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"A Christmas Gift" is the third Christmas episode of the ABC sitcom The Middle, aired in the show's third season.

Synopsis

After having a little too much egg nog at a holiday party, Frankie emails everyone in the neighborhood to say she's having her own Christmas Eve bash. She worries about the neighbors seeing the big, gaping hole in the kitchen where the dishwasher used to be. Mike won't give in to her requests for a replacement. That's because he already got her a new dishwasher. His plan is to have it all hooked up for a Christmas morning surprise.

Frankie is relentless in her requests for a new dishwasher. When party time rolls around, she hits the egg nog hard. She takes some public digs at Mike. Soon the rest of the neighbors are also mocking him for being so cheap. It's a holiday massacre with Frankie leading a charge of verbal carnage. Then Mike rolls the new dishwasher into the living room. Suddenly, Frankie's heart feels two sizes too small.

Brick is reading a good book. Actually, he's reading the Good Book. Brick has questions about the accuracy of some of the stories he's coming across in the Bible. For instance, many of the animals on Noah's Ark would have been mortal enemies. And there probably wasn't a big enough pooper scooper back then to keep things clean.

Sue knows a person who can answer all of her little brother's biblical queries. He always comes to town this time of year spreading joy and happiness. That's right. Reverend TimTom is back, but Brick is less than impressed with his holy take on things. Sue later drags him out the ice skating rink where TimTom is leading a team of teens around as he strums another cool Jesus tune. He is just so versatile.

Once again, Brick isn't quite buying what TimTom is selling. Sue is crushed. Reverend TimTom stops by the Heck house on Christmas morning. He explains to Sue that not everyone is going to jump on the Jesus train at the same stop. Brick needs to find his own path. After that, TimTom heads off to spread the good word in a town where obsession with the Twilight saga has gotten out of hand.

Bob is desperate to bond with Axl after they start working together at Mr. Ehlert's Christmas tree lot. Things get awkward when he tries to pal around with his new coworker at the holiday party. Bob feels like a loser. He takes out his frustrations by punching the snowman on the lawn. That's unfortunate because Axl says they placed boulders in the head to ward off the Glossners. He also convinces Bob that he's not a loser in what's a nice little holiday moment from Axl.

Frankie and Mike eventually make nice after the party fiasco. The new dishwasher is a welcome addition to the Heck home. Too bad it doesn't fit into the spot where the old one lived. As for Brick, he's still not sure about the Bible. He does, however, think it's a really cool story.



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Warner Bros.
Movies
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsLethal WeaponNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationJack FrostFred Claus
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasThe Conjuring 2Shazam!
Blue Ribbon Content A Christmas Story 2A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Made-for-TV movies National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Year Without a Santa Claus
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa on the Lam" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "The Christmas Show" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George Is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "The Santa Simulation" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "Home for Christmas"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning"
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas"
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Cool Like That Christmas • "Santa Mask" • The Polar Express • "The Match Before Xmas" • A Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Top of the Naughty List"
Albums
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas
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