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The Middle: Brooke Shields returns

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As EW reported back in September, Brooke Shields will return to The Middle as her obnoxious, mulleted character Rita Glossner — and now we have your first look at the episode.

Only popping up at the worst of times, Rita is the neighbor and nemesis of Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton). In the Dec. 6 episode, titled “Trip and Fall,” Rita somehow convinces Frankie to take a road trip to an unknown destination. Based on what we know of Rita, we can imagine there is a lot of cigarette smoking and Frankie bashing on the trip. And based on the photo below, we can assume there’s also some terrible driving involved.

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“Whenever we can get Rita Glossner and Frankie Heck together, it’s a good thing… especially when they’re taking what Frankie would refer to as an ‘involuntary road trip,'” The Middle writer Tim Hobert says. “It’s The Middle‘s version of Thelma and Louise.”

Also in the episode, Mike (Neil Flynn) takes a fall at work and has to deal with an embarrassing investigation.

The Middle airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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