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Frankie Has a Fight With Herself Since Mike Won't Fight With Her on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 13th 2011 2:14AM
'The Middle'While 'Modern Family' gets all the accolades, and 'Cougar Town' gets a lot of attention for its terrible name, 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM on ABC) has just been sitting back and making a quality family sitcom for a season-and-a-half now.

The performances and characters are neither outrageous nor sensational, but they are genuine and honest.

Take, for example, this week's major crisis for the Heck family. Frankie accidentally bought a $200 bottle of make-up, thinking it was $20. Unable to return it, she and husband Mike had to take on extra jobs to make ends meet.

But what was eating Frankie up about it was that Mike wouldn't yell at her, even though she admitted to the screw-up. So she took care of the yelling for him by having both sides of the argument.

What followed was a brief madcap argument that was both familiar and reasonable, even if both sides were coming from the same mouth. Even Mike felt she'd said it all pretty well.

As it turned out, Mike wasn't mad at Frankie for making a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. He was frustrated that a $200 mistake could be so devastating to their daily lives.

That's a reality many of us can relate to, and that's why 'The Middle' is perhaps the most honest sitcom on television.

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Thanks for calling out this hilarious scene, one of many in last night's ep. This show reminds me a lot of "Roseanne," but without the mean-spirited core. "Genuine" and "honest" are definitely the right words to describe it. I never thought I could see Patricia Heaton as anyone but "Raymond's wife" or Don't-Even-Know-His-Name as anyone but "The Janitor," but I have to give credit to these two actors for pulling it off. Both of them inhabit these roles perfectly.

January 13 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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