Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 17

Hal's Dentist

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 26, 2006 on FOX
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Hal's Dentist
Hal's friend Trey tells him to come to his dental office when he chips a tooth during a poker game. After receiving a $2,000 bill Hal is furious and a fight breaks out between them. Reese teaches Lois how to ride a bike. After a mattress falls from the sky Malcolm and Dewey find sleeping as their new favorite pastime.moreless

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  • Funny and good.

    It was an interesting episode of Malcolm in the Middle. I thought that it was a well written piece of work, and it was also very funny. I have to say that Hal is crazy and I think he is also very stupid for what he tried to do. With that said, there were many parts that I liked in this episode. I especially liked Hal going the distance to prove a point, but at the same time hurting himself. I also thought that watching Reese try to teach Lois how to ride a bike was funny. She could have broken a hip. Thank you.moreless
  • I liked it!

    Lois is embarassed because she doesn't know how to ride a bike. Reese teaches her how, but she has to overcome her fear first. Malcolm and Dewey find a mattress that falls out of the sky. It's the perfect one and they then sleep all the time. Dewey breaks out of it and then gets the old one back. He convinces Malcolm that it was all a dream. After Hal's tooth cracks at poker, Trey, who is a dentist, offers to fix it. Hal thinks it's for free, but Trey charges him. They start a feud.

    This was a pretty good episode! I loved the Malcolm/Dewey plot and the Lois/Reese plot. I didn't really like Hal's plot though. This episode receives a 9.0 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Good. A+++++

    This episode was a very good episode and was a good way to put the episode in general I just wish the Series wasn\'t ending as it has been really good but hopfully the last few episodes will be worth watching!!! I am really looking forward to watching the last five episodes as they have not reached the .U.K. yet. But this episode was a good episode like most of the other episodes also BOWLING ep. 220 that was great I think the set was just a great idea and they should do that for some other episodes but as they stopped filming in March 2006 it will be impossible for them to do any other episodes like that.moreless
Paul Rae

Paul Rae


Guest Star

Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins


Guest Star

Scott Director

Scott Director


Guest Star

Gary Anthony Williams

Gary Anthony Williams

Abe Kenarban

Recurring Role

Dan Martin

Dan Martin


Recurring Role

Alex Morris

Alex Morris


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode marks the second episode where Malcolm and Dewey suffer from sleep deprivation together in a storyline, the first was the season 3 finale "Monkey."

    • When Reese is telling Malcolm and Dewey that he's been spending his time in the library, the background was the closet with their clothes. But there a little girl's dress in it, too. Now why would they have a dress when there are no girls in their family?

    • Abe and Malik's exchange about Trey "giving up years of medical school to become a dentist" may be a reference to an episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Yada Yada," where a similar joke is told. Byran Cranston (who plays Hal) had a role in that episode as dentist Tim Whatley, who gets offended by a dentist joke told by Jerry Seinfeld.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Reese: You're ashamed of something. I can always smell shame. It's kinda like rotten coconuts.

    • Reese: Mom, you might not know this, but I used to be afraid of a lot of things. Thunder, frogs, mailboxes...
      Lois: You were afraid of mailboxes?
      Reese: I used to imagine that if I stuck my hand in a mailbox, it would slam shut and rip my hand off. But I had something conquer my fear by ripping the lid off every mailbox in the neighborhood! I turned that fear into hate!

    • Trey: Enjoying Lord of the Rings in high-def?
      Hal: Oh, it's unbelievable! No lines, no commercials; I'm bringing Lois here for our anniversary. Oh, I still can't get over all this: (touches the sink) a real sink to spit in; I really don't have to swallow it.
      Trey: Hal, are you crying?
      Hal: They're good tears.

    • Dewey: Whoa, this is brand new! At least, what I think a mattress would look like new. It's got no lumps.
      Malcolm: (getting excited) No weird stains...
      Dewey: (getting excited, too) No springs sticking out of it...
      Malcolm & Dewey: (in unison) It's got tags!

    • Malcolm: Wow, and I thought Reese was the one dragging us down.
      Dewey: Maybe we should see how he's doing with his squirrel.
      Malcolm: If I know Reese, all the good parts are gone by now.

    • Reese: Wait, you see that?
      Malcolm: What?
      Reese: It's a dead squirrel! Gentlemen, our week just built up!
      Dewey: Sorry, not interested.
      Malcolm: Sure, it looks good to you now. It's just gonna wind up in the closet like all the others. Pass.
      Reese: Your loss. See you, suckers.

    • Malcolm: What happened to the new mattress?
      Dewey: What are you talking about?
      Malcolm: The mattress! I know there was a mattress!
      Dewey: Maybe it was a dream?
      Malcolm: It wasn't a dream! The mattress was perfect and white and felt like a cloud! It feel out of the sky and it made me happy!
      Dewey: Was it just a bed or was there a beanstalk, too?

    • Malcolm: Maybe it was a dream.
      Dewey: You were happy, Malcolm. Of course it was a dream.

    • Reese: Oh, it's too hard? Well, why didn't you say so? When things get tough, you got to just give up and run away from your dreams. Lower your expectations. That's fine. I've had my fun. If you want to quit, go ahead and quit.
      Lois: All right, Reese, you made your point. Let's give it a try.
      Reese: No, I was really saying quit.

    • Lois: Hal, you have an infection. You have to see a dentist.
      Hal: I made an appointment with Dr. Voorhees tomorrow.
      Lois: Isn't that the guy we took Dewey's hamster to?

    • Malik: And, Hal, can't you see that Trey is a professional? He went to years of medical school.
      Abe: And then he gave up and became a dentist. (laughs)

    • Hal: You know what? You can tell Trey that this is what I think of his bill. (tears it up)
      Receptionist: That was your parking validation.
      Hal: I know. (whispers) Could I have another one?

    • (Malcolm & Dewey sit on the new mattress)
      Dewey: Wow, it's like sitting on a cloud... with two clouds under it.
      Malcolm: This is amazing. I'm in ass heaven.

    • Malcolm: Nothing exciting ever happens around here.
      (bed mattress falls from the sky, landing on the ground)
      Dewey: Wow, we even have boring miracles.

    • Lois: There's this stupid bike-a-thon at work. Some idiot made a big stink about how the store isn't doing enough for charity.
      Reese: Then don't do it.
      Lois: I have to. I'm the idiot.

    • Reese (to Lois): You're in the middle of an alley trying to get on a bike. You are ashamed of something. I can always smell shame. It's kind of like rotten coconut.

    • Dewey: Listen to yourself. That's insane. This bed is evil. It's draining your soul, Malcolm.

    • Dewey: Do you even know what day it is?
      Malcolm: I don't even know what year it is.

    • Lois: You did what?!
      Reese: Perfect, now direct your anger to the bike.

    • Reese (to Lois): No, lady! I don't want your drugs! (winks)

  • NOTES (3)


    • This episode is similar to an episode of King of the Hill (another Fox show). In "Hank's Bad Hair Day" (S4E19), Hank goes to his friend Bill, who cuts hair for the army, for his haircut and is faced with a $900 fee. Hank is furious and refuses to pay.