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'Everybody Loves Raymond' Stars Reunite on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 12:05AM
'Everybody Loves Raymond' Stars Reunite on 'The Middle'Back when Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts appeared on 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' the pair's characters had a pretty antagonistic relationship. That pattern continued tonight when Doris guest-starred on the season premiere of 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC). Roberts plays Ms. Rinsky, the new school teacher who has Brick Heck (Atticus Shaffer) in her class.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Brick is the youngest and most precocious child in the Heck family. And so when his parents Frankie and Mike (played by Heaton and Neil Flynn) show up to talk to Ms. Rinsky, they're understandably hopeful that they can get Brick some "special attention." Ms. Rinsky isn't in the mood to humor them, though, and takes specific aim at Frankie. "Every parent thinks their child is 'special',"she tells Frankie. "[But] they can't all be." Okay, that's actually a good point.

Still, Frankie fights back in defense of her son, who actually is unique and gifted. "Brick is 'quirky' special," she says to the teacher. Meanwhile, her husband Mike is starting to get confused. "I don't know what we're doing here. Are we trying to convince her that Brick is weird, or not weird, or what?"

All of this parental pestering just ends up making Ms. Rinsky angry with Frankie. "I know that it's easy for some mothers to latch on to their sons too tightly. ... Let me tell you something. You add an 'S' to 'Mother,' you know what you get? ... 'SMOTHER.'" Zing! Once again, it looks like Heaton and Roberts are fated to play characters who don't get along.

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Why is this item not on the main page? :-S

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