Malcolm in the Middle: Season 4, Episode 5

Forwards Backwards (1 Dec. 2002)

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Today is Malcolm's birthday and unfortunately he and Reese are in a long prank war against each other. Meanwhile Francis does battle with a legend about an evil cow at the Grotto Ranch and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Francis (as Christopher Kennedy Masterson)
Craig Lamar Traylor ...
Tom Tartamella ...
Marquis Scott ...
Ranch Hand
Angee Hughes ...
Woman Guest


Today is Malcolm's birthday and unfortunately he and Reese are in a long prank war against each other. Meanwhile Francis does battle with a legend about an evil cow at the Grotto Ranch and Hal is forced to enlist Craig Feldspar to help him with a comic book present. Written by Anonymous

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The complete sequence of events in the escalating feud between Malcolm and Reese is as follows: 1) Malcolm eats a blueberry off Reese's plate 2) Reese gives Malcolm a wet willie 3) Malcolm fills Reese's cap with dirt 4) Reese puts soap in Malcolm's toothpaste 5) Malcolm blows an airhorn at Reese while showering 6) Reese shoots a fire extinguisher into Malcolm's shorts 7) Malcolm covers Reese's head with tape 8) Reese beats Malcolm up 9) Malcolm glues Reese's arm to his forehead 10) Reese distributes Malcolm's baby picture all over school 11) Malcolm shows Reese up before the popular kids 12) Reese steals Malcolm's money 13) Malcolm and Reese play chicken in go-karts and wipe each other out See more »


[Fixing dinner, Lois drops a roast on the floor, picks it up, begins to brush it off, and turns to find Dewey watching her]
Dewey: Give Reese a slice from the fuzzy side and I didn't see a thing.
Lois: Deal.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »

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shower scene???
30 March 2007 | by (fort wayne,indiana) – See all my reviews

did u notice Reese was bloodying in the face before he got scare by Malcolm with the horn and have the bad toothpaste in his mouth it didn't make any sense???? can someone explain this?but this was still a good episode i could understand the rest of the show but i cant understand what happen to his face i thought it was from the tape but his face was fine or i thought it might be from the arm stuck to his face but his forehead was fine did the producers mess up and should of deleted that part and make Reese's face look normal can anyone explain this thats the only part i don't understand?and how did he find out about the money ??? and why did Reese put his arm on his forehead wouldn't he see the glue on his face????

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