Series Name
Season 1, Episode 13
Air date April 30, 2000
Written by Alan J. Higgins
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Episode Guide
The Bots and the Bees

Rollerskates is the thirteenth episode of Season 1 of Malcolm in the Middle and the thirteenth episode overall of the show.


Hal has his own methods for teaching Malcolm to rollerskate. Lois hurts her back, is forced to rest in bed, and refuses to take medication so as to stop Reese and Dewey from misbehaving. Francis tries to get out of a survival trip with the other cadets by faking a hurt back, but gets caught by them later.

French fries are evenly distributed between Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey


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.


  • In the scene where Reese is playing a video game on his Gameboy, there is no game cartridge in the Gameboy.

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