Series Name
Season 1, Episode 4
Air date February 6, 2000
Written by David Richardson
Directed by Nick Marck
Episode Guide
Home Alone 4
Malcolm Babysits

Shame is the fourth episode of Season 1 of Malcolm in the Middle and the fourth episode overall of the show.


Malcolm beats up an annoying 7 year old. Hal cuts down a tree in their yard, and the neighbors become angry. Malcolm, Reese and Dewey hold a funeral for their frog and send him up to space on a firework


Parallel stories pit Malcolm against Kevin, a bullying, obnoxious new kid who goads Malcolm into beating him up; and Francis vies with his intimidating military-school commandant, who's presenting sex-education lectures.

When Malcolm discovers that Kevin is only seven, he is guilt-stricken and tries to make amends by entering a charity marathon race. Meanwhile, Hal chops down the front-yard tree, alienating the neighbors (who can now see the house) but fascinating his sons with the wood-chipper. Francis tries to prank his authorities by switching the slides for the sex ed presentation but the Commander puts some very different slides in instead.


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Commandant Spangler.
  • This is also the first time Eraserhead has a major role in the episode that isn't just a background cameo.
  • During the montage of Hal and the boys throwing things into the wood chipper, one of the things that was thrown in there was a Winnie the Pooh doll.
  • The tree that Hal cut down appears again, perfectly in tact in all subsequent episodes.

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