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tjpeople
Nov 11, 2007, 08:46 PM
Season 1
Episode Guide Development
Lead by Lucky Maroon

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Episode facts
Goofs
Music
Guest stars
anything else?This is a place for gathering all information on the season - to be put into the new episode guide at some point in the future.

Lucky Maroon
Nov 11, 2007, 09:35 PM
1x01 Pilot
Aired January 9, 2000.

Short Summary:
Malcolm is transferred into the accelerated learning class and has to learn to deal with it.

Long Summary:
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 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 art 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.

Later that day, as Lois in 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 calls and is desperate to talk to her about Malcolm. Lois thinks that the counselor wants to put Malcolm in a special ed class, and informs her that she would never allow it. Caroline explains that she is mistaken and asks to come in and tell her more.

At dinner, Lois announces the boy's marvelous IQ of roughly 165, meaning that he will have to join Stevie in the special 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 afterward.

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.

Cold Open:
Malcolm introduces his brothers (or rather Reese's nose, Dewey's feet, a photograph of Francis) and himself.

Goofs:
- 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.
- At the start, 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.
- In the opening, we see Dewey's cold feet. Two shots later, his legs are in a different position.
- When Malcolm is talking to his first teacher, you can just about see a small part of a microphone at the top of the screen.
- At the end of the scene where Malcolm defeats Spath, Malcolm throws some chocolate pudding on him and it is dripping off. A few seconds later in the wide shot, Spath has no chocolate on him.
- When Malcolm is in Stevie's room eating cookies, the cookie in Malcolm's right hand disappears and reappears between shots.
- In the scene where Stevie is in Malcolm's room. When Stevie is talking you can see the boom mike poking out at the bottom left part of the screen.

Interesting Facts:
- "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".
- 23 million people tuned in to see the Pilot when it first aired.
- "Krelboyne" is a term originating from a character in Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour Krelboyne.
- The surname of the family was meant to be a secret, but Francis's nametag clearly states "Wilkerson".
- 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.
- This episode runs for 25 minutes instead of the average 21.
- Nearly all of the houses in Malcolm's street have "For Sale" signs.
- The whoosh and door slam effects which are a regular theme in this show during scene changes are different in this episode.
- The sets of the family's house and the military academy change after this episode.
- The theme song is different. It is the same tune, but it is slower than usual.


Music in Episode:
Opening - Under the Influence (Citizen King)
Lois Shaving Hal - You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
Playdate with Stevie - Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree (Tony Orlando & Dawn)
Smart equals Radioactive - Better Days (Citizen King)
The Pudding Incident - Pencil Rain (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Landry Allbright (as Julie), Vincent Berry (as Dave Spath), Martin Spanjers (as Richard), Dylan Kasch (as Crony #1), Austin Stout (as Spath's Victim), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie), Will Jennings (as Eraserhead), Nicholas Pappone (as Nervous Kid), Ibrahim Muhammad (as Another Kid), Brian Cicerone (as Kid at School)

1x02 Red Dress
Aired January 16, 2000.

Short Summary:
It's Lois and Hal's anniversary and Lois finds her dress for the evening destroyed. Hal ends up eating alone.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Lois tries to find out what bad thing Reese and Malcolm have done, not realising that they have tied Dewey to the back of the bedroom door.

Goofs:
- When Dewey yells for Lois because the bow was put on the present, if you look to the left of Lois, you will see a crewmember kneeling down, handing Lois the red dress, who is holding a bucket of water. He quickly gets out of the camera's view.
- When Lois is yelling at the boys for playing with fire, the location of the green scissors on the table keeps changing between shots.

Interesting Facts:
- The theme song during this episode actually matches the actors names with their face, unlike all other episodes where they show anime / old movie clips and some scenes of the family. The theme song also had the end credits tune.
- This episode reveals the fact that Craig has a secret crush on Lois, which will develop more in later episodes.
- This episode marked the first appearances of Stanley, Craig, and Cadet Drew.

Music in Episode:
Spinning on Bats - Ooh, La, La (The Wiseguys)
Audio Torture - Nice is Good, Mean is Bad (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
David Anthony Higgins (as Craig), Joel McCrary (as Bathroom Attendant), Adam Hendershott (as Cadet #2), Robert Cesario (as Maitre d'), Daniel R. Escobar (as Franklin), Drew Powell (as Cadet #1), Karim Prince (as Stanley), Paul Willson (as Ed)

1x03 Home Alone 4
Aired January 23, 2000.

Short Summary:
When Hal and Lois attend a wedding, Francis babysits the boys.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Dewey explains how babies are formed, and Malcolm realizes that the family has a happy meal together every 17.4 dinners. Reese pretends to flick potato at Lois, resulting in a sudden mood swing.

Goofs:
- While Malcolm, Reese, Dewey, and Francis are deliberately making their house messy, you can see right above their ceiling a bright light shining down and a black background. It shows that they film their interior of their house on a set.

Interesting Facts:
- Even though Lois states in this episode that sending Francis to military school was their best decision ever, Lois eventually admits otherwise to Francis in the Season 6 episode, "Ida Loses a Leg".
- The episode title refers to the Home Alone series, in which there has been 3 movies made, so this being named Home Alone 4. What's interesting is that 2 years later, a made-for-TV movie, Home Alone 4 was aired on NBC.
- This episode marks the first appearances of Richie and Eraserhead.

Music in Episode:
Driving to the Wedding - Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band)
Cleaning up the Mess - Til My Head Falls Off (They Might Be Giants)
Hospital History - Right Place, Wrong Time (Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies)
The Bike Jump - Lovely Day (Lit)

Guest Stars:
Todd Giebenhain (as Richie), Aloma Wright (as Nurse), Justin Pierce (as Justin), Parker Mills (as Circus), Scott Haven (as Groom), Tom Virtue (as Priest), Richard Penn (as Doctor), Will Jennings (as Eraserhead), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie)

1x04 Shame
Aired February 6, 2000.

Short Summary:
Malcolm beats up an annoying 7 year old. Hal cuts down a tree in their yard, and the neighbors become angry.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm, Reese and Dewey hold a funeral for their frog and send him up to space on a firework.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- This episode marks the first appearance of Commandant Spangler.

Music in Episode:
Fun with the Chipper - Monster (They Might Be Giants)
Getting in Shape - Bright Idea (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Annie O'Donnell (as Nurse), Robert Grovich (as Kevin), Daniel Von Bargen (as Commandant Spangler), Adam Hendershott (as Cadet Adam), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie), Karim Prince (as Stanley), Paul Willson (as Ed)

1x05 Malcolm Babysits
Aired February 13, 2000.

Short Summary:
After the family has to live in a trailer in their yard when their house is being fumigated, Malcolm becomes a babysitter for a rich family.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm, Reese and Dewey are polite and courteous while playing violent games, but as soon as Lois turns them off, the brothers squabble and fight with each other.

Goofs:
- When Malcolm is trying to get the TV back to the channel he was watching, he picks up a big remote and finds the channel the video camera feed is on, but the remote he is holding on the TV is a smaller one. It then cuts back to Malcolm who is moving his hand away from the remote he just put down and it's the bigger one again.

Interesting Facts:
- Hal mentions Lois' sister Susan for the first time in this episode during their argument; her role will be expanded in seasons 4-5.

Music in Episode:
Watching Nonviolent TV - Why Does the Sun Shine? (They Might Be Giants)
Jumping in the Pool - Reprehensible (They Might Be Giants)
Love in Gas Masks - La La La Means I Love You (Delfonics)

Guest Stars:
David Anthony Higgins (as Craig), Mark Tymchyshyn (as Mr. Inkster), Joan McMurtrey (as Mrs. Inkster), Drew Powell (as Cadet Drew), Eric Stonestreet (as Phil), Patrick Howard (as Timmy), Ashley Edner (as Kelly), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie), Karim Prince (as Stanley)

1x06 Sleepover
Aired February 20, 2000.

Short Summary:
Malcolm stays overnight at Stevie's house and has to suffer from parental monitoring.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Lois urges the family to take "one good photo" of them together, but Francis is not involved.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- Merrin Dungey (Kitty) previously appeared in the Pilot where she played Malcolm's teacher.
- The picture in the "torture chamber" was Hannibal Lector, cannibal from the movies Silence of Lambs, Hannibal, Manhunter, and Red Dragon. The picture is him with his mask on.
- This episode marks the first appearances of Cadet Finley, Abe Kenarban, and Kitty Kenarban.

Music in Episode:
Stevie's Bedroom - Candida (Tony Orlando & Dawn)
Hal & Lois & Wine - Just My Imagination (Temptations)
Rolling Through Downtown - Tre Quatro (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Merrin Dungey (as Mrs. Kenarben), Gary Anthony Williams (as Mr. Kenarben), Sheff Otis (as Stevenson), Arjay Smith (as Finley), Chad Brannon (as Cadet), Scotch Ellis Loring (as Photographer), Nick Gaza (as Security Guard), Brad McCarthy (as Homeless Man), Ahmad Stoner (as Thief #1), Joey Simmrin (as Thief #2), Karim Prince (as Stanley), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie)

1x07 Francis Escapes
Aired February 27, 2000.

Short Summary:
Francis goes AWOL from military school for his crush. Malcolm accidentally tells Lois.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm, Reese and Dewey are quietly sleeping, when Lois rips open the curtains and tells them breakfast will be off the table in five minutes.

Goofs:
- In the scene where Lois finds out about Francis escaping, there are three orange mugs hanging from a rack by the phone. When Lois reaches for the phone to call the police, she makes the middle one start swinging. She and Hal sit down, and the end mug has moved from the rack into a box on the kitchen counter. Also, the mugs are hanging still. Towards the end of the scene, the "fallen" mug is back on the rack, and the middle mug is swinging again.

Interesting Facts:
*info*

Music in Episode:
Francis Hitchiking - Zip-Lock (Lit)
A Ride from Hal - Don't Cry (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Lauren Hodges (as Bebe), Haven Hartman (as Girl Teen), Jade Carter (as Boy Teen), Karim Prince (as Stanley)

1x08 Krelboyne Picnic
Aired March 12, 2000.

Short Summary:
Malcolm's class demonstrates their abilities at a picnic.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Both Lois and Hal pretend to be asleep so they do not have to be the one to wake up and sort out Malcolm, Reese and Dewey.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- This episode marks the first appearances of Dabney and Lloyd.

Music in Episode:
Chaos at the Picnic - Monster (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Beth Grant (as Dorene), Katherine Ellis (as Jody), Will Jennings (as Eraserhead), Jerry Lambert (as Dave), Mark Rickard (as Eraserhead's Brother), Kyle Sullivan (as Dabney), Evan Matthew Cohen (as Lloyd), Lianne Pattison (as Woman #1)

1x09 Lois vs Evil
Aired March 19, 2000.

Short Summary:
Lois gets fired after Dewey steals a $150 bottle of cognac from the store. Francis is honor-guard at a beauty pageant.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Dewey bashes his head on the washer and dryer muttering to himself and the other boys roll around fighting. Then, Lois tries to stop them with water while Hal does a crossword in the garden, pretending to do DIY.

Goofs:
- At the end, Malcolm speaks to camera with several children moving in the background. One boy doesn't know where or when to move and he tries to speak to someone off camera. In the end he gives up, shrugs his shoulders and walks off.

Interesting Facts:
- Frankie Muniz actually got a concussion from wrestling with Justin Berfield after rolling into something and hitting his head in the opening. This kept him off the set for two days.

Music in Episode:
Steam Cleaner Incident - Red Alert (Basement Jaxx)
Pageant Vocal Rehearsal - Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynrd)
Unpacking the food - Drunk is Better than Dead (The Push Stars)
Tanya's Massage - Three Times A Lady (The Commodores)
No More Stupid Pity - Freakin' You (Jungle Brothers)

Guest Stars:
David Anthony Higgins (as Craig), Marc Vann (as Pinter), Elise Horn (as Tanya), Alexandra Picatto (as Bridget), Shea Curry (as Dina), David Beach (as Dr. Don), Rick Scarry (as Preacher), Harris Doran (as Praying Guy), Karim Prince (as Stanley), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie), Landry Allbright (as Julie)

1x10 Stock Car Races
Aired April 2, 2000.

Short Summary:
Hal takes the boys to see stock-car races on a school day. While she's looking for her paycheck, Lois cleans the house and finds enough evidence to ground the boys for life. Francis sneaks a snake into the academy.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Dewey constantly punches himself in order to get Reese in trouble so he can relax in front of the TV.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- 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.

Music in Episode:
Leaving for the Races - Sukiyaki (A Taste of Honey)
Arriving at the Races - Bang on a Drum All Day (Todd Rundgren)
Lois Cleaning - They Might Be Giants (They Might Be Giants)
Caroline Shows Up - Bright Idea (They Might Be Giants)
Relaxing with Caroline - Green Peppers (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass)

Guest Stars:
Scott MacDonald (as Man in the Grandstands), Daniel Von Bargen (as Commandant Spangler), Joel McKinnon Miller (as Off. Karl), Scott Turney (as Guy in Grandstands), Ron Robinson (as Tough Cadet #1), Drew Powell (as Tough Cadet #2), Karim Prince (as Stanley)

1x11 Funeral
Aired April 9, 2000.

Short Summary:
Malcolm tries to avoid going to Lois's aunt's funeral.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm reads a passage before his intent Krelboyne listeners... only to be called "homeo" by Stevie.

Goofs:
- In this episode Dewey tells Francis that their aunt died from a cat eating her face (or something involving a cat mutilating her face) and we find out this is how she really did die. But then why would it be an open-casket if her face was destroyed?

Interesting Facts:
*info*

Music in Episode:
Hal's Record - Stuck in the Middle (Stealer's Wheel)

Guest Stars:
Alexander Gould (as Egg), Will Jennings (as Eraserhead), Paulo Andres (as Man at Funeral), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie), Landry Allbright (as Julie)

1x12 Cheerleader
Aired April 16, 2000.

Short Summary:
Reese joins the cheerleading squad to impress a girl he's interested in.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm plays football while the rest of the Krelboynes have a singing session indoors during recess.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- This is the last appearance of Catherine Lloyd Burns as a regular cast member. Her name still appears in the opening credits of the next episode, "Rollerskates," however, she doesn't appear in the episode.

Music in Episode:
Love in the Pyramid - Don't Push It, Don't Force It (Gordon)

Guest Stars:
Daniel Von Bargen (as Commandant Spangler), Lisa Lewolt (as Wendy), Will Jennings (as Eraserhead), Evan Matthew Cohen (as Lloyd), Nick Toth (as Newsman), Kyle Sullivan (as Dabney), Gregory Deckman (as Deckman), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie)

1x13 Rollerskates
Aired April 30, 2000.

Short Summary:
Hal has his own methods for teaching Malcolm to rollerskate. Lois hurts her back, is forced to rest in bed, and refuses to take medication so as to stop Reese and Dewey from misbehaving. Francis tries to get out of a survival trip with the other cadets by faking a hurt back, but gets caught by them later.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
French fries are evenly distributed between Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- This is the final appearance of Stanley (Karim Prince).
- This episode is Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, and Christopher Kennedy Masterson's favorite episode.

Music in Episode:
Opening Hockey Music - They Might Be Giants
Hal's Skating Routine - Funkytown (Lipps, Inc.)
Survival Weekend - Yellow Rose of Texas
Skating Lessons #1 - A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy)
Skating Lessons #2 - Enjoy Yourself (The Jacksons)
Skating Lessons #3 - I'm Your Boogieman (KC & The Sunshine Band)
Hal's Night Skating - We Are The Champions (Queen)

Guest Stars:
Drew Powell (as Cadet Drew), Jose Espinosa (as Cadet Jose), Karim Prince (as Stanley), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie)

1x14 The Bots and the Bees
Aired May 7, 2000.

Short Summary:
With Lois visiting Francis at military school, Hal helps the Krelboynes make a robot.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm, Reese and Dewey diligently search the house for quarters to use on quick games at the local arcade.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
- Battle Bots is actually a real show.

Music in Episode:
No Mind-Numbing Crap - I Just Want to Celebrate (Rare Earth)
Craig's Pink Belly - Tre Quatro (They Might Be Giants)
Hal Pulls Apart Lawn Mower - Fire (Ohio Players)

Guest Stars:
David Anthony Higgins (as Craig), Daniel Von Bargen (as Commandant Spangler), Will Jennings (as Eraserhead), Kyle Sullivan (as Dabney), Evan Matthew Cohen (as Lloyd), Arjay Smith (as Cadet Ken Finley), Drew Powell (as Cadet Drew), Marco Gould (as Infirmed Cadet), Craig Lamar Traylor (as Stevie Kenarben)

1x15 Smunday
Aired May 14, 2000.

Short Summary:
The boys stay home on a school day when Lois is so sick she thinks it is Sunday. Hal considers buying a Porsche. The boys get a letter from Francis's academy saying he drove a tractor into a pool, which they inadvertently let Lois find.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Malcolm uses warm water to make Reese wet the bed, but gives up and pours the water on him.

Goofs:
*info*

Interesting Facts:
*info*

Music in Episode:
Hal's Porsche Fantasy - Hot Number (Foxy)
The Red Paint Incident - Spiraling Shape (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Peter MacKenzie (as Terry), Todd Giebenhain (as Richie), Justin Pierce (as Justin), Parker Mills (as Circus), David Weisenberg (as Finance Guy), Stan Sellers (as Trade-in-Guy)

1x16 Water Park (1)
Aired May 21, 2000.

Short Summary:
The family goes to a water park while Dewey stays home with an elderly babysitter.

Long Summary:
*info*

Cold Open:
Hal bribes Malcolm to take the fall for whatever he did to make Lois scream.

Goofs:
- While Dewey stands on the table, Mrs. White (Bea Arthur) dips her finger in the bowl of chocolate and draws a mustache with it on Dewey. In the following shots the chocolate on Dewey's face differs.

Interesting Facts:
- The water park in this episode is Wild Rivers in Irvine, CA.
- This episode marked the first appearances of Cadet Eric and Cadet Joe.

Music in Episode:
Ride to the Park - In the Summertime (Mungo Jerry)
Love & Band-Aids - Sunshine (They Might Be Giants)
Pool Lose-a-thon - Mixed Bizness (Beck)
Dewey's Table Dance - Fernando (ABBA)
Malcolm's Full Apology (They Might Be Giants)

Guest Stars:
Beatrice Arthur (as Mrs. White), Malachi Pearson (as Cadet #1), They Might Be Giants (as Themselves (Music Video)), Daniel Von Bargen (as Commandant Spangler), Eric Nenninger (as Cadet Eric), Kevin Christy (as Attendant), John Michael Miller (as Lifeguard), Amanda Fuller (as April), Marsha Clark (as Babysitter), Laura Roth (as Teenage Girl), Jared McVay (as Elderly Man), Adam Vernier (as Large Man), Kasan Butcher (as Joe)

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tjpeople
Jan 11, 2008, 02:50 AM
any additions lucky - please note them down in a new post, so i know what has been added. thanks for your work.

Sloba
May 13, 2008, 10:40 AM
Is there episode called Waterpark (2) or the next episode is Traffic Jam?

Amigo22
May 13, 2008, 08:10 PM
It's Traffic Jam.

Sloba
May 14, 2008, 09:35 AM
Thanks for information.