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'The Middle' -- Dealing With the Terror of Adult Diapers (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 7th 2010 12:40AM
'The Middle' -- Dealing With the Terror of Adult DiapersOne sure sign of impending old age is that you have to get fitted for adult diapers. Though actually, the preferred term for "adult diapers" is "briefs" -- since the word diapers is considered a little, well, babyish. Still, whatever you call them, they can't be that much fun. And on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC), Frankie Heck must confront the fact that she is old enough to be a candidate for an "adult incontinence product." Yikes.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is lounging around at home, when her daughter Sue (Eden Sher) calls on the phone. Sue is off at a babysitting assignment. However, the parents haven't left her any diapers -- and the baby in question is "double-loaded, " which sounds kind of ominous. Sue needs diapers right away, and so Frankie is pressed into service.

But when Frankie shows up at the local store and asks to be led to the diaper section, she runs into trouble. The clerk takes her to the adult diaper section. "My grandma likes these," the clerk says. Not good. Frankie is appalled; she widens her eyes and drops her jaw in horror. Yeah, she's middle-aged, but she's not old. At least, she's not that old. ... Right? Sure, it's probably never too early to familiarize yourself with various "adult brief"-related product options, but Frankie's time has not yet come -- we hope.

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