Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 06, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Parallel stories pit Malcolm against Kevin, a bullying, obnoxious new kid who goads Malcolm into beating him up; and Francis vies with his intimidating military-school commandant, who's presenting sex-education lectures. When Malcolm discovers that Kevin is only seven, he is guilt-stricken and tries to make amends by entering a charity marathon race. Meanwhile, Hal chops down the front-yard tree, alienating the neighbors (who can now see the house) but fascinating his sons with the wood-chipper.moreless

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  • Pizza kid.

    Malcolm ended up punching a 7 year old boy. Normally I would say that it was a crying shame for him to do such a thing, but that kid was a pest. I don't blame Malcolm for doing what he did, although he probably should have pushed him down instead of beat on him continuously. I thought that the writing was good, but the comedy was better. I could have done without all the guilt trips from Malcolm as it really became a dragging occurance. Overall, I have to say that this was a great episode and entertaining to a point. Thank you.moreless
  • Malcolm Beats Up Kevin

    Malcolm is constantly irritated by a new kid at school named Kevin. So Kevin takes this too far and Malcolm beats him up, hard... only to learn the kid is actually 7 and is tall for his age. Now Malcolm is really upset because he beat up a poor 7-year old. He tries to get over his extreme guilt, and in the end, Lois helps him get over it and he feels much better.

    Not a favorite episode but it was a decent story and had some good parts. I wouldn't recommend it, one of my least favorites from the earlier yearsmoreless
  • Great episode!

    Malcolm gets really annoyed with a kid named Kevin, so he beats him up. It turns out that it was Kevin's seventh birthday, so Malcolm feels really bad. Kevin did not look seven at all, he looked older than Malcolm! Malcolm tries to do good stuff to weight out what he did. Hal cuts down the tree in the front yard after Dewey falls...again. Francis tries to spice up the sex talk that the commander is giving by putting in funny slides.

    This was a great episode! The only thing is that the commander's talk and slides were true about sex. The last part was so hilarious! Malcolm's conscience was good! This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • Not one of my favorite episodes.

    This episode is not a very good Malcolm in the middle episode. There isn't much suspense like there is in other episodes. In Shame, Malcolm is encountered by a bully in school, who is always teasing him, and is extremely arrogant. Malcolm gets tired of it, so he takes a stand, pushes the bully to the ground, and starts beating him up. When the bully goes to the nurse, she tells him that the kid is only 7 years old. Malcom then feels reaaly guilty that he beat up a 7 year old. When he comes home and tells his family about the incident, he expects to be punished, but instead they all just laugh, and because of that, Malcolm can't stop feeling guilty. So he starts to run a charity race, but trips over the starting line. Poor Malcolm. Meanwhile, Malcolm's Dad is chopping down the tree in their front yard, and Dewey and his brother are amazed to watch the wood chopper, and so all three of them bring in various objects from the house and chop them into bits.moreless
  • ....Malcolm is ashamed of his family...

    Well, I think that this episode will be much better, but it was not, unlike many episodes of Season 1 there was not as much laugh, but it was still interesting. This episode is OK, but I particuraly like more the part between the corpse and Francis and all the burial and every thing that is most hilarious that the family part, but still I think that this episode was really good...moreless
Robert Grovich

Robert Grovich


Guest Star

Paul Willson

Paul Willson


Guest Star

Adam Hendershott

Adam Hendershott

Cadet Adam

Guest Star

Daniel Von Bargen

Daniel Von Bargen

Edwin Spangler

Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor


Recurring Role

Karim Prince

Karim Prince


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (After Malcolm beats up Kevin, he finds out the shocking truth about Kevin in the nurse's office...)
      Malcolm: What do you mean he's only seven?!
      Nurse: What's not to understand? He just turned seven. I guess you were too busy beating people to notice!
      Malcolm: He CAN'T be seven. He's bigger than I am!
      Nurse: He's in second grade! (cleaning up Kevin) Look at all this blood...
      Malcolm: That's not blood, it's pizza sauce! Well that's blood, but...
      (Caroline Miller enters the nurse's office...)
      Caroline: Oh my God... OH MY GOD! What happened?
      Kevin: (bawling) I want my Teletubby!
      Malcolm: A doll?! You can't play with dolls if you're seven... WHY ARE YOU SEVEN?!
      Caroline: You beat up a seven-year-old?
      Malcolm: I didn't know!
      Caroline: Malcolm, I don't blame you. I put this squarely where it belongs... (close to tears) On me!
      Malcolm: (to camera) Oh, man. This is the most horrible thing I've ever done! (to Kevin) Kevin, I'm sorry!
      Nurse: I think you've done quite enough.
      Kevin: This is the worst birthday ever!

    • (Malcolm has just beaten up a seven-year-old)
      Malcolm: I did something horrible. Don't you even care?
      Hal: Well, it's nothing to be proud of son, but you told us the whole story and he didn't give you much choice. It was a honest beating mistake.
      Reese: Besides it sends a good message to our enemies.
      Malcolm: What are you talking about? What enemies?
      Reese: Oh, they're out there. And once they know we're capable of this they'll know were capable of anything.

    • Stevie: What is that?
      Malcolm: I don't know. All I can identify are pieces of carrot, and, I don't know, I think they're Skittles.

    • Dewey: I hate my brothers. I only like me!

    • (The boys conclude their funeral for their pet frog by shooting it up on a firework rocket, which can be heard exploding off-screen.)
      Reese: May he rest in pieces.
      All Boys: Amen.

    • Ed: Now we can see your house!
      Lois: Well, let me tell you something, Ed. As far as I'm concerned, you and the neighbors should all just... (starts acting like a monkey)
      Hal: That goes double for me. I want you all off our property, or I'll... (acts like a monkey, too, as well as Dewey and Reese)
      Malcolm: How could they act like this? (scratches armpit then quits and realized what he just did)

    • Malcolm: I can't stop thinking about what I did to Kevin. I feel like crap, and no one understands. Even you. You're supposed to be my friend and you don't even care.
      Stevie: And yet... you keep... talking.

    • Hal: What's going on here?
      Ed: You've caused a blight by cutting down that tree.
      Hal: How is cutting down a tree a blight?
      Ed: Because now we can see your house.

    • Commandant Spangler: I think you'll enjoy my sexual awareness lecture next week. It's been called riveting.
      Cadet Adam: It sure worked wonders for me, sir. The only woman I can think of without vomiting is my own mother.
      Commandant Spangler: As it should be, son, as it should be.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Monster" by They Might Be Giants

    • Bryan Cranston and Daniel Von Bargen also appeared together in the episode "The Strike" of Seinfeld.

    • Cold Open: The boys hold a sermon for their dead pet frog and at the end it is showed to be tied to a small rocket. Malcolm puts the rocket in the ground next to Hal, who apparently has been sitting next to them all along reading a paper. Hal lights the rocket with a lighter and it takes off.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Commandant Spangler (Daniel Von Bargen).