Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 10

Stock Car Races

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 02, 2000 on FOX
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Stock Car Races
Malcolm is upset about having to dance in front of the school with the other Krelboynes, so he decides to ditch school. But when Hal convinces him that taking him to school will be the highlight of his day, Malcolm feels guilty and goes. The boys are shocked though when Hal tells them they aren't going to school. He takes them to the racetrack to see the last race of the best driver ever Rusty Malcolm. After two laps, the boys decide to get some cokes. While arguing over who should watch him though, the boys lose Dewey and enter a forbidden room, only to be caught by a security guard. Meanwhile, Francis' disobedience affects the rest of the cadets.moreless

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  • Stock Car Races

    Malcolm, Dewey and Reese go to stock car races with Hal to see driver Rusty Malcolm {whom our Malcolm was named after}. But the boys get bored and so they go get soda and food. But they go in a forbidden room and get caught.

    Lois discovers a whole lot of secrets that each of the boys {including Francis} have been hiding for quite some time. She also discovers that Malcolm has been ditching school.

    In the end, when Hal and the boys get home, they are in big trouble for all they have done that Lois found.

    A pretty funny episodemoreless
  • Funny and adventurous.

    When Hal takes the boys to "School", he actually takes them to a racecar-thingy. Dewey gets lost when he boys are agruing over who to watch him, and then Malcolm and Reese go into a forbiddon room. Great plot, huh?

    First of all, I like to say my favorite part, and my fav part was when they show Dewey walking across the track, and Hal's looking the other way. Everyone's like, "Oh, no!" But when Dewey crosses the track safely, Hal turns around saying, "What, What?" and he never noticed that Dewey was down there.

    Plus, in this episode, Reese showed some major stupidity.

    This was a review by AangPhantom, giving this episode a 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Pretty good!

    Hal takes Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey to a stock car race instead of school. When Lois loses her pay check, she starts cleaning like crazy! Francis gets in trouble for smoking and then gets a snake which causes more trouble. Malcolm and Reese get into trouble at the race while Dewey gets lost. Caroline tells Lois that Malcom has been ditching school.

    This was a pretty good episode! I think that it would be cool to ditch school one day, but not to go to a stock car race. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Great episode..

    This episode is OK, I think so because it is about the stupid plot that it has. In order to escape from embarrasment, Malcolm decides to ditch school but instead Hal takes them to the car races, and that brings a lot of trouble around, and that it is just really cool and I think that this episode is also really, really great, one of the best episodes, and I enjoy watching it.moreless
  • We find out Malcolm is named after Rusty Malcolm (took Hal three boys to win that arguement)

    There are too many priceless moments in this episode to list them all but I'll list the main ones:

    Hal: Well, this plain hurts my feelings

    The security guard willing to let "Kevin" and "Clyde" go until Reese hits him

    Dewey crossing the race track "road"

    Lois keeping a pile of blackmailable/punishable items around the house

    Like father, like son: Hal's attitudre towards the secrity guard.

    The plots are definitely well written with easily lost Dewey, Hal's Rusty Malcolm obsession, Malcom and Reese's stock car adventure and Lois teaching Malcolm's teacher the true path to discipline and putting all those plots in the one episode was brilliant.moreless
Joel McKinnon Miller

Joel McKinnon Miller

Off. Karl

Guest Star

Scott Turney

Scott Turney

Guy in Grandstands

Guest Star

Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson

Tough Cadet #1

Guest Star

Daniel Von Bargen

Daniel Von Bargen

Edwin Spangler

Recurring Role

Karim Prince

Karim Prince


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Hal: All right, men. Well, I hope you all learned something today, huh?
      Malcolm (to the camera): I learned my dad is capable to doing something cool. I'm not saying violence is cool, but that was cool! I always wondered where we got it from.

    • Caroline: Well, at least you have your home and your family. All I come home to every night are three howling cats and Bob.
      Lois: Who's Bob?
      Caroline: My showerhead.
      (Caroline & Lois both crack up)

    • Lois (on the phone): Well, honey, here's the thing. Right now, you are actually better off being as far away from me as possible.
      Francis: But...
      Lois: Aw, you're gonna have to trust me on this, Francis, or, uh, should I say... (looks at a fake ID) Olaf Mortenson of Wheatville, Montana.
      (Francis hangs up)

    • Malcolm: It actually was pretty b*tchin'. I'm totally getting one of these for Christmas.

    • Lois (finds firecrackers): Firecrackers. Malcolm. (finds a porn magazine) Haha, I'm gonna say Reese. (puts the two aside on the table) Three rooms to go and already I have enough evidence to ground them for life.

    • Hal: You know you were named after Rusty, Malcolm.
      Malcolm: I was?
      Hal: Yes, sir-iee. Took me two kids to win that article.

    • Hal: You see, this is Rusty's last race ever. He's retiring. So I wanted to share him with you before he went so you could see for yourselves how much you can accomplish in this world with a little persistence and determination.
      Guy: (behind him) Did you read that article about him getting a divorce?
      Hal: Shut your filthy mouth?!

    • Reese: I have an idea.
      Malcolm: Reese, no. Whatever is it, don't.
      (Officer Carl enters the room)
      Officer Carl: Well, I guess you boys had some time to think about what you've done.
      Malcolm: Yes, sir.
      Officer Carl: Look, kids, I used to be your age and I know how temptative a place like that can be, and you don't seem to be in any major harm, so I decided to let you off...
      (Reese punches officer and goes running to the door)
      Malcolm: You idiot!

    • (cold opener - Malcolm and Reese are watching cartoons; Dewey gets in front of the TV)
      Reese: What are you looking at, monkey boy?
      Dewey: (hits himself) Ow! Ow! Ow! Reese!
      Reese: What are you doing?
      Dewey: (continues hitting himself) Ow! Help! Ow! Mom, help!
      Reese: Cut it out!
      Dewey: Ow! Ow! It hurts! Ow!
      Reese: KNOCK IT OFF, YOU LITTLE...
      Lois: (from the other room) REESE!! (approaches them) What the heck are you doing? Honest to God, you can't leave him alone for 5 MINUTES WITHOUT PICKING ON HIM!!!
      Reese: I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING!!
      Lois: NO!
      Reese: HE WAS LYING!!
      (Dewey takes Reese's spot while the camera goes to Malcolm)
      Malcolm: (to the camera) I gave him that.

    • Malcolm: I'll be Kevin. You be Clyde.
      Reese: You think you can cry?
      Malcolm: No. I gotta feel it.

    • Malcolm: At least she doesn't know I ditched school.

    • Reese: I'm a diabetic, I need insulin!

    • (Lois and Caroline lift up the couch)
      Caroline: Ew! What is that?
      Lois: Don't be such a baby. I'll get the tongs!

    • Malcolm: Dewey, stay over here. You're going to be lost.
      Dewey: No, I'm not.
      Malcolm: Yes, you will. You always do. (to Reese) You know, I could use some help.
      Reese: I'm watching him. He's right over... (finds Dewey lost)
      Malcolm: (to the camera) Man, how does he do that? (to Reese) Totally your fault. He was right in your eye line. You don't pay attention to anything.
      Reese: I pay attention. (sees a half-eaten hot dog) Score! (picks it up and eats the rest of it)
      Malcolm: What are you doing?
      Reese: (mouth full) Too slow!

    • Reese: Hookers?
      Malcolm: As long as it's getting me out of square dancing, I don't really care.

    • Dewey: Reese put a booger in my lunch bag!
      Hal: Dewey, what did I tell you about snitching?
      Dewey: Only snitch when asked to snitch.

    • Lois: You are not a weirdo. You are gifted. If gifted kids are supposed to square dance, then you'll do it. Probably teaches you geometry.
      (Malcolm rolls his eyes)

    • Reese: We laugh our asses off.
      Lois: Excuse me.
      Reese: Butts. We laugh our butts off.
      (Hal laughs while Lois gets some liquid soap)
      Lois: (puts soap in Reese's mouth) Open. Swish. Spit.
      Reese: (spits) This tastes like crap.

    • Reese: Do we at least get to see any flaming wrecks?
      Hal: Reese, it's not about that. See, it's about strategy and technique. It's about the melding of man and machine. The wrecks are just sort of a bonus.

    • Malcolm: This place sucks. It's hot, it stinks, nobody's t-shirts cover their stomachs, and I'm bored out of my mind.

    • Lois: Malcolm, what is all that stuff from your teacher? That woman sends home two or three fliers every day.
      Malcolm: She says she wants the parents to be involved as possible with the children.
      Lois: At school? It's the only break I get!

    • Reese: They wouldn't make it forbidden unless there was something totally bitchin' on the other side.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cold Open: Dewey hits himself and tricks Reese into grabbing him so he gets into trouble from Lois, a trick he learned from Malcolm.

    • Hal and the boys come home to discover that Lois has gone through all of their stuff. In that pile was a pack of Morley cigarettes, the same fake brand the Cigarette Smoking Man prefers to use on The X-Files.