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    [I shouldn't have deleted this. It was one of those things that sounded better at night, than in the cold light of day, but I see that TJ People has made reference to it on the main page, so here it is again. My appologies]

    This is just a little something for you to think about whilst you are waiting for my analysis to be submitted. For perhaps the first time, I want to look at the cold opener of this episode. What movie could Reese and Dewey possibly be watching?

    I think it could be Fight Club. The reasons for this are because we clearly hear the distinct Fox fanfare, and like MITM, the movie is associated with Regency. And of course, it contains a lot of media violence, to which Dewey and Reese would enjoy viewing.

    But most importantly, and this is where the philosophy comes in again, Fight Club is a movie which does not feature a star which has appeared on MITM. This is as far as I know, so please correct me if I am wrong.

    It is important that the characters of Dewey and Reese are not seeing on their television, their actors’ co-stars or indeed even themselves in another context. If this was to occur, it would be the ultimate paradox to the plot. The structure would collapse – both in terms of physical discourse and psychological ideology of the characters.

    Within the context of MITM, Dewey and Reese have no connection to Erik Per Sullivan and Justin Berfield. So if for example, they were to see Unfaithful, both characters witnessing a person on TV with a true likeness to Dewey would immediately take precedent over the siblings’ dialogue and psyche.

    I just thought I’d leave these thoughts with you for the time being.



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    Cool, that post is a little less complicated then before. What would be neat though, would be Malcolm watching a movie Frankie starred in, like Agent Codey Banks or Big Fat Liar, fanticising about how much cooler it would be to be a movie star then a young adult working at Lucky Aide. That would be irony.
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    First of all, Malcolm has never and will never suceed in a relationship for a long period of time if he's himself. Sorry, no, not gonna happen; he's might be book smart but he's not street smart.

    Appnah, I enjoyed this analysis much more than the first, in part because I agreed with it to a much greater degree, and to be honest, I think I used many of my arguments in my first post.

    What I do want to point out has to do wtih Hal and Lois. You mentioned that they indeed seem to operate better when they have no sex, but while that may work for a short period of time, Malcolm Babysits also showed us that their relationship is built around that action and they can't go for a long period of time without it.

    Fantastic analysis, appanah, looking forward to more.

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    Something else I found rather significant in this episode was Reese's ability to out smart Hal. I didn't quite know how to bring this in, hence not mentioning this earlier.

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    You could rewrite your analysis again, adding in that detail in an appropriate spot?

    Just kidding, don't bother rewriting it.

    It's a valid point. But I beg to differ that it's the first time Reese has outsmarted Hal. Maybe one of the first times alone, but Reese aids in plans hatched up by Malcolm or by all three of the boys somewhat often.

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    You are right. Working collectively with his brothers, Reese does play a major role.

    Something I'm considering here in the latest episode, is whether Reese is really exercising an air of creativity, or are his actions just those of an opportunist?

    As opposed to being part of some master plan, perhaps his intentions really were to fight with Hal, but after noticing that the doorr was open to him, he simply could not let the chance slip by.

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    In my point of view, Reese is really smart, just in a different way then Malcolm or Dewey, or even Francis.

    Francis has proven to survive in the harshest of conditions, his mom, Alaska, and Military School. He can survive, that is his way of being smart, street smarts.

    Malcolm has book smarts. He knows how to do something, he is the brain of this family. He just can't do it. He lacks the street smarts Francis has.

    Dewey has creativity. He plays the piano, music is a way of art and Dewey expresses himself whenever he can. He is a bit of an actor, bit of a musician, a alot of an artist.

    Reese also shows his creativity, in cooking, not the most recent thing he's done in a while, but he hs proven that he can cook very well. He also has the "go-out-and-do-what-you-want" attitude. He wants to hurt someone, he does, he wants to do something, like in the episode's name who escapes my mind but he took a slide and had this master plan for it. He is kind of a reincarnation of the 1970's do what you want attitude in the USA.

    All the boys are smart just in different ways.
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