A recurring theme in Malcolm in the Middle is for characters, mainly The Wilkerson boys to be punished by someone, mainly Lois. The following is a list of instances where a character has been punished in any way.

List of PunishmentsEdit

Season 1Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Pilot Lois Francis Caught smoking on the phone Being yelled at
Red Dress Lois Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Allegedly burning Lois' dress. Being locked into their rooms and being interrogated until one of them comes clean. It was actually Hal who had burned her dress.
Shame Various people Malcolm Beating up a 7 year old. None, just suffering from the guilt and being negatively judged by everyone else.
Shame Various People Hal Beating up a 15-year-old Criticized by everyone for being up a minor Hal was unaware that the man who was Kevin's father was similar to Francis' age
Shame Commandant Spangler Francis Attempted to switch slides of a gross Sex Education with that of Spangler in his youth Forced him to endure humiliation from his peers by showing slides of himself picking his nose and urinating drunk
Malcolm Babysits Lois Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey Fighting. Being sent straight to bed.
Malcolm Babysits Lois Hal Revealing to have dated Lois' sister in the past. Being kicked out of the trailer.
Sleepover Abe and Kitty Kenarban Stevie Sneaking out of the house after curfew. Abe and Kitty called the police over to report lost children, but it's unknown what happened when they found him. Malcolm was also responsible for this, but he ran off and supposedly put all the blame on Stevie.
Francis Escapes Commandant Spangler Francis Overusing the phone at Marlin Academy. Losing his phone rights.
Francis Escapes Lois Malcolm and Reese Scaring Dewey. Being banned from Nintendo, and also losing their pillows for the night. They had already been banned from Nintendo. Reese tried telling Lois that, thinking it would annoy her, but it only gave her the idea to take away their pillows.
Francis Escapes Lois Francis Escaping military school. Lois never caught him, but she said "We'll just see what fate has in store for Francis." He probably never did get punished.
Krelboyne Picnic Lois Malcolm Pouring perfectly good vegetable soup in the toilet. Grounded
Lois VS Evil Lois Malcolm and Reese Messing up with the steam cleaner and getting all foamed Kneeling in front of a wall, their hands behind their head, fingers interlocked, chin and elbows against the wall, for 2 hours Reese propose to his mom this punishment for his little brother Dewey who stole a bottle of cognac. Ignoring Reese, Lois ordered Dewey to get his jacket so they could return the bottle and apologize
Lois VS Evil Mr. Pinter Lois Dewey stealing cologne from the Lucky Aide. Getting fired from her job. Pinter fired Lois out of spite because she was originally up for promotion at Lucky Aide.
Lois VS Evil Lois Mr. Pinter Pinter tried to get Lois to sign a contract agreement, but she refused. Lois berates Pinter for past behavior and reveals dirty secrets about him that no one else except her knows: including his secret stash of marijuana and his affair with the district manager's wife. Pinter quit his job after Craig and the other coworkers found out about his affair and intended to tell their boss about it.
Stock Car Races Lois Reese "Punching Dewey" (Dewey really just punched himself and got him blamed) Unknown Malcolm says he taught Dewey how to blame Reese for things he didn't do.
Stock Car Races Lois Reese Swearing at the table. Getting his mouth washed out with soap.
Stock Car Races Commandant Spangler Francis Smoking. Losing hot water for his floor for a month and being "thanked" by the other cadets.
Stock Car Races Officer Carl Malcolm and Reese Going into a room they weren't allowed into. Getting caught by the security guard. This would soon be relieved before they were actually punished.
Stock Car Races Officer Carl Malcolm and Reese Reese punching a security guard in the groin, when being set free. Being ratted out to their father. Hal didn't punish the kids and actually punched the guard as well and ran off before anything could happen.
Stock Car Races Commandant Spangler Francis Letting a snake loose so that it could eat Commandant Spangler's dog. Extending the loss of hot water period to two months. Francis was actually congratulated by the other cadets this time as they hated Spangler's dog.
Stock Car Races Lois Malcolm, Reese, Dewey, Francis, and Hal Lois found a whole bunch of evidence of multiple wrong-doings of theirs, while cleaning the house. Unknown
Funeral Hal and Lois Reese Destroying Dewey's toy and attempting to bury it in Aunt Helen's coffin. Having to apologize to her dead body and stand in the corner at her funeral. Lois forced Reese in compliance by yelling at him when he attempted to turn away from the corner.
Smunday Lois Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey Giving a bike away to Francis and his friends Grounded for 2 Months
Smunday Francis Malcolm, Reese and Dewey To force his brothers to comply and give Richie the letter None, as Francis' lowlife pals took the false letter.
Smunday Lois Francis She found out about Francis' prank to Marlin Academy involving a swimming pool from a prestige college in Alabama. Planned to ship Francis off to a work farm in Arizona. She never followed through with her threat, due to the boys' prank.
Smunday Lois Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Destroying family prized possessions and a car Unknown Malcolm, Reese and Dewey are locked in a stalemate with Lois
Water Park Commandant Spangler Francis Found out Francis has been hustling pool at local bars by the Alabama State Sheriff Forced Francis to play a fair game of pool Francis won, but the cadets didn't care to punish him as they wanted him to win.
Water Park Lois Reese and Malcolm Ruined Hal and Lois' attempt at a tropical vacation at the water park with their fighting. Dragged down the Liquidator with Lois who berates them for humiliating her and Hal again with their fighting. In Traffic Jam, the Wilkersons earned another lifetime ban from another public place due to violations incurred on them(including boys' fight and Hal sneaking alcohol in hiding underneath suntan lotion)

Season 2Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Reese Cooks Lois Reese Unknown destructive prank Grounded for a month Reese was not phased by this so Hal attempted a different angle.
Reese Cooks Hal Reese Messing up other people's dishes in a cooking contest Grounded for a month and banned from cooking meals inside the kitchen Reese complained and cried over his lost privilege. Hal and Lois were happy because they found a punishment that would hurt him.
Bowling Hal and Lois Dewey Killing a neighbor's parakeet Grounded for the night
Bowling Hal Malcolm Ruined Hal's perfect game Unknown
Bowling The Large Man Reese Reese tossed a bowling ball at him that was meant for Malcolm. The large man forced Reese back in the booth and took pictures of himself beating Reese up This was when Hal ordered Reese out of the out of the auto-picture booth
Evacuation Lois Malcolm Coming home late from school Grounded for 2 Weeks Lois, Reese, Hal and Dewey were forced to spend the night outside the school
Therapy Lois Reese Stealing from the school Kneeling in front of the bookcase, hands behind his head
Therapy Lois Malcolm Found out that Malcolm had been skipping class by feigning a mental breakdown None The school psychologist convinced Lois to hear her son out, which leads to a tearful apology on both sides.
The Grandparents Hal Victor and Ida Victor gave Reese a live hand grenade resulting in the Wilkersons refrigerator getting blown up. Force the two to reimburse him and Lois for a new refrigerator or face jail. Ida mentioned that Hal reminded her of Victor's cousin.
Malcolm vs. Reese Malcolm and Reese Francis Stood both Reese and Malcolm up to go to a wrestling match with a girl Framed Francis for driving without a license, stealing a car and kidnapping a tied up and gagged Reese and Malcolm in the trunk Francis was arrested by the police officer and humiliated in front of his date
Malcolm vs. Reese Lois Malcolm and Reese Unhappy to have to bail Francis, Reese and Malcolm out of jail Forces Malcolm and Reese to serve Craig as their house guest. Reese and Malcolm regretted getting Francis arrested right away after realizing how more demanding Craig is with his and Jellybean's needs.
Carnival Security Guard Stevie Caught him in the carnival after closing Used a bike rack to secure Stevie's wheelchair to ensure he doesn't escape. The guard tried to force Stevie to talk in order for him to hunt the other boys down. Gorak and the other carnival freaks were able to convince the guard to let Stevie go
Carnival Hal, Lois, Abe and Kitty Malcolm, Reese, Dewey and Stevie Sneaking out to the Tri-County fair and lying about having a sleepover Forced the boys to walk all the way home. Reese and Malcolm blamed Francis for telling on them to Hal and Lois as well as the Kenarbans
Traffic Jam Lois Malcolm and Reese Getting the family banned from another public place Yelling at the boys and possible grounding Picked up from Water Park
Traffic Jam Cop Hal Touching an officer inappropriately Administered a DUI test This was when he was feeling guilty for his actions
Mini-Bike Lois Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Caught them fighting over a mini bike Banned the boys from riding the mini bike Reese defied the ban and rode it. He later regrets it afterwards
Mini-Bike Lois Craig Miscounted his pickles slices Reminded him of the slices on his hand Although irritated, Lois reminded herself that she burned Craig's house down
Mini-Bike Commandant Spangler Francis Stood up for a cadet whose shirt was untucked. Unknown Hal was actually proud of Francis for once in standing up to Spangler
Mini-Bike Lois Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Found out that Reese ride the mini bike against her wishes None Lois actually let the boys get away with this one because they helped guilt trip Craig enough to move out of the house

Season 3Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Houseboat Lois Malcolm Refused to help Hal Unknown Lois' plans to punish Malcolm was interrupted by her heated phone conversation with Francis for his plans to quit school
Houseboat Commandant Spangler Francis Breaking Marlin Academy's prized trophy case Given a hammer to fix the case Francis got back at Spangler by going to a cheap lawyer to get himself emancipated.
Houseboat Lois Malcolm and Reese Leaving Hal and Dewey on the buoy to visit the cheerleaders' camp Grounded for three weeks and adding housework. Malcolm noted his abandoning Hal was worth it because he couldn't stop smiling at the cheerleaders.
Emancipation Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Francis Angering Lois by dropping out of school Beating Francis up Francis fought back by hurting Reese and Malcolm explained Lois is further taking her anger out on them because of him.
Emancipation Francis Lois Ignoring him when he tried to explain why he left Marlin and emancipated himself. Arguing with each other Hal was the one who convinced Lois an Francis to talk with predictable results.
Emancipation Malcolm Mr Herkabe Trying to force his Dewey Decimal standings on the Krelboynes Drove him insane by having the Krelboynes rememher prime numbers
Book Club Lois Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Caught the boys with fireworks Grounded for a month Lois was grounding them while the police came to arrest her.
Health Scare Hal and Lois Malcolm and Reese Tracking mud in the house and for Reese telling his parents "I wish you were dead." Grounded for a week
Health Scare Hal and Lois Malcolm and Reese Sneaking out at night while grounded Grounded for the rest of school year After Reese wished his parents were dead, they simply retreated and the punishment wasn't used.
Christmas Lois Malcolm, Reese and Dewey Breaking Christmas ornaments(another demonstration of the boys' bad behavior at Christmastime) Cancelled Christmas intentionally until the boys are well behaved Lois later took back the punishment, but then she and Hal caught the boys opening their presents. Rather than punish them, she thanks Hal for waking them up to open presents.
Christmas Francis Ida Making his Christmas miserable along with hiding gifts in a secret room that she bought for the family for minor infractions Tormented Ida by making her look for the hidden musical Christmas cards in her apartment
Reese's Job Malcolm and Reese Richie and his girlfriend Robbing the Circus Burger restaurant that they and Reese worked at and framing Reese for the Robbery. Forced Richie to let them use his home anytime for parties and give them free burgers for life and give Reese his been bag chair or both of them would be sent to jail for robbery. This was when Richie was confusing Malcolm's classmate, Barton, for Dewey(due to their similar age and appearance).
Hal Coaches Reese Ed Found out about Ed's affair with the women in their neighborhood Forced Ed to do things for him as his slave if he wanted Reese to keep his mouth shut about his affairs to his wife This was after Malcolm discovered the undeleted emails and knew Ed neglected to clean out the hard drive before giving them his old laptop.
Hal Coaches Piama Lavernia Francis' mistreatment at work Stole Lavernia's pet parakeet and demanded better treatment of Francis or else she will kill the bird. Francis tried to make things right with Lavernia by returning the bird only to discover that it had died due to exposure of the cold.
Hal Coaches Ed Reese Found out about Reese's unnamed infractions at school Forced Reese to return the favor by being Ed's slave if he wants to avoid having Lois discover his infractions
Dewey's Dog Hal and Lois Dewey Eating the dinner that Reese cooked for their anniversary Getting his stomach pumped Although finding nothing but crayons and a bit of candles, Hal still punished him for the deed.
Dewey's Dog Dewey Malcolm and Reese Pranking and bullying him over the years Held them at dog point by using Marshmallow They had to write essays on how great Dewey is
Dewey's Dog Commandant Spangler Francis Desertion of Marlin Academy Attempted to strangle Francis with his hooked hands This was after Spangler was fired
Dewey's Dog Commandant Spangler Mrs. Meekitjuk Over pasted her popsicle stick Punished her and the other elderly residents by denying them pudding The residents despises him the same way Francis and Eric did at Marlin Academy
Dewey's Dog Malcolm and Reese Dewey Forced them to do humiliating things for him Made Dewey act like a dog This was after Craig chased Marshmallow out of the house.
Monkey Francis Eric Suggesting to find work in Alaska Left to hitchhike home, while Francis and Piama drives away for a cross country road trip.
Monkey Lois Reese He broke Lois' window when she refused to heed to a simple traffic rule to move her car further in the driveway Chased up a tree. Police arrived at the scene implying that Lois will likely be arrested

Season 4Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Zoo Lois Matt(Lois' ex-boyfriend from college) Humiliating Herself and Hal and letting a spider bite the right side of his face. Berated Matt for humiliating her and Hal Matt tried to defend his case, but Lois ordered him to relinquish his love for her and reaffirms her love for Hal.
Family Reunion Hal Walter Lois' Mistreatment Returned the Tickled Torture and forcing Walter's confession Hal donned several layers of coats to protect himself.
Forwards Backwards Lois Malcolm and Reese Pranking each other Being grounded Neither of the boys were able to enjoy their respective birthdays
Forwards Backwards Craig Dean Attempted to sell Hal a mark-up of a bad comic book Forced Dean in negotiations for a better comic book
Forbidden Girlfriend Boyd Nicki Ditching school. Being grounded Boyd told Lois about what Nicki and Malcolm did
Forbidden Girlfriend Lois Malcolm Ditching School with Nicki Forbidding him from seeing Nicki Encouraged by Nicki to defy Lois
Forbidden Girlfriend Otto Merl and Earl Trashing the fences they built None Francis sat Otto, Merl and Earl down to offer a practical and good solution to build a gate
Forbidden Girlfriend Reese Dewey Found out Dewey had been stealing money from Billy Blackmailed him to doing pranks against his enemies for favors Threatened to tell Lois about Dewey's misdeeds if he didn't cooperate.
Forbidden Girlfriend Dewey Reese Fed up with Reese's blackmail and using Billy to get back at his classmates in North High Letting Ira(Billy's older brother and Reese's bully) beat Reese up for his actions Reese tried to lie his way out of trouble, but Ira was smart enough not to believe him.
Malcolm Holds His Tongue Alison Craig Attempted to make her miss the concert for his "date" Spayed his eyes with a can of mace. Reese attempted to leave with Alison, but she holds the can of mace in front of him implying she will spray him next if he doesn't let her go to he concert alone.
Kicked Out Hal Malcolm Sneaking out and then rebelling against his dad. Getting kicked out of the house. Hal would regretfully revoke his punishment a day later.
Kicked Out Boyd Nicki Hiding Malcolm in her attic And Kidnapping him. Most likely arrested for kidnapping and sent to juvy.
Garage Sale Lois Reese Destroyed an old computer which was worth thousands of dollars. Yelling at Reese for wasting that money that the family needed to refurbish their home for the new baby by destroying the computer Lamented how she regretted not heeding Malcolm's warning against Reese heading the garage sale
Garage Sale FBI Hal Hal was making unacceptable speeches about the government on his pirated radio Pursued and arrested Hal for his actions Craig did the right thing to pull over, not wanting any involvement with Hal
Academic Octathalon Lois Reese Picking a fight with Lois Being grounded Lois would not uphold his punishment unless he took Alison to the dance
Academic Octathalon Hal and Lois Dewey Not loving Hal anymore Being grounded
Reese's Party Dewey Donne and his gang Hijacked Hal and Lois' garage and held Craig hostage Calling Donnie and his gang's mothers The mothers picked up Donnie and his gang and gave all of them a piece of their minds
If Boys Were Girls Malory, Renee, Daisy and Frances Lois Fed up with Lois trying to make them lead her life. The girls angrily blamed Lois for every one of their problems, especially Frances whom Lois never fully forgave for dropping out of college and marrying a trailer park husband. Though this was non-canonical, Lois realizes the difficulties of raising girls. In spite of it, she secretly wished for a girl.

Season 5Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Watching The Baby Hal and Lois Jamie Breaking into the secret extra house and wearing the forbidden pants. Being grounded This was in a fictional story, so it wasn't technically canon. Jamie was also framed by Dewey.
Thanksgiving Lois Malcolm Coming home drunk on Thanksgiving from a party Getting grounded and having to do a bunch of chores.
Malcolm Films Reese Malcolm Mr. Herkabe Using Malcolm to film Reese's embarrassing moments Exposed not only his own secret but also the other students who bribed Herkabe to help hide theirs' as well Having to clean school campus in light of the exposure.
Ida's Boyfriend Lois Ida Found out that she had been drugging Mr. Li with opium in his tea in order to steal his money Drugs not only the priest, but the rest of the family to embarrass Ida Mr. Li snaps out of it and confronts Ida for it.
Ida's Boyfriend Mr. Li Ida Found out Ida had been drugging his tea Left Ida at the altar after confronting her for her despicable nature Ida was humiliated by this
Ida's Boyfriend Lois Malcolm, Hal, Reese and Dewey Malcolm got his tongue pierced along with other bad deeds that Hal, Reese and Dewey did Grounded(Malcolm, Reese and Dewey), yelled at(Hal) Lois also decreed no one will ever do drugs in the family again
Dewey's Special Class Lois Malcolm and Reese Sabotaging Dewey's test to keep him out of the Krelboyne Class Possible grounding Their behavior put Dewey in the emotionally disturbed Busey class.
Victor's Other Family Lois Ida Found out about Ida's affair with Radu Gogorsky and that Radu was her dad the whole time. Willingly abandons Ida for lying to her
Reese Joins the Army: Part 1 Francis Malcolm Found out about Malcolm seeing Reese's former girlfriend, Beth, on the sly Punishes him by forcing Malcolm to find Reese
Reese Joins the Army: Part 1 Sgt. Hendrix Reese Found out Reese sold his Government issued backpack and uniform for a game boy. Forces Reese to do push up in the mud Hendrix used a hose over Reese's body to prove his point
Reese Joins the Army: Part 2 Lois Hal Found out that Hal lied about working on Fridays for 15 years Yelled at Hal This was when Lois learned about him skipping work on Fridays

Season 6Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Reese Comes Home Army Officers Lois Assaulted them when she tried to get them to tell her where is Taken back home after being arrested Hal tried to bribe the two Army officers with cash to drop the case, but they refused
Reese Comes Home Lois Reese Finding out he had run away to join the Army Yelled at Reese and dragged him home by the ear Lois went against Hal's wishes and flew to Afghanistan to bring Reese home by force.
Buseys Run Away Lois Malcolm and Reese Firework prank at the movie theater. Lengthy grounding and three weeks worth of chores around the house.
Buseys Run Away Lois Malcolm and Reese Overheard Malcolm and Reese talk badly about her Forced the two to stand on their heads upside down with pails over their heads. They were attempting to trap Dewey believing he told on them to Lois
Pearl Harbor Lois Jessica Giving Malcolm a hickey Berating and punishes Jessica Lois decides that she likes having Jessica around and lets her stay in the house much to Reese and Malcolm's dismay.
Kitty's Back Lois Kitty Blamed Kitty for abandoning Abe and Stevie Banned her from seeing her family again Abe confronted Lois, but she refused to yield. She then apologizes after hearing Wolston's speech about manners.
Kitty's Back Reese Malcolm and Stevie Refused to help Reese with his snake suit Tampering Stevie's acceptance speech Malcolm found out and told Lois
Kitty's Back Lois Reese Pranking Malcolm by tampering Stevie's acceptance speech Three weeks of cleaning the bathroom and eating off the floors, along with removing his snake suit
Lois Battles Jamie Lois Reese Feeding Jamie super energy sodas Unknown, but possible grounding This was after Lois was able to retake control of Jamie
Chad's Sleepover Malcolm and Reese Classmates Not being informed about Ditch Day and their party None When Reese and Malcolm confronted them, the students revealed their resentment with the boys for getting them arrested from a previous get together in Lois' Sister.
Chad's Sleepover Lois Hal Discovered Hal took a pornographic picture of her on New Years Eve Unknown, as she went inside to confront Hal This was when Hal gave Chad a dictionary with a highlighter.

Season 7Edit

Episode Punisher Victim(s) Reason Punishment Notes
Morp Lois Dewey Stealing using his dad's credit card to give his brother Jamie a party at Chuck E. Cheese Having all his food dipped in sardine juice "for a long time" Despite this, Lois was actually grateful that Dewey is trying to get along with Jamie
Malcolm Defends Reese Malcolm Mr. Herkabe Fed up with Herkabe tormenting Reese until he makes Malcolm agree to fail his classes, he tells the school principal, Mr. Hodges about Herkabe's secret in failing Gym Herkabe's GPA award is revoked and given back to Edna Thornby Reese was grateful in Malcolm heping him out and paid Herkabe back in full by tossing dodgeballs at him
Burning Man Hal and Lois Malcolm and Reese Found out they were trying to hitchhike to Burning Man None With the exception of Lois and Reese, Malcolm, Dewey and Hal didn't enjoy themselves
Graduation Lois Hal Caught Hal attempting to fix the T.V. again while the boys watched Ordered Hal to stop being stubborn and call a TV repairman to properly do the repairs Hal refused and got electrocuted, while the boys laughed.
Reese vs. Stevie Lois Hal Caught Hal smoking cigarettes Forced Hal to find all his cigarette stashes According to Malcolm, if Lois finds one cigarette laying around inside, she'll make Hal eat it and this motivated him to remove his stashes
Reese vs Stevie Reese Lois Refused to by him a pair of nun-chucks Recorded over the conclusion of book tape that she was listening to Lois got angry and got out of the car to punish him
Halloween Mr. Sheldon Reese and Dewey Egging his house Threw eggs at the two for the prank Reese arrogantly refused to apologize
Jessica Stays Over Lois Reese Insulting her over how she does his laundry Two days grounding Lois increased it to three days when he continued to push his luck by insulting her more
Jessica Stays Over Lois Dewey Keeping Reese inside a crate None Lois actually let Dewey get away with it since Reese was punished earlier