Dewey's Special Class is the 18th episode of Season 5 and the 103rd episode overall.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Dewey is asked to take an IQ test by his counselor. Fearing that the IQ test is the same test that got him placed with the Krelboyne class, Malcolm plans to sabotage Dewey's test. Trying to convince Dewey to throw the test and failing, he enlists Reese's help. However, his poor test taking skills lands Dewey in the emotionally disturbed Buseys class, rather than keep him in the normal education. Feeling guilty for it, Malcolm tries to convince the counselor to retest Dewey. Despite being sympathetic to his plight, she tells Malcolm she can't do anything about it and he'll have to wait until then. This makes him worried because if Lois finds out about him sabotaging Dewey, he'll suffer a lengthy grounding. Meanwhile, Hal is recruited by Craig to be his partner playing Jump Jump Dance (a parody of Dance Dance Revolution) at a restaurant arcade. Reese tries to figure out what kind of genius he is. In the end after taking over the class from the teacher, Dewey tells Lois about Malcolm's actions, which get him grounded for sabotaging Dewey's education.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In the cold opening at the Grotto, Otto and Francis are holding a press conference to blow up a dam that is blocking breeding grounds for endangered silver-back trout followed by a catered lunch. Francis observes through his binoculars the dynamite looks like a picnic cooler. Otto detonates the dynamite blowing up his truck realizing too late that the dynamite and the cooler were accidentally switched.
The Wilkersons are at an arcade Malcolm states that Dewey got to pick the restaurant for dinner and is unsure whether it is a treat for Dewey or a punishment for everyone else, assuming it must be a little bit of both. Dewey is encouraging a cow mascot to tell a chicken mascot how he feels about her. At the table, Dewey questions why their parents let him pick the restaurant. Reese assumes he is dying and he needs to pick a good wish, Hal corrects Reese and if Dewey were dying they'd spring for Red Lobster. Lois informs Dewey his guidance counselor Mrs. Welsh would like Dewey to take an IQ test. Malcolm is appalled but Lois states he won't be poisoning his brother and he is a different person who may not automatically have the same experience. Malcolm fights back claiming after transferring to the Krelboyne class he lost all his friends and earned the disdain of the rest of the school. Lois points out the advantages of being in the Krelboyne class with Malcolm claiming the advantages made the general populace of the school jealous and envious of them. Hal tries to lecture Malcolm but gets distracted by a game called "Jump Jump Dance Party". He finds Craig protecting his high score and enjoys it for being cheaper than a gym with no shower bullies. The manager hopes Craig is staying out of the ball pit, Craig invites Hal to try, pushing away a young boy named Davey. Hal proves to be a natural, Lois isn't happy as she just got Hal to quit his latest phase of ice sculpting and her and Jamie will be on their own for the next month. Reese see how both his brothers are geniuses so he assumes it'll only be a matter of time until he discovers he's a genius, he then gets a difficult math question incorrect, but is adamant although he's not Rain Man someday they'll invent a machine to do math for people. Lois claims Reese shouldn't bother figuring out what genius vocation he is because he's neither book or street smart.
Malcolm coaches Dewey on how to "throw" an IQ test so he will not end up in the Krelboyne class. He mentions his concerns because of his own experiences. Malcolm also mentions to Dewey that being in the Krelboynes will make him a target to potential bullies. When he refuses and announces his intent to join the Krelboyne class, Malcolm is desperate to put a stop to it. Despite Stevie's warning against his plans, Malcolm points out that being in the class made him a potential target to bullies. He has a right to be concerned because the same fate could befall on Dewey if he allows him to join the Krelboynes and ultimately allowing Lois to control his future like she's doing to Malcolm. He memorizes the test enough to give the answers (half of it right and other half wrong) on a paper. Stevie states they'd need an idiot to take the test, just then Reese runs in informing the two he went to the library to figure out what kind of genius he was and discovered that people can download internet porn on the computers and the librarians can't do anything to stop them. Malcolm manipulates Reese to take the test for Dewey, hoping to keep him in the normal class knowing Reese would never be smart enough to get into the Krelboyne class. However, his poor test taking skills lands Dewey in the emotionally disturbed "Busey" class, instead of keeping him in the regular class like Malcolm wanted.
The teacher Mr. Phil Sheridan informs Dewey of the rules and how he can't yell or touch anyone but he is allowed to cry quietly. Dewey sits down next to a boy named Chad who wears mittens and has signs on him. Chad asks Dewey if he can scratch his nose but Dewey sees the sign on him says "Do not touch, bites" Chad claims he can ignore the sign. However there is a sign on his back that reads "Do not ignore the sign."
Dewey tells Malcolm about being put in the Buseys remedial class and how he got to see a crane lower a flight simulator into the Krelboyne classroom. Malcolm asks if Lois knows, Dewey states that if she did he wouldn't be alive right now. He feels guilty for ruining Dewey's chances to remain in the normal class. Knowing that Lois will be furious with Malcolm later on, he offers Dewey his paycheck of $98 to help him cover up the truth until he can talk to Mrs. Welsh and convince her about getting him retested again. To keep Lois from finding out the truth, Malcolm covers for Dewey by lying to her that Dewey got into the Krelboyne class and feigns being angry about it before leaving. This is only to cover up while he tries to help get him out of the class. Reese comes in shackled in chains and tells his mother he is not an escape genius.
In the Busey class the next day, Mr. Sheridan announces now that Chad has apologized to everyone else in the class for biting, they can continue to read "The Polar Express" he calls up a boy named Hanson who rides on an imaginary motorcycle but has to be told several times by Mr. Sheridan not to do it before doing it and being forced to sit back down and make everyone else sit through more quiet time. Dewey asks Hanson why he did that and Hanson responds with the fact he already read the book 3 years ago and the teachers treat them like they're stupid instead of just weird and the school is slowly killing him. The class then goes outside for recess where the all they can do is stand exactly an arms length apart from each other outside. Chad tells Dewey they're not allowed to have recess with the general population of students for making them too sad. Dewey hears the Krelboyne class playing swing jazz music and sees what he and his classmates are missing out on.
Hal and Craig continue their dancing with Davey asking if one of them can have a stroke so the rest of the kids can have a turn. Craig tells Hal he is ready and he entered them in the weekly Jump Jump Dance competition. Hal isn't sure, but Craig is convinced he is ready and that someone needs to put two teenage girls named Hayley and Kylie, the reigning champions in their place. Hayley tells them they will only make fools of themselves because it is a competition for kids, but Craig read the rules 3 times and there was nothing preventing adults from participating.
At Dewey's school, Malcolm speaks to the school counselor, Mrs. Welsh, and tries to convince her to retest his younger brother. She tells him that she can only discuss that with the with his parents. When she asks for the reason why, Malcolm tells her that Lois is a recovering substance abuse addict who had a "relapse" the morning of Dewey's test. He claims that the relapse accounted for Dewey being stressed out enough to scoring the way he did. He also insists that Mrs. Welsh doesn't contact Lois about the matter because she's mentally unstable and the slightest tweak could set her off, claiming he is only telling her because he's worried about her well-being. While sympathetic to his plight, she informs Malcolm that she can't do anything but assures Malcolm that she will only communicate with his father from now on. This makes Malcolm worried because if Lois finds out that he sabotaged Dewey's test, he'll face a lengthy grounding.
Mrs. Welsh's decision unknowingly works in Malcolm's favor since Hal is too distracted by the dance competition to pay attention to her messages. Lois gets up and tells Hal it is 5 AM and he and Craig have been practicing all night. Hal understands if she thinks it's silly and he's gone off the deep end but claims this is different because he has a gift which he cannot turn his back on. Lois realizes they have now entered "Phase 2" which is manageable as long as Hal follows the rules: he has to go to work, eat, not involve the boys and she froze their joint bank account before returning to bed.
The next day, the Busey class is making flowers out of tissues, Dewey questions why and Mr. Sheridan tells him since tissues are soft and non-toxic they are safe to use so no one gets hurt or sues the school, he also informs him he only gets paid 4 days a week. Dewey is off put by the methods used including doing math without pencils, history without hardcover books and wonders if they could at least have real art supplies. Mr. Sheridan informs him that it would mean the kids may try to stab with scissors and eat paste, and some attempted to eat scissors and Chad tried to stab with paste. Dewey informs him teachers are supposed to help their students and if he made an effort to help them maybe he wouldn't be so unhappy. Mr. Sheridan claims he'll never get through the year with an attitude like his and he should take his hopes and dreams and let them die so he can grow up not regretting how much ass he kissed in grad school. Hanson thanks Dewey for trying and Chad claims if he can get his hands on the paste, he'll stab Mr. Sheridan for him.
After school, Lois is feeding Jamie while telling him a story about how babies who pull hair are eaten by wolves. Mrs. Welsh arrives at the house and tells Malcolm she's is going to try to resolve his mother's conflict much to his horror. She tells her how Malcolm came to see her and hold her that Dewey had been placed in the wrong class. Thinking she is talking about Dewey being placed in the Krelboyne class she reprimands Malcolm claiming he had no right to do so. Mrs. Welsh states that she looked through Dewey's records didn't match his performance and she'd be more than willing to retest Dewey for admittance to the Krelboyne program. Still assuming she is talking about the Krelboyne class instead of the Busey class she refuses claiming do he deserves and needs to be in that class. Mrs. Welsh rememberers how unstable she is and tries to calm her down. Lois claims she will leave Dewey in his current class or else. Malcolm immediately slams the door feigning being insulted, but Lois tells him to put a cork in it and not think that he's not still in trouble just because his plan to keep Dewey out of the Krelboyne class didn't work. Malcolm is relieved that he got away by the skin of his teeth.
Meanwhile, Reese tries to figure out what type of genius he is. After failing at several attempts (including "Hypnotist", "Archbishop", "Dictator for Life", "Escape artist", "Skyscraper Repairman", "twin", "fireproof" and "talks to animals") Reese moves on to the next items on his list of potential genius vocations.
Hal and Craig arrive at the arcade for the dance contest. Hayley claims that they look so ridiculous she'll use a photo of them in their outfits as her screensaver. Craig then suffers an injury after twisting his ankle from tripping over tassels he added onto his outfit, Hal tries to turn to Lois, but ends up getting the help of Davey who knows his and Craig's routine. He only agrees to help him if he get the prize (two free medium pizzas) and Hal agrees. They throw down some very well choreographed dance moves including a difficult pencil turn and end up winning. Craig claims to Lois that they've lost Hal and he now belongs to everybody. Once the competition is over Lois is relieved and asks Hal for some help with Jamie, Hal agrees although he still has the dance hexadecimal playing in his head.
In the Busey class, Hanson asks his teacher why the sound of an approaching motorcycle sounds different than the sound of a retreating motorcycle. Mr. Sheridan claims that as soon as he explained it he'd have forgotten the question. After sitting down Dewey explains the Doppler effect to Hanson, claiming he is a genius and his imaginary friends were right. After Dewey explains Hanson excitedly celebrates that he learned something but his victory is short-lived before Mr. Sheridan says he should sit down, visually disappointing him. Dewey then realizes that his classmates aren't disturbed as much as they are starved for stimulation. Mr. Sheridan hasn't done anything to teach the class because he's too wrapped up in his own miserable life. Dewey decides that this is the last straw and announces that everyone who hates the way they are being treated to follow him. Dewey leads the class out of the classroom and to a takeover of the Krelboyne class whereupon the Buseys seize musical instruments, art supplies, stationary items, books and other supplies and return to their classroom to actually start learning. Realizing that he had lost control, Mr. Sheridan cowers in the corner and repeatedly says "quiet minds are happy minds" eventually he concedes defeat and quits his job as a teacher. Because of his actions in taking over the class from the incompetent teacher, Dewey becomes the Buseys leader.
The next day, Malcolm comes into the bedroom and informs Dewey he figured out how to cover their tracks, he created a second fictional Dewey in another school system and all they have to do is pretend he is dead for two days and they are back in business. Dewey claims it to be good news and immediately confesses to Lois about Malcolm's plot that got him sent to the Busey class and he has been there for the past two weeks. Lois is visibly furious at Malcolm. Dewey then states that they must have a lot to talk about and leaves Malcolm alone to face being grounded by Lois as vengeance for sabotaging his chances of being in the Krelboyne class.
Reese then rushes into the kitchen excitedly to tell Dewey that he's finally figured out what kind of genius he is. Reese proceeds to punch Dewey on the top of the head, knocking him to the floor. "There it was, just staring me in the face... C'mon Dewey, please stay awake. I've got so much to show you!" Reese tells Dewey, implying that his genius superpower is bullying.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Jane Kaczmerek as Lois
- Bryan Cranston as Hal
- Christopher Kennedy Masterson as Francis
- Justin Berfield as Reese
- Erik Per Sullivan as Dewey
- Frankie Muniz as Malcolm
Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Recurring[edit | edit source]
- James and Lukas Rodriguez as Jamie
- Cameron Monaghan as Chad
- Danny McCarthy as Hanson
- Amy Bruckner as Zoe
- Trisha O'Kelley as Mrs. Welsh
- Craig Lamar Taylor as Stevie
- David Anthony Higgins as Craig
- Kenneth Mars as Otto
Cameo[edit | edit source]
- Matt Malloy as Mr. Sheridan
- Amy Castle as Hayley
- Dennis Bendersky as Davey
- David Trice as a manager
- Ayla Kell as Kylie
- David Cox as Special kid 1
- Raven Goodwin as Special Kid #2
- Nikki Lee as Special Kid #3
- Christopher Gerse as Brett
- Luan Gideonn as a woman
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- First appearances of Mrs. Welsh, David Hanson, Zoe Desenea, and Chad.
- Much like how the gifted class has the nickname "The Krelboynes", this episode shows that the school also has an emotionally disturbed class called "The Buseys".
- Jump Jump Dance Party is a parody on Dance Dance Revolution.
- The songs that play on Jump Jump Dance party throughout the episode are Milkshake by Kelis, The Hampsterdance, a remake of Double Dutch Bus originally by Frankie Smith, a remix of All Around the World by Cooler Kids, and a remake of Sometimes When We Touch originally by Dan Hill.
- Lois called Hal and Craig "Fred and Ginger". This was a reference to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Two famous dance partners that were featured in many movies about them.
- After being called "Fred and Ginger", Craig said "I thought they were Fred and Barney", referring to Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble from The Flintstones.
- Bryan Cranston (Hal) said in an interview that he and Dave Higgins (Craig), had to practice playing six weeks of "Jump Jump Dance Party" in order to prepare for their roles in this episode.
- Bryan Cranston's dancing sequence received an Emmy award nomination for "Outstanding Choreography".
- Francis and Otto only appeared in the cold opening. This episode also marks Otto's final appearance.
- Mr. Sheridan makes his first and only appearance as the incompetent teacher of the Busey class. He is later replaced in season 6 by Mr. Flerch.
- Malcolm's sabotage on Dewey's test is referenced in Buseys Run Away when Lois confronted Mrs. Welsh. However, it was also revealed that Lois also blames Reese for helping Malcolm out.
- In the original ending, Lois learns about Malcolm and Reese's involvement in keeping Dewey in the normal class from both him and Stevie. Despite understanding his concerns, Stevie warns Malcolm that he and Reese shouldn't interfere with their younger brother's education and let him join the Krelboynes. This was a warning he refused to take given how being in the Krelboyne class made them a target for bullies. Due to Reese's poor test taking skills, that landed Dewey in the remedial class. Angered, Lois grounds Malcolm and Reese for two months with three weeks worth of household chores to do.
- All eleven of Dewey's classmates in the Busey class are referred to by name from Mr. Sheridan.
- Their names are Chad, Hanson, Zoe, Lester, Max, Phoebe, Garth, Michelle, Linda, Jeffy and Kerry.