Francis enjoys his new assignment as a guard at a beauty pageant, and the family is poverty-stricken when
Lois is fired from the grocery store.
While Hal secretly takes the boys to the stock car races, Lois desperately searches for her missing pay cheque.
The whole family attends a Krelboyne family picnic, and Malcolm fears that his performance in the Academic Circus will make him look like a freak.
Malcolm's brother runs away from military school and comes home to see his girlfriend.