Malcolm in the Middle

Season 4 Episode 11

Long Drive

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 02, 2003 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • The song sung by Hal's group is an actual song called "Charlie on the M.T.A" It was written in 1949 about the Boston Transit Sytem concerning paying an 'exit fare' when getting off at particular platforms. This is why Charlie "never returned" because he didn't have the nickel needed to leave his destination platform. So he must "ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston."

      Here are part of the lyrics:

      Let me tell you the story Of a man named Charlie On a tragic and fateful day He put ten cents in his pocket, Kissed his wife and family Went to ride on the MTA Charlie handed in his dime At the Kendall Square Station And he changed for Jamaica Plain When he got there the conductor told him, "One more nickel." Charlie could not get off that train. Did he ever return, No he never returned And his fate is still unlearn'd He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston He's the man who never returned.

    • Malcolm's seat belt changes from on to off the first scene with him and his mom in the car. When it's a shot from the front it's on...but when it's a shot from the side (from the driver's/mom side) you can see that the part of the seat belt that's going across is now behind Malcolm, instead of on him like it was a second ago. This changes back and forth.

  • Quotes

    • Dewey: (to Hal) How come you're always in back?

    • Malcolm: What are we gonna talk about for three hours?
      Lois: Sex.
      (Malcolm looks around in horror and Lois locks the car door)

    • Hal: Reese is in jail.
      Dewey: (eagerly) For how long?
      Hal: A few hours.
      Dewey: (disappointed) Oh...

    • Malcolm: Nicki's such a good liar. That's good in a girlfriend, right?

    • Samuel: So we need to get a few of the ground rules straight. I own you! You are my property. And you should know, I don't take very good care of my things.

    • Reese: You know. I just figured something. You're in here for life. Why should I be scared of you?

  • Notes

    • Cold Open: Reese and Malcolm are locked out of the house and Malcolm picks up a rock which has a hide-a-key, but Reese just grabs it and breaks the window.

    • This episode's proper title is "Sex Drive", as a pun on a term for Libido. Where the term "sex" is deemed inappropriate, the episode uses the alternate title of "Long Drive" (as it was in its first airing) despite the numerous references to sex in the episode.

  • Allusions