Series Name
Season 03, Episode 05
Air date December 2, 2001
Episode Guide
Malcolm's Girlfriend
Health Scare

Charity is the fifth of the third season of Malcolm in the Middle, which was broadcast on December 2, 2001.


When Lois forces the boys into community service to build character, they choose to help out at a church, where they quickly go from trading their own stuff to stealing merchandise and creating a black market.

Meanwhile, Francis finally reaches his destination in Alaska only to learn that his new job isn't the easy money-making opportunity he thought.


  • First appearance of Lavernia.
  • Malcolm taps upon his religious beliefs in this episode, saying that "All he knows about God is that he's an all-knowing, all-powerful being. Kind of like mom, but invisible." His beliefs would soon change, as he would then classify himself as a "hopeful agnostic" in the episode Malcolm Dates a Family.