Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 16

Lois Strikes Back

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 19, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lois Strikes Back
Four popular high school girls play an evil prank on Reese by pretending he has a secret admirer and then dropping a pig off at his front door. When Reese goes into a depression, Lois comes to his rescue. She plots her revenge on the four unsuspecting girls and wreaks havoc on their adolescent lives. Dewey tries to comfort Reese, and Malcolm is certain Lois is behind the attacks, and tries to stop her. Hal realizes Lois is at a dangerous emotional place so he decides to get some distance and stumbles upon the idea for making his own pitching machine out of stuff in the garage.moreless

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  • Did you spot the future movie star?

    Like everyone i watched this when it was first aired and ive watched it on DVD a hand full of times ,as tv box sets go this is very hard to beat, you can keep your Lost, Friends ect.

    The thing i noticed for the first time watching it recently is that Emma Stone is one of the 'popular girls'( doll heads). Something thats not been mentioned on here , until now haa haa . When i first saw Super bad i knew id seen her before and couldn't remember where.moreless
  • I think that it was good.

    It was a great episode. I liked most of it and I have to say that Lois was really entertaining in this one. I especially liked how she went on the rampage to avenge Reese's humiliation. Only a mother would do that for her child. Anyway, I thought that the episode had great comedy, good writing, and funny scenes. Normally, I would say that it was good but it was better. My favorite part of the episode had to be the pranks Lois pulled on the evil girls. I thought that it was hilarious to see them get what they deserved. Thank you.moreless
  • Lois is evil!

    After four girls make a fool out of Reese and devastate him, Lois plans revenge. She gets back at three of the girls, but Malcolm tries to stop her. Hal makes a pitching machine out of boredom. Dewey helps take care of Reese. Lois and Reese go out together to get the fourth girl, but when Malcolm tries to stop them, they tie him up.

    This episode was so great! Those forms of revenge were pretty neat! I can't believe Lois did that! I felt so bad for Reese! It was really sad! This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • Lois is the best parent ever, I would say I wish my mum was like her, but then looking at earlier episodes I wouldn't

    This episode was amazing, it was just so surreal and spoofingly disturbing, and just the way it was executed, it was just so damn funny. Lois going insane and avenging the girls who humiliated Reese who curls up in his room crying, the plot is genius, the script is genius, everything about this episode just smells of class. Lois is just so funny when she's pissed off. This episode just goes to show how surreal and downright hilarious Malcolm in the Middle can be, I can't believe this sort of thing wasn't covered in earlier seasons. I love this episode, it had everything I wanted from Malcolm in the middle!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The forms of revenge that Lois uses are:

      1) Bubblegum in the hair, ensuring that the first girl would have her hair cut off.
      2) The decapitated and mutilated heads of the second girl's dolls and stuffed animals stuffed in her locker.
      3) At the third girl's house, Lois placed a pink duffel bag with condoms and hotel brochures inside her living room, then made a call to her parents, pretending to be calling about a hotel reservations for the romantic suite. And she accidentally framed the next door neighbor's son being a pervert while making her getaway.
      4) After talking to Reese about what she had done, Reese wanted to continue the revenge, so they borrowed Hal's pitching machine and made a catapult with paint balloons.

    • Lois mentions at the end of the episode that she and Reese should go bowling sometime, which relates to the season 2 episode, "Bowling."

    • This is the episode where we find out that Lois has a "bully side" like Reese.

    • Why would two people being pelted with paint-filled balloons not take cover?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Malcolm: Tell me, did it feel good to cut through Elmo's neck?

    • Lois: I've been a terrible mother.
      Reese: It's okay, Mom. I've known that for a long time.

    • Lois: Are you trying to calm me down?
      Hal: No. I just don't think it leads anywhere good when you get like this.
      Lois (quietly): Get like what?
      Hal: Well... you know.
      Lois: No, I don't know. How is it I get?
      Hal: Well...
      Lois: If I have a problem, I would love for you to explain it to me.
      (pause; Lois continues glaring at Hal)
      Hal: You know what, honey? This seems like a-a much longer conversation, and it just so happens that I am right in the middle of a project in the garage.

    • Hal: And I actually think that Reese is coming around a little bit.
      (Reese is heard crying in the distance)
      Hal: Well, I brought him soup yesterday, and he couldn't even make a sound.

  • NOTES (3)