FRANKIE'S PARENTS - ALONG WITH SOME UNINVITED GUESTS - SHOW UP FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER, AND AXL TRIES TO FIND THE PERFECT TIME TO TELL FRANKIE AND MIKE THAT HE'S DROPPED MOST OF HIS COLLEGE COURSES, ON ABC'S "THE MIDDLE"
Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock," "Wreck It Ralph") Guest Stars as Frankie's Boss, Dr. Goodwin
Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke Return as Frankie's Parents, Pat and Tag
"Thanksgiving V" - Thanksgiving finds the Heck family in turmoil when Axl tries to figure out the perfect time to tell his parents that he dropped three out of his four college classes. Frankie's dad, Tag, admits to Mike that he lost a lot of money gambling online and won't be able to take his wife Pat on a planned cruise. Sue is hiding a shocking secret from her discount shopping excursion with Frankie, Dr. Goodwin and Uncle Rusty's wife and kids show up unannounced for Thanksgiving dinner, and Brick goes to extreme measures to have lime green jello salad during the feast, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 11/20/13)
"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 Marsha Mason as Pat Spence, Jerry Van Dyke as Tag Spence, Jack McBrayer as Dr. Goodwin, Mary Birdsong as Marlene, Dorothy Lucey as newscaster, Sigi Gradwohl as Colleen, Bryan Lawrence as Louis Vuitton, Bunny Levine as elderly woman and Dallas Nevins as younger Brick.
"Thanksgiving V" was written by David S. Rosenthal 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,D,L parental guideline.
For more information on "The Middle," visit ABC.com/TheMiddle