Malcolm in the Middle

FOX (ended 2006)




  • Season 6 Episode 19: Motivational Speaker

  • During his speech, Hal says that Michael Jordan didn't even see a basketball until he was 30. This is of course a made up fact.

  • When Hal is showing the man beside him the snowflake he cut out, you can see a tiny pair of Swiss Army Knife scissors in his other hand. These small scissors wouldn't have cut through a paper folded as many times as it took to get that detailed of a snowflake.

  • First time Hal's profession is mentioned since "Company Picnic," which is systems management.

  • In this episode Dewey gets a tattoo which says "Lois is my mother" across his entire torso.

  • In the motivation seminar, Hal is bored playing tic tac toe with himself.

    On the top of the paper you see the score 'me' vs 'evil me'. 'Evil me' won 14 times whereas 'me' only won one time.

  • Season 6 Episode 18: Ida's Dance

  • When Hal is on the floor struggling with the TV, why doesn't he just put his arms behind his head?

  • Jamie's love of chocolate syrup, showcased in previous episodes, is utilized here when Reese feeds him the report from his school.

  • This episode explains why Reese invented over 50 fun games as Malcolm pointed out in season 2 episode "Old Mrs. Old".

  • A moment after Lois stops dancing around in the 2 tarts, there is a lot more stuffing on the floor than it was before she realized she should stop.

  • In this episode, Lois masterfully performs an Eastern European dance. In the episode, "Poker" from Season 3, however, we learned that she was a graceless and un-gifted dancer.

  • When Malcolm listens to the CD at the beginning of the episode the track display clearly shows 'NO' ie. there is no CD in the CD player.

  • NITPICK: If Reese never liked baseball, then why was he playing it with Malcolm and Dewey in the cold open of "Dinner Out"?

  • Season 6 Episode 17: Butterflies

  • In this episode, Dewey said that he is enjoying his own bed for first time, but he also slept alone on "Reese Joins The Army" and in "Reese Apartment" when Reese was gone for few days. And probably in "Academic Octathalon", when Malcolm wasn't at home for few days.

  • The Monarch caterpillars could not have transformed into butterflies in less than a week. In real life, a Monarch caterpillar stays in the chrysalis stage for 10 to 15 days when changing into a butterfly.

  • Goof: Malcolm asks how the man living in the store knows his name, however he is wearing a name tag, so even if the man wasn't living there he would have been able to know that.

  • While there were a few live butterflies used in the close ups of Reese, it is clear that the swarm emerging from the box is CGI.

  • When Reese locks Hal out, why didn't Hal just go to the boy's window and have Dewey let him in?

  • The man living in the Lucky Aide is a plot plucked right from the headlines. There are dozens of filed reports, each a different person, of men and women living in malls, stores, on top of store roofs etc... It is illegal, as Lois rants about, because it is a vagrancy charge. Not to mention most of these cases, as the man in the show has, are charged with stealing electricty to run their appliances; in this case his radio.

  • Craig mentions that he played tic tac toe with a chicken at the county fair, and it beat him 8 times in a row. This is an actual event. The most famous of the chickens (there are 16 others, but she is the best) Ginger, has been booked at casinos everywhere, and often travels the country with fairs. The contest involves the chicken and a wager that if the challenger wins they get $10,000. In the many years that Ginger has been playing, she has lost only 5 times.

  • It is mentioned that Malcolm gives Lois 3/4 of his paycheck. This is actually legal. Parents are allowed to claim, and cash, their children's paychecks until they are 18 or are no longer living in the same house; whichever comes first. A child can file for a waiver of emancipation, but that is only done in extremes involving abuse or other such scenarios.

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