History Series / MalcolmintheMiddle

6th Jun '17 3:44:36 AM foxley
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* ParkingPayback: One episode saw Hal trying to get himself attacked so he can [[MuggingTheMonster be a hero]]. He tries picking a fight by stealing a parking space...only to realise he stole a handicapped spot from a wheelchair user, who keys his car as he embarrassedly drives away.
20th May '17 1:08:07 PM BlindJustice-2515
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** In ''Hal Sleepwalks'' we're treated to a montage of all the crappy anniversaries Hal has screwed up. In the first, he hired a marching band to play inside their bedroom, seriously freaking Lois out. The second, he knocked her unconscious when he emerged from the closet naked with champagne (the door whacked her in the head). And in the third and final scene, he's showing Lois two biplanes creating a heart in the sky, which then crash into each other and spiral to the ground. When we cut back to present day Hal, he mentions that wasn't even the low point of that day.

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** In ''Hal Sleepwalks'' we're treated to a montage of all the crappy anniversaries Hal has screwed up. In the first, he hired a marching band to play inside their bedroom, bedroom first thing in the morning, seriously freaking Lois out. The second, he knocked her unconscious when he emerged from the closet naked with champagne (the door whacked her in the head). And in the third and final scene, he's showing Lois two biplanes creating a heart in the sky, which then crash into each other and spiral to the ground. When we cut back to present day Hal, he mentions that wasn't even the low point of that day.
20th May '17 9:31:48 AM omnicritic
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** Their lives in general are live this. When the two are unable to have sex for a week they are able to vastly improve their quality of life by doing all the things they are usually to 'busy' to get done. Only for it all to fall back to normal by the weeks end.

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** Their lives in general are live like this. When the two are unable to have sex for a week they are able to vastly improve their quality of life by doing all the things they are usually to too 'busy' to get done. Only for it all to fall back to normal by the weeks end.
18th May '17 4:46:46 PM djacobse
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***Or the episode "Tutoring Reese" where she sticks up to another bully of his [[spoiler:His teacher]].
16th Apr '17 4:39:04 AM ThatGoodGood
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** Hal is so conflicted on whether or not to pull the plug in "Living Will" that he winds up making himself paralyzed from the waste up.

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** Hal is so conflicted on whether or not to pull the plug in "Living Will" that he winds up making himself paralyzed from the waste waist up.
16th Apr '17 12:33:32 AM BobSaget9
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* HeadsTailsEdgeHeadsTailsEdge: Malcolm's final attempt to deal with the Slappy cutout in "Standee" (via a coin flip) nets this result. Tellingly, this is how the episode ends.


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* HeroicBSOD: After hearing Lois sincerely apologize for being a horrible mom in "Ida Loses a Leg", Francis is literally unable to process this (he's had ''fantasies'' of this moment, and Lois "said everything", but when it happens, he still filled with resentment). He winds up having a freakout, causing Lois to give him some money and Tic Tacs in order to help calm him down.
** Hal is so conflicted on whether or not to pull the plug in "Living Will" that he winds up making himself paralyzed from the waste up.
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.]]
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