Everyone’s favourite TV dad, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, often didn’t get his own way throughout the series. In fact, more often than not, you’ll find Hal conceding to other’s wishes (especially in the case of Lois), often with a frustrated exclamation of “oh, all right!”, or something similar.
It’s not said frequently enough to be a ‘catchphrase’, but it is something unique to the character — and something that I thought would be interesting to put together into one video.
So, here is a quick video montage of every occasion in the series where Hal ‘admits defeat’.
In the first episode of the 7th Season of Nickelodeon’s comedy show All That, Frankie Muniz guest starred. In fact, he did more than that, because he introduced a completely new cast to the audience. This was set up as a comedy skit, where Frankie was supposed to pick some random teenagers for the show, since none of them had been booked. He then proceeds to extract them from various weird places. The cast was notable for including MITM regular Kyle Sullivan (playing Dabney Hooper, Kyle also co-starred with Justin Berfield in the movie Max Keeble’s Big Move), and MITM guest star Lisa Foiles, who appeared in episode 4×10 If Boys Were Girls. This was filmed about a year after their appearance on All That, however. This All That episode first aired on January 19, 2002.
Frankie appeared with Kyle and Lisa in the manic sketch Sugar and Coffee. The stuff is apparently so addictive, that Kyle turns out to fulfil Dabney’s secret dreams about Malcolm, so to speak! This has to be seen to be believed! Did Frankie do those cartwheels and backflips himself? I didn’t know he was so agile! The cast also includes newcomers Chelsea Brummet, Jack DeSena, Bryan Hearne, Shane Lyons and Giovonnie Samuels.
Many thanks to Richie for this write-up and video.
In other birthday news, our friends over at Malcolm-France turn 5 today. To celebrate they have posted the Malcolm in the Middle – A Stroke of Genius documentary found on the season 1 DVD. But its only going to be there for 1 month so check it out now.
This is the first in what we plan to be a series of ‘Flashback’ posts. And to start we are going right back to January 18, 2000 only a few weeks after the first episode of Malcolm in the Middle (Pilot) had aired.
Frankie appeared on The Daily Show promoting the new series, talking about being much smarter, more athletic, and more successful with the girls than Jon Stewart. Enjoy!
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