In Monday's Two and a Half Men, we see a boy become a man (well, in a way), and some men go back to being boys.
Jake finally gets to experience the rite of passage for many teenagers - driving. Unfortunately, Charlie and Alan are along for the ride and exhibit some typical and rather annoying behavior on the way to the movies. Coming up on a yellow light, Charlie yells for Jake to go faster, while Alan yells for him to slow down. Alan reminds Jake about 10 and 2 (to which Jake answers "12?"), while Charlie teases that Alan drives like an old lady. It proves too much for Jake to handle, and he pulls over to give them a warning. At this point, it seems obvious where this episode is going. Could a therapy session be in order?
When they arrive at the movies, the fighting only gets worse. Alan brings out his foul-smelling deviled eggs, while Charlie brings out the liquor. And both of them are so loud and obnoxious with their fighting, that Jake decides to sit in another row. Alan reminds him that it's family time, to which he says "I like this family better."
The day ends with a trip to the ice cream shop, where both of them embarrass Jake in front of some teenage girls, one of whom shows a bit of interest in him (a possible love interest for Jake there?). Jake's face through the whole ordeal is just priceless. If he could have left them there, he would have. When Alan drops him off at Judith's and tells him he'll see him the following weekend, Jake seems less than thrilled.
Afterward, Charlie and Alan engage in a rather impressive game of alphabetical name-calling. There were some pretty creative entries - lush, masochist, necrophiliac. Charlie challenges the necrophiliac one, though. It turns out the girl was drunk, not dead. The game is cut short when Judith calls to tell Alan that Jake doesn't want to spend the weekend with them anymore because of all their bickering. He tells her they don't bicker, or at least "no more than any other couple... of guys." In true Alan-fashion, he blames Charlie. And in true Charlie-fashion, he doesn't care.
Alan decides that they need to work through their problems "for the sake of the child" and suggests they try something that he and Judith used in couples therapy. He whips out a book called "The Blueprint for Love". If things weren't weird before, this surely pushes it over the edge. As part of the exercise, they are to name three things that they admire about each other. That proves to be rather difficult for Charlie. He is, however, able to list three things he wants Alan to change - his personality, his wardrobe, and his address.
A week later, Alan decides it's time to go talk to Jake. They show up at Judith's house, still fighting, and they try talking to Jake about how they will change, while still bickering. The talk ends when Alan tells Charlie to bite him, and Charlie obliges. When they give up and try to leave without Jake, Judith takes matters into her own hands. She marches into his bedroom and tells him that the weekend is the only time she has any peace. Jake reluctantly heads to the car, telling his dad that he's driving. Little do they realize that he means driving alone. Jake leaves Charlie and Alan fighting on Judith's porch. And leaves little doubt as to who is the smartest person in the family.
This episode had all the elements of a great one - Jake finally getting to do some teenage thing; Alan and Charlie not pulling any punches about how they feel about each other; and not a single female distraction (unless you count Berta calling them a "bunch of moes"). As usual, though, it could have used a great therapy session. Where, oh where, was Dr. Freeman?
How did you feel about the episode? Did you think it was therapeutic for the guys to get their frustrations out, or was it just immature? Were you warmed at the end when Alan and Charlie went to tell Jake that they love him? Do you think Dr. Freeman will ever come back, or will the guys be left to figure things out themselves? And are you really ready for Jake to be all grown up?