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** Lexl shippers found immense satisfaction at the end of Season 8's "The Par-tay" when Axl finally kissed Lexie.
** As unnecessarily long and frustrating as the [=SueSean=] arc was throughout Season 9, the scene when they finally talk to and admit their feelings for each other in the GrandFinale does serve as an incredible payoff, especially with Sean tracking Sue and her family down on the highway after finally finding the snow globe. Axl and Brick addressing their parts in inadvertently covering it up counts too.


** Even ''if'' Brick started a fire because he used the oven, as he points out it was still incredibly stupid of Frankie to use it to store ''quilts''. As of the ninth season , [[RunningGag the oven is still being used to store quilts]].

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** Even ''if'' Brick started a fire because he used the oven, as he points out it was still incredibly stupid of Frankie to use it to store ''quilts''. As of the ninth season , season, [[RunningGag the oven is still being used to store quilts]].


*** In'Heck vs. Glossners: The Final Battle' after Frankie's car is stolen this is how the Glossner problem is solved. Once a few of the older kids are arrested, Rita actually gets a chance to rest and parent properly the younger kids. She takes up gardening.

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*** In'Heck vs. Glossners: The Final Battle' after Frankie's car is stolen this is how the Glossner problem is solved. Once a few of the older kids are arrested, Rita actually gets a chance to rest and parent properly parent the younger kids. She takes up gardening.


* {{Padding}}: Quite a bit of it, especially in the later seasons. The whole Disneyworld fiasco could easily have been narrowed down to one episode rather than two, given that not much happens in the first.

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* {{Padding}}: Quite a bit of it, especially in the later seasons. The whole Disneyworld [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney World]] fiasco could easily have been narrowed down to one episode rather than two, given that not much happens in the first.



** Even ''if'' Brick started a fire because he used the oven, it was ''still'' being used to store ''quilts''. As of the ninth season , [[RunningGag the oven is still being used to store quilts]].

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** Even ''if'' Brick started a fire because he used the oven, as he points out it was ''still'' being used still incredibly stupid of Frankie to use it to store ''quilts''. As of the ninth season , [[RunningGag the oven is still being used to store quilts]].


** Season 9's [=SueSean=] arc has been dragged out to the point that fans are clearly irritated with the annoyingly slow pace the story is moving at. It's understandable that the Lexl story arc took as long as it did because Lexie was still a fairly new character who needed to be developed and her dynamic with Axl also needed the proper build-up before they got together. But Sean has been on since Season 1 and his dynamic with Sue (as well as character development) had already been given a fair amount of time since then and been well established. The writers clearly want to keep the conflict going as long as possible because [[StatusQuoIsGod they need for Sue not to be happy and relieved so soon]] and this would resolve all her problems, but even after the two had their FirstKiss that should have sealed the deal, the uncertainty the two still have on their feelings just teeters on the thinnest of plot details and comes off as sloppy and lazy. While RomanticFalseLead April played her part in the Lexl story well, Aiden didn't even have a purpose because his character comes on a few episodes, has no real stock in the story because no else has anything to really say about their relationship and once he and Sue do end things, nothing is resolved! He felt more like a plot device than anything else! The storyline seems to have come to a stand still (with only occasional progression) that has proven to be a fairly botched effort on the writers' part.

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** Season 9's [=SueSean=] arc has been dragged out to the point that fans are clearly irritated with the annoyingly slow pace the story is moving at. It's understandable that the Lexl story arc took as long as it did because Lexie was still a fairly new character who needed to be developed and her dynamic with Axl also needed the proper build-up before they got together. But Sean has been on since Season 1 and his dynamic with Sue (as well as character development) had already been given a fair amount of time since then and been well established. The writers clearly want to keep the conflict going as long as possible because [[StatusQuoIsGod they need for Sue not to be happy and relieved so soon]] and this would resolve all her problems, but even after the two had their FirstKiss that should have sealed the deal, the uncertainty the two still have on their feelings just teeters on the thinnest of plot details and comes off as sloppy and lazy. While RomanticFalseLead April played her part in the Lexl story well, Aiden didn't even have a purpose because his character comes on a few episodes, has no real stock in the story because no else has anything to really say about their relationship and once he and Sue do end things, nothing is resolved! He felt more like a plot device than anything else! The storyline seems to have come to a stand still (with only occasional progression) that has proven to be a fairly botched effort on the writers' part. Given Lexie went out with Sean before she and Axl got together, there was a great possible story of Axl and Lexie double dating with Sue and Sean [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot that was never explored]].



** Having Lexie on so little in Season 9 could be deemed one of many others Season 9 has too (especially because she featured so prominently in Season 8). Rather than exploring ideas as to what else could have happened with Lexie and the Hecks or Sue and Sean's relationship after they got together, the season chose to simply set up ideas for the future and then do nothing with them, half the time choosing quick little one-offs in favor of what could have progressed the show forward more thematically. Another big offender of that was "Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner" being about Rusty visiting for dinner and not Lexie's parents Tammy and Bennett (who only got the one episode and didn't get to see the Heck house).

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** Having Lexie on so little in Season 9 could be deemed one of many others Season 9 has too (especially because she featured so prominently in Season 8). Rather than exploring ideas as to what else could have happened with Lexie and the Hecks or Sue and Sean's relationship after they got together, the season chose to simply set up ideas for the future and then do nothing with them, half the time choosing quick little one-offs in favor of what could have progressed the show forward more thematically. Another big offender of that was "Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner" being about Rusty visiting for dinner and not [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter Lexie's parents Tammy and Bennett Bennett]] (who only got the one episode and didn't get to see the Heck house).


%%* CampGay: Sue's boyfriend Brad is about as close to this as you'll get in a town like Orson, where he got sent to a religious camp to "cure" him[[note]]it was actually for his smoking[[/note]]. Mike and Frankie are at first concerned about Sue having a boyfriend, but after 5 seconds of looking at Brad and listening to him talk, realize his orientation, and are no longer worried.


* CampGay: Sue's boyfriend Brad is about as close to this as you'll get in a town like Orson, where he got sent to a religious camp to "cure" him[[note]]it was actually for his smoking[[/note]]. Mike and Frankie are at first concerned about Sue having a boyfriend, but after 5 seconds of looking at Brad and listening to him talk, realize his orientation, and are no longer worried.

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* %%* CampGay: Sue's boyfriend Brad is about as close to this as you'll get in a town like Orson, where he got sent to a religious camp to "cure" him[[note]]it was actually for his smoking[[/note]]. Mike and Frankie are at first concerned about Sue having a boyfriend, but after 5 seconds of looking at Brad and listening to him talk, realize his orientation, and are no longer worried.


** Having Lexie on so little in Season 9 could be deemed one of many others Season 9 has too. Rather than exploring ideas as to what else could have happened with Lexie and the Hecks or Sue and Sean's relationship after they got together, the season chose to simply set up ideas for the future and then do nothing with them half the time choosing quick little one-offs in favor of what could have progressed the show forward more thematically. Another big offender of that was "Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner" being about Rusty visiting for dinner and not Lexie's parents Tammy and Bennett (who only got the one episode and didn't get to see the Heck house).

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** Having Lexie on so little in Season 9 could be deemed one of many others Season 9 has too. too (especially because she featured so prominently in Season 8). Rather than exploring ideas as to what else could have happened with Lexie and the Hecks or Sue and Sean's relationship after they got together, the season chose to simply set up ideas for the future and then do nothing with them them, half the time choosing quick little one-offs in favor of what could have progressed the show forward more thematically. Another big offender of that was "Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner" being about Rusty visiting for dinner and not Lexie's parents Tammy and Bennett (who only got the one episode and didn't get to see the Heck house).


* AssPull: The whole [=SueSean=] arc in Season 9 has been one big one most of the time. "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later in "Toasted"). Even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.

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The whole [=SueSean=] arc in Season 9 has been one big one most of the time. "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later in "Toasted"). Even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.season.
** Having Lexie on so little in Season 9 could be deemed one of many others Season 9 has too. Rather than exploring ideas as to what else could have happened with Lexie and the Hecks or Sue and Sean's relationship after they got together, the season chose to simply set up ideas for the future and then do nothing with them half the time choosing quick little one-offs in favor of what could have progressed the show forward more thematically. Another big offender of that was "Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner" being about Rusty visiting for dinner and not Lexie's parents Tammy and Bennett (who only got the one episode and didn't get to see the Heck house).
* CampGay: Sue's boyfriend Brad is about as close to this as you'll get in a town like Orson, where he got sent to a religious camp to "cure" him[[note]]it was actually for his smoking[[/note]]. Mike and Frankie are at first concerned about Sue having a boyfriend, but after 5 seconds of looking at Brad and listening to him talk, realize his orientation, and are no longer worried.

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* AssPull: The whole [=SueSean=] arc in Season 9 has been one big one most of the time. "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later in "Toasted"). Even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.


* AssPull: The whole [=SueSean=] arc in Season 9 has been one big one most of the time. "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later in "Toasted"). Even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.
* CampGay: Sue's boyfriend Brad is about as close to this as you'll get in a town like Orson, where he got sent to a religious camp to "cure" him[[note]]it was actually for his smoking[[/note]]. Mike and Frankie are at first concerned about Sue having a boyfriend, but after 5 seconds of looking at Brad and listening to him talk, realize his orientation, and are no longer worried.


* AssPull: "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later in "Toasted") and even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.

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* AssPull: The whole [=SueSean=] arc in Season 9 has been one big one most of the time. "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later in "Toasted") and even "Toasted"). Even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.


* AssPull: "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl. On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later) and even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.

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* AssPull: "The Christmas Miracle" ended with Sue and Sean having their FirstKiss and made fans believe the arc building up their relationship was closed and while not really necessary for almost ten episodes, didn't overstay its welcome. However, "New Year's Revelations" ends with Sue and Sean not talking about how they really felt about the kiss, Sue staying with her current boyfriend Aiden and only a small HopeSpot in which Sean reveals his feelings for Sue to Axl. Axl (which implies that it will set up a resolution to the ending between them in "The Confirmation", but it hasn't). On a related note, "The Other Man" ends with Sue deciding not to end things with Aiden because there's the chance he might be the right one for her (he's not, they split three episodes later) later in "Toasted") and even then, small teases continue in episodes that follow making it abundantly clear that the writers intend for [=SueSean=]'s union to be a LastMinuteHookup. Fans were needless to say unhappy and grown [[ArcFatigue extremely tired with the continued storyline]] throughout the season.

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