Summary[edit | edit source]
Reese is given a job at a fast-food place called "Circus Burger", but gets into trouble when his co-workers think he stole money from the cash register. Dewey tries to prove himself trustworthy with a goldfish and his parents try to sabotage his efforts with switching the live fish with a dead one, until they find out that Dewey was switching the fish with others in order to get a dog.
Malcolm finds himself eclipsed by the newest, youngest Krelboyne--Herkabe's latest attempt to get rid of Malcolm--until the boy helps Malcolm clear Reese's name by revealing the real culprits who are unmasked as Francis old friend Richie and Richie's girlfriend Greta. Francis helps one of his lodge friends prepare to marry a Russian mail-order bride, but what arrives is not what they expected.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Reese works at a fast-food place named Circus Burger. He works hard there despite Craig annoying him with his specific order for his Burger. He later gets into trouble with his boss when his co-workers think he stole money from the cash register. Unbeknownst to anyone, it was Richie's plan to use Reese as a patsy so he and girlfriend, Greta, could getaway with stealing the money.
Malcolm finds himself eclipsed by the newest, youngest Krelboyne, Barton, Herkabe latest attempt to get rid of him.
Dewey tries to prove himself trustworthy with a goldfish and his parents try to sabotage his efforts with switching the live fish with a dead one, until they find out that Dewey was switching the fish with others in order to get a dog. Therefore, Lois and Hal tricks Dewey into believing he would get a dog. Then they punish him for cheating, at which Dewey calls them out for cheating as well in replacing the fish with a dead one as well. Lois makes it clear that she doesn't want a dog in the house ever.
At home, Malcolm asks him if he ever misses being a normal kid. He tries to deny it, but after meeting Dewey, Barton then admits he does. He wants to be a normal kid once more and do normal activities. When Reese comes home and asks Malcolm for help, he and Barton decides to help clear his name. Before leaving, he asks Dewey to cover for them so Hal and Lois doesn't get suspicious over them sneaking out at night. He does by punching himself to make it appear that Malcolm and Reese are still in the house beating him up.
In Alaska, Francis helps one of his lodge friends, Pete, prepare to marry a Russian mail-order bride named Svetlana. He is very concerned by this not only because Pete is marrying a total stranger, but also Eric and Artie are plotting something. When Francis attempts to confront them, they staunchly deny it at the bachelor party. However, he doesn't believe both Eric and Artie. Francis is still suspicious and for a good reason. This is because he sees the sly grins on their faces. To him, it warrants concerns because Eric and Artie up to something horrible.
At Richie's home, Barton proves to be very helpful to the boys in confronting Richie(who keeps mistaking him for Dewey due to their similar age) with stealing the money which he denies. This is until his girlfriend, Greta (who works at the same fast-food joint), walks into the room and reveals the truth not knowing the boys are in there. So to avoid getting thrown in jail, Richie ends up making a deal with Reese and Malcolm to allow the boys to use his house for a party on the weekends that he's away (also free burgers for life and drive them to school and work).
In Alaska and despite his reservations, he asks if Pete is aware of what he's getting himself into since he's marrying a total stranger. He reassures Francis that he will love Svetlana no matter the hardships they'd face. This puts him at ease and supports Pete. However when Pete opens the door and expects to see his Russian mail-order bride, Svetlana, he's in for a big disappointment. Francis' suspicion has proven right all along. It had been a prank set up by a drunk Eric and Artie to give him a blow up doll. Pete is discouraged and humiliated by this because he expected an actual wife there. Eric and Artie continue to laugh it up, but Francis is furious and annoyed by their behavior. Pulling a Spangler, he calls both of them out for the prank. He mentions that is one of the most insensitive, childish and immature pranks that both Eric and Artie could do to Pete. Francis claims that he was expecting Svetlana to be an actual mail-order bride for him to marry and to spend the rest of his life with, not a blow up doll. He warns Eric and Artie that Lavernia will find out about them having X-rated toys in her lodging. If she does, she will fine their cabin and work them harder. Francis orders Eric and Artie to get rid of the doll at once. They agree to his request and he comforts Pete. As they're leaving, Eric and Artie argue over who will have to face Lavernia's wrath concerning the doll. Closing the door to the cabin and outside, Eric claims he came up with the prank and he has to face her. While Artie maintains that he paid for the doll and thus he should bear the brunt of Lavernia's wrath. In the end, they decide to just confess and face her in punishing them.
The next day, Lois is pleasantly surprised that Richie is driving Reese and Malcolm to school. Reese claims that Richie is offering because he's been doing so well at Circus Burger. The two boys leave for school
At school much to Herkabe's annoyance, Barton's father, a US Air Force major named Sean(last name unknown) shows up and has decided to transfer him to another school he can be a normal child. When Herkabe tries to protest, Sean reprimands him for being an overall bad teacher to his students in his class. He claims that he and his wife doesn't want Barton to take up any of Herkabe's bad habits in treating others horribly. Hence, Sean will transfer him to another school and he can live out a happy life as a normal child. Herkabe is humiliated as Barton bids his farewell to the class. Malcolm wishes his luck in his new school. Barton thanks him and admits he's looking forward to living a normal and happy life as a kid. The kids show their support by giving him a picture of Barton and Herkabe together before class started.
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]
- Todd Giebenhain as Richie
- Chris Eigeman as Mr. Herkabe
- Craig Lamar Taylor as Stevie
- Kyle Sullivan as Dabney
- Evan Matthew Cohen as Lloyd
- Victor Z. Isaac as Kevin
- Kristin Quick as Flora Mayesh
- Eric Nenninger as Eric
- David Anthony Higgins as Craig
- Sandy Ward as Pete
- John Ennis as Artie
Cameos[edit | edit source]
- Will Stabile as Barton
- Brian Treitler as Sean
- Katherine Bocher as Greta (credited as Pippi)
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is the first episode to show Reese actually being innocent of what he was accused of, as opposed to Reese usually being the offender
- Craig reveals that he applied for Circus Burger, but didn't get the job.
- This episode and Zoo are the few times that Francis is mature in calling out someone for their behavior.
- Although Lavernia doesn't make an actual appearance in this episode, it's revealed that she hates having X-Rated sex toys in her lodging and has fined her employees over it with more work. Francis is apparently aware of this which is why he ordered Eric and Artie to get rid of it.
- This episode marks the final appearance of Richie.