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2 Broke Girls Review: "And The Break-Up Scene"

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2 Broke Girls is really shaping up to have lots of potential. I'm still unhappy with some elements, but I gauge how good a comedy is by one barometer: my laughter. And "And The Break-Up Scene" one made me crack up more often and louder than last week's premiere.

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Let's start with the good. That would be Kat Dennings. The bulk of this sitcom is on her shoulders, as she recites the best lines and is given the best characterization. She clearly has no problem carrying the burden, playing Max with what seems to be a certain relish. The lines spout off her so naturally and so smartly that I sometimes forget Dennings isn't Max, but merely playing a character.

Beth Behrs as Caroline isn't terrible by any means, but it's truly Dennings who shines here. I like Caroline well enough when they balance the cliches of a spoiled rich girl with the sharp business woman that lies underneath. I would like her even more if they dropped the spoiled rich girl cliches completely, though, and just let her be a sharp female character. Barring that happening, if she'd just do away with the Valley Girl accent, it would be a dramatic improvement.

The bad: the rest of the supporting characters, minus Chestnut, the horse (he's pretty magnificent). All of the male characters in the peripheral are just plain terrible. They are all racial stereotypes who are so one-dimensional a cardboard cutout could say their lines.

Any good show needs good supporting characters, if not immediately, then for longevity. The girls need to bounce the comedy off other people, not just hipsters that pass through the restaurant to be heaped on by Max.  I hate to put these three gentlemen out of a job, but the show should dump them, and fast. Or quickly bring in some other characters that can eke out something in terms of juicier story lines and less offensive comedy.

My one last gripe is the off-balanced snark between Max and Caroline. Most of Max's zings are at Caroline's expense, and it makes me cringe sometimes. I want to root for the two of them making that cupcake business come true together. I don't want to feel twinges of sympathy for Caroline half the time. It's not a complete problem, but something the creative team should be aware of.

Last week, I wasn't sure if 2 Broke Girls was a series I would be eagerly awaiting every week. It's not a favorite yet on the TV watching rotation, but "And The Break Up Scene" definitely raised my expectations of what's to come. Check out the best quotes from the half hour now!

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I started watching the show only beacause of Kat Dennings. The story isn't strong enough, but they got some really good scenes

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Kris-hekmi

fortyseven: I'd like it to do well too. Uncle: the others need to pick up the slack, agreed.

Fortyseven

I'd like it to do well. A lot of things don't work or don't work as well as they should. Dennings is like 90% of the reasons to watch the show.

Uncle-jackass

Agreed, it really does seem that Kat Dennings is pulling the entire series as her typical "Nick and Nora" styled character. Weak male cast as well.