Malcolm in the Middle

Season 5 Episode 5

Malcolm Films Reese

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 30, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Malcolm Films Reese
Mr. Herkabe tells Malcolm that his midterm project is to film his brother. Later, Malcolm discovers that he humiliated Reese and that it was just a trap from Herkabe and he seeks revenge. Dewey skips school and begins to get extra cash as a street performer. Lois wants to buy a new washing machine and dryer. Hal discovers that people from his company keep being arrest due to fraud. Otto goes into a state of depression when the hotel gets a very bad review.moreless

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  • I loved it!!

    Mr. Herkabe assigns Malcolm a project to film Reese. Reese shows his mellow side and Mr. Herkabe shows the school. Reese becomes the laughing stock, so Malcolm fixes the problem. A review for Otto's inn is horrible. Francis convinces the guy to come back and they beat him up. Other places love them for that. Dewey has been ditching school to be a street performer. He earns money, but Hal and Lois take the money, not knowing it's Dewey's. Hal's boss is arrested.

    This was a fantastic episode! I loved Reese! He's so funny! Malcolm's a good brother! This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
  • This is another of the funniest episdoes of Season 5!

    This got to be one of the funniest episodes of Season 5, Herkabe tricks Malcolm in order to film Reese but later Malcolm discovers that it was just a trap from Herkabe in order to humiliate him and Reese, so he decides to make out to him by telling out the secrets of the entire school, meanwhile, Dewey begins to do a lot of money thanks to street performing and in the end he ends up with one dollar, and Hal and Lois discovers that Hal is in the middle of a corporative fraud. It was a really funny episode!moreless
Jennifer Shon

Jennifer Shon

Patty Lin

Guest Star

Don McManus

Don McManus

Charles Cutler

Guest Star

Joan M. Blair

Joan M. Blair

Lunch Lady Shirley

Guest Star

Kenneth Mars

Kenneth Mars


Recurring Role

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado

Piama Tananahaakna-Wilkerson

Recurring Role

Chris Eigeman

Chris Eigeman

Lionel Herkabe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The two guys who arrest Mr. Landon were the same two guys from Hal's flashback "Company Picnic (1)." They had appeared as Hal's bosses when Hal remembered the time he photocopied his butt. Undercover from the beginning, perhaps?

    • If you look on the envelope Dewey takes, you can see that Dewey goes to Groves Elementary School.

    • In this episode, Reese mentions to Malcolm, "If you want to talk like a girl, go find a girl." In the season three episode "Malcolm's Girlfriend," Reese almost says the same thing, "Just because you have a girl, doesn't mean you should act like one."

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Malcolm: This is an official apology. I'm a horrible person and I'm sorry. What I did was horrible, even by our standards. And, let's face it, we've set the bar very low.

    • Piama: I still can't believe you convinced the newspaper to give us another review.
      Francis: Honey, you of all people should know how persuasive I can be.
      Piama: You cried?
      Francis: Like a baby.

    • Mr. Herkabe: You are going to secretly conduct an in-case study of a deviant mind. The most deviant mind we have in our disposal. A mind incapable of differentiating between right and wrong, a diseased…
      Malcolm: You're talking about my brother!

    • Dewey: Mom, Dad. I got a question about school. Let's say I'm making some money. I mean, so much money that the idea of going to school is...
      Hal: You have to go to school.
      Dewey: But what if you're making more than $400-500 a week?
      Lois: (sarcastic) Yeah, Dewey. You start making $400-500 a week, you can quit school.
      Dewey: (happily) Okay.

    • Reese: (whispering to a wishing hole in a tree) I wish Malcolm and I could be friends forever.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for a WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy.

    • Cold Open: Hal and Lois prepare to share an intimate moment with Jamie in the room. Lois is worried that Jamie will see them, but Hal reassures her that babies never remember. When they turn on some music, Reese, Malcolm and Dewey all get frightened looks and make an awkward position in their beds.

    • Though credited, Meghan Fay does not appear in this episode.


    • When Malcolm asks Reese if there is anything he can to do make it up to him, Reese says he can 'fly backwards around the earth like Superman to turn back time'.

      This is a reference to Superman The Movie, starring Christopher Reeves. In one scene, he flies around the earth to turn back time and make Lois Lane live again. Superman is a comic character and licensed property of DC Comics.