Malcolm sucks at street-hockey, frankly because he has no skates. So he turns to his father, who trains all his sons in the secrets of skating before he allows them to have their own pair. Neither of his bigger brother tell him about his fathers training and Malcolm gets even more anxious as Hal gets very mysterious about it all, but nothing can prepare either one of them for what is to come. Lois hurt her back terribly and has to stay in bed, which does not keep her from tyrannizing Reese and constantly trying to avoid being drugged with pain medication by her loving husband Hal. At the military academy everybody is preparing for a weekend of survival training without any comfort, except for Francis who tries to ditch his comrades.
Did You Know?
Surprisingly, Bryan Cranston did most of the skating in this episode. In an interview with IFC Cranston says, "I did most of it. There were just two parts I didn't do, which is when I left my feet. There was a cartwheel and a handstand, which I did not do, but everything else I did. It was fun we had a week and a half to learn the routine and start skating. It's fantastic what you can do with practice." See more
When Reese and Malcolm are talking in the bedroom, Reese is playing a game boy which, when the camera cuts to him playing it, clearly has no game inserted. See more
[after playing Hockey
[clearly out of breath
You... mocking me?
A Fifth of Beethoven
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
and Walter Murphy
Performed by Walter Murphy See more