History Series / MalcolmInTheMiddle

22nd Mar '17 6:29:02 AM blkwhtrbbt
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** Getting Malcolm nicknamed "Stain" for the rest of his high school career by noting loudly that there's a stain on Malcolm's pants, then loudly shouting details about it as she moves to wipe it off. In the school courtyard. While the whole school is gathered there for orientation and textbook distribution. Lois even stormily asks a nearby classmate "Would YOU be embarrassed by this?" who then simply wordlessly shakes his head and backs a little further away.



* AnAesop: In the last episode, Lois reveals that her plan all along (and apparently that of the whole family) was to make Malcolm miserable so he would stop being such an InsufferableGenius and use his talent to help people. "Adversity builds character" is a running theme throughout the show, it's just easy to ignore.

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* AnAesop: In the last episode, Lois reveals that her plan all along (and apparently that of the whole family) was to make Malcolm miserable so he would stop being such an InsufferableGenius and use his talent to help people. "Adversity builds character" is a running theme throughout the show, it's just easy to ignore. Also counts as BrokenAesop, given that all the adversity was artificial. Great way to start a BreadAndCircuses social order, don't you think? Francis seems to be more right about Lois than the show intended.
16th Feb '17 7:44:52 PM foxley
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* EmbarrassingCoverUp: Malcolm has to bring some comfort item to Craig, who is secretly living in Lois's workplace. When she questions him about having a pineapple, spare pants and a book with him, he explains that he is going through a very bad belly problem, justifying the need of fresh fruit, a book to read in the bathroom and well, spare pants. Self-inflicted trope.
16th Feb '17 7:31:41 PM foxley
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* JokerJury: One episode had meat-loving [[TheBully Reese]] try to date a vegetarian girl, and later has a nightmare where he put on trial for "murder" by a court full of animals. Their "graphic evidence" is just pictures of Reese eating breakfast.
9th Feb '17 6:09:31 PM Noraneko
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** Dabney and his mother in ''Hal's Friend''. It's apparently a normal and accepted tradition for him to brush her hair every night before bed and for him to [[{{Squick}} hand her a towel the moment she steps out of the shower]]. She's also shown to be [[ClingyJealousGirl possessive and controlling]] and hates having his friend over, makes his birthday all about her, and is generally a MyBelovedSmother. During the episode's paintball game, he has an awakening and TookALevelInBadass... and she's downright ''titillated'' like a flustered schoolgirl when he demonstrates his new, bolder personality.


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** The above all fit the bill, but at least most of them have plenty of PetTheDog moments and can provide [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moments]]. Mr. Herkabe, on the other hand, is an unrepentant asshole who likes nothing better than making his students miserable. Special example goes to his role in ''Malcolm films Reese,'' where he tricks and manipulates Malcolm into getting Reese to trust him enough to make himself vulnerable, leading Reese to confide on camera that he hopes he and Malcolm can be best friends forever. He then [[MoralEventHorizon shows the film (without Malcolm's knowledge or consent) to his students, humiliating Reese for one of his few genuinely sweet moments.]]
27th Jan '17 5:28:28 PM bwburke94
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* ShoutOut: One of the cadets plays the theme to ''ThreesCompany'' on glasses of water.

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One of the cadets plays the theme to ''ThreesCompany'' on glasses of water.



** In ''Francis Escapes,'' Francis asks Bebe if she's watching [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].

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** In ''Francis Escapes,'' Francis asks Bebe if she's watching [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].''Series/{{Buffy|The Vampire Slayer}}''.
26th Jan '17 1:27:54 PM IronBrig4
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** Malcolm creates a simulated version of his own family with a computer game called [[VideoGame/TheSims The Virts]].
23rd Jan '17 8:46:04 PM notShemp
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* AcquaintedWithEmergencyServices:
** In one episode, Reese comes home pursued by the police. When his parents notice the sirens, Lois decides to start making coffee. Then Hal notes that the policeman is a guy called Hank, who only drinks decaffeinated coffee.
** In one episode, Malcolm is taken to the hospital to treat a serious head injury; the hospital is already familiar with Malcolm and all his brothers, as they have a history with getting head injuries.
19th Jan '17 12:28:52 PM TheRealYuma
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Lois is by far one of the greatest examples of this. She once grounded her kids for [[UpToEleven ''two months'']] just for lying to her and saying that Francis's friends stole Dewey's bike. In a later episode, Lois grounds Malcolm for being late home from STUDYING, and when the neighborhood is forced to evacuate to the school gym, Lois insists on keeping the punishment going even there. Thankfully LaserGuidedKarma finally reaches Lois when everyone there is upset at how she treated him and she--along with the rest of the family besides Malcolm himself--gets kicked out.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Lois is by far one of the greatest examples of this. She once grounded her kids for [[UpToEleven ''two months'']] just for lying to her and saying that Francis's friends stole Dewey's bike. In a later episode, Lois grounds Malcolm for being late home from STUDYING, and when the neighborhood is forced to evacuate to the school gym, Lois insists on keeping the punishment going even there. Thankfully LaserGuidedKarma finally reaches Lois when everyone there is upset at how she treated him and she--along with the rest of the family besides Malcolm himself--gets kicked out. Lastly, let's not forget why Francis was sent to military school. Was it getting sent home by police offers? Apparently losing his virginity in his teens? Or perhaps the burning car? Nope, it was getting his nose pierced.
19th Jan '17 10:28:25 AM TheRealYuma
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** In ''Francis Escapes,'' Francis asks Bebe if she's watching [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].
19th Jan '17 10:21:07 AM TheRealYuma
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** This also happened to Caroline Miller while the series was still in season 1, despite Catherine Lloyd Burns being in the main credits regardless of whether or not Caroline's in the episode.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: In the series finale when the family is [[spoiler: trying to pay for Malcolms tuition]], Hal goes to a loan shark and says: if you give me the money I won't pay it back, but I promise I will scream as loudly and as horribly as possible when you break my limbs as a warning to others. The loan shark stares at him blankly for a few brief moments and then says: "I could still do that for free." Hal scurries out in terror.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: In the series finale when the family is [[spoiler: trying to pay for Malcolms Malcolm's tuition]], Hal goes to a loan shark and says: if you give me the money I won't pay it back, but I promise I will scream as loudly and as horribly as possible when you break my limbs as a warning to others. The loan shark stares at him blankly for a few brief moments and then says: "I could still do that for free." Hal scurries out in terror.



* DistractedByTheSexy: As a means of making up to him. Francis tells Dewey about a scented candle in the house that makes their parents too aroused to care about punishing anyone. Dewey uses it immediatley and sure enough Lois and Hal are become so eager for each other that they gloss over punishing Dewey for whatever he did.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: As a means of making up to him. Francis tells Dewey about a scented candle in the house that makes their parents too aroused to care about punishing anyone. Dewey uses it immediatley immediately and sure enough Lois and Hal are become so eager for each other that they gloss over punishing Dewey for whatever he did.
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