Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
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Red Dress 

When Lois finds her red anniversary dress burnt and in the toilet, she immediately suspects Reese, Dewey and Malcolm of foul play, and chases them all over the house to try and make them ... See full summary »


Arlene Sanford


Linwood Boomer (created by), Alan J. Higgins

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jane Kaczmarek ... Lois
Bryan Cranston ... Hal
Christopher Masterson ... Francis (as Christopher Kennedy Masterson)
Justin Berfield ... Reese
Erik Per Sullivan ... Dewey
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Caroline Miller (credit only)
Frankie Muniz ... Malcolm
Karim Prince ... Stanley
David Anthony Higgins ... Craig (as David Higgins)
Paul Willson ... Ed
Joel McCrary ... Attendant
Adam Hendershott ... Cadet #2
Robert Cesario Robert Cesario ... Maitre'd
Daniel Escobar Daniel Escobar ... Franklin (as Daniel R. Escobar)
Drew Powell ... Cadet #1


When Lois finds her red anniversary dress burnt and in the toilet, she immediately suspects Reese, Dewey and Malcolm of foul play, and chases them all over the house to try and make them fess up, while Hal waits all night at the restaurant alone. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

16 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Tears of a Clown' was originally written by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. See more »


At the restaurant, Hal tells the Maitre De that Lois always orders lobster yet in her fantasy dinner (when talking to Craig) we see her eating steak. See more »


Lois: [entering the boys' room] What did you do?
Malcolm: What?
Lois: Don't give that look. What did you do?
Malcolm: Nothing.
Lois: Well, I suppose you wouldn't mind if I... took a look in here!
[opens a drawer]
Malcolm: Mom, I'm telling you. we didn't do anything.
Lois: [notices the curtains are closed] If you've broken another window, it's coming out of your...
[opens curtain]
Reese: Are you done? Wanna frisk me?
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References My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) See more »

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I freaking love this episode!
7 November 2013 | by worstmusicoftheyearSee all my reviews

Great episode! I've recently been watching this show on Netflix. I've seen the first four episodes, and this one is my favorite so far, closely followed by episode 3. Almost everything about this episode is great. The great, simple premise. The great jokes, almost every one works. The beginning scene, the one before the theme song plays. That entire scene where the mom blasts a terrible song on loud volume. The entirety of it. The phone discussions the three kids have with their older brother. Malcom's "brilliant idea" at the end, that we never actually find out, but we don't even need to for the joke to work. The HILARIOUS ENDING! Love this episode. The only thing holding this back from a 10/10 is the scenes with the dad getting drunk and having a conversation and a dinner with the guy who gets payed to stand in the bathroom, offering people mints or something. Not the best scenes, but the others make up for it, and then some. Great show, too, by the way. If you're reading this and haven't watched the show yet, do so now! It's on Netflix, only $7.99 per month, and you can watch "Futurama" while you're at it.

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