Malcolm in the Middle

Season 3 Episode 22


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM May 12, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After saving Hal and Lois from a robber, Reese decides to become a police officer. Meanwhile, Craig enlists the help of a monkey nurse that at first seems to do whatever he wants, but ultimately, he tries to kill him, until Hal comes to the rescue, Malcolm and Dewey face sleep troubles, and Francis and Piama are forced to retire from their home toward a new location.moreless

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  • I liked it!

    Because of Dewey's dog, Craig is now in a body cast and can't function by himself. He hires a monkey to take care of him. Things go awry when the monkey turns evil and tries to kill Craig. Hal stops by and gets sucked into the insanity. After a robber breaks in, Reese stops him with a bat. He becomes a local hero and now uses his violence for "good" as the neighborhood "hall moniter." Dewey has trouble sleeping, which also affects Malcolm. Hal wants to prove he is tough. Francis and Piama move out of Alaska.

    This episode was really good! The monkey thing was dumb though. I'm excited to find out where Francis and Piama are going. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
  • Cool!

    What a cool episode is one of the best episodes, I have ever seen in Malcolm in the Middle is really cool and I kind of like how does Hal wants to be the hero of every thing and I think that is really cool episode and everything and is one of the best finales ever, is really cool episode about the monkey and every thing, is something really cool!
Kenneth Dolin

Kenneth Dolin

Neighborhood Man

Guest Star

Steven Barr

Steven Barr


Guest Star

Thomas Lumberg Jr.

Thomas Lumberg Jr.

Logger Amos

Guest Star

Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger


Recurring Role

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado


Recurring Role

David Anthony Higgins

David Anthony Higgins


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • The helper monkey is a Capuchin monkey. While they are small, they can actually be quite dangerous. Both male and females of the species get violent when they reach sexual maturity if they are not able to mate. Though small, they possess incredible strength in proportion to their size. There are many cases of owners being severely bitten or attacked, even by monkeys they've raised. If they do become aggressive, like all monkeys, they tend to lunge for the face and throat. There have been documented cases of noses and fingers being bitten off. They are quite capable, as was shown in the episode, of wielding objects as weapons. Though it is not the norm, once this monkey began to exhibit violent tendancies, Craig had every reason to be afraid.

    • Hal mentions that the sheets are tucked in tight and it makes getting up difficult. He talks about it to the officers after the break in, and it is shown at time index 9:10 and a few seconds after. It is clearly shown that the sheets are tucked in so tight that he wouldn't have been able to get under them without untucking them, and had to be tucked in after he had already gotten in bed.

    • When the officers are talking to Piama about how the tribal council decided that they had to leave the house, the man in the middle is the same man who played the owner of the totem pole that Francis was obsessed with in a previous episode.

    • It is extremely out of character for Lois to panic during the break in scene at the beginning. It was established in the season 2 episode "Robbery" that Lois has kept her head in robbery situations many times. With someone breaking in their house, it would be more in line with Lois' character for her to have attempted to confront him in some manner.

    • Craig is in the plaster casts because Reese/Malcolm let Dewey's dog chase him out of the house (from the episode "Dewey's Dog").

    • A turning point in the series: Francis and Piama escape from Alaska, leaving Francis's friend Eric behind. Up to this point in the series' run, Eric was Francis's unofficial sidekick and best friend.

    • This is the last time that we see Bernard (Dewey's hamster).

    • Craig's age is mentioned in the newsclipping. He is 36.

    • When Malcolm starts reading from the college dictionary, the first word he reads is "aardvark," where as in most college dictionaries the first word will be "a" or "aardwolf."

    • Reese's Hat: "MPD"

      The hat Reese dons while announcing his intent to become a cop says"MPD." The 'M' might possibly stand for Millbrook, the only town name mentioned in the series.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dewey: What would have happened if Reese didn't knock (the burglar) out?
      Malcolm: He would have seen our TV and stereo and known he made a terrible mistake.

    • Piama: Did you get the job?
      Francis: No. What kind of piano player doesn't know the music to Cabaret?

    • Reese: Looks like someone smashed up your trashcans pretty good. Maybe if you brought them in on time, maybe this kind of thing wouldn't have happened.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Monkey: Plot
      The plot with the monkey is also an allusion to George A. Romero's 1988 film "Monkey Shines." In that film, a quadriplegic man gets a trained monkey to help him; what he doesn't know is that the monkey is part of an experiment (it is a genetically engineered monkey). Soon it begins to develop a rage against its master, and then makes life a living hell for the man by constantly trying to kill him.

    • In the episode Craig and Hal fight an evil monkey.

      In the movie TERROR TRACT(2000, segment 2, Bobo) Bryan Cranston who plays Hal, has a similar experience with a violent monkey.