Summary[edit | edit source]
Malcolm's class demonstrates their abilities at a picnic.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In the cold opening the parents are asleep in the early morning until they hear the boys causing a ruckus. They both pretend to be asleep to make their spouse deal with it. When they hear Malcolm telling his brothers to leave the squirrel alone and get the fire extinguisher, Reese knocking over a heavy item and Dewey mention how blood tastes, Hal gets up but claims Lois had better be naked when he returns.
One morning Reese wakes Malcolm up with a punch to the face as vengeance for the whole family having to attend his Krelboyne picnic that day. Malcolm claims it's humiliating enough but is even more mortified since Francis is home that weekend and will be joining them. Malcolm tries to fake being sick only to be grounded by Lois for wasting a can of vegetable soup and he now owes her 49 cents.
At breakfast, both parents believe that the picnic will be fun, but Malcolm reminds them that it is Krelboyne and won't be as fun as they think it will be. It won't be on the grass because half of the class is allergic, and no meat will be served because they are voted never to serve anything that ever had a mother. Dewey brings up their cousin Nancy who has two fathers, Reese assumes it must be a dude's paradise. Hal contemplates pursuing the vegetarian lifestyle before Francis interjects, Lois assures him he's still part of the family.
Disasters abound at a gifted kids' picnic, where stage acts bomb, families feud, and Malcolm's dad Hal serves meat to vegetarians. Despite Malcolm's best efforts - feigning sickness, planning to go over the wall with Francis - his family insist on accompanying him to a circus-themed picnic for the Krelboyne class, whom must each perform for the assembled students and families.
Once there, Lois immediately feuds with Doreen, Dabney's loud-mouthed mother who dominates the other parents. Reese plans to "kick Krelboyne butt" and is hoist by his own petard (okay, underpants) by Eraserhead's much bigger brother, Alphonse. Francis goes through an entire romantic relationship in the course of the single afternoon. Hal grosses out the entire class by sneaking real meat into their vegetarian barbecue. When a desperate Malcolm turns Stevie's demonstration of catalysts into a gigantic stink bomb, Caroline is convinced she will be fired - so Malcolm must go on and quell the crowd by demonstrating his ability to do advanced mathematics in his head. He memorizes two random credit card numbers instantly and starts to rattle off increasingly complicated sums, including natural log, arc tangent and in base 8, stunning everyone including his family as they witness first-hand just how smart Malcolm is.
The day is saved. As everyone is seen filing out, Doreen shouts at Dabney for his lack of effort with arresting the cellular mitosis and announcing to extend his time with the tutors. Reese beats up Lloyd in retribution since he has no brothers to defend him. Malcolm worries that the family will treat him differently now. However, in the van they simply subject him to the usual teasing and mild insults showing him that nothing has changed before heading for a burger.
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
- Catherine Lloyd Burns as Caroline Miller
Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Recurring[edit | edit source]
- Craig Lamar Traylor as Stevie
- Will Jennings as Eraserhead
- Kristin Quick as Flora Mayesh
- Kyle Sullivan as Dabney
- Evan Matthew Cohen as Lloyd
- Beth Hall as Doreen Hooper
Cameos[edit | edit source]
- Jerry Lambert as Dave
- Mark Richard as Alphonse (Eraserhead's older brother)
Errors[edit | edit source]
- The burger Caroline is eating resets at the end of the scene when Malcolm leaves.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The picnic took place at Malcolms school which was a custom built set located at the most northerly corner of the CBS studio center.
- Dabney's mother, Doreen, makes her first appearance. She and Lois are very antagonistic to each other due to their similar controlling ways.