Schoolboy Malcolm Wilkerson presents his pitiful family: father Hal and bossy mother Lois, both blatant nudists, plus their litter of boys. Malcolm, the middle son, presents the eldest, Francis, as his hero, but he's really an incorrigible rebel, who had to be sent to military school. Younger brothers Reese, Dewey and Jamie are mean and play the fools, so by contrast Malcolm is a genius surrounded and domineered by zombie-relatives. School isn't much better: bully Dave Spath's bunch of ruffians look down on the scrawny smart 'wise-guy', for whom pleasing the teacher means unpopularity with his 'peers'. His only 'friend' is a fellow geek in a wheelchair. It may all change when a teacher discovers he qualifies for an honor class, but does that mean the family's first social advancement as mother hopes or total social disaster as Malcolm fears? Written by
Did You Know?
Malcoms teacher in this episode also plays Stevie's mom in later episodes. See more
When Malcolm and Stevie are in Stevie's room eating cookies, the cookie in Malcolm's right hand disappears and reappears between shots. See more
If I give up now, I won't get the lecture.
Written by John Flansburgh
and John Linnell
Performed by They Might Be Giants See more