Malcolm in the Middle

Season 3 Episode 3

Book Club

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 18, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Book Club
Lois goes to a book club to talk about a book, but later discovers that what they actually do there is drink and tell everyone what they feel. Meanwhile, Hal tries different crazy tactics so the boys don't do something stupid and Francis hitch-hikes through Canada.

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  • great

    lois needs to do something, so she joins a book club, only to discover the women in the book club don't read books, but talk about their husbands.

    francis hitchhikes his way through canada.

    hal tries to make sure the boys don't do something stupid while lois is away, because he knows if he can not handle the boys then lois will feel like she can never leave the house again and leave him alone with them.

    good episode, hal's plot was the best but the other two were kind of boring i thought, and as such my grade is a B-moreless
  • Funny

    Lois joins a book club for mothers. She finds out that they really just talk about how horrible their family life is. They also talk about this annoying perfect mom, so they decide to go over there and ruin something. Francis hitchhikes to as far as a he can with this guy. The guy makes him do crazy stuff if he wants to stay in the truck. Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey want to do something bad at home, but Hal won't let them. They finally get a chance to, but Lois catches them.

    This episode was great! Francis's plot was funny and weird. I liked the song he sang. I recognized Edie McClurg. She was in 7th Heaven. This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • Lois goes out to a book club, Hal has to look after the boys and Francis hitches a ride to Alaska...

    I think this episode is great and underated. After trading all his money for "alaskan dollers" Francis is still 2000 miles away from his job in Alaska and gets a ride from a "wannabe psychologist" trucker who makes his journey interesting by forcing him to wear funny props.

    Meanwhile Lois goes to a book club because she's fed up of listening to boy noises all the time. She ends up drunk with her friends and they go to "the perfect housewife's" house in an attempt to sabotage her. They end up being chased by the police.

    Left at home Hal has to look after Malcolm, Dewey and Reese. His conflicting ideas confuse the boys as he's not sure how to act towards them. You see him talking to various versions of himself with opinions such as "they just need love" to "get the car and go". In the end Hal resorts to taking a bath and not interfering because "you'd only screw it up".

    When Lois gets back she has a go at the boys for having fireworks whilst being put under arrest.moreless
  • Not that great...

    Lois attends a book club where she gets drunk and begins to do a lot of things in order to forget her family, but later finds out that she really cares about her family really much, meanwhile, Hal tries to prevent the boys to do anything apart from the normal in order to prevent them to ruin Lois's special night. Is an average episode, I like more the Hal and Francis's storyline, rather than the book club one, but still is an OK episode.moreless
Antoinette Byron

Antoinette Byron


Guest Star

Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols

Book Club Lady #3

Guest Star

Sharon Omi

Sharon Omi

Book Club Lady #2

Guest Star

Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger

Cadet Eric

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While seeing Lois get arrested, why didn't the boys, Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey, see their chance and make a run for it? They know their mother is going to get for abandoning her, but she won't be able to get them.

    • This is the second time Lois gets arrested during the series.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (a police helicoper approaches Lois)
      (Lois continues punishing the boys)
      Lois: While you're being punished, I hope your friends are doing all sorts of fun stuff. BECAUSE YOU WON'T BE DOING ANY OF IT! YOU ARE GONNA SUFFER!

    • Hal: (does a farting noise as Lois bends down, she gets up, everyone but Lois laughs until they see her serious face, then the boys leave, Hal is trapped) So, how was your day, hon?

    • Malcolm: (burping) Can you past the peas, please.
      (everyone laughs except for Lois as Reese passes the peas)
      Malcolm: Thank you!
      Reese: (burping) You're welcome!
      Lois: (in normal voice) Hal?
      Hal: (burping) Alright, boys, that's enough!
      (everyone but Lois laughs)

    • (Malcolm & Reese are getting the fireworks)
      Lois: BOYS!
      (the boys get shocked)
      Lois: FIREWORKS????!!!! (she climbs over the fence and falls)
      Reese How did she...?
      Malcolm: I don't know.
      Lois: You boys are in so much trouble!

    • Dewey: (discovers a dog collar underground) Fluffy's collar? Mom said he ran away.

    • Hal: (screams) SHUT UPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!

    • Dewey: Hey, they put salt on french fries!

    • Lois: I took the batteries out of the remote and put them in the smoke detector... just for tonight.

    • Malcolm: We've got some fireworks buried in the backyard. We're gonna dig them up while mom's gone.
      Reese: Tracy Hinds is having a party tomorrow and we're not invited. Our justice will be swift but fair.

    • Lois: If it weren't for me, my family would be naked livin' in trees and eatin' berries.

    • Reese: Dewey, we need you to cry.
      Malcolm: But it's gotta be the right kind of crying. Not sobbing, more of a whiney sound with a penetrating quality.
      Dewey: Give me a moment.

    • Reese: Why is he making us watch a documentary on salt?
      Malcolm: Would you rather be locked in the bathroom again?
      Dewey: Or be chased by the tickle monster?

    • Lois (Drunk): Karen,why don't you focus on saying the alphabet backwards, okay?
      Karen (Very Drunk): ZYXWVUTSRQPONMLKJIHGFEDCBA. (Lois gives her a strange look) I've been pulled over a few times.

    • Francis: (on the phone) No way; I got to be near Alaska. I just exchanged all my money for Alaskan dollars.
      Eric: There's no such thing as Alaskan dollars!
      Francis: (hangs up) Sir!

    • Francis (at his new job): I can't believe how unfair she is! This is America!.... isn't it?

  • NOTES (2)