Malcolm in the Middle

Season 6 Episode 6

Hal's Christmas Gift

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Cold Open: Reese is throwing a ball against a wall and knocks a picture down. When he goes to glue it to the painting underneath it, he sees the word Picasso, which he reads as "pick-ass-o".

    • Francis reveals the ranking of favoritism amongst the brothers; Francis is 1, Dewey is 2, Reese is 3, Jamie is 4, and Malcolm is 5.

    • The look on Lois' face when her car nearly stalls toward the end of the demolition is the same as when the car stalls in "Home Alone 4."

    • Reaired at a special time 9:30PM on Friday, December 9, 2005

    • It's difficult to see, but when Lois is in the demolition derby with the other woman, you can just catch a glimpse of the Mustang's license plate. At the top it says "Cherokee State" which is Oklahoma. This could very well be where the family has lived all this time.

    • Aired at 9:00pm ET.

    • Lois's stunt in this episode with the car war is exactly like Malcolm and Reese's go-cart chicken battle in "Forwards Backwards"

  • Allusions

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