Malcolm in the Middle

Season 2 Episode 13

New Neighbors

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 21, 2001 on FOX
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New Neighbors
Malcolm and his family try to be nice to the new neighbors but soon clash. Only Hal and the father get along. Commandant Spangler, excited for his hero, Ollie North, to arrive, gets drunk, and it's up to Francis to save the day.

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  • one of my faves

    a new family moves in next door to malcolm and his family. at first, they all seem to get along fine, but soon lois questions the parenting techniques of the mom, upsetting her, and starting a war between the neighbors (except for hal and the dad, who become good friends).

    one of my favorite episodes, though to be honest, the more i see it, the more boring it becomes, so i actually try not to watch it a lot. so, one of my favorites, it is really funny with a good plot, overall this episode definitely gets an A+ from memoreless
  • Have Malcolm and Family met their match?

    This is without a doubt one of the greatest episodes of the series. New neighbors move in next door and the family tries to get friendly with them but aren't met with high expectations. The son Josh is a pathological liar and lies to Dewey that garden gnomes like to eat kids, as well as spreads lies to everyone about Malcolm to give him a bad reputation. Reese can't deal with his rival in a four year old girl named Emily who likes to bite him every chance she can get. Lois gets into it with the wife/mother Tina because she can't control her own daughter when she is biting Reese, also hates it when she sees Tina treat their gardener like dirt. Only Hal makes a friend in the father Mike. They keep it a secret because they are well aware of the families feuding. Josh spreaded lies to the neighborhood that Malcolm is a peeping tom, even his own family believes it. So him and Reese devise a plan to get them out of the neighborhood for good by making Josh look like a thief but spot Tina having an affair with her gardener, and draws attention to fellow neighbors, even Hal and Lois, which then forces them to move. Funny ending too, when Hal and Mike say goodbye to each other and a new family moves in and the man tries to get acquainted with Hal but he felt that it was "too soon". Funny stuff. A classic episode overall.moreless
  • Great!

    There are new neighbors moving in! Malcolm and the family want to make a good impression. They meet them and hang out in their backyard. Emily, the little daughter, bites Reese and chases him around. Josh, the son, makes up lies about Malcolm. Dewey is scared of their lawn gnome, who Josh said eats little kids. Lois and Tina get into a fight after Lois takes Emily off of Reese. Hal and the father really get along. They have a great guy friend relationship. When Josh claims that Malcolm is a peeping Tom, the whole neighborhood goes against Malcolm. Reese and Malcolm try to blame Josh for something, but they find Tina in the pool naked with her Mexican worker. Hal and the father have to leave each other because the family moves. Francis has trouble with Spangler after Spangler gets drunk, right before his hero is coming to see them.

    This episode was great! I recognized Dakota Fanning. It was a pretty good episode with the Hal thing. This episode gets a 9.0!moreless
  • Probably one of the best episodes of the season.

    Instead of the show usually revolving around Malcolm's problems, it deals with the whole family and their 'noisy neighbours'. Lois continuously argues with Tina

    about who's family is the best, Reese is bitten by the neighbors youngest daughter, Emily and Josh spreads rumours and lies about Malcolm, which the public believes.

    In addition, Dewey is scared of the Gnomes in the garden and Hal is surprisingly friends with fellow father, Mike.
  • great!

    Along with Bowling, this got to be the best episode of Season 2, it really tells about the neighbors rather than the family, is really special and I think that is really cool this episode, Reese begins to get bite by the neighbor's daughter, the boy, Josh, begins to tell lies about Malcolm and makes him look a weirdo and a total pervert, and Lois fights against the mother, Dewey tries to destroy the evil gnome in the other house, and the only that seems to get along is Hal, and well simply this episode is really cool!moreless
Robin Riker

Robin Riker


Guest Star

Gregory Jbara

Gregory Jbara


Guest Star

Michael Welch

Michael Welch


Guest Star

Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger

Cadet Eric

Recurring Role

Arjay Smith

Arjay Smith

Cadet Finley

Recurring Role

Daniel Von Bargen

Daniel Von Bargen

Edwin Spangler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lois: Your daughter is gnawing on my son!

    • Reese: Relax. Everyone will think Josh is a thief. His parents will be tied up in court, and Emily will be thrown into a foster home. Where she'll bite her foster parents, who will leave her at the side of the road, and she can spend the rest of her life biting hillbillies on the interstate.

    • Malcolm: Yeah, and that kid, Josh, told everyone I was born with both sex organs and raised as a girl until I was five.

    • Dewey: Late at night when you're sleeping, that's when Malcolm comes a peepin'! You better watch out, you better beware or Malcolm'll see your underwear!
      Malcolm: Where did you learn that?
      Dewey: At school. 1, 2, 3, 4! Malcolm's at your bedroom door!

    • Dewey: The gnome wants to eat me. It's evil.

    • Malcolm: Reese, she's 4, you're bigger and smarter than... well, you're bigger.

    • Lois: What are you looking at?
      Hal: Reese's report card, it is much better than last time.
      Lois: Really?
      Hal: Yeah, this time he used the exact same brand pen as the teacher to change his grade.
      Lois: Look at that, he gave himself a C in math instead of A+.
      Hal: Yeah, it's subtle, nice attention to detail. He's really learning. Two months grounded?
      Lois: Three months, scrubbing toilets.

    • Hal: It wouldn't hurt to have allies on the block. Especially allies with a pool.

    • Spangler: I'm a worm. I deserve to be on the floor with all the other worms.
      (falls to the ground)
      Francis: Sir, will you please stop wriggling!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "We Are Monkeys" by Travis
      Pool Party
      "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & The Raiders
      Mike's 1290 Turntable
      "Start the Motor" by Extreme Music Library
      The Property Line

    • Cold Open: Lois and Hal are reading Reese's report card, commenting on how he's doing much better... at trying to hide the fact he changed the grades.

    • This episode includes an early performance by Dakota Fanning of "I Am Sam," "Cat in the Hat" and "War of the Worlds" fame.

    • Michael Welch (Josh) also appeared in The X-Files episode "Badlaa" which, like this episode, originally aired on January 21, 2001 on FOX.


    • Francis and the Cadets perform Sammy Davis Jr.'s Classic "Candyman" for their visiting guest. This is also the song sung in the 1971 "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" by the Candystore owner (Aubrey Woods)