Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 1

Burning Man

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Sep 30, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Burning Man
When Hal and Lois discover Malcolm and Reese's plan to sneak off to the Burning Man festival, they decide to make it a family outing. The people at Burning Man think Hal is part of a performance art show. Lois gets in touch with her artistic side. Reese embraces every aspect of Burning Man. Malcolm gets injured and meets a women who he falls for. Dewey is forced, by Hal, to do work to keep the RV he borrowed from his boss in tip top shape.moreless

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  • A really silly episode.

    One thing I can say about this episode is that it wasn't boring. I think that it was interesting from beginning to end and I enjoyed seeing all the creepy people running around. The way I see it, this was a vacation episode from the writers. My favorite parts of the show was where Reese was acting stupid, like usual. This was really fun and it was just the beginning to a fun show. Hal was funny, Dewey was bored, Lois was Lois, Malcolm was a jerk, and Reese was stupid. Nothing changed from other shows, but it was fun to see. Thank you.moreless
  • The all family ends up at the burning man festival after another masterplan from Reese and malcolm fails. During the festival they all find their own adventure : Loïs finds independance, Reese: creation, Malcolm : sex and Hal his inner talent for acting.moreless

    Definetly one of my favorite episodes of malcolm. While i really love this show, this episode definetly stands in my top 5, and though i've only seen it twice i remember every scene clearly. I thought all the characters (maybe except Dewey) had their great moment in this episode and were able to really show a new side of them. Plus this Jaime baby is so cute that an episode you see a lot of him in, is worth it anyway.

    It makes it even sader to think that this episode was the first episode of the last season, because when a show can produce such good writing it shouldn't be ending so soon afterwards.moreless
  • Season Opener!

    After Reese and Malcolm try to sneak out to the Burning Man Festival, Lois and Hal find out and make it a family vacation. There, anyone can do whatever they feel. It's a place of freedom and self-expression. Reese takes to it wholeheartedly. Lois and Jamie also seem to enjoy it. Hal has borrowed his boss' RV and doesn't want anything to happen to it. Dewey has to spend his time cleaning it. Malcolm meets an older woman and they have sex. She tells him that they can't see each other, so Malcolm tries to get her back, but it doesn't work. When it comes time to burn the man (wooden), Reese is selected to do it, but he doesn't want to. Instead, Reese throws the torch and makes the RV explode.

    This episode was okay! It was really weird and didn't make too much sense. It was like a big cult! I can't believe Malcolm had sex! I don't agree with that until after marriage. This episode gets a 7.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Next year we're totally going back! - Yeah, totally!

    This episode is a solid Season opener to the final season of Malcolm in the Middle:

    Malcolm and Reese are talking about going to the Burning Man festival, like every year. But this year they're really going - with their entire family!

    Each family member had their little story line. Hal being the perfect suburbian model Dad. Dewey helping him to polish up the van.

    Reese discovers the spirit of Burning man and that he can do whatever he wants to. He learns about the miracle of creation and is shocked when, in the end, the people want to ignite the Burning Man statue.

    Lois joins a group of crazy women and eventually parades topless on the beach.

    And finally Malcolm getting laid by a MILF guru. How cool is that, huh? Anyway, in the end things get a little messy and the Burning Man festival turns into the Burning Van festival. This episode had it all. Good storylines, rough jokes, and great humor. This episode illustrates why I simply love this series!moreless
  • A family trip to the legendary burning man festival...

    This must be one of the best Malcolm episodes out there. I think most people have heard of Burning Man and even if they didn\\\'t it will just blow their mind to see what\\\'s going on there ;)

    I used this episode to get 2 friends who were visiting into Malcolm... they were very sceptical and tv ignorants, but after this episode they just wanted to watch more and more.

    Not that there ever was a bad Malcolm episode in a whole (almost whole) 7 seasons, but every now and then there just is one that really stands out.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Burning Man festival actually exists. Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

    • Malcolm loses his virginity in this episode to Anita (played by guest star Rosanna Arquette).

    • There's a scene with a rickshaw. On one of the takes during filming, Jane Kaczmarek accidentally thumps her trumpet on the head of the Asian Guy running next to the rickshaw. It wasn't planned in the scene, and happened near the end of the scene so it didn't mess up the take. But it was funny and she was so nice and apologetic. It won't make it on the episode on TV probably, but it might be on the DVD blooper reel. This just shows what a wonderful person Jane is and how she is nothing like her character in real life. As a sidenote, I was that Asian guy.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Hal: Green eggs and toast. I do not like green eggs and toast.
      Lois: Oh, for God's sake, Hal, stretch a little! We're on vacation!
      Dewey: (scrubbing the floor) Vacation?! Which part of this is vacation - Armor-Alling the tires for six hours or scraping the dead bugs out of the grille with a toothbrush?

    • Lois: Boys, cookies!
      Reese: Alright! (reaching for a cookie)
      Lois: Aw, not that one. I put Dewey's antibiotics in that one. Take this one, it's biggest!
      Reese: (watching suspiciously) Did you put anything in this one?
      Lois: Of course not. Just take it!
      (Reese starts eating the cookie)
      Lois: Then take this one 20 minutes later!

    • Lois: (topless) Reese, you behave yourself. You hear me?
      (Reese stares at Lois in deep shock)

    • Malcolm: Reese, we're in the middle of the desert.
      Reese: I know what you're thinking. The Roadrunners are too smart to catch and eat, but the coyotes are idiots.

  • NOTES (4)

    • An episode of another FOX show, American Dad, was also set at Burning Man ("Francine's Flashback").

    • Did you know...that the Burning Man Festival was actually filmed at a private ranch in Santa Clarita, CA called Mystery Mesa Sanctuary? Spielberg is noted as having a history with the location where it was also used in the movie, War of the Worlds.

    • Cold Open: Lois gives Reese a certain cookie and he asks if she put something in it. She assures him that she didn't, but then tells him to eat another certain cookie in about 20 minutes.

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


    • Reese: I know what you're thinking. The Roadrunners are too smart to catch and eat, but the coyotes are idiots.

      Reese is obviously taking life lessons from Looney Tunes. Here he is making a reference to the Wild E. Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons, where the coyote tries to catch the roadrunner but always fails.

    • Green Eggs and Ham

      When Lois dyes their food green, Hal says "Green eggs and toast. I do not like green eggs and toast." This is a reference to the classic Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham".