Phil Dunning, or as I call him, Phil McAwful Driver is the worst Motor Vehicle employee ever. Exclamation point! Exclamation point! Exclamation point!
—Harley's review

Stuck in a Slushy War is the fourth episode in season 2 of Stuck in the Middle and the 21st overall. It aired on February 24, 2017 to 0.94 million viewers. 


Harley's Slushy Shack faces new competition which escalates into a full-scale slushy war.


With Harley's Slushy Shack becoming more popular everyday, Harley is looking to hire someone to help with the daily operations. One of the applicants is Phil - the driving instructor who failed Rachel in "Stuck without a Ride". Phil needs the job because he got fired from the BMV after one bad review. Harley hires him but feels uncomfortable being the boss of an adult. To avoid the awkwardness, Harley ends up doing most of the tasks that Phil should be doing.

After realizing how difficult it is for Harley to be his boss, Phil talks to Harley about it. Harley praises him for his hard work. She decides to help him start his own Slushy Shack in a different city. She even decides to write him a review / recommendation. While Harley is writing the review out loud, Phil realizes that she is using the exact same writing tone and sentence structure as the bad review that got him fired from the BMV. He confronts Harley about it and Harley admits that he gave him the bad review after failing Rachel before realizing that Suzy is the one who didn't want Rachel to pass.

Fueled with this anger, Phil opens a Slushy Truck right next to Harley's Slushy Shack to compete directly with Harley. He lowers his prices and even offers a lot of free slushies, making it difficult for Harley to compete without encountering losses. Harley gets Ethan, Lewie and Beast to help sabotage Phil's Slushy truck but it just ends up backfiring on them. At the end, she and Phil call a truce. Phil admits that selling slushies is not really his dream; he misses being in a car with a new driver. Harley then advises him to start his own driving school.

Meanwhile, when Daphne is invited to a doll-themed birthday party by Sasha Berringer, she wants to take her creepy doll, Deathne. Since Rachel knows how judgy little girls can be, she is afraid that Daphne will get teased by the other girls. So, she tries to help Daphne look more presentable, more girly and more sophisticated. She also forces Daphne to ditch Deathne and take a cute doll instead. Daphne resists at first but after realizing that Rachel won't let it go, she plays along. Rachel is impressed by Daphne's change. Unfortunately, on the day of the party, Daphne sneaks Deathne in and presents her to the rest of the girls. Rachel comes to defend her but realizes that the other girls are actually having fun with Deathne and Daphne for just being herself.


Main cast

Guest Cast

  • Gabriel Tigerman as Phil Durning 
  • Brooke Singleton as Girl

Absent Cast


  • Phil Durning was fired because of a bad review that Harley posted about him for failing Rachel in "Stuck without a Ride."
  • Daphne's tea party where some of her dolls end up getting bumped off and is seen multiple times throughout the series including Stuck in a Nice Relationship.
  • The way Rachel goes through the mail saying "not my lip kit, not my lip kit" before finding her report card is the same as she does in Stuck with a New Friend when she says "not my report card, not my report card" before finding her traffic ticket.
  • Lewie and Beast keep trying to work in Harley's Slushy Shack but she refuses to let them. This continues to be the case as seen in Stuck with Horrible Helpers.
  • Daphne mentions how Rachel leaves home with a long skirt or pants but carries a short skirt to change it later after leaving home. This is seen several times including Stuck in the Middle, Stuck with a Bad Influence.
  • Daphne gets nominated for a Diaz Award in Stuck in the Diaz Awards for her adorable little lady performance in this episode.


  • In this episode, Harley looks for someone to work for her. She finally has a grown up work for her but feels wired being the boss of a grownup. Once Phil finds out Harley wrote that bad review to get him fired he launches a slushy war against Harley. Harley soon looks for advice from Ethan about how to handle this.
  • Red, White, and You dolls are a parody of American Girl dolls.

International Premieres

  • May 2, 2017 (Israel)
  • May 17, 2017 (Portugal)
  • June 11, 2017 (Latin America, Brazil)
  • June 22, 2017 (Hungary)
  • June 29, 2017 (Poland)


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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 MovieStuck with Rachel's SecretStuck with a Diaz DownStuck in Camp ChaosStuck with Harley's BethanyStuck in a Nice RelationshipStuck with Horrible HelpersStuck in a Mysterious RobberyStuck in a Besties BattleStuck in Spring BreakStuck with a New SquadStuck with a Non-DiazStuck in the DarkStuck with No EscapeStuck Wrestling FeelingsStuck Without the Perfect GiftStuck in Diaz CourtStuck in Dad's BirthdayStuck in a Fake OutStuck in Harley's Quinceañera