Malcolm in the Middle: 3x11
Company Picnic (1)
Juicy guest casting and ingenious plotting enliven an hourlong episode that airs in the plum post-Super Bowl slot. One storyline unfolds at Hal’s company picnic, where Lois clashes with a blabby wife (Susan Sarandon) and her beleaguered spouse (Kaczmarek’s real-life husband, Bradley Whitford); and Hal runs afoul of his new boss (Stephen Root) and the big cheese (Patrick Warburton). In Alaska, Francis’s scheme to win a bet involves rigging a hockey game that pits loggers vs. a fearsome women’s squad led by a blowhard coach (Terry Bradshaw).