2009, 8 seasons to date
By Eileen Heisler
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Mike gives daughter Sue questionable advice on handling a crush. Mirroring Newton's laws, growing Independence by Axl and Brick are balanced by codependency by Frankie's aunts. Assured the world won't stop without her, Frankie takes a fifteen minute break, and the world falls apart.
Socially indifferent Brick didn't bother to protest when classmate Olivia declared him her boyfriend, but soon tires of her 'romantic' demands to the point of despair. Alas, Axl's advise doesn't cut it and Mike is no match for the possessive, selectively deaf mini-bitch either, but Brick's brain ultimately finds a way out. Eager to Sue Sue succeed at something, both parents invest ludicrous effort in helping her win a place on a cheap bus trip to nearby Indiana by selling $3,000 food for the school. When her name is absent from the winners list, teacher in charge ...
Frankie is worried that she is getting old after she throws out her back, Sue has a crush on Axl's friend who is working on a school "project" at the house, and Brick becomes wise to Frankie's lies.
When Axl is suspended for skipping school, Mike decides it's time to teach his son a lesson about life and makes him go to work with him at the quarry. But Mike's master plan backfires when Axl likes the job so much that he wants to quit school and lead the life of a quarryman. Meanwhile, Frankie is devastated when she fears that she accidentally prayed away Sue's cross-country team after it's cut by the school; and while practicing a magic trick, Brick makes the main TV remote disappear - and can't figure out how to make it reappear.
After Axl plays a trick on Sue at school and doesn't come to her defense, a debate ensues over who's really in charge in the family, causing Mike to attend a parent-teacher conference with Brick's new teacher.
Frankie gets fed up with the kids and leaves to spend some time with her mom, leaving the kids with Mike to figure out what they did wrong and how they can change.
Frankie contemplates a new career after Mr Ehlert lets her go, Sue mentors a popular freshman girl, and Mike considers punishing Brick for his rudeness.
The Hecks get Brick a pet rabbit to help his social skills, Sue tries out for school mascot, and Axl doesn't know which cheerleader he's dating.
Axl is fed up with his college roommate, Sue gets a job so that she can get a car, and Frankie and Mike get bad news about Brick from his middle school principal.
During the Orson Centennial parade, Mike and Frankie volunteer to drive a float, Sue tries to make Darrin jealous, Axl tries to make some money, and Brick is upset over his town slogan not being chosen.
Frankie and Mike are shocked when Brick announces that he wants to go to his school's fall dance. Axl has a week to declare his major but has no idea what it should be. Sue attempts to show she's more mature by drinking loads of coffee.
Frankie decides to buy a new kitchen table online, Sue and Darrin hit a rough patch over a piece of jewelry, and Axl and Hutch create a "fratority" to help pay for house bills.
Frankie is stunned when Mike wears a Hawaiian shirt to dinner with some friends. Sue inadvertently tells Devin how much Axl loves her and Brick becomes overly ambitious while cleaning the bathroom.
Frankie is stunned when Mike wants in on one of his brother's crazy business ideas. Axl desperately tries to prove that he is capable of riding his dad's motorcycle. Sue plucks up the courage to confess something to Brad.
Frankie's surprised to hear the kids would rather live with Mike if they ever got a divorce. Sue attempts to reclaim her bedroom from Brick; Axl lashes out on his family after having to act nice around April.
Sue asks Axl for advice on how to break up with her boyfriend; Brick tries to fit in with his classmates; Frankie accidentally buys some racy underwear.