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The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.

Season 1

Aired 6 years ago - May 19, 2010

Parent-Teacher conferences cause Frankie to worry about the kids. In them she's told Axl is gifted but not applying himself, that her teachers still do not know who Sue is, and Brick may have to repeat the second-grade due to failure to return over 30 library books. Guest star Betty White as the school librarian.

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Blond and sort of athletic-looking? No.
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So we're getting pretty used to the drill. He tested as academically gifted.
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He's getting C's. Which are the new d's.
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We got some pretty interesting news at your conference today.
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100.
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You find out I'm really smart, and you're still on me?
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I'm gonna be the kind of parent we hate.
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He agreed to straighten things out with the librarian,
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Hi, Mrs. Nethercott. I-is there a problem?
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As you've checked out book after book after book
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I love the books in this room like they're my very own babies.
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No, uh, field trip to an Amish farm.
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You have until Walt Whitman's birthday.
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I know, I know. You don't know who she is.
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No. Why can't there be some team, some club
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And stay positive in the face of all odds.
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No-cut?
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I can run! I ran all the way home from school yesterday,
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I know, honey. We did it! You did it.
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What are you doing?
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Then how come nothing's sticking in my brain? Seriously.
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Making a protein shake.
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I'll call 'em back, 'cause they're still my friends
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mm.
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I don't get it.
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And it didn't make a damn bit of difference. You know what? I don't think it's us.
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We're good parents, Frankie. We are.
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Sorry I'm late.
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See, this deer came out of the woods, and...
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See you in third grade, Mrs. Nethercott.
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But I already searched my entire house.
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second grade.
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Or AI gonna repeat second grade?
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He used to do really well on those aptitude test things,
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With the aptitude scores on it, that your name and score
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Well, that explains it. The scores were switched.
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And she makes the team.
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Absolutely not. Go, Sue!
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Oh, come on!
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I almost gave up and stopped talking.
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Aired 6 years ago - May 12, 2010

Frankie points out to Mike that his social ineptness has been passed on to Brick, leading Mike to decide that both he and Brick need to be more social, and the Heck family BBQ is the perfect time to try. Meanwhile, Axl volunteers to clean the family pool in an attempt to get girls to stop by and swim and Sue tries to raise money for a local parish because her new friend, Reverend TimTom might be leaving in order to keep costs down MORE -LESS

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And there's no tryouts for jesus.
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The wonderful progress we've made.
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Or other group situation can lead to hurt feelings.
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You see, parents,
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Sometimes the point is so obvious,
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Sue's teeth--your family.
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It's not just about the genes, mike.
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And suwas giving youth group a try.
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Oh, he doesn't lead the youth group.
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let's rap about what's on your minds.
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♪ yeah, it's tough ♪
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We'd be on to something.
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Well, son, you're never really done.
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Everyone can always improve, evene.
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Lo, brick, we got this big barbecue coming up.
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Attaboy!
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♪ awkward on the outside ♪
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If you'd like to come to our barbecue this weekend.
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Is that true? Is reverend timtom leaving?
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Sue was devastated to be losing reverend timtom
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Axl's right. It's the kickoff to ors bikini season,
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Des, u ne to move more!
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My dad never let me anywhere near ours.
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What are we gonna do?
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I was really touched watching them.
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So you have ancestors from France and belgium?
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You're a good listener.
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♪ no one takes you seriously ♪
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Or... You could do mine?
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I asked brian to come in and help me,
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Oh, I don't know much about that,
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It's like you wanted all these things,
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Wow. I just... Feel like you get me in a way that--
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And you think your life's gonna go one way,
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Frankie, seriously, give me another chance.
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Harder than I thought. What happened to you?
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It sounds like an excuse, but mom'd probably fall for it.
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Eh, brick, that's kinda your mom's thing.
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So the church could afford to keep you.
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It's who I am. I'm timtom, the roving rev.
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Im. No, the other half.
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I'll tell you what's gonna happen to you, sue heck.
Aired 6 years ago - May 05, 2010

Mother's Day for Frankie is anything but serene when she finds herself doing more for Mike and the kids and less for herself. But she learns that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when she escapes the family for a few hours to go to her mom's (Marsha Mason, "The Goodbye Girl," "Chapter Two") and ends up acting like a child by making her mom wait on her hand-and-foot. Meanwhile, Sue feels guilty when she steals a motivational magnet from a store whose message actually enticed her to shoplift it. MORE -LESS

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And read his paper in peace. It's his day.
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Old Bologna would be the star of that show?
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Hey, Mike, can you bring me the stain remover?
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Is this it?
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Take your time.
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I thought I'd give 'em time to find me something nice. Didn't we just do Valentine's day?
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You forgot Mother's Day, didn't you?
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Yeah, okay. I'm in kind of a hurry here.
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No. We got plenty of fridge magnets at home
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No.
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'cause you're on 'em all day, and it's inflatable,
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Yep! A certified piece of I.U. Hoosier gym.
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But I had to come get it that morning,
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Okay.
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And if you can find a picture of yourself to put in it,
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Could somebody get that?
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What? Why? She always comes here. Yeah, well,
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Yet just loud enough that I can't sleep through it. All right.
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The whole way we'll listen to music and gab.
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What's going on with you?
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Ship's pretty much sailed on that one.
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I just loved it so much, and dad wouldn't buy it for me,
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We'll take it back to the store tomorrow
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After stopping at a do-it-yourself car wash
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Your leg must be feeling better.
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But you didn't have come all this way. My gosh!
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Oh, my.
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Come on, chop suey.
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But we all deserve chocolate.
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What is it about being at your mom's house
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Can you bring me a pop or something?
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Oh, how long was I asleep?
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And, mom, in triangles, okay?
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I mean, I just came all the way up here
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What are you, a court reporter? I'm sorry if I drove an hour and a half
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"Can I eat this?" uh, "where's my raincoat?"
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I'll bet you just made that up as an excuse to not see me!
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I don't understand?!
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If you guys wanted to be alone, why didn't you just say so? It's really hard, Sue.
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Use your head!
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I'm sorry, Sue.
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With double-fried dark meat and monster fries,
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Hey, everybody.
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Aired 6 years ago - Apr 28, 2010

Frankie is worried that Axl's going to get his heart crushed again when his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Morgan (Alexa Vega, "Spy Kids," "Ruby & the Rockits"), re-enters his life and tries to mold him into the man she wants him to be. Meanwhile Brick learns what it means to be a mother hen when he has to watch over a baby chick for a school science project. MORE -LESS

Aired 6 years ago - Apr 14, 2010

After failing to pay the electric bill on time, the electric company shuts off the Heck's power. This leads Frankie and Mike to cut down on their unnecessary expenses, including their cable TV. The kids take up other activities to fill the void, but Frankie and Mike have a hard time figuring out what to do. Meanwhile, Brick and his other socially-challenged friends have to go outside for recess when the school library shuts down. MORE -LESS

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Whipped cream!
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Aw. Sauerkraut.
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Of the library, until... All right, boys. I need you to come with me.
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From now on the library will be closed at recess,
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Okay, if we can make it to that slide over there,
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Hello, mr. Heck. Yeah, yeah. Cut to the chase. Five minutes.
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Insurance. Phone.
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We've already cut back on everything.
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You started it. Add that. Go ahead. Add that, steve.
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Spend less, cut back, pay off your debts.
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Great suggestion, but how about we buy less takeout food,
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So... We're getting rid of cable.
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You're acting like this is the end of the world. How is it not? Tell me how it's not.
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Wait!
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So we didn't have cable- not the end of the world.
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Brick... Well, brick read. Big surprise.
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How come you're the only one to get your name in the name?
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Yeah.
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Besides watch tv, and we can't?
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Dad, would you write me a note to get me out of recess?
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Aunt edie and aunt ginny have invited us to bingo
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it's a freebie.
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Actually this is your future.
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Frankie. Bingo! You won?
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Ladies and ladies,
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aah!
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Ohh. There is so much we can do with this.
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That's gonna really feel great.
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If we weren't gonna pay the debt down.
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And tell us what you think we should do with the money.
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We need to pick something that will make all of us happy,
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Well, like you could be a rock star?
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You know what? You're all useless.
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And in the light of day, things seemed clearer. Well, the first thing we should do
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I just want you to know
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And I think I have a plan to get us back into the library.
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So if we get 'em together, it'll create a diversion,
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We'll tell rayna that one of the 4-square boys likes her.
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Wrecking their game. Hey! Your stupid ball messed us up.
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Okay! All right. Don't eat--
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I can't get it dirty.
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Semper fi.
Aired 6 years ago - Mar 31, 2010

Mike's dream comes to fruition when Frankie's boss, Mr. Ehlert, offers him two tickets to the Final Four. Unfortunately, Frankie's uncle dies and the funeral is set for the same day, leaving the two in a battle and Frankie making Mike chose what life event is more important to him. Meanwhile, Sue gets Brick out of going to a birthday party by impersonating Frankie over the phone, but the plan hits a bump when Frankie needs to call and tell them that Brick cannot attend because of the funeral. MORE -LESS

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Just because he likes sports doesn't make him a nice guy,
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These are tickets to the final four!
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And, frances, you were ten minutes late this morning!
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They eat sugar, and then they run more,
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And tell her I can't come.
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You'll get an "a." I promise.
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(whispers) allison. I mean, allison.
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I've never lied before in my whole life.
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To the final four is a very dangerous option.
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(telephone rings)
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If there were only some way to get this...
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Yeah. (sniffles) he was 91. Mm.
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Saturday, huh?
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I know it's hard, but he had a good, long life.
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You only met him once when you were very little.
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It will all make sense.
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(gasps)
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(beep) did I say axl? Because I meant brick.
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Oh, and don't wait till the last minute
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Yeah, well, that's what day it is, mike.
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It's the final four, frankie. Final four!
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I thought he was the guy with the toe for a thumb, too.
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I'm not gonna sit here and explain to you
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I want to go to the final four.
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I can watch it three hours later, sitting on my couch,
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Well, you'd never know it.
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I don't even know why we're talking about it.
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But I don't want you to go because I want you to go.
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No one has to come to my funeral.
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If you can't go to this funeral with a smile on your face,
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I'm gonna turn myself in. Pull yourself together.
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You should've thought of that before you got in.
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Hello, allison.
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And we both-- (click)
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(inhales deeply) wait. This isn't frankie heck.
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So I picked up aunt edie's photo album
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I want to go to the funeral. I really do.
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I got beer in the fridge, a couple bags of chips.
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Now she'll know I'm not the child she thinks I am,
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(exhales deeply) whoa. I don't feel so good.
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(organ playing "amazing grace")
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Huh, dad?
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Who has some thoughts she'd like to share with us now.
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Aired 6 years ago - Mar 24, 2010

Frankie fears for her job when a motivational consultant comes to get the sale team into shape. While Frankie is putting in many extra hours, Mike has to deal with the children and their issues, including making the house more fun for Axl and his friends, giving advice to Sue's ex-boyfriend and helping Brick with a school project.

Aired 6 years ago - Mar 10, 2010

Axl is heartbroken when his girlfriend (Alexa Vega) breaks up with him; Sue and Brick watch a scary movie.

Aired 6 years ago - Mar 03, 2010

When Mike discovers that Brick is a spelling whiz and won the school spelling bee, he puts all his efforts into training him to win the regional bee, which could ultimately lead to competing in the Scripps Spelling Bee. But as the family gets set for their road trip to Chicago for the regional bee, Frankie and Mike are horrified when they realize they forgot one thing -- Sue's birthday. MORE -LESS

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Like, eight or nine friends sleep over this Saturday.
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Mom thinks a sleepover's not a good idea,
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Did you know our boy won the school-wide spelling bee?
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Midwest regionals in chigo next week, and if he wins that,
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The overlap between things you're good at
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"Perspicacious."
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O-p-o-e-i-a.
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Brick heck, ture champ. He's heading for regionals.
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Why didn't you just say it was for your birthday?
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Honey, your mother and I are sorry. We feel terrible.
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We're going to chicago for my birthday?
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But your present is that you get to be in charge
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Oh! I want to stay mad,
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You interrupted my R.E.M. Sleep.
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From every fun thing we do for my birthday weekend,
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Actually, I think I, the birthday girl,
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♪ when along came an avalanche ♪
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I'm hungry. Hungry.
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We're not stopping. I want to get to the hotel
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Oh, well. You guys are so gonna love
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We have to get to the motel, get brick a nice hot bath,
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To the motels we had picked.
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There's poop in the toilet!
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And I am including the ozarks and the frog infestation.
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Yeah, that's right. It's all about brick.
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The spelling bee is a big deal. To who?
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My 13-year-old comes up with. 14. She had a birthday.
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I just wanted to make everybody happy.
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And it sure didn't make that room look any better.
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But, yeah, I know they're your favorite. Aw!
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I like doughnut holes.
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You should be focusing on letters right now, not numbers.
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Right at your table. Brick...
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And that's when it finally sunk in for mike.
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If we can, please have
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The winner of this competition will go on to compete
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"Minutia." M-i-n-u-t-i...
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That's incorrect.
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One of these contestants will be our midwest champion.
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"Prospicience."
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"guerdon."
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The next word is "chiaroscurist."
Aired 7 years ago - Feb 10, 2010

Valentine's Day unexpectedly finds Frankie and Mike home alone and ready for a romantic evening while Brick is away at his first sleepover, Sue goes to her first boy-girl party, and Axl has a big date night planned with some friends. But Cupid's arrow doesn't exactly hit the target, and the best laid plans soon begin to unravel.

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No, zack is the cat kid, and he's a total get! The cat is the get?
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Easy, girl.
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Happy valentine's day.
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I think I know what the makeup is about.
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I don't know what I meant.
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mom, That is totally unfair.
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Yeah, well, we were bad parents then.
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Your reading flashlight,
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Me, too.
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$50 to $75 gets you on the ground floor.
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Carly's mom is outside.
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God sees everything you do!
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Oh, my god, mike. We're alone.
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After dinner isn't always your sexiest time.
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I'm just saying maybe we should do it now
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It's go time!
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Mr. Heck, Mrs. Heck, great to see you both.
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These guys are stuck paying for their dinner,
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Keep walking. Just keep walking.
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I guess it has been a long time.
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I have a ball with a bell in it.
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2 for dinner. Okay. And you're fine with a 45-minute wait?
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Wow! That line wraps around the building, too, huh?
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and you blew it! I hope you're happy!
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Let's make a pact that we won't leave each other
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I don't want any.
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I'll get your server.
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Okay.
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Let's look into each other's eyes.
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Let's each name our five favorite moments
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Eh, it's cool. They're just playing hard to get.
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and the girls show us their appreciation.
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You're really good at this.
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I'm good.
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Yeah, I understand. I'll be right there. Bye.
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And if the guy with the breadsticks comes by,
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Want a beer? I brought it from home. No! No, I don't!
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because of how zack reacts.
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Really? You want him to come over again?
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Come on. Back to us, all right?
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Hi, honey. It's sue.
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i'm an immature dork for wanting to leave. I'll be right there.
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Mr. Heck?
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dude, we've been duped.
Aired 7 years ago - Feb 03, 2010

Frankie makes a deal with her kids, that if they do their homework and keep chores she won't nag them. Meanwhile, Mike takes a job as a night driver with Bob.

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It was in this morning? It hasn't moved.
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I would film my kids and show them what they sounded like.
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Brick, your dad's going to the mall.
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Have you done your paper?" (sue) I will!
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Hey, honey. Hey, mike.
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So, michael michael bo-bikel. (chuckles)
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It's uh, union pay, easy gig.
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Okay, we are gonna watch some educational television.
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Hey, you recorded me? ...Is to make me some sort of mindless zombie here.
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Okay, there we go. ...I won't make it, and it will be all your fault!
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I have had it with you. All you have to do around here
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The kids don't listen to me unless I yell at them. (earrings thud)
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One day later I find you on the bathroom floor,
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I've decided I don't like the way I sound on the tape.
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Then you'll show me you can listen,
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That's stupid. We should get money. Okay, this is not some kind of contest for prizes.
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Actually a trust-respect circle. Or is that an oval?
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Mike will be so excited. Oh!
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So...
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Between the mayan and aztec cultures. (whispers) I don't know
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Hits was gonna be harder than I thought.
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My kids.
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God, I want to yell. I want to yell so bad.
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Whatever happened to the whole trust circle thing? It's a trust-respect oval,
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Helping me figure out how the hell I'm gonna get through
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Brick. Where'd you get that hat? I thought you didn't have one.
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Welcome to my time, mike,
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I'm not really sure you should do that while you drive.
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Mm! (horn honks)
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I felt this new sense of freedom opening up for me,
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Can somebody get that?
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Sue was supposed to be at my house an hour ago to babysit.
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Brick, here. Can you sit with the baby while I get dressed?
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But then I saw this homeless guy going through the trash,
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You're just starting to work on this now?
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Okay, I admit it. I screwed up. Go ahead, yell at me.
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(cries)
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"you're a nice guy, but I think--"
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Bob, this is a little persol.
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Oh, my god! I'm needy?!
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Haven't I suffered enough?
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Maybe you can win this woman back.
Aired 7 years ago - Jan 13, 2010

Mike loses his job when the plant shuts down for scientific research after he discovers a dinosaur bone in the quarry. However, Mike starts to get irregular feelings when he discovers how drastically things have change technologically over the years when considering the terms of searching for a job. Meanwhile, Frankie feels she must once again come to Brick's rescue when he decides to run for school historian. MORE -LESS

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I promise. All I need is your signature.
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It's not fair. You're totally qualified.
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I'd like to quit that job.
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What hope is there for the rest of us?
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How do you expect to get any interviews?
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My interview's going great. How do you spell "scrotum"?
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And when I lost for junior high homecoming court.
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You know the deal, pal! You are on your own.
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Sure. Don't worry. I'm cool.
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Axl, this is what you gotta do to get a job.
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A complete makeover for $100. Now if you want
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So you can sell 'em crap they can't afford.
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And I'm like... "sweet."
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I need your help.
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There.
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Just turn arnd and walk away.
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the best basement light bulb money can buy.
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Okay. How about you tell me a little about you?
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Well, what would you say is your best quality?
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Are you even allowed to ask me that?
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Or stretching to extreme lengths?
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When will I learn?
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You think it's funny, huh? I n't think it's funny.
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Your school laws don't apply to me... Megan.
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Mom, if I've learned anything
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But I do know what shirt I'm gonna wear.
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How do I describe myself? I don't.
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My passion is you and the colts and the kids.
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For the community.
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But why septic waste?
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I guess what I'm really saying is that...
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Just write whatever you want.
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brick, why are you reading?
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He doesn't get it done. It's not your job to save him.
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Everything. They didn't even put training wheels on my bike.
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Look, honey, I'm sorry.
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It went great.
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Those my pajama bottoms?
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And I was ready to let brick sink or swim,
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With the great privilege to tell our story
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He sensed a certain falseness in my enthusiasm.
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- How's his speech? - I don't know. I didn't write it.
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don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Aired 7 years ago - Jan 06, 2010

When Sue has a run-in with her sons, Frankie fears that a confrontation with the trasy neighbor may be at hand. Meanwhile, Axl attempts to bribe Brick after he's asked to teach his little brother how to kick a ball for a gym requirement. However, Brick is the one turning the tables and it ends up bribing him for another favor.

Aired 7 years ago - Jan 06, 2010

A hormonally charged Sue wants a cool pair of jeans in order to fit in with her peers, resulting in Frankie and Mike enduring the unpredictability of teenagers, while Axl wants a car to impress a girl. Meanwhile, attempting to teach Brick about responsibility, Frankie and Mike reluctantly allow him to take care of Aunt Edie and Aunt Ginny's dog Doris for a few days. MORE -LESS

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Listen, I'm 16 now,
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See, ever since axl got his driver's license
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And... stupid!
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Stop crying right now.
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I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
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Honey, I believe that it's not at people see on the outside
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Damn.
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Ohh.
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No, not these. These are my old, gross jeans.
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Is that how it is now, ricky ricardo?
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Let me see it. No.
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112 bucks for one pair of jeans?
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That cost more than all my pants put together? Okay, I wouldn't expect you to understand.
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So? What do you think?
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I did not not make drama club.
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Oh, right. The magic jeans got her a callback.
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Oh. Hey. I need to meet some friends at pizza pan.
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Also if I had my own car,
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She's just some girl I've kind of been seeing.
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Fine. Just don't say anything moronic like, "nice to meet you"
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wow.
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Yeah, but a guy needs a car--
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She's also an excellent student and a good influence on him.
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For the same price as those jeans, you go for it.
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That cost 112 bucks?
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We tighten that, you're good. Mike and axl were getting along.
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I thought I was handling the teen years pretty well.
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um, brick?
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Do you think "the crucible" or "grease"
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Are you serious about this audition or not?
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There was no way around it.
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Sue, I have some bad news.
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I just feel terrible.
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I just have to let my inner light shine through.
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Honey, you don't really feel that.
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You think I don't do anything for you?
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Never mind. I got her.
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Um, so what do you think about the shirt?
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I'm texting bella that you picked me up in your own car.
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Brick, dog.
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Axl, watch it. I was justrying to help.
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Axl isn't gonna be able to go out with you tonight.
Aired 7 years ago - Dec 09, 2009

Mike takes over the responsibility of organizing the Heck family Christmas while Frankie practices for a solo that she is singing at midnight mass. However, she gets jealous when Mike seems to be doing a better job than she ever did. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike help Brick get over a problem so he can get into the Christmas spirit.

Aired 7 years ago - Dec 02, 2009

Frankie encounters two perfect siblings and vows to make her children stop fighting and become a loving family. Meanwhile, Aunt Edie makes a costly mistake at the quarry and Mike considers firing her.

Aired 7 years ago - Nov 25, 2009

Frankie's plan to have an idyllic family Thanksgiving backfires when Mr. Ehlert demands his staff work over the holiday. Brick goes missing in a corn maze.

Aired 7 years ago - Nov 18, 2009

Frankie accidentally hits Brick in the head with a beer bottle when trying to get the trash out before the garbage truck leaves. But when Brick innocently tells his school that the scratch was caused by his mother throwing a beer bottle at him, a social worker comes to evaluate the Heck family. Meanwhile, Bob helps Mr. Ehlert shoot a commercial for the car lot. MORE -LESS

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When high prices is a... black man, yes, sir.
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Brick and the beeping in class. Brick and the howling in class.
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with your son this morning.
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and then just snowballed from there.
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I could kick her ass.
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I am never mad, never, ever, ever.
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Look--hey, you know what?
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Or teacher appreciation day or the back-to-school picnic,
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So if I tell the social worker that you hit me, too,
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and they're gonna see what a normal family we really are.
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the social worker might ask you.
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if she asks you if we were coaching you,
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just a teeny, teeny bit
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I hope he goes to a nice family.
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this time she really does.
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That's not right, is it? Eh.
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- They don't roll off the tongue. - Um...
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Take that off. Damn it, Axl, take it off!
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He said, "Son, stuff those feelings down.
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Sue, get out there and clean that up.
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Okay, don't swell up, Sue. Don't swell.
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Her head gets cold.
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It really is.
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It's--it's better if everyone just stays relaxed, okay?
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Just about every chance we get. We love spending time together.
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Three times a week. More if the Colts are losing.
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And what do you do as a family for fun?
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Okay. Brick is up next.
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It wasn't going well for me,
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You made it through the whole thing!
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In my old commercial, I was beautiful, Bob!
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Do not start to cry again, Sue. I swear, I will--
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I think I have everything I need,
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I understand. Of course. Um, so...
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It was years ago.
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You dated our social worker?
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I didn't call her because I met you,
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I tried to be as mellow as Mike,
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I mean, isn't being surprised the most fun?
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Oh, I--nervous bladder. I have a doctor's note.
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Yes?
Aired 7 years ago - Nov 04, 2009

When Axl accidentally breaks down the front door, Mike insists that, he fix it in order to teach him a lesson, which leaves the Heck house wide open for days. At work, Frankie needs to sell a car within a week or she will have to wear a dog suit outside the lot for promotion. Meanwhile, it's picture day at school and Sue is concerned because she has never had a flattering picture taken of herself. MORE -LESS

Aired 7 years ago - Oct 28, 2009

Brick's teachers tell Frankie and Mike that he is "socially challenged". Mike believes that enrolling Brick on a basketball team is a good way to get him to interact with others, but the idea falls through. However, when Mike enters the neighborhood block-party lawnmower contest, he realizes that Brick has some special talents. Meanwhile, Frankie joins a booster club in the hopes of raising enough money for Axl's football team to buy new jerseys, but Axl refuses to give his old one up. MORE -LESS

Aired 7 years ago - Oct 21, 2009

Sue sells sausage and cheese samples for the school. All her efforts go in vain as the school fails to see this. Frankie demands her daughter fights for her rights. Meanwhile, Brick discovers love with his current girlfriend a little stressful as she bosses him about.

Aired 7 years ago - Oct 14, 2009

Frankie and Mike's romantic anniversary get-away is ruined by various family matters, including Brick being sick, Sue being lovesick, Axl just getting his learner's permit, and two psychotic aunts and their dog.

Aired 7 years ago - Oct 07, 2009

Trying to save her job, Frankie organizes a publicity stunt by filling a car with jelly beans. Meanwhile, Sue fails to make the swim team and realizes that she needs glasses and Brick starts reading his mother's romance novels when he can't check books out of the library.

Aired 7 years ago - Sep 30, 2009

Frankie is struggling in her career as a car salesman because she has yet to sell one. She finally thinks that she has made her first sale, but the car is stolen right in front of her. Meanwhile, Sue becomes part of the school choir... as part of the stage crew and Brick wants Frankie to come into school dressed as a superhero for a presentation, but neglects to tell her the correct day. MORE -LESS