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Review: The Middle - The Interview

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 14th 2010 1:46PM
The Middle
(S01E13)
It looks like the dinosaurs are going to play havoc with the Heck way of life for the next four months. It gave us a brilliant opportunity to look at the current state of the job market. When Mike was laid off after his discovery of a dinosaur bone at the quarry led to a shut down while the rest of it was dug up, he found himself unemployed and looking for work alongside Axl.

The job search process has changed a lot since Mike was out there, and probably for a lot of Americans who are finding themselves looking now. The interview process has changed as well. I can say from first-hand experience that some of those goofy questions Mike was facing are really out there, and it really is a dancing game to figure out what the recruiter wants to hear, because it's almost never the truth.

Unfortunately for Mike, sometimes even playing the game doesn't work because then you don't sound sincere. Honestly, I have no idea what the point is of the hoops and games in interviews these days. Maybe someone involved in that racket can explain it to us. I do know that it makes for some great comedy.

Technology has changed the process as well, though I don't know if things are quite as convoluted and informal as Axl indicated. His text "interview" with the movie theater was hilarious though, and it actually landed him a job. I'm with Mike. I have never felt more confident that the future of this country is in good hands.

Especially if it's in Brick's hands. Who knew that if you pulled his nose out of his books you'd find him much more capable than anyone imagined. Actually, I had an idea that he was just going to wing it at his speech. He's a smart kid, and apparently he knows how to appeal to the other kids. We don't get much of a chance to see Brick with his peers, so I'm not sure if this speech was a turning point in his relationship with them, or if he's always been the lovable nerd, but he was a superstar up there.

Then, he was right back to his shenanigans with the announcement that he needed pictures of all his classmates by tomorrow. The closing montage of the pictures Frankie took of the sleepy, and in some cases sleeping, children was absolutely hilarious.

Poor Sue was mortified that Brick won the election for Class Historiain (is that a made up thing?), as her abject failure at everything is such a huge part of her character. I love Sue, and I want her to find true happiness and success in something. With the series renewed for next season already, maybe they can give her some fleeting moments of joy by letting her win something, even if they do yank it away from her a few episodes later for a technicality or something.

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Mike

The casting of the adult leads are no accident. These are two great TV actors. This episode is exactly what this show does so well. It's life and you deal with it. Evene to the point that whoever supplies the carryin from fast foodland is called the "cook" by everyone else.
I think Sue had a triumphant arc with the boyfriend. I'd like to see him back for proms, etc. And Mike deserves a good gig. He oughta fall into something so the family can experience some moments of actually shopping at a real supermarket without worrying about price.

January 15 2010 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

I like Axl, but I thought that last night he seemed too Napoleon Dynamite-ish.
Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn are awesome.

January 14 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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