Molly Shannon Elevates Passive Aggressive to Art on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC) is absolutely killing it the past couple of weeks with guest stars. Last week it was Norm MacDonald as Mike's slacker brother, and this week it was Molly Shannon as Frankie's passive aggressive sister, Janet. When the Hecks head to Frankie's family's house for Thanksgiving, Janet immediately starts to use that horrible passive aggressive technique that we all hate and all no someone who does. More often than not, it's a relative who masks it with love. So it was worth it when finally Frankie stood up to her and the two had a sincere fight, airing out the grievances that have been plaguing them most likely for years. Round it out with Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke as the parents, and these are recurring characters we can truly be thankful for.

The Middle 3.09 "The Play" Recap

The cross-country team and its "no cut" policy saved Sue's middle school experience. Now that she's in high school, it's time to start trying out for activities again. Her stint as a cheerleader only lasted one game, and now she didn't make the lacrosse team. What she needs is another no-cut policy, and she thinks she has found it when Bob asks Frankie to have her kids try out for a local production of "The Wizard of Oz." They need Munchkins and they take everybody. Axl has been grounded with no video games for accepting a challenge to drive blindfolded. He will never share his accomplishments with his family again, and he proceeds to snap pennies to entertain himself. What else is there to do without video games? Brick's class is having a day where each child brings a grandparent or special friend to school for extra credit. Since his grandparents are on a cyber cruise, he asks his quirky Uncle Rusty (Norm Macdonald) to come. Since Rusty is looking for a reason to put on a pair of paints, he agrees and then offers Brick coffee. Read More...

THE MIDDLE “The Play” Season 3 Episode 9

THE MIDDLE  “The Play” Season 3  Episode 9 airs Wednesday, November 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : Frankie and Sue are cast in a  community -theater production of “The Wizard of Oz ,” but things get awkward when Sue’s role is in jeopardy. Elsewhere, Brick invites Uncle Rusty (Norm Macdonald) to participate in Special Friends Day at school.