|Season 02, Episode 11|
|Air date||January 7, 2001|
Malcolm must help an awful old woman (Florence Stanley) in the neighborhood with whatever she wants of him because he broke her arm trying to get his ball back from it accidentally ending up in her front yar when she grabbed his hair and the ball. He ends up taking her car on a joy ride after she passes out from mixing alcohol with her medication, but is caught by Lois. Francis' friend Richie is sent to the military academy. Meanwhile, Reese tries to convince (and force) Dewey to use a regular backpack instead of a purse.
- This the first episode to air in 2001.
- When Mrs. Griffin asks Malcolm what his cultural background is, Malcolm replied "I honestly don't know." This was done because the creators of the show wanted to keep the cultural backgrounds of the main cast as ambiguous and unknown as possible.
- Malcolm again mentions his grandmother, before Ida Welker would make her debut in "The Grandparents".