List of Malcolm in the Middle episodes

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Malcolm in the Middle is a Fox sitcom that ran for seven seasons from January 9, 2000 to May 14, 2006 with 151 episodes produced.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 16 January 9, 2000 May 21, 2000 October 29, 2002 September 24, 2012 September 4, 2013[1]
2 25 November 5, 2000 May 20, 2001 N/A November 19, 2012[2] September 4, 2013[1]
3 22 November 11, 2001 May 12, 2002 February 4, 2013[3] September 4, 2013[1]
4 22 November 3, 2002 May 18, 2003 March 11, 2013[4] September 4, 2013[1]
5 22 November 2, 2003 May 23, 2004 April 29, 2013 September 4, 2013[1]
6 22 November 7, 2004 May 15, 2005 June 3, 2013 September 4, 2013[1]
7 22 September 30, 2005 May 14, 2006 October 7, 2013 September 4, 2013[1]

Season 1 (2000)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" Todd Holland Linwood Boomer January 9, 2000 10012-99-179

After his favourite and oldest brother, 16-year old Francis (Christopher Masterson), is sent to military school, 12-year old boy named Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a boy with a dysfunctional family, living with a neurotic father Hal (Bryan Cranston), control-freak mother Lois (Jane Kaczmarek), a slob and stupid bully 13-year old brother Reese (Justin Berfield), and 6-year old Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan), he is given an I.Q. test by his teacher and is revealed to have an I.Q. of 165. He is transferred to the school's gifted class against his wishes, and must cope with his desire to be normal despite having been recognized as a genius, trying to accept to be now a "Krelboyne", the school nerds who are rejected by other kids.

This episode won multiple awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Comedy Series for Holland and Boomer, respectively, in 2000.[5] Leading on from this, Holland was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series in 2001.[6]
2 2 "Red Dress" Arlene Sanford Alan J. Higgins January 16, 2000 06-99-103
Lois is supposed to meet Hal at an expensive restaurant for their anniversary date, but Lois forgets to go after she finds her red dress burned and flushed down the toilet, sending her into a violent rage. She spends the night punishing Reese, Dewey, and Malcolm, trying to figure out which of them burned her red dress. Meanwhile, Hal makes friends with a member of the restaurant staff while waiting for Lois. Malcolm, seeing that he and his brothers cannot fight Lois alone, calls Francis for help against Lois. It is later revealed that Hal burned the dress on accident.
3 3 "Home Alone 4" Todd Holland Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein January 23, 2000 06-99-106
While Hal and Lois are away for the weekend, Francis comes home from military school to babysit Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey. Malcolm overhears Lois and Hal's discussion about Francis and believes he will be allowed to return home permanently if he does a good job, so he convinces the other boys to be on their best behavior. This all turns out to be for naught when Francis' delinquent friends come over and trash the house. Although they manage to fix it, Malcolm gets a head injury from broken shelves (thanks to Hal buying cheap ones) and they try to find a way to pay the medical bill of $400 for him so Hal and Lois can't find out, so he convinces his teacher to pay him off. Seeing how good work Francis has done, they send him back for military school because they realize how much he is "improving" there, much to the dismay of the brothers.
4 4 "Shame" Nick Marck David Richardson February 6, 2000 06-99-107
Fed up with his constant ignorance, Malcolm beats up a huge bully who won't leave him alone, only to learn that the bully is just a 7-year old brat who uses his strength to bully others. Malcolm feels guilty and tries to clear his conscience by signing up for a charity run, but fails when he trips on his untied shoe right in beginning of the run. Dewey is injured climbing a tree, so Hal decides to cuts it down, angering the neighbors because they can see their house now, but then, Hal misses the tree, so he plants another one. Francis decides to steal the slides for the military academy's disgusting sex education slideshow, but he finds some immature slides of Commandant Spangler (Daniel Von Bargen) in his office, which he replaces with the original slides. However, Spangler shows a cunning and trickier side by showing the cadets slides of Francis picking his nose and urinating drunk.
5 5 "Malcolm Babysits" Jeff Melman Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum February 13, 2000 06-99-105
Dewey left food for bugs in the crawlspace, and while their house is being fumigated, Malcolm's family moves into a trailer rented by one of Lois's coworkers named Craig. However, Malcolm ends up spending more time at the home of an upper-middle class family who has hired him as their babysitter, but then he learns that they were videotaping him. He later blackmails the family to leave him alone and quits the job, also revealing a horrible secret about the family's wife. Meanwhile at the academy, Francis finds the corpse of a former janitor in the basement of the military school, who was missing for 16 years, and teams up with his friends to give the forgotten custodian a proper burial by sending him down the lake in a burned boat and performing a burial at sea, which turns into a disaster.
6 6 "Sleepover" Ken Kwapis Dan Kopelman February 20, 2000 06-99-110
Malcolm stays overnight at Stevie's house. He convinces Stevie to sneak out of the house with him and they go to an arcade downtown, but Stevie's wheelchair is stolen, and they have to team up to find his wheelchair while dragging Stevie in a cart. Meanwhile, to prove that he is mature, Lois challenges Reese to give Dewey a bath and put him to sleep in exchange for being allowed to stay up late to watch a scary movie, but the task proves more difficult than he expected, just as Lois thought it would. At the academy, Francis is hazed by a group of students at military school, but tells them their tricks are amateurish to what Lois did to him, and the students decide to worship Lois.
7 7 "Francis Escapes" Todd Holland Linwood Boomer February 27, 2000 06-99-101

Francis deserts from military school to spend more time with his girlfriend, who breaks up with him as soon as he gets home (finding him boring and over attached). Lois finds out Francis has left school, but does not know where he went. Malcolm discovers Francis hiding in the woods near their house and brings him food, though keeping the secret from his brothers and parents gets more and more complicated by the time. After Hal finds him, he decides to drive him across the country back to the military school so Lois won't find him.

Note: This is the only episode other than the pilot to be credited to series creator Linwood Boomer.
8 8 "Krelboyne Picnic" Todd Holland Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein March 12, 2000 06-99-109
Malcolm's classmates demonstrate their abilities at a picnic. Malcolm, not wanting people to see him as a freak, tries to get out of performing by ditching the picnic with Francis, but the plan falls apart when Francis meets a girl at the picnic, forcing Malcolm to find the fun on his own. Meanwhile, Hal violates the picnic's vegetarian policy by bringing a meat-filled cooler on the picnic, and Lois takes care of a PTA control freak who strictly oversees the food and drinks there, escalating a war.
9 9 "Lois vs. Evil" Todd Holland Jack Amiel & Michael Begler March 19, 2000 06-99-104
After a mishap of a steam cleaner, Lois finds out that Dewey stole a $150 bottle of cognac from the store where she works. She makes him return it, but she's fired by a tyrannic assistant manager after he catches them returning the bottle back, and in anger she rips his toupeé off and reveals that he is bald, which leaves the family struggling for financial reasons. Francis, chosen to be part of the color guard at a beauty pageant, gains special backstage dressing room access when some of the contestants think he's gay, which he uses to his advantage, but he is so much attracted to the girls and wants to convince the contestants otherwise.
10 10 "Stock Car Races" Todd Holland David Richardson April 2, 2000 06-99-102
Instead of letting the boys go to school, Hal decides to sneak them out of the class and takes them on a stock car race, and the boys try to sneak on the pit lanes, causing mayhem with the security guards. Lois' hunt for her paycheck unearths incriminating items that Hal and the boys stashed around the house, and with the Malcolm's teacher, who arrived because of his absence, she starts to collect all the incriminating and provocative items they have stashed in the following years, and the women have a great time together. Meanwhile, fed up with Spangler and his noisy dog that the students hate, he sneaks a huge snake into the academy and stashes it in his locker. To his dismay, he forgets to lock it, sending the snake loose and ending up eating the dog.
11 11 "Funeral" Arlene Sanford Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum April 9, 2000 06-99-111
The family reluctantly prepares for Aunt Helen's funeral, but Lois finally gets fed-up by the collective attitude and announces she's going to take a bubble bath and everyone else can do their own things. Hal decides to listen to his old record player, while Dewey invites a friend, and after they leave a huge spill, they start to clean it, causing a mess in the kitchen. Francis is upset that Aunt Helen's death was not reported to him. This frees Malcolm to attend a concert with a girl named Julie, but she catches him in his underwear while changing and runs away, tripping on Hal's wires and being send into a pool of soap and trash, causing her to leave in tears. Fed up with the behavior of his parents and his brothers, Malcolm tells his parents that Reese broke Dewey's birthday present and the reason he seemed so enthusiastic to go to the funeral was that he had planned to stash the remains in the coffin. Lois promptly decides that they will attend the funeral after all so Reese can apologize to Aunt Helen (by making him stand in the corner in the funeral).
12 12 "Cheerleader" Todd Holland Dan Kopelman April 16, 2000 06-99-112
Reese joins the cheerleading squad because he has a crush on one of the cheerleaders. Malcolm is embarrassed to have a brother who is a cheerleader, and even the Krelboynes are making fun of him, but he ends up helping Reese learn his routines anyway, and he becomes really talented. Meanwhile, Dewey wants a new toy, desperately trying to talk Lois into buying it, and Hal, hearing Reese crying because of the girl and seeing him practicing cheerleading routines with Malcolm in the backyard, tries to give all the boys "The Talk".
13 13 "Rollerskates" Ken Kwapis Alan J. Higgins April 30, 2000 06-99-108
Malcolm wants to play street hockey on rollers with his friends on the street, but he doesn't know to do it, so Hal gives Malcolm rollerskating lessons, but Malcolm becomes frustrated with his lessons and says "the F word" at his dad. Lois punishes him, but Hal responds by typing up several pages of obscene names and forcing Malcolm to look him in the eye and say them to him. Malcolm relents, but manages to do it, realizing the means of swearing words, and then agreeing not to make eye contact with Hal for the next weeks, and he finally learns how to roll on skates. Meanwhile, Lois throws out her back by screaming too loud at Reese for tracking mud in the house and refuses to take painkillers, and Francis fakes the same back injury to get out of a wilderness survival exercise at the academy.
14 14 "The Bots and the Bees" Chris Koch Alan J. Higgins & David Richardson May 7, 2000 06-00-202
Lois visits Francis at military school after he has a medical emergency. Hal, no longer under Lois' supervision, takes up smoking his cigarette stashes around the house and stops going to work, trying to find some fun. Meanwhile, Malcolm and the Krelboynes enter a killer robot competition, but Hal takes over their robot-building project and builds a dangerous robot complete with a bee cannon. He gets crazy over the whole project, and the boys end up launching the bees on him to stop him, sending him into the tears as he is covered with bees.
15 15 "Smunday" Jeff Melman Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein May 14, 2000 06-00-201
Lois, down with a severe case of the flu, doesn't realize she has spent two days in bed; thinking Monday is Sunday, she doesn't make the boys go to school--or lift their latest grounding about breaking their bike, so the boys are unable to do anything exciting around the house. Francis calls the boys about hiding an incriminating letter about his latest mishap on the academy, but when the boys find out from Lois that they are grounded because Francis told her what they did, he decides to get his lowlife pals to get the letter, but Dewey hides it on a safe place, which, to the horror, is under Lois's pillow, causing her to read it, also having them grounded since post doesn't come on Sunday. Meanwhile, Hal visits a Porsche dealership and ends up ruining a car because he caught Lois' flu.
16 16 "Water Park" Ken Kwapis Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum May 21, 2000 06-00-203
The family takes a trip to a water park to have some fun. Lois and Hal sneak alcohol on the pools and have fun, while Malcolm and Reese have a prank war over a dispute, and they have their final showdown at the huge water tower. Lois catches them and yells at them, but Malcolm pushes her in, although she manages to grab both of them and pulls them down the slide. Meanwhile, Dewey is stuck at home with an ear infection and an elderly babysitter (Bea Arthur), and realizes that they both have a lot in common and have fun—until she's carted away in an ambulance (whether she died or not is unknown) and he becomes so entranced with a balloon being blown around in the wind (later a paper bag) that he gets lost.

Season 2 (2000/01)[edit]

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17 1 "Traffic Jam" Todd Holland Dan Kopelman November 5, 2000 06-00-204
The family is banned from the water park because of breaking too many violations, including sneaking alcohol into the park, but get stuck in a traffic jam caused by a car wreck right in front of them on their way home. Hal has an existential crisis when he realizes how easily it could've been their car that was hit by the truck. Lois can't accept the fact that there's nothing she can do to speed up the process so they can get back on the road, causing her to have a mental breakdown. Meanwhile, Reese and some kids battle an ice cream man who refuses to give them treats. Malcolm spends the time with a girl and is crushed when he finds out she lives in Canada. She gives him his phone number, but at the last moment, a dog eats the paper with the number, much to Malcolm's dismay. At the military academy, Francis bets fellow cadets that he can eat 100 candy Quacks and gets sick in the process. Meanwhile, Dewey has an adventure going home.
18 2 "Halloween Approximately" Todd Holland Dan Kopelman November 8, 2000 06-00-207
When Francis comes home for a post-Halloween visit, he helps his brothers get back into the spirit by building a giant slingshot on the roof of their house to terrorize the neighborhood, but are defeated when Krelboynes turn the tables on them. Hal and Lois track down a joyrider in a blue 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle who won't stop speeding down their street and taunts Lois, and they end up stealing his car. Driving it around, they seem to have an epiphany about their youth and have fun driving around, even thinking about leaving the kids and depart to Mexico, but, coming to their senses, they drown the car in a lake and return home.
19 3 "Lois's Birthday" Ken Kwapis Alex Reid November 12, 2000 06-00-205
Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey are given money to buy birthday presents for Lois, but they spend most of it on candy. Lois runs away from home and goes to a batting cage. Hal and the boys throw together a makeshift party for her at the batting cages, where they end up getting into a fight with a bunch of clowns. Francis, who had come home for Lois' birthday, convinces an African woman to ditch her bus tour and see America with him instead.
20 4 "Dinner Out" Jeff Melman Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein November 15, 2000 06-00-206
The family has a dinner date with the Kenarbans, who start to pick up the bad habits of Malcolm and his family: Abe gets drunk with Hal, Stevie punches Reese, and Kitty makes a scene by yelling at Stevie in front of everyone. With Spangler's mother visiting, the academy is free for the cadets, and so Francis invites a group of local girls to a party at Marlin Academy, which they promptly destroy. Francis goes to Spangler to tell him about the party, and together they try to limit the damage.
21 5 "Casino" Todd Holland Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson November 19, 2000 06-00-209
Malcolm and his family vacation at a casino on an Indian reservation. Hal is banned from the gambling area after using Malcolm to count cards for him at a blackjack table. Unable to gamble, Hal looks for another form of recreation and takes Malcolm and Reese on a hike through the desert, where they accidentally wander onto an artillery range owned by the Army, and they end up in a military base. Lois wins a day at the spa and shares it with Dewey since Hal is gone. Francis ditches school thinking he would have the house to himself while his family was gone, only to run into Craig, who has also snuck into the house uninvited.
22 6 "Convention" Jeff Melman Bob Stevens November 22, 2000 06-00-208
Hal and Lois go out of town to a convention, where Hal keeps picking fights with a coworker who stole an great idea he had years ago. Back at home, the boys compete for the attention of a sexy babysitter (Melody Perkins), Francis's friend (who doesn't know that she is gorgeous since she was obese while he was going to school with her) who finds Dewey too adorable and barely notices the other two, and still has big feelings for Francis.
23 7 "Robbery" Todd Holland Alan J. Higgins November 26, 2000 06-00-215
Lois and Craig get caught up in a robbery at the Lucky Aide, where Craig finally admits his feelings for Lois. Hal brings home an old armoire to give Lois as an anniversary gift, but it turns out to be full of bats. They manage to get rid of all the bats, but not without trashing the house in the process. Francis tries to cheer up a recently dumped fellow cadet by taking him to a strip club, then an illegal cockfight, where they run into a mishap with the locals.
24 8 "Therapy" Ken Kwapis Ian Busch November 29, 2000 06-00-210
Malcolm fakes an emotional breakdown in order to get out of the Krelboyne class' Medieval Week. Hal and Lois clean out a packed closet and find that it is actually a second bathroom with a functional toilet. They decide to keep the secret and repack it so the boys won't find out. Dewey reveals a hidden talent for table skittles, but his talent seems to disappear as soon as Hal tries to show it off on a convention. Meanwhile, Francis starts laundry duty at military school. He is good at it, but then becomes greedy and starts a business and blackmail. The other cadets soon gets back at Francis for it.
25 9 "High School Play" Jeff Melman Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum December 10, 2000 06-00-211

Malcolm gets a role in a high school play and starts blowing off his friends to spend more time with his new high school friends. Caroline Miller (Catherine Lloyd Burns), the Krelboyne teacher, gives birth in the school parking lot when the Krelboynes' model rocket launch goes awry. Hal and Dewey create a LEGO city. At the play, the constant exposure to the high-school gossip causes Malcolm to forget his lines.

Last Appearance of: Catherine Lloyd Burns Guest appearance of future Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as cashier
26 10 "The Bully" Jeff Melman Alex Reid December 17, 2000 06-00-214
After being beaten by a girl in a wrestling match, Reese relinquishes his role as the school bully, which allows people to start picking on Malcolm, but returns when people entered the off-limit zone (Picking on Stevie, who is wheel-chair bound). Francis tries to come home from military school for his birthday to avoid a brutal birthday hazing ritual of having his whole body shaved.
27 11 "Old Mrs. Old" Todd Holland Alan J. Higgins January 7, 2001 06-00-213
Malcolm must help an old woman (Florence Stanley) in the neighborhood with whatever she wants of him because he broke her arm. He takes care for her and actually gets friendly with her, until one day, she passes out from alcohol. He invites his friends over and joyride in her car, but they pass next to Lois, panicking Malcolm. The old woman covers for Malcolm, for a small price he has to pay. Francis' friend Richie is sent to the military academy. Meanwhile, Reese tries to convince (and force) Dewey to use a regular backpack instead of a purse.
28 12 "Krelboyne Girl" Arlene Sanford Bob Stevens January 14, 2001 06-00-212
Malcolm's class has a new student named Cynthia (Tania Raymonde), and it quickly becomes clear that she has a crush on him. Malcolm doesn't know how to react about this, panicking about a new love, and ends up throwing a brick through her window in the middle of the night. She is mad at first but ends up forgiving him.
29 13 "New Neighbors" Ken Kwapis Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum January 21, 2001 06-00-219
New neighbors move in next to Malcolm's family, and the two families soon hate each other (except the father, who quickly becomes best friends with Hal). One of the neighbors starts rumors that Malcolm is a Peeping Tom, leading Malcolm to seek revenge by framing him for theft. Malcolm and Reese accidentally catch the neighbor family's mother cheating on her husband, forcing them to move. Meanwhile, Commandant Spangler gets drunk on the day that Oliver North visits Marlin Academy and Francis must save the day.
30 14 "Hal Quits" Ken Kwapis Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein February 4, 2001 06-00-216
Hal quits his job after a disastrous career day at Dewey's school, and spends his free time to a huge painting in a garage (which is never shown on-screen). He drives himself crazy adding more and more layers to the painting until he goes crazy about it. Francis reluctantly works at the Lucky Aide over spring break when they need extra people to take inventory. Malcolm questions his future profession after an aptitude test reveals that he could do any job on the planet.
31 15 "The Grandparents" Todd Holland Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson February 11, 2001 06-00-217
Lois' parents Victor (Robert Loggia) and Ida (Cloris Leachman) come for a visit and don't seem to approve of anyone in the family except Reese. Hal buys a new refrigerator thinking Victor is going to reimburse him for it, but Victor changes his mind. Victor also gives Reese a case of his old weapons, but Reese pulls the pin and breaks the handle off a live grenade, so Malcolm throws it in the new fridge to keep it from destroying the house, blowing up the fridge in the process. Meanwhile, Francis is sick from a bad sushi while he and the cadets are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
32 16 "Traffic Ticket" Jeff Melman Larry Strawther February 18, 2001 06-00-218
Lois is cited for reckless driving, and arrested due to several outstanding parking tickets earned by Francis. She orders Francis to pay off the fines he has accumulated in her name, which leads Francis to try a dangerous stunt for money. Lois disputes the reckless driving citation, believing the officer has a personal grudge against her because she made him pay for an iced-tea he was buying. The boys find that Lois was wrong but can't tell her because she will scream and ground them. But when security camera footage shows evidence to the contrary, Lois has an emotional meltdown over being wrong for the first time in her life. Craig finds a security camera from a different angle showing that Lois wasn't at fault after all. However, Hal and the boys destroyed the tape, so she will continue to believe she was wrong and forces Craig to remain silent, or else they will make his life living hell.
33 17 "Surgery" Jeff Melman Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum February 25, 2001 06-00-222
Malcolm is hospitalized with side pains and is diagnosed with appendicitis. He is scheduled for surgery until he manages to prove the diagnosis wrong and must suffer the consequences when his parents find out. The rest of the family obsesses over a board game called March and Conquer (a fictional version of Risk), which they usually don't play since Malcolm always beats them all in a few moves. Francis and the cadets go on a hunger strike after Commandant Spangler takes away their television.
34 18 "Reese Cooks" Jeff Melman Dan Kopelman March 4, 2001 06-00-220
Reese discovers his talent for cooking when he is forced to take a culinary class as punishment for a prank. In the class' cooking contest, Reese is found to have cheated by putting foul-tasting, raw ingredients (such as salt, pepper, or castor oil) in the other contestants' foods, even though he was the favorite to win. Hal punishes him by forbidding him to cook for a month, which makes Reese cry. At Marlin Academy, Francis keeps blowing off his share of a major school project that his friend Eric is also half-responsible for. Meanwhile, Cynthia organizes a "Be My Friend" party for everyone at the school, but Malcolm is worried that she's setting herself up disappointment and tries to stop her.
35 19 "Tutoring Reese" Ken Kwapis Ian Busch March 11, 2001 06-00-221
Malcolm tutors Reese to improve his lousy grades, but he keeps getting F's, no matter how much he takes the tests and studies. Desperate, Malcolm secretly takes Reese's test, and when it earns another F, he realizes that the teacher has a grudge on Reese and wants him kicked from the school. Francis leaves the family and lives in the basement of his friend Richie's house because Lois kicked him out for refusing to re-shingle the roof due to Hal's fear of heights. At the dinner with the family, the teacher gives bad credit on Reese to Lois, but Malcolm busts the teacher, but he also reveals his scheme. Lois blackmails the teacher into cooperation and also to help fix the roof, which he accepts after seeing Francis in the rain, screaming and begging to be let in.
36 20 "Bowling" Todd Holland Alex Reid April 1, 2001 06-00-223

In this Sliding Doors-style story, the viewer simultaneously sees what happens when the boys go bowling with Hal and what happens when they go bowling with Lois. In both versions, Malcolm and Reese go to bowl, while Dewey stays at home because he is punished for killing the neighbor's parakeet, as a subplot, with one of the parents guarding him. In the both versions, when Hal/Lois return home from the bowling alley, they say to each other that next time, they are taking them. Tony Danza and Alex McKenna guest stars.

Note: This episode won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Comedy Series for Holland and Reid, respectively, in 2001. Leading on from this, Holland won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series in 2002.[7]
37 21 "Malcolm vs. Reese" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Dan Kopelman
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April 22, 2001 06-00-226
Francis bribes Malcolm and Reese with just one extra ticket to a wrestling match, forcing them to humiliate themselves and do all his chores, trying to outdo each other for the one ticket. The boys turn on each other when they realize that the other one can't go to the wrestling match if they are grounded. However, Francis betrays them both by taking a girl to a wrestling match and they get their revenge, by emptying his wallet, calling the police and reporting the family car is stolen by Francis, and then they tie up themselves in the trunk, leaving Francis humiliated in front of his girl and also getting him arrested. Meanwhile, Dewey is hired to watch Craig's cat for the weekend, but he loses the cat and his parents make things worse. Craig moves in with the family after they burn his house down. In the end, Lois punishes Reese and Malcolm for getting Francis arrested by forcing them to serve Craig.
38 22 "Mini-Bike" Ken Kwapis Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein April 29, 2001 06-00-227
Craig drives the family insane while living with them. The boys buy a used moped and fix it up, only to have Lois confiscate it. Reese takes the bike out anyway and crashes it, twisting and breaking his leg. Malcolm thinks fast and tricks Craig into believing he had run over his leg. Even though Lois eventually finds out about Reese riding the bike against her admonition, she lets the boys get away with it because they helped get Craig out of the house. Hal visits Francis at Marlin Academy's father/son day and is disappointed when he learns that Francis apparently has not changed, but is later proud when Francis is the only cadet who stands up to Commandant Spangler.
39 23 "Carnival" Ken Kwapis Alex Reid May 6, 2001 06-00-225
Reese and Malcolm plan with Stevie to sneak onto the carnival fair that is in town, with Reese and Malcolm telling the parents to spend the night with Stevie and Stevie doing the vice-versa with his parents. However, Dewey spies on them and wants in on the deal or else he will tell Lois, and even after blackmailing him into make his life living hell (breaking every toy and giving him wedgies every day until he moves out), they have to agree with him so they can all go in together. They all sneak off to the county fair together, but they arrive as the fair is closing and end up being locked in and chased by a security guard, a mishap thanks to Dewey having to pee and waiting two hours for the bus. Hal and Lois were going to spend the entire evening having sex until Stevie's parents showed up and they all discovered that their sons had lied. They search various places around town to find them, with Francis's help.
40 24 "Evacuation" Todd Holland Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson May 13, 2001 06-00-228

Hal and Dewey accidentally drop an old couch on the railroad tracks while driving it to the dump, and the town ends up being evacuated into the school gym after a train containing toxic waste derails. While Hal tries to make up to society, Malcolm was late coming home from school and gets grounded, so Lois forces him to stay on his designated cot in the gym. Dewey convinces other people that he is an orphan in order to get what he wants, and Reese starts running a black market when he realizes that everyone there is in need of basic supplies. At the end, Reese's black market is discovered, Dewey reveals his scheme to Hal in front of the crowd, and Lois spanks Malcolm when he stands up to her. The Army forces Hal, Dewey, Lois and Reese to spend the night on the bench outside without moving from it, with Malcolm enjoying his freedom. Eric takes Francis out on a blind double, but Francis' date turns out to be twelve. However, Francis has a better time with the girl than Eric has with his own date.

Note: Jerry Trainor guest stars as a high school military private.
41 25 "Flashback" Jeff Melman Ian Busch May 20, 2001 06-00-224
While Hal worries and argues with Lois over the possibility of her being pregnant again since she is two weeks late with her period, the two look back at the memories of their children's births, from Francis being born while Hal and Lois got married, Reese born early because Lois pushed him out because he kicked too hard, Malcolm born on the front yard because Lois had to go to the hospital and Francis locked her out of the car because he thought he would get a shot, to Dewey's birth on the backyard while it was raining because young Malcolm accidentally made chlorine gas and the house had to air out and the car keys were inside the gassy house. During Dewey's birth, Hal was forced by Lois to tell her why he loves her. Later, Dewey, who has been listening to his parents, is happy that they are not arguing anymore, because he thought they would get a divorce. Lois is revealed not to be pregnant.

Season 3 (2001/02)[edit]

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42 1 "Houseboat" Todd Holland Bob Stevens November 11, 2001 06-01-301
Malcolm's family and the Kenarbans vacation together on a houseboat, while Reese and Stevie hang out with girls from a cheerleader camp who are rather kinky. Malcolm soon becomes annoyed with spending time fishing with Hal, and finds some bras and Reese's shirt by the boat, causing him to throw Hal overboard and rushing the boat to the girls camp. Dewey has an increasingly bad time, ending with Reese and Stevie leaving him on a buoy, causing him to have severe skin burns. Returning home, Lois punishes Malcolm and Reese for 3 weeks for their actions with household chores, even though Malcolm remarks that he cannot stop laughing. Meanwhile, Francis' friend, Eric, drops out of the military academy to take on a logging job in Alaska and Francis gets himself emancipated so he can join him, incurring Lois' wrath because she was against him leaving school from the start.
43 2 "Emancipation" Jimmy Simons Alan J. Higgins November 14, 2001 06-01-302
Francis comes home a final time before heading out to join Eric in Alaska, but Lois wants nothing to do with him since he quit school. Meanwhile, Malcolm's new teacher, Mr. Herkabe (Chris Eigeman), a former Krelboyne student and a sadistic professor, sets up a ranking system to pressure them to achieve, causing the students to suffer a breakdown and increased paranoia, turning them against each other, until Malcolm develops up a scheme to break Herkabe's system, humiliating him in front of the school headmaster.
44 3 "Book Club" Todd Holland Alex Reid November 18, 2001 06-01-304
Lois attempts to escape the boys' nightly misbehavior by joining a women's book club, but she soon realizes that it's merely an excuse for the women to socialize—and to plot against a wealthy PTA mom who seems to handle her children and all other motherly duties with ease and living in pure luxury, and Lois makes friends with another mom named Karen. Meanwhile, Hal starts trying out many different ways to keep boys in order, and Francis hitches a ride with a trucker who makes him humiliate himself in exchange for the ride. Lois goes with Karen to trash the backyard of the PTA mom, but the plan fails when they get drunk and make noise, with the woman coming out with a shotgun and scaring them away with calling the police, causing Lois and Karen to hide in a dumpster in front of the police.
45 4 "Malcolm's Girlfriend" Ken Kwapis Ian Busch November 28, 2001 06-01-305
After getting a girlfriend (whose face is never shown on camera), Malcolm neglects his family and friends; the family reacts when they find out about her. Meanwhile, Dewey uses his new friend's wealth to get the birthday party he's always wanted. Still en route to Alaska, Francis is jailed but quickly starts to enjoy his time as he watches the guards' complicated lives unfold as a soap opera, and he has a good time with the guards and gives them advice, and they let him go to continue his trip.
46 5 "Charity" Jeff Melman Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson December 2, 2001 06-01-303
When Lois forces the boys into community service to build character, they choose to help out at a church, where they quickly go from trading their own stuff to stealing merchandise and creating a black market. Meanwhile, Francis finally reaches his destination in Alaska only to learn that his new job isn't the easy money-making opportunity he thought, but rather a living hell.
47 6 "Health Scare" Todd Holland Dan Kopelman December 9, 2001 06-01-307
When news hits that Hal may have a serious illness, Lois becomes meaner than usual. Meanwhile, Francis has a showdown with combative Lavernia in Alaska, and Dewey becomes overzealous in taking care of his class's pet hamster, by putting it in its play ball and filling it with cereal, and setting it free to protect it from a mean bully who is next in taking care of the hamster.
48 7 "Christmas" Jeff Melman Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum December 16, 2001 06-01-306
As the boys ruin Christmas every year, the most recent being a tree ornament war, Lois finally issues an ultimatum: either the boys behave or Christmas is cancelled! It works and Lois is proud that they rose to the challenge, but the boys realize that she could keep using this threat for every holiday--how can they stop her? They get back at Lois for holding Christmas hostage by drawing obscure pictures of her killing Santa Claus on the garage wall and tearing open their presents on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Francis spends a torturous Christmas with Grandma Ida in Whitehorse and eventually finds a closet full of gifts she bought for the family over the years, then withheld from because of petty offenses.
49 8 "Poker" Ken Kwapis Michael Borkow January 6, 2002 06-01-308
Hal finally gets an invitation to Abe's poker game, where Hal feels left out because he's the only amateur player and the only 'non-professional'. Malcolm clashes with Stevie for filming him in a homework assignment. Reese collects money from old ladies who wanted to partner up at Lois's dance class, then uses the money to get Dewey a toy and smashes it in front of him. For revenge, Dewey films Reese being dragged along to the class. Meanwhile, Francis and his Alaskan friends are trapped in an Alaskan blizzard fending off cabin fever.
50 9 "Reese's Job" Todd Holland Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson January 20, 2002 06-01-310

Reese works at a fast-food place, but gets into trouble when his co-workers think he stole money from the cash register. Dewey tries to prove himself trustworthy with a goldfish and his parents try to sabotage his efforts with switching the live fish with a dead one, until they find out that Dewey was switching the fish with others in order to get a dog. Malcolm finds himself eclipsed by the newest, youngest Krelboyne--Herkabe's latest attempt to get rid of Malcolm--until the boy helps Malcolm clear Reese's name by revealing the real culprit. Francis helps one of his lodge friends prepare to marry a Russian mail-order bride, but what arrives is not what they expected.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Todd Giebenhain as Ritchie for the series.
51 10 "Lois' Makeover" Jeff Melman Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein January 27, 2002 06-01-311
Mortified when she learns that she performs poorly in Lucky Aide secret-shoppers' performance reviews, Lois tries to dress up her appearance. Hal is re-energized after beating the boys at basketball until the boys discover his dirty secret and get their revenge on him. A rat infestation gives Francis a new job.
52/53 11/12 "Company Picnic" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Alan J. Higgins
Story by: Janae Bakken
February 3, 2002 06-01-313
The family attends Hal's company picnic, where Hal tries to avoid his new boss because of his bleak history of first impressions and Malcolm sees an old crush. Francis finds himself caught up in an ice hockey match between the loggers and a female oil-rig crew and bets Lavernia's secret stash against the loggers, knowing that if he wins the money he can pay off his debts to Lavernia and leave his Alaskan hellhole. However, the team is so confident in winning and they do, and when Lavernia finds out about her missing money, she ties Francis naked to the ice-cleaner truck and drags him around the pit. Guest appearances include: Terry Bradshaw, Tom Green, Howie Long, Stephen Root, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Warburton, Heidi Klum, Lauren Storm, Magic Johnson and Bradley Whitford.
54 13 "Reese Drives" Jeff Melman Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein February 10, 2002 06-01-309
Reese gets his learner's permit, but after a poor student named Jackie makes him miss his turn for a driving test, he steals the Driver's-Ed car and ends up in a chase with the cops. However, he battles them back after driving back to the driving course and making a perfect course, impressing Jackie and his whole family. After throwing eggs on Craig's house, Lois makes Malcolm to clean it from Craig's house, but Craig lied so he could have Malcolm help him set up his new home cinema. Meanwhile, Francis makes several promises to different lodgers in order to fix a hole in the lodge's roof, but when he can't deliver, the angry lodgers come after him.
55 14 "Cynthia's Back" Ken Kwapis Maggie Bandur & Pang-Ni Landrum February 17, 2002 06-01-312
A moody Cynthia returns from Europe and Malcolm discovers it's because she was hiding more developed figure, in particular, her big breasts. When Reese finds out about this, he tries to date with the objective of getting a peek at her breasts, but Malcolm outsmarts him by asking him about her name (which Reese obviously doesn't know). Desperate, he grabs her breasts in a last attempt, but Cynthia beats him up. Meanwhile, Karen tells Lois that she kissed Hal on New Year's Eve, but he denies it completely and also confess to Lois that he doesn't even think about other women, and Lois realizes that Hal loves her more that she loves him. Dewey teaches Hal how to fly a kite. In Alaska, after his drunken roommates stole a totem pole, Francis looks towards it for answers in his life.
56 15 "Hal's Birthday" Levie Isaacks Alex Reid March 3, 2002 06-01-316
Lois arranges for Francis to come home on Hal's birthday as a surprise, but the real surprise is on everyone else when Francis arrives--with a wife, Piama (Emy Coligado). Malcolm, Dewey, and Reese are immediately sent to bed while the arguments rage on with Lois and Francis, destroying Hal's birthday. Meanwhile, the boys, upset that their parents don't care about their opinions, sneak off to a hotel with Hal's credit card to start a new life, until Hal finds out about the missing credit card and it leads to Lois confronting the boys.
57 16 "Hal Coaches" Jeff Melman Ian Busch March 10, 2002 06-01-319
Hal decides to coach Dewey's soccer team and turns them into monsters. Meanwhile, when Malcolm and Reese get a computer from their neighbor Ed, they discover his big secret and Reese blackmails him into doing things for him. Malcolm starts playing a game called The Virts, where he recreates himself and his family, but gets obsessed when his virtual version develops depression and morbid obesity. In Alaska, Piama kidnaps Lavernia's precious parakeet and demands better treatment for Francis or else she will personally execute the parakeet.
58 17 "Dewey's Dog" Bob Stevens Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein April 7, 2002 06-01-318
Dewey finds a dog and uses him to gain the upper hand over Malcolm and Reese, such as making them wear dresses and makeup. When Craig comes by to return some dry-cleaning, Dewey holds him hostage. Craig manages to run away but the dog chases him. Without the dog, Malcolm and Reese torture Dewey for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, Hal and Lois go on a date, and neither will admit that they caught Craig's flu. In Alaska, Francis comes face-to-face with his former, albeit drunk commandant, Edwin Spangler, who blames him for not only losing his job at Marlin Academy, but also his desertion.
59 18 "Poker 2" Jeff Melman Teleplay by: Bill Hooper
Story by: John Bradford Goodman
April 21, 2002 06-01-322
Hal, Abe, and their friends play extremely well in poker but start to compete over minor issues. Meanwhile, Reese sets Malcolm and Stevie up with two popular girls (Dana Davis and Lindsey Haun), telling them that Stevie is terminally ill; Malcolm discovers that one of the girls has an automatic handgun and tries to hide it from her, with unintentional results. Meanwhile, Eric suspects that Piama is having an affair and it prompts Francis to return home, where Piama's estranged father has returned.
60 19 "Clip Show" Jamie Babbit Michael Borkow & Alex Reid April 28, 2002 06-01-321

Believing the boys ruined the car, Hal forces them to see a psychiatrist (Andy Richter) to cure their bad behavior. Soon the three open up and tell him all about their family, which escalates into a big fight between the boys, freaking of the shrink.

Note: Jane Kaczmarek only appears in the flashback scenes.
61 20 "Jury Duty" Ken Kwapis Teleplay by: Pang-Ni Landrum
Story by: Pang-Ni Landrum,
Dan Danko & Tom Mason
May 1, 2002 06-01-320
While Malcolm and Reese spend a day exploring a sewer with Dewey and Stevie, they can't stop bragging that they saw Kitty naked over the weekend. Lois serves jury duty for a stolen motorcycle case and as she's not allowed to discuss it, Hal and Abe think her case is a high-profile murder case and spend the day proving their own theories about it. But Lois finds that her fellow jury members just want to declare the defendant guilty and go home. She forces them to properly analyze the case by not only changing her verdict, but also using Francis as an example. Meanwhile, Francis himself is trapped with the other guys in an ice-fishing shed with a bear outside.
62 21 "Cliques" Jeff Melman Michael Borkow May 5, 2002 06-01-317
After a chemical mishap, the Krelboynes are forced to join the general school populations, and they all find new groups except Malcolm whom gets concerned about a fight between cliques. Meanwhile, Piama is using the money she and Francis have been making from the casino business to go shopping instead of saving it up to pay off Lavernia. When Dewey is stricken with chickenpox, Lois tries to keep him busy with dominoes--but then she forbids Reese to knocking them down, and Reese tries to keep Hal from knocking them down, because Lois will blame Reese, no matter what happens to the dominoes.
63 22 "Monkey" Ken Kwapis Dan Kopelman May 12, 2002 06-01-315
After knocking out a burglar, Reese turns to law enforcement academy, believing that he has a future as a police officer. Elsewhere, Craig is laid up by injuries, thanks to being chased into traffic by Dewey's dog. He spends his insurance money on Oliver, a capuchin monkey "butler"--who is actually deranged and gives Craig a hard time. Francis is fired, and left with no choices, Francis and Piama leave Alaska, leaving Eric behind as a revenge by Francis for even suggesting Alaska. (Note: this is the final appearance of Eric Nenninger as Eric, skunked when he tries to hitchhike with Francis and abandoned to find his own way back home. It is also the last appearance of Bernard, the class hamster Dewey liberated, as he ironically reaches Alaska.)

Season 4 (2002/03)[edit]

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64 1 "Zoo" Todd Holland Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein November 3, 2002 06-02-401
Malcolm is depressed, and the family goes to the zoo. Reese battles a goat, while Malcolm and Dewey end up in a tiger pit. Francis and Piama's road trip across America results in them meeting a German couple named Otto and Gretchen who offer Francis a job at their dude ranch. Lois' ex-boyfriend (Tim DeKay) puts a tarantula on Hal and reveals to him how many boyfriends Lois actually had.
65 2 "Humilithon" Jeff Melman Michael Borkow November 10, 2002 06-02-402

Malcolm's first day of high school gets off to a bad start when Lois embarrasses him in front of the entire school, causing him to have no actual friends except the Krelboynes. He becomes depressed about this. Lois and Hal volunteer in the school, where Hal clashes with Mr. Herkabe, who doesn't like him. Meanwhile, with Malcolm and Reese away, Dewey stays home alone for the first time in his life (but only for 15 minutes), and has a wonderful time. On the ranch, Francis takes some side-jobs on to earn more money, such as teaching aerobics and being a masseur.

Note: last appearance of Tania Raymonde as Cynthia
66 3 "Family Reunion" Ken Kwapis Alex Reid November 17, 2002 06-02-403
The family goes to Hal's family reunion for his father's birthday, and Hal's family makes Lois miserable because she is from a lower-class family. They pick on her because of her clothes and her parents, dislike her topics and subjects, and finally forget about her during the family photo. They find her crying in the closet, where they insult her for her hot temper. Hal is mad for this. Hal clashes with his father in the end (Christopher Lloyd). The boys, after hearing Hal's relatives mocking Lois and giving her a hard time, they decide to patch a revenge on them by driving a golf cart over the celebration, destroying the party, and finally landing in the pool, forcing them to flee the party from the angry mob. Even though Lois is angry at the boys, she is still overjoyed inside for having the boys standing up to others for her.
67 4 "Stupid Girl" Todd Holland Dan Kopelman November 24, 2002 06-02-404
Malcolm pretends to be stupid so he can win over a cute girl (Brittany Finamore) who really is stupid and soon finds that he is actually becoming dumber. Stevie wins Lois' approval and she takes him to the school dance. Meanwhile, Hal rents a steamroller and becomes addicted to running over various objects until Dewey snaps him out of it by standing in front of it.
68 5 "Forwards Backwards" Levie Isaacks Maggie Bandur December 1, 2002 06-02-406
Days before Malcolm's birthday, he and Reese pull increasingly severe pranks against each other. Flashbacks throughout the episode gradually reveal how their feud began and reached the breaking point when Malcolm ate a blueberry Reese was saving. Meanwhile, Francis encounters a "devil cow" at the ranch and discovers it's just an ordinary cow long overdue for milking. Dewey worries about his role as Abraham Lincoln in the school play. Hal enlists Craig to help him find Malcolm a birthday present, but is driven nuts by his constant demands.
69 6 "Forbidden Girlfriend" Jamie Babbit Matthew Carlson December 15, 2002 06-02-405
Malcolm starts to date Nikki (Reagan Dale Neis), a girl from his school that he tutors in his free time. The only problem is her dad, a Vietnam veteran, who dislikes him. Dewey discovers he's an 'evil twin' and Reese uses this advantage to blame 'Dewey's twin' to turn on his enemies, and at the ranch, Otto is furious with the other ranchers who keep destroying the fence that Francis is building to keep the cattle inside. In the end, Francis settles them down with an idea.
70 7 "Malcolm Holds His Tongue" Jeff Melman Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson January 5, 2003 06-02-410

Malcolm decides to keep his opinions to himself; at first it goes well, but he becomes so over repressed with his opinions, that he becomes overstressed, causing him to grow a stomach ulcer that leads to a trip to the hospital. Meanwhile, Reese must enlist Craig to drive him and his girlfriend to a concert. He finds himself in over his head when Reese learns that Craig wants to go on a hayride date and won't let him renege out of it. Hal starts practicing race-walking, and ends up having talents for it, until he ends up with a fierce rival. Hal also decides to take on a local speed-walker and buys a speed walking outfit, including the infamous speed walking helmet. Hal makes a run at beating this "common jogger", after learning Wheeler's dirty secret.

Note: Alisa Reyes makes a cameo on a date in the same restaurant as Reese and his girlfriend.
71 8 "Boys at Ranch" David D'Ovidio Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson January 12, 2003 06-02-412
Hal and the boys visit Francis at the ranch. The boys are suddenly shocked when they find out that it isn't the same old Francis, who has become mature, and try to get him to be crazy and wicked like he used to be they reveal him a secret stash full of rockets and fireworks. Meanwhile, Hal and Otto get drunk, which causes them to be stranded in the desert during the night.
72 9 "Grandma Sues" Jimmy Simons Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein February 2, 2003 06-02-407
Grandma Ida is injured by slipping on leaves Reese neglected to rake up, and she sues Lois and Hal--just when Lois discovers that she is pregnant. To make the things even worse, she hires an expensive lawyer and sues them on a huge amount of money. This turns to horror when they find out that their insurance is canceled, which can lead to Ida evicting them from their own home and take all of their belongings. However, the lawyer has an epiphany and refuses to aid Ida, who, powerless, instantly tries to get on their good terms, but they kick her out of the house.
73 10 "If Boys Were Girls" Ken Kwapis Teleplay by: Nahnatchka Khan
Story by: Alexandra Kaczenski
February 9, 2003 06-02-408
During a hellish trip to the mall with Hal and the boys, Lois imagines life with daughters instead of sons, with Malcolm as Mallory (Lisa Foiles), Francis as Frances (Christopher Kennedy Masterson in drag), Reese as Renee (Mimi Paley) and Dewey as Daisy (Jennette McCurdy), and also imagines Hal being obese with the fact of being the only male in the house. Though starting off nice and pleasant, she soon discovers that it would have been just as difficult, only in different ways (Mallory being obnoxious brat, Renee being pregnant and a bully, Frances being a show girl and having multiple husbands, and Daisy being utterly evil). Meanwhile, Hal desperately searches for the perfect Valentine's Day present for Lois.
74 11 "Long Drive" Levie Isaacks Michael Borkow March 2, 2003 06-02-409
Reese ends up in prison for a day, where he clashes with a huge wrestler, who ended up in prison for beating a man to death. Lois drives Malcolm with her to move furniture to her sister's house, and during the trip, she tells him everything about sex, much to Malcolm's horror, but they end up having a pleasant conversation. Dewey is bored and causes a feud in Hal's six-man band for his amusement. At the ranch, Francis blows up Otto's favorite cow in a branding accident, and cannot bring himself to tell him.
75 12 "Kicked Out" Jeff Melman Alex Reid March 9, 2003 06-02-413

A combination of Malcolm's disgust at the house falling apart around them, and Hal's fear-induced "zero tolerance" attempts at maintaining peace and order in the family, results in Malcolm being kicked out of the house; the longer he has no home, the more his sanity begins to slip away. At the ranch, Otto's family arrives and Francis has deal with Otto's piano-playing nephew who annoys him, which leads to him smashing his piano in front of Otto's family. Meanwhile, Reese comes up with an idiotic idea by attaching a fire hose to his back for more speed on his bike, which ends up in a disaster.

Abstent: Jane Kaczmarek as Lois
76 13 "Stereo Store" Bryan Cranston Matthew Carlson March 16, 2003 06-02-414

Hal gets a second job at "U-Buy It." Meanwhile Jessica (Hayden Panettiere), a girl from Malcolm's school, babysits Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey while Hal works the night shift, and she ends up embarrassing them in front of her friends, and in the end, they have Dewey to be the bait and having him eavesdrop on the conversation between Jessica and her friends, then using the gossip information to blackmail her into cooperation.

Note: This episode marks Bryan Cranston's Malcolm directorial debut. Lois is absent in this episode
77 14 "Hal's Friend" Jeff Melman Dan Kopelman March 30, 2003 06-02-415

Hal meets with an old high-school friend, Larry (Joel Murray), who hasn't changed in all the time since they've seen each other. Malcolm tries to make Dabney stand up for himself when his overprotective and control-freak mom won't let him use his new paintball gun because it's "violent", as they celebrate Dabney's birthday with the rest of the crowd.

Absent: Jane Kaczmarek as Lois but is mentioned
78 15 "Garage Sale" Levie Isaacks Maggie Bandur April 6, 2003 06-02-416
Home from a visit with her sister Susan who had called her "hopeless," Lois puts Reese in charge of the family garage sale. Meanwhile, Hal finds his old pirate radio transmitter and restarts the station he ran in college under the pseudonym Kid Charlemagne. Malcolm finds an old computer worth over thousands of dollars and tells Lois about it. After Reese intentionally destroys it, she reprimands him and reminds him that they desperately need the money. At the ranch, Francis uses a sock puppet to help Otto deal with his estrangement from his son Rutger, an experience that helps him say just what Lois needs to hear when he calls home.
79 16 "Academic Octathalon" Todd Holland Rob Hanning April 13, 2003 06-02-411
Mr. Herkabe forces Malcolm to join the academic octathlon team in an expensive hotel, where he encourages them to cheat, so Malcolm chooses to make everyone pay by giving all of the teams the results of the contest which he stole, and as he expected, ends up in a disaster. Dewey alienates Hal after telling him he's too big for their bedtime ritual. Reese tries to avoid going to a dance with Alison, but Lois forces him to keep his promise.
80 17 "Clip Show 2" Levie Isaacks Maggie Bandur & Dan Kopelman April 20, 2003 06-02-422

In this second clip show, Hal and Lois are penning their will, and think back to all the trouble their sons put them through.

Note: Frankie Muniz and Christopher Masterson only appear in the flashback scenes. Other than the flashbacks, Justin Berfield (who plays Reese) only appears in the teaser.
81 18 "Reese's Party" Levie Isaacks Andy Bobrow April 27, 2003 06-02-418
Reese decides to throw a party while Lois and Hal take a weekend break for their anniversary. All is fine until Donnie's (Francis' friend) gang of hoodlums turns the party into a crystal meth operation that even Francis himself can't handle after Donnie blackmails him into telling the police his mishaps, and Dewey ends up solving the situation(i.e. Donnie and his gang's mothers showing up to yell at them). Meanwhile, Hal and Lois are having a miserable time at the honeymoon hotel.
82 19 "Future Malcolm" Ken Kwapis Teleplay by: Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein
Story by: Ron Corcillo & A.J. Poulin
May 4, 2003 06-02-417
At the park, Malcolm meets a depressed middle-aged man (Jason Alexander) who may be his future self, as they have so much in common. Fearing that this might be him, Malcolm tries to help him to improve his way of life and broaden his horizons in more than playing chess in the park. Meanwhile, Francis and Piama find employment as nude models, in which Francis starts to enjoy.
83 20 "Baby: Part 1" Jimmy Simons Rob Hanning May 11, 2003 06-02-419
Lois goes into labor while Hal and the boys are at a bridal exposition (which Hal had mistaken for car exposition). Ida moves in after her apartment burns down and she refuses to stay with Susan. After learning that Ida is a bigot, Francis and Piama enlist Abe and his poker buddies to scare her off. Meanwhile, Malcolm has been accepted to a boarding school in England, and he is overjoyed to go to have a new life, away from his parents and his miserable life. Even though the rest of the family is happy, Hal forbids him to go and forces him to stay here, since the family cannot function without him. Stunned at the date his parents chose for the baby's planned delivery, Dewey reveals the date is his birthday in an announcement at the exposition to humiliate Hal.
84 21 "Baby: Part 2" Jamie Babbit Michael Borkow May 18, 2003 06-02-420
A frantic Hal crashes the car while trying to get home to Lois, who has gone into labor. Meanwhile Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey take a parenting class to be better brothers to their new sibling, but realize everything they were taught in the class is the opposite of what their parents did for them (or didn't do). Piama and Lois trick Susan and Ida into clearing up the misunderstanding between them to get Ida to leave. Francis is forced to help Lois give birth when the paramedics don't arrive in time. They manage to deliver the baby, whom is named Jamie (although the gender is deliberately not revealed).
85 22 "Day Care" Steve Love Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson May 18, 2003 06-02-421
A church-run daycare center accepts Lois' wailing newborn...but Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey must attend Bible-study classes and Hal and Lois are expected to take part in the church community, or no day care for the baby. Meanwhile, a rival ranch reports an alien sighting, so Francis organizes a sighting on Otto's ranch...which gets him arrested by the government.

Season 5 (2003/04)[edit]

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86 1 "Vegas" Bryan Cranston Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein November 2, 2003 06-03-501

While Francis is trapped with Otto in a well he was supposed to fix, a fire erupts in the barn (also Francis' fault). Meanwhile, the family travels to Las Vegas, where Reese and Dewey show an obese rabbit at a competition, Hal is convinced he has had a prophetic dream about winning at a slot machine, and Lois goes backstage with her favorite singer Boone Vincent (David Cassidy); they chat about their private lives and she gives him parenting advice.

Note: The pre-credits scene reveals that Jamie is a boy.
87 2 "Watching the Baby" Levie Isaacks Alex Reid November 9, 2003 06-03-502
Attractive, popular girls want to be seen with Reese, Malcolm, and Stevie as revenge on their boyfriends, so the boys stick Dewey with babysitting Jamie. Dewey tells Jamie an elaborate story in which their parents are secretly wealthy and have a hidden "secret good house" in their closet. Working for Craig at the Lucky Aide when he can't pay for Jamie's diapers, Hal discovers that Craig tortures the graveyard-shift employers while he does nothing, so Hal helps them rebel.
88 3 "Goodbye Kitty" Jimmy Simons Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson November 16, 2003 06-03-503
When Stevie finds out his mother has divorced his father, he falls into a depression and Malcolm tries to cheer him up. Lois' high-school diary falls into Reese's backpack and he reads it and becomes infatuated with the diarist--and is horrified to find out her identity. Dewey regresses into babyhood. Meanwhile, neither Francis nor Otto can bear to put a horse with a deadly infection to sleep.
89 4 "Thanksgiving" David D'Ovidio Matthew Carlson November 23, 2003 06-03-504
Reese displays monomania and incredible culinary genius and talent and aspires to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner with Hal and Dewey's help. Lois intervenes when Francis and Piama seem headed for divorce. Meanwhile, Malcolm goes to a party instead of staying with the family; he spends half the time wondering if Kirstin (Alessandra Torresani) is flirting with him, then he gets completely drunk and they end up making out, then he freaks out when she finds out she wants to have sex with him. He leaves the party, arrives home drunk,and vomits into the turkey. Later he regrets not having sex with her, and Francis cheers him up by naming all 12 punishments Lois gave him (9 of them while he passed out).
90 5 "Malcolm Films Reese" Levie Isaacks Dan Kopelman November 30, 2003 06-03-505
Malcolm films Reese for a school psychology assignment, then discovers that he is an unwitting participant in one of Mr. Herkabe's experiments, causing him to be portrayed as a sadistic maniac, also losing Reese's trust. To get back at Herkabe, he gets into his office to reveal the other students' dirty secrets (also his own as payback to Reese), causing everybody to distance themselves in shame. Meanwhile, Hal fears he'll lose his job when top officials at his company are arrested for embezzlement. Lois' washer and dryer keep breaking down. When Dewey skips school he starts earning big money working as a street magician.
91 6 "Malcolm's Job" Steve Welch Maggie Bandur December 7, 2003 06-03-506
Lois makes Malcolm and Reese get jobs. Reese finds a job at the local slaughterhouse, but Malcolm is forced to work with Lois at the Lucky Aide. Malcolm catches Lois smoking on her break and thinks she's a hypocrite. Hal takes a nursing class run by Polly to spend more time with Jamie, but he and the other dads soon start betting on their babies (biggest burp, fullest diaper etc.). Meanwhile, sick of Reese and Malcolm's bullying, Dewey runs away to the ranch to visit his "good brother," Francis.
92 7 "Christmas Trees" Steve Love Alex Reid December 14, 2003 06-03-507
Hal, Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey go into business selling Christmas trees, but two priests send homeless people to their business, trying to sabotage their sale (since Hal is selling the trees cheaper than the church). Craig is bitten by a squirrel, and Lois orders her co-workers and some homeless people to catch the squirrel to prove that Craig won't need the very-painful shots. When Otto's family visits the ranch, they seem so much like Francis' family that he gets homesick.
93 8 "Block Party" Levie Isaacks Rob Ulin January 4, 2004 06-03-508
Returning early from vacation, the family discovers that their neighbors have been celebrating their yearly absence with a block party. Reese and Dewey scheme to make quick cash by letting kids beat up Reese, Hal and Lois join the kielbasa-eating contest, and Malcolm inadvertently aids a burglar. Meanwhile, Francis finds himself assigned to breeding cows, the most disgusting job at the ranch.
94 9 "Dirty Magazine" Bryan Cranston Eric Kaplan January 11, 2004 06-03-509
Malcolm decides to publish a student's brilliant story in the school newsletter despite its vulgar language. After the ACLU forces him to not censor the story, Principal Block (Kurtwood Smith) decides to cancel all extracurricular activities rather than "turning their high school into an adult bookstore". They even blackmail him with threatening the student to be expelled if he doesn't comply. He gets revenge on Block by publishing his own magazine just outside the school grounds (50 m away from the gates), also containing the story.
95 10 "Hot Tub" Jimmy Simons Andy Bobrow January 25, 2004 06-03-510
Hal buys a hot tub without telling Lois, but it turns into a swamp when he neglects to clean it. Malcolm finally gets his learner's permit, and gets mixed up in a fight between Polly and her ex-boyfriend. Reese steals Dewey's new friend Noah, who had actually befriended Dewey to get to Reese to ask him to beat up Noah's bullies. Meanwhile, Manfred Schmidt--former fiance to Gretchen, former best friend to Otto--visits the ranch.
96 11 "Ida's Boyfriend" Peter Lauer Neil Thompson February 8, 2004 06-03-512
Ida plans to drug, marry, and bilk a wealthy Chinese man (James Hong), then divorce him and get his money. Malcolm gets his tongue pierced but it then swells up and he must hide it and the resulting lisp from Lois until the wedding ends. Meanwhile, Reese has saved up the money to buy a special model ship for Dewey--just to smash it up in front of him! So Dewey goes to great length to pretend Reese doesn't exist, and Reese is horrified enough to try to apologize.
97 12 "Softball" Ken Kwapis Michael Glouberman February 15, 2004 06-03-511
Malcolm joins the Lucky Aide softball team to get away from Lois's wrath on the job--but she has recently become the coach! A better discovery he makes is that Craig is an amazing softball player. Francis drives cross-country on his pick-up truck back to the house (missing his anniversary with Piama) and scopes trough his past to prove to Lois that he is not lazy, but Lois refuses to say that she wrong and apologize. Meanwhile Dewey dares Reese to outdo one of Francis' old stunts (collecting the biggest number of toilet seats in a yard full of wild dogs with a ham in his pocket, which he actually does, breaking his record. Francis lectures him for doing such a dangerous stunt--then tries to get his record back.
98 13 "Lois' Sister" David D'Ovidio Gary Murphy February 22, 2004 06-03-513
Lois' sister Susan (Laurie Metcalf) visits, bringing Reese and Malcolm a red 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Convertible, Dewey a big cotton-candy machine, and Jamie a $5,000 savings bond. Suspicious about this generosity, Lois and Hal take the engine out of the car and lock the cotton-candy machine in the garage. Dewey breaks into the garage to use his new machine, and Reese has the Mustang towed onto a cliff, then leads it down for a big speed and they drive to a keg party, but as the police arrive, they block other people's cars and all are arrested. Lois eventually learns that Susan needs a new kidney and that she's still bitter that Lois stole Hal from her. Meanwhile, Francis "leads" a group of Girl Scouts on a wilderness campout journey through the desert.
99 14 "Malcolm Dates a Family" Steve Welch Rob Ulin March 14, 2004 06-03-514
Lois boycotts the family's favorite restaurant, Luigi's, but Hal and the boys sneak Luigi's pizzas in the garage. Malcolm gets more involved with his new girlfriend's (Sara Paxton) intellectual family than with her, and she eventually ditches him for ignoring her, forcing the family to kick him out and replace him with Stevie. Meanwhile, the family is watching a TV report about Lois' scheme to close Luigi's when they catch Malcolm there with his friends and Reese confesses that they've been sneaking pizza too, but he tries to save himself by offering a video of Hal's 5-minute imitation of her.
100 15 "Reese's Apartment" David Grossman Dan Kopelman March 21, 2004 06-03-515
Lois and Hal find out about the most disgusting and terrible thing Reese has done yet (which is never revealed); even Hal snaps, and they kick him out of the house after he stand up to them. Francis tries to defend him and bring him home (without knowing what he did), Dewey enjoys trashing Reese's things and sleeping on his bed, fully intending to keep Reese out of the house. Meanwhile, Lois finds out that Reese's grades are improving and he takes care of himself--maybe he's better off there? They soon get their answer when they find out he is $20,000 in credit-card debt. They drag him home and Malcolm narrates that she has spent over a month to find the suitable punishment for him.
101 16 "Malcolm Visits College" Peter Lauer David Wright March 28, 2004 06-03-517
Malcolm looks forward to visiting college—until Lois comes along and they meet the power-hungry dorm head, Leland. Lois turns the kids against him, determined to get Malcolm safety, but he himself doesn't know for who will he vote. After Hal refused to buy Dewey a piano, Dewey steals items around the house to drive Hal crazy until he builds one from the items he stole. Reese pretends to be a drug dealer to go out with the school's narc, who turns out to be an undercover cop. Francis and Otto try to help out at a daycare, but Otto gets the kids drunk.
102 17 "Polly in the Middle" Steve Love Matthew Carlson April 25, 2004 06-03-516
Polly the babysitter (Julie Hagerty) is caught in a love triangle between Abe and Craig after Lois sets her up with Craig and Hal sets her up with Abe--unbeknownst to each other--and she enjoys spending time with both of them. Craig and Abe finally find out about each other and fight for her.
103 18 "Dewey's Special Class" David D'Ovidio Maggie Bandur May 2, 2004 06-03-519
Malcolm coaches Dewey on how to "throw" an IQ test so he will not end up in the Krelboyne class. When he lands in the emotionally-disturbed "Busey" class instead, he takes it over from the incompetent teacher and tells Lois about Malcolm's plan, getting him grounded. When Dewey gets the chance to leave the Buseys, he decides he can't abandon his new friends, so he acts disturbed to keep his place there. Meanwhile, Reese tries to figure out what type of genius he is; and Hal and Craig enter a Dance Dance Revolution-style contest.
104 19 "Experiment" Bryan Cranston Alex Reid May 2, 2004 06-03-518
Stevie and Malcolm try to figure out how Reese managed to separate two bases for an enzyme for a medical experiment when he refuses to tell them. After he agrees, they manage to get him to rewind his day to find out how he managed to do it. Dewey sells chocolate bars by fibbing (with Francis' help). Meanwhile, Francis teaches assertiveness to a runt pig, resulting in a huge chaos.
105 20 "Victor's Other Family" David Grossman Eric Kaplan May 9, 2004 06-03-520
Lois, Reese, Jamie, and Malcolm go to Canada to meet Victor's secret family. The boys get along and even have fun with their newfound cousins, and everything is fine until Ida arrives, demanding Victor's pension. Lois reluctantly helps her get it (it's only $17 Canadian) until she discovers that Victor is not her biological father. Meanwhile, Dewey dreads Hal running with him since bad things always happen before such events between them. Betty White guest stars as Victor's other wife, Sylvia.
106 21 "Reese Joins the Army: Part 1" Steve Love Andy Bobrow May 16, 2004 06-03-521
Reese's new girlfriend Beth is about as dumb as he is. Malcolm initially dislikes her but they soon get to like each other too much and Beth breaks up with Reese. Devastated, Reese runs away and joins the army under the false surname "Jetson." Hal's company goes under à la Enron, and two corrupted FBI officers want him to falsely testify against an employer. He refuses, but they have him arrested. Lois stresses-out when she must work overtime at Lucky Aide to make ends meet; eventually her snappy demeanor and mounting mental instability get her fired. Meanwhile, Dewey enters a piano contest and is angry when no-one notices...even when he leaves town for it and wins!
107 22 "Reese Joins the Army: Part 2" Peter Lauer Andrew Orenstein May 23, 2004 06-03-522
The company uses Hal as a scapegoat and Lois has become more mentally unstable. When Francis learns that she may no longer be able to care for his siblings, he enlists Malcolm to help forge their father's signature in a legal document, declaring her mentally incompetent (which fails because Reese knows Hal's signature, while Malcolm knows Lois's). Meanwhile, Reese becomes a top-class soldier in training and makes his way with his squad into a Ranger mission in Afghanistan. At the house, Malcolm encourages Hal to testify in his own defense when he reveals he has skipped work on Fridays in 15 years, providing evidence of his absence for Fridays. However, Lois snaps on Hal when she finds out about it.

Season 6 (2004/05)[edit]

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108 1 "Reese Comes Home: Part 3" Todd Holland Matthew Carlson November 7, 2004 06-04-602
Reese, as soon as he lands on the Afghanistan, panics and deserts the army. He dresses as an local tribe woman to help him get away, accidentally getting married in the process. Lois, having recovered from her mental state, is on a march to find him, and travels to Kabul to hunt him down, selling the family car to afford the trip and hiring locals for the help. Meanwhile, Malcolm volunteers at a veterans hospital as a way to make up for his guilt of making Reese leave, but Dewey makes him realize he shouldn't do good things to honor Reese, instead he should cause the sort mayhem Reese always caused.
109 2 "Buseys Run Away" Bryan Cranston Michael Glouberman November 14, 2004 06-04-601
After learning that Dewey will be leaving their class, the Buseys run away and hide in the trees near his house, forcing Dewey to look after their needs. Unemployed Hal becomes the leader of a group of dimwitted body builders, eventually learning them basic things, and they making favours for him. Meanwhile, Lois punishes Reese and Malcolm for their firework fiasco in the movie theatre. This causes both of them to believe Dewey told on them and tries to entrap him, but ends up being punished even more.
110 3 "Standee" David D'Ovidio Rob Ulin November 21, 2004 06-04-603
When Hal and the garbageman get into a trash-dumping war (which benefits Dewey because the house ends up with a big pile of trash, which means Dewey can't get to school and imagining the trash as snow), he enlists Reese's help to steal his garbage truck. Meanwhile, Lois gets her job back at Lucky Aide (on probation), and fights against Malcolm in order to take down an offensive store display of a smiling black janitor holding a mop and a 6-pack of malt liquor. Soon it's an all-out war between mom and son - until Lois encounters a fellow employee who offends her even more than the display does. After Lois decides to keep the display up, Malcolm is revealed to hate it as much as she does, but wants to dispose of it without feeling his mom is in control. He decides to leave it to chance by flipping a coin, but ends up landing on its side, hinting that Lois will forever control him.
111 4 "Pearl Harbor" Peter Lauer Neil Thompson December 5, 2004 06-04-604
Malcolm and Reese's teenage neighbor Jessica (Hayden Panettiere, last seen in "Stereo Store") tricks each of them into believing the other is gay. Meanwhile, Hal, tired of competing with a neighbor who always outdoes his Christmas decorations, decides to create his own "holiday" to decorate his house for Pearl Harbor Day. Meanwhile, Dewey is doing a report on Hal being his hero, but when Hal rips his report because Dewey lied about him, Dewey quits his report on Hal and decides to do his report on Lois, which makes Hal heartbroken and saying things like this "I certainly liked it when the father was stabbed in the back by his son."
112 5 "Kitty's Back" Peter Lauer Matthew Carlson December 12, 2004 06-04-606
Kitty (Merrin Dungey) returns after having done everything imaginable and wants to return to her family, to Lois's dismay. Francis comes home and puts Dewey through the torturous "Brotherhood Initiation", then teaches Dewey about a fool-proof way to get out of trouble from his parents. Malcolm helps Stevie write an acceptance speech for his etiquette award, and Reese gets a full-body sunburn so he can peel his entire body at once. But when nobody cares about Reese shedding, he decides to mess up Stevie's speech which ends with him punished by Lois.
113 6 "Hal's Christmas Gift" David Grossman Alex Reid December 19, 2004 06-04-605
Hal and Lois are strapped for cash as Christmas approaches, and things are made even worse when the now unemployed Francis and Piama (due to some shenanigan where all of Otto's checks ended up in a fake ATM and a threat to sue Francis) decide to come home for the holiday, and Lois got into a car-crashing war with a woman (because she hit her car door on Lois' car and wouldn't apologize). As a result, they decide that the Christmas gifts will have to be homemade this year. When the family makes much better gifts than Hal, he promises them that he's going to take them somewhere wonderful and drives around aimlessly looking for somewhere that's as amazing as he claims, open on Christmas Day and is free. However, just as things are looking their bleakest, the family discover where Malcolm really got his 'home-made' gifts from. Meanwhile, Malcolm feels excluded when Reese and Dewey do fun stuff together.
114 7 "Hal Sleepwalks" David D'Ovidio Gary Murphy January 16, 2005 06-04-607
Hal gets so stressed out over finding a 20th anniversary present for Lois that he starts losing sleep, which prompts Reese to try to brainwash his semiconscious father late at night for ridiculous things, but realizes Hal chose Reese because he was more normal than the other boys (even Jamie). A school bully nominates two of Dewey's classmates for student body president, and Dewey nominates him (because it would be shameful to lose to a Busey), sparking a bizarre three-way election battle. Malcolm takes up the electric guitar despite Lois' warnings that he will fail at it, (because he gets a letter to tour Europe and feels he should do something to balance it out.) and writes a song to the tune of the Meow Mix jingle without realizing it.
115 8 "Lois Battles Jamie" Steve Welch Michael Glouberman January 23, 2005 06-04-608
Lois begins to think she is losing her touch when Jamie seems too much for her to handle. When Hal realizes that Lois is losing her confidence, he brings Francis home in order for him to explain to Lois how was she able to have confidence as a mother, but when she regains her confidence, Lois finds out that Reese has been putting 4 cans of Kapow soda every day, causing him to go berserk. Meanwhile, the other boys bring home a diving board and Reese tries to think up the craziest possible stunt to pull with it, eventually going crazy. Reese finally admits that he feels that he is not into stunts again, that is why he wants to do the craziest stunt.
116 9 "Malcolm's Car" Peter Lauer Alex Reid January 30, 2005 06-04-610
When Malcolm spots a decrepit 1968 Plymouth Barracuda V8 in his neighborhood on sale, he instantly falls in love with it and purchases the car. But he gets so caught up in the difficult task of restoring it that he blows off Stevie as well as Reese who needs him for an illegal betting scheme of his, during which Reese wins 11.500 dollars which he cannot pick up since Malcolm refuses to help him. Hal, on the other hand, is having success when he stumbles upon his hidden talent; hairstyling. Lois doesn't have time to worry about Malcolm or Hal, as she is caught up in scandal between Craig and their Lucky Aide boss Fred. Craig says he is taking time off to tutor Fred's wife in golf, but Lois finds out he is actually having an affair with her.
117 10 "Billboard" Bryan Cranston Rob Ulin February 13, 2005 06-04-609
When Lois catches the boys vandalizing a trashy billboard for a strip club, Malcolm alters the vandalism into a women's rights protest to avoid a punishment, which sparks a colossal media circus. In no time, feminists, conservative religious groups and national news reporters descend on the scene. After Hal grants a TV interview, a woman from his past turns up at the faux protest; and Reese, inspired by the giant billboard stripper who comes to life in his dreams, gives an impassioned speech about the objectification of women, while Lois tries to find a way to get the boys down without creating a wrath in front of the media.
118 11 "Dewey's Opera" Linwood Boomer Eric Kaplan February 20, 2005 06-04-610
When Lois buys a brand-new king-sized bed, Hal thinks that her motive is to put more distance between them and refuses to sleep in it. Moved to tears by an opera he sees on television (and then beaten up by the brothers), Dewey is inspired to write his own operatic masterpiece, "The Marriage Bed," which is based on his parents' fight and turned into a school production. Meanwhile, Malcolm and Reese build their own street luge board and Malcolm gets into a feud with a mystery rider who keeps forcing him off the road. When he makes a bet against the mysterious street luger, he's horrified to learn it's Stevie and loses his bet.
119 12 "Living Will" Steve Love Jennifer Celotta March 6, 2005 06-04-612
Hal is named executor of his neighbor's living will and must decide whether to keep him on life support or pull the plug. However, Hal has long had a particularly difficult time being decisive. The stress of making this life-or-death decision induces a psychosomatic paralysis of his upper body. However, Lois snaps Hal out of it when she reminds him that he made a good decision once by marrying her instead of Susan. Meanwhile, Craig asks Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey to teach him how to fight dirty since a bully from his childhood is coming back to town, which is revealed to be his own father.
120 13 "Tiki Lounge" Peter Lauer Jay Kogen March 13, 2005 06-04-613
When Hal and Lois realize how little time they spend together, Hal turns the garage into a private tiki lounge where he and Lois can retreat. Things go smoothly until they feud over philosophical beliefs, eventually stressing out in the lounge. Meanwhile, Mr. Herkabe cons Malcolm into joining the Booster Club, where he learns a lesson about taking one for the team.
121 14 "Ida Loses a Leg" Steve Welch Andy Bobrow March 20, 2005 06-04-614
During Grandma Ida's unwelcome visit with the family, she loses her leg while saving Dewey from a moving truck. Consumed with guilt, Dewey is determined to find Ida's leg and give it the proper burial. Francis, on the other hand, begrudgingly becomes the caretaker for his stubborn, cranky grandmother at Lois' admonition. He soon learns that not only he and Ida both despises Lois, but she was responsible for leaving him at his grandmother's house. Meanwhile, Malcolm and Reese get a new idea for a prank that forces them to stay awake for days on end to avoid the embarrassment of having their faces glued to the floor (which causes them to glue themselves in the floor anyway).
122 15 "Chad's Sleepover" David D'Ovidio Rob Ulin March 27, 2005 06-04-615
After Hal forbids Dewey from inviting his peculiar classmate Chad over for a sleepover, Dewey asks Lois instead. Meanwhile, Malcolm and Reese find out that they are not as popular as they once thought (because there was a Ditch Day, and no one told them), then plot "revenge" on their classmates, as Lois searches for the warranty papers on her 10-year-old blender. As she searches for it, Chad places an envelope at the end of Lois's papers containing a pornographic photo of a sleeping Lois taken by a drunk Hal.
123 16 "No Motorcycles" Jimmy Simons Andy Bobrow April 3, 2005 06-04-618
When Francis and Piama choose to celebrate Francis' 21st birthday at the house, Hal is reminded of a promise he made to his son as a young child after missing his son's play, involving a motorcycle trip that Lois quickly forbids. Hal and Francis have no choice but to sneak off for their wild adventure, leaving their women behind (also with Hal promising Dewey a great gift for his 21's birthday in the same fashion as he did to Francis). Meanwhile Malcolm, Dewey, and Reese are held captive in their own home by a bully, but later discover he was at the wrong house, to Malcolm's dismay because Reese and Dewey got beat up because they didn't want to hide and worry, and beat up Malcolm because he didn't get beat up.
124 17 "Butterflies" David Grossman Michael Glouberman April 10, 2005 06-04-616
Malcolm discovers a man, Norm, living in the Lucky Aide. He agrees to keep Norm's secret as long as he provides Malcolm with tidbits on his new crush, a fellow Lucky Aide employee, until Lois finds out. Meanwhile, when Reese takes a job as an exterminator, he quickly learns that to drum up business he must infest the neighbors' lawns with caterpillars. But instead of spreading the pests, he has a change of heart and begins to nurture them, only to be overwhelmed when they turn into butterflies and swarm on him. Malcolm's try to impress his crush gets wrong when he reveals too much information, making her think that he is stalking her.
125 18 "Ida's Dance" Steve Welch Eric Kaplan April 17, 2005 06-04-619
Lois goes over to visit Ida, but gets unpleasantly surprised by the St. Grotus Day festival from "the old country", where Ida and her elderly friends make Lois miserable and force her to bake a huge and complicated tart (and bringing one of their own just to piss her off). Malcolm fails a music appreciation course, and reluctantly goes to Dewey for some tutoring, who enjoys the situation but then, Malcolm causes them both to get deaf. Reese and Hal secretly watch scary movies while Lois is not around, but it ends up revealing some unexpected secrets about both Reese and Hal.
126 19 "Motivational Speaker" Steve Love Rob Ulin April 24, 2005 06-04-620
Reese begins hanging out with a pack of dogs who think of him as their new alpha leader, and in the end, the police catches him doing the most unbelievable thing (on a local farm). Dewey gets in trouble with Lois, after she finds out that he is seeing another mom, and attempts to get her back with a huge tattoo on his chest, which deeply moves Lois, but also causes her to get angry, and Hal accidentally becomes a motivational speaker with his co-workers when the real motivational speaker made everyone but him upset because he wasn't listening, but drops it when he motivates a man into taking over his job.
127 20 "Stilts" Linwood Boomer Michael Glouberman May 1, 2005 06-04-622
After Lois and Hal are reminded of the tight budget they must uphold, Hal discovers one of his boys has been dialing a 900 number. His attempt to explain the error to the hotline's billing department turns awry when he forgets to hang up the phone one evening and finds out about it in the morning, incurring a whopping $800 charge. Meanwhile, Reese takes a job at a research clinic that pays him to pop experimental pills, leading to absolute misery and a ride on police horse, and a reluctant Malcolm takes on a mortifying job at the Lucky Aide as a costumed Uncle Sam on stilts. Finally, Dewey discovers Jamie is finding old things Francis hid from Lois, but when they turn out to be stolen, it becomes clear Francis pawned them off.
128 21 "Buseys Take a Hostage" David D'Ovidio Gary Murphy May 8, 2005 06-04-621
When Hal decides to attend his first annual Neighborhood Association meeting with Malcolm, he is strongly encouraged to take on the role of President. Being his dad's right-hand man, Malcolm sees a perfect opportunity to add some excitement to the community, while Hal's agenda is a little bit different (Ex: giving people tickets for not hugging their children). Meanwhile, Francis takes on a new job as a camp activities coordinator and turns to Dewey for his input on some creative new games... for kids like the Buseys. While Dewey revels in his afternoon of fun, his fed-up classmates take their teacher, principal and janitor hostage. Dewey and Francis teams up and bring order back to the school when they learn that the principal and Mr. Flerch has been using them as slaves in their own get rich quick scheme.
129 22 "Mrs. Tri-County" David D'Ovidio Gary Murphy May 15, 2005 06-04-617
Unbeknownst to Lois, the boys enter her in the Mrs. Tri-County Pageant as a joke. When they overhear the other contestants remarking that Lois doesn't have a chance of winning, they plot to help their mother take the county crown. Meanwhile, Malcolm is blackmailed into delivering love notes to a contestant for Herkabe, and Reese discovers that, according to the Mrs. Tri-County Pageant manual's scientific formula, he is beautiful, but he can't participate, as the formula only applies to middle-aged women.

Season 7 (2005/06)[edit]

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130 1 "Burning Man" Peter Lauer Michael Glouberman September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30) 06-05-701
Malcolm and Reese's attempt to hitch their way to the annual Burning Man festival, turns into a family vacation when Hal and Lois get in on it, and they rent a RV from Hal's boss. On the festival, everyone seems to enjoy except Hal and Dewey; Hal is scared with the Burning Man attendants who mistake his bourgeois lifestyle as an ironical persiflage of society, while Dewey has to do all the chores around the RV. Meanwhile, Reese fits in with the festival, and Malcolm gets in a relationship with a healer (Rosanna Arquette). Lois ends up having a blast, and Reese relents to "burn the man down", not accepting that the festival has ended, and he accidentally torches the RV. Afterwards, Hal and Dewey are forced to work "dirty jobs" to repay the RV, Malcolm ends up depressed, while Lois and Reese agree in secret to go on the next year festival.
131 2 "Health Insurance" Steve Welch Rob Ulin October 7, 2005 (2005-10-07) 06-05-702
Hal finds out that the family has been without health insurance for six months and tries to safeguard the house until Monday (when the insurance is put back into effect), and his over protection of the house and the boys (who planned a disaster scheme of their own) ends up when he accidentally breaks his leg, which brings him in tears. He then goes to great lengths to try to keep Lois from finding this out. Meanwhile, Lois tries to fish out a snitch at the Lucky Aide store, going overnights to catch him.
132 3 "Reese vs. Stevie" Linwood Boomer Alex Reid October 21, 2005 (2005-10-21) 06-05-703
An angry Reese threatens Stevie, who dreads a retaliation; Dewey gets hooked on cigarettes, thanks to ex-smoker Hal's many stashes around the house. Lois tries to get little Jamie to talk by telling him her modern life and her high school years. When the time comes for Reese and Stevie to fight, Reese tries to make it fair by turning his legs limp in ice water, but Stevie has done just the opposite, and steals a robot exoskeleton from a college project he is into, beating him up badly. In the end, Dewey is grounded, Stevie is kicked out from the project for unauthorized use of equipment, and Hal has to find all of his stashes, or, as Malcolm says, "Lois will make him eat them", and he finishes with bringing a new bedpan for the incapacitated Reese.
133 4 "Halloween" David D'Ovidio Andy Bobrow October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28) 06-05-704
Hal freaks out when Malcolm gives him the details of a grisly mass murder that occurred in the house years ago. Lois gets stuck working on Halloween and catches a shoplifter as everyone else at Lucky Aide throws a wild party. Reese and Dewey lose track of Jamie as they flee from an old man after egging his house, while Lois gets arrested for kidnapping when she picks up the wrong child. Meanwhile, Jamie returns to the house and eats too much candy in the shaft, and he accidentally scares Hal and Malcolm, which causes Malcolm to jump out of the window.
134 5 "Jessica Stays Over" Alex Reid Matthew Carlson November 4, 2005 (2005-11-04) 06-05-705
Jessica (Hayden Panettiere) moves in on a temporary basis and teaches Malcolm how to manipulate others, but when he uses her tricks on Lois he feels something he has never felt before, empathy. Meanwhile, after he harvests some fresh honey, Hal fights back against a bee who is out for revenge for killing the rest of his hive. Reese attempts to mail himself to China in a crate after his Chinese pen-pal refused to give him fireworks and Dewey has him convinced that he has been in there for months.
135 6 "Secret Boyfriend" Peter Lauer Gary Murphy November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11) 06-05-706
Malcolm's in love with a hot and secretly brainy teen named Vicki (Sarah Wright) who fears ruining her image by seeing him publicly. Soon, he learns the truth from Jessica and eventually starts a relationship with her. Reese is kicked out of the house for refusing to get a job, but Lois lets him live back in to take care of him. However, Reese decides to get a job after having a nightmare that he will have to take care of Lois 24/7. Meanwhile, Hal is in a heated conflict with the owner of the miniature golf because he won't give Dewey a free game (even though the ball was stuck). In turn, he teaches his father a lesson by locking him up in one of the displays because he never listened to him when he told him he was ok with not getting a free game.
136 7 "Blackout" Steve Welch Eric Kaplan November 18, 2005 (2005-11-18) 06-05-707
A power outage caused by Jamie's balloon disrupts Lois and Hal's anniversary and reveals Malcolm's trysts with young European women, while Reese tries to cook Kobe beef for Hal and Francis tries to steal a fish he and Hal caught years ago, and Dewey is upset he won't pick dinner. The entire sequence of events is revealed through several replays from different points of view, which all start from the outage.
137 8 "Army Buddy" Peter Lauer Neil Thompson December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02) 06-05-708
Reese's old army buddy, Abby (Larisa Oleynik) visits and she has feelings for Lois. Reese takes it the totally wrong way, believing he has a shot at her, after Malcolm suggests this to Reese.
138 9 "Malcolm Defends Reese" Bryan Cranston Matthew Carlson December 16, 2005 (2005-12-16) 06-05-709
Malcolm and Reese end up in the same class since Reese failed the previous year. Mr. Herkabe, who may lose his award for the school's highest GPA to Malcolm, gleefully humiliates Reese every day until he agrees to start failing his classes. Malcolm gets his revenge on Herkabe by telling the principal, Mr. Hodges (Steve Vinovich), his teacher's secret. He immediately revokes Mr. Herkabe's GPA award as his punishment for flunking Gym and returns it to Edna Thornby. End result: Herkabe has to retake gym and endures humiliation with Reese tossing dodgeballs at him. Meanwhile, Jamie's new babysitter (Kathryn Joosten) drives Lois crazy with her nonstop talking. This episode features Hopsin, before he was a well known rapper.
139 10 "Malcolm's Money" Steve Love Michael Glouberman January 6, 2006 (2006-01-06) 06-05-710
Malcolm begins to fuss about his high school yearbook photo. Meanwhile, he also receives a $10,000 education reward unknown for him, and when Hal and Lois find out, they want to spend it on themselves. After Dewey learns of this, he's in.
140 11 "Bride of Ida" Linwood Boomer Rob Ulin January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13) 06-05-711
Dewey, Lois and Hal go out of town to a piano competition. Without Lois around, Grandma Ida makes Reese get married to Ida's helper, Raduca (Rheagan Wallace), but only if he defeats Malcolm in three challenges. When Lois, Dewey and Hal return, they find out that Reese has run with Raduca to Las Vegas to get married, much to Ida's dismay.
141 12 "College Recruiters" Peter Lauer Jay Kogen January 29, 2006 (2006-01-29) 06-05-712
A broke Francis gets talked into getting a real job by Dewey. Back home, Hal takes over the college recruiters, which Malcolm refuses to meet with, and treats each one as a suitor. However, Hal's plans are ruined when Malcolm chooses to go to Harvard. Reese and Raduca's marriage ends when Lois and Reese catch Raduca cheating with her other lover, Bela.
142 13 "Mono" David D'Ovidio Andy Bobrow February 12, 2006 (2006-02-12) 06-05-713
Lois discovers she has mono after a visit to the doctor. She then ends up giving it to Malcolm after her maternal instincts begin. As a result, both Lois and Malcolm are forced to spend two weeks together in the same room. Meanwhile, Hal is invited to all of his neighbors' parties after they know Lois will not be attending any of them. Dewey makes Jamie his slave, and he teaches Reese to be nice to Jamie.
143 14 "Hal Grieves" Christopher Kennedy Masterson Eric Kaplan February 19, 2006 (2006-02-19) 06-05-714
Hal gets a devastating phone call that his father has died, but because he never knew his father well and the way he and the rest of his relatives mistreat Lois, he does not shed a tear. In an attempt to overcompensate with his sons (And that his sons will love him forever), Hal takes the boys shopping and lets them miss school. While Reese and Dewey takes full advantage of it, Malcolm realizes it's wrong and it isn't long until Lois steps in. Hal's buddy Abe thinks that a phone call from Leonard Nimoy, a cast member of Star Trek: The Original Series will cheer him up. Instead, George Takei calls up.
144 15 "A.A." Steve Welch Al Higgins March 5, 2006 (2006-03-05) 06-05-715
Lois and Hal visit Francis to help him celebrate one year of sobriety, but when they attend his A.A. meeting, they find out that he never really was an alcoholic; he blamed his psychological problems on nonexistent drinking, which he has blamed Lois for. Meanwhile, Dewey finds the spare key to Hal's car, but when Malcolm and Reese refuse to drive him to the arcade, it takes them more than 12 steps to find it – in his stomach.
145 16 "Lois Strikes Back" Alex Reid Gary Murphy March 19, 2006 (2006-03-19) 06-05-716
When four popular high school girls play an evil prank on Reese by pretending he has a secret admirer and then dropping a pig off at his front door, he falls into a huge depression. After Lois tries to negotiate with the principal (who responds that Reese deserved it), she forces Reese to tell her who the girls are so she can get revenge for him with a series of destructive pranks.
146 17 "Hal's Dentist" Steve Love Jay Kogen March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26) 06-05-717
Hal's friend Trey tells him to come to his dental office when he cracks a tooth during a poker game, but their friendship goes into jeopardy when Hal's faced with a $2,000 bill and causes a fight between them. Meanwhile, Reese teaches Lois how to ride a bike. Malcolm and Dewey find sleeping as their new favorite pastime after finding a new mattress in the street (which literally fell from the sky).
147 18 "Bomb Shelter" Matthew Carlson Rob Ulin April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02) 06-05-719
Malcolm joins a local dance class to meet a cute girl, but after discovering she is a poor dancer, he realizes that he must accept Danielle, the unattractive, but most talented partner in order to win the competition. While trying to bury their father's broken trophy, Reese and Dewey discover an underground bomb shelter in the backyard and lock Hal in it, while Lois tries to win a new truck at the shopping mall. Hal soon discovers the bomb shelter is paradise, and Lois plays mind games for the truck.
148 19 "Stevie in the Hospital" Steve Welch Dave Ihlenfeld & David Wright April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09) 06-05-720
When Stevie goes to the hospital, Malcolm tries making up every excuse he can think of to not go because he can't face the truth about his illness. Meanwhile, Hal gets highly competitive about his new remote control boat when a ten year old keeps knocking it over. He manages to break the ten year old's boat, but the child starts crying and Hal is beaten up by some people watching from the field. Lois thinks Dewey is trying to drive her insane (Because she made Dewey get an F on his volcano because she didn't buy baking soda after he kept asking her), and Reese's new job as a telemarketer takes a bizarre turn.
149 20 "Cattle Court" Peter Lauer Michael Glouberman April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16) 06-05-718
Reese meets a cute vegetarian named Carrie (Tara Lipinski) when he goes back to work at the meat plant. He goes along with her politics talk at first, but she catches him with a pork chop. Feeling guilty for lying and his carnivorous compulsions, he sets free all the cows at the meat plant. Meanwhile, Malcolm tries to fool Craig in order to attend a rock concert, only to end up making Craig miserable. Craig decides to make a trip around the world on a motorcycle, only to get trampled by the freed cows, then make one final attempt to be with Lois, and she manages to pacify Craig enough for him to go back to his life.
150 21 "Morp" David D'Ovidio Gary Murphy April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23) 06-05-721
For the senior prom, Reese gets paid to take Janine, a studious girl in class, but only after she gives him a makeover and sends him to finishing school. Malcolm aligns himself with the unpopular kids to form an anti-prom they call "Morp". Dewey discovers there aren't any childhood pictures of him, so he concocts an elaborate scavenger hunt to punish Hal and Lois and throw a party for Jamie.
151 22 "Graduation" Linwood Boomer Michael Glouberman May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14) 06-05-722
In the series finale, Malcolm struggles with his valedictorian speech, Hal finds out that the family may not have enough money to send Malcolm to college. Meanwhile Reese is moving in with Craig, and since they're both leaving they decide (along with Dewey) that Jamie should have the childhood they never got, one free of threats. As such, they destroy their "nuclear option," evidence of the worst thing they ever did: fake an X-ray of Lois having cancer to sneak away with bad report cards, and a way to destroy each other if someone had nothing to lose. Francis finds the 9-to-5 job of his dreams but won't let Lois know, Reese tries to be a permanent janitor, enlisting Ida's help. Malcolm is offered a dream job in lieu of college, however Lois (determined that Malcolm will get a full education) turns down the offer for him. Furious, Malcolm demands to know why and Lois explains that she and the family expect him to become president, but it's important he struggles enough so that he understands what people like them go through. Malcolm, amazed at just how much the family expects of him, agrees. Three months later Malcolm is working his way through college, Reese and Francis are happy in their new jobs (although Francis still refuses to tell Lois), Dewey feels closer than ever to Jamie as the two cause havoc around the house and Lois discovers she's pregnant again.

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