Malcolm in the Middle

Butterflies

Season 6, Ep 17, Aired 4/10/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After Lois is scheduled to work the "graveyard" shift, she forces Malcolm to do it with her. He starts noticing weird things going on and soon discovers a man, Norm, living in the Lucky Aide. He agrees to keep Norm's secret as long as he provides Malcolm with tidbits on his new crush, a fellow Lucky Aide employee. Meanwhile, when Reese takes a job as an exterminator, he quickly learns that to drum up business he must infest the neighbors' lawns, and chooses caterpillars as his weapon. But instead of spreading the caterpillars, he has a change of heart and begins to nurture them. Dewey enjoys having his own bed for the first time.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jane Kaczmarek

    Lois Wilkerson

  • Bryan Cranston

    Hal Wilkerson

  • Chris Masterson

    Francis Wilkerson

  • Justin Berfield

    Reese Wilkerson

  • Erik Per Sullivan

    Dewey Wilkerson

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • It was decent.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 22, 2009

  • I loved it!

    By VGFreak8, Apr 10, 2008

  • Great episode!

    By OeTvGreat, Jul 06, 2006

  • Love that Norm guy!

    By coreman29, Aug 22, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Malcolm: I guess we have a lot in common. Like loving grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches and Stephen King books. I wouldn't be suprised if you were a big Coldplay fan, too. Wendy: (to Malcolm) What the hell are you doing, following me around? ARE YOU STALKING ME?! YOU STAY AWAY FROM ME, CREEP!

    • Wendy: (to Malcolm) Sucks that you have to work the night shift. Now you'll miss the party. Debbie's parents are out of town. Whoa! I've gotta run! Skinny dipping starts at midnight.

    • Reese: These fumes are strong. Can I get one of those paper masks next time? Krijak: Do I look like I'm made of money?

    • Malcolm: At what age did you just accept that your life was a piece of rotten garbage and always will be? Craig: Twenty-two.

    • Craig: Malcolm, I think you're forgetting the graveyard shift motto: "Who cares?"

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    Notes (3)

    • Cold Open: Reese and Dewey gather crumbs around the living room for a snack.

    • Francis (Christopher Masterson) does not appear in this episode.

    • Originally scheduled to air April 3, 2005.

    Trivia (13)

    • In this episode, Dewey said that he is enjoying his own bed for first time, but he also slept alone on "Reese Joins The Army" and in "Reese Apartment" when Reese was gone for few days. And probably in "Academic Octathalon", when Malcolm wasn't at home for few days.

    • The Monarch caterpillars could not have transformed into butterflies in less than a week. In real life, a Monarch caterpillar stays in the chrysalis stage for 10 to 15 days when changing into a butterfly.

    • Goof: Malcolm asks how the man living in the store knows his name, however he is wearing a name tag, so even if the man wasn't living there he would have been able to know that.

    • While there were a few live butterflies used in the close ups of Reese, it is clear that the swarm emerging from the box is CGI.

    • When Reese locks Hal out, why didn't Hal just go to the boy's window and have Dewey let him in?

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