Malcolm in the Middle

Krelboyne Picnic

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 3/12/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Malcolm's family insist on accompanying him to a circus-themed picnic for the Krelboyne class, whom must each perform for the assembled students and families. Once there, Lois immediately feuds with Dorene, the loud-mouthed mother who dominates the other parents; Reese plans to "kick Krelboyne butt" and is hoist by his own underpants by Eraserhead's much bigger brother; Francis goes through an entire romantic relationship in the course of the single afternoon; and Hal grosses out the entire class by sneaking real meat into their vegetarian barbecue. When a desperate Malcolm turns Stevie's demonstration of catalysts into a gigantic stink bomb, Caroline is convinced she will be fired -- so Malcolm must go on and quell the crowd by demonstrating his ability to do advanced mathematics in his head.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 (7)
  • Great

    By futuramarama, Dec 31, 2009

  • Yes, it was great.

    By cactusjack39, Jan 29, 2009

  • Almost matches up to Red Dress.

    By AangPhantom777, Jan 27, 2008

  • Funny!

    By VGFreak8, Dec 07, 2007

  • Malcolm must save Caroline's picnic after ruining it himself

    By OeTvGreat, May 15, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Malcolm: In the wrong hands, these chemicals could make a pretty powerful stink bomb. These hands look wrong enough.

    • Francis: Hey, Malcolm, how many fingers am I holding up? Malcolm: Shut up! Reese: Analyze what I had for lunch! (burps into Malcolm's face while everyone laughs) Lois: What I can't understand is how you can remember all thoses numbers, but you still forget to brush your teeth! (everyone laughs again) Hal: Who's up for Burger Barn? (everyone cheers while the family drives off)

    • Reese: A small pack of Krelboynes has ventured out of hiding to bask in the afternoon sun. Their defenses down, they are an easy target for nearby predators. They sense danger, it is too late! Their hesitation is fatal! Raahhhhhh!!!! (starts running after the Krelboynes while they start fleeing)

    • (part of the original cold opener) Malcolm: Leave the squirrel alone and get the fire extinguisher! Reese, no! Dewey: Blood tastes funny.

    • Malcolm: Apparently, the difference between a stink bomb and a Level 3 toxic biohazard is two extra drops of sulfur tetraoxide. I am totally suing that Web site.

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    Notes (2)

    • Cold Open: Lois and Hal are asleep and in another room. We hear the boys making a lot of crashing noises.

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Dabney and Lloyd.

    Trivia (7)

    • When Dorene throws away Lois' brownies, worried about non-existent peanut allergies, look closely and you'll see a concession stand with big letters spelling out "Peanuts."

    • When Malcolm offers a hamburger to crying Caroline, she wolfs down 2/3 of it, but after several shots it only has 2 nibbles out of it.

    • When Stevie is setting up his project, you can see his wheelchair is tied to the table. Two shots later, the rope is gone!

    • In "Forwards Backwards," it said that Lois is allergic to nuts. If that is so, how was she able to make the almond brownie?

    • When the Krelboynes made a run for it after Stevie's project exploded, a camara man can be seen chasing after Malcolm for a shot.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Eraserhead: "Kafkaesque, isn't it?" "Kafkaesque" is an eponym used to describe concepts, situations, and ideas which are reminiscent of the literary work of the Austro-Hungarian writer Franz Kafka, particularly his novels The Trial and The Castle, and the novella The Metamorphosis. The term, which is quite fluid in definition, has also been described as "marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity.

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