Malcolm in the Middle

Hal's Dentist

Season 7, Ep 17, Aired 3/26/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Hal's friend Trey tells him to come to his dental office when he chips a tooth during a poker game. After receiving a $2,000 bill Hal is furious and a fight breaks out between them. Reese teaches Lois how to ride a bike. After a mattress falls from the sky Malcolm and Dewey find sleeping as their new favorite pastime.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bryan Cranston

    Hal Wilkerson

  • Erik Per Sullivan

    Dewey Wilkerson

  • Frankie Muniz

    Malcolm Wilkerson

  • Jane Kaczmarek

    Lois Wilkerson

  • Justin Berfield

    Reese Wilkerson

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Funny and good.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 05, 2009

  • I liked it!

    By VGFreak8, Apr 19, 2008

  • Good. A+++++

    By Andrew0000, Apr 18, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Reese: You're ashamed of something. I can always smell shame. It's kinda like rotten coconuts.

    • Reese: Mom, you might not know this, but I used to be afraid of a lot of things. Thunder, frogs, mailboxes... Lois: You were afraid of mailboxes? Reese: I used to imagine that if I stuck my hand in a mailbox, it would slam shut and rip my hand off. But I had something conquer my fear by ripping the lid off every mailbox in the neighborhood! I turned that fear into hate!

    • Trey: Enjoying Lord of the Rings in high-def? Hal: Oh, it's unbelievable! No lines, no commercials; I'm bringing Lois here for our anniversary. Oh, I still can't get over all this: (touches the sink) a real sink to spit in; I really don't have to swallow it. Trey: Hal, are you crying? Hal: They're good tears.

    • Dewey: Whoa, this is brand new! At least, what I think a mattress would look like new. It's got no lumps. Malcolm: (getting excited) No weird stains... Dewey: (getting excited, too) No springs sticking out of it... Malcolm & Dewey: (in unison) It's got tags!

    • Malcolm: Wow, and I thought Reese was the one dragging us down. Dewey: Maybe we should see how he's doing with his squirrel. Malcolm: If I know Reese, all the good parts are gone by now.

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    Notes (3)

    • Christopher Masterson (Francis) does not appear in this episode.

    • This episode has no "Camera Commentary".

    • Cold Open: Hal doesn't want to see his friend, even though he invited him over. Lois forces him to.

    Trivia (3)

    • This episode marks the second episode where Malcolm and Dewey suffer from sleep deprivation together in a storyline, the first was the season 3 finale "Monkey."

    • When Reese is telling Malcolm and Dewey that he's been spending his time in the library, the background was the closet with their clothes. But there a little girl's dress in it, too. Now why would they have a dress when there are no girls in their family?

    • Abe and Malik's exchange about Trey "giving up years of medical school to become a dentist" may be a reference to an episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Yada Yada," where a similar joke is told. Byran Cranston (who plays Hal) had a role in that episode as dentist Tim Whatley, who gets offended by a dentist joke told by Jerry Seinfeld.

    Allusions (1)

    • This episode is similar to an episode of King of the Hill (another Fox show). In "Hank's Bad Hair Day" (S4E19), Hank goes to his friend Bill, who cuts hair for the army, for his haircut and is faced with a $900 fee. Hank is furious and refuses to pay.

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