Ida's Boyfriend is the eleventh episode of Season 5 and the 96th episode overall of Malcolm in the Middle. It aired on February 8, 2004.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Ida announces that she's engaged to a Chinese man named Mr Li, but, when Malcolm discovers that Ida has drugged him with mood aggravation laced tea, the family must now stop the wedding before Ida illegally marries Mr Li against his will.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Ida brings a wealthy Chinese man to whom she is engaged to the family's house for a dinner, informing them of her plans to fly to Hong Kong to live with him, overjoying the family (because they would never have to listen to her complain about their lifestyle). However, Reese is the only one distraught over losing Ida since she's the only one who understands him well.

Malcolm gets his tongue pierced, but it then swells up due to the piercing being botched. He must hide it and the resulting lisp from Lois until the wedding ends. When she discovers that he had his tongue pierced and the resulting infection from it, she is angry because it was a reminder of Francis defying her by getting his nose pierced. Lois takes Malcolm to the doctor to get it removed.

Meanwhile, Reese has saved up the money to buy a special model ship for Dewey just to smash it up in front of him! As a result. Dewey goes to great length to pretend Reese doesn't exist, and Reese is horrified enough to try to apologize.

In the Grotto Ranch, Otto hires a mystery theater group as part of the new act. However, the guests begins complaining to Francis about them because it's ruining the romantic setting for them. That night in dinner, he overhears that the guests are threatening to leave the ranch for other places. Francis calls Otto out for having not fired the actors at all. Despite his warnings, he continues to give the group too many chances. The next night after the romantic proposal is ruined, Francis and Otto finally confronts the lead actor, mentioning that his antics are ruining the guests' time at the ranch. Francis demands that he and his friends leave at once. The lead actor begs to be given another chance. Francis starts refusing to give them one, pointing out that they're ruining the guests' experience on the ranch. Before he could tell the lead actor to pack up and leave, Otto agrees to give them another chance. This leads to Francis confronting Otto and pointing out that they're taking advantage of him again.

At the wedding, Malcolm discovers that Ida is drugging Mr. Li by making him drink opiate-laced tea to change his mood, allowing her to take advantage of him and get his money. When he tells Lois about it, she is upset by her mother and confronts her. Ida responds by trying to drug the family with the opiate mood aggressor drugs. In her attempt to drug Mr. Li again, Lois outwitted her by switching out the tea cup and giving the one containing the drugs to the pastor officiating the wedding. During the ceremony, everyone except Jamie is under the influence of the drugs. Lois asks Malcolm how he was able to figure out Ida's plans. He explains that she snuck the drugs into the food because she knows they wouldn't been able to turn down a free meal. Lois watches on in pleasure as the priest(under the influence of the mood aggressor drugs) falls in love with Ida much to her irritation. Mr. Li comes out of the effects of the drugs and sees her for the horrible person she is. He dumps Ida at the altar much to her dismay and the family's joy.

At the Grotto Ranch, the Mystery Theater group has a new audience whom are truly intrigued by this. After the show ends, Francis is shocked to see how much the new guests are responding well. The lead actor thanks him for giving them another chance and suggesting a Mystery Dinner night for the new guests. When Francis asks him what he meant, Otto explains that he understood the frustrations of the guests and Francis' own for not firing the actors. He gave some thought about firing them, but Gretchen helped come up with a great idea to salvage the actors without causing a commotion to their future guests looking for a romantic getaway here. She suggested that to avoid having their romantic vacations ruined by the Mystery Theater group, they should do a Mystery Dinner night for guests intrigued with mystery.

Upon returning home, Lois has grounded not only Malcolm for piercing his tongue, but also Reese and Dewey for their misbehavior. While Malcolm is forced to scrub the toilet, Reese and Dewey are both tasked to find more of Ida's opiate mood aggressor drugs that he has left behind. Even Hal isn't spared from punishment when he tries to get her to look on the bright side about the drugs bringing the family closer together and stopping Ida from ripping off Mr. Li. Dewey finds more drugs in Ida's thermos and gives it to Lois. Hal wants to take a sip from it, but she refuses and dumps it in the toilet much to Malcolm's frustration. Lois decrees that no one will encourage drug use again.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Jane Kaczmerek as Lois
  • Bryan Cranston as Hal
  • Christopher Kennedy Masterson as Francis
  • Justin Berfield as Reese
  • Erik Per Sullivan as Dewey
  • Frankie Muniz as Malcolm

Guest Stars[edit | edit source]

  • James Hong as Mr. Li

Recurring[edit | edit source]

  • Cloris Leachman as Ida
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