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After always being cast in his neighbor's shadow, when it comes to holiday decorations, Hal tries to make an extremely elaborate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day decoration. Malcolm and Reese are getting annoyed because of how their neighbor Jessica keeps barging into their home uninvited.
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Jessica (Hayden Panettiere), Malcolm and Reese's teenage neighbor, is coming over to the house more and more to escape her own miserable home life. She enjoys manipulating the two of them into doing whatever she wants. She later tricks Lois into taking the family (and her) to see the touring production of Mamma Mia. When Malcolm and Reese separately confront her, she claims she actually did it for the other brother who is secretly gay. Malcolm and Reese then endure the show and spend the next few days being nice to each other much to the family's confusion (and Jessica's enjoyment).
Meanwhile, Hal, tired of competing with a neighbor named, Mr. Randall, who always outdoes his Christmas decorations, decides to create his own "holiday" to decorate his house for Pearl Harbor Day.
Dewey is doing a report on Hal being his hero, but he rips the report because Dewey lied about him, Dewey quits his report on Hal and instead writes about Lois, which saddens him. Hal starts giving Dewey the cold shoulder.
Reese and Malcolm finally learn that Jessica only told them the other was gay for her own amusement. They decide to get back at Jessica, which Reese does by giving Malcolm a hickey. Malcolm then ensures Lois sees it (by trying to hide it) and acts like it was Jessica who gave it to him. Lois takes Jessica to her bedroom, where Jessica claims that she only did it to help Malcolm's self-esteem because he liked another girl. Lois makes it clear that she isn't so easily lied to (by Jessica or Malcolm), and knew about her tricking Malcolm and Reese into thinking the other was gay but allowed it since it caused them to be nice to each other for a couple of days. However, as punishment for trying to manipulate her, Lois bans Jessica from the house... to which she fully expects Malcolm and Reese to now forgive Jessica and start sneaking her in. Lois then makes it clear to Jessica when she'll be home and that she'll review the punishment in a few months when Ice Capades comes to town.
After the neighbor outdoes Hal again for Pearl Harbor Day, Dewey reconciles with Hal and together they dump worms on the neighbor's decorations, encouraging birds to fly down, knock all of the decorations down and defecate all over them. In turn, this humiliates Mr. Randall into not competing with Hal again.