Review: Two and a Half Men - Untainted by Filth
by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:00AM
(S07E07) Charlie Harper engaged has been a pretty big pill to swallow, but the way Two and a Half Men has handled it up to now is to make the engagement open-ended. Like a TV series with no end date. Charlie has adjusted to life as a man with a "ball and chain" as Alan put it. He's been quite good ... for Charlie.
But when the screws are put to our man Charlie, when the future gets a date, well, that's just a bit too much reality for a wild thing like him to handle. That's the set up. For what happened, keep reading after the jump.
You know that things are never going to go well when Charlie's double-teamed by his mother and Alan. Evelyn dropped by because she was letting Jake drive her car, but having him wear a uniform like he was Morgan Freeman and she was Miss Daisy.
Miss Evelyn's gift to Chelsea and Charlie was footing the bill for a wedding at the Bel Air Hotel. Not some time down the road, but the weekend of June 26. Everyone -- Alan, Berta, Evelyn, Chelsea -- was gung ho. Charlie was oh-no, but he couldn't say that.
Which is how he wound up at a bar, drinking with Alan, and eventually waking up in bed ... with Alan and some woman. That was bad, but it got worse when Alan and Charlie discovered they were in each other's underwear. What did happen during the drunken escapade? Hard to say. Alan did a great imitation of Marilyn singing "Happy Birthday" to JFK -- including the blonde wig -- but the details were never quite clear.
And yet Charlie was compelled to confess. The fact that he chose the surreal images from Evelyn's romp with a traveling circus rather than the scant memories of his triple play with Alan was enough to keep Chelsea from being able to sleep.
Overall, not a great episode, but if it comes back to screw up Charlie's wedding plans, it'll be worth it. Jake may like Chelsea more than any other girl Uncle Charlie's ever had around, but my favorite was Rose. Ah, Rose... where is Charlie's favorite stalker these days?
Alan: "Judith and I had to get married at the Sportsmen's Lodge in November on the first Wednesday before Thanksgiving."
Evelyn: "The sooner you two get married, the sooner I'll have more grandchildren."
Charlie: "Why -- does Miss Evelyn need a cook and a butler, too?"
Evelyn: "Confession may be good for the soul, but for marriage, it's a hot, lead enema."
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