|Season 03, Episode 06|
|Air date||December 9, 2001|
When news hits that Hal may have a serious illness, Lois becomes meaner than usual and punishes Reese and Malcolm for tracking mud. And again when they go to a party during night without permission, leading to Reese shouting "This family sucks; you're ruining our lives!!! I WISH YOU WERE DEAD!" at Lois.
Meanwhile, Francis has a showdown with combative Lavernia in Alaska, and Dewey becomes overzealous in taking care of his class's pet hamster, by putting it in its play ball and filling it with cereal, and setting it free to protect it from a mean bully.