Visible crew/equipment: When Dewey yells for Lois because the bow was put on the present, if you look to the left of Lois, you will see a crewmember kneeling down, handing Lois the red dress, who is holding a bucket of water. He quickly gets out of the camera's view. [This is on the DVD of the first season. Someone said on the audio commentary that after catching it, they deliberately left it in to see if anyone would spot it. It's still a mistake, but that's why it's there.]
Continuity mistake: In the scene where the grandma is talking at the table with Reese and Malcolm, notice the bottle on the table next the the grandma, between takes the cork from the bottle goes from being on top of the bottle to next to the bottle, it changes in almost every different shot.
Visible crew/equipment: When Hal is walking the stroller with Jamie inside at the park and Hal approaches the Body Builders, the full body of a camera-man and the camera he's filming with is ridiculously visible on the right side of the screen in a wide-shot.
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Visible crew/equipment: When Lois goes into labour with Malcolm, she runs outside taking Francis and Reese with her. When Francis says, "You're a liar, you're a liar," watch the back window of the car and you will see the camera and camera operator's reflection in the window.
Continuity mistake: When Malcolm is trying to get the TV back to the channel he was watching, he picks up a big remote and finds the channel which the video camera feed is on, but the remote he is holding on the TV is a smaller one. It then cuts back to Malcolm who is moving his hand away from the remote he just put down and it's the bigger one again.
Continuity mistake: Season 6, episode 7: "Hal Sleepwalks"; At school, Dewey stops the shouting match between the two opponents. In the shots facing Dewey, the boy's arms are held way up high in front of him, but in the shots facing the kids, the boy's arms are down at his sides.
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Continuity mistake: Episode 16 Season 6 "No Motorcycles." Francis calls Hal out to the driveway where two motorcycles are parked. In the first camera shot the motorcycles are parked side by side with the front wheels turned in the same direction. All subsequent shots of the motorcycles in the driveway show them in a different position, one angled behind the other, with the front wheels turned in opposite directions.
Continuity mistake: In the episode where Lois takes revenge on the four girls who pranked Reese, Lois and Reese use a makeshift catapult to launch paint balloons at one of the girls and her date. The first balloon hits the girl, covering her left shoulder with pink paint. In the shot where her date gets hit with a balloon, her shoulder is no longer covered in paint. Some of the paint blotches change size and shape on both her and her date throughout this scene as well.
Continuity mistake: In the episode "Malcolm defends Reese" Hal shows Dewey that he fixed the microwave so that it works with the door open. There is a red cloth inside. Hal then shuts off the microwave and when he and Dewey start talking the cloth changes position from shot to shot.
Continuity mistake: Malcolm's seat belt changes from on to off the first scene with him and his mom in the car. When it's a shot from the front it's on, but when it's a shot from the side (from the driver's/mom side) you can see that the part of the seat belt that's going across is now behind Malcolm, instead of on him like it was a second ago. This changes back and forth.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Lois finds out about Francis escaping, there are three orange mugs hanging from a rack by the phone. When Lois reaches for the phone to call the police, she makes the middle one start swinging. She and Hal sit down, and the end mug has moved from the rack into a box on the kitchen counter. Also, the mugs are hanging still. Towards the end of the scene, the "fallen" mug is back on the rack, and the middle mug is swinging again.
Continuity mistake: When the "Krelborne" teacher comes to the house to tell Lois that Malcolm is gifted, Lois comes to the door naked and puts her arm up on the doorway. On the shot from behind she has her hand low (about where her waist is) from the shot from the front she has her hand up high (above her head).
Continuity mistake: When Lois and Kitty Kenarban (Stevie's mom) are at the table in the restaurant, while Hal and Abe sit at the bar, things on the table change position or disappear and reappear between shots. Same thing happens at Malcolm's table with Reese and Stevie.
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Plot hole: In this episode Dewey tells Francis that their aunt died from a cat eating her face (or something involving a cat mutilating her face) and we find out this is how she really did die. But then why would it be an open-casket if her face was destroyed?
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Lois and Hal tell Malcolm he is going to the "special class", Hal notes that the pitcher of iced-tea he makes is always empty, and says, "Look at that - gone," before placing the lid back onto the pitcher. Yet, when it cuts to the wide shot of the table, the pitcher lid is by Hal's elbow.
Continuity mistake: When Julie passes through the kitchen to get Malcolm, Dewey and Egg are in there cleaning the floor they have suds all over the floor, When Julie runs back through after seeing Malcolm in his underwear she slides across the floor, The floor is still completely covered in suds but when she gets up if you look in the background you see the floor with hardly any suds anywhere. She could not have soaked up all the suds when she slid across.
Continuity mistake: When Lois is in the bath tub soaking after getting upset about the family wanting to go to the funeral. Dewey comes in and ask for juice. When they are on Lois(front view) the suds barely come to the top of her breast. When the show Dewey (side view of Lois) The suds are all the way up to her shoulder.
Visible crew/equipment: When Hal rebuilds the track of dominoes, he walks out and slams the the door. This starts the dominoes falling. When it comes up to a shot of the American flag in dominoes, if you look closely to the left of the screen you can see a hand pushing it over.
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Continuity mistake: When the Tarantula is put on Hal at the zoo, the shot is only of a yellow shirt with the tarantula crawling on it. When the shot changes to where they show the whole Hal, you can easily tell that the tarantula is fake - it is larger than it was and is in a different spot on Hal's shirt.
Revealing mistake: When Lois confronts Susan about not telling her about Susan's kidney disease, Susan is telling Jamie how cute he looks in his sailor outfit. When the camera is moved to a different angle, it becomes very obvious that "Jamie" is just a prop baby doll.
Other mistake: In this episode Malcolm's new teacher begins a league table for the Krelboyne class, and since Malcolm shows that he is better than the whole class, the teacher creates a new highest rank for him which he calls "1 to the 11". However mathmatically, "1 to the 11" is still 1, so it seems rather strange that the teacher would go the trouble, and that none of the class would notice this.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Malcolm and the Krelboynes are talking and watching Robots after the opening credits. There is a blue schoolbag on the table but after it is gone, but when we see the table again the schoolbag is there again.
Continuity mistake: In Season 2: Episode 15, when Francis and a group of people are volunteering at the Lucky Aid, Craig mentions to them that he might've accidentally mailed the marked inventory numbers to his mother. However, in this episode, Craig has never seen or interacted with his mother because his father told him when he was a child that she passed away.
Continuity mistake: In the side of the story when Lois takes the boys, Malcolm has some kiddy bumpers put in to help him bowl. In the next scene when Reese is about to tell Beth the joke, you can see the lane which Malcolm was just at but there are no bumpers in the gutters. Then later when Malcolm stands up to Lois they are back in the gutters.
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