Question: Hey, Televisionary, dude, you are terrific. I hope you can help me out on this one. I have two questions about Malcolm in the Middle. What city does this show take place in? And what horrible crime did Francis do to put him into military school? Elizabeth B., Tacoma, Wash.
Televisionary: Thanks, Elizabeth, dude. The hometown, like the last name of Malcolm's family, has never been revealed. Nor has the show ever revealed exactly what Francis (Christopher Masterson) did to earn his trip to military school. (And please save yourself some typing and e-mailing, everybody. There's been plenty of speculation, and Francis has committed plenty of sins, but neither of these questions has ever been specifically answered on the show.)