I can't let that happen. There's going to be a Harley Slushy Slack... Shushy Sack... Slussy Sack. Okay, I may have to change the name, but it's on!

Stuck in the Slushinator is the sixth episode in season 1 of Stuck in the Middle. It aired on April 8, 2016 to 1.6 million viewers.[1]


Harley uses her creativity to convince her dad to hire her at his marina store & she unveils her newest invention, the "slushinator."


Whenever a Diaz kid turns 13, they get the opportunity to work at their dad's store. It's Harley's turn now and she has a cool idea of turning the Snack Shack section into Harley's Slushy Shack with a cool slushy machine. To Harley's disappointment, Tom says that he is no longer letting any other kid work at the store after past experiences with Rachel, Georgie and Ethan who all messed up.

Harley comes up with 101 reasons to convince Tom to hire her. When Tom refuses to listen, she places the notes at convenient places for Tom to find. When she hacks Tom's car radio with a Harley station asking him to hire her, Tom gives in and lets Harley in. However, he refuses to pay for a slushy machine. So, Harley invents her own slushy machine and calls it "The Slushinator" that requires human pedaling to run. She convinces Lewie and Beast to run the machine by pedaling it. At first, everything is perfect and Harley is making a lot of money from the slushies. But then, Lewie and Beast get bored and decide that they want to play outside instead.

Since Harley still doesn't have enough money to buy an actual slushy machine, she needs Lewie and Beast to come back to work for her. She tricks them by telling each one of them that they're better than the other and if they continue working hard, they would get special recognition next to great legends in the slushy world. So, the twins return to work for Harley. However, they start fighting over who is the bigger slushy star and who will get better recognition. The fight intensifies, making it impossible for them to work together. Harley is left with no one to power the Slushinator.

With Beast and Lewie broken up, it becomes a nightmare for everyone in the family. They start bothering the rest of the family who are otherwise too busy preparing for a family church photo. Suzy has been rallying the kids all day to prepare to take the perfect church photo. Rachel is trying to choose a hot outfit for the photo but Suzy keeps rejecting them for being too inappropriate for church. After learning that all the Catholic schools would see the photo, Georgie tries to find the perfect outfit to impress the mascot from St. Joseph's. During all this preparation, Lewie and Beast keep interfering with the Diazes because they have no one else to hang out with. Ethan tells Harley that it was a bad idea to split up Lewie and Beast. So, Harley makes it up to them by making a double bike that's pedalled by two people.

Meanwhile, Daphne and Ethan have been trying to get a cat they found hiding so that they can bring it home and make it a family pet. And hopefully include it in the family church photo. Ethan spends his money to buy cat food and other things they will need for the cat. When the family is ready to finally take the photo, Daphne and Ethan sneak the cat into the house. After giving it another look, Daphne realizes that it's not a cat. It's a skunk.

Suzy advises them not to freak the skunk out but Daphne starts yelling at it. So, the skunk sprays the entire family with its skunk smell just when the photographer is about to take the photo. Needless to say, the photo does not look good.

After all that disaster, Harley gives up her dream of working at her dad's store. But, Tom surprises her by buying her a real slushy machine for Harley's Slushy Shack. He tells her that he was pretty impressed by her business skills and all the effort she put into it.


Main cast


  • Harley starts running Harley's Slushy Shack at her dad's store in this episode and continues to work there for the rest of the series.
  • In Stuck with a New Friend, Ethan tells Sophie about the time they thought the skunk was a cat in this episode.
  • In Stuck with a New Squad, Georgie mentions that she ended up dating the Eagles mascot from St. Josephs.
  • The slushy bike that Harley made for the twins is used again during the competition for the new room in Stuck in a New Room.
  • Georgie reeling in a big one when she was working at Tom's Bait & Bite is nominated for a Diaz award in Stuck in the Diaz Awards.


  • Harley wants her dad to let her put in a shushly shack.
  • Lewie and Beast work for Harley.


We're going to make this into this - Harley's Slushy Shack! If you can say that five times fast, you get one free.
Reason number one to fire Harley - she put a giant hole in the wall!
— Harley
Like the Good Book always says, 'Though shalt always wear thy pants, willst thou...' Come back in two hours!
— Harley to church photographer

International premieres

  • May 9, 2016 (Australia)
  • May 20, 2016 (UK and Ireland)
  • August 8, 2016 (Israel)
  • August 21, 2016 (Latin America, Brazil)
  • September 18, 2016 (Hungary)


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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