‘The Middle’ Episode Guide (April 30): Sue Frantically Tries to Earn College Scholarship

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‘The Middle’ Episode Guide (April 30): Sue Frantically Tries to Earn College Scholarship

“The Optimist” (04/30/14) – With high school graduation less than two years away, Sue finds herself becoming super stressed out when she hunkers down and frantically tries to earn a scholarship to help pay for college. Meanwhile, upon figuring out that business is down because she forgot to send out all of Dr. Goodwin’s dental appointment reminder cards, Frankie tries to find a way to secretly send them out without her boss finding out.

After Mike misinterprets a situation and scolds a girl for picking on Brick, Brick demands that Mike formally apologize, and Axl and his football buddy, Hutch, eat the Hecks out of house and home in order it try to bulk up so that they are big enough to be picked again to play on the team next year, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are Jack McBrayer as Dr. Goodwin, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Brian Scolaro as Mickey, Ava Allan as Piper, Michael Chambers as Olson, Aloma Wright as cashier, Thomas Crawford as Piper’s dad, Traci Belushi as Piper’s mom and Betsy Baker as patient.

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 harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Having been fired as the least successful sales woman at the town’s only surviving car dealership, Frankie re-evaluated her career path and is now working as a dental assistant. 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 eats them out of house and home and walks around the house in his boxers. But his lazy days are numbered as he prepares to enter college via a well-earned sports scholarship. Then there’s Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary daughter, who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Now a junior in high school, she continues to navigate the raging waters of school life and, to Frankie and Mike’s horror, will be driving on her own since recently passing her driver’s test – on the sixth try. And last is Brick, their quirky son, who is entering middle school. He reads constantly, whispers and “whoops” to himself and unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer.

But through all the madness shines a loving family, and together the Hecks are putting “The Middle” on the map.

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