Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 09, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The family gets ready to attend a relative's funeral, which affects Malcolm's plans to spend time with Julie. Upset that everyone doesn't want to go and that no one pulls their own weight around the house, Lois goes on strike. Meanwhile, Reese desperately tries to get the family to attend the funeral so he can get rid of Dewey's expensive birthday present he broke.moreless

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  • Breaking Bad meets Weeds

    this is what i call the episode due to Malcolm's Dad playing walt & the little kid playing Shane Botwin it was nice seeing some foreshadowing and the episode was pretty good and it makes u think if u thought this family is out of control then u haven't seen nothing yet
  • Perfect

    Malcolm does not want to go to his aunt's funeral, instead he wants to go to a concert. Lois tries to teach that they need to go because they are family, but Malcolm refuses. In the end the girl he was going to the concert with runs out and is never seen again, after seeing him in his underwear.

    This was a pretty funny episode. One of the classics from the show. Malcolm was really selfish and it helped to make the episode really funny and well-written. Everybody was in character and this has to be a top 5 for me.moreless
  • Quite funny.

    I have to say that this episode was actually quite good. It wasn't boring, and that is refreshing to say after you see re-runs over and over. I thought this had some funny bits here and there, as well as for some decent writing and hilarious moments at the end. The acting was okay and the plot was average, but I thought that it was really an episode to laugh than to watch. My favorite parts of the show had to be where the family finds out that Reese was going to hide Dewey's Mighty Man. Overall, a good episode. Thank you.moreless
  • Two Words: Loved it.

    I have two words for this great episode: loved it.

    And, one more: Egg.

    That storyline was hilarious, when after the opening credits it show this random kid that Dewey brought in the house, and named him, "Egg." The family calls him Egg after that, and thats pretty funny. Lois tells Dewey to bring him home. But, later in the episode he whos up with a lolipop, and Deweys like, "I try to get rid of him but he keeps on coming back!" And, when he was throwing the silverware around- klassic. Watch this episode, I'm serious. I love it that Egg never speaks, and they're always like, "Quit it, Egg!" or, "Come on Egg!" I'm still laughing.

    10 out of 10, a perfect score from me.moreless
  • Great!

    Lois's great aunt died, so they are all going to a funeral. Nobody wants to go except Reese, who just wants to get rid of some evidence. Malcolm wants to go to a concert with Julie. Dewey brings home a little boy and names him Egg. Lois has enough with everyone's complaints, so she says that everyone can do whatever they want. Francis feels like he's not part of the family. They end up going to the funeral.

    This was a great episode! I like the lesson in this episode. Egg was cool! He is the voice of Nemo and was in the movie, How to Eat Fried Worms! I knew I recognized him from somewhere! This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould


Guest Star

Paulo Andres

Paulo Andres

Man At Funeral

Guest Star

Landry Allbright

Landry Allbright

Julie Hooverman

Guest Star

Will Jennings

Will Jennings


Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Malcolm: I think is time to move to plan B: lying.
      (switches to the kitchen)
      Lois: What book report?
      Malcolm: I just remembered. I have a big book report due tomorrow, and I haven't even started reading it. (to the camera) Standard technique. You volunteer a small crime to distract them from looking for the big one.
      Lois: So what's the report on?
      Malcolm: "A Tale of Two Cities."
      Lois: Oh, how many words?
      Malcolm: 750.
      Lois: Was that on your assignment sheet?
      Malcolm: No, it's an addendum.
      Lois: When did you get that?
      Malcolm: Thursday. I didn't bring it home. That's why I forgot to do the assignment. (to the camera) Oh, nice one.
      Lois: Well, I suppose that if it's school work.
      Malcolm: (to the camera) That's the mislead. Wait for the reverse.
      Lois: "A Tale of Two Cities." Who's that by?
      Malcolm: Charles Dickens.
      Lois: Oh, I thought it was Victor Hugo.
      Malcolm: No, it's Dickens.
      Lois: Is that the one with Jean Valjean?
      Malcolm: That's "Les Miserables."
      Lois: No, no. Isn't "A Tale of Two Cities" the one with Jean Valjean, where he says: "It's a far, far, bettering thin I do..." right before he steals the loaf of bread?
      Malcolm: No. Sidney Carton says that before they behead him.
      Lois: I thought you hadn't read it.
      Malcolm: What? No, I said I hadn't written it.
      Lois: And when is it due?
      Malcolm: Tomorrow, I told you.
      Lois: On "Les Miserables?"
      Malcolm: Yes. No. "A Tale of Two Cities."
      Lois: Which you haven't read yet.
      Malcolm: Right.
      Lois: But you just said you did.
      Malcolm: No. I-I said I didn't... and then you said... it was Thursday, and... (shouting angrily) Look, I just don't want to go to this stupid funeral!

    • Malcolm (to Stevie): Before you say anything, just remember we're best friends. So that doesn't stop me from kicking your ass.
      Stevie: Way to go, homieo!

    • (Lois walks in the kitchen and watches Egg eating cereal)
      Lois: Who is that boy?
      Reese: How am I supposed to know?
      Lois: Hal...
      Hal: I don't know.

    • Lois: (whispering to Francis on a cell phone) Yeah, Francis. Your father's giving a speech and it's actually kind of good.
      Man at Funeral: Can I have my phone back?
      Lois: (to the man) I'm almost done, sweetie. (back on the phone) Oh, Aunt Helen looks just lovely.
      (Reese has his nose on the wall as a punishment, then he turns around)
      Lois: (yelling) YOU TURN RIGHT BACK AROUND, MISTER!!!!
      (everyone looks at her)
      Lois: (back on the phone, whispering again) You'll never guess what Reese did.

    • Reese: As for Aunt Helen, no one knows what I would have done at that funeral because we're not going.
      Lois: Who says we're not going?
      Reese: You did!
      Lois: Well, you can guess again! You are going to march up to that coffin and apologize to that poor dead woman!

    • Malcolm: (goes up to the record player, turns it off, and yells to Hal) How could you let her see me in my underwear??!!!

    • Lois: I have had it! From now on, no one has to do anything. We could all just do whatever we want. And I want to take a bubble bath!!
      Hal: Fine!
      (they both walk away)
      Malcolm: So, that's a yes on the concert?!

    • Dewey: (pours some juice) Darn it, darn it, darn it. Mom, I spilled.
      Lois: So, clean it up!

    • Malcolm: Oh, great, Mom guilt!

    • Malcolm: Mom, I can't wear Reese's hand-me-downs. Look at this, Jell-o in the pockets, the fly's broken, and it smells like wet dog.
      Lois: You should be glad he only wore it the one time.

    • Lois: Egg! Cut it out!
      Francis: Who is Egg?
      Lois: Oh, he's a new boy in the house.
      Francis: What?!

    • Reese: Oh, Mom, a dead suit. (pause) Cool, a dead suit!

    • Hal: Hey, you're taking a backpack to the funeral.
      Reese: My back gets cold.
      Hal: Fair enough.

    • Lois: Francis, I really can't talk to you right now. We're on our way to Aunt Helen's funeral.
      Francis: Aunt Helen died?
      Lois: Well, I sure hope so. We're going to her funeral.

    • Hal: I have to get my speech ready, anyway.
      Lois: Honey, you know you don't have to talk at every funeral we go to.
      Hal: I wish that were true. You see how people look to me when they ask if somebody has a few words to say?
      Lois: They're not looking to you; they're looking at you.
      Hal: To, at... what's the difference?

    • Lois: Did you call that girl?
      Malcolm: Yes, I called her. I called her and told her I couldn't go to the concert, and now she's probably going to invite someone else.
      Lois: Well, Malcolm, I'm sorry that my mother's sister - the woman who took care of me every day after school - had to die and incovenience your social life.

    • Dewey: Cats ate her face.
      Francis: (on the phone) I think you're confused, I'm talking about Aunt Helen.
      Dewey: Cats ate her face.
      Francis: Just put Mom or Dad on.
      (Dewey puts Hal on)
      Francis: What happened to Aunt Helen?
      Hal: Cats ate her face, but Dewey knows more about it than I do.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cold Open: Malcolm is reading a story to the class, while everyone, including the teacher, are mesmerized . As soon as the story ends, everyone applauds, and says what a great job he did. Stevie can't help but make a jab at him.

    • Hal tells Dewey that it's just a myth that hair continues to grow after death, but rather that the head shrinks. He is technically correct; as the body desiccates—dries—the skin contracts exposing more of the hair shaft.