The Par-tay is the eighteenth episode of the eighth season of The Middle. It premiered on April 4, 2017.
Bill Norwood is so upset with Mike for poaching his plumber at a reduced rate that their friendship could be at risk. Meanwhile, after having a fun mother-daughter picnic, Frankie is crushed when Sue, who usually tells her everything, won't divulge who the mystery guy is that she has a crush on. Elsewhere, Brick convinces Axl to let him hang out with him at college over the weekend, not to visit the library but to have some fun and party. With Brick's encouragement, Axl works up the nerve to pursue Lexie romantically.