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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#520) "The Optimist"
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SUE FRANTICALLY TRIES TO EARN A SCHOLARSHIP TO HELP PAY FOR COLLEGE, AND FRANKIE MUST FIND A WAY TO SECRETLY SEND OUT THE DENTAL APPOINTMENT REMINDER CARDS THAT SHE FORGOT TO MAIL FOR DR. GOODWIN, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"

Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock," "Wreck It Ralph") Guest Stars as Dr. Goodwin

"The Optimist" - With high school graduation less than two years away, Sue finds herself becoming super stressed out when she hunkers down and frantically tries to earn a scholarship to help pay for college. Meanwhile, upon figuring out that business is down because she forgot to send out all of Dr. Goodwin's dental appointment reminder cards, Frankie tries to find a way to secretly send them out without her boss finding out. After Mike misinterprets a situation and scolds a girl for picking on Brick, Brick demands that Mike formally apologize, and Axl and his football buddy, Hutch, eat the Hecks out of house and home in order it try to bulk up so that they are big enough to be picked again to play on the team next year, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

Guest starring are Jack McBrayer as Dr. Goodwin, Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Brian Scolaro as Mickey, Ava Allan as Piper, Michael Chambers as Olson, Aloma Wright as cashier, Thomas Crawford as Piper's dad, Traci Belushi as Piper's mom and Betsy Baker as patient.

"The Optimist" was written by Tim Hobert and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.

"The Middle" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.

For more information on "The Middle," visit ABC.com/TheMiddle

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MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/30/09 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2014)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
6 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's sixth) on 5/9/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2014) Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor in an attempt to get her family through each day intact.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Atticus Shaffer as Brick
· Charlie McDermott as Axl
· Eden Sher as Sue
· Neil Flynn as Mike
· Patricia Heaton as Frankie
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Kattan as Bob
CREW INFORMATION:
· DeAnn Heline as WRTR (Pilot)
· Eileen Heisler as WRTR (Pilot)
· Julie Anne Robinson as DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Black and Blondie Productions
· Warner Bros. Television