After almost a decade on the air, the upcoming ninth season of ABC’s critically acclaimed fan-favorite series “The Middle” will be its final one.
On the season premiere episode, Vive La Hecks, Axl returns home from his summer trip to Europe, sporting a man-bun and embracing a new, chill European outlook on life. Mike just wants him to clean up and look for a job, but Frankie thinks Axl will do this on his own and asks Mike to give him a little breathing room.
Meanwhile, because Sue worked the entire summer at Spudsy’s and missed out on having any fun, she decides to cram in a whole summer of fun in two days before going back to college; Brick makes the decision to break up with Cindy because he doesn’t want to be tied down in a relationship when he’s about to embark on the revelry of his “big sophomore year”; and Frankie desperately tries to come up with an item for a time capsule that’s being buried under the Orson cow that will make the town remember the Hecks when it’s opened in 100 years.
Cast: Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
Guest Cast: Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue and Casey Burke as Cindy.
Written by Tim Hobert and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.
Series: The Middle Season 9 Episode 1
Air Date: Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC