Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
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Malcolm Holds His Tongue 

Malcolm is fed up with the fact that every time he complains, something wrong happens. He has recently got kicked off the basketball team and vows not to complain anymore. He receives good ... See full summary »



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Malcolm is fed up with the fact that every time he complains, something wrong happens. He has recently got kicked off the basketball team and vows not to complain anymore. He receives good results by not complaining - he gets back on the team, negates Lois' anger by not talking back to her, and gains the respect of his girlfriend, Nicki, who shares a kiss with him. Next, Hal decides to be a speed waker and soon gets competitive with a local walker. Meanwhile, Reese wants to take Alison to a concert and the only driver he can find is Craig Feldspar. However, Craig has plans of his own for his two passengers - a hay ride and a bonfire dinner. Alison is fed up and pepper sprays him and threatens to give Reese the same treatment if he doesn't let her go her own way. He's pissed off as Craig plays his ukulele and sings a song from Air Supply.

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Comedy | Family


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5 January 2003 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Malcolm has smelly breath as reported by Reese after their kissing scene in this episode. See more »


Reese and Craig are at the table. The red and green oven mitts change position. See more »


Reese: Come back, please, I'll find us a ride.
Alison: Those concert tickets cost me forty dollars each. That's two times forty. Divide that in two, and it's forty dollars a ticket.
Reese: Well, it's not my fault I can't drive us.
Alison: You're the one who had his license taken away.
Reese: Because my public defender wouldn't even try the insanity defense.
Alison: Well, you better think of something, because if we can't get there, then we're not going!
Reese: [to Malcolm and Stevie, who witnessed the argument] Don't ever date anyone smarter than...
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The One That You Love
Written by Graham Russell
Performed by David Anthony Higgins
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21 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quick Summary: 1. Malcolm joins the basketball team, and keeps making smart remarks to his coach. He realizes he needs to think before he speaks, so he decides to start "biting his tongue." 2. Meanwhile, Hal takes up speed walking at the park and purchases a spandex suit covered in flames and an aerodynamic helmet. 3. And while all of this is happening, Reese has a date to a concert with Alison, but can't find a ride, so he invites Craig along so he can drive them.

Spoilers: 1. Malcolm becomes so stressed out over not speaking his mind, that during a basketball game, he finally opens his mouth and ends up spitting blood all over his coach. He popped a blood vessel. 2. Hal tapes his competition and realizes that he is violating one of the major rules of speed walking--there must be a foot on the ground at all times. He uses the tape for blackmail. 3. Craig has never been on a date, so he becomes really excited for the date with Reese and Alison. He becomes obsessed and refuses to drive them to the concert because he has his own plans. Both Reese and Alison freak out.

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