Malcolm in the Middle

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  • Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

  • The scene of the goofy-looking monster grabbing the woman in the opening credits is from Roger Corman's Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961).

  • When Hal lifts the paper, you can clearly see the lining of some sort of cover. It exposes the inner lines of his hips and gives the illusion of him being naked, but for that moment the camera dips low enough to show that he is actually not naked.

  • Nearly all of the houses in Malcolm's street have "For Sale" signs.

  • While Malcolm is at Stevie's house, they are eating cookies. Malcolm has a cookie in his right hand, but when he turns to the camera to share some commentary, the cookie is gone. When he turns back to Stevie, the cookie is there again.

  • The animation clips shown briefly during the opening credits are from the Japanese anime Nazca.

  • The two wrestlers briefly featured in the opening credits are Bret Hart and Chris Benoit.

  • Merrin Dungey (who plays Stevie's Mom, Kitty Kenarban) appeared in this episode as Malcolm's teacher.

  • The monster seen rising from the water in the opening credits is the monster from Clash of the Titans (1981).

  • In the opening credits, the boxer that inadvertently knocks out the referee is Pedro Cardenas fighting Willie deWit. He accidentally KOd referee Bert Lowes during the 1982 North American Championships in Las Vegas.

  • Scenes from The Brain from Planet Arous can be seen during the opening credits.

  • When Malcolm goes to the office to take the test, sitting on the desk is an Etch-A-Sketch and a Rubik's Twist (a.k.a. the Rubik's Snake)--which is notorious for its usefulness at teaching spatial awareness--that has been twisted into a ball form.

  • The starting to this episode is different because the singing is a lot louder and overrides the music a lot more.

  • When Malcolm is talking to his first teacher (not Caroline), you can just about see a small part of a microphone at the top of the screen.

  • When Malcolm is sitting on his desk, when his teacher calls him to go to the principal's office, a person passes behind the classroom, but when Malcolm stands up, there is no one there.

  • When Lois hangs up on Francis before saying, "Oh, I love you!" it seems as though the line is already disconnected (as can be heard from the dial tone from Francis' side), but in a later shot, Malcolm and Reese are just about to hang up the phone.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Red Dress

  • As Lois is walking down the hall holding the dress, you can see a man with a bucket pull back out of the shot to the left of the screen, having just given Lois the sodden dress.

  • If Hal was the one who ruined Lois's dress, how come it never crossed anyone's mind? The boys tried to prove Lois is wrong on thinking they did it when they were really innocent the entire time.

  • Apparently, Hal still secretly smokes, though, in a future episode, so does Lois, although they both promised to quit.

  • Wasn't Francis supposed to know when his parents' anniversary is, since he was born during their wedding? (His birthday is at the exact date).

  • Even though they band together to save the TV set, it was still too hard for Malcolm, Dewey, and Reese to carry the TV set, hide it, and run right back that fast because the set is too heavy, even for the boys to carry it.

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Comedy

Themes

bad parenting, pressures of high school, siblings, single camera sitcom, teen angst