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 ARE RUINING OUR LIVES!! I WISH YOU WERE DEAD!!!" at Lois and Hal.
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.
- After you see Reese drawing the face on the balloon, you see him leaving. While he is leaving you can see the balloon had a totally different face then what he drew on earlier.