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The Middle 7×14 ‘Film, Friends and Fruit Pies’ : “Always friend down.”

This week, we have Axl struggling with work, Sue realizing that her perfect roommate maybe isn’t so perfect, and Brick morphing into a tyrannical little psychopath. I know which of those I found most interesting, how about you? Nicolette Schneider is a lit geek, a comic geek, and a certified TV fanatic. She often prefers […]

The Middle 7×12 ‘Birds of a Feather’ : 9 to 5

Work, work, work, that’s the theme of things this week. Well, school too, but school is rather like work on the bad days, and even the good ones. Frankie struggles at the dental office after it’s taken over by an evil corporate chain of dental offices, Axl learns that being an intern sucks, and Sue […]

The Middle 7×11 ‘The Rush’ : Mike’s Twitter war

Winter hiatus is over and the Hecks are back. Frankie does that thing she does at least twice a season where she suddenly realizes her kids are growing up too fast, Sue rushes sororities because of course she does, she wants to join everything all the time, and Mike gets dragged kicking and screaming into […]

The Middle 7×10 ‘No Silent Night’ : One Hecked up Christmas

With Christmas upon them, Frankie decides to avoid the usual shenanigans by skipping church. Why show up embarrassingly late and get stuck watching the service on a TV in the overflow room when they can stay home and watch a service from their couch? Perfect plan, right? What could possibly go wrong? Nicolette Schneider is […]

The Middle 7×09 ‘The Convention’ : The university of Axl

With Thanksgiving out of the way, it’s time for Frankie to head back to work. Kind of. Actually she heads to a dental convention with her boss, all expenses paid. She also kicks Axl out of her house and into Sue’s dorm. And Brick, he needs a babysitter while his parents are gone. Or does […]

The Middle 7×08 ‘Thanksgiving VII’ : “Read the packet!”

It’s Thanksgiving. A time for all families to gather round, pig out, and generally drive each other crazy. All families except the Hecks, who vote to have Thanksgiving next May, since everyone’s busy. Frankie’s got a holiday job that requires her to wear a bonnet, Sue’s working crazy hours at her old job, hoping to […]

The Middle 7×07 : Homecoming II: The Tailgate : “Oh my God I’m a Batman villain!”

After a week off to make room for the CMA’s, the Hecks are back to celebrate Homecoming. That means lots of puking, parental embarrassment, and Mike obsessing over a really big spatula. What is it with guys and the size of their spatulas? Nicolette Schneider is a lit geek, a comic geek, and a certified […]

The Middle 7×06 ‘Halloween VI: Tic Toc Death’ : The Orson Zone

Full disclosure, this may be one of my favorite episodes ever. Was the writing epic and phenomenal? Not necessarily. Was the concept super original? God no. Was this show different from the last hundred-plus we’ve seen? Heck yes. It was different, it bucked the usual formula, and I love it for that. Nicolette Schneider is […]

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The Middle 7×05 ‘Land of the Lost’ : One big distraction from death

You know things are bad when Mike doesn’t want to watch a Colts game. While Frankie tries to figure out what’s causing his sudden depression, Sue takes Brick on a tour of her campus. And then loses him. But she finds a hot guy, so she’s really not that concerned. Nicolette Schneider is a lit […]

The Middle 7×04 ‘Risky Business’ : “We played sex chicken and lost.”

Mike’s idiot brother with all the idiot ideas is back, but this idea might not have quite so much idiot in it. Are the Hecks going to become filthy rich? Well, no, we all know that’s not going to happen, this show’s way too formulaic. Also, it’s not that final season of Roseanne the idiot […]

The Middle 7×03 ‘The Shirt’ : Middle-life crisis

Axl’s worst nightmare becomes reality when Sue interferes with his love life. Brick’s cleaning methods threaten to bring the Heck house down around it’s occupants. And, most shocking of all, Mike wears a Hawaiian shirt. It’s the end times, people, head for the bunkers. Nicolette Schneider is a lit geek, a comic geek, and a […]

The Middle 7×02 ‘Cutting the Cord’ : Brick the bookmark

Sue’s officially a college girl, but dorm life isn’t all that she expected. After getting two kids through to the higher education system, Frankie and Mike are too tired to parent anymore, leaving Brick to fend for himself. Axl, he’s got ant problems, and his whole storyline’s rather boring, until he does that thing he […]

The Middle 7×01 ‘Not Your Brother’s Drop Off’ : Bang, you’re dead

The Hecks are back, and it’s time to say goodbye to one of their own. Kind of. They’re dropping Sue off at college. Of course if Axl’s school experience is any indication, Sue will be home more often than she isn’t, so it’s not like we’re actually losing a character. Seriously, why even go away […]

Tyrant 2×09 ‘Inside Men and Outside Women’ : Drowning

So this week, Jamal is a drunken fool, Sammy continues work on his whiney teenage thing, and Molly breaks up with her almost-boyfriend when she learns her husband isn’t quite dead. Things get extra bloody as more bombs drop, and Jamal the drunk orders his son killed. Just another day in Abbudin, folks. Nicolette Schneider […]

Tyrant 3×08 ‘Fathers and Sons’ : My father is dead

All right, folks. We’ve been building up to a Barry/Sammy reunion for weeks now, but I honestly thought it was going to take longer, that the season would end with Sammy learning his dead dad is a live rebel leader. Said revelation happened five episodes earlier than I expected, and I’m pleased about that. Are […]

Tyrant 2×07 ‘The Awful Grace of God’ : You were my favorite

Tons of character stuff going on this time around. Sammy’s quest to free Abdul leads to a reunion with his dad’s killer, and Barry’s attempt to rescue Daliyah leads to a confrontation he’s not ready for, Tragedy within the family has Jamal wondering again if killing his bro wasn’t the best idea ever, and things […]

Tyrant 2×06 ‘The Other Brother’ : Family matters

Ma’an and it’s oil fields have been taken, Jamal doesn’t know what to do about it, so he cries for help to the Chinese. Sammy’s back in Abbudin to throw his dad under the bus and search for an old flame. And Barry takes on the role of resistance leader against the Caliphate. Also, Jamal […]


Tyrant 2×05 ‘A Viper in the Palace’ : Running man

After a  handful of episodes where he mostly just hangs out and sulks, Barry finally gets to do something this week. And by do something, I mean he gets beat up several times, shows that he’s not so great at stealing cars, and alienates one of his only friends. But hey, he also grows himself […]

Tyrant 2×04 ‘A House Built on Sand’ : Father’s Day

Romeo and Juliet meets Abbudin this week as we learn that Jamal had a long ago romance, resulting in a son. The kicker? The woman he loved was a Rashid. You know, the Rashids his family has been fighting with for thirty years, the Rashids that were just horrifically gassed.  Yeah, not the best circumstances […]

Tyrant 2×03 ‘Faith’ : Take me to church

One of the most interesting moments from last week’s show involved Barry falling to his knees in the desert. I said then that Barry probably hadn’t prayed in years, and that was confirmed in this latest episode. As the title suggests, ‘Faith’ sees our characters wrestling with their spiritual beliefs, or lack thereof. Nicolette Schneider […]