History Series / MalcolmInTheMiddle

14th Aug '17 8:15:42 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Played straighter when Malcolm discovers a gun in one girl's purse. He takes it upon himself to destroy it instead of going straight to an adult, and in spite of having a incredibly wealth of knowledge about how stuff works, he doesn't think to ''unload'' the thing first. After he discharges it and the authorities are called, one cop hangs a lampshade on the situation:

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** Played straighter when Malcolm discovers a gun in one girl's purse. He takes it upon himself to destroy it instead of going straight to an adult, and in spite of having a incredibly an incredible wealth of knowledge about how stuff works, he doesn't think to ''unload'' the thing first. After he discharges it and the authorities are called, one cop hangs a lampshade on the situation:
12th Aug '17 2:00:21 PM ShorinBJ
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* IAteWhat: Done as part of a BriarPatching stunt. Malcolm is shown making the world's most disgusting sandwich, taking crud from the fridge, from the sink drain, from under the couch, and so on, putting it all between two slices of bread. He sits down to eat it... whereupon Reese immediately swoops in to steal it, and takes a bite before he realizes he's been had.

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* IAteWhat: Done as part of a BriarPatching stunt. Malcolm is shown making the world's most disgusting sandwich, taking crud from the fridge, from the sink drain, from under the couch, and so on, putting it all between two slices of bread. He sits down to eat it... whereupon Reese immediately swoops in to steal it, and takes a bite before he realizes he's been had. And this apparently isn't the first time he's fallen for it.



* IdenticalGrandson: A ChristmasEpisode has a photo of Francis' grandfather as a young man, and he looks exactly like Francis. Except that he has humongous eyebrows, which Francis hope isn't genetic.
* IgnoredEpiphany: In "Chad's Sleepover," Reese and Malcolm talk to try and figure out why they are so unlikes by their schoolmates, and realize that they push people away because they are both scared of being rejected. Then Reese decides to believe that their peers are jealous of them, which Malcolm agrees with.

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* IdenticalGrandson: A ChristmasEpisode has a photo of Francis' grandfather as a young man, and he looks exactly like Francis. Except that he has humongous eyebrows, which Francis hope hopes isn't genetic.
* IgnoredEpiphany: In "Chad's Sleepover," Reese and Malcolm talk to try and figure out why they are so unlikes disliked by their schoolmates, and realize that they push people away because they are both scared of being rejected. Then Reese decides to believe that their peers are jealous of them, which Malcolm agrees with.



-->'''Reese (at the computer):''' ''I can't wait until everyone at school finds out you got the kissing disease from mom, which will happen right about (Reese clicks a button on the computer's mouse) now.''

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-->'''Reese (at the computer):''' ''I can't wait until everyone at school finds out you got the kissing disease from mom, Mom, which will happen right about (Reese clicks a button on the computer's mouse) now.''



* InterClassRomance: Hal comes from a very rich family that openly hate Lois.

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* InterClassRomance: Hal comes from a very rich family that openly hate hates Lois.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Lois is a particularly disturbing example of this. To specify after giving birth to Francies due to post pregnancy complications she was forced to stay at the hospital while Hal took him home. When she returned the next day she found that Francies wasn’t miserable without her she preceded to spend the next year torturing him as revenge to the point where his first words were no you shut up.
** The entire family is this in respect to Malcolm as their relationship is incredibly [[MoralMyopia hypocritical]]. For example they have no problem excluding Malcolm from family activities yet Reese actually got into a fight with Steve because he felt that he was prioritizing him over his family. It is perfectly alright for Reese to steel Malcolms girlfriend but when Malcolm does it to Reese he is constantly reminded of what a horrible person he is and he pretty much killed his brother.
* IWasBornReady: The group attends Hal's family reunion and Hal's family is mean to Lois the whole time. After they trick her into missing the group picture, the boys run over the dinner table with a golf cart and drives it into the swimming pool. Before they start, Reese asks Dewey if he's ready and Dewey responds with "I was born ready."

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Lois is a particularly disturbing example of this. To specify after giving birth to Francies Francis due to post pregnancy post-pregnancy complications she was forced to stay at the hospital while Hal took him home. When she returned the next day she and found that Francies Francis wasn’t miserable without her her, she preceded to spend the next year torturing him as revenge to the point where his first words were no you shut up.
** The entire family is this in respect to Malcolm as their relationship is incredibly [[MoralMyopia hypocritical]]. For example they have no problem excluding Malcolm from family activities yet Reese actually got into a fight with Steve because he felt that he was prioritizing him over his family. It is perfectly alright all right for Reese to steel Malcolms Malcolm's girlfriend but when Malcolm does it to Reese he is constantly reminded of what a horrible person he is and he pretty much killed his brother.
* IWasBornReady: The group attends Hal's family reunion and Hal's family is mean to Lois the whole time. After they trick her into missing the group picture, the boys run over the dinner table with a golf cart and drives drive it into the swimming pool. Before they start, Reese asks Dewey if he's ready and Dewey responds with "I was born ready."



*** In "Red Dress", she tortured the boys just to find out who burnt her red dress from her wedding anniversary. By the time she forces them to hear the song "Nice is Good, Mean is Bad", you can tell that she's gone too far.
*** In "Lois Strikes Back", when she [[DisproportionateRetribution tied Malcolm to her car]], just for trying to talk her out of [[KickTheSonOfABitch pulling cruel pranks to the girls]] that psychologically ruined [[JerkassWoobie Reese]].
*** In the series finale, Lois, along with Hal, force Malcolm to work extremely hard in college to help him understand about financial struggles. To elaborate: [[spoiler: As soon as Malcolm finishes High School, he is offered a six figure job working for a computer company. However, Hal and Lois refuse to let him take it, saying they have other plans for him. When he calls them out later on this, they reveal that they intend for him to work as a janitor while going through law school, to work his way up to become District Attorney, win a place on the senate, and then become President of the United States, while at the same time knowing that despite all of this, he will never be respected for any of it. While they're doing it because they believe Malcolm will be able to use his experience of being poor to help those like them when he becomes president, it says something about his family that they find manipulating Malcolm for decades and screwing him over every chance they get to be ''easier'', than displaying any sort of personal fiscal responsibility.]]

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*** In "Red Dress", she tortured the boys just to find out who burnt her red dress from for her wedding anniversary. anniversary.[[note]]It was Hal.[[/note]] By the time she forces them to hear the song "Nice is Good, Mean is Bad", you can tell that she's gone too far.
*** In "Lois Strikes Back", when she [[DisproportionateRetribution tied Malcolm to her car]], just for trying to talk her out of [[KickTheSonOfABitch pulling cruel pranks to on the girls]] that psychologically ruined [[JerkassWoobie Reese]].
*** In the series finale, Lois, along with Hal, force Malcolm to work extremely hard in college to help him understand about financial struggles. To elaborate: [[spoiler: As soon as Malcolm finishes High School, high school, he is offered a six figure job working for a computer company. However, Hal and Lois refuse to let him take it, saying they have other plans for him. When he calls them out later on this, they reveal that they intend for him to work as a janitor while going through law school, to work his way up to become District Attorney, district attorney, win a place on the senate, Senate, and then become President of the United States, while at the same time knowing that despite all of this, he will never be respected for any of it. While they're doing it because they believe Malcolm will be able to use his experience of being poor to help those like them when he becomes president, it says something about his family that they find manipulating Malcolm for decades and screwing him over every chance they get to be ''easier'', than displaying any sort of personal fiscal responsibility.]]



** Heck, Reese (who actually becomes less of a jerk in time), Malcolm (who becomes almost as much of a jerk as Reese) and Dewey too. One of their worst Jerkass moments has to be when they [[spoiler:trick Lois into believing she had cancer, just so they put wouldn't be in trouble for getting bad grades.]]

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** Heck, Reese (who actually becomes less of a jerk in time), Malcolm (who becomes almost as much of a jerk as Reese) and Dewey too. One of their worst Jerkass moments has to be when they [[spoiler:trick Lois into believing she had cancer, just so they put wouldn't be in trouble for getting bad grades.]]
12th Aug '17 1:51:28 PM ShorinBJ
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-->'''Mr. Pinter:''' That's not a signature

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-->'''Mr. Pinter:''' That's not a signaturesignature.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Lois adopts a very "people will think what they want to and you can't change that" attitude in regards to others attitudes towards her, but if someone does something she doesn't like she will not hesitate to yell at, berate and/or demean them and then tell them why and how everything they do or say is wrong.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Every member of the family seems to pull this at least once (see MamaBear for Lois' examples). Most triumphantly, when Lois is systematically humiliated by Hal's ObnoxiousInLaws to the point that she locks herself in the bathroom to cry, all four boys wordlessly agree to wreak revenge, trailing a bemused Hal and Piama in their wake. And it is epic.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Lois adopts a very "people will think what they want to and you can't change that" attitude in regards to others others' attitudes towards her, but if someone does something she doesn't like she will not hesitate to yell at, berate and/or demean them and then tell them why and how everything they do or say is wrong.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Every member of the family seems to pull this at least once (see MamaBear for Lois' examples). Most triumphantly, when Lois is systematically humiliated by Hal's her ObnoxiousInLaws to the point that she locks herself in the bathroom to cry, all four boys wordlessly agree to wreak revenge, trailing a bemused Hal and Piama in their wake. And it is epic.
10th Aug '17 5:25:55 PM WileK209
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* WhipPan: The standard way to change scenes in the show, accompanied by a "whoosh!"
10th Aug '17 6:50:47 AM ShorinBJ
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** In "Stock Car Races", Francis acquires a snake which eats the commandant's dog. The commandant declares that for two months, the entire academy would have no hot water, no television, and an 8 pm curfew, and says that they can "thank" Francis when he leaves. This tactic got Francis beaten up earlier in the episode, but all the cadets hated the dog, which the commandant used to find evidence of their misdeeds, and they applaud him. They also each give him a punch on the arm, but it's better than he might have gotten.
24th Jul '17 2:21:27 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Played straighter when Malcolm discovers a gun in one girl's purse. He takes it upon himself to destroy it instead of going straight to an adult, and in spite of having a incredibly wealth of knowledge about how stuff works, he doesn't think to ''unload'' the thing first. After it discharges and the authorities are called, one cop hangs a lampshade on the situation:

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** Played straighter when Malcolm discovers a gun in one girl's purse. He takes it upon himself to destroy it instead of going straight to an adult, and in spite of having a incredibly wealth of knowledge about how stuff works, he doesn't think to ''unload'' the thing first. After it he discharges it and the authorities are called, one cop hangs a lampshade on the situation:
24th Jul '17 2:17:05 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* RecklessGunUsage: PlayedForLaughs in "Goodbye Kitty". Otto and Francis wield shotguns with no regard for safety, closing their eyes while aiming the weapons, with their fingers resting on the triggers. The guns end up accidentally pointed at each other, with both men counting down to shoot with their fingers on still on the triggers, all without opening their eyes.

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PlayedForLaughs in "Goodbye Kitty". Otto and Francis wield shotguns with no regard for safety, closing their eyes while aiming the weapons, with their fingers resting on the triggers. The guns end up accidentally pointed at each other, with both men counting down to shoot with their fingers on still on the triggers, all without opening their eyes. eyes.
** Played straighter when Malcolm discovers a gun in one girl's purse. He takes it upon himself to destroy it instead of going straight to an adult, and in spite of having a incredibly wealth of knowledge about how stuff works, he doesn't think to ''unload'' the thing first. After it discharges and the authorities are called, one cop hangs a lampshade on the situation:
-->"...And you're supposed to be a ''genius?''"
24th Jul '17 1:59:01 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ObliviousToLove: Hal's neighbor begins to fall in love with him while they spend time together at various get-togethers, but tearfully "breaks up" with him in the end before their relationship can go any further. Hal, meanwhile, was just having fun with friends the entire time, and he doesn't pick up on her feelings because the idea of fooling around on Lois never once crossed his mind.

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* ObliviousToLove: Hal's neighbor begins to fall in love with him while they spend time together at various get-togethers, gatherings, but tearfully "breaks up" with him in the end before their relationship can go any further. Hal, meanwhile, was just having fun with friends the entire time, and he doesn't pick up on her feelings because the idea thought of fooling around on Lois never once crossed his mind.
24th Jul '17 12:16:08 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ObliviousToLove: Hal's neighbor begins to fall in love with him while they spend time together at various get-togethers, but tearfully "breaks up" with him in the end before their relationship can go any further. Hal, meanwhile, was just having fun with friends the entire time, and he doesn't pick up on her feelings because the idea of fooling around on Lois never once crossed his mind.
24th Jul '17 10:10:22 AM grammy
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* DisabledSnarker: Stevie

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* EasilyForgiven: Kitty by Abe and Stevie.

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* EasilyForgiven: Lois calls out Kitty by Abe for abandoning her family, leaving them destroyed, and Stevie.then returning after she'd done everything she wanted and expected a simple apology would do. After Hal tells her that it's expected to forgive the love of your life for absolutely anything, Lois, who rarely apologizes for ''anything'', apologizes to Kitty, with Kitty never having to do any real atonement.
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