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Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 21


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 23, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Malcolm creates a group of anti-prom students, to create a Morp, which is going to be held in the school basement on prom night.Reese gets paid by a girl to take her to the prom which includes a makeover and being taught to be a nice person. Dewey discovers there aren't any childhood pictures of him, so he concocts an elaborate scavenger hunt to punish Hal and Lois.moreless

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  • great

    Malcolm and some unpopular kids plan an anti-prom which they call morp. Reese is paid to go to prom with a girl, and at home, Dewey is mad when he discovers there aren't any baby pictures of him, so he decides to teach Hal and Lois a lesson.

    Good episode. Reese was pretty funny, the guy at the morp taking off all his clothes was funny, and so was the ending (what, Dewey, did you expect Hal and Lois wouldn't punish you, after all you made them go through?). Pretty good penultimate episode of the show, I give it a B or so as a grade.moreless
  • Prom Morp

    Reese gets asked to the prom by a smart girl. She is only doing it because she wants to have a social life. She even pays Reese. He does it and he treats her very well. She realizes that she may like him, but when midnight comes, Reese turns into his old self. Dewey feels neglected, so he takes Hal's wallet and makes Lois and Hal go on a wild goose chase. Malcolm plans a Morp, an anti-prom, to show the outsiders that they can still have fun. It doesn't go as planned when the popular people apologize and everyone goes to the prom except him and another guy. Dewey wants Hal and Lois to treat Jamie with care, unlike they did to him.

    This episode was great! I wish Reese wasn't like that at the end, although I had a feeling he would be. I think they would've been good together! I recognized Adam Rose from Aliens in America. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
  • Malcolm comes up with an alternative party to the prom for the unpopular kids, Reese dates a girl for pay, and Dewey creates an elaborate scavenger hunt to punish his parents for their neglectful treatment of him.moreless

    This episode was very funny and entertaining, like all of the Malcolm in the Middle episodes were. I found it interesting that Reese actually knew how to act like a civilized guy when there was money involved for doing so. I found the idea of having a morp (prom spelled backwards, a party Malcolm came up with for the unpopular kids) was very creative. (And I mean creative of the writers, not Malcolm, as the party was terrible, but amusing to see!) I also thought little details of the show were clever, as always, such as how everything about the school was crappy, including having asbestos in it, and how Hal and Lois didn't even know what grade Dewey was in. Little details like this make the show the perfect satire. My favorite part was the Dewey part, probably just because Dewey is my favorite character. I liked his righteous indignation towards his parents for not having any photos of him because they hadn't bothered to take any. The best part of the show was when the scavenger hunt ended up at a party Dewey had thrown for Jamie at a kiddy type restaurant. He told Hal and Lois that it was too late for his childhood, but that it wasn't too late for Jamie's. He then gave them a camera he bought and told them they now had no excuse for not photographing every important event in Jamie's life, starting that night with his party. It was very heartwarming, both in Dewey's altruism towards his little brother and in Jamie's delight at the party. I am glad Dewey has turned out to be a loving and protective older brother, (as especially shown in this episode and Mono) instead of a mean one beating on Jamie, because I had always thought if Dewey picked on Jamie it would be very out of character for Dewey.moreless
  • One of the best episodes this season.

    This is truly a classic Malcolm in the Middle season 7 episode. Reese changing his character was nice for a while, but everyone knew he'd change back. Malcolm and the underground prom was a creative change of pace for the "unpopular" students attending high school. But I especially enjoyed Dewey's scavenger hunt that ended up at a party for Jamie. Heartwarming, heartwarming stuff.

    This episode one of the best of Season 7, but it was not that so great I was expecting, I wish that the next and final episode of Malcolm in the Middle is a lot more better than this one. Anyway, this episode was very, very funny and it a very great episode.

    Too bad, Malcolm is turning into an end.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • One of the places Hal goes to while trying to get the contents of his wallet back is the Circus Burger, where Reese worked at briefly earlier in the series.

    • Caitlin Crosby, who plays Kelly, one of the popular kids in school also appeared in Season 5-2 "Watching the Baby." In that episode, she was Joanne, one of the 3 girls who went to Malcolm's house to ask him, Reese, and Stevie to the prom because their boyfriends ditched them. Ironically, that episode also involved the prom.

    • Hal tries to make Dewey happy about his childhood memory, so he created himself some artwork and pretended that Dewey made it in his first years in school to make him happy. Unfortunately, Dewey notices a picture of Grandma Ida without a leg and that she lost it a year ago, which refers to "Ida Loses a Leg."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Heather: I have an idea for refreshments. What if we get a big punch, and then we all drink punch. You know, ironically.

    • (Reese stuffing a boy in a locker)
      Boy: It wasn't me who threw that pudding at you!
      Reese: Well, you should have thought of that before you started looking like the guy who did!

    • Malcolm: AJ, you can't be serious.
      AJ: Hey, it took guts for those girls to come down here and apologize. And I'd like to think I'm big enough to be able to admit I'd like to have sex with one of them.

    • Hal: Ah, my driver's license. We're getting closer.
      Lois: Look at that. He drew a mustache on you.
      Hal: No, I did that. I wanted to see how it looked.

    • Dewey: Sorry, Dad, I don't know what to say. Wait a minute. Here's a drawing I did of Grandma.
      Hal: And it's beautiful. You did a really good job with her whiskey bottle.
      Dewey: I also have her missing a leg. Interesting, since she didn't lose it until last year.
      Hal: Dewey, if you're trying to tell me that you can predict the future...
      Dewey: So you're neglectful, and you think I'm an idiot. That's nice. (walks away)
      Hal: I-I spent spent over an hour on this rainbow, Dewey! You're not an easy boy to love, you know!

    • Carla: That's inspired. (reads poster) "A Night to Cherish"? It makes last year's "A Night to Remember" seem so shallow.
      Kelly: Yeah, I wouldn't expect you to show up, anyway, Carla. You'll probably be home alone in your room, listening to Morrissey and gouging out the eyes of models in Vogue magazine.
      Carla: Aw, does this mean we're not best friends anymore?

    • Lois: Well, here is poor, neglected Dewey having a great time at SeaWorld.
      Dewey (looking at photo): It's so blurry, I can't even tell that's me.
      Hal: Well, you can't prove it's not.

    • Lois: That was a good thing you did, son.
      Dewey: Thanks.
      Lois: Enjoy the cake. That's the last thing you're going to eat in a long time that hasn't been dipped in sardine juice.
      (Dewey looks shocked while Lois takes a picture)
      Lois: Hey! Finally, a picture for your memory book. (puts a birthday hat on Dewey)

    • Hal: That is a really nice camera. How could you afford... ? (remembering Dewey took his wallet and money) Right.

    • (everyone leaves to go to the prom while leaving the morp)
      Malcolm: You can't just let them say "I'm sorry" after 12 years of treating us like crap! Wait a minute. they never even said "sorry!" This is a trap! These are the same people who made fun of your clothes all through school, and laughed at your haircuts, and called you Malcolm-Balcolm! You'll be sorry!
      Naked Guy (goes up to Malcolm): Finally, now we've got some breathing room in here.
      (Malcolm looks disgusted)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Christopher Kennedy Masterson (Francis) does not appear in this episode.

    • Cold Open: Malcolm complains that he was up all night studying for finals, and Reese laughs saying he slept like a baby. Malcolm asks what he is doing when he sees him taping paper to sunglasses. Reese says he wants to get the answers right, forgetting that he won't be able to see to walk.

    • Featured Music:
      "Beat of My Heart" by Hilary Duff
      "Stickwitu" by The Pussycat Dolls
      "Random" by Lady Sovereign
      "I Got You" (I Feel Good) by James Brown
      "Currently" by Keaton Simons
      "Helicopter" by Bloc Party
      "Clampdown" by The Clash