Malcolm in the Middle

Season 6 Episode 1

Reese Comes Home (3)

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Nov 07, 2004 on FOX
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Reese Comes Home (3)
When Reese realizes the Army is too much for him to handle, he deserts and dresses as an Afghani woman. But Lois is on a march to find him, and travels to Kabul to hunt him down. Meanwhile, Malcolm volunteers at a veterans hospital as a way to make up for his guilt of making Reese leave.moreless

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  • I liked it!

    Reese is afraid in the Middle East. He disguises himself as a woman. Lois goes to find him. Malcolm volunteers at an old veteran's home. Chaos errupts there though. He and Dewey miss Reese and try to do things in honor of him.

    This episode was great! It was pretty good for the season six opener. I miss Francis though. It was a little weird with Reese and stuff though. The diaper stunt was pretty funny and gross! Lois is crazy! Those techniques she shared actually sound pretty good! This episode will get a 9.0 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Reese finally returns!

    Malcolm begins to feel guilty that it was his fault that his brother is missing so he goes out to a veteran's hospital to help the retired veterans, where he discovers that they have been drugged and that they have taken away their freedom, soon Malcolm tries to do something to make them away from the drugs. Meanwhile, Lois is trying desperately to track down Reese in the middle of Africa, where he is lost and gets in lots of little adventures, such as getting married, and seeing Mr. Waffle and a lot of more things, this is such a funny episode, and a great season premiere!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • There is actually a group of rapping grannies. They not only rap, but there are members who breakdance. All of them are senior citizens.

    • At the end of the episode, when Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey are on a rooftop launching dirty diapers, it recalls their slingshot stunt from season 2 episode "Halloween Approximately."

    • When Reese is looking at the "map" on the bubble gum wrapper, he is in fact, looking in the correct position on the map.

    • When Malcolm tried to play ping-pong with the old veteran and the ball goes into the man's mouth (and we hear the man swallow it), we see the same man in the fight scene, so we know he did not choke and die.

    • Reese gets married (to a man) in this episode, while posed as an Afghan woman.

    • This is the only episode in which Dewey shows some sort of affection towards Reese.

    • Malcolm makes a list of all the bad things Reese did to him, having about three items from 1996 - 1999, but Reese has supposedly done many more than that.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hal: You've got to accept that some people can do things you can't. Heart surgeons, rocket scientists, that lady at the mall that carves your name in to a grain of rice.
      Lois: How does she do that?
      Hal: No one knows.

    • (Malcolm and Dewey show their lists of "Mean Things Reese Did" to each other)
      Malcolm: "Lighter Fluid Donut"--That's worse than stealing a girlfriend, right?
      Dewey: I don't know. Were you in love for the first time with that donut?
      Malcolm: Shut up, Dewey! I had every right. In fact, I owe him!
      Dewey: So you're saying if he dies, then you'll be even?
      Malcolm: I didn't say he was going to die!
      Dewey: Malcolm, he almost killed himself with Bisquick once.
      Malcolm: I'm just saying he deserves whatever he gets. (Sighing) No, he doesn't. That's something that Reese would say. I'm not Reese. Just because he's horrible doesn't mean I have to be. I'm better than that.
      Dewey: Wow, for a brother-killer, you sure are conceited.

  • NOTES (8)

    • At 2:47 in this episode, the camera cuts back to Malcolm and Dewey. Malcolm is in the center of the screen and half of Dewey is on the screen, but it's not Dewey. It's his stand-in.

    • The episodes from this and the next season airing on cable channel FX are broadcast in high definition (letterbox format for standard definition); however, the edit jobs differ than those that were originally edited for syndication. For example, in the original syndicated print, the cold open was edited out; on the FX version, the cold open was intact. Also, the scene when Hal almost got talked into joining the army was left in the syndication print, but cut out on the FX print.

    • Reese's hair has grown back after he got it shaved off... so it's either been a long time since he left, or the show is just ignoring that fact.

    • Cold Open: Hal explains the events from the previous season, with some flashbacks, to a girl guide who is just trying to sell him cookies.

    • First episode of "Malcolm" to be presented in HDTV. Previous episodes were in Fox High Resolution Widescreen.

    • First season premiere since the pilot where the episode is not mainly off-site (away from the home), as only Reese and Lois are away from home.

    • For this season, Christopher Kennedy Masterson (Francis) remains credited, but only appears in a few episodes, which always involves the family instead of his alternate locations (Marlin Academy in seasons 1-2, Mamu in season 3, and the Grotto in seasons 4-5)

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