Two and a Half Men Review: "Springtime on a Stick"

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Oh, the joys of a sitcom designed for syndication that's in its eight season. Fresh off an amazing episode with Rose and a great reveal at the end, we jumped right into a stand alone episode with no references to last week.

Russell the Pharmacist

This is what I get for devoting my life towards reviewing sitcoms and cartoons.  So did Two and a Half Men at least do its job and make us laugh this week?

"Springtime on a Stick" certainly had its funny moments, thanks to the unique relationships Evelyn had with her sons and grandson.  For whatever reason, eight seasons in and this one-note joke hasn't gotten old.

One-note jokes that have gotten old?  Martin Mull's pharmacist character, Russell.  When he makes a brief appearance, as Charlie goes to visit him, the drugged-up pharmacist is funny.  When we spend a whole episode with him?  Kind of annoying.

And as much as I love Evelyn and the show's attempts to push the envelope with sexual jokes with her, the mental image I got of her and Jill (Nadia Bjorlin) may have just ruined any future lesbian fantasy I could ever have.

Overall, it was only an above average episode for the amazing potential that Evelyn's birthday dinner could have had, weighed down extra with a lack of Rose after last week's tease.

Now we'll leave you with our favorite Two and a Half Men lines from the episode:

Jake: I thought you had a date tonight?
Charlie: Not a date. A date experience.
Megan: What's the difference?
Charlie: About $1500. | permalink
Alan: Don't worry, she doesn't commit suicide, she inspires it. | permalink
Evelyn: If you excuse me, I'm going to go drown my sorrows in alcohol.
Charlie: If you're not committed to alcohol, there's a whole big ocean out there. | permalink
Alan: Birthday card for mom -- sign it.
Charlie: No thanks. Come back with a "do not resuscitate" form and we'll talk. | permalink


Editor Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
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Two and a Half Men Season 8 Episode 8 Quotes

Russell: Want a codeine popsicle? It's my own invention.
Charlie: I think we're good.
Russell: You suck on one of these, you'll be great. I call it, "springtime on a stick."

Don't worry, she doesn't commit suicide, she inspires it.