Malcolm in the Middle

Season 6 Episode 18

Ida's Dance

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 17, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ida's Dance
Lois goes over to visit Ida, but gets unpleasantly surprised by the St. Grotus Day festival. Malcolm fails a music appreciation course, and reluctantly goes to Dewey for help. 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.moreless

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  • The dance was weird.

    Now is the time where I would say that one element would ruin the show. But I can't bring myself to say that. This was an okay episode that was saved by the storyline of Lois and Ida. I thought it was funny to see control freak Lois coward out against her mother. It goes to show that everyone has their weaknesses. It was also entertaining. The things that I have to say that I didn't like was the plot of the show. Too many annoying little things that made me bored. Overall, I'd say that it was an okay episode. Thank you.moreless
  • Good!

    Malcolm is jealous of Dewey's musical abilities. Hal and Reese watch scary movies together, but Hal is afraid of them, but doesn't want to tell Reese. Dewey and Malcolm both go deaf after a fight about music. Hal almost dies from a TV. Lois visits Ida. She is sucked back to her childhood with an old weird tradition thingy. She has to make a giant tart and she does a strange dance.

    This episode was pretty good! I didn't get Lois' storyline at all really. I hate Ida and her friends! This episode gets an 8.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Another excellent episode, with enough variety to keep you interested and hilarious plot lines that keep you laughing the whole time. A perfect example of what makes this show so original, using multiple plot lines to keep the episodes fresh.moreless

    This episode has three main subplots, which revolve around Malcolm and Dewey, Hal and Reese, and lastly, Lois and her mother Ida, played by Oscar winner Cloris Leachman. While Lois is away for the weekend with her nightmare of a mother, Hal finds something he and Reese can do together, watch horror movies. As the movies gore and horror intensify, Hal starts to break down as he is too terrified to sleep. Not wanting to hurt Reese by pulling away from him, he decides to hide the television, using the line "junkies stole it" for his cover. This leads to a hilarious scene involving the TV and Hal's face. Also, Malcolm needs a good grade in musical appreciation and needs Dewey's help. After agreeing to pay him, he tries and fails utterly despite Dewey, the musical prodigy's, help. Malcolm frustrated by his lack of progress, in a fit he cranks up the volume on Dewey's headphones making him temporarily deaf. As retaliation, Dewey plans an elaborate scheme to repay Malcolm, only to realize, hes to nice of a brother to go through with it, until Jamie comes along. Lois goes to see Ida, played by Cloris Leachman, in her recurring role as Lois' mother. As usual Lois has trouble getting along with her mother and her cigarette chain smoking friends. And as not so usual they end up dancing a death dance where "mistakes are not soon forgotten" and one has to step carefully as to avoid the razorblades on wooden planks being slammed open and shut.moreless
  • Cool!

    This episode is really cool. First of all, Lois goes out to visit Grandma Ida after she informs that she is going to the dance for a strange holiday I don't even know about, and it ends up with her and Lois dancing like mother-daughter in a really strange and deadly dance. Meanwhile, Malcolm tries to write things about some essays about music but fails to have Dewey's musical ability, and that makes things worse. While Hal is horrified by Reese's scary movies, and in the end it ends up revealing some secrets between the two.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Hal is on the floor struggling with the TV, why doesn't he just put his arms behind his head?

    • Jamie's love of chocolate syrup, showcased in previous episodes, is utilized here when Reese feeds him the report from his school.

    • This episode explains why Reese invented over 50 fun games as Malcolm pointed out in season 2 episode "Old Mrs. Old".

    • A moment after Lois stops dancing around in the 2 tarts, there is a lot more stuffing on the floor than it was before she realized she should stop.

    • In this episode, Lois masterfully performs an Eastern European dance. In the episode, "Poker" from Season 3, however, we learned that she was a graceless and un-gifted dancer.

    • When Malcolm listens to the CD at the beginning of the episode the track display clearly shows 'NO' ie. there is no CD in the CD player.

    • NITPICK: If Reese never liked baseball, then why was he playing it with Malcolm and Dewey in the cold open of "Dinner Out"?

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lois: (about Ida) She's lost her mind. She thinks she's back in her old village. I have to go up there.
      Hal: Why?
      Lois: Hal, she has one leg, she's demented, she could wander out on the freeway.
      Hal: I thought we had agreed we'd take no extraordinary measures to prolong her life!

    • (after Malcolm and Dewey turn deaf, and Hal is almost killed by the TV and is completely furious about it)
      Malcolm: (to camera) I don't know what he's talking about, but by the look on his face, I shouldn't ask for the car on Friday.

    • Reese: (to Malcolm) With that pen, you could turn that "F" into a "P."

  • NOTES (4)

    • Cold Open: Reese gets a suspension form and rips it up. He puts it in a bowl with chocolate syrup and feeds it to Jamie.

    • The musical piece that Malcolm needs help with is Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio In G Minor (For Organ And Strings).

    • The storylines of both Malcolm/Dewey and Reese/Hal seem to be very relevant in sorts to "Hal Sleepwalks" earlier this season, as Malcolm's jealousy over Dewey's music ability and the father son bonding of Reese and Hal are once again focused on in this episode.

    • Christopher Masterson does not appear in this episode.