Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Frequently Asked Questions
"Krelboyne class" is a reference to Seymour Krelboin, a nerdy character from The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). Note: in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), the musical remake of the earlier film, the character's name was changed slightly to Krelborn.
"Busey class" is a reference to actor Gary Busey, known for his erratic public behavior (he suffered suspected brain damage in 1988).
The writers original wanted to keep the family's surname a mystery but it was already revealed on the show. The last name of the family has been revealed only twice in the show, in Pilot (2000), where wears the name tag "Wilkerson" on his school uniform (it can be seen best in the scene where he is talking with his family on the phone). Also, though unaired, it appears in a joke from the original pilot script. In that script, 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.
A special feature on the season 1 DVD stated also that their surname was Wilkerson.
A trailer on the UK channel Sky One in early 2006 advised viewers to spend time with The Simpsons (1989) and "The Wilkersons," advertising Sunday night new episodes of both series. Another trailer was released to advertise the last episodes, of 24 (2001) and Malcolm in the Middle: it claimed "Say Goodbye to the Wilkersons."
In Graduation (2006), when Malcolm is being introduced for his graduation speech, his last name is not heard due to feedback from the microphone. Just before Malcolm gives his graduation speech, Francis drops his employee ID on the ground and it clearly shows his name as "Francis Nolastname", a nod to the fact that the family surname has barely been mentioned.
In S5E22, Reese is seen wearing his army uniform in the airplane as he stands up and is given a parachute. His name tag says Jetson, but this was the fake name he used to get into the army. Reese is referenced as Jetson in the following episode S6E1.
Three men fighting a giant turtle: One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Smiling man in rain: Shiogami from Jikû Tenshô Nasuka (1998)
Monster rising out of the ocean: The Kraken from Clash of the Titans (1981).
Woman being held above a nest of pterodactyls: One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Dimetrodon-like lizard crawling on rocks: A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1977)
A boy skateboarding: Jikû Tenshô Nasuka (1998)
Mud-monster grabbing a woman as she kisses a man: Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
Man ski-jumping while on fire: Thrill Seekers (1973)
Wrestling match: Bret Hart wrestling Chris Benoit (locking him in his finishing move, the Sharpshooter), during the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match at the 1999 WCW Mayhem (1999) Pay-per-view in Toronto.
Robot head being assembled: Out of the Unknown (1965)
Man attacking giant brain with an axe: The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
Boxer knocking out referee: Pedro Cardenas fighting Willie de Wit but accidentally KOing referee Bert Lowes instead, during the 1982 North American Championships in Las Vegas.
His wrongdoings are only told in flashback and sketchily, but we know that Francis was a troublemaker from a young age: he broke curfew, drank alcohol, smoked and slept with many women. After being caught in bed with a girlfriend, crashing a neighbor's car (which proceeded to catch on fire), and getting four nose rings (Lois warned him he would go to military academy if he got so much as one), he was finally sent away.
Lois' parents, Victor Welker and Ida Kenzel, are probably Ukrainian. Ida mentions having been through a "camp", and they later lived in an unnamed city which has a large Ukrainian population in the province of Manitoba, Canada. In Ida's Dance (2005), Lois and Ida dance in what resembles Ukrainian traditional dress. However, within the same episode, Lois and her mother use the Romanian word "Noroc" when toasting. The Ukrainian phrase for cheers is "Na zdorov'ya! Budmo!" (let's live long!)
Malcolm graduates as valedictorian of his class, and goes to Harvard University.
Reese becomes a janitor at his old high school.
Dewey realizes that the bond with his older brothers is broken, but he has a new bond with Jamie.
Francis is living with his wife Piama and working as a data-entry clerk, a job which he finds fulfilling, although he also finds it a lot more satisfying that he lie to his mom about still being unemployed just to spite her.
Lois is pregnant again.