Malcolm in the Middle

Season 6 Episode 17

Butterflies

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 10, 2005 on FOX
8.1
out of 10
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After Lois is scheduled to work the "graveyard" shift, she forces Malcolm to do it with her. He starts noticing weird things going on and soon discovers a man, Norm, living in the Lucky Aide. He agrees to keep Norm's secret as long as he provides Malcolm with tidbits on his new crush, a fellow Lucky Aide employee. Meanwhile, when Reese takes a job as an exterminator, he quickly learns that to drum up business he must infest the neighbors' lawns, and chooses caterpillars as his weapon. But instead of spreading the caterpillars, he has a change of heart and begins to nurture them. Dewey enjoys having his own bed for the first time.moreless

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  • It was decent.

    8.0
    I liked the fact that it was a decent episode. Nothing spectacular and nothing bad. It was pretty much right in the middle for my rating. I must admit that it was somewhat better than I thought it would be. The writing was okay, the comedy was decent, and the plot was good. I especially liked the plot with the guy living inside the store. I always have thought living inside a store would be fun, yet difficult. Reese was okay in this episode, although I have to say that he needs to grow up and stop being such a pain to society. Thank you.moreless
  • I loved it!

    10
    Malcolm finds a man living in Lucky Aid. Because Malcolm has a crush on an employee and the man knows them all, Malcolm lets him stay while he gives information on her. Lois and Malcolm are working the graveyard shift with Craig. Reese's new job is pest control, but the boss makes him spread bugs around hoping to get a call. When he is arrested, Reese gets all the catepillars to himself. He keeps them as pets and is responsible with them. Lois wants Hal to throw them out, but he lets Reese keep them. They turn into butterflies and scare Reese. Dewey gets his own bed for a while since Malcolm is working the graveyard shift. His crush disses him after she thinks he stalked with her because he has all that information.



    This episode was great! The butterflies were cool! That would be kind of cool to live in a store, but also kind of weird. I give this episode a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • Great episode!

    8.7
    Reese takes like a thousand worms to his place and wishes for them to become great and beautiful butterflies after his boss is arrested, but when they do, Reese realizes that they are too many and that they are uncontrolable. Meanwhile, Malcolm finds a guy, Norm, living in the Lucky Aide in order to escape from the world, Malcolm says that he will keep the secret if he keeps helping him with his crush, but when Lois finds out, things turn out to be wrong, and also for Malcolm's crush. It was a cool episode!moreless
  • Love that Norm guy!

    8.4
    What an idea! A man living in the store for over three years! I thought it was original and great. When Malcom finds him behind the balls, then it cuts to commercial I couldn't wait to see what happens!



    What an interesting concept. I thought that it was the best idea of the episode. Of course, Jane K. makes the series though. Another fine example of her acting.

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • In this episode, Dewey said that he is enjoying his own bed for first time, but he also slept alone on "Reese Joins The Army" and in "Reese Apartment" when Reese was gone for few days. And probably in "Academic Octathalon", when Malcolm wasn't at home for few days.

    • The Monarch caterpillars could not have transformed into butterflies in less than a week. In real life, a Monarch caterpillar stays in the chrysalis stage for 10 to 15 days when changing into a butterfly.

    • Goof: Malcolm asks how the man living in the store knows his name, however he is wearing a name tag, so even if the man wasn't living there he would have been able to know that.

    • While there were a few live butterflies used in the close ups of Reese, it is clear that the swarm emerging from the box is CGI.

    • When Reese locks Hal out, why didn't Hal just go to the boy's window and have Dewey let him in?

    • The man living in the Lucky Aide is a plot plucked right from the headlines. There are dozens of filed reports, each a different person, of men and women living in malls, stores, on top of store roofs etc... It is illegal, as Lois rants about, because it is a vagrancy charge. Not to mention most of these cases, as the man in the show has, are charged with stealing electricty to run their appliances; in this case his radio.

    • Craig mentions that he played tic tac toe with a chicken at the county fair, and it beat him 8 times in a row. This is an actual event. The most famous of the chickens (there are 16 others, but she is the best) Ginger, has been booked at casinos everywhere, and often travels the country with fairs. The contest involves the chicken and a wager that if the challenger wins they get $10,000. In the many years that Ginger has been playing, she has lost only 5 times.

    • It is mentioned that Malcolm gives Lois 3/4 of his paycheck. This is actually legal. Parents are allowed to claim, and cash, their children's paychecks until they are 18 or are no longer living in the same house; whichever comes first. A child can file for a waiver of emancipation, but that is only done in extremes involving abuse or other such scenarios.

    • Reese is told to spread caterpillars across lawns and then to leave his boss' business cards. This is called seeding, and is illegal and punishable by a very big fine. It also incurs negative marks with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

    • Lois says that Jamie needs a bath at 6, 8, and before he goes to bed, continuing the cycle of Jamie being very dirty for one reason or another.

    • The butterflies are a species called monarch.

    • At this point, it seems that Reese lost his meat-cutting job. He does regain it next season, though.

    • When Malcolm is slamming things in the kitchen, he takes the things out of the second cupboard and slams it shut, then when putting it back the cupboard is already open.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Malcolm: I guess we have a lot in common. Like loving grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches and Stephen King books. I wouldn't be suprised if you were a big Coldplay fan, too.
      Wendy: (to Malcolm) What the hell are you doing, following me around? ARE YOU STALKING ME?! YOU STAY AWAY FROM ME, CREEP!

    • Wendy: (to Malcolm) Sucks that you have to work the night shift. Now you'll miss the party. Debbie's parents are out of town. Whoa! I've gotta run! Skinny dipping starts at midnight.

    • Reese: These fumes are strong. Can I get one of those paper masks next time?
      Krijak: Do I look like I'm made of money?

    • Malcolm: At what age did you just accept that your life was a piece of rotten garbage and always will be?
      Craig: Twenty-two.

    • Craig: Malcolm, I think you're forgetting the graveyard shift motto: "Who cares?"

    • Hal: (finding Reese taking care of the caterpillars) Oh, crap! I'm too late. You bonded with them, didn't you? Well, welcome to my world. Now you're stuck with feelings of unjustified love for a bunch of ungrateful, mindless, eating machines. See how you like it!

    • Norm: She just wants someone who's honest and straightforward.
      Malcolm: That's great! I'm totally honest and straightforward.
      Norm: Actually, you're more like blunt and aggressive.

    • (Reese is resting on the floor in his room. A Monarch butterfly lands onto his arm.)
      Reese: (gets up) Oh my God... Winston, is that you? Jeez... I thought you were gonna look totally gay as a butterfly but you look amazing! (sees two more butterflies hanging onto him) Harv? ...and Julio! I knew you'd be one of the first; you were always the head of the class.
      (Some more butterflies begin flying around the room, coming out of the box.)
      Reese: This is fantastic! Look at all of you guys! Wow... I forgot how many of you there were... OK, that's a lot of fluttering! That's enough...
      (The room is now full of flapping Monarch butterflies.)
      Reese: Get off of me... GET THE HELL OFF OF ME! (he begins screaming like a maniac as hundreds of butterflies fly around the room like crazy and cover him)

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