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?
Did You Know?
The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. See more
In the last scene of the episode, after zooming out to show the trashcan, there appears to be a crew member visible on the right of the screen. See more
Dad, I know what you're going to say, and believe me, I totally agree with you. There is no excuse for what I did. It was idiotic, immature, totally reckless, and I'm really sorry. I'm just hoping against hope that you will give me another chance, which I admit I don't deserve. If you could just find it in your heart to forgive me, I know I could earn your trust back.
It's not like it was even our car!
The DVD version of this episode is 2 minutes longer than the TV airing. Some scenes are slight different: in the hair trimming scene Lois is singing to "It's your Thing, do what you want to do" in the TV version but she is singing to "I believe in Miracles" in the DVD version. Eraserhead, one of Malcolm's new classmates, appears only in the DVD version. See more
Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)
Written by Dave Cooley
and Matt Sims
Performed by Citizen King See more