Original air date: 10/11/2016 Runtime: 21:33 min. On the eighth season premiere, Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April – the love of Axl’s life – but discover that love may indeed be blind when April reveals a quirky personality trait. Meanwhile, after getting bit by the acting bug while working at Dollywood over the summer, Sue wants to change her major to theater, and Brick is starting high school and making it his mission to try for a fresh start and not be considered one of the weird kids.
Original air date: 10/18/2016 Runtime: 21:29 min. When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection, and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.
Original air date: 10/25/2016 Runtime: 21:33 min. As Halloween approaches, Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that, if the circumstances ever arose where she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue tries everything in her power to get her room back from Brick; and having to be so nice around girlfriend April all of the time leads Axl to lash out at his family.
Original air date: 11/01/2016 Runtime: 21:34 min. Sue has had enough of boyfriend Jeremy and wants to break up with him. But not knowing how to do it, she asks Axl for some of his worldly advice. Meanwhile, Brick tries his best to show school spirit and fit in with his fellow high schoolers, but is thwarted when best friend Troy (guest star JOVAN ARMAND) gets noticed instead and is drafted by the football team, and Frankie becomes a bit embarrassed when she accidentally purchases some racy graphic underwear.
Original air date: 11/15/2016 Runtime: 21:33 min. Frankie and Mike are embarrassed to admit that they once again forgot Brick's birthday. But their embarrassment turns to fright when they discover that he has turned 15, and it's time for them to teach their not-so-sure-footed son driver's ed. But when Axl takes a shot at letting Brick drive his Winnebago, he ends up running down one of Orson's most treasured landmarks. Meanwhile, while Sue anxiously tries to choose a college major before deadline, she learns a shocking secret from Frankie.
Original air date: 11/22/2016 Runtime: 21:34 min. Frankie has come to the conclusion that April is not good enough for Axl and does everything in her power to keep her out of their annual Christmas family photo. But she finds herself vying for Axl's attention by trying to rearrange timing for the family's Thanksgiving dinner when she discovers that he plans to go to April's multiple family get-togethers that day. Meanwhile, Sue goes ballistic when she discovers that Brick will now be her new co-worker at Spudsy's.
Original air date: 11/29/2016 Runtime: 21:11 min. Although excited about finding a new discount store that sells oddly-shaped fruits and vegetables, Frankie is devastated when Axl refuses to talk to her or even answer her texts after inadvertently admitting how she feels about April in front of him. Meanwhile, Brick develops a new, quirky tick in the form of a repetitive phrase and lands in detention, and Brad (recurring guest star BROCK CIARLELLI) surprises Sue by coming out for a weekend visit at her college.
Original air date: 12/06/2016 Runtime: 21:33 min. Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (recurring guest star BROOKE SHIELDS) talks an apprehensive Frankie into taking a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry and has to deal with even more embarrassment when OSHA is called in to investigate; and Sue attempts to convince Axl to end his estrangement with the family after learning their true feelings about April.
Original air date: 01/03/2017 Runtime: 21:34 min. The Hecks find themselves spending New Year’s Day attempting to stave off a zombie apocalypse in the Orson Escape Room, desperately trying to beat the Donahue’s record of getting out with more than one minute, eight seconds to spare. Meanwhile, Brick is convinced that the mild mannered man assigned to the family’s Escape Room group is really the famous author of the “Planet Nowhere” books, Sue divulges a secret about herself to Axl that’s she’s been keeping since childhood, and Mike is stunned when Frankie reveals that she had a romantic dream involving Frank Sinatra.
Original air date: 01/10/2017 Runtime: 21:26 min. Frankie is ecstatic when she wins free maid service for a month. But the Heck house turns out to be quite the frustrating challenge to clean. Meanwhile, when Mike and Rusty's dad, Big Mike (recurring guest star JOHN CULLUM), starts to have trouble taking care of himself at home, the brothers begrudgingly begin to look at assisted living facilities for him; and when the Winnebago gets too cold and dangerous to inhabit since snow is coming through a hole in the roof, Axl, Hutch and Kenny attempt to move in with Sue and Lexie in their temporary college housing. Guest star NORM MACDONALD returns as Mike’s brother, Rusty.
Original air date: 01/17/2017 Runtime: 21:34 min. Axl begins to panic when he realizes that he only has four months of college left before he graduates, and he hasn't sent out any job resumes – something he should have started when he was a junior. Meanwhile, Brad agrees to lead Sue's no-cut a cappella group as they enter a music competition, and Brick desperately asks for Frankie and Mike's advice when girlfriend Cindy tells him that he reads too much, and if he doesn't stop, she'll break up with him.