TV Club: The Middle: “Food Courting”

Not that The Middle hasn’t done a solid job of keeping its characters moving along in something approximating real time (or at least as close to it as prime-time TV allows), but that doesn’t make it any less jarring to arrive at an episode where Axl is turning 21. Where does the time go?

Funnily enough, that’s exactly what Mike finds himself musing about as he’s having a birthday beer with his eldest boy, a celebratory beverage which father and son don’t actually get to enjoy together until almost the end of the episode. Why? Because Axl can’t be bothered to come home unless it’s on his own terms, and he’s got no interest in trudging back to his family anytime soon, probably because he feels like he’s finally grown up and can’t bear the thought of his mother continuing …

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