Malcolm in the Middle: Cheerleader (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Krelboynes do a musical number during recess. Reese (Justin Berfield) is behaving strangely. He's begun showering. Hal (Bryan Cranston) asks him bluntly, "Son, are you on drugs?" It turns out that Reese has a huge crush on Wendy (Lisa Lewolt), but she seems to hate him. Unable to bring himself to speak to her, he gets her attention by tormenting her while giggling maniacally. Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) suggests that Reese should take a different tact, inadvertently prompting his brother to become a cheerleader like his inamorata. Humiliated by his brother's new lowly social station, Malcolm complains to Stevie (Craig Lamar Traylor). "I'm a Krelboyne whose brother is a cheerleader," he whines, "I could wet my pants in public and it would be a lateral move." Reese's interest in a girl prompts Hal to give the boys "The Talk." Meanwhile, Francis (Christopher Kennedy Masterson) has a heart-to-heart with Commandant Spangler (Daniel Von Bargen), uncovering both of their mother issues. This episode also offers our first glimpse into Dewey's (Erik Per Sullivan) distorted view of the world, as he tries to convince Hal and Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) to buy him a Sleepy Time Herbie doll.