The Hecks really put on a show this week. After a fantastic opening sequence filled with all manner of kid craziness, Frankie yelling, and Mike handing out ultimatums, the episode settled into a great display of what would happen if our kids took over their own oversight.
A typical morning in the Heck household begins with Frankie banging on everyone’s doors in an effort to wake them up. And on this particular morning, here’s what the family had in store once everyone woke up:
And so it was that Frankie was nagging, and Mike was punishing. So what are a bunch of put-upon kids to do? I loved how Axl, Sue, and Brick sat Mike and Frankie down to discuss their concerns with them. Starting off with “Here’s the thing, Mom” was hilarious, and I loved how quickly Frankie got defensive. They have meetings and they keep minutes! The entire thing was awesome.
As was the entire trip in the car to find Sue’s missing jacket. Brick reading “Of Mice and Men” to Axl for his book report — just the highlights — was great, and Axl somehow asking Weird Ashley (Katlin Mastandrea) to prom for the second year in a row was priceless. I think you could probably argue that he’d merely said they should go out again, but I am eagerly anticipating The Middle picking up on this thread again toward the end of the season.
And then, how great was the moth in Brick’s ear? I don’t know what Axl planned on doing with scissors and matches, but the call he made to Frankie while she and Mike were at the bowling alley was hilarious. I bet if he’d really tried, he could have convinced her that it was a hypothetical question.
All in all, another superb outing by the show. And lest I forget some other great moments: