Grandma Ida brings her maid along when she comes to watch the house and the boys (Malcolm and Reese) during Hal and Lois and Dewey's short trip to St Louis where Dewey will participate in a piano competition. Ida has decided that Reese is ready to become a man. Tradition, in Ida's home country, says that he must compete with all the boys of the village in a series of tests of strength and will. If he is successful, he gets the maid as his wife. In Reese's modern society, however, there is no village full of boys, so Malcolm is drawn into the competition. Written by
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The actress who plays Raduca is the same actress who plays the passenger Jessica in the episode "Reese Drives" See more
When Ida is explaining the traditions of the old country to Malcolm and Reese at the table, the cork in the bottle next to Malcolm keeps disappearing and reappearing in between shots. See more
[Ida's old-country tradition is not fulfilled, so Reese does not get to marry Ida's young maid
Pack up my things, cow. We leave in five minutes.
No, wait, don't go. I got two out of three. There must be some way I can marry Raduca.
It is impossible. You are not a man. The most you could ever hope to be now is a very butch woman.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe See more