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Simpsons and Malcolm Season Finale

River rafting on a river with a raft.
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A happy Hal and Lois - before the kids arrived.
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Simpsons' Tall Tales
Airdate: 05-20-2001

The Simpsons win a contest that's going to send them flying to Delaware for all the screen doors, faulty JC Penny products and fun they can handle.

Homer gets into an argument with an airport worker and blows it. So the Simpsons sneak on board a freight train to Delaware. They have company though, a singing hobo with a collection of tall tales to tell.

Swapping sponge baths for stories the Simpsons hear of the famous giant Paul Bunyan and how he stopped a falling star with his butt. The hobo tells Lisa the story of the famous tree planter Connie Appleseed who tried to save the buffalo by planting apple trees. Finally, Bart gets a story about the river-rafting adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer as they dodge a shotgun wedding.

Arriving in Delaware, the Simpsons are glad to get away from the hobo and so are we. The humor was weak and Connie Appleseed was dull. The Tom and Huck story was cool and the hobo was really, really creepy but they could've done a lot better for a season finale.

Malcolm in the Middle
Flashback

Air Date:05-20-2001

We finally get a glimpse of how Francis, Reese, Malcolm and Dewey entered the world. Hal and Lois have a flashback to the births of their wonderful children when Lois takes a pregnancy test after discovering that she's a little late.

The entrance of Francis was surprisingly smooth, given what a troublemaker he is at home and at military school. Reese's birth, however, was about what you'd expect. Reese was kicking and punching the entire time he was inside Lois. When she finally pushes Reese out, he gives the doctor a swift kick to the head. Would you expect anything else from a bully like Reese?

The birth of Malcolm took place on the family's front lawn - thanks to Francis. After going into labor, Lois tries to drive herself to the hospital because Hal isn't around. But the little brat Francis has locked himself in the car and won't let Lois in until she says "I'm poopy." Lois breaks down into tears and pops out Malcolm on the front lawn just as Hal arrives back home.

We discover that when Malcolm was four years old, he was already a busy little scientist. When Lois is prego with Dewey, Malcolm tries his hand at making invisile ink. By accident he makes deadly chlorine gas, just as Lois is about to give birth. Everyone is evacuated from the house and Lois once again has the privilege of popping out a kid on the front lawn.

During this final flashback, Hal and Lois realize how their love has kept them together during their struggle to stay sane while dealing with the four brattiest kids in the world. They also discover that the pregancy test is negative - thank God.

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