Kitty's Back, is the 5th episode of season 6 and the 112th episode overall on Malcolm in the Middle. It was directed by Peter Laurel and written by Matthew Carlson. The episode premiered on Fox in December 12, 2004

Plot[edit | edit source]

Kitty (Merrin Dungey) returns after having done everything imaginable and wants to return to her family, to Lois' dismay. Francis comes home and puts Dewey through the torturous "Brotherhood Initiation", then teaches Dewey about a fool-proof way to get out of trouble from his parents, Malcolm helps Stevie write an acceptance speech for his etiquette award, and Reese gets a full-body sunburn so he can peel his entire body at once. But when nobody cares about Reese shedding, he decides to mess up Stevie's speech which ends with him punished by Lois.

Synopsis:[edit | edit source]

Reese decides to sunbathe in the backyard of the Wilkerson house without putting on sunscreen. Soon enough, he's terribly sunburned while he was napping.

Later on inside the Wilkerson kitchen, Reese attempts to peel off the burned skin by starting with his right foot. However, Lois catches him in the act and warns against it because he risks getting leprosy if he attempts it. Reese is forced not to peel his skin while his family along with Stevie and Abe Kenarban are celebrating Dewey's birthday. Lois apologizes to him about the birthdays being less than what he deserves because of the debt they have to pay off with Hal's trial and the other taxes. Dewey asks what is taking Francis so long to come to his birthday. Lois explains that Francis is busy watching something on TV and won't be turning up until after Dewey is in bed. During the time, Abe tells Hal that the new teller at the bank he goes to, started flirting with him by telling him that she noticed that he forgot to "date" his check.

In the boys' room, Stevie has just been awarded the highest honors at the Good Manners Awards banquet for having the best manners and Malcolm decides to help him with his acceptance speech by using a tape recorder to record his voice. When the speech is done, he can eliminate the heavy breathing with the editing on his friend's computer. Reese comes in the room excited that underneath his old skin, there's a new skin underneath it that he makes his own snake skin suit.

In the Wilkerson kitchen, Hal and Lois bid Abe and Stevie good night and were just preparing to go to bed themselves until Kitty shows up at their door unannounced. She tells them that while she was away doing what she always wanted to do, she regretted leaving Abe and Stevie and asks for their forgiveness. Hal is more than willing to forgive her because he knows that she just made a mistake. However, Lois put her foot down and refuses. She tells Kitty off that she'll never forgive her for what she's done. She mentions that Abe and Stevie deserves better than Kitty. Lois mentions that her actions were creepy and unforgivable. She tells Kitty to leave and never come back again in their lives.

Francis finally arrives and tells Dewey it's time to be put through a torturous 'Brotherhood Initiation', which begins with Dewey giving Francis his bed for the night. Over the next few days Francis makes Dewey's life hell by making him do and eat disgusting things.

The next day, Abe confronts her about what she said to Kitty. It was apparent that he has taken her back and Lois is upset about it. She refuses to apologize to Kitty for telling her off that her actions were unforgivable and creepy. Lois reminds him that she stood in for Kitty for every PTA meeting that they had attended. Abe refuses to listen and leaves the house.

In the Wilkerson master bedroom, Lois is furious about what had happened to Abe and Stevie. She thought they were better off without Kitty in their lives. Hal tells her that she needs to forgive her at once. Lois refuses and tells him that she'll stand her ground by attending the Good Manners Banquet even if they don't want her there. Hal points out to her that saying mad at Kitty and bringing it there is already making him uncomfortable. He mentions that he likes being friends with Abe and thinks Lois is going too far with this hatred. Hal asks her to think about how much Malcolm's friendship with Stevie will be affected if she continues this current behavior she's showing. Lois mentions that she will stand her ground and doesn't care if Hal is uncomfortable in her anger for Kitty. She will stand her ground there and Hal tells her off that he will never support this because Abe is his friend and Stevie is Malcolm's friend.

In the boys' room, Malcolm is helping Stevie with his recording when Lois offers him some lemonade. He refuses her lemonade and tells her that he'll be drinking juice from his mother's choice. It is apparent that Malcolm is torn between the two choice he has, defending Lois' thoughts about Kitty and forgiving his friend's mother. If he sides with his mother, then he'll lose his closest friend at school. However if he forgives Kitty, then Lois will make his life a living hell. Still Malcolm tries to reassure Stevie that things will be fine. Before they could continue editing his speech, Reese rudely interrupts them and tells them about his plans to make his own snake skin suit. He wants their help so they can make money off of his snake suit. Despite holding aversions against Lois for how she treated Kitty, Stevie and Malcolm team up against Reese. Stevie shares his sentiments about it being disgusting and unappealing. Malcolm agrees and calls Reese an idiot for even suggesting it. He also mentions that he and Stevie wants no involvement in his skin shedding business. The two boys leave the room. Reese is angry and decides to get revenge against Malcolm and Stevie. He sees the speech that Malcolm is recording for Stevie and gets an idea.

Meanwhile, a sick Dewey decides that he had enough of Francis' Brotherhood Initiation and tells him off. Feeling sympathy for Dewey, Francis decides to tell him about the large vanilla candle in Hal and Lois's room that, when they light it, will cause the two to get amorous and have sex forgetting whatever was on their mind. Francis mentions that he trusts Dewey with the secret, having not even told Malcolm and Reese about it.

At the Good Manners Award Banquet, Lois and the Kenarbans continue giving each other the silent treatment, much to Hal's dismay. He leaves and gets drunk along the way at the banquet. Lois wants to continue on hating Kitty for leaving Abe and Stevie. However, she reconsiders it when she hears Frank Wolston's speech. He points out that manners affects everyone, good and bad. Good manners in showing kindness and being helpful is always rewarded. Bad manners in hating one another shows how terrible a person is no matter how much they claim otherwise. Overhearing this, Lois realizes that she was being unfair in her mistreatment towards Kitty and how her terrible behavior is affecting everyone. She apologizes to Kitty for what happened and she forgives her friend. Finally, Stevie is ready to make his speech with him lip-syncing his recorded speech. However, something goes wrong and the speech is ruined with all the rude words. Everyone is angry about it, except for a drunk Hal who loves it. When Malcolm notices Reese smiling intently at him, he realizes Reese was behind the sabotage of Stevie's acceptance speech. Taking into account his reason for revenge in their refusal to participate in his Snake Skin business, Malcolm decides to get payback of his own by telling on Reese to Lois about it.

The next day, Lois is seen vacuuming the house. She has punished Reese for his prank against Malcolm by ruining Stevie's acceptance speech at the Good Manners Award Banquet. As he is carrying his full snake skin suit, Lois rudely reminds Reese that his punishment isn't over until the bathroom floor is so spotless he can eat off it, which he's going to do for the next two weeks. Then, she orders him to get rid of that skin suit because she's disgusted by it. Reese is insulted by that and tells her off if Malcolm made another him out of hair, she'll immediately throw a parade for him. The vacuum cleaner sucks in the snake skin and he is horrified by this. Lois informs Reese that it just took the suit. He's devastated by it because it was his only known fame to glory over Malcolm. Reese unplugs the vacuum and asks Lois for five minute alone with it. He takes it outside with him. Dewey shows up with a bad report card, but lights the lit vanilla candle. Although Lois and Hal are angry about the report card at first, they passions overwhelm them and they go into their bedroom to have sex.

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]

Recurring[edit | edit source]

Cameos[edit | edit source]

  • Henry Gibson as Frank Wolston
  • Jeanette Miller as Elderly Woman
  • Derek Walters as a Waiter
  • Mitch Silpa as a Bartender

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode marks the last appearance of Kitty Kenarban. She will be mentioned in Graduation, however.
  • This episode marks the first time that Francis has admitted his frustration in how Reese and Malcolm treated Dewey.
  • When Francis takes Dewey's pillow, Dewey turns directly towards the camera in frustration, indicating that Dewey is also able to see the invisible people that Malcolm is always talking to.
  • At 15:50 into the episode, Francis is speaking to Dewey in the bathroom, and a hand can be seen to the far left coming in and out of the screen. They're meant to be alone in the house as everyone is at the award ceremony for Stevie. When the scene changes to show Francis, there is no one standing behind him.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

[At Dewey's birthday party, Reese attempts to start peeling his skin by his right foot, but Lois busts him in the act.]
Lois: Reese, Stop It. You're gonna give yourself Leprosy.
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