Malcolm in the Middle

Season 2 Episode 1

Traffic Jam (2)

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 05, 2000 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When Malcolm is talking about how great the traffic jam was, one shot shown from the front shows Malcolm just sitting and staring out the window, but you can hear him talking still.

    • When Lois is trying to work the crane, they have a close-up shot and just before it switches to the wide screen you see the officer's face come into view. Then in the widescreen he is just walking up to the crane.

    • Francis' bet that he could eat 100 Quacks would very likely end in catastrophe. Even a healthy person without diabetes, when consuming that much sugar, would be at risk from a sugar-induced coma. Before that happened, the body would likely induce vomiting to assist the pancrea's production of insulin to slow this from happening.

    • Look closely at every shot and you can see that the shadows from the cars are way off from time to time (probably because the shots were taken from different days).

    • At the shot when the thief takes a sharp turn into a dirt road, you can't see Dewey in the backseat, which is most likely like that because the turn was done by a professional driver.

  • Quotes

    • Malcolm: What are we doing here?
      Jessica: Just enjoying the view (watches Reese break in the ice cream truck) and look at that crazy lady (Lois screaming at the phone)

    • Reese: I just want some damn ice cream!

    • (A loud horn honks, signaling the end of the traffic jam, and everyone cheers.)
      : Yaaaaaay!
      Susie! Come back to the car, honey.
      Father: Bobby? Let's get a move-on, sport!
      : MALCOLM!! REESE!!! MOVE!!!!!
      : I got to go.

    • Lois: OK, let me get this straight -- we've been waiting all afternoon for a crane, and now, the crane is here!
      Construction Worker: That's right.
      Lois: And the man who works the crane? He's here, too!
      Construction Worker: That's right.

    • Reese: YOU SON OF A ...
      Malcolm: Reese, there's nothing we can do.
      Reese: Yes, there is. I can... I can... Ahhh. (charges the ice cream truck and hits himself)
      Jessica: And the Nobel Prize goes to...
      Malcolm: Hey, you're talking about my brother. (smiles) Good one.

    • Malcolm: What's the point of being out here?
      Reese: So you can find stuff like this. (picks up a dirty sock) Hehe, smells like gasoline.

    • Hal: Oh, flashing the brights. It's gonna be like that, huh? (slams on the brakes while the car behind him honks)
      Lois: Good Lord, Hal! He could have a gun!

    • Hal: All right, silver Toyota, you win this round. (lets the Toyota pass him by) Haha, get there two seconds sooner!! It's just an accident waiting to happen.
      (car wrecks into a truck and everyone screams, Hal slams on his breaks)

    • Dewey: What time is it?
      Lady: It's still 4:00. You have to wait at least a minute for the time to change, dear.
      Dewey: What time is it in China?
      Lady: Well, sweetie, I think they're a good 20 hou--
      Dewey: Do you speak Chinese?
      Lady: Well, no...I bet --
      Dewey: Is Chinatown in China?
      Lady: Honey...if you want an answer to a question, you have to first wait --
      Dewey: (plays with his feet) What does this toe do?
      Lady: You know what, I think I need a pack of cigarettes...for the first time in 20 years.

    • Lois: Dewey. Where's the baby-sitter?
      Dewey: She's ran away.
      Lois: You got rid of another baby-sitter? I can't believe you boys.

    • Ice Cream Man: That will teach you to mess with me. I was a surgeon in my country.

    • Hal: (on the yellow lines on the street, pointing his nose with both pointer fingers to a police officer) Z-Y-X... W.

    • Lois: Who's damn dog is this!!! I SAID, WHO'S DAMN DOG IS THIS!!! (tries to open the truck door but is locked) Trapped inside, and all the window's rolled and it's 90 DEGREES OUT HERE!!! (no one responds) Okay! Okay! It's nobody's damn dog. So, I guess nobody's gonna mind... (picks up a rock) ... if I just do this. (smashes the window and peeks in and talks to dog) Oh, don't be scared, little doggy. Oh, everything is gonna be... (dog snarls and goes after Lois; Lois' face turns to fear as she takes off)

    • Dewey: A-B-C-D. A-B-C-D. A-B-C-D.
      Lady: Honey, it's A-B-C-D E.
      Dewey: I know. A-B-C-D. A-B-C-D.

    • Ice Cream Man: (to Reese) You don't deserve any ice cream.

  • Notes

    • It is revealed that Dewey was conceived because they rented Body Heat.

    • Featured Music:
      "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels Band
      (During the robbery)

    • Cold Open: Malcolm explains the lifetime ban from the Water Park as a normal occurrence in the family, and Dewey is lost talking to a Scarecrow he thinks will come to life like in the "Wizard of Oz."

    • This episode was dedicated as follows: "In the Memory of Mike Sforza."

  • Allusions

    • Body Heat
      Lois reveals that Dewey was conceived because they rented Body Heat. Body Heat was a 1981 film starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. At the time, it was considered very racy due to graphic sexuality.

    • The Wizard of Oz
      When Dewey is talking to the scarecrow, it is a nod to the movie The Wizard of Oz. During the movie, Dorothy finds a talking scarecrow who aids her in her quest.