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

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 »

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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
Paul Hipp ... Reverend TimTom
Beau Wirick ... Sean Donahue
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
Luenell ... Security Woman


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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Release Date:

22 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heck of a Ride See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the last episode of the series. 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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The Show Failed the Cast
28 May 2018 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

Patricia Heaton had too much control on this show. She did not do what was best for the show but "What was best for her". She did not really mature the children in this show. In fact the kids as they got older became for immature.

I stop watching this show years ago. I wanted to catch the last episode to see if it got better. Well the show did not get better. In fact the last episode was not very funny it was just stupid.

In the final episode the Heck's are on one final road trip as a family. They Heck's are dropping off Axel in Chicago for him to start his new job. What I can't see is Axel not holding any job because he is a brainless moron.

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