Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 5

Jessica Stays Over

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 04, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jessica Stays Over
The neighbor's daughter, Jessica, who's staying with the family for the week, shows Malcolm a thing or two about manipulating Lois to get the car. At first Malcolm enjoys it but soon feels really close with her and opens up completely. Reese decides to ship himself to China to beat up his pen pal, but really is just in the garage with Dewey making him think he is going. After Hal kills a hive of bees the lone survivor follows Hal around looking for revenge.moreless

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  • Really funny.

    I have to admit that this was a great episode and one of the better shows of the series. It was funny and it had great writing and some hilarious bits here and there. I liked the storylines and also the plots. My favorite aspects were the times when Dewey fooled Reese into thinking that he was going to China. How stupid is Reese? I also thought that Malcolm fooling Lois was really funny too. Overall, this was by far one of the best episodes of the series and I was clearly entertained by the showing. It was just real fun. Thank you.moreless
  • I loved everything, except Hal.

    Jessica is staying over while her father is in jail. She manipulates Lois. She teaches Malcolm how to do it in order to get the car, but Malcolm really feels a connection when Lois sympathizes for him. Reese is sending letters to his pen-pal in China, but he wants to kick his butt. He tells Dewey to send him to China, so he can do just that. Dewey tricks him and when Reese is in the crate, he makes Reese think that he's actually headed to China. Jessica's boyfriend, who is Asian, comes over and Dewey uses him to think that Reese is in China. Malcolm is really sensitive now. Hal has a battle with a bee. After he destroyed the beehive, there is one more and it's stalking him. Hal goes insane trying to avoid it and ultimately, kill it.

    This episode was so great! I loved Reese's plot! Dewey pulled an awesome prank! I really liked Malcolm's gentle side, it was funny! Jessica is really manipulative. This episode will get a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • I liked the ending when Dewy got Jessica's boyfriend to be the guy from china. that was funny!

    I love Malcolm in the Middle! It's one of those televison shows that is actually out of the ordinary. Although many things may not seem realistic all the time, I enjoy how it doesn't portray a wealthy, like all other shows/movies do. I think Malcolm in the Middle can inspire many families who are also having difficulites.
  • Jessica is UGLY.

    Get her out of there, bring in some hotter girl staying over. Otherwise the story was hilarious as usual. Dewey screwing over his brother Reese was definitely satisfying, after years of torment Dewey finally gets to torture Reese and even believe that he was in China by coincidentally using Jessica's boyfriend to beat the crap out of him. I loved how Lois let Dewey continue what he was doing. Hal... I do not remember what Hal did. Showing Lois' soft side for once was interesting, but for seven seasons being a hard ass you have to change once in a while. Interesting episode that definitely could have improved, but nonetheless a good episode for a mediocre written but funny series.moreless
  • Funny episode

    I was laughing a lot when I first watched this episode. I was especially laughing when Reese decided to ship himself to China so he can beat up is pen pal. But Reese isn't really going though, he thinks he is. Dewey makes Reese believe that he is going. I especially like the end. When Dewey gets a Chinese guy to open the crate where Reese is in, Reese believe that the Chinese guy is his penpal and tries to beat him up. But the Chinese dude beats Reese up really bad. I also like the beginning, when Reese tries to get Jamie's chocolate bar. But Jamie pretends to throw it, Reese falls for it, unable to find the chocolate bar. You shouldn't miss this episode, it's really funny.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jessica: Listen, Monday, I need you to get your mom out of the house for a couple of hours after school. Take her to a chick flick or something. You should enjoy that.
      Malcolm: What for?
      Jessica: My boyfriend's coming over and I'd like to have the house to ourselves, if you know what I mean.
      Malcolm: What?!
      Jessica: Oh, good, you do know what I mean. I wasn't sure with that whole "chasm of loneliness" crap.
      Malcolm: You can't hook up in my house! I've never hooked up in my house!

    • Reese: You can bite my American ass, Zhao Lee.
      Dewey: What's up?
      Reese: The school made us adopt pen pals from different countries. I get stuck with this loser from China.
      Dewey: What's wrong with China?
      Reese: It's not what you think, Dewey. He won't send you illegal fireworks or get your nunchucks signed by the Emperor. The guy's a total jerk. It started off with a simple request to apologize for Pearl Harbor. The guy wouldn't do it. He's so arrogant! When I draw squiggles, it's nonsense; when he does it, it's a language! I was so pissed. Then I thought, be the better man and reason with the guy.
      Dewey: "Do you want me to kick your butt? Check yes or no."
      Reese: And there's his response. He couldn't even follow simple instructions!
      Dewey: "You need help, Reese."

    • (Dewey holds up a jar of honey)
      Dewey: Is that a bee?
      Hal: That is how you know it's fresh. You won't find any bees in your store-bought honey, I'll tell you that much.
      Dewey: Where did this come from?
      Hal: Spoils of war, Dewey. You know that beehive in the tool shed I've been battling for months? Victory is mine.
      Dewey: You did it yourself?
      (Hal nods)
      Dewey: How'd you know how to do that?
      Hal: It's instinctual. You see, human beings were born with everything they need to destroy bees. Except the poison. You have to buy that.
      Dewey: I feel kind of sorry for the bees, though.
      Hal: It's survival of the fittest, Dewey. If they had won, they'd be spreading us on toast right now.

    • (Mike opens the box that Reese is in and Reese crawls out of the box)
      Reese: (looking up) Aha! I bet you weren't expecting this, Jao! Now you're gonna experience a good old American ass-whooping! (punches Mike in the leg)
      Mike: Hey, quit it!
      Reese: I don't speak Chinese, jackass! (punches him again)
      Mike: Alright. (repeatedly punches Reese)

    • Lois: He thinks he is on his way to China, and you've just been torturing him in that box!?
      Dewey: Yeah.
      Lois: Can he breath in there?
      Dewey: He's still making noises.
      Lois: And he's got food and water?
      Dewey: Yeah.
      (Long silence)
      Lois: Alright..
      Dewey: Ahhhh! Help, I'm being eaten!

    • Reese: Dewey, you know nothing about Asian culture, after I humiliate him I earn respect plus half his land and his sister, if she's hot.

    • Reese: Give me the candy bar. You heard me Jamie, give it!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cold Open: Jamie walks in the room with a chocolate bar and Reese demands he hand it over. Jaime pretends to throw it across the room and Reese falls for it. Malcolm claims he wasn't able to get Reese to do that until he was five.

    • Francis (Christopher Masterson) does not appear in this episode.


    • Malcolm asks to borrow the car to attend a signing by Frank Miller. Frank Miller is wildly successul in the comic world, responsible for hits such as Sin City, 300, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns; the first two of which have been made into movies.

    • Reese: It started with a simple request to apologize for Pearl Harbor. The guy wouldn't do it.

      What Reese is referring to is the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor naval base on December 7th, 1941. The casualties were heavy killing 2,333 American soldiers in the process. What makes this allusion particularly funny is that Jao, who Reese has demanded an apology from, is Chinese; not Japanese.

    • Reese: When I draw squiggles, it's nonsense. When he does it, it's a language.

      This refers to the fact that many Asian cultures draw symbols that look like squiggly lines and not letters to make up words.