History Headscratchers / MalcolmInTheMiddle

24th Aug '17 4:36:52 PM griffmongers
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*** Tell that to his toddler self pouring gasoline/lighter fluid onto his teddy bear with the intention of setting it on fire, or his child self torturing his brothers, or apparently scarring Reese with a bayonet. Heck, not only was Francis doing something like that before his mom got strict, but the incident with the bear is the reason why Lois snapped and became strict. Besides, just because someone's neither out of touch with reality nor delusional doesn't mean they aren't insane. I mean, look at [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Professor Hojo]].
*** You're placing the blame on a toddler? seriously? I mean, yeah, what he did was pretty awful, but that's only because of Hal and Lois shitty parental skills. Each and every one of the boys demonstrated that they were actually *better* without Hal or Lois' influence on them(Hell, Dewey self-taught himself piano). I'm not saying they are entirely to blame either, but having some therapy for their own fucked up upbringing would have helped the family A LOT.

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*** Tell that to his toddler self pouring gasoline/lighter fluid onto his teddy bear with the intention of setting it on fire, or his being a child self torturing his brothers, or apparently scarring Reese with a bayonet. Heck, not only was Francis doing something like that before his mom got strict, but the incident with the bear is the reason why Lois snapped and became strict. Besides, just because someone's neither out of touch with reality nor delusional doesn't mean they aren't insane. I mean, look at [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Professor Hojo]].
*** You're placing the blame on a toddler? seriously? I mean, yeah, what he did was pretty awful, but that's only because of Hal and Lois shitty parental skills. Each and every one of the boys demonstrated that they were actually *better* without Hal or Lois' influence on them(Hell, Dewey self-taught taught himself piano). I'm not saying they are entirely to blame either, but having some therapy for their own fucked up upbringing would have helped the family A LOT.
24th Jan '17 8:51:23 PM Darth_Romeo
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*** I'd have to rewatch the episode, but they might not mean financially; look at the kids they raised, and they aren't the best parents either. They might have meant that another kid would basically burn the house down, they couldn't afford to have another kid in the sense that a student can't afford to have another failing test.
13th Jul '16 4:06:39 PM saltyoldbones
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** You don't get a hysterectomy to stop having kids, you get a tubal ligation. This can also revert itself. It's a much more expensive, more invasive surgery with a higher risk of complications, a longer recovery time and a higher likelihood of failure. There is a reason that when a couple decide on a surgical birth control method, it's usually a vasectomy.

26th May '16 3:58:41 PM MattP5557
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*** Simple JokerImmunity
5th Jan '16 2:23:25 AM ergeis
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** Book clubs simply being a hangout with women sounds like a comedy trope. I've seen it on the Simpsons.
3rd Dec '15 6:27:01 AM catmuto
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[[WMG: How did Mr. Herkabee keep his job for so long?]]
* At the end of the first episode, the boys in his class are seen acting crazy (save for Malcolm), and the girls are in a near-fetal position. All of this is seen by the superintendent or some other important figure. You'd think he would have lost his job after that, but no, he kept it and mentally abused kids on a daily basis. Somehow he was made a disciplinarian of Malcolm's high school and even kept a cattle prod in his desk. How did no one find out about that? Even the teachers can't carry weapons at school. How did he not get fired despite being such a horrible person and teacher? It's not like he kept it a secret, and he didn't have the money to bribe anyone.
[[WMG: Finances?]]
When Lois got pregnant with Jamie, they claimed that they wouldn't be able to afford it. However they would have been in the same situation, needing to support four children, when Dewey was born, and Francis had emancipated himself. Furthermore, Francis was slowly paying back his loans, and one or both of the parents should have gotten a raise in the twelve years.

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How did Mr. Herkabee keep his job for so long?]]
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long? At the end of the first episode, the boys in his class are seen acting crazy (save for Malcolm), and the girls are in a near-fetal position. All of this is seen by the superintendent or some other important figure. You'd think he would have lost his job after that, but no, he kept it and mentally abused kids on a daily basis. Somehow he was made a disciplinarian of Malcolm's high school and even kept a cattle prod in his desk. How did no one find out about that? Even the teachers can't carry weapons at school. How did he not get fired despite being such a horrible person and teacher? It's not like he kept it a secret, and he didn't have the money to bribe anyone.
[[WMG: Finances?]]
* When Lois got pregnant with Jamie, they claimed that they wouldn't be able to afford it. However they would have been in the same situation, needing to support four children, when Dewey was born, and Francis had emancipated himself. Furthermore, Francis was slowly paying back his loans, and one or both of the parents should have gotten a raise in the twelve years.




[[WMG: Why bother pretending?]]
In one episode, Lois meets up with a group of women for a book club. Then it turns out none of them actually read the books, they just get together to relax and rant. But why bother pretending it's a book club? Why not just say they're getting together, or having a night out? Maybe it started out as an attempt at an actual book club, but why not just drop it after going a while without reading anything?

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\n[[WMG: Why bother pretending?]]\n* In one episode, Lois meets up with a group of women for a book club. Then it turns out none of them actually read the books, they just get together to relax and rant. But why bother pretending it's a book club? Why not just say they're getting together, or having a night out? Maybe it started out as an attempt at an actual book club, but why not just drop it after going a while without reading anything?
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*** Yes, the ladies were drinking, with their drunken state even leading to them doing things they considered funny at the end of the episode.
* When Lois is pregnant with Jamie, she and Hal have a fight where he admits that he didn't go through with a vasectomy, the way Lois wanted. Male pride or whatever, he doesn't want to do anything to 'his boys'. It's rare that it happens, but a vasectomy can revert itself and make the man able to impregnant women again. And if Lois is so intent on not having anymore children, cause they can barely keep up with the five they had at that point, including Jamie, why didn't she get a hysterectomy? Sure, it's not a cheap surgery, but neither is a vasectomy. And a hysterectomy is much 'safer', since it cannot revert itself.
3rd Dec '15 6:18:19 AM catmuto
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** Perhaps the stuff that Francis has done in the past (which included a car crash, with the car ''on fire'', in a montage) was so bad that drinking and driving felt almost 'tame' in comparison? Or perhaps it deals with Lois trying to teach Francis that, now that he is married, he needs to become more responsible and learn to listen to his wife, who was actually right?
15th Oct '15 5:07:50 PM ambiguousCase
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* In season six, Francis turns 21, the youngest you are legally able to drink alcohol. But in the season 5 Thanksgiving episode, Francis tells Lois that his argument with Piama came about when she didn't want him drinking and driving. Knowing Lois, why was her only reaction telling Francis to apologize to Piama for the argument? You'd think underage drinking coupled with driving drunk would make Lois go BALLISTIC.
16th Aug '15 10:06:24 PM Talia_T
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** To fool their husbands, of course. The idea of their wives attending a boring old book club probably goes over most of their husbands heads, they couldnt't care less. But if they knew their wives were getting together and gossiping - sharing all their marital secrets... They may be not as comfortable with the idea. And I can't remember exactly, were the girls drinking also? Another reason the men wouldn't be happy.
1st May '15 7:03:02 PM greenwings
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[[WMG: Why bother pretending?]]
In one episode, Lois meets up with a group of women for a book club. Then it turns out none of them actually read the books, they just get together to relax and rant. But why bother pretending it's a book club? Why not just say they're getting together, or having a night out? Maybe it started out as an attempt at an actual book club, but why not just drop it after going a while without reading anything?
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