There’s also a great episode of Malcolm in the Middle (series 1, episode 11) titled ‘Funeral’, in which Malcolm is seen in just his underwear by his girlfriend and gets really embarrassed.
Earlier in the episode, twelve-year-old Malcolm and his family are supposed to be going to a funeral but for some reason (that I can’t remember), he refuses to go and arranges to meet up with his girlfriend Julie instead. Because Malcolm decides not to go, the rest of the family also stay at home and each do whatever they want to do. Hal (the dad) puts together a fantastic sound system in the living room and listens to his records; Lois (the mum) has a long relaxing bubble bath; and the other boys entertain themselves by turning the kitchen floor into a slip n’ slide with loads of washing up liquid, while Malcolm gets ready for his date. There is a particular shirt that Malcolm wants to wear that needs a wash so he asks Lois very nicely if she could wash it. “You must be joking!”, is her reply — she has no intention of abandoning her bath.
“But you’re the only one who knows how to use the washing machine without getting shocked! Please!”, Malcolm begs.
“Well, ok, since you said please”, Lois says, and takes Malcolm’s shirt. To his surprise, instead of getting out of the bath to go use the machine, she simply dips the shirt into the soapy bath water a few times and hands it back to him, saying, “there you go, all clean”.
Malcolm then borrows Lois’ hair dryer and goes to his room to dry his wet shirt. He is bare-chested as he does this as the shirt he had been wearing is the one he is now drying. When his shirt is almost dry, Malcolm then notices that his trousers are also wet. “Oh man, she got my pants wet too!”, he exclaims, looking at the camera and begins to take them off so that he can dry them as well. A short while later, his date (a girl from his class) arrives at the house. She finds the front door open and loud music blaring from within and lets herself in. The first person she meets is Hal, who at first doesn’t know she’s there because the record player is turned up so loud and he has his eyes closed, enjoying his music so much (‘Stuck in the Middle With You’ by Stealers Wheel).
“Where’s Malcolm?”, she yells.
“Who?”, replies Hal.
“MALCOLM!”, Julie bellows over the deafening music.
“In his bedroom!” He yells back and points her in the right direction, clearly irritated to be disturbed while listening to his records.
We then cut to Malcolm’s bedroom, where he is stood in the middle of the room with his back to the door, drying his trousers with the hair dryer and dressed in nothing more than his embarrassing, ‘little-boy’ tighty-whities. Suddenly he hears Julie call his name and a second later she opens the door. Malcolm’s face turns quickly to a look of panic and dread as he realises his girlfriend must be standing in the doorway looking at him in his underpants. He turns around to see his worst fear confirmed and for a moment the two kids can do nothing but stare at each other, eyes wide and open-mouthed. For Julie, the situation is exciting and shocking as she is seeing a boy in his underpants for perhaps the first time; for Malcom, it is excruciatingly embarrassing as a pretty girl from his class – who he was trying to impress on their first date – is now looking at him wearing nothing but his childish and dorky white briefs!
“Julie!”, is all he manages say through his surprise and humiliation.
“Nothing”, she replies and runs away, apparently no longer in the mood for their date.
Back out in the living room, Julie trips over the stretched power cable of Hal’s record player and goes flying. She lands on the soapy and slippery kitchen floor and skids to the far end, where she collides with the trash and gets covered in rubbish and soapy water. Malcolm hurriedly dresses in his newly dried clothes and chases after her, trying to persuade her to stay but it’s too late, she has made up her mind she doesn’t want to go out with him after all. As soon as she’s gone, Malcolm rounds on his dad. He yanks the turntable’s power cable out of the socket, killing the loud music, and yells at him:
“HOW COULD YOU LET HER SEE ME IN MY UNDERWEAR?!”
Malcolm storms off, completely humiliated and thoroughly annoyed and disappointed.
– – –
Like the ‘Thunderpants’ stripping scene I described earlier, I was around the same age as Malcolm at the time of this episode and got a real kick out of this underwear scene. I recorded it on VHS from the tv and watched this bit of the episode over and over again!
Who else saw a great stripping / humiliation scene on tv or in a film they want to share?