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The Middle "The Lanai" Review - AVClub

AVClub: In the opening of this week’s episode of The Middle, Frankie bemoans how the winters in the Heck’s neck of the woods can be brutal, offering this as the reason why they particularly enjoy the first warm day of spring. As a TV critic, though, spring can really hang you up the most, due to the fact that it’s when most series end up delivering at least one episode that reveals just how exhausted the writers are and how badly they need a vacation. It’s been a very, very long time since The Middle has served up an installment that’s felt as unabashedly sitcom-y as “The Lanai” does, providing us with four storylines, all of which either fall flat, play out repetitively, or feel like they didn’t need to be told in the first place.

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