Maybe the show is preparing for Charlie Sheen's departure, because this week's Two and a Half Men definitely put the focus on Alan and Jake as the show's main stars.
Jake brought home one of the cool kids from school, Eldritch (Graham Patrick Martin), and spent the episode doing teenager stuff including some healthy underage drinking, followed shortly by some vomiting. After seven seasons and a nearly grown up half man, the show is finally taking advantage of its teenager for some storylines.
How can you complain about an episode where Charlie declared himself Super Uncle with the super power of picking out the easy, hot teenage girl for his nephew? Or when the episode rips on drummers, only to name itself "Keith Moon Is Vomiting in His Grave" after The Who's drummer.
With Jake's new friend came his friend's hot mother and the arrival of the always welcome Courtney Thorne-Smith in the recurring role of Lindsay, a love interest for Alan. The two wasted no time as single parents going for drinks and finding themselves in the bathroom together.
While the episode tired nothing too unique and stuck to the Two and a Half Men formula of previous seasons, it was a good episode with plenty of laughs, ready for syndication heaven for the years to come.
As a side note, it was interesting to learn a little bit about Charlie's backstory seven years into the show. Who knew the guy had actual music talent and attended Juilliard before dropping out and trying to write movie scores... only to end up writing crappy jingles.
With only a few episodes before Charlie Sheen's most likely departure, we're going to enjoy the show while we have it. Despite this episode focusing on Jake and Alan, it was still Charlie's quick one liner's that made the episode. Our favorite of his Two and a Half Men one liners are after the jump.
Berta: When I came down here I was hoping to be a dancer.
Berta: Yeah, then I met pot and donuts. Before I knew it I was scrubbing toilets and hosing teenage barf out of wicker baskets. | permalink
Charlie: Piece of tail always trumps peace of mind, doesn't it? | permalink
Charlie: This is a hot divorced mother from the valley, you're going to need three penises and a jumper cable to get her attention. | permalink
Alan: Now, to the issue of underage drinking. Not only is it against the law, alcohol destroys brain cells.
Charlie: Alan, you gotta tailor the pitch to the audience.
Alan: What do you mean?
Charlie: Forget brain cells. Jake, listen to me, this is very important. Alcohol can make it tough to get a boner.
Jake: You're kidding?
Charlie: I can't tell you how many times I've said, "this has never happened before." | permalink
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