Axl asks his mom to send Sue to Bible camp on The Middle

ABC sitcom The Middle‘s Sue Heck (Eden Sher) is one of my favorite characters on television right now. She’s kind of a train wreck when it comes to her social standing in high school, but doesn’t let that stop her. She perpetually tries out and doesn’t make things and is an after thought to even her own family. Once, when her family forgot her birthday and woke her up in the middle of the night to try and make amends she exclaimed “I cried myself to sleep for nothing!”

Last week’s episode of ABC sitcom, titled “Bunny Therapy” summed up Sue Heck in the opening minutes when she greets two cheerleaders in her house and they have no idea who she, this “sad girl who’s lost in (Axl’s) house” even is. Axl (Charlie McDermott) is determined to keep it this way and presents an idea to his mom involving “some Bible camp” that he thinks might help him avoid embarrassment by association of being related to Sue if the cheerleaders ever found out.

“Oh, my God!” Axl says, barging into his parents’ room. “It’s my senior year, I just started dating a hot blonde cheerleader. Now Sue’s out there saying she knows me.”

Frankie: “So. What do you want me to do about it?”

Axl: “Oh I don’t know. How about a little parenting? Like locking her in the basement or sending her away to some Bible camp to pray the dork away.”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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