Personally, I agree with the latter. I think it is extremely funny when Lois gets mad at the boys, or whoever she happens to be angry with. She's one scary woman, there's no doubt about that. I wouldn't cross her. I love the opening in "Water Park" when Hal comes rushing into the boys' bedroom, telling them he needs someone to "take the fall" and we hear Lois crying out in anger, and each time it gets louder and louder. If I was Malcolm, I'd have made it fifty dollars. Lois sounded quite mad.