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2 Broke Girls Review: A Misguided Mitzvah

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On paper, I'm sure "And the Kosher Cupcakes" sounded hysterical. On my television screen? The only thing really enjoyable about this episode was Sophie’s new boyfriend and Oleg’s reaction. Beyond that, it was a train wreck in multiple stages.

Max Black and Caroline Channing

Let’s start with the most annoying: those two orthodox boys who suddenly became “pimps” when their parents weren’t around. While I’m willing to accept that there are many kids who go in the opposite direction, when it comes to their parent’s religious views, I have a hard time believing that a 13-year old boy of any religion would think it was acceptable to treat caterers like they were hookers.

I think the joke would have worked better to have made Shmuley and David little perverts instead of little pimps. They could have just made crude jokes at the girls. Watching Shmuley throw dollar bills at Caroline while David was break dancing was just painful and I would have turned the channel had I not been doing this review.

Next on the list is a tie between Caroline not getting the message and continuing to pepper her dialog with Yiddish words and Esther Rachael refusing to acknowledge Caroline’s overt attempts at showing respect for her culture.

I really wanted to like Caroline’s appropriate use of Yiddish and her understanding of the Jewish religion. Sadly with the way she was overdoing it, I flinched, expecting the classic “I’m using a word wrong” gag that I never could get behind it. It was a bit poetic that the gag I was waiting for didn’t get used. I may have preferred it in the end.

Finally, the least annoying was Max being cared for by Esther and her family and that causing her to grow a conscience about four of the cupcakes not being Kosher. Didn't we do that entire joke with Caroline before they were baked?

This was again one of those elements I really wanted to like, but it just didn’t fit together correctly. How many times did Caroline harp about the Jewish traditions and culture to Max? The strangest part for me was Esther putting Max in bed and leaving Caroline standing in the kitchen.

It left me with so many questions. Would you really invite a non-Jewish caterer to come in and lie down in your home and leave her partner behind? Wouldn’t you just have your doctor husband come to the kitchen and check her out? Did we really need to have the girls fail another job and make no money?

I’m grateful that episodes like this one are not the standard norm and we generally get a great bounce back installment. So let’s all put a compress on our heads and move on to next week.

Girl’s Current Total: $865.00.

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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (62 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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JIM G is the best reviewer I have ever read. He should be the other half of siskel & ebert (I don't remember which one is still alive). He was directly on center especially on the 2 broke girls episode about the jewish adventure.

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I have to say that was my favorite episode (i laughed a lot)
Its not my favorite show tho.. its just too much and too silly sometimes.
And that annoyes me. I mean I dont know much about Orthodox Jews - but they could have googled it before, AND u cant take Antibiotics if u think u get the flu! as far as I know there are no Antibiotics against a normal flu.. stuff like that annoyes me ;)
When the 2 kds threw money at her - it was too much but before that i laughed ;)

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You try too hard....those two kids were two of the FUNNIEST cameos I've seen on TV in YEARS! I'd venture to say I'd LOVe to see a subsequent episode where they track Max and Caroline down and visit the Diner!!!!!

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Finally an attack on another religion besides Catholics!!!!! How do you like it now...Hollywood is mostly Jewish...they get away with trashing Catholics right and left...this was not even half as bad as things I have seen on TV mocking the most holy days, songs and anything else they think they can get away with.

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@Amy, I love the crude humor, really... I agree it's nice to have some adult-targeted humor... That being said, wading through cultural and religious beliefs like its a wading pool to splash around in with no regards for it, is something else entirely. My only real disappointment with this week's episode was that...

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I think people just need to loosen up. Some of us need a little adult humor, which is what this show provides. It's different from any other show. When this show is on, I'm constantly laughing. The crude jokes and sarcasm are hilarious and help me forget about anything else that was going on that day. Kat Dennings is great!

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Orthodox Jews would never order home-made cupcakes from two random strangers, even if they looked and acted Jewish. They'd request to see a certificate of kashrus from a known, established, and accepted rabbi or kashrus supervision agency.

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Trainwreck. Unwatchable.

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did not find this episode funny at all.... besides them treating the girls like hookers and throwing dollar bills at them the language was awful ( and im no prude ) also a lot of the jokes lately are double edged .... i love the show but lately ........

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Awful. Since when is it ok to use children in this way? Just because they are actors does not mean the adults surrounding them should allow (or participate) in this type of humor with them. They are children. I have seen this show a couple of times and am removing it from my "recordable shows" - it is really poor. The acting is lousy, the jokes lame and the characters unlikeable. The only good thing about the show was the premise, 2 girls working toward a shared goal - how they are getting there could have been much better...