After a sophomore season that made me stop watching, and a middling third year, this episode last night hit the ball out of the park. I stayed tuned for the second episode of The Simpsons, and was completely impressed by this episode of Malcolm in the Middle. The writers found a great way to tie all the characters together, made some excellent twists and character moves with Reese in the military (turning off his brain), Dewey's character hitting his stride, and Malcolm ceasing to be a whiner. Each character worked and I loved the whole show. Nice work.