The Middle (2009–2018)
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The Carpool 

Frankie joins a carpool for Brick when the bus drivers are on strike, Axl pretends to be in an astronomy class to impress a girl, and Mike gets in trouble after blowing off Sue's offer to spend time with him.


Eileen Heisler (created by), DeAnn Heline (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
Rachel Dratch ... Principal Barker
Pat Finn ... Bill Norwood
Jen Ray ... Nancy Donahue
Alphonso McAuley ... Hutch
Nicole Travolta ... Zoe
Marc Evan Jackson ... Professor Danzinger
Bryce McBratnie ... Aaron
Greg Cipes ... Chuck
Malcolm Foster Smith ... Dave
Troy Metcalf ... Jim


With the bus drivers on strike, Principal Barker asks the parents to form carpools to get the kids to and from school. But with time management not being one of Frankie's strong suits, her carpool kids find themselves facing the possibility of being on the receiving end of some tardy slips - which could ruin their chances of being invited to the "No Tardy Party." Meanwhile, Axl hits the books and becomes an expert in Astronomy - a class he's not even taking - in order to tutor a hot student; and when Mike receives two IU basketball tickets, he tries to find someone to accompany him to the game, not realizing that Sue really wants to go with him. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In a scene at Axl's university, Frankie tells us Axl has watched Hot Tub Time Machine 27 times. Charlie McDermott actually had the small part of "Chaz" in the movie. See more »


Frankie Heck: Listen, this week's a little crazy, so Tuesday I'm gonna need you to pick Sue up from work.
Mike Heck: Got it. Where's that again?
Frankie Heck: Seriously, Mike? You don't know where your daughter works? I think that's sad.
Mike Heck: I think you're sad.
Frankie Heck: Well, we're all sad, that's a given. So where does your daughter work?
Mike Heck: I know it's potatoes, Frankie. We've been eating her funky potato rejects for weeks. I just don't know where it is.
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References House Hunters International (2006) See more »

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