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Season 3

Aired 4 years ago - May 23, 2012

The Hecks are pleased to learn that Mike's brother, Rusty is getting married. However, the joy is short-lived, when they discover that the wedding is to be held at their house. Meanwhile, Brick cannot attend a party that same day, due to the nuptials.

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Who-- who was I talking to about it, then?
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Once old junkyard Joe kicks it under a pile of newspapers,
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- Well... - Oh, you did not.
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See?
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Don't worry, mom.
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which I have already RSVP'd "yes."
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The man lived in a tent for two years.
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Look, I don't like this, either, but you, of all people, should get this.
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we've recently begun services in your area.
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I'll give you $100 to remove that stump.
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Oh, yeah.
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But there's gonna be a bookmobile.
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"Farewell" has been a lot of people's last word, but it will not be mine.
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That's a hundred eyes judging us.
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Axl!
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has been out for five years, so go buy me a new light bulb.
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I don't know, Sue!
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D'oh!
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for Rusty's bachelor party... While I was in the kitchen,
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Yeah.
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Oh.
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Another guy did it.
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Look, Rusty... having teenagers-- It's a lot to take on.
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Well, I've decided on my last word, and that word is... "Pusillanimous."
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'Cause I've been a dad for 17 years, and he's been one for what?
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Did you plant any doubt in his mind?
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I mean, I look around, and it's just... scary.
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on the kitchen table, like Goldie Hawn," and you try it, and you know what?
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I know.
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Well, not much of a world, are you?
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David Tutera of "My Fair Wedding" does this all the time.
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Figure it out.
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So the big day had arrived, and things were finally under control.
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On any other day, I'm sure she would find this hilarious, but
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He'd figure it out.
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the college community!
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With less than an hour till the wedding, all that was left
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because you do not want the last word.
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Picked flowers-- Decorated ourselves-- Figured it out!
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Damn it, Brick, I don't have time for this!
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Aah!
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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the presence
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Ditto.
Aired 4 years ago - May 16, 2012

Frankie gets Brick to snitch on his siblings, but Mike disapproves of the tattling. Meanwhile, Sue threatens to get Axl in trouble if he doesn't obey her commands; and Mike reluctantly goes to Brick's school for Parent Day.

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You know, the Indy 500 is coming up.
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The Indy 500.
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Axl? Can I ask you a favor?
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Now go sell Fish-Face a car."
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Fine. Get me some chips.
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Axl!
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they'd have put another "S" in there.
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Hey, mom?
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So wait a minute-- Brick is a snitch?
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and there's more of 'em. We need every advantage we can get.
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God. You're even a dork when your life is threatened.
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Apparently, he's been doing mom's dirty work for years.
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If you guys want to go back there,
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Okay, Axl. You can pick us up right here after the show.
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That... was... amazing.
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The show is at 3:45, so we should probably leave by 3:00.
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Just when I'd reconciled myself to losing my job,
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Mr. Ehlert, by any chance, did you promise customers
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and tell people we don't have an Indy car.
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I give it to the bullies at school--they leave me alone.
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But mom says telling on people is a good thing.
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and mom's telling me to do another.
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Hey, it's not like I'm out
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I'm not paying you to yap on the phone, chatty.
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You know, I'd let you stay here alone, but I'm afraid
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Oh, g--
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No way! I can't take it anymore!
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but I just don't think mom and dad will see it that way.
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What? No, no, no. You have to be up front.
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you gotta make a beeline for those sign-up sheets
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Did you find one? Mike? Mike? Mike?!
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Thank you. Did you hear that? Room mom's not worried at all.
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I want to thank you all for coming tonight.
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where you cut in front of that kid and made him cry
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nor do you own or know how to use tools. Are you getting this?
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I said "lake," as in the lake you won't be going to.
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I realize that by violating curfew
Aired 4 years ago - May 09, 2012

Misfortune plagues Brick after he finds a four-leaf clover; Frankie seeks a caregiver for her aunt; Axl struggles with a prom-date dilemma and is also dismayed to learn that Sue is Darrin's prom date.

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You'll never get a man if you can't cook.
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all you have to do is push my face.
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I'll just hoist it up on the truck there,
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See, Brick? You put down the books for a second--
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Doctor? What are you gonna call a doctor for?
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and you're still here, aren't you?
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You didn't do that great a job.
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what happens if the head buries. Head buries.
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No, Darrin. I don't know.
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Just push the red button.
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If not, she may have to move in here.
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What's happening to me?
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This clover is evil.
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How lucky are you that I saw it?
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Measuring cup. Eh? You're welcome.
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What is your problem?
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we could end up getting married, and then I would be Mrs. Sue...
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You know, you should really be nice to me,
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Well, the ad said I'd have my own room.
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The older, the better, I say.
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Wow. So many good applicants.
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Sorry, Axl. I can't go to prom with you anymore.
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Now I just gotta find Emily,
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I've been working on her for a long time.
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Everyone's got a date but me.
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There's always girls crying in the bathroom.
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Oh, I consider it a privilege.
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And they won't be around forever, right?
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Actually, I do have one.
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I think you did. Um...
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Oh, yes, I was definitely gonna want to go over ground rules.
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Let it ring.
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to the kids at the library, Grandma Dot?
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I was looking after my sister, but recently she passed away.
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so I can just figure this out?
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And where the hell are all the spoons?
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Fine by me.
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♪ tonight is the night, is the night ♪
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Oh. The gym looks so magical.
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Hey. I heard you got dumped by Weird Ashley.
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a hottie such as yourself deserves to be cherished.
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Hi, Grandpa Big Mike. Dad says I'm supposed
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Aw, it's not for me to say. They're your kids.
Aired 4 years ago - May 02, 2012

Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires her to reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Frankie is ecstatic when she and Mike buy a much needed new bed but is gobsmacked when her stubborn husband insists on assembling it himself; and Brick attempts to call the President to outlaw the Presidential Fitness Challenge, which would force him to accomplish some strenuous physical exercises at school. MORE -LESS

Aired 4 years ago - Apr 11, 2012

Frankie is inspired by the pastor's sermon at the new church the family is attending. She decides to make it her mission that every family member completes their life's destiny before they die. As Mike, Sue, Brick and Axl come up with ideas as to their destiny, Frankie has a hard time figuring out what exactly she should be doing.

Aired 4 years ago - Mar 14, 2012

Brick takes a job delivering newspapers, in order to save up enough money to buy night vision goggles. Meanwhile, Axl tries to convince Sue that a long-distance relationship with Matt won't work. Elsewhere, Frankie discovers that Mike has been hoarding batteries.

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Oh, honey.
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And this isn't even the worst thing.
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and plus, my lip is bleeding.
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You're looking at the new paperboy at the "Orson herald."
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the same sense of responsibility I always do.
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People are depending on you... Actual people, not just us.
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and we decided our love cannot be killed.
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Matt's just the first of many guys who are gonna "move away."
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Not me. I mostly went to school today.
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Oh, I wish. I'd say I'm roughly two-thirds done.
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You call that a pickoff move?
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See? I knew it'd go faster if we both did it. Mm.
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Hey, the Duncans didn't pick up their paper from yesterday.
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Say something when we needed batteries.
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Exactly. I know how this place works.
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No, I need to tell you something.
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That is so not cool. Brrr! Ugh!
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She's going around telling people that she and Matt.
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Mm! Look, mom and dad should be the ones talking to you,
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like, 50 things I could say on the subject,
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And never once stop to think how it would affect me.
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and even that doesn't always work.
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And the things I have are good...
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- Do we have to? - It's faster without him.
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Who's showing him around.
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I knew you'd look for 'em, which is why I moved 'em.
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Why are you so upset about this?
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What are you talking about? That frosting's for anybody.
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I'm okay with that.
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Sue, what do you think?
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They say love is blind...
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That way, Matt and I can double-date.
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So I've got a draw full of batteries.
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Sorry if I don't say it enough, but thank you for not cheating.
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How was I supposed to know it was gonna rain?
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Yeah, it's, uh, really urgent they read about...
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and you'll never guess who.
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Ohh. You're the folks whose kid is quitting the route.
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So you're raising a quitter?
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And being responsible's why you let him quit after four days?
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And let me guess. You encouraged him anyway?
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Here's 10. Keep the change.
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We're all getting worked up.
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with their ithings and their sketch phones.
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No one's gonna honor Jasper,
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Eh. Keep your batteries.
Aired 4 years ago - Feb 29, 2012

Sue wishes for a big birthday bash for her Leap Year birthday. Meanwhile, Frankie learns that Mike has been taking care of a stray cat, Brick develops a crush at school, and Axl becomes fascinated with vacuuming.

Aired 4 years ago - Feb 22, 2012

The kids have a meeting with Frankie and Mike about their parenting techniques, and they are thrown for a loop, when their parents attempt to change.

Aired 4 years ago - Feb 15, 2012

Frankie pulls out all of the stops in an effort to get an over-excited Sue tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, Mike is thrilled over Brick's enthusiasm to win the school's spelling bee and coaches him for the event, and Axl and his friends attempt to break a road sign's 15-mile-per-hour speed limit - on foot.

Aired 4 years ago - Feb 08, 2012

Frankie and Mike decide to try a fresh approach to Valentine's Day by having dinner out with friends. But a clueless Mike angers Frankie by refusing to present her with a simple romantic gesture. Meanwhile, Axl can't think of a life-changing moment that's occurred in his life when he's assigned to write a school paper on the subject, Brick is tasked with writing a report on love, and a hapless Sue doesn't understand why her new boyfriend has suddenly turned into a bad kisser. MORE -LESS

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I could smack the mom that started that tradition.
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You know, Valentine's would be a lot more fun
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I helped deliver my baby sister at the carpet store,
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- Well-- - I can't help but feel bad for him.
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on how to tell your boyfriend he's a bad kisser.
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Sue, I'd prefer not to yell like mom does,
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this pamphlet I found on kissing?"
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Oh, hey. New plan. We're going out for Valentine's Day.
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He didn't help me take the tree out.
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I thought this girl was really hot,
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asking myself, 'am I hot or not hot?'
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'Cause nothing in my life has happened-- Nothing!
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That e-mail grandma forwarded me about that wild pony...
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You got nothin'.
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Mrs. Johnson's sixth-period English.
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it'd be live, love, laugh.
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One day.
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Lucky he landed on Darrin, who tried it before him,
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by the stupid things teenage boys do.
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I mean, you know, I did some bonehead things
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No, we're good.
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I'm going to do some other things right now
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Sue, wait.
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Garlic is the best.
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Oh, my God. He did it again.
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Here's the thing. He is doing it on purpose.
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Oh, come on, Sue. There are two girls
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Oh, yeah, it's a joke, a very famous joke.
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and while they're sitting there twirling their pretty roses,
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You said so yourself. The whole thing's a scam.
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but there is a small ray of hope.
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You are not doing this for your school project.
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It was Valentine's Day, Mike. Valentine's Day.
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- I cannot believe you said that. - The arguing, the tension, so life-changing.
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See? Right there. That is why I hate Valentine's Day!
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I'm an American girl, so I just want to kiss American.
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but I didn't tell you,
Aired 5 years ago - Jan 18, 2012

With Indiana hosting the Super Bowl, Frankie is devastated when she hopes to land a plum assignment as an official volunteer and ends up with a less-than-stellar position. Meanwhile, the entire Heck household takes advantage of the Donahue's new car while they are out of town, and a scary, close call with the car causes Sue to profess her true feelings to her new boyfriend, Matt. MORE -LESS

Aired 5 years ago - Jan 11, 2012

Aunty Ginny's funeral is the catalyst for Frankie's vow to begin celebrating all of the family's major life achievements. Axl mistakenly eats Brick's school map project and Sue finds out that a boy on the wrestling team has a crush on her.

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you're not supposed to cook.
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but we're grateful because she lived a long life
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and you don't even know who Patton is?
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The point is, she was a nice lady
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Oh, that's so great. I know it's been a tough week.
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Ginny! Want me to make you a sandwich?!
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Well, I hoped you saved a little for her.
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I mean, I am so wiped out. I can't even look at all--
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Damn it, Axl. You ate your brother's project?
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If she had Axl, she'd probably buy it.
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Sorry. My aunt died.
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I told you, I wasn't really watching. Mom did it.
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Well, I'm glad you're here, because I have to tell you that
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Who's Matt?
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a girl could ever have.
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It only goes to 450.
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mom makes a lot of things harder than they need to be.
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and I'm not proud of this, but the last time,
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"Kind, responsible caregiver wanted to share lovely home"
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we dump the dirty bowls in the sink
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Oh, Sue, you know, I don't think
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Dad, there's really only one way to take this.
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That doesn't make any sense.
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Me, mom. "Me" as in "Sue."
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You know, Sue, just because a boy likes you
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Or even the second one.
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Wow. I sort of felt a tingle when you said that.
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I can't turn this in!
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Is this what you're looking for?
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that means she was 100. There's no way she was 100.
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or send her picture to Willard Scott?
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You can't beat yourself up about this.
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then when you miss it, you're never disappointed.
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Ended up doing the laundry.
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There were meal choices, Mike.
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every single episode of "Celebrity Rehab."
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I'm going.
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No way. We love pancakes.
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Okay. Stay with me. Brilliant idea forming.
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Oh. Okay. Excellent.
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Well, first of all, thank you.
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So do we have to write the date on it or anything?
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Are you kidding me?! Are you freakin' kidding me?!
Aired 5 years ago - Jan 04, 2012

After realizing that no one keeps their New Year's resolutions, Frankie decides that they will be assigned anonymously to each family member, and an all-you-can-eat buffet feast will be the reward for those who can abide by their chosen resolution for a week. But chaos soon ensues when Frankie must spend more time with Brick, Mike needs to smile more, Axl has to keep his bedroom clean, Sue needs to stop trying out for things she'll never make, and Brick must stop reading all of the time. MORE -LESS

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Big, giant, scowling, scary man -- not so much.
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Oh, this is great.
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You know, when I had axl, I didn't even work that whole
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I've always considered that one of his better qualities.
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No.
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Guess what?
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Go ahead, Mr. heck.
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I'm in detox.
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You want to come help me put down some traps?
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It's irritating.
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Oh, my God.
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why would pin rhyme with win?
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Oh.
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No uniforms, no budget.
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Oh.
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If I had turned it in, I would have gotten an "a."
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You got a "b."
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tomorrow by 6:00 P.M., and I know what it's like to wait by the phone.
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All right, mom.
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I mean, come on.
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I've never been on the other side before it's like, Mary has a super
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Congratulations.
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So we're gonna practice now?
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We are gellin'.
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I was waiting for the right time to tell you.
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If I could do this, it could be a turning point in my life.
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A point a year seems fair, so you're down to 94.
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I can almost guarantee it.
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Uh, t-h-e... y...
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Uh...
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The chair took up two hours, and things just got better from there.
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Did you know you have the coolest job?
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No, I'm comfortable here.
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the Orson high wrestlerettes need to bring it, bui I can't bring it alone.
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I really thought axl would be around.
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Once we stopped picking our own new year's resolutions, our
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Got an "a" in fifth grade English.
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T-h-e-r-e.
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She's a grandmother, and she has a dog, and she likes tuna fish without mayo.
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It was the best, Mike -- the best.
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reason he rolls up his pyjama bottoms is 'cause he's worried
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You forgot brick.
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I told you to watch out for cops.
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and then I left him, and now he's alone, and he could be
Aired 5 years ago - Dec 07, 2011

On a tipsy whim - and against Mike's wishes - Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party at the house; Mike buys Frankie a much needed new dishwasher for Christmas, but has a hard time keeping it a secret when she begs him to replace the old one before the party; Sue calls on Reverend TimTom to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick when he reads the Bible and begins to question it; and Axl gets annoyed with Bob when he tries too hard to be cool in order to befriend him while working together on a Christmas tree lot. MORE -LESS

Aired 5 years ago - Nov 23, 2011

Frankie's parents, Pat and Tag, invite the Hecks to spend a few days at their house to celebrate Thanksgiving together. But the festivities begin to fall apart quickly when Frankie's sister, Janet, and her family also join in, and soon the siblings are at each other's throats over their widely differing parenting techniques. Meanwhile, Mike tries to offer some advice to Axl on how to pick up girls when he witnesses his son trying to impress a pretty mini-mart cashier - and fails miserably; Brick attempts to prove his innocence when he is accused by Janet of damaging her daughter's expensive toy; and Sue is stoked when Frankie, Pat and Janet invite her to take part in their gossip sessions. MORE -LESS

Aired 5 years ago - Nov 16, 2011

Frankie is thrilled when she learns that the Orson Community Theater is putting on a production of "The Wizard of Oz," and that kids don't need to audition to be munchkins, as they will be automatically cast - which is a perfect scenario for a hapless Sue. But things quickly go awry when Frankie is cast in a singing role and learns the director is not happy with Sue's performance and may cut her from the play. Meanwhile, Brick asks his unreliably quirky Uncle Rusty to attend his school's Special Friends Day - with disastrous results. MORE -LESS

Aired 5 years ago - Nov 02, 2011

Frankie and Mike are convinced that slacker son Axl will blow his interview with a football scout, which could earn him a scholarship to college. Meanwhile, Sue and Brick begin a texting marathon - and rack up some serious charges - when they discover that Aunt Edie accidentally gave them her cell phone; and Frankie tries to be completely attentive to the family's needs when she realizes that she's more considerate to outsiders than her own kin. MORE -LESS

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money's tight.
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Ooh. Jesus lighter.
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I think something to do with music, but I don't know.
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but we will certainly keep Bill Brodis in mind.
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I was reading in mom's bathroom when I overheard her say
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Sometimes the library has limited hours
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Okay.
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Should have called the number while I was over there.
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No, I don't have your dog. I'm just curious.
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- Hello. - Hi.
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Oh.
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you see, uh, Axl's really been gearing up for his future,
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you end up doing something you love.
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But hey, this isn't just about me kicking your tires.
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Come on, Brick. It's my turn.
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"You have exceeded your monthly text plan.
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We are gonna get so busted. Ugh, I can't believe it.
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It's my guitar teacher. I gotta take this.
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and then I look like an idiot with that "future goals" crap,
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And once, your English teacher wrote
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with this guy and Nancy Donahue and God knows who else.
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We're not talking about me. We're talking about you. Ugh.
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What is this? This a pimple?
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picking a back zit, wearing a holey t-shirt
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Um, I'd like to pay my $68.34 texting charge
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and yes, you did go over your text allowance this month.
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Plus this vintage bird lighter,
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Sue, we're stealing from our aunt,
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I'm gonna be the tiny ember that ignites the fire of change.
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I tried to find something that everyone--
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Stop it. I was in school all day. Brain, off.
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I got a strange call from the phone company,
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What are you staring at me for?
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You are so funny. I forget how funny you are.
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and you didn't even notice.
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I tried to be a tiny ember,
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Okay, I don't expect the kids to get it, but you and me...
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You know, I see couples at the mall, holding hands,
Aired 5 years ago - Oct 26, 2011

After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high school Halloween costume party and being ignored by the guys, Sue asks a flabbergasted Mike for his advice on what boys want when it comes to girls. Meanwhile, Frankie reluctantly volunteers to take Brick's socially awkward school social skills group trick-or-treating, and Axl and his friends devise a plan to trick rather than treat the neighborhood kids on Halloween. MORE -LESS

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Well, you know, honey, uh, the thing is...
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No, no, no...
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They're not exactly a hot seller this year.
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Kind of, I don't know, weird.
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Hey! I said I was sorry!
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you just pretend t-to be his cart... Frankie--
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Yeah. That's one theory.
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Well, I guess the girls at the party were dressed...
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Basically.
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Hey, Sue. How's it going?
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Oh, yes. Yes, I have a ton of them!
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And I mean, obviously, having a rockin' bod
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Some boys like...
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Okay?
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and there's just all these boys and--
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Oh, my God.
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I gotta bring my inner Sue out,
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Look, I'm just trying to get through the night.
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What say we go trick-or-treating after all?
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So that's a "yes" on the Hemingway?
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Axl, is Sue, you know, fitting in at school?
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I turned a grocery bag into a purse.
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Wow. Really? Thanks, dad!
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change into new costumes, and go right back at it.
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We could be here all night. Let's go. Yeah.
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Do I look mature?
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So you excited for the party tonight?
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She's wearing a t-shirt, Mike-- one that's actually in style.
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I mean, uh, I liked that big dice thing.
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Get back in there. Really look this time.
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You have every right to tell her not to wear it,
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Before you get mad, I cut my own sheets.
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when we get outside, we all have to stick together.
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how long could one woman stay chained to six nutty kids
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I can't eat candy that's not red. I have to have red candy.
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Especially when you don't get to tell them.
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Hey. What's going on, little Gaga?
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Okay. All right.
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Can I have French fries?
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get away with that comment? I had to do something.
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Here you go, little ones.
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Oh, we're not trick-or-treating. We're too old for that.
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Aired 5 years ago - Oct 19, 2011

As the Heck home begins to literally fall apart, Frankie and Mike consider leaving homeownership behind and moving the family to an apartment. Meanwhile, Axl tries to fake Frankie out by pretending that he's sick in order to get out of taking a school test - and must later convince her that he's well enough to attend a party that evening; Sue and her ex-sort-of-boyfriend, Brad, volunteer to prepare a school skit about showing the dangers of texting and drinking while driving; and Brick tries to offer a little bit of levity by spouting off Shakespearian quotes. MORE -LESS

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What about our emergency fund?
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but we'd all had a lot of beers.
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I am not drunk.
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And we're still looking for volunteers to perform an educational skit
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Okay, you know, just go get into bed.
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You think he's faking?
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It's this surprise party for Jack,
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Did you even call his mom?
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What? Uh... okay, okay, let's see.
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Brad and I became team sober non-texting and driving ambassadors just in time.
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In case you guys haven't noticed, I'm sick.
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Build a dam! Hurry!
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They pay less than they did before, and they love it.
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That's why my mom rents. I don't, uh--
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Yo, Sean. What up?
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but I can do "sick, not sick, sick, not sick, Jewish holiday."
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In that case, señor Heck, I'd be willing to come in on Saturday,
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I know you're stressed, but you don't have to medicate with alcohol.
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who finally realize the error of their ways.
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♪ now we don't do none ♪
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Uh-- w-- but you haven't seen the end.
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It turns out his hairdresser's parents were in a similar boat
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but we can't pay for a new roof and still make our mortgage.
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until you get evicted by the sheriff,
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Is that us, Mike?
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"'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of."
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Okay, look. Nobody's moving anywhere unless we all agree.
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The assistant manager. Welcome to Hickory Arms.
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Ooh, Mike-- New carpet.
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but the sliding glass doors lead out onto your own private deck.
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Did you hear that, Sue? Teen club. Wow.
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I'd fill out one of these. These units are going very fast.
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I say we take a vote right now. Who votes no?
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Well, we're down to ice cube trays
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I mean, I know I was pushing it, but the kids were freaking out.
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Be nice to have some extra cash.
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Aired 5 years ago - Oct 12, 2011

Frankie learns that Axl's PSAT's are fast approaching and he hasn't been preparing for them. Sue sets her sights high and decides to try out for cheerleading, while Mike decides that Brick needs to toughen up when he gets bullied at school.

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know, makeable.
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Oh, yes.
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- There's a boy? - You've been getting bullied?
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He put you in the trash?
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but today I did find half a banana in there.
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Well, I think it stinks.
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Besides, if we're gonna worry about anybody's future, it should be Axl's.
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Got it?
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So... what are your goals?
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not gonna let you in if you're not prepared, so... this is a practice PSAT guide.
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Paying bills and feeding you people and, very occasionally,
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What if, in that split second, I missed their call?
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Because he wanted to.
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getting-put-in-the-trash thing.
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You got to stand up to this guy, and let him know that he can't mess with you.
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Axl had it on his bed.
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know what they're capable of.
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Five more minutes with the possibility of being a cheerleader.
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really hard, they can make it happen.
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In three minutes, will my life stay the same, or will it get so much better?
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But I guess that's just the way the old cookie crumbles.
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Maybe they wrote down my number wrong, or maybe I wrote down the time wrong.
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So the next morning, Sue woke up a cheerleader, and I've
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Okay.
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Brick, you take it from her.
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Come on, Brick.
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Brought you a snack.
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Because they're supposed to be coming out of the ax, but... - You fool!
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Don't you get it, Axl?
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I was sorry I had to be so harsh with Axl, but sometimes
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Ohh, are those new uniforms?
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sorry, but you really didn't make the team.
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What do you mean, "no?"
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Well, here's my thing.
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and Toronto-- So to step down now would be humiliating...
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group photo in the yearbook, and I want to cheer in one game.
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You're just gonna end up a huge loser, 'cause you screwed up
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You're gonna do better when you take the real SATS.
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Huh?
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This is what I've been wanting you to do all along.
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Aired 5 years ago - Oct 05, 2011

Frankie has a meltdown and forces the family to make significant changes to their lifestyle. But just as she puts these changes into effect, she leaves them to spend a some time relaxing with her mother.

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Shh.
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Aah!
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You clip your toenails into a chip bag?
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Axl clipped his toenails into a chip bag, and mom ate 'em.
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I can still taste it on my tongue.
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You know, I don't know where I'm going, but I will tell you this.
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She left.
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Why are we just standing here?
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No, what you gotta do is take some time to think about what
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Did you notice any strange behaviour before this?
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Dad said it's up to us to figure this out.
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♪ don't wanna be all by myself ♪
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She's not a dog.
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The old man moves pretty fast.
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This is everything!
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She had an answer.
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Is that good?
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Look at you, little ballerina.
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That's enough wine for you tonight.
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I didn't know the garlic bread still had plastic on it.
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I just woke up.
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What do you mean you're not sure?
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I don't want you making the trip when it's dark by yourself.
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I don't know.
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All my friends complain about their moms, so I lie and tell
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You get obsessed with something no one else in the universe
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It's not your fault mom left.
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And let's not forget they were Axl's toenails mom ate.
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You never empty the dishwasher, no matter how many times mom asks!
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Well, at least I don't have braces that are costing mom millions of dollars.
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Brick's right.
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We could even clean our bathroom.
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That could really set her off.
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It's the only thing we can do.
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I just don't think I'm ready to go home yet.
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I know I should be grateful-- Good husband, healthy kids, blah, blah, blah.
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bandits" in one night.
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I don't think I spent nearly enough time smelling the back of your neck.
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than toenail moments, I promise you.
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Honey, you got to take a shower.
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Oh, well.
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You're a non-toenail-eater.
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'Cause that's what you do, Frankie.
Aired 5 years ago - Sep 28, 2011

Mike learns that Brick has been skipping gym class, and goes to meet with his fourth grade teacher. Meanwhile, Axl plans a prank on Sue, who is now in high school with him.

Aired 5 years ago - Sep 21, 2011

Frankie insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a guy Mike knew in high school.