Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 20, 2000 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Malcolm sleeps over at Stevie's house and, appalled at his over-protected lifestyle, persuades him to sneak out to a late-night games arcade - where Stevie's wheelchair is stolen. Meanwhile, Francis copes with a bullying group of cadets by telling them home tales about real intimidation -- by Lois.moreless

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  • Sleepover

    Malcolm spends the night at Stevie's, but his overprotective parents prompts malcolm to take him to the video game arcade. While there however, Stevie's wheelchair is stolen. Now Malcolm and Stevie have to find it so they do not get into any trouble.

    Reese wants to stay up all night to watch a Chucky movie. Lois says he can, if he puts Dewey to bed. In the end Reese crashes.

    A group of older cadets is making life Hell for people at Marlin Academy. Who's next? Francis.

    A pretty funny episode with a line near the end that always seems to crack me up.moreless
  • I loved it!

    Malcolm goes to a sleepover at Stevie's house. It's the first time that Stevie has had a sleepover. His parents are super strict and don't even let Malcolm and Stevie make a model dinosaur. They have to be in bed before 8 and they only have 4 minutes to chat before falling asleep. Oh, I'm sorry, Stevie's dad said that he knows what it's like to be a guy, so he sets the timer to 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Of course, Malcolm wants to have some real fun, so he and Stevie sneak out and go to an arcade. Stevie's wheelchair is stolen. When Stevie and Malcolm get it back and head home, the police are at Stevie's house and Malcolm runs away. Francis is tired of these bullies at the military school, so he stands up to them. Reese wants to watch an R-rated movie, so Lois agrees only if he gives Dewey a bath and puts him to bed. Lois and Hal spend their precious time alone together.

    This was a great episode! Man, I would hate to have Stevie's parents! Talk about strict!! This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Malcolm and Stevie snick out from Stevie's house in order to go to an arcade, but it all turns bad when someone steals Stevie's wheelchair.

    I think that this episode was one of the best episodes of the season, because Malcolm and Stevie sneak out in order to go on and I think that this episode was not that bad and I think that this episode was actually really good indeed, and the first time that I see Stevie doing something that is against the rules...

    Besides, Reese tries to make Dewey to go to bed in order to watch the movie of Chucky, but Dewey ends up watching it instead, I think that this episode was really cool indeed and I think that it should have gotten a better score.

    It was funny!moreless
  • As the title suggests, there's a sleepover involved!

    This is the first episode to have Stevie as a main character as he is crucial to Malcolm's plot in this episode where he sleeps over at Stevie's overprotective parents' house and helps him escape for the night.

    I had to deal with no television and unreasonable bedtimes at an embarrassing age but I never had to deal with alarms being installed in my room to ensure that I couldn't escape and this episode definitely does exaggerate the idea of overprotective parents which makes it so funny.

    Whether it be Francis stating that his mother would always be a greater evil than the "cult" or Malcolm stealing the guard's chair, this episode is definitely entertaining.moreless
Sheff Otis

Sheff Otis


Guest Star

Chad Brannon

Chad Brannon


Guest Star

Scotch Ellis Loring

Scotch Ellis Loring


Guest Star

Arjay Smith

Arjay Smith


Recurring Role

Karim Prince

Karim Prince


Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In Francis's flashbacks, the picture that Lois points to, of Francis coming out of her feet first, is actually a picture of a man with a baby on his lap.

    • It is revealed that Hal is afraid of scary puppets.

    • In the cold opener, when Lois gets upset and gathers the family to take a picture, we see Hal change the background from the beach to autumn leaves. We see Malcolm and Reese go to the photo booth, but when Dewey arrives there, the background is back to the beach (without Hal anywhere near the background to change it). Then at the next shot, the background is back at autumn leaves. We can infer that the opener was taken in separate shots.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Malcolm: Your parents need to cut you some slack.
      Stevie: They just want me safe.
      Malcolm: No, they want you to be four.

    • Malcolm: Stevie, are you okay?
      Stevie: I... can't... feel... my legs.
      Malcolm: That's not funny.

    • Malcolm: You think we can order some pizza?
      Stevie: Mom's making... pizza. Cheeseless... sauceless pizza.
      Malcolm: That's just bread.
      Stevie: Pizza... bread.

    • Lois: (answering phone) Hello. (hears heavy breathing) Hello? Listen, pervert, this is the third time you've called. I have just about had it with...
      Stevie: Is Malcolm... there?
      Lois: Oh. Hi, Stevie. Sorry.

    • Malcolm: Somebody stole my friend's wheelchair.
      Security Guard: What's it look like?
      Malcolm: (annoyed) It's a chair... with wheels.

    • Francis: (on the phone) Mom, Dad. Sorry I gotta whisper, but I'm calling from inside a washing machine... Oh, hey guys. What are you doing with those quarters? No! NO!

    • Francis: Finley, what are you doing in the cupboard?
      Cadet Finley: Poquito Cabeza!
      Francis: Get out of there, man.
      Finley: I can't. I've been marked by the Brothers of the Apocalypse.
      Francis: (scoffs) Brothers of the Apocalypse. It's pathetic. They're five seniors with limited imaginations.
      Finley: Easy for you to say, You've got Stanley protecing you, and you're not holding Poquito Cabeza.
      Francis: Would you stop saying "Poquito Cabeza" so much?
      Finley: I can't. Uh, could you turn in my math homework?
      Francis: (erasing Finley's name and writing his own) Poor Finley. He's good at math, right?

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