'Two and a Half Men' Season 8, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap (VIDEO)
by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 21st 2010 12:45AM
['Two and a Half Men' - 'Three Girls and a Guy Named Bud']
If you thought that Charlie Sheen's very public indiscretion last spring might somehow affect the way Charlie Harper would be portrayed this season on 'Two and a Half Men,' think again. CBS's top-rated sitcom, onr that's also thriving in syndication, was back for Season 8 with an episode that wallowed in the humor, vulgarity and verisimilitude that's made it so popular. In short, 'Two and a Half Men' picked up right where it left off last season.
Perhaps the biggest alteration in the show's formula is with the 'half.' Jake (Angus T. Jones) has grown up -- he's 16 now -- and one of the running jokes in tonight's episode revolved around two lovely young girls sneaking out of his bedroom at the crack of dawn. Clearly all the years around Uncle Charlie's Malibu beach house, watching the girls come and go, have made an impression on Jake. Of course, when the first girl flitted by, Alan (Jon Cryer) thought she was there for Charlie. But even Charlie, as much a rascal as he is, doesn't go for teenagers. At least, not yet.
After waking up sprawled on the stairs and sans his pants, Charlie decided to stop drinking ... unless you count beer and wine. The funniest bit with Charlie was the topper for the pants gag. Berta (Conchata Ferrell) found his jeans in the mailbox. Charlie had put enough postage on them to get them returned to Malaysia. Why? Well, the zipper caught Charlie's ball sack on the upzip and he found them defective.
Alan's love life was the focus of the show, in particular his relationship with Lindsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith). For a rather flimsy reason, Alan hadn't bothered to tell Jake that he was dating his friend Eldridge's mom. By the end of the episode, Jake and Eldridge were both in the loop and Lindsey and Alan may now actually be officially dating. See, it wasn't really that big a deal.
A side trip to Judith's (Marin Hinkle) was a plus because it included Herb's (Ryan Stiles) interaction with Charlie and Alan. The references to Cinemax's soft core porn was on target. The capper for the episode was when Charlie got a call from Herb after he finally caught Lindsay's flick on the channel and he told him to tune in.
It's hard to say where Charlie is going this season, but it was a plus that there was no mention of Chelsea. Charlie as a drunk rascal is funny and familiar. His wallowing in romantic regret last season was a drag.
Dialogue We Like
Charlie: Alan, she's like 16.
Alan: And, again I ask, hoping I won't be called to testify, yours?
Alan: I want to know what those girls were doing in your room.
Berta: He told you. They were making a sandwich.
Alan: Is that whipped cream or are you planning to shave me. I'm fine either way.
Alan: Did you know that Rottweilers were attracted to the scent of whipped cream?
Charlie: As a matter of fact, I did know that.
Charlie: You know, for such a boring guy, you lead a very complicated life.
Alan: Yeah, it's a paradox, isn't it?
'Two and a Half Men' airs Mondays at 9PM ET on CBS.