|Season 05, Episode 1|
|Air date||November 2, 2003|
Watching The Baby
In a Season 5 opener, Hal gets more than he gambled for when he and his family go to Las Vegas in order to fulfill a psychedelic dream of his.
When the family goes on vacation to Las Vegas, Hal tries to find the jackpot slot machine he had in his dream with a mysterious stain on his shirt, a pink balloon and music, and Lois goes to the Boone Vincent concert with Malcolm and spends time with him talking about parenting advice. Meanwhile, Reese and Dewey try to save a giant rabbit from getting cooked and Francis gets trapped with Otto in a well he was supposed to fix, as a fire erupts in the barn (also Francis' fault).
- This episode once again shows Hals gambling problem as seen before in the episode Casino.
- The cold opening reveals that Jamie is a boy.
- Malcolm attends his first concert this episode since he didn't go on his previous chance with Julie in the episode Funeral.
- The music that's played in the background along with Hal and the slot machine is Beethoven.