Malcolm in the Middle

Season 1 Episode 9

Lois vs. Evil

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 19, 2000 on FOX
8.9
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Lois vs. Evil
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After Malcolm and Reese blow up the store's steam cleaner, and Dewey confesses to stealing a $150 bottle of cognac, Lois's firing prompts household economizing to an extent that causes Malcolm mortifying embarrassment at school: Julie (a girl who Malcolm likes) organizes a food-drive for his family. When Hal winds up in emergency with acute botulism as a result, Lois must re-think her position against apologizing to her odious boss, Mr. Pinter. Meanwhile, Francis thinks he's died and gone to heaven when he's assigned honor-guard duty at a Teenage Miss Alabama beauty pageant -- until he discovers that all the girls think he's gay.moreless

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  • Funny

    9.0
    Lois is fired from her job after Dewey steals $150 worth of Cognac. So now the family must survive with little to no money, which is different then how they usually act.



    Francis volunteers at a beauty pageant, and he has a great, fun time, until he discovers that all the girls think he is gay because he is into theater and he talks non-stop about his mother.



    In the end, Lois blackmails her old boss and she gets her job back, and everything is back to the way it was.



    A somewhat good episode, the sub plot was really hilarious. Main plot was also goodmoreless
  • Good

    9.0
    After the kids blow up the store's steam cleaner, and Dewey confesses to stealing a $150 bottle of cognac, Lois's firing prompts household economizing to an extent that causes Malcolm mortifying embarrassment at school: Julie organizes a food-drive for his family. When Hal winds up in emergency with acute botulism as a result, Lois must re-think her position against apologizing to her odious boss, Mr. Pinter. Meanwhile, Francis thinks he's died and gone to heaven when he's assigned honor-guard duty at a Teenage Miss Alabama beauty pageant -- until he discovers that all the girls think he's gay Overall, I thought this was a pretty good episode.moreless
  • Fairly good!

    8.5
    While at her job, Lois tells the boys not to touch anything. Malcolm and Reese start playing with a thing (I forgot what it was). When they get home, Dewey is hiding something. It's a $150 thing (I forgot what that was too) that he took from the store. Lois takes Dewey to return it, but she gets fired in the process. Malcolm is struggling to please a girl he likes. When Lois loses her job, they become poor, so the girl he likes organizes a charity drive for his family. Francis is helping with a pageant to get to the pretty girls. They think he's gay though. Lois gets her job back.



    This was a good episode! I didn't like it as much as the others though. It gets an 8.5 out of 10!moreless
  • The Wilkersons become a charity case

    8.4
    Malcolm yelling at his crush when she tries to help him out probably doesn't help things with her and the fact that the only food given in are expired canned foods doesn't help Hal's stomach.



    The start of the episode is very funny with Reese and Malcom using the steam in the store and Dewey hiding in his crawl space and it continues to be funny the whole way through with great jokes coming out of the written apology Lois is asked for.



    Francis pretending to be gay to get close to the Miss Alabama contestants was very funny but once again, his scheme beckfires when one of the girls misunderstands his line.



    Overall, the episode isn't one of the best but it certainly is funny.moreless
  • Wow! Lois vs Evil= great fun!

    9.5
    This episode is very good, first of all everyone in the school believe that Malcolm and his brothers are poor so they give them all the food, which ultimately brings Hal to the hospital after eating rotted peaches. While, Lois fights her way back to his boss, when he denies returning her her job after Dewey steals a 150$ cognac bottle from the store, this episode is great, and I think that is a great episode that shows how do Lois manages things on her life, this is just great, and I love this episode!

    That's all, great!moreless
Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Pinter

Guest Star

Elise Horn

Elise Horn

Tanya

Guest Star

Alexandra Picatto

Alexandra Picatto

Bridget

Guest Star

Karim Prince

Karim Prince

Stanley

Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor

Stevie

Recurring Role

David Anthony Higgins

David Anthony Higgins

Craig

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Malcolm: I'm tired of coming to school smelling like feet!!

    • Malcolm: It's been ten days since Mom lost her job. Yesterday for dinner we had macaroni and rice. Today, it's rice and macaroni.

    • (Hal passes gas)
      Malcolm: (to his brothers) The first one who laughs gets their ass kicked!

    • (sees the Malcolm and Reese messing with the steam cleaner covered in soap)
      Lois: BOYS!!!
      Malcolm: It's not what it looks like!
      (the next scene shows the two with their noses against a door kneeling, Hal enters)
      Hal: Oh, hello, boys. How long are you in for?
      Reese: Another hour.
      Hal: Yeaow!

    • Lois: Velcro. I win the pool.

    • (after Lois returns the bottle of cognac Dewey stole)
      Lois: What do you mean "fired"?! You can't fire me for this.
      Mr. Pinter: Sorry. Store policy is very clear about stealing.
      Lois: But he didn't steal it; he returned it. It's right there. The bottle is perfect. You can just put it right back on the shelf.
      Mr. Pinter: I already marked it out of inventory. My hands are tied here.
      Lois: What are you talking about? You don't even do inventory. You foist it off on me because you make so many mistakes.

    • Craig: You know, uh, this is a little intense. You, me, working this shelf... together.
      Lois: What's intense about it?
      Craig: I guess nothing. Excuse me. (leaves)

    • Reese: I'm not complaining! I'm constipated!

    • Craig: Hey, it's the three musketeers. Athos, Aramis. (looks at Dewey) And you must be Porthos.
      Dewey: You're creepy.

    • Hal: (on the phone) With our budget, I think I can convince your mother to send you home.
      Francis: No, no, no! Don't do that! I'm at a crucial stage in my discipline development.
      Hal: Who's the girl?
      Francis: Girl? Dad, there's like ten of them!

    • Hal: (eating from a can) Anyone want the last olive?
      Lois: Those aren't olives; those are peaches!

    • Lois: (pouring Dewey a glass of milk) Drink your milk.
      Dewey: It's lumpy.
      Lois: Then chew it!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynrd
      (Pageant Vocal Rehearsal)
      "Drunk is Better than Dead" by The Push Stars
      (also used in the season 2 episode "Therapy")(Unpacking the food)
      "Three Times A Lady" by The Commodores
      (Tanya's Massage)
      "Freakin' You" by Jungle Brothers
      (No More Stupid Pity)
      "Red Alert" by Bassment Jaxx

    • Cold Open: Malcolm and Reese are wrestling on the floor, Lois is spraying them with water in an attempt to stop them, Dewey bangs his head on the washing machine complaining about Malcolm and Reese, and Hal pretends to be drilling while doing a crossword to get out of helping Lois.

    • Frankie Muniz actually got a concussion from wrestling with Justin Berfield in the opening of this episode. When the boys go rolling across the floor, Frankie hit his head and caused the concussion which kept him off the set for two days.

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