- Thanksgiving finds the Heck family in turmoil when Axl tries to figure out the perfect time to tell his parents that he dropped three out of his four college classes.
- Frankie's dad, Tag, admits to Mike that he lost a lot of money gambling online and won't be able to take his wife Pat on a planned cruise.
- Sue is hiding a shocking secret from her discount shopping excursion with Frankie, Dr. Goodwin and Uncle Rusty's wife and kids show up unannounced for Thanksgiving dinner, and Brick goes to extreme measures to have lime green jello salad during the feast.
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
Guest starring are Marsha Mason as Pat Spence, Jerry Van Dyke as Tag Spence, Jack McBrayer as Dr. Goodwin, Mary Birdsong as Marlene, Dorothy Lucey as newscaster, Sigi Gradwohl as Colleen, Bryan Lawrence as Louis Vuitton, Bunny Levine as elderly woman and Dallas Nevins as younger Brick.
“Thanksgiving V” was written by David S. Rosenthal and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.