Template:Infobox Television episode Louis in the Middle is the sixth episode of the first season of the Disney Channel original sitcom Even Stevens. It was written by Mark Fink, directed by Jonathan Winfrey, and aired on July 22, 2000.
Louis gains instant popularity when he prevents a popular but stuck-up kid actor named Blake Thompson(Timothy Everett Moore) from choking on the school food. In return, Thompson invites him to become not only a member of his entourage, but to replace Blake's main flunkie Ivan(Eric Jungmann). To gain Blake's resepect as well as the respect of the other students, Louis trades in his repetitive Marlon Brando imitations, with repetitive Austin Powers imitations. This fickle relationship collapses instantly due not only to Louis' repetitiveness, but Blake's own shallow attitude towards people in general. At the same time he starts to lose contact with Tawny and Twitty, who he believes can't stand the idea that he could have other friends. Still trying to gain the respect of his new friends, Louis attempts another heroic act at a school-sponsored fund-raising car wash, but rather than being grateful, Blake's more annoyed with him than ever. Tawny decides that she and Twitty should shock him back into reality by renting a garden railroad and performing a corny Perils of Pauline imitation.
Meanwhile, Ren offers a suggestion box so the students can improve the cafeteria menu. Larry Beale stuffs the box with insults directed at her, a decision he eventually regrets making.
- The title for this episode is taken directly from the Fox Network sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.