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'The Middle' fan recap: The proposal heard round Orson, Indiana

Season 6 | Episode 14 | “The Answer” | Aired Feb 18, 2015

It was the proposal heard round the world. Or at least the proposal heard round Orson, Indiana. In case you missed it, in last week’s episode of The Middle, The Hecks celebrated Valentine’s day, and Sue got the Valentine’s surprise of her life when Darrin proposed. Proposed marriage! Yeah. That happened.

We were left with a bit of a cliffhanger wondering how Sue responded, and this week we found out. She gave Darrin a hearty “sure.” I’m no marriage-proposal specialist, but I feel like if you ask someone to marry you and they give you this face and respond with “sure,” you should really see that they’re not too excited about marrying you.Sue reacts after Darrin proposes to her.

But dear, sweet Darrin didn’t get that memo. So while he is planning a wonderful wedding with a honeymoon to Florida, Sue is doing what any 17-year-old who just got proposed to should do: crying to her mommy.

Okay, I’m gonna get real with you all for a second. The problem with Sue is, she can’t exactly say no to Darrin. He’s just too gosh darn cute. I get that. But clearly these two should not be getting married. Not even thinking about getting married. Thus, I’ve composed a list explaining why.

Top 5 reasons Sue should not be getting married

  1. The thing she’s most excited about doing when she finally turns 18 is getting her ears pierced at the mall without a parent.
  2. For Valentine’s Day, she wanted a sweater with the word “Believe” on it.
  3. She still wears her retainer. And a retainer would look TERRIBLE in wedding pictures.
  4. She still has that poster in her room of the kitten hanging by its claws off a tree branch. Which is adorable, but probably would look kind of silly hanging above a grown-up’s fireplace.
  5. Did I mention she’s not even 18 yet?

I am not putting down Sue here. These things are what makes her so great. She has a childlike enthusiasm for the world, and that shouldn’t be ruined by becoming a grown-up too soon. And I’m not trying to be a downer on love. Sue and Darrin are a great couple. But they could still be a great couple a few years down the road.

Luckily, Sue realizes these things for herself, and she finally tells Darrin she’s not ready. They’re just at different points in their life. Sue is still a kid and wants to do kid things, and Darrin is ready to become a real adult. And that sucks, but it’s better to learn these things now than when it’s too late.

Plus, now Sue can say she’s the only girl at her school who’s been engaged. Even if it was just for three days. Plus, she’s learned a valuable lesson. She can stand up for herself like an adult, but she can always crawl in bed with her mommy when things get too tough.

Also, apparently Axl has fixed Brick and he doesn’t do his little quirks and whispers anymore. I guess Axl should just switch his major to psychology, because he is a natural. No, just kidding. I guess we’ll see next week.

The Middle airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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