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History Series / MalcolmInTheMiddle

8th May '16 4:20:19 AM eroock
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->''[[LifeIsntFair Life is unfair]].''
-->--'''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'''

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->''[[LifeIsntFair ->''"[[LifeIsntFair Life is unfair]].''
-->--'''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'''
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-->-- '''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'''
25th Apr '16 4:50:20 PM Edgar81539
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** When the boys build a catapult ("Halloween Aproximately") they throw a very full diaper... we only see their reactions, but it seems to be so ugly they agree to [[TakeOurWordForIt not throw one of those again]].
14th Apr '16 10:23:34 PM happyemil
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* IncestSubtext: Reese unknowingly falls for Lois' high school self, reading her former diary.

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* IncestSubtext: IncestSubtext:
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Reese unknowingly falls for Lois' high school self, reading her former diary.diary.
** In one episode, Malcolm contracts mono (a.k.a. "the kissing disease") from Lois, albeit from Lois licking her finger to innocently clean something off of Malcolm's face (unfortunately, not to the knowledge of anyone outside the family.)
-->'''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.''
1st Apr '16 7:43:21 PM CLDavi
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* YouAreGrounded: Regularly. Nearly every season has at least one reference towards getting grounded. It is not uncommon for most episodes of this series to refer to the grounding four-to-six times in a single episode.
24th Mar '16 2:59:11 PM yaosaysobjection
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** Lois's only methods of parenting involve punishment and belittlement, with a side of FinancialAbuse. When Dewey was scared of letting go of the rope swing into the lake while the family was on vacation, Lois just [[KickTheDog threw rocks at him]] in order to get him to come down to dinner -- and that's not even getting into some of the stories Francis tells. Of her bad relationship with Francis, she claims "he started it", because of a time he misbehaved when he was a ''baby''. It should be no surprise that his first words to her were "You shut up!"

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** Lois's only methods of parenting involve punishment and belittlement, with a side of FinancialAbuse. When Dewey was scared of letting go of the rope swing into the lake while the family was on vacation, Lois just [[KickTheDog threw rocks at him]] in order to get him to come down to dinner -- and that's not even getting into some of the stories Francis tells. Of her bad relationship with Francis, she claims "he started it", because of a time he misbehaved ignored her when he was a ''baby''.newborn. It should be no surprise that his first words to her were "You shut up!"
19th Mar '16 2:16:27 AM KOman
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** Several plots and gags run with a character (generally Malcolm, Lois or Dewey) performing otherwise questionable actions because they know how the people around them will react.
19th Mar '16 2:12:25 AM KOman
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** Malcolm and Reese confront Dewey when he's spent several days not being yelled at by Lois, suspecting some kind of conspiracy. Dewey tells them flat out that he hadn't been getting into trouble because he ''hasn't done anything wrong''. To Malcolm and Reese, it's like Dewey is speaking a foreign language and they can't even comprehend the link between getting in trouble and getting punished. Malcolm sort of ''seems'' to get the idea, but then goes into immediate denial and looks for another answer. However, Lois has also mentioned that she regularly treats one of her sons better then the other so that the other two donít know whatís going on, and given her track record for punishing her kids even when they really haven't done anything wrong...

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** In "Buseys Run Away", Malcolm and Reese confront Dewey when he's spent several days not being yelled at by Lois, suspecting some kind of conspiracy. Dewey tells them flat out that he hadn't been getting into trouble because he ''hasn't done anything wrong''. To Malcolm and Reese, it's like Dewey is speaking a foreign language and they can't even comprehend the link between getting in trouble and getting punished. Malcolm sort of ''seems'' to get the idea, but then goes into immediate denial and looks for another answer. However, Lois has also mentioned that she regularly treats one of her sons better then the other so that the other two donít know whatís going on, and given her track record for punishing her kids even when they really haven't done anything wrong...
** In "Mono", Reese observes that Jamie acts as Dewey's "slave" and claims Jamie for himself (Dewey was his slave before he started showing spite). He can't understand why Jamie retreats from him barking orders, complete with insults and threats, nor can he understand how Dewey can respectfully ask requests. After Dewey slowly guides him through asking for a soda, Reese finds it disgusting because he had to ask nicely for it, and comes to the realization that he only likes having a slave who suffers under his demands. He pounds Dewey in the stomach to get the taste out of his mouth.



* FinancialAbuse: Malcolm's parents repeatedly and deliberately deny him financial opportunities he's earned, use credit cards he's offered because their own credit is terrible, and take most of the money from his paychecks for themselves. While they have their reasons for this, [[spoiler: making Malcolm a president who understands being poor]], they're also truly terrible with their own money and waste an extraordinary amount, particularly on Hal's frequent and short-lived obsessions, making is a bit of a BrokenAesop.

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* FinancialAbuse: Malcolm's parents repeatedly and deliberately deny him financial opportunities he's earned, use credit cards he's offered because their own credit is terrible, and take most of the money from his paychecks for themselves. While they have their reasons for this, [[spoiler: making Malcolm a president who understands being poor]], they're also truly terrible with their own money and waste an extraordinary amount, particularly on Hal's frequent and short-lived obsessions, making is it a bit of a BrokenAesop.
16th Mar '16 12:45:25 PM KOman
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* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Malcolm asserts this attitude on Dewey during the peak of his EmoTeen phase in "Zoo". In "Hal Sleepwalks", when Malcolm is given the opportunity for an all-expenses-paid study in Europe, he feels that he needs to balance out his karma before something bad happens.
-->'''Lois''': Listen to you. Something wonderful happens, and all you can think about is how the world's gonna take it away... (smiles proudly) you're growing up.
27th Feb '16 11:47:10 AM jjjj2
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* 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.
24th Feb '16 6:03:59 PM ThatGoodGood
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* HollywoodDateless: Malcolm and Reese.

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* HollywoodDateless: While Malcolm constantly complains about how unpopular he is and Reese.many jokes are made about how unappealing he is to girls, he seems to have at least one short-term girlfriend per season, and many girls initially express attraction for him (Sarah, Nicki, Wendy, to name a few. Also, Reese is shown having a long-term relationship with [[TheDitz Allison]] in the fourth season, among other love interests.
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