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
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 ... 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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Welsh | English

Release Date:

16 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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'Tears of a Clown' was originally written by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. See more »


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 »


Reese: [while staring up at the ceiling] I wonder how many holes are up in those tiles.
Malcolm: One hundred and eighty-six thousand, four hundred and eighty.
Reese: You counted all of those?
Malcolm: No. You just count one tile's row across and down, multiply it and then multiply it again by the number of tiles.
Reese: You're doing that more and more.
Malcolm: Doing what?
Reese: That brain thing. Are you just gonna keep getting smarter and weirder?
Malcolm: I don't know.
Reese: Well, can you tone it down a little bit? 'Cause I can't keep up with all these butt ...
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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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