Malcolm in the Middle


Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 11/29/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Malcolm begins taking therapy when he thinks he will be able to get out of an embarrassing Medieval l themed week in class until Reese discovers his plan. Hal and Lois clean out the closet which leads to the discovery of a talent that Dewey has, and the original intent of the room. Francis takes over the laundry at school, and starts charging his fellow cadets.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jane Kaczmarek

    Lois Wilkerson

  • Bryan Cranston

    Hal Wilkerson

  • Chris Masterson

    Francis Wilkerson

  • Justin Berfield

    Reese Wilkerson

  • Erik Per Sullivan

    Dewey Wilkerson

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Art Therapy

    By kingpin623, May 14, 2013

  • great

    By futuramarama, Oct 20, 2010

  • Great!

    By VGFreak8, Feb 23, 2008

  • Another good episode!

    By OeTvGreat, Jul 01, 2006

  • Malcolm goes to therapy and Reese finds out. Lois cleans an ovewhelming closet. Dewey uncovers a hidden talent.

    By on_holiday, May 12, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Lois: (while cleaning out the closet) Who are the Petersons? Why do we have their photo albums? Hi, Malcolm. How was school? Malcolm: It was normal. Yeah, I'd say normal. Very medieval. (pointing in the closet) Is that a truck tire? Lois: What? Oh, my... Hal!

    • Malcolm (to the camera): Okay, so I faked it. But with the family I have, it would've been only a matter of time anyway.

    • Cadet Eric: I tried to stop him. I said, "Hey, don't put that red t-shirt in there. That's not colorfast." But he just laughed. He said, "Pink was a better color, because that's what little weak girls wear."

    • Malcolm: What happened? Did you get caught? Where were you? Reese: Geez, you're always so angry. Maybe you really do need therapy. Malcolm: What I need is for you not to ruin everything for me. Do you know how much trouble we'd be in if we get caught. With Mom, with the school, WITH MOM!! Reese: Give me a little credit, psycho. I've been doing my own research. (takes rental videos out) See, I rented Silence of the Lambs, Seven, and the Nutty Professor. Malcolm: Oh, God! Reese, tell me exactly what you told her. Reese: Nope. That's confidential. Now, which do you like more? Hannibal Lector or the hockey mask. (knock on door; Lois & Mrs. Gilbert appear) Lois: Malcolm? Reese? What do you have to say for yourselves? Reese: Don't blame Reese? Blame Davey. (Lois grabs his finger and breaks it) Reese: Ow, ow, ow, ow!

    • Malcolm (sees Reese): What are doing here? Reese: I figured out your scam. As it turns out, crazy runs in the family. Malcolm: Reese, you don't know what your doing. You're gonna ruin everything. Reese: Relax. I got it covered. Mrs. Gilbert: I'm ready to see you now, Reese. Reese (in a gravelly voice): Reese, isn't here right now. This is Davey.

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    Notes (2)

    • Featured Music: "Drunk is Better than Dead" by The Push Stars (Cleaning out the Closet) "Washin' & Wonderin'" by Stroke 9 (Malcolm's Psychoanalysis)

    • Cold Open: Hal buys ├ęclairs for the family, but as there are only three, Hal and Lois decide to eat them all themselves, after a loose door on a windy day makes them think the boys had just returned home.

    Trivia (9)

    • This is the only appearance of the Wilkersons' second bathroom.

    • This is the first time Malcolm and Lois have cried in the series.

    • When Hal and Lois are clearing the closet and Dewey is playing at throwing the ball at the pins, there is an unknown man to the left of the picture (when the camera is on Lois). Who is he?

    • When Hal and Lois discover the toilet in the closet, it is easily noticeable that the front of the toilet (bottom right of the screen) is just shy of the wall. It would be incredibly difficult for anyone to use a toilet in such a position.

    • When the counselor shows up at the house to tell Lois, it is absolutely against the law. All persons are entitled to client/patient confidentiality when talking to a counselor. This is especially true of children in a school setting, which helps protect the children from possible abusive backlash for having sought a counselor in the first place. If a school counselor finds the case warranting enough, they can bring in Child Protective Services (CPS) to investigate. They are, under no circumstances, ever supposed to address the issues themselves without the express consent of the child.

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