Thanksgiving IV Season 4, Episode 8 - Aired November 14, 2012

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Frankie tries to do a good deed for Thanksgiving by inviting a couple of Marines to celebrate the holiday with her family. But with Frankie's parents, Pat and Tag (Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke), constantly bickering, the good deed may not go unpunished. Meanwhile, while Axl grapples with his growing feelings for tutor Cassidy, he receives the good news that his foot is healed and he can play in the big game; Sue tries to track down the thief who has stolen the chicken head off of her school mascot uniform; and Brick becomes mesmerized by a book on the making of the film "Love Story".

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Guest Stars: Marsha Mason as Pat Spence, Jerry Van Dyke as Tag Spence, Jeanette Miller as Aunt Edie, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Galadriel Stineman as Cassidy, Katlin Mastandrea as Ashley, Casey Sander as Jack Tracy, William Franco Vasquez as Corporal Martizen, Nick Jones, Jr. as Sergeant Howard, Brad Bingham as Roosevelt player, Frank Crim as Coach

Writers: Tim Hobert

Director: Blake T. Evans

Viewers: 8.79 million Households Rating: 5.9/9 Adults 18-49 Rating: 2.6/8

 This episode features in the list Thanksgiving Episodes.

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Episode 4.08 Ratings November 15 2012

Yesterday's Thanksgiving-themed episode of The Middle finished a strong second in the ratings, challenging The X Factor in total viewers and Survivor: Philippines in the adults 18-49 demographic.  Full story

ABC Announces Episode 4.08 October 29 2012

ABC has announced the Thanksgiving episode of THe Middle, which will air November 14. Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke return as Frankie's parents, Pat and Tag. Former Marines William Franco Vasquez and Nick Jones, Jr. guest star as marines who are treated to a Heck family Thanksgiving dinner.  Full story