Review: Two and a Half Men - That's Why They Call It Ball Room
by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 8th 2009 1:20AM
(S07E10) There's something to be said about a good situation setting up a situation comedy. It didn't take much to get Charlie off and running on this episode, and after a bit of yelling and a "drop dead," we were off to the races. How it spiraled from one thing to the other is one of the best things about Two and a Half Men. That and the ever-present kick in the pants that Alan endures time and time again, even when he doesn't deserve it.
Oh, and the flashbacks were worth every commercial break. "I Had the Time of My Life" indeed. More after the jump.
Gene Kelly once did a TV special called Dancing: A Man's Game. You wouldn't know it if you saw Alan teaching Charlie how to waltz, one-two-three, one-two-three. But the dancing was incidental when Evelyn pointed out to Charlie that before he says "I do" to Chelsea, he needed a pre-nup. Frankly, I can't believe the subject hadn't come up before. It must by the liquor that's made Charlie so slow on the uptake. Doesn't he realize he could lose the beach house and half that Charlie Waffles dough to Chelsea if he doesn't keep it in his pants as a married man?
Discovering that Chelsea is the proud landlady of three Southern California apartment buildings -- not units, buildings! -- was enough to make Charlie doubt their entire relationship. It no longer was about a prenup, it was about why Chelsea was with him. If she didn't want Charlie for his wealth, why was she marrying him? Maybe she really is nuts because Charlie can't fathom any other reason. I would have sworn he would have assumed it was his prowess in bed, but he didn't go there.
The prenup wasn't really what the show was about, nor was the dancing. No, that was all window dressing to get to the money situation. How to get Chelsea naked in a scene with Alan? It was a classic comedy bit, although for today's standards, we got a bit more suggestiveness. Chelsea slid up next to Alan and her hands were busy under the blanket. Charlie may have given Alan a super reverse wedgie to punish him for getting to feel his fiance snuggling against him, but Alan seemed to suggest that the hand job was worth it.
Charlie and Chelsea were the main dance of the night, but the best part of the episode was Alan's trip down memory lane. He was in tears watching the wedding video, and the scenes from Judith and Alan's wedding were hilarious, especially their first dance to the Dirty Dancing song, "I Had the Time of My Life." There are precious and few funnier images than that.
Alan teaching Charlie to dance
Alan: I'm just going to give you a few tips.
Charlie: Keep your tip away from me.
Jake: Hey, Uncle Charlie, you want to dance with me?
Charlie: Hey, Jake, want to live in a foster home?
Charlie: Don't sass me, boy. I'll take the switch to you.
Alan learning about Chelsea's apartment houses
Alan: Anything I could live in for free? You know, house-sit, building manager in leiu of rent?
Charlie: How did this become about you?
Alan: Fine, I'll stay here.
Charlie: Oh good, I was worried.
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