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* PapaWolf: Mike has this towards his children; especially towards his daughter, Sue. An example of this would be in Season One's Valentine's Day.

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* PapaWolf: Mike has this towards his children; especially towards his daughter, Sue. children.
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An example of this toward Sue would would be in Season One's season one's Valentine's Day.Day.
** In season 3, he chastised Rusty for not showing up for Brick's "special friends" presentation at school.

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* NeverLiveItDown: Brick was switched at birth, spending the first month of his life with the Fergusons. Brick usually brings it up whenever his family annoys him, and [if the Fergusons are right] the authorities blamed the Hecks for bringing home the wrong baby.
-->'''Anna Ferguson:''' People who steal babies shouldn't throw stones.


-->'''Older Brick:'''I had a very interesting childhood.''

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-->'''Older Brick:'''I Brick:''' I had a very interesting childhood.''

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Each member of the Heck family by the series finale.
** Axl moves back to Orson and marries Lexie. They eventually have three sons, who behave just like he did when he was a teenager (Frankie called it the "greatest revenge" for her and Mike). By the time of Sue's ending (see below), they seem to be expecting a fourth child.
** Sue, after several breakups and reconciliations, marries Sean Donahue with her mentor Reverend Tim-Tom presiding over the ceremony and her family and best friends in attendance.
** Brick married his long-time girlfriend Cindy and became a best-selling author, with his best-selling series being about a quirky kid who got sucked in his magical microfiche and travelled through time with a trusty backpack.
-->'''Older Brick:'''I had a very interesting childhood.''
** Mike and Frankie...stayed the same. But in the end, they were definitely proud of their children and had a lot of memories with their family.

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** Brick demonstrated it again in the Season Four Halloween episode, when he ate 20 pounds of candy in 24 hours. As a result, he started behaving more "normal" for a day until he fainted during dinner. His parents resorted to giving him a little sugar for "special occasions".
--> '''Mike:''' He's more sugar than boy. ... Nobody EVER needs to know about this.

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* GamesOfTheElderly: In one episode, the Hecks give up TV in order to help pay off their debt. While the children do fine, Mike and Frankie are bored. Their elderly relatives invite them over to play bingo. Mike notes that any other time they'd turn down the offer, but they're desperate for free entertainment, so they take them up on their off. They end up winning a cash prize.


* WeddingDay: The third-season finale, "The Wedding," built around Mike's brother Rusty's wedding at the Hecks' house.

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* WeddingDay: WeddingFinale:
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The third-season finale, "The Wedding," built around Mike's brother Rusty's wedding at the Hecks' house.


* 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 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.

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* FirstKiss. 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 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.


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* HateSink: Don Ehlert is the owner of Ehlert Motors and a greedy and very unscrupulous businessman. He constantly exhibited sexist and racist behaviors, constantly made Francis "Frankie" Heck's life difficult when she worked for him and encouraged employees to sell to people who were drunk because they'd be easy to take advantage of. By the time Ehlert made his final appearance in the series, his business seemed to be failing and no one cared about or appreciated his attempts to try to force interest in advertising it anymore.


* BelligerentSexualTension: Axl and Lexie are this. He teased her with the idea of her being interested in him while showing a thinly veiled interest in her, she'd shut him down and then it turned out, he was right all along about her reciprocating. She only thought he was just enjoying trying to make her uncomfortable, until it turned out [[spoiler:he truly did have feelings for her all along]].

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Axl has two cases of this with his love interests over the season; Cassidy and Lexie are this. He Lexie.
** Cassidy is a CuteBookworm who becomes his tutor in the fourth season but the two immediately clash due to his being the slacker BigManOnCampus and Cassidy a SnarkKnight. Their back and forth insults ends up eventually becoming flirting and they become a couple. Unfortuntely, their clashing interests and going to seperate colleges [[LoveCannotOvercome leads them to breaking up]].
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teased her with the idea of her being interested in him while showing a thinly veiled interest in her, she'd shut him down and then it turned out, he was right all along about her reciprocating. She only thought he was just enjoying trying to make her uncomfortable, until it turned out [[spoiler:he truly did have feelings for her all along]].


Other characters include Bob Weaver ([[Series/SaturdayNightLive Chris Kattan]]), Frankie's coworker at Ehlert Motors for the first few seasons; Don Ehlert (Creator/BrianDoyleMurray), Frankie's first boss; Sean Donahue (Beau Wirick), the eldest son of a neighbor to the Hecks, Axl's friend, and eventually [[spoiler:Sue's boyfriend and then her husband]]; and Lexie Brooks (Daniela Bobadilla), Sue's rich roommate/best friend at college and later [[spoiler:Axl's girlfriend and then his wife]].

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Other notable characters include Bob Weaver ([[Series/SaturdayNightLive Chris Kattan]]), Frankie's coworker at Ehlert Motors for the first few seasons; Don Ehlert (Creator/BrianDoyleMurray), Frankie's first boss; Sean Donahue (Beau Wirick), the eldest son of a neighbor to the Hecks, Axl's friend, highschool friend and eventually [[spoiler:Sue's boyfriend and then her husband]]; and neighbor; Lexie Brooks (Daniela Bobadilla), Sue's rich roommate/best friend at college and in later [[spoiler:Axl's girlfriend seasons; Frankie's parents (Jerry Van Dyke and then his wife]].
Marsha Mason); and even Rita Glossner (Creator/BrookeShields), mother of the block's trouble kids.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Lexi's family financially cuts her off. Axl is delighted to show her how to live poor only for the plot to never be mentioned again.


* Theywastedaperfectlygoodplot: Lexi's family financially cuts her off. Axl is delighted to show her how to live poor only to be never mentioned again.

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* Theywastedaperfectlygoodplot: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Lexi's family financially cuts her off. Axl is delighted to show her how to live poor only for the plot to be never be mentioned again.

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* Theywastedaperfectlygoodplot: Lexi's family financially cuts her off. Axl is delighted to show her how to live poor only to be never mentioned again.

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** It's once implied that Brick gets his social awkwardness from Mike. It's just that being "weird" and "anti-social" comes off as "solitary" and "stoic" when you're tall. That said, Mike tends to be slightly more outgoing than Brick.


** 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, while Frankie's sister has a daughter, she is younger than Brick. To be fair, Frankie once mentions that one of her great aunts has a son, so they might have been talking about really distant cousins...but given that Frankie's the one taking care of her aunts, it's not likely they are getting any help from that side of the family.

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** One early episode has Sue and Brick complain about getting hand-me-downs from their older cousins, Randall and Mindy. Another early episode mentions the kids having a cousin named Roy. At this point in the show, Mike's only brother was unmarried and had no children and, while Frankie's sister has a daughter, she is younger than Brick. To be fair, Frankie once mentions that one of her great aunts has a son, as well as brothers, so they might have been talking about really distant cousins...but given that Frankie's the one taking care of her aunts, it's not likely they are getting any help from that side of the family.

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