It doesn't take much from the kids to amuse me, just because they're so entertaining. So this episode was a winner for me, especially once the Hell Hunt (or "Helen Hunt," if you're Gene) kicked off. I nearly lost it with Gene's flashback to having tacos on the toilet. I love that this show uses its cutaways sparingly and makes them count! And I nearly lost it with Louise's slow-motion phone toss.
I wasn't a huge fan of the B-plot with Bob and Linda at Teddy's costume party. Although Teddy yelling out "You could have been Summer Frankenstein, but Summer Frankenstein wasn't good enough for you!" was good for a couple of laughs.
Louise: Tina, this isn't our fight. Do you really want to stay here and get pee-ballooned? Gene: Yeah, I can pee on myself. I don't need any handouts. Tina: Listen, this town gave us the best candy we've ever seen. We owe it to them to go back. Gene: Great, now my candy tastes like guilt. Louise! UGH! Fine! We'll go back and save Milo and what's-his-face...but I get to slap Gene! Tina: That's fair. Gene: OW! I banish you from the land of Latifah!
Gene's oddly specific costume and all the U.N.I.T.Y. references derived therefrom were awesomely great. Actually, all the costumes were pretty good, but Gene definitely had the best one. I would totally steal that idea if it fit in with the theme of the party I'm planning on attending. (Actually, Kim keeps talking what it would be like to be Louise or Tina, which ALSO doesn't fit in with the theme of the party, but wouldn't matter in the least.)
Also, I JUST noticed that that's a great episode title because I totally didn't grasp its meaning until just now.
I think what I like the best is that when I'm watching, I don't see Malcom's dad. I see him as they present him in the show, the fish-out-of-water chemistry prof. I'm with geemoney. He is amazing in this part.