Malcolm in the Middle

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (1351)

  • Malcolm: So, what do you do all day? Stevie: Mostly... read... comics. Malcolm: You have comic books? (Stevie rolls his wheelchair to his closet and opens up a whole small room full of comic books) Malcolm: Whoa! You really have Youngblood #1?! Stevie: Wanna... read it? Malcolm: No way. I'd wreck it. Did you read the last Savage Dragon where they split him into two? Stevie: Yeah... brilliant.

  • Malcolm: These are good cookies. Stevie: Yeah... they're good.

  • Caroline: You're not in trouble, Malcolm. You're here because some of your teachers think you're... you know what? I want to play some games with you. Puzzles, stuff like that. Malcolm: Why? Caroline: Boy, oh, boy. You are a suspicious little dickens, aren't you?

  • Caroline: Hi, I'm Caroline. Wanna have a seat? (Malcolm walks over to a chair and we hear squishing from his pants with paint)

  • Mrs. Hogan: Malcolm. Malcolm: What? Mrs. Hogan: They need to see you in the office. Malcolm: Okay. (looks up) Mrs. Hogan: I think they mean right now. Malcolm: Okay. (pauses) Mrs. Hogan: Get up, Malcolm! (Malcolm gets up and gets laughed at by classmates as he walks down the hallway)

  • Francis: (flashback and seen handcuffed by an officer on the front porch) Dad, I know what you're gonna say, and believe me and I totally agree with you. There is no excuse for what I did. It was idiotic, immature, totally reckless and I'm really sorry... (seen sitting on a bed with a girl in the background getting dressed) I'm just hoping against hope that you will give me another chance, which I admit... (seen in front of a car in flames) I don't deserve, but if you can just find it in your heart, I think I can earn your trust back. (exhaust pipe starts blowing) Malcolm: (to the camera) It's not like it was even our car.

  • Richard: Hey, Malcolm. Malcolm: Hey, Richard. Richard: So, my mom was telling my dad last night about your brother? He said he was in jail? Malcolm: He's not in jail. He's at Marlin Academy. It's like one of the best private schools in the country. (to the camera) And it's totally unfair. Everyone acts just like Francis, as this big troublemaker, and he's not.

  • Lois: You just take your legs for granted like nothing could ever happen. But let me tell you something. That is just wishful thanking. There is meningitis. There are car accidents. I could be giving you a spanking and accidentally snap your spinal cord.

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Notes (521)

  • This episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

  • This episode was nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series.

  • This episode won a Eddie Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television.

  • Frankie Muniz will be receiving the "And" credit.

  • On the show, Reese is the second oldest brother of Malcolm, but in real life Reese (Justin Berfield) is less than three months younger than Malcolm (Frankie Muniz).

  • This episode has two different versions. One of them for the DVD and the other for the TV airing. The DVD is around 2-3 minutes longer than the TV airing. Also, during the scene where Lois is trimming Hal's back hair they are singing to a song. The song on the DVD they're singing "I believe in miracles" by Hot Chocolate and on TV they're singing to "It's your thing, do what you want to do."

  • The last name of the family has only once been revealed on the show. It is Wilkerson, as revealed in the pilot as the name tag Francis wears on his school uniform. There was also a joke that appeared in the original pilot script. In that script, Malcolm was walking to school when a neighborhood kid came running up shouting, "Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm. I was talking to my parents last night - I was listening to them talk, and what's your last name?" "Wilkerson, why?" Malcolm replied. "Oh. Who are the Pariahs?" said the other kid. The joke was eventually cut, and the show's writers subsequently decided never to reveal the family's last name, but it would seem they forgot about Francis's name tag.

  • Cold Open: Malcolm gives a brief description of his brothers and himself through the use of Reese's nostril, Dewey's feet, and a picture of Francis.

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Trivia (528)

  • The scene of the goofy-looking monster grabbing the woman in the opening credits is from Roger Corman's Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961).

  • When Hal lifts the paper, you can clearly see the lining of some sort of cover. It exposes the inner lines of his hips and gives the illusion of him being naked, but for that moment the camera dips low enough to show that he is actually not naked.

  • Nearly all of the houses in Malcolm's street have "For Sale" signs.

  • While Malcolm is at Stevie's house, they are eating cookies. Malcolm has a cookie in his right hand, but when he turns to the camera to share some commentary, the cookie is gone. When he turns back to Stevie, the cookie is there again.

  • The animation clips shown briefly during the opening credits are from the Japanese anime Nazca.

  • The two wrestlers briefly featured in the opening credits are Bret Hart and Chris Benoit.

  • Merrin Dungey (who plays Stevie's Mom, Kitty Kenarban) appeared in this episode as Malcolm's teacher.

  • The monster seen rising from the water in the opening credits is the monster from Clash of the Titans (1981).

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Allusions (67)

  • Krelboyne: Name "Krelboyne", the name of the class of gifted students to which Malcolm belongs, is taken from the name of the nerdy hero of The Little Shop of Horrors.

  • Eraserhead: Name One of the Krelboynes (most likely the one that recites 50 digits of pi on account of the hair) is credited as Eraserhead. This is a reference to David Lynch's bizarre film, Eraserhead, whose main character has frizzy hair similar to the Krelboyne previously described.

  • Karate: Term Also, the karate term is also reference from Kramer on Seinfeld (ep. "The Foundation").

  • Reese: Karate What Reese says about Karate is the same thing that Ross says in a Friends episode.

  • During the wood-chipper scene, Dewey throws in a Winnie-the-Pooh doll!

  • 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.

  • Herbie, the toy Dewey wants, resembles the blue aardvark from the DePatie-Freleng theatrical series, The Ant and the Aardvark from 1969 to 1971, and his voice sounds strikingly similar to the Mad Hatter from Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951).

  • Herbie makes a comeback, this time as a Herbie alarm clock.

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