Malcolm in the Middle

Season 4 Episode 8

Boys At Ranch

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 12, 2003 on FOX
8.9
out of 10
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51 votes
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Boys At Ranch
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Hal and the boys go to Francis's dude ranch for a weekend. When the boys do their usual antics (this time with ATV's), they are punished Lois-style by Francis. This sets Reese and Malcolm on a quest of getting the Francis they know back. Dewey bonds with Gretchen by cleaning numerous parts of the ranch, while Hal and Otto get drunk and lost in the desert.moreless

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  • Ranch time!

    9.0
    Hal takes the boys to visit Francis at the ranch. There are excited to see him. They are also surprised by his responsibility. Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey don't like it. They get the ATVs even though Francis said not to and they cause trouble. Dewey steals a doll from Gretchen, but he apologizes and she helps him fight his guilt. Hal and Otto have a good time together. Hal is also surprised at Francis's good behavior.



    This was a really good episode! The ATVs looked fun. I wouldnt' like a ranch though. I'm glad Francis is now responsible. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
  • Great episode!

    9.3
    One of the best episodes, the boys go out to visit Francis's ranch for the first and only time, and they discover that Francis is almost the hero in there, when his father thought that he will be doing terrible, and because of that things get harsh between Hal and the boys, and soon he tells all of his feelings to Otto, meanwhile, the boys discover that Francis has transform totally into mom and tried to win him back with one of the greatest fireworks ever, and Dewey begins to feel guilty after breaking up an ancient figure of the ranch. What a cool episode!moreless
Ben Livingston

Ben Livingston

Eddie

Guest Star

Dale E. Turner

Dale E. Turner

Father

Guest Star

Andre Jamal Kinney

Andre Jamal Kinney

Teenage Son

Guest Star

Kenneth Mars

Kenneth Mars

Otto

Recurring Role

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado

Piama

Recurring Role

Meagen Fay

Meagen Fay

Gretchen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Only time ever where an episode takes place completely in Francis's alternate locale as the boys and Hal travel to the ranch.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Francis: I specifically told you guys to stay away from those ATVs! What were you thinking?
      Hal: They weren't thinking, Francis. They never have. They only thing their heads are good for is to plug up their necks!
      Otto: (Pointing at Dewey) I blame the oldest. The others follow him like sheep!

    • Hal: All he needed was to get his father out of his face, so he could meet someone who knows how to turn his life around.
      Otto: If I am such a genius, why am I drunk and lost in the desert, with a bullet in my ass?

    • Malcolm: All terrain? Let's see if that really means all terrain.
      (ATV is stuck in tree)
      Reese: Now we know. Trees aren't terrain.

    • (Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey are in the car waiting impatiently to go to Francis' Dude Ranch)
      Reese (Honks the horn): Come on Dad you'll see her on Sunday!

    • (Francis, Reese and Malcolm are watching a fireworks display)
      Reese: How can you tell which one's the Komodo 3000?
      (Huge blast of light turns night into day for a few seconds)
      Malcolm: (yelling) Let's hope that was it!
      Francis: Did it say when our vision would come back?
      Reese: Box said two days.
      Francis: Totally worth it.

    • Malcolm: I don't believe it. You've turned into Mom.
      Francis: Yeah? Well, sometimes Mom's right.
      Reese: You take that back!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Otto is hit in the buttocks with a rebounding bullet, he says "Something bit me!" This is very similar to the scene in Forrest Gump.

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