A Librarian is coming to Dinner
A series of clips from The Middle where Brick gets very excited that a Librarian will be joining them for Thanksgiving dinner. I used it in a keynote to a group of Teacher Librarians
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Added: 3 years ago
[scene opens in the Hecks' living room, as mother Frankie discusses plans for Thanksgiving dinner with the family]
FRANKIE: It'll be good to have another dessert, 'cause Bob's bringing Miss Gibbs from the library.
BRICK: Hold on ... the librarian is coming here?
FRANKIE: That's right.
BRICK: An actual librarian? Is coming here?
FRANKIE: Looks that way.
[Brick gets a nervous look on his face, while his brother Axl (wearing just boxer shorts) wanders in]
BRICK: Oh my gosh, but what will I wear? What will I say?
[Axl takes a handful of cereal out of Brick's bowl and starts eating, but Brick (not seeming to care) turns to him]
BRICK: Axl, we have to clean our room!
AXL: Yeah, that's not happening ...
BRICK: Yeah, lemmee see if this changes your mind ... A librarian is coming over!
[Axl stops and gets a (fake) serious look on his face]
AXL: Oh my god, why didn't you say that? In that case, uh ...
[he knocks the box of cereal over, then laughs and walks away]
[Bob and his new girlfriend, a young female librarian (long black hair, glasses, brown dress, large purse hanging over her shoulder), enter the Heck household for Thanksgiving dinner]
BOB: Frankie, this is the new ray of sunshine in my life ... Lisa.
[he smiles, and the librarian (without changing her expression or the cadence of her voice) stares at Frankie]
LISA: Thank you for inviting me into your lovely home ... I brought my own mashed potatoes.
[she reaches into her purse and pulls out a single Ziploc bag half-filled with mashed potatoes]
FRANKIE: Oh, you didn't need to do that!
[she smiles, but the librarian continues in her monotone emotion-less voice]
LISA: I'm lactose intolerant. Trust me, I'm doing you a favor.
BOB: [pause] Isn't she amazing?
[he smiles (and Frankie tries to humor them by forcing a smile)]
BRICK: [from off camera] Uh grandma, I gotta go ...
[cut to Brick (wearing a suit and tie) walking towards them while talking on the phone]
BRICK: A librarian just walked in.
BOB: Is that Pat?
[he grabs the phone from Brick and begins talking]
BOB: Happy Thanksgiving!
[he laughs and walks off]
FRANKIE: Lisa, I think you probably know my son Brick from the library.
[he smiles and waves]
LISA: Sure. Nice tie.
[he looks down at his tie (covered in pictures of books)]
BRICK: Oh, thanks! It's really hard to find clothes with a book theme!
LISA: Tell me about it ...
[everyone is gathered at the Thanksgiving table, while Brick and the librarian (sitting across from each other) have a spirited conversation]
BRICK: And so, I give it to him and he files the book under "Five Nine Two" ... and it was a botany book!
[the librarian (much more animated now) shakes her head, while Bob (sitting next to her) tries to look like he's understanding their conversation]
LISA: Oh my god, everyone knows botany is "Five Eight Oh Five Eight Nine!"
BRICK: Of course!
[he laughs and slaps his hand on the table, as the librarian laughs as well]
Though our Librarian of the Week may seem a bit off season, she is nonetheless a good pick. Laura Heisler plays librarian Lisa Gibbs who accompanies car dealership manager Bob to a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Hecks on the television series "The Middle." It was the best Thanksgiving precocious library lover Brick Heck had ever had.
The Middle: Season 2, Episode 9
Thanksgiving II (24 Nov. 2010)
When Frankie finds out her mother isn't coming for Thanksgiving, she encourages Mike to invite his emotionally distant father and brother. At dinner, Bob's new librarian girlfriend shows more interest in Brick's book collection than Bob.
Patricia Heaton ... Frankie Heck
Neil Flynn ... Mike Heck
Charlie McDermott ... Axl Heck
Eden Sher ... Sue Heck
Atticus Shaffer ... Brick Heck
Chris Kattan ... Bob
Norm MacDonald ... Rusty Heck
John Cullum ... Big Mike
Laura Heisler ... Lisa Gibbs