Stereo Store is the thirteenth episode of Season 4 of Malcolm in the Middle. It was written by Matthew Carlson and directed by Bryan Cranston. It aired on March 16, 2003.


Due to the doctors not allowing Lois to return home yet, Hal has to pick up a second job at a stereo store. He gets instant praise from his boss, although his co-workers aren't much to brag about anyway. The boys are upset when they get a 16 year-old baby sitter, who uses mind games to get them to do whatever she wants. A movie is being shot at the ranch, and when Francis finds out what kind he is shocked. When Gretchen gets hired to play a role, Francis tries to stop it.


When Hal decides to race out of the store to go to the same party his co-workers are attending, the theme from Indiana Jones plays, many elements are referenced as well:

The pencils fall into the blades of a rotating fan acting as the wall darts

the beach ball as the boulder

Hal retrieving his car keys at the last second before the security gate completely closing as Dr Jones reaching for his fedora hat.

A Tijuana car wash is when a person is placed on a table, then slid across while various bottles of tequila, liquor, and beer is spilled onto him. The goal is to get as drunk as possible.