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Malcolm in the Middle

Season 5 Episode 20

Victor's Other Family

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM May 09, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Victor's Other Family
When Lois' sister from her dad's other family calls her, she takes the boys (minus Dewey and Hal) to Canada to visit. She discovers a lot of secrets while there especially once Ida shows up. Malcolm thinks his half cousin is just like him, but turns out to be a much cooler happier version. Reese tries to connect with the other cousin, but is too rowdy for him. Back at home, Hal is determined to keep his promise to Dewey of running in a race with him.moreless

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  • Just a boring episode.

    I can't really stand watching this episode. I don't know why they have to have such boring episodes when they could have made better ones. This episode had nothing of interest for me as we've pretty much seen Lois's family over and over and over and over again. I think Ida is funny, but it gets to be overkill after she is featured every 2 episodes. I thought the show had some funny moments, but they were far and between. The writing was stupid, the acting was just okay, and the comedy was also average. Overall, just a boring show. Thank you.moreless
  • A great episode, but only thanks to the sub-plot

    I gotta admit I was little confused about this episode when it first started and about the name of it. Even though I’m a really big Malcolm fan (I have been since the start of the show!) I hadn’t heard of Victor before. After a few minutes though I managed to work out what was going on.

    I never seem to really care for episodes involving Ida for some reason and this one was no exception. The only real funny scene in the main plot was seeing Ida turn up at the door of the other families house.

    Now the real great plot in this episode was the sub-plot! It is laugh-out-loud hilarious! The final scene in which Hal runs into the police scene and screams “I did it, I did it” had me laughing for days and days after!

    A good episode here but only really thanks to the sub-plot.moreless
  • Ida's back again!

    Lois, Malcolm, and Reese lied to Grandma Ida about the day they are going to visit Victor's other family, but Ida finds out in time and blames her family for traitors, but later decides to have her pension because of being her husband, thanks to the DNA, but later they discover that Lois is not daughter of Victor, because Ida was alone a few times, and with that she go out with another man. Meanwhile, Malcolm finds out a kid that is just as him except that he is really popular which convinces him that he can be reall popular too. What a cool episode! Just because Ida is back!moreless
Tom Virtue

Tom Virtue

Peter Detrich

Guest Star

Betty White

Betty White


Guest Star

Maura Soden

Maura Soden


Guest Star

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Hal sprays himself in the face with the fire extinguisher, it really is something that could harm him. Fire extinguishers, depending on the type, use a variety of hyper cooling foams. If sprayed in the eyes, both the fluid and the cooling effect can be very damaging. In some cases, blindness results from fractured corneas. Usually though, the eyes require a few weeks time with no usage (hence the bandaging) to recover from the nitrogen burns.

    • At the beginning, Francis is trying to disuade further relations between a cow and a horse. While not common, there have been documented cases of interspecies mating (though obviously without offspring). Cows and horses make up a large portion of that documentation because they are animals commonly kept, raised, and observed by people.

    • Reese thinks that "Canada is the greatest nation ever!"

    • We learn in this episode that Ida and Victor were never legally married.

    • The closing credits accidentally listed #06-04-520 as the production code instead of #06-03-520 -- the correct number.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lois: Well, you know, the same way I know that he was my father, I know that Ida was his wife. Not technically, not legally, but I know it. And you know it, too. And that's why you hate her so much.
      Sylvia: I don't hate, dear. I'm Canadian.

    • Lois: You know, Mom, if this thing does go to trial, it might help us if you worked a little bit on your demeanor. You know, when you deal with other people, you could be pleasant and say, "How are you?" And that way people will think that you care about their feelings, and then, they might care about yours.
      Ida: What the hell are you talking about?

    • Mr. Dietrich: (to Ida) We froze Victor's pension because of the dispute with the other family. But you're absolutely right, Manitoba law states that a common-law wife is entitled to her husband's pension. Of course, you'd have to prove you're a common-law wife with DNA tests of children, lease in both your names, phone bills, that sort of thing. But I think you'd win.
      Ida: Finally, a Canadian who isn't an idiot.
      Mr. Dietrich: The problem is, the pension's only $43.50 a month. Canadian. And what with hiring a lawyer, court costs, other expenses... it would all cost so much, I don't see you breaking even for 20 or 30 years. Do you think you'll live that long?
      Lois: God no! I mean... no.

    • Sylvia: Ida, I think you should know that besides the restraining order, I have a knitting needle. All right, it's a crochet hook.

    • Ida: (on the phone, to Lois) My life is horrible! I can't think of anything but death. I thought I'd come down tomorrow for a visit.
      Lois: What?! You want to come see us tomorrow? Mother, that's a great idea. We would love to see you because tomorrow is Jamie's birthday. And there are gonna be kids here, and balloons and songs...
      Ida: I just remembered. Tomorrow, I'm getting waxed. (hangs up)

    • Hal: Dewey, I just found this letter. It says your school's going to have a father-son 5K race, and it was in the trash.
      Dewey: I wanted to save you the trouble of agreeing to do it, and then coming up with a bunch of lame excuses when you don't show up.

    • Malcolm: I'm glad it's him not me. (everyone laughs) I wish that was me.

    • Reese: God, I hope the zombies attack today. (loads gun)

    • Reese: Canada is the greatest country on the earth!

  • NOTES (5)