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Season 7, Episode 1
Burning Man
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Burning Man is the first episode of season 7 of Malcolm in the Middle.


The Wilkerson family goes to Burning Man and everyone does something new there.


In the boys room, Malcolm and Reese are discussing going to the Burning Man festival. Dewey isn't convinced since they both have made up so many excuses not to go in past years (including a Slurpee headache) so much it has become routine. But this time Reese and Malcolm commit to their plans and write down a note on the toilet paper roll. When Hal and Lois discover Malcolm and Reese's plan to sneak off to the Burning Man festival, they decide to make it a family outing after Malcolm and Reese give out a heartfelt speech about spirituality. They take off in an RV Hal borrowed from his boss due to his boss owing him a favor, emphasizing to Dewey that the RV is worth more than himself. Reese attempts to sneak out to avoid being seen with his parents thinking he can survive in the desert and that the Road Runner cartoons apply to real life. Once they arrive in the Black Rock Desert, Reese and Malcolm shimmy under the RV and take off. With the older boys gone, Dewey is forced, by Hal, to do work to keep the RV he borrowed from his boss in tip-top shape.

The people at Burning Man think that Hal is part of a performance art show. Lois gets in touch with her artistic side. Reese embraces every aspect of Burning Man. Malcolm gets injured and meets a woman named Anita whom he falls for. Trivia

  • The Burning Man festival actually exists. Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.
  • Malcolm loses his virginity in this episode to a woman named Anita.
  • Lois dyes her food green and serves it to the family. Hal says "Green eggs and toast? I do not like green eggs and toast." This is a reference to the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Reese starts hunting for animals and says "I know what you're thinking. The roadrunners are too smart to catch and eat, but the coyotes are idiots." Reese is apparently taking life lessons from Looney Tunes, specifically the Road Runner cartoons and assuming that roadrunners and coyotes act the same way they do in the TV show when it comes to hunting.


Malcolm: Reese, we're in the middle of the desert.
Reese: I know what you're thinking. The road runners are too smart to catch and eat, but the coyotes are idiots.

Lois (while topless): Reese, you behave yourself. You hear me?
(Reese stares at Lois shocked)