A Very Marry Christmas is the ninth episode of the eighth season of The Middle. It premiered on December 6, 2016.
Axl finally decides to return home and tell Frankie that he got married but, when he arrives, Frankie is so overjoyed to see him that he delays breaking the news, which annoys Sue, who is struggling to keep the secret. Frankie ultimately learns the truth when April's parents call, causing her and Mike to convince Axl to get the marriage annulled. Elsewhere, Brick does such a great job babysitting neighbor Deirdre's three children that the kids constantly come knocking for him. Also, Mike doesn't know how to reciprocate when Bill Norwood gives him an unexpected Christmas gift.