On May 14, 2014, CBS announced that season 12 will be the last ever season of the hit US sit-com, Two and a Half Men. Whilst many people – including myself – believe that the show should’ve come to an end when Charlie Sheen was fired from the show in 2011, it continued with Ashton Kutcher taking on the lead role. However, the show was brought into further disrepute in 2013, when Angus T. Jones (Jake Harper) left the show calling it “filth”. Nevertheless, Two and a Half Men will go down as one of the greatest sit-coms of its generation. So here’s a look at the best moments from Charlie, Alan and Jake.
5. Season 7, episode 12 – Fart Jokes, Pie and Celeste
Jake (Angus T. Jones) is angry at Charlie (Charlie Sheen) because he broke up Jake’s relationship with his girlfriend, Celeste. Jake tries to win her back by writing a love song, expressing his true feelings about her. However, Charlie tells Jake that this is a bad idea as it “reeks of desperation.” Meanwhile, Alan (Jon Cryer) is feeling down because he cannot find the right woman. But when Judith’s husband, Herb (Ryan Stiles), drops Jake off at the beach house, an unlikely friendship begins to blossom – much to the dismay of Judith (Marin Hinkle). Fart Jokes, Pie and Celeste is a delightfully funny episode with a Romeo & Juliet style comic sub-plot.
4. Season 6, episode 19 – The Two Finger Rule
After Charlie’s fiancé Chelsea (Jennifer Bini-Taylor) finds some erotic pictures on Charlie’s phone, and Melissa (Kelly Stables) is still mad at Alan for sleeping with her mother, the guys reminisce about their sexual experiences. When Judith’s husband Herb and Celeste’s father Jerome (Michael Clarke Duncan) arrive, Charlie realises that he doesn’t want to end up old and alone like the rest of his friends, so he leaves to win Chelsea back. This episode includes a rendition of Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart, and a superb performance from the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
3. Season 2, episode 23 – Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab
Charlie and Alan run in to a spot of bother when their mother, Evelyn (Holland Taylor), demands that Jake spends the night at her house. After dropping him off at their mothers, they start to feel guilty about leaving him alone with her. Luckily for Charlie and Alan, Jake is tougher than they thought. When Jake refuses to eat sushi and squab, Evelyn makes Jake some spaghetti, resulting in a huge mess in her living room. It seems that in one night, Jake did what Charlie and Alan couldn’t do in twenty years – he broke Evelyn.
2. Season 3, episode 16 – Ergo, the Booty Call
Ergo, the Booty Call contains one of the most memorable sequences in the entire series of the show – Alan trying to explain what a booty call is to his twelve year old son. In this episode, Alan battles with internal conflict as he has trouble deciding if he should bring his twenty two year old girlfriend Kandi (April Bowlby) to Jake’s birthday party. He also has to deal with the aforementioned booty call. To protect Jake, he comes up with an elaborate story involving cowboys in the old west.
1. Season 4, episode 6 – Apologies for the Frivolity
At number one, the best episode of the show is Apologies for the Frivolity. Charlie begins dating a new woman named Lydia (Katherine LaNasa) who is exactly like his mother. He introduces his new girlfriend to Alan, Jake and his housekeeper, and they all decide they don’t like her as she’s too much like Charlie’s mother. Angus T. Jones shines in this episode. The writers have clearly capitalised on his youth and naivety, as he comes up with some fantastic and hilariously outrageous comments in the sequence where Jake and Alan talk about Charlie’s new girlfriend.
What’s your favourite episode of Two and a Half Men?