2 Broke Girls has a pattern of starting out choppy, as I again didn't like the opening scene to "And Hoarder Culture." However, as the episode progressed I became more and more impressed.
Pretty soon, that opening was a distant memory as I found myself thoroughly enjoying the latest antics and one-liners.
The Good. Lots of emotion, characterization, and a plot you could sink your teeth into.
The heart of the show is obviously Caroline and Max, but tonight their chemistry was the best it's been. Part of that was due to the excellent pacing in the build of their rapport. Once upon a time, I would cringe at the insult I felt sure would come Caroline's way. They arrived as predictably as a pout from from Max's sultry lips. That doesn't happen anymore. Or at least not as much. When the insults are hurled by Max, it's toward everyone else, or at a particular situation.
The characterization in this episode was pleasantly surprising. I actually heard Oleg utter a non-sleazy line. It was even a word of support! So now we know that he actually has a heart, instead of two "heads" that beat to the same drum. All the other supporting men in the diner rallied around Max, which I found heartwarming.
The juicy plot involved Max finally acknowledging the intense attraction between her and Johnny. I knew a wrench was gonna be thrown between their romance, but to be honest, I thought that kiss in that rooftop would happen. When it didn't, my brain screamed "NOOOOOO!" Caroline frightens Max enough by cautioning her against becoming a hoarder of feelings that Max seized a moment with Johnny a second time. She kissed him on the street, during their own particular Katherine Heigl moment.
It was just bad luck that his girlfriend was standing next to him (could totally be a scene in a Heigl rom-com!). This time my brain just cringed and hid behind the couch. There you go, wrench thrown!
His heartfelt admission of feelings for Max, and Max telling him she has no time to deal with the clowns in his head, felt right. Max doesn't do pretty, she doesn't usually open up and be vulnerable in the first place. But she also doesn't fall apart and lose her cool. She didn't here when she was caught in that awkward kiss by Johnny's beautiful black and British girlfriend. And she didn't melt in a puddle when Johnny declared himself to her. He lied to Max, and he should squirm a little. Plus, he didn't even break up with his girlfriend yet!
I'm wondering where they'll take Max and Johnny from here. I can't imagine the show-runners putting them together that soon. They usually like the fans frothing at the mouth for two characters to get together before giving a happy-ever-after. We shall see.
The Bad. I really do not like all the labeling that went on this episode. Nor did I like all the jokes against fat people. I know other people say they enjoy them because that's how they they talk with their closest friends. But I find them a tad over the line at times. That said, it somehow fits Max's character. She's not the most politically correct figure, especially not after working at this particular diner.
Oh, and I've looked at all the supporting characters. Right now, Han is the weakest link for me.
But that's all I have for dislikes. It was a solid episode, one that I'll enjoy watching again.
- How cute were the girls in their painter's overalls?
- I awkwardly loved the moment she kissed Johnny. Who knew right away that girl was with him, though?
- Is the math adding up? I'm fascinated by it, yet too lazy to crunch the numbers. I like it, however. That tally really rallies me to root for them.
- Agree with the booty call assessment here. I'd even say anything after midnight is one. Don't answer your calls! Or do, depending.
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