Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 13


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 30, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Malcolm is angry because during a game of street hockey, he sprints up and down the street in shoes, only to have it start back the other way. So he decides he is ready to take skating lessons from his dad. He asks Reese and Francis how it is, but they both refuse to tell him. When he starts, he is angered by all the silly twists and spins they are doing. Meanwhile, Reese rollerskates in the house with a bunch of gunk on his skates which causes Lois to throw out her back while yelling at him.moreless

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  • Roller skates

    Malcolm wants to learn to skate to play hockey with friends, but Hal needs to teach him first, because Hal was an amazing rollerskater back in the day. But Malcolm cannot handle how his father teaches him because of how strict he is, and because of how strange his techniques are. In the end though Hal teaches Malcolm.

    Reese makes Lois so mad that she throws her back out for yelling so loudly.

    Francis fakes back troubles so he does not go on a retreat at the academy.

    A pretty fun and funny episode. One of the better ones but there were a few parts I didn't quite likemoreless
  • It's not as great as people say it is.

    This episode is getting good reviews, it's one of the highest rated episodes, but, to me, it wasn't all that great.

    Don't get me wrong, it had some pretty good laughs, like Malcolm saying a curse word when the bus and the birds went by, but you can only hear him say, "-You!" That was pretty good.

    And the dancing, that was pretty funny at the end, when Malcolm started winning. But, those are the only two jokes I really laughed at. Really, what do people think thats so great about this episode? I liked it, but it's not the best.

    For me, only an 8 out of 10.moreless
  • I liked it!

    Malcolm is afraid to ask Hal for skating lessons because of what Reese and Francis have been through. He does ask though, but has an attitude and cusses at Hal. Hal makes him call him bad names to learn his lesson. Malcolm goes through his training and becomes a good skater. Lois has a back problem. Francis convinces everyone that he hurt his back, so he could stay at the school instead of going to the survival campout.

    This was a good episode! Hal's dancing was pretty funny! I'd hate to be Francis in the end. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • the best episode ever.

    this is by absoloutely no doubt my favourite episode of malcolm in the middle ever. it starts off with malcolm wanting to leqarn how to skate, so he asks his dad for lessons, lois is bed ridden thanks to reese making her scream so hard. we find out that hal was an old professional disco skater so he teaches malcolm all of his old moves. lois wont take any pain killers so reese and hal tries to hide the pills. francis fakes injury to get out of a wilderness week at millitary school. in the end malcolm learns how to skate and then beats everyone using his newly aquired skating skills from his dad after having a fight with him.moreless
  • Malcolm must face the horror of Hal's skating training.

    It's easy to understand why this is one of the most popular season one episodes of Malcolm in the Middle because it has such classic scenes as:

    > Reese's horror at the mention of Hal's training

    > Hal's roller dancing skills and Malcolm's mortified expression

    > The list of curse words punishment

    > Malcolm skating without skates

    This episode develops Hal's character quite well and gives him some background and talents and also shows Malcom's unique relationshi with his father, using his dance moves to score in hockey. Hal's skating outfit is also hilarious and really makes this one of the best episodes of season one.moreless
Jose Espinoza

Jose Espinoza

Cadet Jose

Guest Star

Drew Powell

Drew Powell

Cadet Drew

Recurring Role

Karim Prince

Karim Prince


Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In this episode, it's supposed to appear as if Stanley was naked and painted himself, but when he first walks in, you can tell that he is wearing underwear or some kind of covering.

    • After Lois takes the tablets that Hal put in the sandwich off, when she is putting the second one down, it the camera switches to behind Lois and her hand is back to where it was before. She couldn't have moved her hand that fast from putting the tablet down to next to the tray.

    • When Hal tries to drug Lois, she takes the tablets off and puts them on the blue place mat. In the next shot of her, they are gone and it looks like they are on the plate instead, but she couldn't have moved them.

    • In the scene where Hal is giving Lois a sandwich in bed, when Lois said "Stop trying to drug my food," she took off the top bread to get rid of the pills. In the next shot, the top bread is back on the sandwich. Then, in the shot after, the top bread is off before she went back to talking to Francis over the phone.

    • Hal ask Malcolm to read the list of names to the man that held him in his arms the minute he was born (or something like that). But later in the episode, "Flashback," we see that Malcolm was born on the front lawn while Hal was gone for a drive, and even when he came back he didn't hold the baby (actually he just offered Lois the rest of his Slurpee).

    • Reese is playing with a Game Boy, which has no cartridge in it.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Malcolm: (sees Hal dancing and skating) Should I be impressed or horrified?!

    • Hal: (dancing and skating around the school playground) Smoking!

    • Malcolm: (reading a piece of paper) A stinkin' son of a...
      Hal: ... to my face!
      (Malcolm looks up)
      Hal: Now, continue.

    • Hal: Boys, your mother's mobile!

    • (Reese goes into the kitchen and drinks a carton of milk without using a glass)
      Lois: (from the speakerphone) What are you doing?
      Reese: (choking and spitting) Nothing!
      Lois: Get a glass!
      (Reese ignores her and continues drinking)
      Lois: Don't you dare! When I'm well, I'm going to beat you blue, mister. Get a glass!!!
      Reese: All right! Okay!!!
      Dewey: Can I have some milk?
      Lois: Yes... but get a glass!
      Dewey: Okay.

    • Lois: Reese, what did you roll in?!
      Reese: Oh, man! (cleans his skates filled with mud on the coffee table)
      (Lois begins to scream until the next shot; she is in pain in bed after screaming loudly)

    • Malcolm: I know I look like an idiot, but I'm kickin' ass!

    • Malcolm: Oh, yeah. Well.. (car slams on brake; birds fly from a tree; feedback from the speakers wake up Lois from the other room) ... you. (to the camera) You heard me!

    • Malcolm: My dad's like a total fanatic about skating. He doesn't even call it skating; he calls it the brotherhood of the wheel.

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