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Malcolm in the Middle

Season 2 Episode 18

Reese Cooks

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 04, 2001 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Reese Cooks
Run out of ideas on how to punish Reese, Hal decides to sign him up for a cooking class. It turns out that Reese is a natural and really enjoys it. When he sabotages everyone else's dish in the cook-off, Hal and Lois think they finally have a way to punish him effectively. Malcolm tries to convince Cynthia to not throw a party for the whole school, because he thinks no one will show up. Eric tries to get Francis to do his half of the history project, but Francis keeps on getting distracted.moreless

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  • Food is good.

    I have to say that the food in this show looked good. That's probably why I rated it as I high as I did. That's not to take anything away from this episode. I thought it was really good. Reese actually found the one thing he is good at, cooking. It doesn't make sense in terms of the show and character, but that probably is the catch. Reese and cooking are opposites. My favorite part of the show was when Reese ruined everyone else's creations. I thought that was typical Reese but also I wasn't surprised. Overall, I think it was a very good episode. Thank you.moreless
  • Funny!

    When Reese doesn't seem to respond to any kind of punishment, Lois and Hal decide to do something else. Hal signs him and Reese up for a cooking class. Reese ends up loving it and is the best in the class. Meanwhile, Cynthia is throwing a party to meet new friends, but Malcolm doesn't think it will work because she is a Krelboyne. He hurts her feelings, but later apologizes. Then, some people show up at her party and then, tons of people are there. There is a cooking contest and Reese wants to win. He sabotages everyone else's food, even though he would win without that. Hal and Lois ground him from cooking. Francis has to do a project with Eric, but he won't take it seriously.

    This was a great episode! I felt really sorry for Cynthia, but I'm glad her party was a success. Francis's plot was really funny! I like Reese cooking. This episode gets a 10 from me!moreless
  • Reese begins to cook!

    Fearing that Reese is not answering to their punishments, Hal and Lois put Reese in a cooking class because they think he does these things in order to get attention, but soon they discover that Reese is totally lose, but in the end they find out a way in order for making finally lose it all when he is punishment, and I think that is very hilarious the way that every thing developes throughout all the episode, and well is really entertaining.moreless
Miriam Flynn

Miriam Flynn

Cooking Teacher

Guest Star

Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders

Cynthia's Dad

Guest Star

Michael Emmanuel

Michael Emmanuel

Angry Dad

Guest Star

Craig Lamar Traylor

Craig Lamar Traylor

Stevie Kenarban

Recurring Role

Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde


Recurring Role

Evan Matthew Cohen

Evan Matthew Cohen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode begins Reese's love affair for cooking, which persists throughout the series.

    • Shortly before the teacher announces the cooking competition, Reese takes either chicken or turkey, garnished with watercress, out of the oven; however, the heat of the oven would have wilted the watercress. Garnishes are added just before a dish is served -- they're never placed on food while it's in the oven.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Cynthia: Couldn't you have a found a better place to kiss me Malcolm?
      Malcolm : Read the wall Read It. That's the Krelboyne Wall of shame your pretty well represented there's my section and there's Floyds but in terms of share volume you still have a long way so you understand now you can't have that party but that's ridiculous nobody really believes that about you. (Cynthia runs off)
      Stevie: Real Classy.

    • Malcolm: You know? I just realized something, parties suck. The music always stinks, the food's bad, and who cares if no one talks to you? People are such phonies, anyway.
      Cynthia: Hey, Malcolm.
      Malcolm: Hey, Cynthia! Great party! I like the music, and what's in the dip?

    • Hal: We can hurt him… we can be parents again!

    • Hal: Reese, do you know what empathy is?
      Reese: No.
      Hal: Well, empathy is putting yourself in other people's shoes so you can feel what they do. If you hurt someone, empathy makes you hurt as well.
      Reese: Then why would you want empathy?

    • Lois: How would you feel if you were that poor woman whose quiche you salted?
      Reese: …Fat?

    • Eric: (seeing Francis' notes, which is a little sheet of paper) That's your half? (picks up a book) THIS IS MY HALF!!!!


    • Hal: Whatcha' doing there, Son?
      Malcolm: I have to prove Kepler's Third Law of Motion.
      Hal: What's Dewey doing?
      Malcolm: Coloring.
      Hal: I better get in there.

  • NOTES (2)