The Middle First Look: Axl's Girlfriend Makes an Awkward First Impression

The Middle is serving up a Heck of a family dinner in its Oct. 11 season premiere (ABC, 8/7c) — and we’re already cringing with anticipation.

As TVLine previously reported, Awkward’s Greer Grammer will recur in the comedy’s upcoming eighth season as the supposed love of Axl’s life, and now we have your exclusive first look at the entire Heck family meeting the potential new recruit.

But keep this in mind: While the meet-and-greet may look like a friendly affair, the premiere’s official synopsis suggests that the evening is doomed before it even begins:

Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April, the love of Axl’s life, but discover that love may indeed be blind when April reveals a quirky personality trait.

As for the rest of the Heck clan, the season premiere finds Sue changing her major to theater — after an inspirational summer working at Dollywood, naturally — while Brick struggles to break free from his “weird kid” persona as he prepares to enter high school.

Any guess what Axl’s girlfriend’s “quirk” might be? Click through our gallery of first-look photos, then drop a comment with your hopes for Season 8.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Bella says:

    Love this show! I can hardly wait for the premiere. Looks like there’s lots of material for this coming season.

    • Lisa Echerd says:

      I like this show, too. Usually a show that has been around this long starts to show its age but they have built so many of the stories about the kids growing up that it is still fresh. Plus the kids are all, even Axl, more responsible than Frankie or Mike.

  2. Czerny says:

    She likes/sees gnomes? Photo 5 shows a bearded fellow in a knit cap at the table.

  3. I really can’t wait for this! So excited :))

  4. Luis Roman says:

    I’ll go for narcolepsy

  5. Walt says:

    OK, where does April get a chair for the kitchen table? After 7 years of Brick having to sit in an old lawn chair, there was actually a “real” 5th chair available?

  6. HC says:

    Bring back Devin.

  7. Paula says:

    I’ll try to keep an open mind but I was really hoping Axl and a reinvented Ashley would be endgame! Can’t tolerate the new guy Sue met at college and began dating last season. He is such a poor match for her. Need to bring back Darrin. At least Brick and Cindy are still going strong!

  8. chrisalismom says:

    She involuntarily flips the bird. In one of the pictures she is leaning her chin on her hand and her middle finger is clearly extended!

  9. Augusta says:

    Love love love this show! I would love axle to get with a new weird Ashley (thanks to a comment above) or sues old best friend carly. Sue DESERVES the Abercrombie guy…and Brick…well brick.is brick…i love his whispers and whoops

  10. Robin says:

    Maybe she whispers to herself.

  11. Pamela Teal says:

    I think she has an eating /sensory disorder

  12. Joe says:

    For some reason she seems to be eating off a different plate than everyone else.

  13. Kathy Diehl says:

    Crossing her fingers?Stumped

  14. Kathy Diehl says:

    Now I see it she does look like she is giving the middle finger in 2 of the pics, lol,can’t wait!

  15. Anne Rosen says:

    Thank God the Season Premiere doesn’t conflict with the presidential debate; The Middle would trump it.

  16. Kila Stubbs says:

    This is my all time favorite show. I just caught up on the first 5 season.. I panicked at the thought of it not coming on this season so I Google the show season 8 so that I can DVR it. I can’t wait to see what is wrong with Axl new girlfriend.I hope Bricks girlfriend is still around. Sue college years yay.

  17. karen says:

    She does appear to flip the bird somewhat in a couple of pictures…but she also doesn’t seem to really move her left arm. Whatever the quirk is, she’s still a cutie! Can’t wait for the season to start!

  18. Tia says:

    Maybe she’ll do the whisper thing like Brick

  19. Tracy Easler says:

    Gotta be like Tourette where she screams and curses. Although that would be funny as hell it would bring awareness to this disease and show everyone deserves love no matter what ❤️💯😘

  20. Diane says:

    Please bring back Brad and Devin.

  21. Gail says:

    Someone please explain Sue’s dorm room situation- looks like the inside of a truck trailer… I think I missed something for season 8 regarding it. Love this show!!