There was something refreshingly pedestrian about last night's episode of The Middle. It wasn't about abundance and excess, because as a middle-class situation comedy, the current economic state doesn't reflect having plenty and living beyond your means. Frankie and Mike are doing their best to get by. But they're not bitching about it. That's part of the reason why I'm enjoying this show so much. Like me, Jason also liked this episode quite a bit.
Frankie had to work on Thanksgiving, that's true, and she did protest about that, but not the fact that the family has to plot out their Black Friday shopping at the mall to get every bargain imaginable. They don't complain about being strapped. They accept that they have to cut coupons and be thrifty.
Like the remnant carpet for the bedroom as an anniversary gift, The Hecks are accepting of their middle class.
Another Thanksgiving tradition was evoked by The Middle, but with their unique and more realistic twist. Frankie is not a great cook. Her pies are from the freezer case at the grocery store. The cranberry sauce comes out of a can. So do the peas. The mashed potatoes are instant. And instead of complaining, her family loved her Thanksgiving spread. Every house does Thanksgiving differently, and many do not look like a Norman Rockwell painting.
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