Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
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Traffic Jam 

As the family drives home from the water-park, they get stuck in a traffic jam. While each family members tries to deal with heat, stress and boredom in their own way, Dewey is roaming the country on his own.


Todd Holland


Linwood Boomer (created by), Dan Kopelman | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Kaczmarek ... Lois
Bryan Cranston ... Hal
Christopher Masterson ... Francis (as Christopher Kennedy Masterson)
Justin Berfield ... Reese
Erik Per Sullivan ... Dewey
Frankie Muniz ... Malcolm
Clyde Kusatsu ... Ice Cream Man
Hallee Hirsh ... Jessica
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Sheriff #1
Arjay Smith ... Finley
Eric Nenninger ... Eric Hansen
Kasan Butcher ... Joe
Jayne Taini ... Farmer Woman
Andy Mackenzie ... Thief
Andrew Craig Andrew Craig ... Mr. Wells


On the way home from the water park, the family get stuck in a traffic jam after a car crash; During the jam, Malcolm meets a girl, Reese declares war on an ice cream truck, Lois gets frustrated, and Hal is in shock when he realizes he could've been the one in the car crash.

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

5 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this chapter unlike all others, the cold open is linked to the story line. See more »


In the silent standoff at the ice cream truck, the height of the shadow on Reese's chest varies according to camera. See more »


[Reese is trying to open the back door of the ice cream truck with a crowbar. Mr. Wells tries to stop him]
Mr. Wells: Hey, not so fast, Charlie!
Reese: Ow, let go of me!
Mr. Wells: What are you think you're doing, huh?
Reese: Nothing, just move from a wall!
[Ice Cream Man tries to walk over them]
Ice Cream Man: What the hell's going on?
Mr. Wells: That kid was trying to break into your truck!
Reese: Let go, man! I want some damn ice cream!
Ice Cream Man: You don't deserve ice cream.
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References Body Heat (1981) See more »


Turkey in the Straw
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good one

Dewey is still lost and gets home by some very strange people. Hal, Lois and the boys get stuck in a traffic jam. Hal is in shock that he wasn't part of the accident. Lois is crazy and wants to get home. Reese wants ice cream from the stubborn ice cream man. Malcolm meets a girl, but is crushed when he finds out she's from Canada. Francis bets that he can eat 100 Quacks and he does...barely. This was a great episode! I liked Dewey's plot! That was funny! I would've been so mad at the ice cream guy! He was cruel! Lois was absolutely crazy! This episode gets a 10! i would recommend everybody should watch this episode if you have not seen it :)

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