The television watching public seems to adore sitcoms about dysfunctional families. It makes us feel better about ourselves when we can laugh at the foibles of others. I don’t know what that says about our society and its values but it has been a goldmine for television producers. One such show is Two and a Half Men. Charlie Sheen plays the jingle writing, eternal bachelor and Jon Cryer plays his brother who is…well, there is no other way to describe him but to say that he is the straight-laced, divorced, loser, unsuccessful, single father of a teenage boy. These three live together in a beach house in California. Hilarity ensues. Mostly due to the differences between the two brothers.
Episode 1: Three Girls and a Guy Named Bud: Jake (played by Angus T. Jones) finds out who his father is dating and it upsets him so he packs his stuff and moves in with his mom (played by Marin Hinkle) and her boyfriend.
Episode 2: A Bottle of Wine and a Jackhammer: Lyndsey (played by Courtney Thorne-Smith) asks Alan (played by Jon Cryer) to move in with her.
Episode 3: A Pudding-Filled Cactus: Spreading himself thin, Alan moves in with Lyndsey while at the same time hooking up with Melissa (played by Kelly Stables) at Charlie’s (played by Charlie Sheen) place.
Episode 4: Hookers, Hookers, Hookers: After Alan burns down their house, Lyndsey and Eldridge (played by Graham Patrick Martin) move in with Charlie.
Episode 5: The Immortal Mr. Billy Joel: While Charlie is off getting some plastic surgery, Alan goes out on the town pretending to be him.
Episode 6: Twanging Your Magic Clanger: Charlie is not dealing well with dating an older woman (played by Liz Vassey).
Episode 7: The Crazy Bitch Gazette: Charlie’s new girlfriend cannot handle Rose (played by Melanie Lynskey).
Episode 8: Springtime on a Stick: Charlie and Alan try to set their mother (played by Holland Taylor) up with the pharmacist (played by Martin Mull).
Episode 9: A Good Time in Central Africa: Alan thinks Lyndsey’s ex-husband (played by Judd Nelson) is stalking him.
Episode 10: Ow, Ow, Don’t Stop: An ex-boyfriend (played by Carl Reiner) of Evelyn’s returns.
Episode 11: Dead From the Waist Down: Courtney (played by Jenny McCarthy) and Charlie are dating again.
Episode 12: Chocolate Diddlers: Charlie starts seeing a psychiatrist (played by Jane Lynch) after he and Courtney break up and he struggles with depression.
Episode 13: Skunk, Dog Crap and Ketchup: Alan’s jealousy gets the best of him when Charlie and Lyndsey start getting along well.
Episode 14: Lookin’ for Japanese Subs: After finding out that Rose is now married, Charlie begins stalking her.
Episode 15: Three Hookers and a Philly Cheesesteak: Charlie and Rose embark on an affair.
Episode 16: That Darn Priest: Charlie is dying to spend some time alone with Rose.
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