Premise: In the Heck family, middle-age, middle-class, middle-America mom Frankie Heck (two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton) uses a sense of humor to try to steer her family through life's ups and downs as she tackles her career goals. Her unflappable husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), is a manager at the local quarry. Oldest son Axl is an obstinate young man; awkward daughter Sue cannot seem to find her niche -- despite much enthusiasm in her attempts -- and youngest son Brick is an unusual child whose best friend is his backpack.
Frankie learns that the kids would choose to live with Mike if the two of them divorced; Sue tries to get her room back from Brick; Axl lashes out at the family.
Sue asks Axl for advice on how to break up with her boyfriend; Brick tries to fit in with his classmates; Frankie accidentally buys some racy underwear.