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'The Middle' - 'The Fun House' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2010 4:53AM
Amy Sedaris(S01E18) I had no idea Amy Sedaris was going to show up on 'The Middle' this week. They did a pretty good job of keeping her true purpose a secret, too. We got to see two sides of Sedaris in the episode, both of which were a little disconcerting, but awesome at the same time.

While Frankie was dealing with new stresses at work, Mike was finding out that it's not all it's cracked up to be when you're the cool house on the block. It's expensive, a lot of work, and most distressingly, it fills your house with kids you don't know. I have nice stuff in my house. I sure as hell don't want strangers walking in and out of it.

That said, I wouldn't mind stopping by the Heck house for a quick game before we go any further in this.

I don't know how it is on the coasts, but having a pool table in your house really does make you the king of the neighborhood here in the Midwest. There's nothing like being able to kick back with a cold one and play a few games without having to pump quarters into the side of the damned pool table before every break.

It was awesomely awkward seeing Brad again. The writers are certainly having a lot of fun exploring his latent sexuality; this week by having him break Sue's heart all over again when he expressed interest in Carly. I loved the lines with Sue explaining that he was sent to a Christian camp to help him suppress his urges to smoke cigarettes. Do you think she actually caught him smoking -- *ahem* Nevermind.

Brick was under-utilized this episode, but still got in some good lines when trying to interview his parents. I particularly liked it when he wanted Mike to slow down when telling his story involving women and bad behavior.

But it was Amy Sedaris in a subdued performance that really stole the show. I was prepared to love her as a drunken customer in the beginning, because almost nobody does drunken crazy lady like Sedaris. But when she turned it around and became a crazy taskmaster. I loved all of her abrupt intrusions into Frankie's various sales attempts with overly aggressive and crazy advice.

I can't wait until my very presence is enough to clear out my house, but I laughed hardest at Frankie and Mike simply dancing in the corner of the basement while the teenagers fled in terror. Is it really that simple?

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brooke

Hey Sean, they were dancing to "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung.

March 25 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ace

I was searching soo long name of that song :D Thanks brooke :)

January 23 2013 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
abauman49

As for Frankie and Mike dancing, my wife and I could have then stepped in with a little "Watusi" or "Mashed Potatoes" and driven them out in turn...
..and the beat goes on...

March 25 2010 at 6:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sean

what is the name of that song??? THANKS!!

March 25 2010 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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