Lois' speech in the final episode of Malcolm in the Middle holds up almost too well a decade later.

Lois' speech in the final episode of Malcolm in the Middle holds up almost too well a decade later.

My favorite part isn't shown here, but in his valedictorian speech, Malcolm quotes Paul McCartney iirc, who Lois told him he should quote instead of some rapper. I took it to show that Malcolm took what Lois said to heart.

“That’s Dewey.”

Life is so unfair sometimes

It's kind of ironic that the actor playing the role A. Doesn't remember any of this B. Is rich and and pretty much living the life that Malcolm wants to live here. C. Donald Trump is President.

Wilkerson. It wasn't spoken but it was shown on a uniform in the pilot.

One of my favorite tv show endings. I was just upset they never said their last name.

The one thing I didn't like about the ending is that Reese didn't end up doing anything with his cooking.

reminds me of the episode where both lois and malcolm get mono and spend the week together in the same room. lois and malcolm tell each other that the last thing those two want to do is fight, but it happens and if they knew what the other was thinking, they'd laugh. lois admits she cant back down or the boys will take advantage of her. and in the end, malcolm gets called by lois to yell at him and malcolm thinks it's one of those moments and laughs. lois doesn't crack.

the episode also had a great side plot where Hal convinces the neighbors Lois is dead and gets invited to all the parties and liked by everyone. He also gets set up with another women and Hal thinks it's just a friend and the woman thinks its serious. great stuff.

I liked that moment as well. I think it shows that Malcolm finally understood what his mother was trying to teach him all these years.

I love how at the end of having his fate, an utterly ridiculous mountain to climb, laid out before him, Malcolm realizes that he could actually do it. He really could pull it off.

His dad on the other hand..

I think in the last episode Francis drops his work badge and his surname is Nolastname (or something very similar).

I took it to show that Malcolm took what Lois said to heart.

It's much more than that. It's a huge fundamental change in malcolm to change his mind about anything, let alone because somebody else suggested it, let alone if that somebody else is his mom. Actually, his most common reason for changing his mind is that his mom suggests he do the thing he was going to do anyway, and then he changes his mind just to be contrary.

So that quote is proof that he's no longer the contrarian asshole we'd come to hate. It might not be a complete 180, but it's huge.

Life is unfair....

There were a couple "nolastname" gags. I think official canon has us not knowing.

Thats how good of a character Lois is. There was Roseanne as the lower class mom but Lois really gets all the actions down. The overbearing discipline out of love and stress, seeing Malcolm (the smart kid) as their way out, and the yelling. It was so similar to my own childhood it will forever be one of my top shows

Maybe the most underrated show of all-time. Whenever I think of my favourite sitcoms, MITM is always near the top of the list.

Sounds like you've just never seen the show before. The ending fits the tone of the rest of the series.

Dewey is a world class talented musician. By the end of the show he wrote his own opera.

Francis was actually a genius at child care, as well as shown as a smooth talker able to do mild cons. He was also talented at the Ranch, which they didn't end the arc of well.

It's a huge fundamental change in malcolm to change his mind about anything, let alone because somebody else suggested it, let alone if that somebody else is his mom

This reminds me of one of my favourite parts of the show. There's an episode where Hal realises Lois doesn't believe in God or heaven, so becomes depressed because he thinks they won't get to be together after death. All he wants is a little hint or bit of ambiguity from Lois so he can convince himself but Lois refuses to budge because she wants to stay true to her principals. Then at the end of the episode, she asks Malcolm how he got over his own problem and he says something like "I told myself it was about my principals but I realised it was really my pride holding me back, so I just decided to get over myself". This convinces Lois that staying true to herself is really only hurting Hal for the sake of her ego, so she sacrifices her principals (which is a huge deal for Lois) to give Hal some happiness and tells him there's a tiny, tiny chance she could someday believe in heaven, even though she never could. That's all he needs and he's delighted.

Always stuck with me because not only does it reverse the show's usual Malcolm/Lois dynamic and highlight how fundamentally similar Malcolm and Lois are, but it also makes such a powerful point about the line between ego and principals and how sometimes it's OK to sacrifice your pride for the benefit of others.

It's right in the title, they're the Middle family.

"Malcolm and the Middles."

So glad this show had a real conclusion.

It's among my all time favourites.

Economic growth off the back of the Obama administration, yes. You can't seriously think Trump has managed to make any significant positive changes to the economy in under a year, without actually passing any major legislation in his entire term thus far (not counting the controversial tax reform, which hasn't been enacted yet).

Dewey Dewey Dewey Dewey Dewey...

If you say so the world says otherwise.

You are right. Two of those three items in your list broke my heart.

the episode also had a great side plot where Hal convinces the neighbors Lois is dead and gets invited to all the parties and liked by everyone.

Haha, no way, the plotline was the neighbors knew Lois was sick in bed mono and they finally started inviting Hal to all the neighborhood parties where he was a huge hit... Hal's not that messed up! And, in fact, he eventually stops going once he realizes (he was sweetly oblivious to this the whole time) that they were intentionally excluding Lois and tells them off. It was a really hilarious and touching sideplot and I always loved when they'd devote some storytime to demonstrating how in love Lois and Hal actually were.

all the kids were geniuses but all of them with different things. i liked that about the show

Yeah, I was thinking of that episode, too. That's a good one.