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'Two and a Half Men' - 'Ixnay on the Oggie Day' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:02AM
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(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.

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Ax

Losing Chelsea is a big minus for the show. Most of you would probably rather have Charlie and Alan become incestuous lovers. Actually, they dress and act like that anyway. Why else would anyone want the beautiful Jennifer Taylor off the show?

January 15 2011 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom B

Please don't make Charley into a Catholic Priest.

March 25 2010 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom B

Jake's old, Chelsea's lost it. Berta, Alan, Charley and a mute from the pound are better than it has become. They have mined a lot of laughs and Rose was big with Mother, dearest. It might be time to prune some characters with new shows in new directions.

March 25 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ricky

Chelsea must go!! She is so annoying... Charlie is not over her but now we saw he is in the way... and Gail was so hot that she should get a couple more episodes... Excellent episode though

March 25 2010 at 6:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

Am I the only one old enough to think the choice of Mrs. Wiggins as the receptionist's name is a shout out to a recurring Carol Burnett/Tim Conway sketch?

March 23 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike

You beat me to the punch on that one. Thought the same.
I thought the Cougar in Alan's office was the former head of NCIS.
Chelsea has go to go.

March 23 2010 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rljones

Ya, I agree, get rid of Chelsea. She was great. But when she broke up with Charlie, it's done. She goes away with another guy the next day after their one night stand last week, and then gets mad at him for sleeping with her friend? and storms out. So he sleeps with her again, Chelsea storms off again when she finds out. She has no right to do so. Let this be the end of her, and maybe have Trisha as Charlie's semi regular gf for now. the rebound. See how that goes.

March 23 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

That would def be an interesting storyline.

March 23 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
snife

I just don't seem to laugh much at these episodes now, they need to get rid of chelsea, get rid of jake (he was good as a kid but not anymore) and bring in a new kid; i'm sure charlie must have a few kids out there that he doesn't know about

March 23 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erica H.

Ok, this Chelsea thing is becoming annoying... It's like they said ok, Charlie will marry Chelsea and we have maybe 1 or 2 seasons left (as that would be the sign of kiss of death.) However, now that he is out of rehab, it may be a sign that he wants to continue on with the show. We know Alan needs to (he's got to be spending a fortune in finding out who put those pesky "hits" on him.) So, now exit Chelsea, but they need to make a clean break like with Mia. Not so sure if I love Jake's new hair as it may be a bit off looking for him. We will see. Normally, I love to see more of Jake in each episode as the writers are phenomenal with him. The interaction between the three is hysterical (not to mention Berta.) This show is one of the great ones that consistently make me laugh.

March 23 2010 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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