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Malcolm in the Middle

Season 4 Episode 3

Family Reunion

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 17, 2002 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Family Reunion
Hal's family is having a reunion and so the family goes. Lois is constantly insulted by the women, Hal's dad enjoys Civil War talk with Malcolm, Reese and Dewey try to get their hands on their grandfather's dough by being nice to him and Francis is bogged down by the children. Hal tries to bond with his dad especially when things get out of hand with Lois and the other women.moreless

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  • I felt bad for Lois.

    Hal takes Lois and family including Francis and Piama to a family reunion. It is obvious that Hal's side of the family does not like Lois. Francis has little kids attached to him. Reese and Dewey have a plan to get a fortune in their grandfather's will when he dies. Hal's father shows Malcolm some cool Civil War stuff. Hal finally stands up to his father. Francis, Dewey, Malcolm and Reese get back at Hal's family after the way they treated Lois.

    This episode was great! I really felt sorry for Lois. I wanted something horrible to happen to the family and luckily, the boys saved the day! I recognized Brenda Strong in there and of course, Christopher Lloyd. This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • One of the best episodes of Season 4!

    This episode is really cool and is one of my favorite from Malcolm in the Middle, we finally get to see Hal's side of the family which are a bunch of strange RICH people, that apparently hate Lois just as Lois's family hates Hal, but the family is so big that Lois has no defense against herself, when the boys discover Lois crying they plan revenge on her mother, which she secretly thanks to the boys. Francis and Piama begin to take care of all the boys of the family, Reese and Dewey tried to take on Grandpa so he can give them money, and Malcolm discovers a lot of history thanks to his grandfather. What a cool episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When the 4 boys leave the bedroom, Francis is first, and Dewey is last. But when the shot changes to the hallway, Dewey leaves first and Francis is last.

    • Hal's father shows Malcolm all of his Civil War memorabilia and tries to get him involved in the hobby. This is similar to when Lois' father tried to give Reese war memorabilia, one of which was a live grenade.

    • First episode to give depth to Hal's family (Home Alone 4 was an early, simplistic look) and it is obvious that the friction runs amongst both Lois and Hal's families.

    • Hal says that his father was never there when he got dumped... But in episode 7, "Francis Escapes" Hal tells Francis he's never been dumped...

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lois: Sorry it's so cramped, Piama. This van really isn't designed to carry seven people.
      Piama: Oh, I guess I was thrown off by the seven seats and the seven seatbelts.

    • Malcolm: It figures that this is the side of the family we never see. Meanwhile, the grandma who shops in her bra visits five times a year.

    • Hal: If you boys EVER drive a golf cart over a catered table and into a swimming pool again, there will be consequences!

  • NOTES (1)