Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 7

Francis Escapes

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 27, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Francis Escapes
Francis goes AWOL from military school and comes home to get together with his ditzy girlfriend, so they can get away forever. She turns out to be a thief who doesn't pay attention to Francis. So he hides in the backyard while Malcolm (who is the only one who knows he is there) tries to make excuses to Dewey for what's in the backyard.moreless

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  • Francis Escapes

    Francis leaves the academy to be with his girlfriend, who turns out to be very, VERY dumb. And a thief. Malcolm and Reese get in trouble because of all these fake monsters they come up with to Scare Dewey.

    Francis pours his heart out to his girlfriend, only to be shocked and very upset when she dumps him.

    Hal and him have a talk and everything is seemingly back to normal.

    A peculiar episode, it's not my favorite, it has a weird story and doesn't have a lot of funny jokes, but it is very watchable at least, but not one I'd recommendmoreless
  • It was a great episode!

    Francis escapes military school because he misses his girlfriend, Beebee, a lot! He hides in near the creek behind the backyard and Malcolm finds him. Francis tells Malcolm not to tell Lois. Malcom also delivers a message to Beebee to meet Francis. Francis says that he is in love with her. Malcolm slips and tells Lois where Francis is. Beebee breaks up with Francis. Hal takes Francis back to school.

    This was a great episode! I felt really bad for Francis after Beebee broke up with him! It was sad! This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Francis escapes from military school and Lois goes mad to find him...

    This episode was cool but not as much as a wait for it, well the thing is that I think that it was alright giving the fact that this episode could have been worse, I think that this episode tell us about a lot of Francis and I think that this episode is a great episode for this series, is also tells us that the family definitely doesn't trust Reese that Malcolm snitches everytime that Lois is threatening him, and that Dewey is scare of almost everything... I think that this episode was cool.moreless
  • When Francis' phone privelages are revoked, he has to resort to desperate measures

    I never saw Francis as a lovesick teenager and that's what I dislike about this episode because it is a side that doesn't appear very comedic.

    Malcolm ratting on Francis and Dewey thinking Francis was a monster and throwing rocks at him were highlights of the episode as was Lois ruining all the people making out's fun by yelling at the different couples.

    The ending was also very good as you think it would end on a sad note but Hal simply says "I wish I could tell you it gets easier but I can't. I've never been dumped" which doesn't do much for Francis' self-esteem and finishes the episode well even if it was unrealistic for Francis' character.moreless
Lauren Hodges

Lauren Hodges


Guest Star

Haven Hartman

Haven Hartman

Girl Teen

Guest Star

Jade Carter

Jade Carter

Boy Teen

Guest Star

Karim Prince

Karim Prince


Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Dewey has nightmares, Lois thinks that's because boys play Nintendo and she decided to forbid them Nintendo. When Reese said that they are already banned from Nintendo, she decided to take their pillows. But that move has no logic. She didn't forbid them Nintendo because they did something bad and they should be grounded somehow, she did that because of Dewey's nightmares. ? Dewey is screaming because of a monster under the bed, then Malcolm tells us that it was funny when they thought of it, meaning that they were being punished for making up the monster not because Nintendo caused Dewey's nightmares, this is evidenced because she takes Malcolm and Reese's pillows and not Dewey's.

    • When Dewey has nightmares, Lois thinks that's because boys play Nintendo and she decided to forbid them Nintendo. When Reese said that they are already banned from Nintendo, she decided to take their pillows. But that move has no logic. She didn't forbid them Nintendo because they did something bad and they should be grounded somehow, she did that because of Dewey's nightmares.

    • After Lois gets the phone call about Francis, she and Hal are in the kitchen as Hal tries to calm her down. In the background by the telephone we first see three bright yellow cups on hangers. In the course of the conversation first as Lois goes to sit down the far left cup changes to a much clearer color, then after she has sat down the far left cup has disappeared altogether and the middle cup has now changed to the clearer color variety. After Lois stands up all the three original bright yellow cups have returned, and the middle one is swinging noticeably despite everyone having been sat down for some time nowhere near it.

    • Hal and Reese discuss the final level of Mortal Kombat and that Sub-Zero is the final boss to beat. But Sub-Zero isn't on the final level, Shang Tsung is.

    • This is the only episode of the series with the name of Francis in the title.

    • This episode shows the mention of Grandma Ida before episode, "The Grandparents," when Francis says that he will go to live in Canada, and Malcolm asks if he is going to live with Grandma.

    • In this episode, Hal mentions he has never been dumped. But on "Family Reunion," he mentioned to his father that he had a girlfriend who dumped him.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Francis: Good job, dip wad. You got me in the nards.

    • Lois: It's a little recipe I came up. It's Shake-N-Bake, but for pork.
      Hal: Well, that's one for the recipe box. Let's call it... chork.

    • Lois: That's it, you're banned from Nintendo.
      Reese: We're already banned from Nintendo.

    • (car breaks down for a while)
      Lois: MOVE!!
      (car starts working again)

    • Dewey: And then the monster started growling at me, so I threw rocks at him, and I killed him, and then he started flying around on rocket boost, and I got to ride inside his head, and now the monster's my friend, and we went - and we went to get Slurpees.
      Reese: You did not. You just lied.
      Hal: Reese, if that's what Dewey says happened there's no reason to argue about it.
      Reese: No one believes I beat the last level in Mortal Kombat.
      Hal: Because that's just ridiculous. No one beats Sub-Zero.

    • (after finding out Francis escaped)
      Malcolm: Mom, I think he's okay.
      (Lois looks up, Malcolm turns to the screen)
      Malcolm: Uh-oh, tactical error.
      Hal: What do you mean?
      Malcolm: I mean, he's always okay.
      Hal: Malcolm, I know you like Francis as much as we do, so if you have any idea...
      Lois: Oh, for God's sake. (to Malcolm) WHERE IS HE!!!
      Malcolm: He came here to see Beebee. He's meeting her tonight. (to the screen) Oh my God, how did she do that?
      Lois: (gets up) I knew it. When did you talk to him?
      Malcolm: Don't look at her eyes. Don't look at her...
      (Lois grabs Malcolm's head to face towards her)
      Malcolm: ... this morning and Dewey shoved a sandwich in the VCR.
      (Malcolm points to Dewey and he acts surprised)

    • Malcolm: The worst part is, I think I'm stealing panty liners.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Don't Cry" by They May Be Giants
      (Francis heads back to military school)
      "Ziploc" by Lit
      (Francis escapes)

    • Catherine Lloyd Burns (Caroline) doesn't appear in this episode.

    • Cold Open: Lois awakens the boys by opening the shades on a VERY sunny morning, pulling the pillows, and screaming very loudly, as Malcolm complains that his neighbor gets awakened with a kiss on his forehead.