Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 18

Bomb Shelter

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 02, 2006 on FOX
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Bomb Shelter
Reese and Dewey break one of their dad's trophies and while they are trying to bury it, they come across a bomb shelter. Hal follows them to it and when he finds out that they broke his trophy they lock him inside. He soon discovers that the bomb shelter is a paradise and wants to stay down there. Dewey and Reese decide that they will do all the chores before letting their dad out so he won't be mad. Lois enters a contest in which she has to keep her hands on a truck longer than anyone else in order to win it. Malcolm joins a dance class to impress a girl. When that girl turns out to be a bad dancer and gets injured he must get a new partner, who he, surprisingly, falls for.moreless

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  • It was very entertaining.

    I liked this episode of Malcolm in the Middle. It had everything. The comedy was decent, storyline was good, and I thought that the writing was good as well. I think that it was a good show for what it was worth as I liked the bits here and there. My favorite parts had to be where Hal tricks Reese and Dewey. I thought that Hal would have been caught a long time ago, but he managed to hang in there for quite some time. I also thought that Malcolm was okay, but he was annoying in a sense. Overall, a good episode. Thank you.moreless
  • Funny!

    Malcolm goes to dance class for a girl, but when she is clumsy and has an accident, Malcolm starts dancing with Danielle, a very good dancer, but not so good beauty-wise. Malcolm starts to like her, but then when she says that she only likes him because he's not that good-looking, they don't get along. Reese and Dewey find a bomb shelter. They trap Hal inside and it's small and lonely at first, but when Hal discovers that it's big and full of luxuries, he stays down there. Reese and Dewey do the board of Hal's To Do things hoping that he won't be mad at them for locking him down there. Hal discovers another exit and goes back and forth from the house to the shelter. Lois enters a contest to win a new truck. In the end, it's down to her and another tough woman, but Lois wins.

    This episode was great! I would love to be down there in the bomb shelter! That place had a lot of cool stuff! I would also want to enter a contest like Lois did. This episode gets a 10 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • An excellent episode.

    First of all, I was very impressed that the show did not decide to go with the cliche in the dance plotline. I definitely expected Malcolm to reject Danielle and then at the dance competition realize that she is actually hot when she lets down her hair and takes off her glasses (like in She's All That or any of the other teen movies).

    I liked the Lois plotline. Very typical of her character.

    Even Hal's story was good this week. He wasn't half as annoying as he usually is. I thought it was funny that the boys decided to do his chores and that "Change Dewey's diaper" was actually on the board.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • While Hal is reading the Playpen magazine, he once again expresses attraction for women with a little extra meat on their bones, the last time being when he was trying to make Lois gain extra weight when she was pregnant.

    • Malcolm turns out to be great at dancing even though Lois previously predicted that he would be a terrible dancer during an argument earlier in the series.

    • After knowing for a long time that Malcolm is good in his studies, Reese in cooking, and Dewey in music, we learn a new thing about Malcolm; he is also talented in dancing.

    • Nitpick: Lois wins a brand new truck in this episode, however, it is never seen again and the minivan is used like it always has been for the last few episodes.

    • Lois' handbag strap moves back and forth from her shoulder to her arm between shots when she and Hal are talking with their hands on the RV.

    • Nitpick: It's surprising that the boys didn't discover the secret entrance to the bomb shelter in "Mini-Bike" when they tried burying it in the sandbox, or that Dewey didn't find it burying himself in the sandbox during the cold open of "Reese Drives."

    • When Lois is consulting Malcolm on his romantic life, her hand shifts from the rear-view mirror to the front fender, and back to the mirror between shots.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Malcolm: So, I'll see you tomorrow?
      Danielle: Right. Oh, there was one more thing. (kisses Malcolm) Nope, that wasn't it. See ya.

    • Dewey: What if we do everything on his "To Do" board and then let him out?
      Reese: That's brilliant. He couldn't be mad at us if we did all this for him. He's got stuff on here that he's been meaning to do for years. (reads note) "Change Dewey's diaper."

    • Malcolm: Can we please just get my underwear and get out of here?
      Lois: Malcolm, you know it's hard to buy underwear for you. You have your father's irregular crotch.
      Hal: Nothing to be ashamed of, son. If a woman really loves you, it won't bother her a bit.

    • Malcolm: (aside) Turns out, I'm naturally talented at science and dancing. Two things that are guaranteed to get me beat up.

  • NOTES (6)