In this episode, Alan's receptionist, Melissa, didn't think that Alan's family appreciated him, so she asked him to move in with her and her mom.
If you remember from the last episode, Alan and Melissa began seeing each other. Alan asked Charlie if he remembered Melissa. Melissa and Charlie were seeing each other briefly before she and Alan got together. "Of course he remembers me; he deflowered me then dumped me!" Melissa said. Alan was about to get in the shower, and Melissa wanted to join him, but Alan said he needed to pre-wash first. Alan's 40th birthday was coming up, and Melissa wanted to throw Alan a party. While Alan was in the shower, Melissa tried to get Charlie to help her out with planning a birthday party for Alan. "If it's gonna be a fun party, I need your help!" Melissa said to Charlie. Charlie said that if you want the party to be fun, don't invite Alan. He also told her that his mother would be able to help her out with the party.
Charlie was trying to sleep when his mother stopped by. He didn't want to talk to her, so he faked that he was sleeping. She pinched his nose so he had to tell her he couldn't breathe. She stopped by because she had received an unsettling message on her answering machine. Charlie briefly filled her in on Melissa. "Is she insane? Telling people my son is 40! And she wants my help! Where did she get that idea?" Evelyn said to Charlie. At that point, Berta and Jake had also walked into the room and Alan then came in when he saw everyone. He had a feeling they were planning something for his birthday so he said, "I like red velvet cake and magic!"
Melissa and Alan were on their way to have dinner for Alan's birthday. Alan knew something was up because Jake was showering, Charlie was wearing long pants, and Berta said she had to leave work early to go to some loser's party. Alan and Melissa walked into the private room that she had set up for Alan's birthday. No one was in the room. Melissa said she told them to be there an hour ago. Alan was insulting his family when he turned around and saw that they had just showed up and they heard what he was saying. Before they showed up, I actually felt bad for Alan. Sometimes they can be so mean to him!
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