My theory that I’m only half-kidding about is that Malcolm spent the majority of the missing year baked out of his skull on Ben Swain’s most primo weed playing, or trying to play, Lego Stars Wars on his totally canon Wii (as seen in 307/308) only he’s not sure now if any of it actually happened or if it was just a fucking strange dream because, you know, really primo weed.
It’s as good an explanation as any for why Malcolm is so out of it when he shows up at the office at the beginning of 402 like it’s his first day and he had no idea that Nicola had gone completely and utterly to pieces.
Also, Ollie, you are an enormous giant sci fi geek and Phil is totally your soulmate. Stop pretending like you don’t have your own massive lightsaber collection because you are not fooling anyone.
As long as this scene is a thing that happened in series 4, I cannot disown it entirely. I love it so much that Ollie’s look of WTF at Malcolm’s he’s got a tinfoil pal and a pedal bin is what I use as my avatar.