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?
Malcoms teacher in this episode also plays Stevie's mom in later episodes. 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
Now, kids, Malcolm may not look different from the rest of us, but he is. In his brain.
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Written by L. Russell Brown
and Irwin Levine
Performed by Tony Orlando & Dawn See more