Forced to pinch pennies when the “No payments ’til 2009!” credit comes due and the dryer conks out, Frankie cons a boy into checking out a library book for her when she can’t pay a big fine.
Jan. 6, 2010
Frankie finally confronts the scary mother of neighborhood bullies, played by Brooke Shields in trashy makeup, complete with a mullet, a tattoo and a cold sore.
April 13, 2011
Fed up with his son’s insubordination, Mike forbids Axl from playing in the final basketball game of the season. But is Mike doing this to keep Axl from breaking his own school free-throw record?
“Back to Summer”
May 25, 2011
Frankie and Mike learn Brick needs to turn in his daily third-grade journal or risk being held back a grade; the only problem is, he hasn’t started. Sue, meanwhile, needs to prove she never took a sick day before she can pick up a perfect attendance award.
“The Paper Route”
March 14, 2012
It’s a rough day for Sue as she loses her boyfriend and gains some unwieldy dental headgear for her “underbite overbite,” still for one of the few times, big brother Axl is there to console her.
“The Guidance Counselor”
May 2, 2012
Sue bonds with her enthusiastic, awkward guidance counselor (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires Sue to make some important changes. In an especially poignant moment, she tells Sue that high school isn’t the place for “unique people” like them.
“Halloween III: The Driving”
Oct. 24, 2012
When his mom says, “Whatever you don’t eat tonight, we donate to the troops,” Brick stuffs down all his candy in a few hours. It ends up to be his Lorenzo’s Oil, changing his personality for the better — at least for a while.
Feb. 6, 2013
Sue is determined to prove that smiling is contagious as a hypothesis for a school science project. She isn’t able to prove this, but refuses to admit defeat.
April 3, 2013
Her family can’t relate to Frankie, who’s moping after “The Bachelor” finale when her favorite isn’t chosen. Turns out she has a kindred spirit in Brick, who absorbed everything going on in the show even though he was reading a book while it was on.
“The Drop Off”
Sept. 25, 2013
Frankie is frazzled that Axl is going off to college, but by the end of the episode, he reassures his mom (as well as the viewers) that he will still very much be a part of their lives.