Clear and Present Danger is the twentieth episode of the eighth season of The Middle. It premiered on May 2, 2017.


Frankie has trouble remembering where she hid Axl's graduation gift, which she bought and put away a long time ago. When she does find it, it turns out to be not as special as she thought it was. Axl trains Brick to become physically stronger after Cindy has to save Brick from a bully. Axl realizes during the process that he's not as physically fit as he was when he was training for football. Sue plans a surprise birthday video for Mike which does not sit well with her stoic father, resulting in having her feelings hurt. Mike eventually reconciles with Sue after opening up to her about his own mother.