Malcolm in the Middle

Season 5 Episode 22

Reese Joins The Army (2)

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM May 23, 2004 on FOX
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Reese Joins The Army (2)
Reese, still in the Army, continues to be a great soldier by turning his brain off and obeying his Commander's orders until he finds himself in a mock-war situation where his Commander cannot help. After being captured he turns his brain back on and realizes it is like being grounded. He takes action and devises a plan to lead his team to victory. Unfortunately it backfires on him. Back at home,everyone has their hands full helping out. After all the witnesses testify, and a confession from Hal about the type of employee he was, Malcolm figures out the flaw in the case. And between Reese missing and Hal's court case, Lois falls deeper and deeper into insanity.moreless

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  • The suits got what they deserved.

    I was so glad that the corporation that Hal worked for got their due as it was proved that Hal was innocent. I thought to myself that that company was full of slime-balls that had their plan blow up in their face. This episode had some funny spots and some okay acting. But I must admit that the storyline really hurt the credibility of the show. There wasn't any relevancy and it made for some confusing arcs. Overall, this was an okay episode that had its fair moments of entertaining and some decent highlights. It was very much worth a watch. Thank you.moreless
  • Good!

    Hal is on trial. Everyone says he is guilty. Malcolm provides evidence that proves Hal's innocence. In the army, Reese is doing very well. Lois goes back to normal. Reese is thrown into real warfare.

    This was a great episode! I can't believe Reese is actually in the army! Malcolm was pretty smart to figure out how to prove Hal is innocent. All the pigs that Lois made were weird, yet surprisingly cute. The scenes with Reese and the other guys were cool! Reese is actually pretty smart sometimes. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Is good to see Reese finally does something in a major stuff

    This episode was the best episode of the season, all the family are trying to made Hal to look innocent, and Lois just gets doing and doing pigs. While, Reese is turning into a complete slave into the navy, at least until he decides to drop off of hearing the general, and proves that bad and unlucky experiences in his house finally worth something.
  • By far the best episode of the series.

    Last episode: Afer being driven mad by his family and finding his girlfriend cheating on him with Malcolm, Reese left to join the army.

    This episode: He continues to fight in the army, leading his team to victory. However, being successful soon leads him to Afghanistan - which I doubt is what he had in mind.

    Meanwhile, as Malcolm tries to prove Hal innocent of his charge, Lois continues to lose it.

    This is a hilarious episode and was an exciting 5th Season finale - even funnier than the first half. Things are in chaos at home, and it isn't much better for Reese, who has just found himself in Afghanistan. It's hilarious to watch Lois losing it, and Malcolm's attempts to prove Hal innocent. It's an extremely well-done episode, and gives a big impression of what's going to happen next season, when Reese comes home. 8.5/10moreless
Nate Torrence

Nate Torrence

Private Turner

Guest Star

Wells Rosales

Wells Rosales

Private Anthony Martinez

Guest Star

Nicolas Roye

Nicolas Roye

Private Franklin

Guest Star

Emy Coligado

Emy Coligado

Piama Tananahaakna-Wilkerson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The song playing in the background to the flashback sequence at the beginning of the episode is "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.

    • Unlike in part 1 of 'Reese Joins The Army', Reese is called by his real name by his comrades. In the first part, they called him 'Pvt. Jetsonr' because of his fake ID.

    • Goof: As Hal is giving some tips to Francis and Malcolm at dinner, Malcolm uses a ladel to put mashed potatoes on his plate. On the next camera shot as Hal continues talking, the ladel is missing from Malcolm's hand, as is the food on his plate.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hal: (to Lois) And at what point does the little bird pop out of your head and start singing?

    • Hal: Lois, we won the case! Now we can get our lives back to the way they were.
      Lois: (getting out of her insanity and increasingly getting angry) You didn't work on Fridays? After all the sacrifices I made for this family. For 15 years, I worked double shifts, drove carpools, cleaned the house, while you were FEEDING SHAMU!!!
      Hal: Actually, it's Keiko 2. He's smaller, but you get just as wet in the front row. It's a really good show. Let's go. We should see it sometime.

    • Francis: Malcolm, we have to talk. We've been avoiding this, but it's time to face the facts. We need you to forge Dad's signature on this document declaring Mom mentally incompetent. That way, when Dad goes to jail, you'll be emancipated and I'll take custody of Dewey and Jamie.
      Dewey: That's funny. I always figured Mom for jail and Dad for the loony bin. Life, huh?
      Malcolm: I can't fake Dad's signature. I do Mom, Reese does Dad.
      Francis: What?!? You should each be able to do both! What did I tell you about building a little redundancy into the system?

    • Hal: I'm going to go make love to your mother one last time.
      Malcolm: I probably wasn't going to sleep tonight anyway.

    • Hal: (to Dewey) When you tip a valet, always fold your dollar up real tight. That way, by the time he sees what he's got, you're down the block.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This is the last episode with Francis (Christopher Kennedy Masterson) as a regular character. He only appears in 7 episodes of season 6, and 4 appearances in season 7. The Grotto (the dude ranch) is written out in his second appearance in season 6. He is still credited throughout the series though.

    • Bryan Cranston submitted this episode (as well as "Christmas Trees") for Emmy consideration. Many Emmys pundits predicted that he would win, but, unfortunately, he was not nominated.

    • This is the first cliffhanger season finale since season one's "Water Park"

    • There is no cold open for this episode. Instead there were clips from the previous episode. This is only the second episode of the series to not have one.

    • Kenneth Mars (Otto) provides the "Previously on Malcolm in the Middle" voice-over for the opening flashback.