Reese discovers his talent for cooking when he is forced to take a culinary class as punishment for a prank. In the class' cooking contest, Reese is found to have cheated even though he was the favorite to win. Hal punishes him by forbidding him to cook for a month, which makes Reese cry.
At Marlin academy, Francis keeps blowing off his share of a major school project that his friend Eric is also half-responsible for. Meanwhile, Cynthia organizes a "Be My Friend" party for everyone at the school, but Malcolm is worried that she's setting herself up disappointment and tries to stop her.