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1x01 Pilot
Original Air Date January 9, 2000 (Sunday)
10 Reviews
Average Rating 10.0 82396 Views
Episode #1 Production Code 10012-99-179
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Summary: Malcolm is transferred into the accelerated learning class and has to learn to deal with it.
Cold Opener: Malcolm introduces his brothers (or rather Reese's nose, Dewey's feet, a photograph of Francis) and himself.
Plot: Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey fight over the remaining waffles while Lois shaves Hal in the kitchen. Malcolm learns that he will have to spend the afternoon with Stevie Kenarban, a handicapped asthmatic who happens to be in the Krelboyne class (the high honors class). He isn't too pleased.

As the boys are walking to school, Malcolm and Dewey find the bully of the school, Dave Spath, hitting a kid. Malcolm and Dewey are able to pass by with him seeing them.

We move to Malcolm's classroom in school. The class is painting pictures. When he takes his finished work up to the teacher, she is very impressed with it. While he is talking to the teacher, the bully Dave places red paint on his chair. When Malcolm sits down there is an audible squish. As we see him walking down the hall toward the office we can hear the laughter of the students.

It turns out Malcolm was summoned there by Caroline Miller, the Krelboynes' teacher, because of his astounding skills. Further investigation shows that he can pass a 'What's Wrong With This Picture' test at extraordinary speed.

When he arrives at Stevie's house that afternoon, he realizes that his parents are overprotective and don't even let him watch television. But they soon find common ground in comic books, and Malcolm thinks that the friendship won't be so bad after all.

The following Saturday, as Lois is getting ready for work and trying to find her bra, there is a knock at the door and none of the boys move to answer it. Lois opens the door topless and finds Caroline Miller outside. Caroline tells Lois that she has not returned any of her calls and is desperate to talk to her about Malcolm. Lois thinks that the counsellor wants to put Malcolm in a special ed class, and informs her that she would never allow it. A dishevelled Caroline explains that she is mistaken and asks to come in and tell her more.

At dinner, Lois announces the Malcolm's outstanding IQ of 165, meaning that he will have to join Stevie in the Krelboyne class. The news baffles everyone at the table and Malcolm is more than just annoyed at the notion. He knows that he will be ridiculed for the rest of his life.

Malcolm reluctantly accepts his fate in the class. At school, his teacher brags about him being highly gifted. Later he finds himself with the other geniuses. He accidentally insults Stevie and regrets it immediately afterwards.

Malcolm decides to make up with him, but Dave Spath appears again. He insults the bully, causing him to get up and approach Malcolm. As he nears, Malcolm throws a punch and misses. As the bully winds his fist up, Malcolm ducks. Spath tried to redirect his punch, but ended up slightly tapping Stevie's cheek with his knuckle. Stevie realizes what he can do with this opportunity, waits a beat, and pushes himself over, complaining about the pain. The crowd surrounding them and even Dave’s own gang rant about his beating of a crippled boy. Nobody believes Dave when he says it was an accident.
Writer(s): Linwood Boomer
Director(s): Todd Holland
Producer(s): Gordon Wolf
Stars: Frankie Muniz (Malcolm Wilkerson), Justin Berfield (Reese Wilkerson), Erik Per Sullivan (Dewey Wilkerson), Jane Kaczmarek (Lois Wilkerson), Bryan Cranston (Hal Wilkerson), Christopher Masterson (Francis Wilkerson).
Recurring Roles: Craig Lamar Traylor (Stevie), Will Jennings (Eraserhead), Catherine Lloyd Burns (Caroline Miller), Landry Allbright (Julie).
Guest Stars: Vincent Berry (Dave Spath), Martin Spanjers (Richard), Dylan Kasch (Crony #1), Austin Stout (Spath's Victim), Nicholas Pappone (Nervous Kid), Ibrahim Muhammad (Another Kid), Brian Cicerone (Kid at School), Merrin Dungey (Ms. Hogan).
Crew: Chad Buehler (Compositor), Joaquin Sedillo (Camera Operator), Leo J. Napolitano (Camera Operator).
Goofs:
  • In the opening, we see Dewey's cold feet [00:23] - two shots later, his feet are in a different position [00:34]
  • After the titles when Lois tells Hal to raise his arms so she can shave his armpits, if you look at the bottom of the screen you can briefly see that Hal is wearing something to cover up his privates 'marble bag' [02:12]
  • When Malcolm is talking to his first teacher (Ms. Hogan), you can just see a small part of a boom microphone at the top of the screen [06:37]
  • Just after Malcolm sits in the paint a girl passes behind the class [07:03]. But in the next wide shot the girl is gone [07:09]
  • When Malcolm is in Stevie's room eating cookies, the cookie in Malcolm's right hand disappears [10:05] and reappears [10:09] between shots
  • When Stevie is telling a joke, the back of Todd Hollands (Director) head and briefly fingers can be seen in the lower left in the shots facing Stevie, clearly directing him. [widescreen version only]
  • In Stevie's room, when Stevie is talking you can see the boom microphone poking out at the bottom left of the screen. [widescreen version only]
  • 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) [12:47], but in a later shot, Malcolm and Reese are just about to hang up the phone [12:56]
  • When Lois opens the door topless to Caroline Miller you can just see the tape that is across her chest, when shot from the back [14:32]
  • As we move to Malcolm in the Krelboyne class, he slowly opens his fingers that are covering his eyes - a hand on each side of his face [19:36]. But when we see through his eyes [19:37], the fingers are crossing each other
  • In the fight with Spath, Malcolm throws some chocolate pudding on his face. Just after hitting stevie he still has it on his face [23:44], then in the wide shot its all gone [23:48]
Trivia:
  • 'Je ne suis pas un monstre', the French title of this episode, translates to 'I Am Not a Monster', referring to a Christopher Lee film released in 1971 titled 'I Am a Monster'.
  • 20 million people tuned in to see the Pilot when it first aired. It was the second-highest-rated episode of the series, falling short only to the second episode, Red Dress, which attracted 23 million people.
  • 'Krelboyne' is a term originating from a character in Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour Krelboyne.
  • Eraserhead (a Krelboyne) played by Will Jennings is named in reference to David Lynch's bizarre film, Eraserhead, whose main character has frizzy hair similar to the Krelboyne.
  • The surname of the family was meant to be a secret, but Francis's name tag clearly states 'Wilkerson'. On the set, however, a comman cast joke was that the surname was 'Nolastname'. 'Nolastname' was used in the final episode (Graduation) on a new name tag for Francis.
  • There was also a joke that appeared in the original pilot script. In that script, Malcolm was walking to school when a neighborhood kid came running up shouting, 'Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm. I was talking to my parents last night - I was listening to them talk, and what's your last name?' 'Wilkerson, why?' Malcolm replied. 'Oh. Who are the Pariahs?' said the other kid. The joke was eventually cut, and the show's writers subsequently decided never to reveal the family's last name, but forgot about Francis's name tag.
  • The setting of the Wilkersons' house is never revealed. However, there are several different hints that may lead us to believe they are in California.
  • Martin Spanjers, who had auditioned for the role of Malcolm, and Vincent Berry, for the role of Reese, appear in this episode in secondary roles.
  • The extended version of this episode, which appears on the Season 1 DVD, runs for 25 minutes instead of the average 21.
  • During the scene where Lois is trimming Hal's back hair they are singing to a song. On the DVD version they're singing 'I Believe in Miracles' by Hot Chocolate but on the TV version they're singing 'It's Your Thing' by The Isley Brothers.
  • Nearly all of the houses in Malcolm's street have 'For Sale' signs, a joke thought up by producer Linwood Boomer's 2nd ex-wife.
  • The whoosh and door slam effects which are a regular theme in this show during scene changes are different in this episode. They were not originally intended to be used on a regular basis in every episode.
  • The sets of the family's house, the military academy and the krelboynes class room change after this episode.
  • The theme song is different. It is the same tune, but it is slower than usual. The clips used in this episode were originally chosen as temporary clips, because the final theme was not ready by the original air date; however the crew decided they preferred the temporary theme to the prepared permanent one and so chose to stick with the original, modifying it only slightly for later episodes.
  • Emmy Awards for this episode: Linwood Boomer - Writing for a comedy series; Todd Holland - Directing for a comedy series.
  • Merrin Dungey (who plays Stevie's Mom, Kitty Kenarban) appeared in this episode as Malcolm's teacher (Ms. Hogan).
  • 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.
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tjpeople

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Review Date: January 9, 2008 Rating: 10 

What an episode, what a start. This is the episode that sold FOX on commissioning the first season, and you can understand. Although now, breaking the "forth wall" (talking to camera) is done frequently now, Malcolm was among the first, and it become a signature of the show.

We get introduced to Hal's love of being nude, Malcolm becomes a krelboyne and we meet stevie. This was a family unlike any other on TV before sometimes referred to as a live action cartoon due to it being "out of this world" quite often, yet it still remains grounded and speaks to many people.

This is the first review of the first episode, please do join here, and write you own, do you disagree/agree, whatever you opinion give it a review.

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defjam64
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Review Date: April 20, 2009 Rating: 10 

Possible one of the best pilot episode i have ever watched.It may be one of the best MITM episodes ever. Shows Linwood Boomers genius at work.
Uses many great directive techs and I also love some of the best jokes from the seasons. .Also i agree with tj people the fourth wall breaking in MITM poularized it in manny other tv shows.
SPATH SCENE RULES.

Quote from episode"I HAVE RED PAINT ON MY ASS"
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deweyissocute
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Review Date: July 1, 2009 Rating: 0 

i'm sorry this is not a review but i wonder where can i get this episode in widescreen (i looked on the screenshot)
i'd also love to have seasons 1 and 3 in widescreen
sorry again if this is not a right topic
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deweyinthemiddle

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Review Date: August 11, 2009 Rating: 0 

The instrumental version of the theme used for the pilot is the song played over the credits for every episode!
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Review Date: August 28, 2009 Rating: 0 

What an awesome first episode. I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I've seen it. Too many times, probably. But, like the sandwich trick, it never gets old.
My favourite line is when Malcolm says to Stevie: ''So, what can you do? I mean, what do you wanna do?'' And the second to last scene, with the bully in the playground is pure, pure genius. (a quote I missed on my first 400 viewings until I watched it with headphones on on my computer was when one of the bully's friends says, in the background, something like ''How could you do that? He's in a wheelchair, and he's got glasses!'' that kid is seriously one of the unsung heroes of MITM.

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Review Date: December 19, 2009 Rating: 0 

how do u watch the episode please respond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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tjpeople

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Review Date: December 19, 2009 Rating: 0 

Where does it say anything about watching this episode? Try http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/...ead.php?t=2052

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Review Date: June 7, 2011 Rating: 0 

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Review Date: August 27, 2012 Rating: 0 

awsome frist episode when i frist seen the episode bang a ultimate mitm fan stated to happen inside of me i am so proud to be a malcolm in the middle fan a good start to the show

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