Malcolm in the Middle

Season 4 Episode 7

Malcolm Holds His Tongue

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 05, 2003 on FOX
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Malcolm Holds His Tongue
After joining the basketball team at school, Malcolm soon finds himself under the coach's skin due to his constant complaining, which eventually gets him kicked off the team. Determined to put an end to his horrible habit of talking before he thinks, Malcolm starts "holding his tongue" which solves all the problems with his coach, girlfriend, and parents, but it ends up causing more stress than before. Hal takes up speed walking and is desperate to be the best. Reese gets Craig to take him and Allison to a concert and Craig succeeds in ruining his date. Francis gets new boots and believes he knows how to loosen them up.moreless

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  • Funny!

    Malcolm decides to not speak his mind after an incident at basketball. He told the coach that his game plan sucked. With him not speaking what he feels, he actually gets away with things and people like him more. It gets ugly when Malcolm gets angry at the coach's plan at the game. He gets a peptic ulcer. Reese and Alison want to go on a date, but no one can drive them since Reese lost his license. He gets Craig to drive them, but Craig takes over the date. Hal starts race walking. He is determined to beat a guy who is cheating.

    This episode was great! Malcolm's inner comments were funny. The walkers looked so hilarious! This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • Great!

    This is a really cool episode of Malcolm in the Middle: in order to prevent from getting busted again and again, Malcolm decides to hold his tongue, and with that things get even better with his family, basketball team, and even with his girlfriend and with that Malcolm's life begin to get better and better, unfortunately Malcolm can't do this anymore because he was born to complain and complain and shout and shout, but in the end he finally lets out what he need to do.moreless
  • Another gem from the skilled writers and actors who bring us \"Malcolm.\"

    As is always the case with \"Malcolm in the Middle,\" the writers have turned out another gem. The ever-sardonic Malcolm realizes that he can use silence to his advantage -- for example, he realizes that he is able to manipulate the ever-barking Lois -- so he embarks on a course of diplomatic (but woefully unfamilar) behavior. In his quest to behave politely and not tell people what he *really* thinks of them, Malcolm seems to encounter even more dimwits and dolts than usual. On another, less realistic sitcom (and in the hands of less-skilled writers), Malcolm\'s \"good\" behavior would be rewarded; on \"Malcolm in the Middle,\" we see the painful consequences of such behavior.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Francis: Well, as you can see, Miss Doubting Piama, it may have taken days and days of wearing these sopping wet boots, but they are now snug, supple, and perfectly form fitting.
      Piama: You were right, honey.
      Francis: Which would also make you...?
      Piama: Mistaken.
      Francis: You know, I could push for a more objective mission of your wrongness, but I'm gonna be a bigger man. With better boots.
      Piama: Call me when you get tired of this.
      Francis: It could be late.
      (Piama leaves, and Francis takes his boots off revealing humongous callouses)
      Francis: If I hold out for a few days, maybe the fungus will eat the mushrooms.

    • Hal: (On the phone with Francis) You're sure you like your birthday present.
      Francis: Dad, the boots are perfect, they're just what I wanted.
      (Piama enters)
      Hal: They were really expensive, so take good care of them. OK?
      Francis: I will. Don't worry about it. Thanks again, Dad. (Hangs up, and dip his boots on his feet in a bucket of water)
      Piama: What the hell are you doing?
      Francis: Piama, this is an old cowboy trick. You soak your boots in water, and you don't take 'em off, even for a minute, until they are completely dry, even if it takes days. And when you're done, they fit like a glove. I know it seems drastic, but believe me, I know what I'm doing.
      Piama: Those are 300 dollar boots you just ruined.
      Francis: I didn't ruin anything, this is what you're suppose to do. You're gonna have to trust me on this. Why do you always talk to me like I'm an idiot?

    • Reese: Craig! You are ruining our date!
      Craig: (slams on brakes and looks back at Reese & Allison) Now look here! Do you know how long I have been planning this date? 34 YEARS! AND I'M NOT GONNA LET YOU LITTLE BRATS RUIN IT!!! We're gonna have dinner, a hayride, and a bonfire and it will be a night to remember that will live in our hearts FOREVER!!!
      Allison: What's that on your face?
      Craig: (takes glasses off) What?
      (Allison pepper sprays Craig's eyes)
      Craig: Ahhhhhh!!!!! Reese, you said she would like me!!!!
      (Allison is shocked and looks at Reese)
      Reese: Yeah, let's ditch this loser.
      (Allison positions to pepper spray Reese, too, Reese smiles)
      Reese: Okay, see you in school.

    • Reese: Hey, Mom! I grew an inch!

    • Hal: (points to the TV screen) Dewey, do you see that? That's air. That's air!
      Dewey: That's it! I'm gonna read a book! I hope you're happy!

    • Hal: Have you been biting your nails? They look awful.
      Malcolm: No, they're fine.

    • Lois: Malcolm! (enters from the bathroom) How many times do I have to tell you to hang your towel up after you used it?! Is that so hard? Because if it is, maybe I could take your towel away. And the next time you take a shower, you can run around the back yard until you're dry.
      Malcolm: (to himself) Gee, Mom, wouldn't the front yard be more humiliating?!

    • Craig: This is great, isn't it? Allison's nice, but I have to say I think a date's better with just two people.
      Reese: Can we stop calling this a date?
      Craig: Well, whatever it is, I can't wait to see the look on my neighbor's face when I come strolling home past eleven. Eat your heart out, Mrs. Clevasol.
      Reese: I think I missed my curfew.
      Craig: There are no curfews on a night like tonight. (grabs a ukelele and starts singing) Here I am, the one that you love, asking for another chance. Understand the one that you love, loves you in so many ways...

    • Malcolm (in bed at the hospital, complaining to Lois): For your information, I have spent the past three hours on a gurney next to a guy who is still trying to smoke out of the hole in his neck!! And the jackass who put in this IV couldn't find a vein with two hands and a flashlight!!! My call button doesn't work!!! These stupid sheets are itchy!!! There's only one channel on the TV!!! And what's the matter with these bedpans!!!

    • Coach: Malcolm, do you think you could follow my game plan?
      Coach: All right, get in there.
      Malcolm: Thanks. (blood comes out of his mouth and it spits on the coach's shirt)

    • Malcolm (to himself): Because you're not letting anyone shoot!!! They're just passing the ball back and forth!!!!

    • Coach: How could we be losing against a team that hasn't won a game in three years?!
      Malcolm (to himself): Maybe it's because you're a complete moron! You know I can shoot! Why won't you put me in?!

    • Reese: Craig! Craig! You just passed the concert.
      Craig Oh no, I don't think so.
      Alison: But there was a sign with an arrow and we're supposed to follow the pointy end!

    • Alison: You're the one who had his license taken away!
      Reese: Because my public defender wouldn't even try the insanity defense.

    • Reese (To Craig): Look who I'm talking to. You're a single, 40-year-old man with a cat. I bet you know all about the current music scene.

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