|Season 2, Episode 3|
|Air date||November 12, 2000|
|Written by||Michael Glouberman & Andrew Orenstein|
|Directed by||Jeff Melman|
Lois's meager hopes for a happy birthday are dashed when Hal forgets the day completely, Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey spend the money she'd given them for a present mostly on themselves and Francis comes home but is far more interested in attending a party with a woman he picked up on the bus ride home. At her wits end, Lois runs away from home and goes to a batting cage.
Hal and the boys throw together a makeshift party for her at the batting cages, but when she asks them to show her some consideration in future Hal honestly tells her that isn't something they're smart enough to do and can only offer her their total obedience. However, when one of the clowns at the cage insults Lois, Hal doesn't hesitate in punching him. This kicks off a massive brawl between the boys and the other clowns, and seeing the lengths her family would go to defend her makes Lois realize how much they truly care.