Thanksgiving is the fourth episode of Season 5 and the 89th episode overall of Malcolm in the Middle. It aired on November 23, 2003.


Malcolm wants anything but to spend another dreadful Thanksgiving with his obnoxious family. Luckily for him, he has made a group of friends who are fairly normal and is willing to ditch his family to have a party with them.


Malcolm makes new friends, including one girl who Malcolm is unsure if likes him. One of the friends, Dylan, plans a party on the day of Thanksgiving. Malcolm, though Lois fails to understand why he wouldn't want to spend Thanksgiving with his family, attends this party.

Meanwhile, Reese employs Hal and Dewey to help him cook a fantastic thanksgiving feast.

Francis and Piama come over, obviously angry at each other, with Francis claiming they are getting a divorce. Lois is distressed over this, until Francis reveals that he and Piama had gotten in a fight because he wouldn't let Piama drive after Francis had been drinking. Lois demands that Francis apologize to her.

Reese is making the kitchen off-limits to everyone else so that he can be focused entirely on cooking dinner, such as using a monkfish to help the turkey lock in all of the juices and getting Dewey to obtain the correct spices from a farmer's market.


  • This episode aired a day before Thanksgiving.
  • This episode revisits Reese's stunning ability to cook. (Reese Cooks)