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Softball is the twelfth episode of season five of Malcolm in the Middle.

Plot[]

Malcolm joins the Lucky Aide softball team to get away from Lois's wrath on the job, only to discover that Lois is the recent team's coach. He also discovers Craig's amazing talent for playing softball. Francis drives cross-country on his pick-up truck to prove to Lois that he is not lazy, while Dewey dares Reese to outdo one of Francis' old stunts, which he actually does.

Summary[]

Malcolm joins the Lucky Aide softball team to get away from Lois' wrath on the job--but she has recently become the coach. A better discovery he makes is that Craig is an amazing softball player.

Francis drives cross-country on his pick-up truck back to the house (missing his anniversary with Piama). He scopes through his past to prove to Lois that he is not lazy, but Lois refuses to say that she wrong and apologize. When he finds out she is forcing Malcolm to play on the softball team, he demands that she let him go. Lois refuses and points out he's going to play regardless. Malcolm and Francis protests, but Lois is adamant that she is right. That is until Hal shows up and calls her out again. He mentions that every time Lois acts like this, she continues proving she was wrong and is the one at fault. When she yells at Hal for not defending, he refuses to back down. He points out that Lois deserves it for her behavior and proving that he's not going to tolerate it anymore. If she continues her current behavior, she will have no family left to turn to.

Meanwhile Dewey dares Reese to outdo one of Francis' old stunts (collecting the biggest number of toilet seats in a junkyard full of wild dogs with a bacon in his pocket, which he actually does, breaking his record. Francis arrives and confronts Reese. He points out that Lois was right about both of them being similar. They like to be troublemakers by pulling very dangerous and reckless stunts like this. He then manages to get his record back. When Francis calls Piama in New Mexico about it, she lectures him for doing such a crazy and reckless stunt. She is also angry at him for missing out on their anniversary. Francis yells at Piama, pointing out he expected her to behave similar to Lois in being mad at him,

Cast[]

  • Jane Kaczmerek as Lois
  • Bryan Cranston as Hal
  • Christopher Kennedy Masterson as Francis
  • Justin Berfield as Reese
  • Erik Per Sullivan as Dewey
  • Frankie Muniz as Malcolm

Guest Stars[]

Recurring[]

  • David Anthony Higgins as Craig

Cameos[]

  • Michael Gaston as Mel
  • Kaitlin Cullum as Stephanie
  • Ingo Neuhaus as Nick
  • Brooke Radding as Girl
  • Tom Simmons as Mr. Snow
  • Kerry David as Dark Suited Man
  • James Martin Kelly as Umpire
  • Brandon Mauro as Jeremy
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