Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 11

Bride of Ida (1)

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 13, 2006 on FOX
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Bride of Ida (1)
Lois, Hal, and Dewey go out of town for a piano competition. They wind up missing the flight thanks to Lois, and Dewey starts to think she is purposely sabotaging him. Hal discovers the good life in the Commodores' Club when he accidentally bumps into one of the members and gets a hold of his card. Ida is looking after Malcolm and Reese and decides it's time Reese becomes a man and sets up a three-part competition between the two. If Reese wins all three parts then he wins a prize; a wife.moreless

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  • Mr Saunders.

    Great episode , Reese and Malcolm are left at home and too their horror find that grandma has come to keep an eye on them .That whole story line is funny but Hal pretending to be 'Mr Saunders' is a killer twist that only Hal could let get away from him so quickly and out of his depth. A+
  • I liked it!

    Dewey is going to a piano competition. Lois and Hal let Reese and Malcolm stay home, but Ida is babysitting them. She wants Reese to become a man, so she puts him and Malcolm to the test. There are three challenges and if Reese wins, he gets to marry this girl that Ida brought. Meanwhile, Hal gets into the condor club and makes a big decision while posing as someone else. Lois seems to delay Dewey's flight on purpose. Dewey is angry at her. Reese loses one of the tests. He proposes to the girl anyways and they get married.

    This episode was pretty good! I can't believe Reese got married! Everything went wrong for Dewey...I felt sorry for him. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
Rheagan Wallace

Rheagan Wallace


Guest Star

Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Female Security Agent #2

Guest Star

Nicki Tyler Flynn

Nicki Tyler Flynn

Female Security Agent #1

Guest Star

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Lois is seen dabbing Dewey's eyes with milk after she gets the hot sauce in them. This actually works. The milk neutralizes the acid in the hot sauce, reducing the stinging.

    • When Ida is explaining the competition to the boys, there is a bottle of wine on the table and when the shots change, the cork is on or off.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Minister: I know pronounce you man and wife.
      (Reese and Raduca kiss)
      Reese: I'll do everything I can to make you happy. As soon as we get home, I'm kicking Dewey and Malcolm out of the big bed.

    • Ida: Two boys enter, one man emerges. (Points to Reese) You must beat him at every contest, or there will be no bride for you.
      Reese: I really appreciate you doing this for me.
      Malcolm: Listen, moron, I'm not doing this to help you get married. I'm gonna try to win to keep you from flushing your life down the toilet.

    • Raduca: (to Reese) I will marry you.
      Ida: I forbid you to do this!
      Raduca: You cannot forbid me! I am American girl now. I have iPod, I wear thong, I shave! (lifts arm)
      Ida: Hide your shame, whore!

    • Ida: (to Reese) You're not a man. The most you can ever hope to be now is a very butch woman!

    • Female Security Agent: Ma'am, I need to touch your breasts.
      Lois: You need to touch my what?!
      Security Agent: I'm required to probe with the back of my hand. If you like, you can request up to 2 female witnesses. (Putting on rubber gloves)
      Lois: Let me understand this. Because I made a comment about first class, I am being singled out for a public feel-up?
      Dewey: (Yelling) Oh, for God's sake, Mom, just let her touch your boobs!!!
      Male Agent: The kid makes a lot of sense, ma'am. Now do you want to do this the easy way or the hard way? (More security agents surround her as she becomes enraged)

      (Several minutes later, they wait for another flight)
      Hal: OK, the tickets are changed. The next flight leaves in 15 hours.
      Dewey: So I get no time to practice and no sleep tonight!
      (Lois makes an embarrassing smile)

    • Ida: You will take Raduca for your bride.
      Reese: You mean, like, I marry her? Now?
      Ida: That is why I brought Raduca to this country.
      Malcolm: You brought her here six months ago. She's been working as your slave.
      Ida: I should get something for my troubles.

    • Malcolm: Grandma, this is not only moronic, it's impossible. For one thing, there is no village full of boys for Reese to fight.
      Ida: No, we will have to make do. The closest thing we have to a boy is you.

    • Ida: In our country, after a boy turns 16, he becomes a "barochi." We watch this boy for one year. Then, when he is ready, he is plucked from his mother's teat and thrown into the town square, where he must battle with the other boys for dominance.
      Malcolm: Wait, up until this point, they're still breast feeding?
      Ida: It keeps families close.

    • Ida: Reese, I've watched you grow all these years. You are the one hope for this family. I just pray you are ready to become a man. (slaps him)
      Reese: Ow! Hey, what was that for?
      Ida: You are ready.

    • Reese: What's Grandma doing here?!
      Malcolm: You never said Grandma was coming!
      Lois: Oh, I didn't? Ah, well, then, it's just a nice surprise for you boys. Remember last month when you came in after curfew and you said, "What are you going to do about it?" Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

    • Ida: (to Raduca) Be careful with those bags, you cow.
      Lois: Hi, Raduca.
      Raduca: Family, howdy.
      Ida: You're here to work, not gossip like a fishwife!

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