Malcolm in the Middle

Traffic Jam (2)

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 11/5/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Hal, Lois, Malcolm and Reese are trapped in a horrendous traffic jam. Francis enters himself in a bet that recalls the egg-eating wager in "Cool Hand Luke." Malcolm becomes smitten over a girl he meets. Dewey has his own little adventure--all over the world--before his family returns home.

  • 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 (8)
  • Traffic Jam

    By futuramarama, Jan 01, 2010

  • Includes Part I, and Part II review. The family get stuck into a traffic jam, and Dewey has his own journey.

    By ThereGoesHalo3, Jul 05, 2008

  • Crazy!

    By VGFreak8, Dec 16, 2007

  • The second part of the water park episode!

    By _sciencegenius_, Aug 12, 2007

  • the family w/ dewey is stuck in a traffic jam and hal thinks he causes it. malcolm likes a girl, reese and an ice cream man battle for treats, lois is trying to get the workmen to fix the road faster, and dewey tries to get home with stops along the way.

    By MsPoptart, Dec 31, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Malcolm: What are we doing here?
      Jessica: Just enjoying the view (watches Reese break in the ice cream truck) and look at that crazy lady (Lois screaming at the phone)

    • Reese: I just want some damn ice cream!

    • (A loud horn honks, signaling the end of the traffic jam, and everyone cheers.)
      : Yaaaaaay!
      Susie! Come back to the car, honey.
      Father: Bobby? Let's get a move-on, sport!
      : MALCOLM!! REESE!!! MOVE!!!!!
      : I got to go.

    • Lois: OK, let me get this straight -- we've been waiting all afternoon for a crane, and now, the crane is here! Construction Worker: That's right. Lois: And the man who works the crane? He's here, too! Construction Worker: That's right. Lois: THEN WHY IS NOTHING HAPPENING?!

    • Reese: YOU SON OF A ... Malcolm: Reese, there's nothing we can do. Reese: Yes, there is. I can... I can... Ahhh. (charges the ice cream truck and hits himself) Jessica: And the Nobel Prize goes to... Malcolm: Hey, you're talking about my brother. (smiles) Good one.

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    Notes (4)

    • It is revealed that Dewey was conceived because they rented Body Heat.

    • Featured Music: "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels Band (During the robbery)

    • Cold Open: Malcolm explains the lifetime ban from the Water Park as a normal occurrence in the family, and Dewey is lost talking to a Scarecrow he thinks will come to life like in the "Wizard of Oz."

    • This episode was dedicated as follows: "In the Memory of Mike Sforza."

    Trivia (5)

    • When Malcolm is talking about how great the traffic jam was, one shot shown from the front shows Malcolm just sitting and staring out the window, but you can hear him talking still.

    • When Lois is trying to work the crane, they have a close-up shot and just before it switches to the wide screen you see the officer's face come into view. Then in the widescreen he is just walking up to the crane.

    • Francis' bet that he could eat 100 Quacks would very likely end in catastrophe. Even a healthy person without diabetes, when consuming that much sugar, would be at risk from a sugar-induced coma. Before that happened, the body would likely induce vomiting to assist the pancrea's production of insulin to slow this from happening.

    • Look closely at every shot and you can see that the shadows from the cars are way off from time to time (probably because the shots were taken from different days).

    • At the shot when the thief takes a sharp turn into a dirt road, you can't see Dewey in the backseat, which is most likely like that because the turn was done by a professional driver.

    Allusions (2)

    • Body Heat Lois reveals that Dewey was conceived because they rented Body Heat. Body Heat was a 1981 film starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. At the time, it was considered very racy due to graphic sexuality.

    • The Wizard of Oz When Dewey is talking to the scarecrow, it is a nod to the movie The Wizard of Oz. During the movie, Dorothy finds a talking scarecrow who aids her in her quest.

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