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




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


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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As Lois is proceeding to show Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey the burned red dress, you can see Lois picking up the dress from a bucket of water that a crew member is holding around the corner. Both the bucket and the body of the crew member are fully visible for a short time. See more »


Lois: [after she discovers her red dress in the toilet burnt] Fire? Fire? Fire?
Malcolm: Mom, what...?
Lois: This is the most stupid, irresponsible dangerous thing you have ever done! Is this what you want? Where we have to identify your charred little bodies through their dental records? I want a straight answer. Who did this?
Reese: Malcolm did it.
Malcolm: Reese did it.
Reese: I didn't do it!
Malcolm: I didn't do it!
Dewey: We're going to the dentist?
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References My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) See more »


Just Another Kiss
Written by Joe Lervold
Performed by Joe Lervold
Courtesy of MasterSource
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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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Welsh | English

Release Date:

16 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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