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.
(a police helicoper approaches Lois)
Pilot: GET DOWN ON THE GROUND AND PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR HEAD!
(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)
(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?
This episode was nominated for a Eddie Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television.
Cold Open: Reese takes Hal's hair out of the shower so he can pretend to have underarm hair for gym class.