Lunatic Lake is the ninth episode (29th overall) of the second season which was broadcast on April 14, 2002.

The Meaning of Life Lesson

"Sometimes you gotta accept a little bad with every good.

Take Carl for example: A long time ago I learned that if I just ignore his bad side, life's a whole lot happier for all."

- Lois Foutley


Macie and Ginger are nervous about vacationing with Dodie's family to Loon Lake because they feel Mrs. Bishop is a little intense. Carl and Hoodsey plan to make a movie based on an escaped mental patient that is believed to be hiding in the Loon Lake area. When they sneak out of the cabin in the middle of the night, Joann and the girls go looking for them, only to run into the real lunatic.


  • Ginger Foutley 
  • Carl Foutley 
  • Macie Lightfoot 
  • News Announcer
  • Hoodsey Bishop 
  • Dodie Bishop 
  • Lois Foutley 
  • Miranda Killgallen 
  • Dave Bishop 
  • Ms. Zorski 
  • Joann Bishop 
  • Blake Gripling 
  • Archie Chang 
  • Crazy Floyd 


Macie: Why can't all moms be like you, Ms. F? Lois: Because there's not enough spandex to go around, Macie. 

Hoodsey: Oh, great. Now we stink. And not in a good way, Carl. 


  • This episode was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (Less Than One Hour) in 2002. It ended up losing to Futurama. 
  • Darren does not appear in this episode.
  • This episode marks the second time where Miranda appears without Courtney. The first time was in "I Spy a Witch".
  • When Joann pulls over to give Carl a bathroom break, a family of four walk by with white hair that resembles the title characters from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. The novel has been adapted into a film called Village of the Damned (1960), a sequel called Children of the Damned (1963) and another remake released in 1995. 
  • When Crazy Floyd talks to Joann, he mentions Princess Esmeralda. A possible reference to the character from the The Hunchback of Notre Dame.