Ricky McIntire is the older brother of Molly McIntire.
Facts and Personality
Ricky is twelve and in the seventh grade at Jefferson Junior High School when the series begins. He is a big pest to Molly and her friends, constantly calling her names and picking on them all. Molly thinks of him often as Ricky the Rat or "that rat Ricky."
Ricky is very interested in fighter planes and considers himself an expert; his bedroom door is covered with pictures of them. Ricky is interested in basketball and very skilled; he also plays the tuba in the school band. He has a crush on Jill's friend Dolores.
In the Books
Meet Molly: An American Girl
Molly Learns a Lesson: A School Story
The Saturday of Molly's attempt at the Lend-A-Hand Project, Ricky is down in the kitchen when Molly comes for breakfast. After Mom sets a bowl of oatmeal in front of him, he pours honey on top of it with one hand and pours a glass of tomato juice with the other. Upon hearing Molly's contest, he calls it a "dumb elementary school contest" and teases that the "triple dips"--Molly, Susan, and Linda--should sign up to be monkeys in the zoo before pretending to peel his spoon like a banana and scratching his head like a chimpanzee. When Molly says they have a very good project, Ricky challenges her to say what it is, which she cant and so only counters that she can't tell, which Ricky mocks and says not to touch any of his stuff. He points at himself and spills tomato juice on his shirt, then makes a production of pretending to be shot and slides out of his chair. Helen makes him remove the shirt to rinse the stain off.
When Molly shows her feet won't fit in her boots Helen--after letting her know there are no new boots to be had--tells Molly to put on Ricky's old black boots. Ricky protests, and as Molly puts on the boots Ricky fusses that she'd better not wreck them or get perfume on them.
Molly's Surprise: A Christmas Story
Happy Birthday, Molly!: A Springtime Story
Changes for Molly: A Winter Story
When Molly sorts the laundry, she sees a lot of Ricky's socks require mending. This gives her the idea to present the war bond money in one of Ricky's socks.
When the money sock goes missing, Molly rushes into Ricky's room to search his sock drawer and wakes him up to ask if he took his sock from her room last night. Ricky is confused, saying he didn't, and tries to ask what's going on before Molly rushes downstairs.
Ricky helps Molly search the house for the missing money sock, but is unsuccessful. When Molly asks what she was going to do now, Ricky says Molly will just have to go to the rally to explain what happened. When Jill suggests Molly write a note, Ricky says Molly could hide it in a sock and the girls yell at him. When Molly asks what she would tell her class, Ricky suggests she tell them she'll pay them back, calculating that if Molly didn't go to the movies for 200 weeks, around 4 years, she'll have the twenty dollars to pay them back.
In the Film
Ricky has dark brown hair, rather than blond hair as seen in the books. He is characterized as much less of a pest with the only time he really bothers anyone being when he pesters Emily to talk to him about bombing planes and the war on her first night at the McIntires' home.
He is played by Andrew Chalmers.
- Molly's Surprise, pg. 35: "Richard Culver McIntire!" [Jill] said in her bossiest voice. This means his middle name is his mother's maiden name.