Malcolm in the Middle

Houseboat (1)

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 11/11/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Malcolm's family takes a summer vacation trip on a houseboat with the Kanarbans. Malcolm gets roped into going fishing with his dad. Abe and Kitty argue the whole time. Reese and Stevie set sail to a cheerleader camp. When Francis is forced to fix something that fell on him and broke, he gets pushed to the edge and decides he's had enough of Marlin Academy.

  • 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 (5)
  • Houseboat

    By futuramarama, Jan 05, 2010

  • A boat is funny.

    By cactusjack39, Jan 29, 2009

  • Good!

    By VGFreak8, Mar 03, 2008

  • And we start on season 3!

    By count-chocula, Nov 25, 2006

  • Good episode!

    By OeTvGreat, Jul 03, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Stevie: (Malcolm, Reese, and Stevie see a boat full of girls in bikinis approaching) Do... you... Reese: I see it, too. Tracey: (The boat stops in front of them) Hey boys, what are you doing? Reese: I don't know. What are you doing? Malcolm: Where'd you get the boat? Tammy: We stole it from our spirit camp. We're going to get cigarettes. Reese: Spirit camp? So you girls are... are... Malcolm: Cheerleaders. Stevie: Bad... cheerleaders. Tracey: Yeah. We haven't seen any boys in, like, six weeks. Even you guys are starting to look good. (Tammy unhooks Tracey's top from behind her. The top starts falling, but Tracey catches it.) Tammy! (They both laugh before the boat starts up.) Malcolm: Wait! Where are you girls going? Tracey: (Still holding her top to her chest) Follow us and find out. (The boat leaves.) Stevie: Get... the boat!

    • (Tracey surfaces) Tracey: Hi, Malcolm. Me and my naked friends got tired of waiting for you. You don't want that jerk Reese to have all of the fun, do you? (Malcolm gasps) Hal: What happened?

    • Lois: Francis, you are going to stay in school until you graduate and that is all there is to it. And if you flunk out, then that's another year you're stuck there!

      Francis: You just can't stand the fact that I'll be making more money than you! (hangs up the pay phone, then the phone breaks from the wall hitting Francis in the foot; he screams and hits the trophy case; nearly everything breaks; Francis touches his chest) Whoa, that was close. (the leg of the case breaks loose and the whole case crashes on Francis)

    • Malcolm: Three weeks of slave labor, my relationship with Dad will never be the same... (smiles) and I can't stop smiling!

    • Reese: Can I see that spare gun? Store Clerk: Sure.

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    Notes (2)

    • Cold Open: The boys cool down by filling garbage bags with conditioned air from Stevie's house.

    • Merrin Dungey returns in the Season 6 episode, "Kitty's Back."

    Trivia (3)

    • Arjay Smith (Cadet Finley) is credited in this episode, however he does not actually appear. The only explanation is that he was one of the cadets in the background while Francis was on the phone to Lois. Other than that, there were no other scenes that warrant him being credited.

    • Continuity Error: Shortly before Malcolm catches the fish, as he is talking to Hal, a powerboat passes from left to right in the distance behind Hal. There is a quick camera shot back to Malcolm for a line, and when the camera returns to Hal, the same boat is closer and heading from right to left.

    • This is the episode where Francis quits military school. He also gets legally emancipated from his parents.

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