'Two and a Half Men' - 'Ixnay on the Oggie Day' Recap
by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:02AM
(S07E18) Welcome back, Charlie. I don't mean Charlie Sheen, who came back from rehab and was back at work on the set of the show. I'm talking about Charlie Harper, who has had his man berries crushed by Chelsea and the engagement and the prospect of a June wedding at the Bel Air hotel. For the first time in a long time, Charlie had his old spunky, devil-may-care attitude back. What a relief!
Despite Charlie's latest interlude with Tricia Helfer's hot Gail, best friend of Chelsea, he still will probably end up with Chelsea. The show's trajectory seems to be going in that direction, which is a mistake. Charlie is much funnier and watchable when he's catting around. When he saw Gail at the pizza place, he was practically drooling. Sure, his heart is still all for Chelsea, but other parts of his body were up for grabs.
Chelsea's character drives me to distraction. Why is she supposed to be forgiven for a weekend in Cabo with Brad, but Charlie's business with Gail is over the line? Yes, she is Chelsea's best friend, but doesn't it take two to tango? What does it say about Gail that she was happy to slide into Charlie's bed and -- better yet -- still do him even after he told her that Chelsea wanted him back?
It was good to get back into Alan's work life, such as it is. His practice never seems to thrive and you have to wonder, exactly where in the Valley is he located? Across from the Mongolian barbeque. You could expect the vice squad to break in next week after the adjustments he's been performing, and wouldn't that be a joke? Alan Harper, male prostitute. Just leave the money on the table. Reminded me of that old 'Saturday Night Live' sketch with Dan Aykroyd, Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute.
There's only one more episode of 'Two and a Half Men' in the docket before the rehab lapse, so CBS is probably going to fill in some reruns in the next few weeks. Still, it'll be interesting to see where Lorre's taking the show. I'm still rooting for a return of Rose and a permanent exit for Chelsea.
Other points of interest
-- Nice new look for Jake. Very fashion forward.
-- That hot redhead who loved Alan's hands was Frances Fisher, one of Clint Eastwood's exes and a terrific actress. She didn't have much to do here, but she still looks wonderful.
-- For a change, the story stuck to just Charlie, Alan and a little Jake.
-- That was Amy Hill as Mrs. Wiggins, the new receptionist in Alan's office. She has one of those faces that you recognize from lots of other shows.