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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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 30 Sep. 2009 ...
23 May 2018 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

"Sue tries out for show choir with disastrous results. Frankie desperately tries to close a sale with disastrous results. Brick has trouble relating to his teacher with odd results."

-- That was the plot for the pilot back in 2009,, a beginning of a long journey of 215 episodes over 9 years, now has come to an end.

As for the finale it was filled with emotions yet funny but it didn't prevent me from having that itchy feeling in my throat every time i see the Hecks all together arguing ,, thinking this would it,, the last time of being part of that family.

final thought, I only hope ,, they come back, not now , not real soon, but maybe in 5 years time as a TV movie to just make us re-live in the middle once more.

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22 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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