Two and a Half Men First Look: Kathy Bates as Charlie!

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We weren't kidding about that Kathy Bates thing.

On this Monday's new episode of Two and a Half Men (titled "Why We Gave Up Women"), Alan will suffer a mild heart attack and, as a result, be visited by a vision of late roommate Charlie Harper... who will be played by the Harry's Law star and former Oscar winner.

Inspired casting? Odd casting? Desperate-for-ratings casting? All of the above? Get your first look at Bates in this unusual role now:

Kathy Bates on Two and a Half Men

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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.