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Wildcat
Apr 3, 2006, 04:42 PM
Lets try this one more time….

I really enjoyed this episode. It was fun watching Frankie dance. I wonder if he had to learn just for this episode or if he already knew how. When I read the episode description, I figured that Malcolm would be a terrible dancer and would have to work really hard to get good at it. Turns out that he was a natural from the start.

It’s a shame that the relationship didn’t work out between Malcolm and Danielle. He finally finds a nice girl and makes a connection with her that isn’t based mainly on looks and he ends up screwing it up. :rolleyes: He had some nerve getting offended when she told him that he wasn’t her idea of attractive (in so many words) when he told Lois the exact same thing about her. Of course, the whole point was for Malcolm to see how it felt to have someone judge him based on his looks. On a side note, I loved it when the other girl tripped and he turned to the camera and said “It was an accident…IT WAS!” It seemed like he was reading our minds cause I’m sure many of us were thinking that he did it on purpose to get out of dancing with her (at least I was anyway.)

I also really liked the Hal/Reese/Dewey plot. There isn’t a lot to say about it though because it was mainly for comedic value. It was hilarious when Hal grabbed Dewey’s leg like a wild animal and tried to pull him into the shelter and Reese was trying to “save" him. :D I can’t believe that Hal ate that food that had been down there for 40 years though. Gross--even if it is loaded with preservatives.

I’m really glad Lois won the truck. This was quite a surprise because the Wilkerson’s usually don’t have the best of luck so I was expecting something to happen at the last minute to make her lose. It’s about time something finally worked out well for them! I loved how she kept eliminating the other competitors by messing with their minds. That’s Lois for you. :D Overall, great episode!

yardgames
Apr 3, 2006, 05:12 PM
Their old van had to be from like the 80s! Seriously, that thing was in bad shape way back when they took the trip to the waterpark! :D

Anyway, I enjoyed this episode, but I kept looking for the cows! The opening scene really showed one of the great things about MITM: Hal and Lois walking together through the mall. Their great relationshiop is the glue to the series--their relationship is one that we should all strive to attain.

PBUNDY
Apr 3, 2006, 06:52 PM
I absolutely love the way they display Hal and Lois' relationship. It really shows them in a positive light even with all the chaos and stress that comes along with raising five rambunctious boys. But despite that at the end of the day you know they really love each other.

tony_montana
Apr 3, 2006, 08:40 PM
Not trying to be pissy, but didn't I start this thread last night and someone erased it or something? Or did the boards screw up? Because I also had another thread called "Hal's Sanity" which disappered. What's going on?:confused:

Okay, here I go again....
Season seven hits us once again with another fantastic episode! The whole thing rocked, from Lois winning the truck(:eek: ) to Hal eating 40 year old food and talking to the late JFK(:D ),to Malcolm getting in dance class...plain great!
Ill go ahead and admit my favorite plot was once again Hal's(actually this was Reese and Dewey's too). I just found it hilarious that he ate that food and had a nice chat with president Kennedy...who died over 40 years ago. Anyway, great episode!

Lois-9/10
Hal/Reese/Dewey-10/10
Malcolm-10/10

OVERALL-10/10

This is a season for the ages!:D

ReMoss85
Apr 3, 2006, 08:40 PM
I don't really expect to get a response here, but I have a favor to ask. The jackass weather man came on in the middle of the episode to warn us of tornados so I missed a part. It was right in the middle of Lois' speech to Malcolm about the looks thing and she was using Janet as an example. The last line was "she is reduced to trying to win his attention by bringing home a truck." And then it picked back up when Hal said to JFK "Here's to you buddy." Could anybody possibly make a little transcript of the part I missed? Obsessive, I know.

ahelm13
Apr 3, 2006, 09:27 PM
Here ya go:

She (Janet) admits that it what she is doing and runs away. Lois tells the other competitors that took courage.

Hal is admiring the playboy magazine. I like some meat on the bone. that's a fanny. Talking to JFK, we beat them they're eating cheeseburgurs in red square. went to the moon waste of money. we've never had a president as cool as you.

I got 404 errors here earlier today so the site might have crashed and lost some posts.

Ears
Apr 3, 2006, 10:58 PM
did anybody else find it kind of strange that they had never noticed the bomb shelter before? I mean they lived there all those years and the main door was pretty close to the surface, and the other one was right in the sandbox, where they would be digging, and was barely covered at all!

cranstonfan
Apr 4, 2006, 04:33 AM
True, but I think that's part of what makes the notion so funny. It's a lot like Season Two's "Therapy," in which Hal and Lois discover that their packed-to-the-gills hallway closet is actually a second bathroom--which they both agree to keep secret from the boys. Little stuff like that (or the clandestine bomb shelter in this episode) make the series sparkle with cleverness.

Malcoholic
Apr 4, 2006, 11:49 AM
Not much to add to Wildcat's comments. I loved Malcolm's dance scenes and found the whole episode consistently entertaining (the cold opener was ethpecially funny!). The theme of Malcolm agonizing about why people don't like him is an old one (shades of "Company Picnic"). What's new here is how little it takes to trigger his fretting--all Danielle says is she didn't expect to like him right from the start, and he launches an obsessive interrogation into what there is about him that is not instantly likable. This nagging preoccupation about what's wrong with him is part of Malcolm's character profile as an overthinking brainiac who analyzes everything to death. His brothers have all come up with simplistic explanations for their misery:
--Francis: It's all Mom's fault. She's destroyed my self-esteem.
--Reese: It's all my fault. I'm a jerk.
--Dewey: It's all my family's fault. They neglect me.
Malcolm by contrast keeps picking away at the question, to the point where, in this story, he messes up what looked like a good match.

yardgames
Apr 4, 2006, 04:36 PM
To those of you wondering about the server problems, my understanding is that the database went corrupt yesterday. David was able to successfully revert to a previous backup, but about a day's worth of posts were lost. We apologize for that. :)

simon_4420
Apr 4, 2006, 05:34 PM
This episode was great!! :D Hal, Reese and Dewey's storyline was great. I love finding out just how dumb Reese is, lol, thinking Hal was 70+ and that the answer to the problem was to leave Hal down in the bomb shelter. Also Hal talking to a picture of the JFK was so funny, espeacially the Martini bit!:D

It was great to see the family get some luck, with the new car. Lois's storyline was great. It was so funny to see her trying to get into the heads of the others trying to win the car. It would of been abit better to see more of Malcolm and the dancing, but it was classic MITM how he ended up destroying what would of been a great relationship.

When you think about it the writers do a great job of keeping the charactors personalities going over the 7 seasons. Overall this was another great episode!! I have to say that season 7 is fast becoming my favourite:D

Amigo22
Apr 5, 2006, 04:28 AM
Can someone post a screencap of the new car? Thanks

Tyno
Apr 5, 2006, 10:10 AM
Here's some images of the new car :
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/2059/bscap00382ye.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bscap00382ye.jpg) http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/3663/bscap00396bo.th.jpg (http://img345.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bscap00396bo.jpg)

Kratos
Apr 5, 2006, 02:34 PM
did anybody else find it kind of strange that they had never noticed the bomb shelter before? I mean they lived there all those years and the main door was pretty close to the surface, and the other one was right in the sandbox, where they would be digging, and was barely covered at all!


That was hysterical, I loved it when the sandbox kinda "opened" up :D "Ooh we have a back door too"

A very enjoyable eppy, totally unlike most MITM eps IMO, and it felt different too, cant really explain it. :confused: Nice to see some of the family out of the house setting again, the guest actors always make it funnier somehow.

Sucks, I liked this loads! 9/10! (Not 10 because I didnt get the jokes about the presidents :confused: )

webs86
Apr 8, 2006, 06:28 PM
I also really enjoyed this episode. Fast question: What is the name of the song that Malcolm and his partner dance to in the dancing scene? I loved it and can't find it anywhere!

rzombie1988
Apr 8, 2006, 09:33 PM
I missed this episode because of Wrestlemania 22, but I hope it gets re-aired soon because I'd love to see it.

Amigo22
Apr 9, 2006, 09:04 AM
Here's some images of the new car :
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/2059/bscap00382ye.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bscap00382ye.jpg) http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/3663/bscap00396bo.th.jpg (http://img345.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bscap00396bo.jpg)

That's no good for the Wilkersons though, it's way too small.

tony_montana
Apr 9, 2006, 05:41 PM
I would LOVE to see the road rage that Lois can get into now that she has a big truck!:D No one screws with the wilkersons now!

rolnxyz
Apr 2, 2010, 02:26 PM
The fact that they used "Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five" as the song Hal listens to in the shelter makes me give this episode a 100 out of 10.

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These little details are the ones that make me respect the fact that there aren't DVDs because of music rights. The music is great, there is no better way to describe this decade than using a song like this. If they used some in-house composer it wouldn't be the same.

Richiepiep
Apr 22, 2010, 07:10 PM
These little details are the ones that make me respect the fact that there aren't DVDs because of music rights. The music is great, there is no better way to describe this decade than using a song like this. If they used some in-house composer it wouldn't be the same.

Great observation, rolnxyz! While the sudden premise of a trap door in the sandbox was a bit too far-fetched too me, the shelter sequence itself with the period detail and Bryan's acting were unqualified delight!

Rich

zachman93
May 9, 2010, 02:51 PM
I found this episode to be an excellent into Hal as a greater, overarching character. Where we usually see Hal's hilarious bungling and oncompetence, the bomb shelter scenes helped to epitemise him as more than just hilarity. Hal, despite his astoundingly pedestrian life, is a man of style, substance, and class. He appreciates the greater things in life - good people, food, good art. This episode basically solidified Hal as a character in his own right rather than a vehicle for comic relief.

Ollie
Dec 6, 2010, 05:10 PM
It’s a shame that the relationship didn’t work out between Malcolm and Danielle. He finally finds a nice girl and makes a connection with her that isn’t based mainly on looks and he ends up screwing it up. :rolleyes: He had some nerve getting offended when she told him that he wasn’t her idea of attractive (in so many words) when he told Lois the exact same thing about her. Of course, the whole point was for Malcolm to see how it felt to have someone judge him based on his looks.




It would of been abit better to see more of Malcolm and the dancing, but it was classic MITM how he ended up destroying what would of been a great relationship.


In Malcolm's defence, she was insulting him even though he was looking past her looks, and he had a point about her not being a "prize" haha! But Wildcat I like your point how it was for Malcolm to see how it felt to have someone judge him based on looks, I agree.


I also really enjoyed this episode. Fast question: What is the name of the song that Malcolm and his partner dance to in the dancing scene? I loved it and can't find it anywhere!

Sway - Dean Martin, its a good song I agree, its been remade quite a few times.

florian
Jan 9, 2011, 01:03 PM
:love:"back dad!!! bad dad!!!" :rolleyes:

they were absolutely insane in that plot

jasinfla
Jun 20, 2011, 11:53 PM
Just saw this episode on FX again today and just love the part when Hal and Lois first start out in the truck contest and one of the guys gets a call & takes his hand off truck so he's out and Hal, lol, takes his hand off the truck to point to the guy and call his a loser and he gets eliminated & Hal's response is classic. Just a great episode like all the rest. Prayyyy that they release the other 6 on dvd someday.