Malcolm in the Middle

Season 7 Episode 9

Malcolm Defends Reese

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Dec 16, 2005 on FOX
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Malcolm Defends Reese
Mr. Herkabe starts torturing Reese by making him look dumb. Malcolm, who is in the same class, eventually sticks up for him. Mr. Herkabe says he will stop bothering Reese if Malcolm purposely screws up so that he won't get an award for best GPA ever, currently held by Mr. Herkabe. Lois gets annoyed by Jamie's new babysitter when she won't stop talking about all her issues. Hal finds out that Dewey has a crush and he goes overboard trying to help him.moreless

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    I didn't really think this was the best episode. It had some funny moments, and for any other show I might like it, but for Malcol In The Middle it was really a below average episode in my opinion.

    None of the story-lines are that memorable. The one with the most potential was probably the Dewie one, and we saw little of that. Though, the car scene was fantastic.
  • Great!

    Malcolm and Reese have an award-crazy teacher who has a personal grudge against Malcolm (and by extension Reese). Jamie's babysitter is driving Lois up the wall. Meanwhile, Hal is trying to get Dewey in a relationship.

    Scenes with Malcolm, Reese, and that crazy professor are pretty good. Not sure about them, though. Monkey dance! Monkey dance! Reese makes me so mad.

    Love Jamie's babysitter! Those sections of the show are just perfect! I love listening to funny old people complain! I sympathize with Lois. Poor her!

    Hal's obsession with Gena is just typical of his personality. Some of the funniest moments in the entire series lie in this story line.moreless
  • Brotherly love!

    Mr. Herkabe is humiliating Reese at school because he is so dumb. Malcolm can't take it, so he talks to Herkabe. It seems that it's Herkabe's plan all along to get Malcolm to lower his GPA so he can keep his "Highest GPA" award at school. Hal gets involved with Dewey's love life. He does everything for Dewey, which results in a bad allergic reaction. He even tries to apologize, but it makes it look like he is a kidnapper because he bribing her to get in his car with candy. Lois goes crazy from the new babysitter. She talks way too much, so finally Lois tells her to leave!

    This episode was great! I liked how Malcolm stood up for Reese. I would hate if my dad did what Hal did to Dewey. This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • Reese getting tortured by horrible teacher who thinks he's better than everyone else.

    I really liked this episode. I felt so sorry for Reese there's nothing worse than feeling stupid in front of the whole class. Yeh we know he's stupid but come on there was no need to pick on him. I liked the fact that Malcolm defended him only to get the teacher back. I also liked the fact that Reese kicked the crap out of Herkabea(sorry about the spelling) in Dodgeball. It shows that even though Reese and Malcolm fight constantly they will still defend each other whether it's academically in Malcolm's case or in something physical in Reese's case. A brilliant episode overall.moreless
  • Jaime's new babysitter is driving Lois crazy...until Lois unleashes her rage and kills her. Meanwhile Hal takes over Dewey's love life...leading to disasterous results Malcolm defends Reese from Herkabe's torture, only to reamoreless

    I thought this was a very original episode....Malcolm still has life left in it. Will Claire\'s sister stick around? What about Dewey\'s new girlfriend?

    I loved how the show\'s writers make effort to provide continuity to each episode...and Herkabe on screen = GREAT episode.

    Overall a fantastic episode with some aspects that will need to be built on in the future...I say Malcolm one more season!!
Steve Vinovich

Steve Vinovich

Mr. Hodges

Guest Star

Mimi Cozzens

Mimi Cozzens


Guest Star

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano


Guest Star

Chris Eigeman

Chris Eigeman

Lionel Herkabe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is not Lois' first storyline where she had trouble getting rid of someone who kept stalking her... however, this time it didn't end in a mud fight like in "Company Picnic."

    • Herkabe had the highest GPA in the whole school, although he was much less deserving than Edna Thornby, the previous one, or Malcolm, who likely will gain that distinction at the end of this season.

    • This is the second time that Hal has been arrested. The first was in "Reese Joins the Army (1)". Combined with Lois, the parents have been arrested FIVE times! And they thought the kids were bad.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Reese is shoving clothes under his bed covers)
      Lois: Reese, you better not be sneaking out.
      (Reese hops into his bed while camera shows Lois in the doorway)
      Reese: What? I'm just trying to go to sleep.
      Lois: So you won't mind if I watch you go to sleep, even if it takes the whole night.
      (later at 2:30 in the morning)
      Reese: She has to sleep sometime.
      (camera zooms in on the doorway where a makeshift dummy now stands in Lois' pose)

    • Herkabe: Reese, I'm just looking through my notes here and it appears that was your twentieth wrong answer in a row. And you know what that means, don't you?
      Class: (all but Malcolm chanting) Monkey dance! Monkey dance! Monkey dance! Monkey dance...
      Reese: Monkey dance?
      Herkabe: Your first right answer. Well, let's not leave your audience waiting.
      (Reese starts dancing like a monkey as chanting and laughing continues)
      Herkabe: Wait, Reese, stop. (turns on a radio that plays "Love Machine" by the Miracles and smiles) OK, continue.
      (Reese continues to Malcolm's astonishment)

    • Hal: (driving alongside Gina) You'll like this candy. It's really good. Come on, just hop in the car!
      (several minutes later, a cop arrests him under suspicion of attempted child abduction after a neighbor calls 911)
      Hal: Oh, come on, give me a break! Don't you remember your first love?

    • Malcolm: I'll take your sick little deal so you can keep your pathetic, meaningless plaque.
      Herkabe: Thank you, Malcolm. I know that you think this compromise will taste like ashes in my mouth. But something I learned a long time ago... ashes don't taste that bad.

    • Hal: Some wavy-haired blond boy was chatting up Gina at the bike racks after school.
      Dewey: Don't you work?
      Hal: Never mind that. The point is, you should have been there!
      Dewey: It's probably Stefan. He's no threat.
      Hal: I saw him, Dewey. He's an Adonis!

    • Malcolm: Tough break, Mr. Herkabe.
      Mr. Herkabe: I know it was you, Malcolm. And I wouldn't be so quick to gloat. I'm not defeated yet. I'm like Napoleon at St. Helena, plotting my return.
      Malcolm: You mean Elba. He died on St. Helena.
      Mr. Herkabe: Oh, shut up!

    • Lois: I'd like you to go now, Claire.
      Claire: Oh, good, because I have a ton of things to do. You know how it is, though, something always comes up.
      Lois: What I would like is for you to be in your own house now.
      Claire: Boy, so would I. I really have to clean my bathroom tile grout. It's disgusting.
      Lois: Get your fat butt out of my house!
      Claire: (laughs) Lois, you're so funny. Although, I could lose a little weight here...
      Lois: Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!

    • Dewey: She's not going to feel like I'm trying to buy her, is she?
      Hal: Let me teach you a valuable lesson about women, Dewey. They think they deserve everything you give them. They all like to think they're special, even the ones that aren't.

    • Hal: Okay, what you need here is some sort of romantic gesture.
      Dewey: What do you mean?
      Hal: Just off the top of my head, you could send her a nice box of expensive chocolates.
      Dewey: I'm not sure.
      Hal: Too late. You already did. You just dropped off a big box on her front doorstep, rang the bell, and ran like hell. You also trampled some of her rose bushes. Congratulations, son.

    • Claire: I hope it wasn't too much trouble cooking for my special diet, Lois. It's been a bit of an adjustment after the doctor took out six feet of my colon. You know what I call it now?
      Lois: (whispers) My semicolon.
      Claire: My semicolon! (laughs)

    • Hal: Hey, Dewey look at this, I got the microwave to work without closing the door.
      Dewey: That's great dad.

    • Hal: Are you still mad at me?
      Dewey: You threw it at my head dad.
      Hal: It was a brush back pitch Dewey, I gotta protect the play or your gonna be taking me downtown all day.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Cold Open: Reese tries to sneak out, but Lois catches him. She says she'll stay there all night until she sees him sleeping. Reese is waiting for Lois to fall asleep, but instead of her, there is a makeshift dummy, making Reese think she is still there.

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

    • Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek, and Kathryn Joonsten, all had Emmy Award-nominees.

    • Final appearance of Lionel Herkabe, Malcolm's manipulative mastermind of a teacher, whose fate involves getting pummeled by Reese with dodgeballs and losing his status as having the highest GPA at Malcolm's high school.

    • The titular plot is very similar in name and format as season 5 episode "Malcolm Films Reese," as both involve Malcolm, Reese, and Mr. Herkabe.

    • This episode premiered at a special time: 9:30pm EST/PST on FOX.

    • Another episode that got a PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED warning at the beginning of the episode.