Malcolm in the Middle

Season 2 Episode 13

New Neighbors

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 21, 2001 on FOX

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  • 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.