2 Broke Girls Review: Chestnut Freezing in an Open Backyard

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On "And The Reality Check," we finally see Max and Caroline get rid of the elephant in the room, or in this case, the horse. Enough fans have complained at the implausible plot point that it was way past time the girls found a way to give Chestnut a dignified exit. But did we really need a whole episode devoted to it?

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The Good. There were some truly funny moments. Caroline shoveling the snow in the backyard, their moment on the bed with Caroline finding Max's soft spot for kittens. These were good scenes to depict Beth Behrs' improving comedic timing, and for Max to show her soft side she tries to hide under a ton of snark.

Max Dennings' emotionally-laden goodbye to Chestnut wasn't too bad, either. There's a part of me that watched that scene and thought 'she should stick to comedy.' There's another part that appreciated seeing her play a range of emotions. I'm still not sure which one wins out. Dennings has so much likability credit with me, though, that I won't dissect that scene too much.

The Bad. A horse is just not inherently funny. And nothing they did here made it any funnier. I was honestly bored. At most, this should have been a B-story. Max admitting to soft fuzzy feelings was fine, but I am way more interested in human interaction.

I wondered why this episode didn't explore the brush-off Caroline got from the circle of company she used to keep. I would have liked some emotional payoff from her telling those girls to go screw themselves or something. We didn't get that kind payoff when her ex-boyfriend suddenly landed in Brooklyn, and we didn't get it here either. Instead, we spent the entire time around a horse. And have I mentioned how boring that was?

To be honest, I felt this episode had taken me back to the wobbly beginning of the series. They've had some home runs since then, making the subpar quality heree even more obvious.

The show needs to introduce new characters that are even half as compelling as the leads. They need to focus on building their cupcake business. Both are crucial. The former, because you just can't have two people carrying the weight of the series and not expect it to get stale. The latter because it invests us in the story. Bring back Johnny. Bring back his girlfriend. Bring in new people. Give us a hope to hang on with a high-stakes endeavor in raising capital for their cupcake business.

With all that said, I have to admit: I will miss Chestnut a little.

Stray Observations:

  • Dammit, two weeks in a row of where's Johnny. Bring him back and fast!
  • I'm completely sad about the lack of forward movement on their cupcake business.
  • Peach and her treatment of her babies made me want to vomit. 
  • Did anyone try to Google a kitten ringing a doorbell after watching this? Hehe.
  • Check out our updated section of 2 Broke Girls quotes now!


Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (50 Votes)

I rally like this episode

Childish gambino

on one of the past episodes i mentioned a few things that this show seems to rely on that were going to get old fast.
kat insulting ppl... check, got old fast
slew of caricatures....check, got old fast
unneeded [and even worse unfunny] "raunchy" jokes... check, got old fast
there is pretty much nothing else going for this show so unless i see a marked improvement in the next episode im pretty much down with the show and i would even be surprised if the current order for episodes gets cut down


I liked the first few episodes of this show but now I think it's getting old. Mostly because the jokes seem to be the same. Watching last night, it was very disappointing. Don't think I'm gonna keep watching.


I agree with the review.


I enjoyed it a lot. Funny to see, briefly, Caroline's rich persona. Also, I know turn off/change right before they show their balance at the end. Ignorance is bliss.


I liked this episode but I will miss chestnut and I hope they bring him back at some point.my favorite part was Caroline standing on the chair trying to fix the roof she built for chestnut but it falling and covering them in snow I also liked the part where max and Caroline where on the bed and max kept playing the kitten videos while caroline was talking.


i also think this episode shouldn't have revolved around chestnut.. but i found the episode very entertaining as usual!


I'm also getting seriously frustrated with where the cupcake business is going: nowhere. I liked that Max kinda commented on it when she talked to Chestnut : "Things aren't great and they're probably going to get worse" (or something like that). It at least shows why she isn't working to raise money for the cupcake business: she doesn't believe in it. Can't really blame her, they don't even got to the one-thousand mark, and we're already at the half of the season. As you said, this episode was pretty boring (with some good moments). I also thinking that my frustration with the cupcake businness also doesn't put me in a joyous mood. And I liked Max's emotional scene, even if it was a bit awkward.

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2 Broke Girls Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Max: Hipsters listen to?
Han: Radiohead!
Max: Homeless listen to?
Han: The voices in their head.

Han: Max, why did you kick out the hipsters?
Max: Because I cannot be in the background of another Instagram photo!