TV Club: The Middle: “Two of a Kind” / The Goldbergs: “As You Wish”

The Middle: “Two of a Kind”

As long as it’s not something that turns into a habit, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a series delivering an episode that coasts almost completely on the charm of its guest stars, but it’s particularly acceptable when it’s a series like The Middle, which almost never goes down that road. Frankly, after having Jerry Van Dyke appear on the show as Frankie’s dad so many times, it’s a wonder that it took this long for someone to ask the question, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if Frankie had an uncle and we got Dick Van Dyke to play him?”

And so they have, effectively building the entire episode around the Van Dyke boys, with the premise being that Tag’s estranged brother, Dutch Spencer, has gotten in touch after years without contact – so many that, by all …

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