Who is you favorite and why? Or who is your favorite and what is your favorite scene of them? Anyone that isn’t a part of the core family I’m considering a side character (Lois, Hal, Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey, and Jamie)
My favorite is probably Ida because she is hilarious in just about every scene. I especially love the episode where Francis and Lois come to take care of her while she recovers (S3E7)
Francis: Well, in the spirit of the season, let's begin this pathetic charade. Grandma Ida: I never know what you're talking about. You talk like a jackass. [Francis gives her a card that plays "Jingle Bells"] Grandma Ida: You do this... to torture me? To hurt me? Francis: You don't like Christmas music? Grandma Ida: It sounds like the song they sang when they would run through the villages and throw the babies into the fire. Francis: They sang Jingle Bells? Grandma Ida: They sang something.
Malcolm in the Middle was one of my favorite shows growing up. It's been over a decade since the show ended, and many characters were given an open ending or disappeared without any kind of resolution.
My question is, where do you think the characters, main or recurring, ended up?
First off, I love the show and am binging it for the 9th time. I’ve recently noticed whenever the show does a shot reverse shot (one character talking to another, then the angle reversed to face the character responding) the back of the character not in the focus, is often meant to be talking, but they clearly aren’t on screen. I just wonder why that is? If they were using one camera, which I believe in the earlier seasons if not the whole run, they had a one camera setup; why would they not just refilm the whole scene from the second angle? Hope it doesn’t ruin anyone’s watching experience, just thought it was a weird quirk of the show.
(S4E1) When Francis starts working at the "Grotto" he is made foreman of the ranch. While explaining the job, Francis is introduced to Zeke in the stables.
Zeke: "My name isn't even Zeke, it's Murray, and I have no idea what in the hell I'm doing around here.
Francis: " You have no idea? - I've never worked on a ranch - in my life. Yeah. I've never even been - Near a horse - you don't put quarters in."
Zeke: "Oh, that's great. Listen, you know, you stepped into a gold mine here. I mean, the people who run this place are absolute idiots."
Francis: "Oh, I don't know. - They seem really nice."
Zeke: "Nice" isn't the word for it. - I mean, you don't have - to do a lick of work And they'll still pay you. - You're kidding? - I'm telling you, - All we got to do - is watch each other's backs - And we can milk these people - for all they're worth. What do you think?"
Francis: "I think you're fired."
My question is, why do you think Francis fires Zeke instead of collecting the easy money? Up until this point Francis is shown as a delinquent. He's not evil, but he consistently makes really bad and self-destructive choices. "Old" Francis would have definitely sided with Zeke and taken the easy money. What do you think made Francis change?
obviously in the first few seasons, Malcolm was friends with the kids in the Krelboynes class. Hal had Abe and his other singing buddies. Francis had his friends from military school, his stint working in Alaska as well as when he worked with Otto (plus Richie when he's back home) Dewey had a friend group in the special ed class he got misplaced into.
I only just recently realized after years of watching re-runs of the series Reese dosent seem to have any friends like Malcolm, Francis or Dewey. Was it assumed that he was a more popular kid and friends the regular kids in his class in Grade school?
Also, what about Louis? Was she assumed to have friends at the Lucky Aid??
I don't discuss Malcolm in the Middle a lot so it's something id like to talk about with people who may be in the know.
I've always wondered what she said to make Lois back down like that. It's one of those rare moments where Lois gets scared and soft spoken. I know that their nationality in the show is made up but I'm just curious.
I don’t intend this to become a dispute between both positions, but I did notice this in the show. Now, theme isn’t very strong, and I’m not sure the writers even thought about it, but it did catch my attention that no matter how hard their situation was, they always opted to have the baby.
When the whole family finds out that Jamie is now in the picture, even though they all freak out and they all protest, they accept Jamie, the option for an abortion does not even come up.
It was somewhat touching that when the brothers are in their room and they realize it’s their brother they completely change their attitude and welcome him, even though it means they will get less.
In their mind, Jamie was already a person, and through their parents’ teaching that family is family and you have to stick together, they realize that they cannot turn their back on Jamie.
I’m not saying the writers intended this to be a pro-life message, but I do believe that, whether they intended it or not, it points to the fact that a human is a human with a nature at any point. Even Malcolm, who had the intellectual capacity to argue against having the baby, did not even bring up the possibility of an abortion, and if I remember correctly, he was the first one to have the “ha ha” moment.
However, like I said, my intention is not to start a debate about which position is right, but simply bring attention to this part of the show. I think if it was made today, this subplot could’ve been totally different, or not even be there at all.