“The Table” (10/22/14) – As Frankie and Mike wish each other a happy 20-somethingth wedding anniversary, Axl decides that he and Hutch need to class up their broke-down house and find another roommate to help with expenses.
But while helping Axl track down a dining room table to help spruce up his house, Frankie finds a full dining set on sale online for $50 and ends up giving Axl the Heck house dining room table, while she excitedly looks forward to her new purchase.
Meanwhile, after being presented with a special necklace to proclaim his love, Sue becomes angry with her boyfriend, Darrin, when she discovers that he had also given the same gift to his former girlfriend. And Brick begins a podcast, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Guest starring are John Gammon as Darrin, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Jimmy Kimmel as himself, Tommy Bechtold as Kenny, Ian Bamberg as Nick, Mat Botuchis as Chris, Jude Demorest as Samantha and Dallas Nevins as young Brick.
“The Table” was written by Roy Brown and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.
Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a married wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.
Between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love, humor and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl, the oldest, is a jock slacker who is beginning his second year of college via a sports scholarship; moving this year from the dorm to a house with his friend and teammate Hutch. Now responsible for his own meals, it’s a given that he will continue to come home often and eat his family out of house and home.
Then there’s the ever-optimistic Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now in her senior year of high school, this just might be the “year of Sue” as things may finally start going her way.
And finally there’s Brick, their quirky son, now navigating his way through his second year in the treacherous times of middle school. He reads constantly, whispers and “whoops” to himself and has always unapologetically marched to the beat of his own drummer. But now that he’s getting older, he wonders if he might be missing something, leading him into a misguided effort to be more social.
Their hilarious struggles continue, but through all the madness shines a loving family, and together, the Hecks are putting THE MIDDLE on the map.
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
“The Middle” was created and is executive-produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television.