Malcolm in the Middle

Season 4 Episode 15

Garage Sale

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 06, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Garage Sale
Malcolm suggests that the family have a garage sale in order to earn money to pay for the repairs in Hal and Lois' room (caused by Hal in "Hal's Friend"). Lois, finally returning, decides to put Reese in charge, because while she was away she was reminded of her childhood and how she was never encouraged, and now wants to give Reese a chance to prove himself. Malcolm hates that Reese is in charge especially when he is instructed to throw out a Nortair 680B computer part (worth $1300). Malcolm plans on making everyone realize the mistake and enlists Craig's help. Hal finds an old transmission that he used to run a pirate radio and decides to hook it up for old times sake. Dewey decides to sell things from the house. Meanwhile, Francis tries to get Otto to open up about his long lost son.moreless

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  • Lois was a moron.

    I can't believe that Lois is so head strong. She is absolutely a control freak to the fifth degree. She thought it was a good idea to give Reese some responsibility? Where has she been for the last 4 seasons? He is an idiot! Malcolm was basically offering Lois thousands of dollars to not listen to Reese and she couldn't let her ego take a rest. The episode was good and I thought that it had some good writing. It also was a very awkward episode but I think I will let this be a good episode. So there. Thank you.moreless
  • Reese in charge?!

    The family puts on a garage sale. Lois puts Reese in charge, hoping it will boost his self esteem. Malcolm hates it and thinks he's better. Hal finds old radio parts he used in college and he starts an illegal radio show. Malcolm finds a computer part that is worth about $1300. Craig is willing to buy it, but Malcolm plans to sell it at the garage sale and make it look like he was right. Reese breaks the computer though. Francis finds out that Gretchen and Otto have an estranged son.

    This episode was great! I can't believe Reese! I wouldn't put him in charge! This episode gets a 9.0!moreless
  • Reese in charge!?!?!?!

    Lois was totally mad in this episode, what kind of person puts someone like Reese in charge? Well the thing is that Lois feel like if she was always being excluded, she thinks that Reese deserves an opportunity, Malcolm decides to sell a computer to Craig in order for one thousand and three hundred dollars, but Reese doesn't wants too, later he breaks up the PC, and Lois understands the mistake she had done, is really cool how does Reese does all those stupid things...moreless
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Matt Corboy


Guest Star

Kirk Ward

Kirk Ward

FCC Officer

Guest Star

Richard Eck

Richard Eck

Police Officer

Guest Star

Kenneth Mars

Kenneth Mars


Recurring Role

David Anthony Higgins

David Anthony Higgins


Recurring Role

Meagen Fay

Meagen Fay


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In a previous episode, Otto spoke of Rutger Hauer in glowing tones, hoping he'd one day be able to fluff his pillow. It is revealed that Otto and Gretchen's son is named Rutger.

    • The computer Malcolm finds is referred to as a Nortair 680B in the show. In reality, it's actually a part from the Altair 8800. The 8800 was released on December 19th, 1975 and is widely considered to be the device that started the era of personal computers. In 1990 it went on display in the Smithsonian, and remains there today. It is in fact an extremely rare and valuable find if one is found in working order. One in mint condition would be worth a small fortune.

    • There are two noteworthy revelations in this episode: we learn that Hal is a bleeding-heart liberal and that Otto and Gretchen have an estranged son.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dewey: This is stupid. Why are we sorting everything by color?
      Reese: Because I say so. And because alphabetical order was slowing us down.
      Dewey: Us?

    • Malcolm: I want you to buy this, with cash, in front of everybody and everyone should've listened to me all along.
      Craig: You know, you sound like a James Bond villain.
      Malcolm: There's nothing wrong with me. I'm fine, and rok... and right!

    • Dewey: That's my piggy bank that was in my room!
      Reese: Relax, dipwad - I got 2 bucks for it.
      Dewey: It had 16 dollars in it!
      Reese: Chick, Chick, Chicken.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Cold Open: Dewey rushes home to tell Malcolm about a plan to scare Reese by proving aliens exist, until Malcolm tells him he is over thinking and yells out that "aliens landed down the street". Reese rushes out with a football helmet and a baseball bat yelling "every man for himself".

    • It is learned that Craig's cat, Jellybean, did in fact survive the ill fated events of the episode "Reese Drives." Craig fell from the roof and landed on Jellybean.

    • Dave Higgins receives the "And" credit.

    • Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) returns in this episode after missing the last three. Her last appearance was "Long Drive."


    • Dewey's minor plot of selling everything in the house is very similar to the one used in the Rugrats episode of the same name, however, Dewey does it intentionally.

    • Hal's sub-plot of running a pirate radio station, and then having to broadcast on the run when the FCC is closing in, is very similar to the 1990 Christian Slater movie, Pump Up the Volume.