Hal and Lois

Topics: Integrity, Marriage, Family Pages: 4 (920 words) Published: May 16, 2015

Saint Leo University

“Water Park”
Malcome In The Middle
(Assignment 2)

Adrienne West
Instructor John Botta
TV and the American Family
February 22, 2015

Integrity is a word that we hear quite often. I myself use it a lot as I speak on my life and my marriage. Having integrity is the key element in every situation. In my way of thinking, when I just see the word integrity it comes off as a strong word within it self. My definition of integrity is commitment, wholeness, trust, strength, compassion, love, peace, togetherness, boldness, patience and most of all honesty. To have integrity, you have to have all the above. As we all should know, in any relationship integrity is the foundation and the main recipe. Even when it comes down to your children, integrity is a main source.

In this episode, by the family winning free tickets to the water park was almost the best thing that could happen to this family however, Dewey suffers from these “ear infections” and causes him (the small helpless baby of the family) not to go. In my opinion, I think because Dewey is the youngest and he will need extra attention from everyone to make sure that he is safe at all times while at the park. They feel that is to much to handle so they manipulate him into thinking he can't go because of his “ear infections”. That whole scenario was not truly an example of integrity however, the manipulation was done as a unit. When I think of integrity, I think of treating someone like how you would want to be treated. Dewey isn't being treated fairly and he treats his family the way he's being treated in return.

At the water park, I'm 100% sure that there is a rule that says: no drinking. For Hal to sneak in a rigged bottle of alcohol showed boldness, loyalty, togetherness and love, all forms of integrity. As crazy as that may sound, it makes sense to me. Knowing how low class this family is, a vacation is hard to come...
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