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Two and a Half Men Review: A Harper from Hell

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Ladies and Gentlemen, that is how you bring the hedonistic playboy Charlie Harper back to life on network  television!

If I could rate tonight’s episode only on Kathy Bates' performance, I would give it a shining five stars - but that is not how this works. The veteran actress delivered an award-winning performance, absolutely, yet the episode was lacking in certain parts. Let’s delve in to "Why We Gave Up Women," shall we?

Kathy Bates on Two and a Half Men

For starters, Walden actually choked when he was about to get rid of Zoey and Ava, as emotions got involved and he had to change plans. His refusal to send his lady and her child packing caused Alan’s heart attack.

From that point on, the entire installment went downhill... to somewhere dark and dreadful, a path this show treads so well. The episode featured the normal low-brow jokes, a staple for Two and a Half Men of course. Specifically, the ghost in the bowling shirt kept referring to his/her (its?) privates.

For the past few episodes, Alan has been painted as a pathetic parasite that no one cares for, especially his mother and always-high son. But tonight he decided to graduate from a leech to roach and stand up on his two feet. Like I said two weeks ago, these guys get As for effort, but fail totally and completely for the actual results. Here, Alan failed in his rejuvenation attempt and had to fake a heart attack.

Walden and the rest of crew were involved in B-plots tonight, which was fine by me, as most of the episode was reserved for the Harper brothers' reunion. Even from Hell, Charlie decided to still torment his younger brother. (Note: Alan is really gullible). Tricking him so that Alan would leave his house is so vintage Charlie Harper, and the constant references to sex just remind us viewers how much we miss a certain Sheen.

Sorry, Jon Cryer, if anyone deserves an award tonight, it should be Kathy Bates. So, what are thoughts on the unusual episode? Did you expect more or did you enjoy the installment? Have your say below. And don’t forget to check out our Two and a Half Men quotes page for vintage Charlie zingers and jokes.

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Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.9 / 5.0 (99 Votes)
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I agree with this review. Kathy Bates was wonderful. I can't remember a part in which she has been so likeable, though "Gert" in "Midnight in Paris" comes close. Dressing her up in a bowling shirt was a very sly joke, as though the writers were saying, "OK, you want Charlie Harper back? Here he is." The problem with Walden is that he's too nice a guy. He actually cares about Alan and would never play a cruel trick on him. The show needs someone like Charlie/Kathy, who has no such compunctions. I only wish Bates had been given better lines. And what's up with Alan? He seems to have only two choices in life: either sponging off Walden or living in a slum. He earned $50,000 this year for one day on Walden's board of directors. Surely, he can afford a clean apartment somewhere in LA. And I know I've asked this before, but doesn't he have a job anymore? He hasn't worked all season.

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I agree with this review. Kathy Bates was wonderful. I can't remember a part in which she has been so likeable, though "Gert" in "Midnight in Paris" comes close. Dressing her up in a bowling shirt was a very sly joke, as though the writers were saying, "OK, you want Charlie Harper back? Here he is." The problem with Walden is that he's too nice a guy. He actually cares about Alan and would never play a cruel trick on him. The show needs someone like Charlie/Kathy, who has no such compunctions. I only wish Bates had been given better lines. And what's up?He seems to have only two choices in life: either sponging off Walden or living in a slum. He earned $50,000 this year for one day on Walden's board of directors. Surely, he can afford a clean apartment somewhere in LA. And I know I've asked this before, but doesn't he have a job anymore? He hasn't worked all season.

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God, watching this episode I realize how much I miss Charlie Harper.
I have the urge to watch season 1 to 8 all over again. Mr. Sheen come back please?

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The show has been lacking ever since the demise of Charlie. I hate what they have turned Jake into after seeing him from little growing up. It's just been in a total downhill spiral all this season....Kathy Bates although an excellent actress just didn't make it as being Charlie's ghost. We enjoy the old repeats with Charlie and the whole gang in it better than this seasons episodes. They should just ax this one and not renew!

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Jon Cryer prove last night how he was truly the star of the show and that its doing just fine with the big 5 year old bi polar crybaby

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well even the characterisation of Charlie Harper was bad..sorry but Charlie Harper did not always talk about sex, he did more the 'action stuff' than the 'talking stuff' about it actually..as for Kathy Bates i love her but her role as Charlie Harper was quite lame, the sarcasm vibe was not really here.. To sum up : Chuck Lorre should get over his break up with Charlie Sheen, Sheen the 'ex-boyfriend' who has moved on it is his turn now !! ha !

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I was disappointed with the episode. It just didn't sound like Charlie, not even the lines. The only laughs I got was when Zoe made comments about Alan's desperation, the Alan/Walden/Zie convo with the computer and Jake's refual to accept that he didn't live at the house.

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This show was a terrible disappointment. It seems the writers are at a total loss as to where to go with this show. Aside from being not funny, it was actually stomach turning. Kathy Bates is a good actress and took on the mannerisms of Charlie very well. With the story line only involving Walden and Alan and their girlfriends, it isn't going anywhere. All the other characters are needed as well as a variety of fun situations that kept the original show interesting. I'd rather force myself to watch "Wild Kingdom" with animals attacking each other viciously then to sit through another episode of Two and Half Men like this one again. So long sick show!

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They need to give up. The show is nothing without Charlie. Jon Cryer played a mean "Duckie" but Two and a Half Men was and always will be Sheen's. Ashton doesn't fit.

Two and a Half Men Season 9 Episode 22 Quotes

Walden: How are you feeling?
Alan: Fantastic, I am on a morphine drip, everyone should have a morphine drip, and there will be no more drips.

Jake: Honest to God, someone put that pot in my locker.
Walden: Why would someone do that?
Jake: That my friend, is the million dollar question.

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