Malcolm in the Middle

Season 6 Episode 6

Hal's Christmas Gift

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Dec 19, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Hal's Christmas Gift
Hal and Lois, strapped for cash, decide that Christmas gifts will have to be homemade this year. When everyone makes much better gifts than Hal, he spins a bigger and bigger lie about the present he has in store for them. Francis decides to come home for Christmas and brings some shocking news to his parents, that not even his wife knows. Malcolm feels left out by Dewey and Reese.moreless

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  • Hal is stupid.

    It was a silly and ridiculous episode, but I thought it was rather good. I found Hal's problems very entertaining and I enjoyed watching him suffer for his own mistakes. It seemed that it was getting worse and worse as he dug a deeper hole every time he tried to make things better. But lying is only going to make things worse, as he would soon find out. He saved himself by stealing Malcolm's credit card and ended up paying for a vacation without having to spend any of his own money. It was really funny and it kept time going. Thank you.moreless
  • Great!

    This got to be the best episode of Season 6, is really cool. After Lois crashes her car against another woman, they decide that gifts will be home made. When Hal realizes that the boys really put a lot of effort in their gifts, Hal begins to lie and lie about his gift, and now he tries to find something a thousand times better than Disneyland, free and in Christmas Eve, and is really difficult, but somehow Hal manages to do scheme by scheme in order to prevent their kids from finding out. Meanwhile, Malcolm discovers that he is the most hated brother and later they find out that Malcolm has a credit card, that Lois and Hal steal to go to ski.moreless
Stephen Browder

Stephen Browder

Scary Guy #2

Guest Star

McNally Sagal

McNally Sagal


Guest Star

Christopher Michael Jones

Christopher Michael Jones

Scary Guy #1

Guest Star

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado

Piama Tananahaakna Wilkerson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the open sequence, Reese discovers a covered over Picaso painting (which he thinks is Pickasso). Had this been a real painting and the family known about it, it would have been the end of all of their financial woes. Rarely, though it does happen, unknown paintings are discovered. A newly discovered Picaso painting would be worth millions.

    • In this episode, we learn that Francis got fired from his job at the ranch because he 'deposited' Otto's salaries at a 'cash machine' which was not really a cash machine. As a result, Otto now wants to sue him.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lois: (After the car war) No one says a word! (to Reese) This is my one, MY ONE, to your eleven thousand!

    • Reese: You coming, Malcolm?
      Malcolm: You sure? I might accidentally talk about myself.
      Dewey: You mean like just now?

    • Francis: I got fired from my job, and I'm totally broke.
      Hal: What? You got fired from the ranch?
      Francis: It turns out the ATM I was making all of Otto's deposits into wasn't an ATM. So sue me, right? Anyway, he's suing me.

    • Hal: How much money do we have?
      Lois: Zero.
      Hal: No, I mean everything. Credit cards, loose change, everything?
      Lois: Oh. Minus $512.
      Hal: What?! Oh, for God's sakes!

    • (Woman accidently hits Lois' door with her car door, and doesn't apologize)
      Lois: Excuse me? I know you didn't think anyone would catch you, but you just slammed your door into my car. The least you could do is say you're sorry, lady.
      Woman: You don't have to take that tone. It's not like I'm hurting your resale value. (walks off)
      (Lois bangs her car door and woman looks back at her shocked)
      Lois: I'm sorry. See? Like that.

    • Piama: You said this house was Satan's trash can!
      Francis: Oh, honey, you're quoting me out of context!

  • NOTES (7)


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