Sometimes when I watch 2 Broke Girls, I'm reminded of Freaks and Geeks, in the sense that it's a network sitcom airing during primetime that explicitly talks about (and shows) people doing drugs with basically no consequences. Of course, this is one of the main reasons NBC cancelled that series, and I don't see CBS pulling the plug on this show any time soon. Not that I think they should (hey, it's better than most any other sitcom they've got), or that I think 2 Broke Girls deserves any further comparison with anything Paul Feig has ever done. Seriously, for a show that is this obsessed with drugs, you'd think the writers would have any idea whatsoever on how to create a realistic stoner scene. Poor Beth Behrs should stick to slapstick.
I don't know what terrible thing I did, but clearly having to watch an entire hour of 2 Broke Girls must have been some sort of CBS-mandated punishment, right? Both "And the Big Opening" and "And the Silent Partner" were forgettable, nonsensical and just plain bad episodes filled with gross sex jokes and lots of fat shaming. In the first installment, I don't understand what the point was of bringing Johnny back. I'd all but forgotten him, and he was never that great of a character nor such a wonderful match for Max that I felt that we were missing something without his presence (can't say the same about Andy, who has an abundance of sexual chemistry with her but barely any with Caroline). As for "And the Silent Partner," I didn't really buy that Caroline would be disgraced by "only" having one small cupcake shop in a popular mall in one of the trendiest parts of New York City, especially at the age of 25 after her family lost all of their money and possessions. But whatever; clearly this show isn't supposed to make sense logistically, so let's just get to the groans:
"And the New Boss" was basically a plot-device of an episode, its obvious purpose being to prepare the cupcake shop for opening -- and to pad it out, we got thrown a random and lazily-written guest star (Abby Elliott) along with a few gross jokes about sex, because of course we do. It wasn't 2 Broke Girls' finest installment, but hey, it didn't have any Amish boner jokes, right?
Just when I thought "And the Egg Special" couldn't get much worse, Sophie went ahead and invested $20,000 in Max's Homemade Cupcakes. Yay! Does that mean she never has to be on this show again? Fingers crossed!
I just want to point out "And the Three Boys With Wood" started out with Max tending to a horse, and ended with Caroline grinding with an Amish boy -- causing him to instantaneously orgasm and have a panic attack and then get taken away in an ambulance -- and shortly thereafter, she got an odd text message from Andy who immediately came outside and started making out with her. Oh, and then a stray cat with really fake sound effects growled at Max. This is real show on network television.
"And the Candy Manwich" was hands down one of the best episodes of 2 Broke Girls ever. Sure, it doesn't hurt that I love Ryan Hansen (having both Veronica Mars and Party Down on your resume basically makes you TV royalty), but the jokes about Candy Andy were actually pretty funny, Max's one-liners were more hilarious than gross (with a few exceptions below), vulnerable Caroline was totally endearing and rather than go the obvious female-competition-between-two-friends route, the show instead opted to make some pretty good masturbation jokes -- both male and female -- and was able to normalize the deed without shaming anyone... and we didn't even have to hear about Oleg touching himself at all! Amazing. I look forward to seeing more of Candy Andy, and hopefully less moments like these:
I figured that "And the Pre-Approved Credit Card" would end up being an episode about Max and Caroline getting screwed over with sky-high interest rates by whatever shady company sent them sketchy junk mail credit card -- but silly me for thinking that 2 Broke Girls would ever make any sense at all ever. Instead, this week's installment was weirdly about lizards, shoes, Cedric the Entertainer and a puppet named Justin Beaver, which frankly sounds more like some kind of strange nightmare than one of the most-watched sitcoms on network TV. Given that "And the Pre-Approved Credit Card" had no actual consequences and very little plot, let's just jump right into the groans.
Last week I said that the episodes of this show that revolved around marketing the cupcake business were my favorite -- and based on last night's "And the Cupcake War," I stand by my word. There were moments in the episode that were actually kind of charming and a few gags made me laugh out loud (much to the horror of my boyfriend who reluctantly watched along with me, and at one point begged, "Please make this stop," which I'm mentioning because there is a good chance I have show-induced Stockholm Syndrome), and I thought there was some excellent use of Sophie last night, especially when she called the girls Cagney and Lacey and later when she threw confetti in Caroline's mouth. But there were also the quips below, so it's kind of a toss-up as to whether or not I'd consider this episode a "minor success" or even "kind of good, maybe."
Last night's "And the Hold-Up" was quite clearly a filler episode -- and pretty early on in the season, too. It's strange, 2 Broke Girls can be one of every three shows every week: 1) Two waitresses struggling to afford living in New York City; 2) A daughter of a Bernie Madoff-type character trying to rebuild her life with the help of a new friend; 3) Two young women trying to market their start-up cupcake business. I much prefer Number 3's type of episodes, while Number 2 is usually kind of weird but potentially sweet and Number 1 just tries way too hard... but maybe that's just because I don't like jokes about piss.
There are four major laws of the 2 Broke Girls universe, as seen last night in "And the Pearl Necklace":
1. The hardest-hitting punch lines should either be about notoriously hated celebrities or taboo sex acts.
2. If something is pink, involves cosmetology, musicals or is not traditionally "masculine," it is gay.
3. Other female characters are only around to make Caroline and Max look cooler, for Sophie to compete with or for Oleg to hit on.
4. When in doubt, make a hipster joke.
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