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Well, they don't give you a medal for the messing-up part, but you're gonna do that bunch if you want to get to the gold medal part.
—Laurie Hernandez to Harley

Stuck in a Gold Medal Performance is the thirteenth episode in season 2 of Stuck in the Middle and the 30th episode overall. It first aired on June 23, 2017 to 1.32 million viewers.[1]

Summary

The Diaz family hosts Olympic medalist, Laurie Hernandez, for a dinner that spins out of control.[2]

Plot

Georgie returns home from a trip to Boston where she met her role model - the Olympic gold medalist athlete Laurie Hernandez. During the meet, Laurie had told Georgie that she's proud to have another Latina athlete, at which point Georgie tried to impress Laurie by telling her how "authentic Latino" her family is. She even went as far as to invite Laurie to their house for an authentic, home-cooked Latino meal.

Since Laurie is going to be in the neighborhood this Friday, she tells Georgie that she will stop by their house on her way to New York. Now, Georgie has to get her family to learn how to act Latina in order to impress Laurie Hernandez. She starts studying Spanish; She asks Suzy to learn how to make authentic Latino food; and she gets Ethan and Tom to watch Spanish telenovelas in order to have something to talk to Laurie about. Suzy tries to make Latina food using Abuela's recipe but she messes up and realizes it's too late. So, she plans to serve lasagna. Georgie makes the lasagna "more Latina" by adding the spicy scorpion peppers.

Meanwhile, when Rachel's cheerleading squad puts her in charge of firing up the crowd, she asks Harley to invent something cool. Harley happily takes the opportunity because it gives her a chance to look cool and hang with Rachel especially since Rachel doesn't usually like being associated with her siblings while at school. Harley puts in so much effort to come up with a machine for an awesome laser light show.

Unfortunately, the machine malfunctions during the main event, embarrassing Harley in front of the entire school. She ends up covered in foam. Rachel blames Harley for letting her down in front of her fellow cheerleaders. Harley is not used to failure. So, she becomes very stressed trying to figure out what went wrong. Ethan tries to cheer her up and make her think outside the box but Harley shuts him down rudely. She continues working so hard until she falls asleep. She starts dreaming that the wires in her machine are trying to choke her while her Invention Bag is defending her. After that experience, Harley tells Rachel that she's given up. So, they get mad at each other.

The tension between Rachel and Harley continues even when Laurie Hernandez arrives. Georgie forces them to leave the room so that she can sell her "authentic" Latino culture to Laurie. But, it doesn't go too well because they tried too hard. The food is too spicy and it turns out that Laurie doesn't even watch the Spanish telenovelas Georgie expected. After the failed dinner, Laurie Hernandez tells Georgie that she doesn't have to try so hard to prove that she's perfect Latina. Being a good Latina just means being a nice person.

After figuring out what's going on between Rachel and Harley, Laurie convinces Harley not to give up on her inventions just because one failed. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Harley takes the advice and puts on an amazing laser-light show, with a special performance by Laurie Hernandez during the next game.

Cast

Main Cast

Special Guest Cast

Guest Cast

  • Jaida-Iman Benjamin as Traci

Mentioned Cast

Continuity

Trivia

  • Guest star Laurie Hernandez shot a BTS video wherein she passed out faux "Gold Medals" to the younger cast members for various (and dubious) achievements while on set.
  • Laurie thinks that the Diaz family really cares about their Latin culture because Georgie told her that when inviting her to visit the family in Marshport.
  • Suzy called Abuela for authentic Latino cuisine recipes but did not realize how work-intensive they would turn out to be.
  • Harley ended up showing her invention because of Laurie Hernandez' pep talk.

Quotes

I really put myself out for you. I talked to you in public. I waived at you. And this is how you pay me?
—Rachel to Harley
Then the wires started talking to me which would have been really disturbing if my invention bag hadn't hold them off.
—Harley

International Premieres

  • September 30, 2017 (Hungary, Latin America)
  • November 22, 2017 (Israel)
  • January 16, 2018 (Spain)

Gallery

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Videos

Gold Medals Behind the Scenes Stuck in the Middle Disney Channel

Gold Medals Behind the Scenes Stuck in the Middle Disney Channel

References

Stuck in the Middle Episodes
Season 1
Stuck in the MiddleStuck in the Sweet SeatStuck with a Guy on the CouchStuck at the MoviesStuck in the Block PartyStuck in the SlushinatorStuck in the Mother's Day GiftStuck in Harley's CometStuck with Mom's New FriendStuck with My Sister's BoyfriendStuck with a WinnerStuck with No RulesStuck in the Harley CarStuck in LockdownStuck without a RideStuck in the QuinceañeraStuck in the Diaz of Our Lives
Season 2
Stuck in the Waterpark - The MovieStuck in a CommercialStuck in the School PhotoStuck in a Slushy WarStuck in the Garage SaleStuck in the Diaz EasterStuck in the Beast-day PartyStuck without DevicesStuck with a Boy GeniusStuck with a Bad InfluenceStuck in a Good DeedStuck Dancing with My DadStuck in a Gold Medal PerformanceStuck in a New RoomStuck with a Dangerous HouseStuck with a New FriendStuck in a Merry ScaryStuck with a Hook, Line and SinkerStuck in the Babysitting NightmareStuck in the Diaz Awards
Season 3
Stuck at Christmas - The Movie