Malcolm in the Middle

Season 2 Episode 16

Traffic Ticket

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 18, 2001 on FOX
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Traffic Ticket
When Lois refuses to give a cop a free ice tea, she is sure that he seeks revenge when he gives her a traffic ticket. Convinced that she is right, she blames Francis for it, so Francis decides to throw a stunt to get some money. After going with Craig, Malcolm discovers that Lois was wrong about the traffic ticket, and tries convincing her. Just as Lois admits her mistake, new evidence shows up.moreless

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  • Lois is wrong?!?

    After Lois doesn't let a police officer get free stuff at the mart, he gives her a ticket, claiming that she made another car slam on their brakes. Lois wants to fight him in court, but Hal is worried that she'll lose. Malcolm finds the tape of that day and it turns out that Lois was wrong. They show her the tape, but she is confident that she is right. Hal makes her admit that she is wrong. Now, she is really nice and not strict at all. Craig comes with another tape from the mart across the street with a different angle of the situation. It turns out that Lois is right as the car was making a U turn, but Hal destroys the tape.

    This episode was so great! It was really funny! Lois was right all along! This episode gets a 10!moreless
  • Traffic ticket for Lois!

    This episode is really cool, while going on her way to home Lois is arrested and then fined with a traffic ticket thanks to Francis's not paid tickets, and that drives her mad and blames Francis for every thing that happened to her, later Malcolm tries to do something to help her, and discover that Lois was wrong and she had actually made a mistake with her argument and actually deserve the traffic ticket and well that is really cool!moreless
Sam McMurray

Sam McMurray

Officer Stockton

Guest Star

Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger

Cadet Eric

Recurring Role

Arjay Smith

Arjay Smith

Cadet Finley

Recurring Role

Kasan Butcher

Kasan Butcher

Cadet Joe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Craig's video shows that there is only one light coloured car moving on the other side of the road as Lois approaches the road and turns (with the dark car suddenly appearing from the left).

      In the video from the Minimart across the road, the dark car is clearly seen coming from the other direction, (even being in front of Lois' car before she turns) and then making a U-turn.

    • When Craig is saying "Lois was right all along", his mouth is not moving.

    • When Lois tells Hal that the boys saw what happened, they each have a different scenario for what happened. Reese heard Lois blahing while he was peeling gum off his shoe. Malcolm heard Lois quacking while he drew a pirate face on his arm. Dewey just imagined him driving with Lois in the passenger seat saying his name over and over.

    • On the part where Lois answers the door and sees the police officer, she responds, "Who do you think you're doing here?" Doesn't she mean "What do you think you're doing here?"

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Reese: Hey, Mom, did you get tattooed?

    • Hal: I got to admit, it was sexy. Me bailing you out of jail.
      (Lois looks at Hal)
      Hal: Well, it was sexy for me.
      Lois: Oh, yeah, Hal. That was a real turn on.

    • Lois: I did nothing wrong and I got three eyewitnesses to prove it. They saw exactly what happened.
      (Reese camera comes up to him and flashbacks)
      Lois: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...
      (as Lois is saying "blah," Reese is taking gum off his shoe)
      (camera comes up to Malcolm and flashbacks)
      Lois: Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack...
      (as Lois is quacking, Malcolm is drawing a pirate on his arm)
      (camera comes up to Dewey and flashbacks)
      Lois: Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey, Dewey...
      (as Lois is saying his name, Dewey is driving the wheel as Lois is in the passenger's seat)
      (back to the boys on the table)
      Malcolm, Reese, & Dewey: You're right, mom!

    • Francis: This is totally unfair! None of this would've happened if you weren't such a reckless driver!
      Lois: Excuse me??!!
      Francis: When I park too close to a mailbox, I didn't endanger anyone.
      Lois: I didn't endanger anyone. I was pulled over by a corrupt cop for a traffic violation that I didn't commit!

    • Francis: Mom, calm down.
      Lois: I was in jail, Francis! Jail! All because you didn't pay those parking tickets.

    • Malcolm: (asking a store clerk) Hey, have you seen Craig? Your assistant manager? Big guy, smells like cabbage?

    • Malcolm: Mom, there's no way Francis can come up with that money...
      (Lois looks at Malcolm)
      Malcolm: ... which is what he would of thought of... before he did that bad, bad thing.

    • Malcolm: Look, that girl is stealing something.
      (the camera shows a girl shoplifting)
      Craig: Huh?!

    • Malcolm: Mom, I'm not letting that guy with two fingers cut my hair.

    • Lois: That cop was out to get me!
      Francis: Of course he was. Everyone's out to get you. And the neighbor's cat's the ringleader. Didn't you know that?
      Lois: Ha-ha, you can laugh all you want, Francis. But until you come up with the money, you are not coming home.
      Francis: Where am I supposed to get $700. You're just using this to keep me here.
      Lois: Yeah, that's right. It was the cat's idea.

    • Lois: Well, knock yourself out. My record is clean.
      (scene changes to police officer putting handcuffs on Lois)
      Lois: There is no way I have 16 unpaid parking tickets! The computer's wrong! You are not getting away with this!

    • Francis: Oh, when I say I've been framed by the police, you sent me to military school. Ironic, isn't it?

    • Lois: Who left the freezer open?!
      Reese: Maybe it was you.
      Lois: Maybe it was.
      Malcolm (to the camera): This is so great. Mom has never been like this before. It's like her spirit is broken.

    • Hal (looking at the tape): Short skirt, windy day?
      Craig: It's a codename.

    • Lois: Anything you break comes out of your allowance!
      Reese: We don't get an allowance!
      Lois: Well, now you know why!

    • Hal: Honey, this time you are wrong!

    • Lois: The tape is wrong. (gets up and leaves)
      Malcolm: Dad?
      Hal: You heard your mother. The tape... is... OH! (gets up towards Lois)

    • Malcolm (sees the tape): Oh, my God! I can't believe it. Mom's... wrong.

    • Malcolm: Someone's got to gi...
      Reese: Not it!
      Malcolm: Well, then, someone can mail it to her any...
      Reese: Not it!
      Malcolm: Well, someone's got to be the person to...
      Reese: Not it!
      Malcolm: ... not give it to her!
      Reese: I'm it!
      Malcolm: HAHA! ... Oh.

    • Hal: Remember when I took that comedy traffic school? God, that was hilarious. A rabbi, a priest, and a minister come to a four-way stop...

    • Francis: You are not going to guees it, Mom, I get a hundred and fifty dollars, and I think that with a little more I am going to be able to pay you back...
      Lois: You know what, Francis, I was pretty mad at the moment and you use that money to get to home.
      (the scene changes to Francis, in a wheelchair and all his bones broken)
      Francis: Okay.

    • (Dewey walks up to the police car)
      Lois: Dewey, it's going to okay. Mommy is...
      Dewey: Can you turn on the siren?
      Cop: Sure. (turns it on)
      Dewey: Yeah! Wee-whoo. Wee-whoo.

    • Lois (to the boys after they got pulled over): No one make piggy noises, no one say they smell bacon, and no one claim that they're kidnapped.

    • Hal: You will never mention a word of this to Lois.
      Craig: But...
      Hal: Uh Uh. Not one single word.
      Dewey (comes up close): Got it?

    • Lois: Francis, I am not gonna let you weasel out of your responsibility. Because of you, we are done to one car until your father gets his next paycheck. Now you either come up with the money, or you don't come home.
      Francis: Mom, its impossible. I'm in school. When I'm not in school, I have homework. When I'm not doing homework, I'm in detention. If I'm lucky, I have six hours free a week. At minimum wage, I wouldn't be able to make it home until Thanksgiving 2010.
      Lois: You bring the yams.

  • NOTES (2)


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