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Frankie Heck ([[Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond Patricia Heaton]]) and her husband Mike ([[Series/{{Scrubs}} Neil Flynn]]) live in the Midwestern town of Orson, Indiana. Frankie was a saleswoman at "Ehlert Motors" (where she had the lowest sale record) and Mike is the manager at the local quarry. Their three children are: Axl (Charlie [=McDermott=]), perpetually lazy and unmotivated, even to wear a shirt or pants; Sue (Eden Sher), the braces-wearing middle child who tries out for a number of extracurricular activities...and fails spectacularly at them all; and Brick (Atticus Shaffer), the gifted, but socially awkward smallest child, who reads a lot and has a tendency to [[VerbalTic whisper the last words he said]][[note]]last words he said[[/note]].

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Frankie Heck ([[Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond Patricia Heaton]]) and her husband Mike ([[Series/{{Scrubs}} Neil Flynn]]) live in the Midwestern town of Orson, Indiana. Frankie was a saleswoman at "Ehlert Motors" (where she had the lowest sale record) and Mike is the manager at the local quarry. Their three children are: Axl (Charlie [=McDermott=]), perpetually lazy and unmotivated, even to wear a shirt or pants; Sue (Eden Sher), (Creator/EdenSher), the braces-wearing middle child who tries out for a number of extracurricular activities...and fails spectacularly at them all; and Brick (Atticus Shaffer), the gifted, but socially awkward smallest child, who reads a lot and has a tendency to [[VerbalTic whisper the last words he said]][[note]]last words he said[[/note]].


** "Halloween VI: Tick Tick Death" is done as a spoof of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', with Brick as Rod Serling (although he claims he's really Rod Serling from ''Series/NightGallery'').

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** "Halloween VI: Tick Tick Death" is done as a spoof of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', with Brick as Rod Serling Creator/RodSerling (although he claims he's really Rod Serling from ''Series/NightGallery'').

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** One early episode has Sue and Brick complain about getting hand-me-downs from their older cousins, Randall and Mindy. At this point in the show, Mike's only brother was unmarried and had no children and the only child of only Frankie's sister is younger than Brick.


** In a later season 9 story arc, Brick is given the same the same assignment, forced to used the same (now virtually destroyed) doll Axl used.

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** In a later season 9 story arc, Brick is given the same the same assignment, and forced to used use the same (now virtually destroyed) doll Axl used.


* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the early seasons, Axl was almost never seen without his[[ThoseTwoGuys two best friends]] Sean & Darren; Sean continued to appear frequently [[spoiler: and eventually ends up marrying Sue]], but Darren disappeared after dumping Sue when she she turned down his proposal.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the early seasons, Axl was almost never seen without his[[ThoseTwoGuys his [[ThoseTwoGuys two best friends]] Sean & Darren; Sean continued to appear frequently [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and eventually ends up marrying Sue]], but Darren disappeared after dumping Sue when she she turned down his proposal.


* {{Fanservice}}: Axl. He's played by a 19-year-old actor.
** Don't forget about his two buff football buddies who have had multiple shirtless scene. Sometimes the scenes are even homoerotic. Case in point: the first Valentine's Day episode, where Darren takes a picture of the three of them sitting side by side, flexing for the camera.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Axl. He's played by a 19-year-old actor.
young adult actor with a learn, ripped body.
** Don't forget about his two buff football buddies who have had multiple shirtless scene.scenes. Sometimes the scenes are even homoerotic. Case in point: the first Valentine's Day episode, where Darren takes a picture of the three of them sitting side by side, flexing for the camera.



** The GrandFinale shows that [[spoiler:Axl had three sons who are just as lazy and snarky as he is. Frankie says it's retribution for what Axl put her and Mike through.]]

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** Frankie frequently lampshades this when talking about stoic Mike and his equally stoic father.
** The GrandFinale shows that [[spoiler:Axl had [[spoiler:in the future, Axl has three sons who are just as lazy and snarky as he is.was as a teenager. Frankie says it's retribution for what Axl put her and Mike through.]]


** In season 9, Axl takes the lazy side to new extremes after spending a summer in Europe. Later, in the episode “Eyes Wide Open”, he visits his college roommate Hutch in Chicago and sees how he is acting more like a responsible adult than when they last saw each other. This inspires Axl to finally shed his slacker image, cut his hair neatly, and find work that makes better use of his business degree.

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** In season 9, Axl takes the lazy side to new extremes after [[spoiler:after spending a summer in Europe. Europe]]. Later, in the episode “Eyes Wide Open”, he [[spoiler:he visits his college roommate Hutch in Chicago and sees how he is acting more like a responsible adult than when they last saw each other. This inspires Axl to finally shed his slacker image, cut his hair neatly, and find work that makes better use of his business degree.degree]].


** In the season 9 episode “Eyes Wide Open”, Axl visits his college roommate Hutch in Chicago and sees how he is acting more like a responsible adult than when they last saw each other. This inspires Axl to finally shed his brilliant but lazy attitude, cut his hair neatly, and find work that makes better use of his business degree.

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** In the season 9 9, Axl takes the lazy side to new extremes after spending a summer in Europe. Later, in the episode “Eyes Wide Open”, Axl he visits his college roommate Hutch in Chicago and sees how he is acting more like a responsible adult than when they last saw each other. This inspires Axl to finally shed his brilliant but lazy attitude, slacker image, cut his hair neatly, and find work that makes better use of his business degree.


* SharingRoomStrife: One episode Brick sleeps in Sue's room because of Axl's snoring.


* FirstKiss. Subverted somewhat in "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Valentine's Day]] III" in the third season. Sue and her new boyfriend have admitted to each other that his French kisses have been a problem for them both—she doesn't like the feel of an other person's tongue in her mouth, and he's been trying to avoid cutting his tongue on her braces. So the show ends with a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} on the Hecks' doorstep, as they kiss on the lips, limned by sunlight. It's not her first kiss per se but it's her first real one.

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* FirstKiss. Subverted somewhat in "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Valentine's Day]] III" in the third season. Sue and her new boyfriend have admitted to each other that his French kisses have been a problem for them both—she doesn't like the feel of an other person's tongue in her mouth, and he's been trying to avoid cutting his tongue on her braces. So the show ends with a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} nice moment on the Hecks' doorstep, as they kiss on the lips, limned by sunlight. It's not her first kiss per se but it's her first real one.one.
* FirstPeriodPanic: Played for laughs. During a camping trip with her family, Sue discovers she's having her first period, and her period blood has attracted the attention of a [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] nearby.


** In the episode "From Orson, With Love," an ad for the upcoming movie ''[[Film/TheLoneRanger Disney's The Lone Ranger]]'' appeared alongside Frankie's Dad's YouTube video. Disney owns ABC.

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** In the episode "From Orson, With Love," an ad for the upcoming movie ''[[Film/TheLoneRanger Disney's The Lone Ranger]]'' appeared alongside Frankie's Dad's YouTube Website/YouTube video. Disney owns ABC.

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* SharingRoomStrife: One episode Brick sleeps in Sue's room because of Axl's snoring.

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* BumblingDad: Subverted with Mike, as he is a streetsmart man, who knows what he is talking about.


** Sue. No matter how many times she fails to make any team or club, she never gives up. This extends far enough that, in that SeasonFinale, she "runs" five laps around a cross-country track ''with a twisted (and possibly broken) ankle'', only for it to start raining while she's on her final lap. Then, after being splashed with mud and grass and losing a crutch, she drags herself across the finish line with only her arms. Did we mention that the entire time [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the theme from Chariots of Fire was playing]], timed out well enough that what is usually a cheesy StockParody turned into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Sue?

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** Sue. No matter how many times she fails to make any team or club, she never gives up. This extends far enough that, in that SeasonFinale, she "runs" five laps around a cross-country track ''with a twisted (and possibly broken) ankle'', only for it to start raining while she's on her final lap. Then, after being splashed with mud and grass and losing a crutch, she drags herself across the finish line with only her arms. Did we mention that the entire time [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the theme from Chariots of Fire was playing]], timed out well enough that what is usually a cheesy StockParody turned into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for Sue?



* FirstKiss. Subverted somewhat in "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Valentine's Day]] III" in the third season. Sue and her new boyfriend have admitted to each other that his French kisses have been a problem for them both—she doesn't like the feel of an other person's tongue in her mouth, and he's been trying to avoid cutting his tongue on her braces. So the show ends with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on the Hecks' doorstep, as they kiss on the lips, limned by sunlight. It's not her first kiss per se but it's her first real one.

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* FirstKiss. Subverted somewhat in "[[ValentinesDayEpisode Valentine's Day]] III" in the third season. Sue and her new boyfriend have admitted to each other that his French kisses have been a problem for them both—she doesn't like the feel of an other person's tongue in her mouth, and he's been trying to avoid cutting his tongue on her braces. So the show ends with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} on the Hecks' doorstep, as they kiss on the lips, limned by sunlight. It's not her first kiss per se but it's her first real one.



** This builds up to Frankie [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech telling her off]] during "The Name," when Janet shows up all by herself ostensibly to give Frankie some time and space to study for her dental-hygiene final, but seems only interested in showing her sister up. A short time later, Janet admits to Frankie that her daughter has severe tantrums and has been sent to a special camp during spring break, and as such she envies Frankie, setting up a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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** This builds up to Frankie [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech telling her off]] during "The Name," when Janet shows up all by herself ostensibly to give Frankie some time and space to study for her dental-hygiene final, but seems only interested in showing her sister up. A short time later, Janet admits to Frankie that her daughter has severe tantrums and has been sent to a special camp during spring break, and as such she envies Frankie, setting up a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.



* GoldenMoment: Usually with Frankie, but when it's Mike, expect a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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* GoldenMoment: Usually with Frankie, but when it's Mike, expect a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.



* JerkassHasAPoint: In the 2013 Christmas episode, Axl and Frankie negotiate when and how they will spend Christmas together. Frankie's non-negotiable is watching a Christmas movie. Problem, she got it in German. Axl, having been denied the right to go to a bonfire to watch this, determines that this sucks and goes to his old room. Frankie says that he's right, and this Christmas is terrible. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Don't worry, it gets better]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: In the 2013 Christmas episode, Axl and Frankie negotiate when and how they will spend Christmas together. Frankie's non-negotiable is watching a Christmas movie. Problem, she got it in German. Axl, having been denied the right to go to a bonfire to watch this, determines that this sucks and goes to his old room. Frankie says that he's right, and this Christmas is terrible. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Don't worry, it gets better]].



* TrueLovesKiss: After kissing her for the first time, Axl comments to Lexie that she needs to brush her teeth, but then says he doesn't care and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming kisses her again]].

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* TrueLovesKiss: After kissing her for the first time, Axl comments to Lexie that she needs to brush her teeth, but then says he doesn't care and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments kisses her again]].

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