Malcolm in the Middle

Season 2 Episode 24


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM May 13, 2001 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • While Francis is in the diner, you can see Dewey in the background on the television screen (upper left of the screen) on what appears to be a news broadcast that says Toxic Orphan.

    • In a flashback scene, Francis says "Now we know, pigs can swim, cows can't". Cows can, in fact, swim.

  • Quotes

    • Hal: Is that pepper spray?
      Cadet Edwards: I also have a whistle and I'm prepared to use that as well.

    • Malcolm: What are you gonna do? Spank me?
      Lois: Okay. (grabs Malcolm and spanks him lightly, Malcolm is embarrassed)

    • Reese: I guess when people are miserable and suffering, it brings out the best in me.

    • Malcolm: We could all die!
      Lois: When that happens, you're off the hook. But until then, I want those buns on that cot.

    • Reese: That'd be so cool! "My name is Reese, what are you lookin' at?"

    • Reese: Mmm, ice cream. What a wonderful unexpected treat, for SOME of us.
      Malcolm: Yes, Reese. You get ice cream and I don't. Thank you for subtlety illustrating that point.
      (door bell rings)
      Hal: I'll get it.
      Reese: Mmm, sprinkles. Aren't those you're favorite, Malcolm?
      Malcolm: I'm rubbing my butt on your pillowcase.

    • (the family tries to get Malcolm's attention)
      Malcolm: I can't. I'm not supposed to leave my cot.

    • Dewey: I can smell colors!

    • (Dewey and Hal are driving to dump, singing to the tune of "A Partridge in a Pear Tree")
      Dewey & Hal: When we get to the garbage dump, this is what we'll see.
      Dewey: Five broken toilets.
      Hal: Four flaming cheeseburgers.
      Dewey: Three fat maggots.
      Hal: Two giant rats.
      Dewey & Hal: And a stench that will buckle your knees.

    • Police Guard: If I wasn't in full uniform I'd take a swing at you myself.

    • Hal: Now you two are going to apologize for what you have just done.
      Dewey: We're sorry we left the couch on the tracks and broke the train.
      Person: Oh for the love of God.

    • Man: This is ridiculous. The man before me didn't have to pay this much.
      Reese: It's a cold, hard world. It's getting colder by the minute.
      Man: (rips watch off) You're an evil, little punk.
      Reese: (shakes finger in what man just said) Uh, uh. Now it's socks, too.

    • Lady with Chocolate: I'd be happy to give you some, but you should really ask your parents first.
      Dewey: I can't. They're dead. They were killed by the cloud. Can I have some?

  • Notes

    • Cold Open: The boys have Dewey try to beat a record of riding the washing machine spin cycle like a mechanical bull.

    • First time ever that Malcolm one-ups Lois, as her and the rest of the family is stuck outside while he remains inside while still "grounded."

    • Reagen Dale Neis would later appear in year four as Nicki, Malcolm's sociopathic girlfriend.

  • Allusions