Malcolm in the Middle

Season 6 Episode 11

Dewey's Opera

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 20, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Dewey's Opera
When Lois buys a brand-new king-sized bed, Hal thinks that her motive is to put more distance between them and refuses to sleep in it. Moved to tears by an opera he sees on television, Dewey is inspired to write his own operatic masterpiece, "The Marriage Bed," which is based on his parents' fight and turned into a school production. Meanwhile, Malcolm and Reese build their own street luge board; and Jamie falls head over heels for the baby girl across the street.moreless

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  • Dewey wants to write an Opera, so he writes it about his family, and his class performs it at his school.

    This episode was so great. The baby's story in this was kind of a filler, but the rest of it was awesome. They were singing the most random stuff. The singing was actually pretty good too, but mainly, it was hysterical. Even the speaking lines of this show were funny. Dewey's plotlines on the show usually bore me, but this was great. I never thought a Dewey story would be my favorite one ever. This episode is overall my favorite episode. I'm surprised this doesn't have a higher review. It was so great, that I could watch it several times again.moreless
  • The opera stuff was silly!

    Dewey watches an opera and is inspired to write his own. Lois buys a new bigger bed and Hal thinks it's because she doesn't want to be close to him. Malcolm and Reese try luge racing. Stevie is secretly very good at it. He cuts Malcolm off a lot and Malcolm wants revenge, but Malcolm doesn't know it's Stevie. They race and Stevie wins, but gets into an accident. Dewey, with the help of the Buseys, writes an opera about Lois and Hal fighting about the bed. Lois tells him the real reason, she farts a lot.

    This episode was great! The opera thing was silly, but actually entertaining! This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • "I'm hideous!", a great line from Hall!

    I like this one very much. It's too bad we never get to see the opera, 'cause I want to see Lois face when watching it.

    I guess she would be a very nice drama queen, however... Hall was in this story the drama queen if you ask me.

    Nice dialogue from Dewey: "I was just sitting there and this... this opera came on. People screaming and hating. It was our family but with music, and it all mixed together in counterpoint that underscored the futility of their lives. And the stretto showed the minor key had been hiding in the subdominant from the very first bar!". Just marvelous.

    I also think that it was veeeery cute that Jamie felled in love with baby-girl across the street. His first crush ever... however it had a sad ending... snif!moreless
  • Cool!

    Dewey watches a program about Opera and gets inspired into making his own opera, he already has the song and everything, but the story does not seems to fit. Later, he finds out about the fight between Hal and Lois and that makes things a lot better for Dewey, and somehow manages to convince both of them to continue until they manage to give the opera a good end. Meanwhile, Malcolm constructs a car in order to beat the best one in the street, that turns out to be Stevie. Is really cool!moreless
  • One of the best tv episodes ever

    I like MITM and kinda know what to expect after all these years, including the usual surprises and twists, but this episode blew my mind. The main theme about Dewey composing an opera based on his family life was original and very well executed, with a nice build-up and a spectacular finale. Then there was a good subplot with the street race, which had it's own development and finale. But what topped it off - and made this one of the best shows I have ever seen in over 40 years of tv addiction - was the little subplot with Jamie and his first 'crush'. It was so sweet and subtle, like something you would expect to find in a fine British drama, not in an American comedy. Well done.

Amy Bruckner

Amy Bruckner


Guest Star

Brad Bufanda

Brad Bufanda

Bob Luger

Guest Star

Cameron Monaghan

Cameron Monaghan


Recurring Role

Danny McCarthy (IV)

Danny McCarthy (IV)


Recurring Role

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor

Stevie Kenarben

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Chad wears three signs in the episode. The first says: "Do not corner", the second says ".Jamie" (the character he plays in Dewey's opera), and the last one says "Spooked by applause."

    • During Hal's solo song to Lois, he sings "You know how I panic when I see a monkey." This is most likely a reference to the episode "Monkey," in which he and Craig faced a deranged Capuchin.

    • In the episode "Lois Battles Jamie," Reese mentions that his inner voice that tells him to do dangerous things is growing quieter and quieter; being replaced by the voice that tells him it is too dangerous and he could be hurt. We see the further development of that here when he immediately says that luge boarding is too steep and too dangerous and that he might die once he sees the incline.

    • Hal mentions that there is a rule about boredom in the house, then giving Dewey the remote for the TV.

    • When Hal is ranting about his paranoia about Lois leaving him, he says she'd be on a beach in Ibiza which he pronounces eye-bee-za. This is a common mispronunciation, it actually being pronounced ee-vee-thah.

    • Hal says Lois bought the king size bed, the largest one made. However, the largest commercially available mattress is emperor size. In addition, though harder to find, there are enormous beds called carousel mattresses that take up significantly more room because of their round shape.

    • The reason Lois bought the king-sized bed was to be able to pass gas without Hal smelling it, but Hal said when she sound asleep, she lets them loose like a sailor.

    • When Malcolm is going to skate down the road, his helmet isn't "locked", in the next shot it is

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (after Dewey explains to Malcolm and Reese how he feels because of the opera)
      Reese: All that I understood was... hit me, hit me, and never stop hitting me.

    • Dewey: I was just sitting there and this... this opera came on. People screaming and hating. It was our family but with music, and it all mixed together in counterpoint that underscored the futility of their lives. And the stretto showed the minor key had been hiding in the subdominant from the very first bar!

  • NOTES (6)