Funny / The Middle

  • In the spelling bee episode, Brick ends up losing because of his little repetition tic, making a Running Gag into something truly hilarious.
    Axl: I had the lowest of expectations and I am still disappointed.
  • In "Friends, Lies, and Videotape," Sue and Carly want to see a rated-R movie because Taylor Lautner is in it. They pretend to be adults by wearing their moms' clothes, drinking coffee, and loudly having what they think is an adult-sounding conversation while they're in line.
    Sue: Do you remember when we went to see 127 Hours? I didn't think there was enough sex and violence! I could have used more mature themes!
    Carly: Yeah, I totally could've handled that!
  • In "The Name", Brick's "whispering to himself" tic gets reversed when he whispers to Frankie when talking about Janet and looks down when he says the last word out loud when he looks down.
    Brick: [whispering to Frankie] But she's so bossy. [Looks down at himself and talks out loud] Bossy.
    Frankie: Shh!
  • In "Office Hours", Frankie becomes so forgetful she drives to her old job at the car dealership, a full year after having left.
  • The Hecks stunned at Axl refusing to see how incredibly stupid his girlfriend, April, is.
    • April begs off being with them on Thanksgiving because she has to see "Grandma." It turns out it's not really her grandmother but rather her babysitter who she just calls Grandma.
    Brick: And she's obviously not a good babysitter as she clearly dropped April on the head several times.
  • In "A Very Marry Christmas", Brick baby-sits some kids. They have fun, and upon leaving, we get this:
    Kid: I had a lot of fun, Brick. You must be the most popular kid in school.
    Brick: Well, I am in school.
  • Later in the same episode, the Hecks discover that Axl and April got married and completely lose it. Frankie and Mike start chasing Axl around a neighbor's Christmas-decorated lawn, screaming at him for being such an idiot.
    Mike: Get away from that Wise Man! You've got no business being near wise men!
    • Brick tries to stop him with a candy cane as Sue trips him with some lights. The mom of those kids passes by in a car, sees this mess and declares the kids are never going to see Brick again.