People in The Middle strive to have the perfect American family. In Orson, everyone in the Heck house is still striving. Currently, there’s a raging debate over who does what in the household. Axl and Sue argue over who is supposed to do chores while Frankie and Mike fight about who should deal with the “check engine” light in the car.
Perfect neighbor Nancy Donahue tells Frankie that the local foreign exchange program is rewarding for the entire family, especially the kids. Being immersed with someone from another culture makes them more tolerant and mature. So Frankie signs up to take in a Japanese student named Takayuki. She says, “Okay, Takayuki, get ready ‘cause we’re gonna show you America!” Actually, they’re gonna to show him how to watch reality TV while eating fast food from a bag on the sofa. Sadly, Takayuki isn’t a burger and fries kinda guy.
Frankie slides Axl and Sue a few bucks to get them to stop feuding with each other so their houseguest won’t think they act like this all the time, which they do. She then sends Takayuki off to school after presenting him with a traditional American breakfast. Guess the kid doesn’t like Pop-Tarts either, as he hands his breakfast entrée back to Frankie after a less-than-stellar first day in America.