The Best Episodes of Reba

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2018

Being a single mom in today's world is a daunting task. For Reba Hart (Reba McEntire), parenthood encompasses not only watching over three kids, but also keeping an eye on a son-in-law, a granddaughter, an ex-husband, and an ex-husband's neurotic wife. 'Reba' began with the Hart family in the midst of a divorce as Texas soccer mom Reba watched her white-picket-fenced world collapse before her very eyes. Her dentist husband, Brock(Christopher Rich), left her after what she thought was 20 happy years of marriage for his impossibly perky and unfortunately pregnant dental hygienist, Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman). The cherry on top of this bitter sundae was the pregnancy of Reba's then 17-year-old daughter Cheyenne (JoAnna Garcia) and her decision to marry her high school football star boyfriend, Van (Steve Howey). Rounding out the happy brood is teenage Kyra(Scarlett Pomers), who continues to greet puberty with venom, and son Jake (Mitch Holleman).

Thanksgiving

#1 - Thanksgiving

Season 4 - Episode 9

Reba and Barbra Jean clash over who is going to host Thanksgiving dinner. However, a compromise is reached when Barbra Jean offers to share cooking duties, while allowing Reba to keep the celebration at her house as usual. Unfortunately, the plan leads to hurt feelings when Barbra Jean confesses she still feels like an outsider compared to Reba, who is always at the center of the family's attention

star 8.44
34 votes
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All Growed Up

#2 - All Growed Up

Season 3 - Episode 11

When Van announces to the family that he's quitting school to tryout for Arena football, the family gets excited that this may be his chance to play professionally. However, a protective Reba lets Van know she thinks quitting school is a huge mistake. A nervous Van ends up not going to the tryout, which when Reba finds out she tries to get him a second chance. Meanwhile, Cheyenne passes her Dentistry test with a B+.

star 8.35
34 votes
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War and Peace

#3 - War and Peace

Season 3 - Episode 2

Reba is happy to find out that she and Kyra are closer than ever since Kyra moved in with Brock and Barbra Jean. Kyra's behavior is driving Brock and Barbra Jean crazy. Meanwhile, Cheyenne's snoring is causing problems for Van.

star 8.33
15 votes
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Red Alert

#4 - Red Alert

Season 5 - Episode 20

When Barbra Jean takes up selling insurance, she wants Reba to be her first client. After Reba's physical shows that she has high blood pressure, she finds out she's at risk to lose her old insurance policy. Meanwhile, Van seeks out Brock's advice in coming up with a unique anniversary present for Cheyenne.

star 8.31
32 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Pat Bullard
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The Steaks Are High

#5 - The Steaks Are High

Season 1 - Episode 5

After being named player of the week, Van begs Reba to host the pre-game dinner for the football team since his family won't even talk to him. When she finally gives in, he and Cheyenne are so excited she can't help but look forward to it... that is, until Brock and BJ arrive with the ""bible"" for team pre-game dinners. They offer to take hosting off of her hands, but Reba refuses to give in. If they have to have a perfect dinner, silly traditions and all, to win then that's what she'll give them. Reba has everything in order for the dinner until Cheyenne comes back from running errands at the store. It seems she was so overwhelmed looking in the baby aisle that when she went to pick up potato salad, she picked up the wrong kind. Reba solves the problem by dumping the potato salad into a serving dish and saying that no one will ever know. The dinner goes well, with Cheyenne even participating in cheers with her old squad. But Barbra Jean discovers Reba's ruse with the salad and tells th

star 8.29
69 votes
Directors: Gary Shimokawa
Writers: Robert Peacock
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Regarding Henry

#6 - Regarding Henry

Season 3 - Episode 9

Van has a big away game coming up, but his superstistions for winning are getting on Cheyenne's nerves. The two of them ask Barabara Jean to watch Elizabeth while they're gone. After learning that Barabra Jean once lost Henry at the mall, Reba tries to take Elizabeth for herself. When that doesn't work, Reba offers to go to the zoo with Henry, BJ, and Elizabeth. At the end, Reba is forced to admit some of her feelings to Barabra Jean, who in turn, gloats in a Broadway-style song. Brock, Kyra, and Jake all only make 2 appearances in the show.

star 8.26
34 votes
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Two Weddings and a Funeral

#7 - Two Weddings and a Funeral

Season 5 - Episode 21

Cheyenne gets overwhelmed planning her second wedding to Van when Reba and Barbra Jean won't stop putting their two cents in. Later, Van and Cheyenne have an argument and decide to call off the ceremony, leaving Brock and Barbra Jean with the opportunity to renew their own vows.

star 8.26
27 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Chris Atwood
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The Man and the Moon

#8 - The Man and the Moon

Season 1 - Episode 6

Her kitchen garbage disposal is on the blink again and Reba refuses to call Brock to fix it like he used to do when he still lived at home. She tries to fix the disposal herself but only makes it worse. Giving in, she calls a handyman. Bill (guest star Greg Evigan — ""B.J. and the Bear"") takes a look under her sink and finds all the of the ""patches"" that Brock has made over the years. Reba and Bill flirt and Brock gets jealous. When Bill offers to take Reba to a hardware store to pick out a new kitchen faucet, Reba can't believe that Bill would be hitting on her. Cheyenne is excited to be going out with the girls. While driving to a Wildcats football game they moon the players on the bus. Cheyenne has a great time but Van is upset that everyone is seeing his wife's butt. She argues that it's her butt and she can do whatever she pleases with it, besides she had so much fun... that is until Kyra points out that someone took pictures and they're on the internet. Kyra tries to tell Reba tha

star 8.23
60 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Mike Chessler, Chris Alberghini
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No Good Deed

#9 - No Good Deed

Season 5 - Episode 5

When Reba and Jake take in a stray dog that survived Hurricane Katrina, Van and Cheyenne invite the owners to stay at the house until they can get back on their feet. However, the Harts are in for a big surprise when it turns out there are 18 people in the displaced family. Meanwhile, Barbra Jean heads up the "Save the Dog" campaign and turns her house into a shelter for lost pets, leaving dog-hating Brock more than annoyed.

star 8.20
35 votes
Writers: Steve Stajich
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And God Created Van

#10 - And God Created Van

Season 5 - Episode 4

The Hart family becomes concerned when Van continuosly sits at home watching football instead of attending church. After many failed attempts in talking him into going, Reba and Barbra Jean confront him on his refusal. Van confesses that he no longer believes in God, greatly disappointing Reba and Barbra Jean. To try and bring Van to God, they drag him to Reverend Parks who tells Reba and Barbra Jean that he can't help the people who don't want help. Reba in a heated discussion finally admits to the Reverend that she too has had her doubts.

star 8.17
42 votes
Writers: Donald Beck
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The Honeymoon's Over or Now What?

#11 - The Honeymoon's Over or Now What?

Season 1 - Episode 2

The high school's principal Mrs. Hodge calls Reba and Brock into her office to give them a brochure on an alternative school for pregnant mothers, called Hollyhouse, that she feels Cheyenne should attend. When Reba returns to say that Cheyenne's decision is to stay in her regular high school the principal makes it clear that this wasn't a request. When Reba insists that Cheyenne be allowed to stay, the principal suspends the pregnant teen for three weeks, enough time to ruin her grades. First, Brock brings Barbra Jean into the group, making Reba more than unhappy. Then they begin discussing Cheyenne's situation and Reba comes up with an idea. If they keep Van out of school as long as Cheyenne is out of school, the principal will have to give in and let them both back. Why? Because they'll lose their chance at a football championship without star cornerback Van. Cheyenne and Van have been staying at home in protest, but as the next big game approaches without any word from the Principal

star 8.14
104 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Allison M. Gibson
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Sweet Child O' Mine

#12 - Sweet Child O' Mine

Season 6 - Episode 6

In order to keep her unborn baby from ending up like Kyra, Cheyenne tries to redeem good karma by giving back Kyra's 5th birthday party that Cheyenne destroyed years ago. Meanwhile, Cheyenne is driving Van crazy with a 20 page list of things to do before the baby arrives. Reba, as always, is caught in the middle with the challenge of fixing all the family problems.

star 8.14
36 votes
Writers: Ed Yeager
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The Break-Up

#13 - The Break-Up

Season 6 - Episode 5

After constant persuasion, Van accepts the job from Steve Norris. Reba supports his decision to move to a bigger Real Estate firm but refuses to let Van take their client list leading to the ultimate Real Estate battle. Meanwhile, Barbra Jean pursues one of her dreams of becoming a TV News Weather Woman.

star 8.14
36 votes
Writers: Christopher Case
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Hello, I Must Be Going

#14 - Hello, I Must Be Going

Season 4 - Episode 8

Already concerned about Van living part-time in Denver, Cheyenne is fit to be tied when she learns that Van lied about having to return to Denver early cause he couldn't take anymore of Cheyenne's family events. Meanwhile, an overjoyed Reba is faced with a difficult predicament when Kyra contemplates moving back home, a situation that may result in more damage to Kyra's relationship with her father, Brock.

star 8.13
31 votes
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Money Blues

#15 - Money Blues

Season 5 - Episode 15

When Reba learns that Van is in charge of the family budget and has Cheyenne documenting all her purchases in an expense journal, she advises him to treat Cheyenne more as an equal. Unfortunately, Van decides the best solution is to start giving Cheyenne a weekly allowance for her household duties, which obviously doesn't sit well with his wife. Meanwhile, Barbra Jean discovers that Jake has started a lucrative business selling soda - against school policy - to his classmates.

star 8.10
29 votes
Writers: Matt Berry
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The Great Race

#16 - The Great Race

Season 3 - Episode 10

When Reba agrees to compete against Brock in a 5K race to raise money for Jake's school, Van insists on coaching her to victory. Meanwhile, Barbara Jean tries to teach Cheyenne to cook.

star 8.10
39 votes
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Invasion

#17 - Invasion

Season 5 - Episode 9

After a miscommunication sends Barbra Jean (who does not appear in the episode) to her brother Buzzard's house in Lubbock for Thanksgiving, Buzzard mistakenly ends up on Reba's doorstep for the holiday. The family soon realizes they may have traded crazy Barbra Jean for her even crazier brother, who believes that Reba has been sending him love letters signed "Peaches" and that Brock is "the dirtbag who's trying to take my sister to hell with him."

star 8.08
38 votes
Writers: Matt Berry
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The Kids are Alright

#18 - The Kids are Alright

Season 6 - Episode 13

When Van's poor home improvements skills causes a small fire in their home, Reba allows them to stay at her house until they get everything back in order. Meanwhile, Barbra Jean turns down an out of state job promotion to make it work with Brock. With everyone at a happy state in their life; they all realize they had a crazy six years but they made it through because "They're Survivors". This Series Finale of Reba concludes 125 episodes and 6 years of crazy commotion and love.

star 8.08
39 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Chris Atwood
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The Blonde Leading the Blind

#19 - The Blonde Leading the Blind

Season 5 - Episode 18

After the family makes fun of Reba's poor eyesight, she secretly gets laser eye surgery, which leaves her temporarily blind. Barbra Jean insists on helping Reba post-surgery while the rest of the family is away. Later, thinking she is talking to Cheynne, Reba badmouths Barbra Jean, only to find out she's been talking to Barbra Jean the whole time. Overwhelmed with guilt for the hurtful things she said, and with Brock's help, Reba finally tells Barbra Jean how thankful she is for their friendship.

star 8.07
27 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Matt Berry, Kevin Abbott
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Every Picture Tells a Story

#20 - Every Picture Tells a Story

Season 1 - Episode 9

Her best friend Lori Ann (guest star Park Overall) shows up at the door and announces that she's moving back to town. They recall their crazy single days and Lori Ann announces that now they're both divorced (probably the third time for her), it's time they hit the town. Lori Ann gets a glimpse of how accommodating Reba is to Brock and Barbra Jean and is amazed that her old friend could even allow her ex-husband's pregnant mistress into the house. It's clear that Brock and Lori Ann never really got along so he's less than thrilled that she's back in town. They trade barbs constantly. Brock and Reba are at the ""division of property"" stage of their divorce so Reba is cleaning out the garage, separating out all of Brock's things. She remembers fondly how she scrimped and saved to give him a set of golf clubs when he was in dental school. When Lori Ann comes across a photo of BJ and Brock at a dental conference in Hawaii that dates back before Brock and Reba were separated, those fond memo

star 8.07
56 votes
Directors: Gary Shimokawa
Writers: Gary H. Miller
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It Ain't Over till the Red-Head Sings

#21 - It Ain't Over till the Red-Head Sings

Season 1 - Episode 22

Van and Cheyenne, who is nearing her due date and having trouble moving around, are excited about their upcoming graduation day. They tell Brock, BJ and Reba they want to be in the delivery room by themselves because it's about time they take reponsibility for things. Reba's hurt but takes the news in stride. Principal Hodges stops by and hands Cheyenne her diploma, assuming Cheyenne is too pregnant to attend the ceremony. It's obvious Principal Hodges just wants to avoid the embarrassment of a pregnant teen at graduation. Cheyenne stands up for herself and says she'll be at the ceremony and hands back the diploma. On the morning of graduation day Kyra notices Cheyenne is acting a little funny. She figures out Cheyenne's in labor but promises not to say anything because Cheyenne is intent on getting her diploma in person. At the ceremony, just as Reba figures out what's going on, Cheyenne is about to walk across the stage. Suddenly the contractions get to be too much so Van carries her

star 8.07
41 votes
Directors: Amanda Bearse
Writers: Allison M. Gibson
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Parenting with Puppets

#22 - Parenting with Puppets

Season 5 - Episode 12

Reba doesn't approve of Barbra Jean's method of disciplining Henry. However, when Jake lies and blames Henry for breaking Reba's lamp, Reba is forced to apologize for criticizing Barbra Jean's parenting skills. Meanwhile, Brock and Van are mistaken for a gay couple when they spend their "guy time" at a day spa.

star 8.07
30 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Aimee Jones, Clarence Pruitt, Mike Montesano
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Reba And The Nanny

#23 - Reba And The Nanny

Season 4 - Episode 12

Van is bored by not working and decides to make up for lost time by playing every other sport. He doesn't want to care for Elizabeth while Cheyenne is in school so he hires a nanny. Cheyenne is streching herself to the limit with school because she thinks she has to be the breadwinner now. BJ is lonely and has a talk with Reba asking her to ask Brock to move back in. Reba laughs and suggests getting a dog. Brock in the meantime comes to Reba also and asks to see if BJ is ready for him to come back. BJ has a surprise for Reba and Brock which was not the surprise either of them were expecting...a little ""Brock"". The nanny is working out just fine for Van by cleaning everything and teaching him and Jake spanish, but it's not sitting well for Reba. The nanny doesn't believe she is ""working for Reba.""

star 8.06
32 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Lara Runnels, Patti Carr
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He's Having a Baby

#24 - He's Having a Baby

Season 1 - Episode 17

Van and Cheyenne have signed up for Lamaze classes so they are ready when the baby comes. But, Cheyenne has to finish a term paper for school and can't attend. Reba steps in as a temporary Lamaze partner for Van but is horrified to find out that Brock and Barbra Jean are in the same class.

star 8.05
43 votes
Writers: Heather Wordham
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Someone's at the Gyno with Reba

#25 - Someone's at the Gyno with Reba

Season 1 - Episode 3

Van has finally moved some of his stuff (that his parents thoughtfully threw out on their front lawn for him) into the room he shares with Cheyenne. Unfortunately, most of it's either in bad taste or just downright unacceptable (like the cheerleaders poster). But when Cheyenne doesn't object, Reba can't understand why she wouldn't tell Van how she really feels. While on a visit to the gynocologist, Reba also discovers that Cheyenne and Barbra Jean are sharing the same doctor... and Brock has brought little Jake to the appointment. When Cheyenne accuses Reba of being a control freak and running Brock out of the marriage, Reba goes to therapy by herself. The therapist agrees that Reba is too controlling and suggests that she just let go of a few things; do something for herself like go to a movie. Van and Cheyenne are fighting because she's finally told him that she doesn't like the things he's added to their room. Reba goes to a movie, leaving the kids to fend for themselves for dinner.

star 8.05
82 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Eric Horsted
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