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Malcolm in the Middle

Season 5 Episode 21

Reese Joins The Army (1)

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM May 16, 2004 on FOX
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Reese Joins The Army (1)
The house goes crazy as Hal is falsely charged in a crime involving his company. He is put in an ankle collar and is immobile, forcing the rest of the family, including Piama and Francis, to pick up the slack. Reese discovers Malcolm with his girlfriend Beth and decides to run away. The family doesn't know, but Reese has joined the Army, where he doesn't exactly understand how the military works. Dewey also has his own problems with the family as no one listens or even knows about him leaving for a music competition.moreless

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  • Great!

    After Reese has been dating Beth for a month, he decides that he loves her. Unfortunately for him, Malcolm has taken a liking to her and she breaks up with him for Malcolm. Reese is heart-broken, so he joins the army. Hal is accused of doing something bad at work. Lois goes insane after Hal is taken. Francis and Piama try to help. Dewey goes to a piano competition on his own since everyone ignores him. He gets first place, but no one cares. Reese stops thinking and becomes the top guy in his class. Hal is under house arrest, but he must meet someone. He secretly goes out with Malcolm's invention to keep it under the impression that he is still at his house. Hal poses as part of the bomb squad in order to keep his identity from the police.

    This episode was great! I would hate to be Reese. Lois was weird. This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • Reese goes to the army!

    After discovering his girlfriend with Malcolm, Reese decides to escape from the family, so he recruits himself for the army with a fake ID and a fake name and everything, and I think that this episode is one of the best finales ever, is really cool, Reese begins to get wrong in the army, but later finds out that he can do it perfectly is he begins to listenting to his head. Meanwhile, Hal gets a tracking dispositive when he is discover as the man behind the compnay's fraud. Coolest episod yet!moreless
Molly Orr

Molly Orr


Guest Star

Erik King

Erik King

Agent Stone

Guest Star

James Henriksen

James Henriksen

Officer Moon

Guest Star

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado

Piama Tananahaakna-Wilkerson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Continuity Error: One of the biggest errors anyone could make. When Reese is being questioned by his drill sergeant, he looks at Reese's bed. The US is face up. This part of the blanket should only occur when a US soldier dies and the unit has not moved their belongings from the barracks.

    • Lois is fired for giving someone 2,000 dollars in change by accident. This is not possible. All sale venue stores have a policy to drop any large denomination bills (for instance a 100) into the drop box beneath each station. Furthermore, if the register goes over a certain amount (this varies for different stores, but is usually in the 300 to 700 dollar range), they are required to make a drop as well. Lois could very well have given too much in change, but it wouldn't have been anywhere near that much.

    • Dewey flies to his competition by himself. While children can fly alone; they must be dropped off by an adult, watched by a flight attendant for the duration of the flight, and picked up by an adult at the arrival point. He would not have been allowed to board the flight by himself.

    • Dewey's flight number started with a 5. He couldn't say the rest.

    • This episode marks the second time Lois got fired from the Lucky Aide. The first was in early episode "Lois vs. Evil."

    • Dewey has a keyboard in this episode, most likely a note of Malcolm Visits College where he builds a pipe organ.

    • Reese had apparently been dating a girl named Beth for the past month.

    • Running Gag: The whole family ignoring Dewey, who tried to tell them about his music competition.

    • Reese's drill sergeant always calls him 'Private Jetson' because of the fake ID he initially shows in order to join the army.

    • Dewey wins a national music competition and even presents the trophy in the bathroom, but no one notices it.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Reese: I just stopped thinking. I figured out that using my brain was the whole problem. Not just here, but my entire life. If I do exactly what I'm told and nothing else, then everything gets easy. It's not even a question of smart or dumb. You just turn yourself into a tool. I'm much happier that way. I'm the world's happiest tool.

    • Beth: (breaking up with Reese) It's not about you, it's about me. I just think that I deserve something better.

    • Piama: That's not evidence! Those are my birth control pills! I brought them with me!
      Officer: The beagle made a pointy foot. It's out of my hands, lady.
      Francis: What the hell is wrong with you? At least leave me one.

    • Lois: (about the bills) Well, forget this one. What's the vet going to do? Bring Dewey's bird back to life?

    • Lois: Haven't you finished paying these bills yet?
      Hal: How am I supposed to know which ones to blow off? "Ultimate Final Notice" is obviously more serious than "Absolute Final Notice," but pink is angrier than yellow, and this one's still saying, "Please."

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