Kirstie Alley — aka the woman you desperately wish was your aunt — is joining in on the Heck family fun as the infamous Pam Freakin' Staggs in this week's all-new episode of The Middle.
Alley, who admitted to ETonline that she is a "huge fan" of the ABC comedy was thrilled to be able to share so many scenes with Patricia Heaton. "I adore her," the Look Who's Talking star spilled. "She really is a genius and she makes it look so easy and I'm very much in awe of her work so I just jumped at the chance and they wrote it for me… And I just laughed out loud when I read the script and I was excited to join in."
So who is this outrageous character that we can't get enough off? In Alley's words, Pam Freakin' Staggs is "the girl that we all knew in high school who just kind of wilted in her later years."
After winning a million dollars on Wheel of Fortune — from successfully solving a puzzle with only two letters on the board — Pam Staggs lead a life of luxury, well, at least that's how it looks to Frankie on Facebook. So when Pam comes back to town, she befriends Frankie and finally shows her what it's like to hang out with the "popular girl" from high school, and (spoiler alert!) it involves a lot of drinking.
Fans will instantaneously adore Alley's performance in Wednesday night's episode and we're sure you'll be inspired to follow in Staggs' drunken footsteps by bringing their own bottles of "purse wine" with them everywhere they go.
Watch an exclusive sneak peek of Pam and Frankie's first night out at the bars getting tipsy on together in our video above.
Fun-Fact: Alley confessed that those bright green melon ball martinis were not as delicious as they looked. "I had to drink a lot of them and I was so worried thinking, 'I've got to lose weight, I've got to lose weight,'" she confessed. "They had a lot of sugar! And we were shooting really late that night, but having a really great time."
Catch Kirstie Alley as Pam Freakin' Staggs on The Middle, Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. on ABC.