggests to Mike "Route 22" to avoid the traffic delays around Evansville on I-64. Indiana State Road 22 is in the northern third of the state and doesn't run border to border. US Route 22 Doesn't reach Indiana: it stops in Cincinatti. See more »

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
5 January 2021 | by castlegirl09See all my reviews

On Wednesday, September 30, 2009, I was a freshman in high school. I was grounded. My parents had recently gone to couples counseling and learned about "Weekly Family Time." That night, they forced their three children onto the couch to play board games and watch new ABC shows. That night, we watched the series premiere of The Middle, and started a journey of nine years on the couch watching a show that would forever mirror our lives.

Flash forward to Wednesday, May 22, 2018. Like Axl, I was a new college graduate who had just accepted my first job across the country. On my last Wednesday in town, we sat on the couch and watched the series finale. I have never cried harder at a television show.

Brilliantly done. Can't wait to see the Heck's back on TV for a reunion!

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22 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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