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'Two and a Half Men' Season 8, Episode 4 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 12th 2010 1:00AM

['Two and a Half Men' - 'Hookers, Hookers, Hookers']

Picking up the 'Two and a Half Men' story line from last week, lucky Charlie 'welcomed' Alan, Jake, Eldridge and Lindsay into the Malibu beach house after the accident burned down her home in Sherman Oaks. Accident, of course, was how Alan saw it ... and presumably the insurance agent. Lindsay, on the other hand, was quite ready to point fingers directly at you-know-who who carelessly left a lit pipe near the curtains.

Needless to say, it made for a really fun time under Charlie's roof. A veritable pajama party, complete with two dips and a couple of dainty farts that required lit matches to cover the stink.

Actually, it was a relief to see Lindsay (Courtney Thorne-Smith) finally seeing Alan for the schlemiel he is. Did it really take her home burning to the ground to realize that the younger of the Harper brothers is not such a great catch? Up until last week, she was so hot to trot that she was oblivious to how little Alan brought to their relationship. Her lone complaint was that Alan's prowess pleasuring her in bed took too long.

But once she was out of the comfort of her home, and forced to rough it at Charlie's, the real Lindsay came out and she was ticked off. Of course, Charlie's beach house is beautiful and she had little to kvetch about. And to his credit, Charlie was really nice -- all things considered. With the exception of his suggestion that they watch 'The Towering Inferno,' 'Firestarter' or 'Blazing Saddles,' he showed remarkable restraint with the unwanted house guests.

Charlie in some ways seemed to be stunned by the development. Yes, he was back on the hard liquor, but that was hardly revelatory. I sort of expected him to be nastier to Alan about winding up back in his house.

The best part of the episode was the men's club that convened in the burned remains of Lindsay's house. It was an impromptu gathering that found Charlie meeting Chris (Judd Nelson), Lindsay's ex, who was wallowing in self-pity in his former home. They were joined by Herb (Ryan Stiles), pizza guy Gordon (J.D. Walsh) and, finally, Alan.

Herb was thrilled to realize that in a six degrees of separation kind of way, he'd been with Lindsay (because Alan had been married to Judith, who was now married to Herb). Charlie was even happier to realize that unlike the divorced and married wrecks with whom he was drinking, his life wasn't so bad after all. He still had his iPhone filled with hookers, hookers, hookers and more money than he knew how to spend. Hmm ... does that reflect Charlie Sheen's life or what?

Last week, it seemed to me that the 'let's move in with Charlie' story line might be an ongoing thing. But after the scene in which Chris and Lindsay agreed to have coffee to discuss their situation, I'm betting that the only house guest Charlie is going to continue having for the foreseeable future will be Alan.

You can definitely see Lindsay dumping Alan and reuniting with her ex-husband just to get out of her current predicament. And that would leave Alan right back where he started from: the Malibu guest room.

Quotes We Liked

Alan: "After seven years, I finally move out of your house, and within two days, I burn my new home down. You can't write this stuff."

Alan: "It's always good to have a choice of dips."
Lindsay: "And I chose you."
Alan: "Zing."

Charlie: "Chris, I believe you know my brother, the man who's banging your wife and burned down your house."

Alan: "She left her kid there. She's got to come back."
Charlie: "Would you come back for that kid?"
Alan: "She's never comin' back."

'Two and a Half Men' airs Mondays at 9PM ET on CBS.

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