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Two and a Half Men Review: "People Who Love Peepholes"

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So it's week two of Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men - or Alan and Friends, as I like to affectionately call it. As of tonight, that is.

While Kutcher has grown on me slightly since last week (which isn't saying much) the show still just feels a little off.

Cleaning Up Walden

There were plenty of scenes in Men's previous eight seasons that did not feature Charlie, so I'm not even just blaming his absence. "People Who Love Peepholes" just didn't feel like Two and a Half Men. For example, take Berta.

I'm a huge Berta fan, but for some reason, they decided to give her a voiceover this week. When you're already going through such a huge change like swapping out your main star, do you really have to change up the format on us?

Tonight, we also met Walden's much talked about ex-girlfriend, Bridget, played by Judy Greer. I'm not convinced you're going to find a bigger Greer fan (just check my Facebook profile picture!), but I have to say... this casting just felt off.

Maybe I'm just getting cynical, but the ages feel out of whack on this show. Alan (Jon Cryer: 46) is now suddenly BFFs with Walden (Ashton Kutcher: 33), who used to date Bridget (Judy Greer: 36).

Yes, I realize Greer isn't much older than Kutcher, who's clearly no stranger to older women, but Hollywood always casts younger women and they've made me used to it. And Alan feels way too old to be hanging out with Peter Pan (though his house made me think much more MJ).

Before I offend too many people, I'm going to bring this review to a close. I'm glad the episode ended with Alan moving back into the Malibu beach house. We got that hurdle out of the way.

Now we just need to find a way to make Walen less idiotic and more likable. Then, we need to find a better form of comedic chemistry between Cryer and Kutcher.

There will never be perfect dynamic between the Harper brothers.  But we need to do a little better than tonight if this show is going to last more than the season.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 1.6 / 5.0 (1147 Votes)

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Bring back Charlie back or call it a day

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BRING CHARLIE BACK FROM THE ASHES SOON......PLEASE

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If Ashton "men" writers think his running around naked and in a towel makes for a successful show then new writers are needed, not new cast.
Charlie should be on this show, we love the rest of the cast especially Berta and Rose, but not so much Ashton..He is creepy looking in that long hair and beard. He should go back to commercials.

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Show is not the same for us either, not as funny without Charlie, he was 2.5 Men because he was himself. Dead or alive we hope Charlie returns. We miss Rose, all the show had to do was bring Herb over to live at Charlie's so he could live the "good life" he always spoke of and for CBS and Chuck L. and Charlie to make up and move forward with the show. Ashton brings nothing to this show as far as we are concerned..Thank God For reruns and DVD's. Thank you My65 for keeping 2.5 Men on reruns...

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Show Sucks! Charlie Winner... Lorre Loser

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Like most of the posts here, we were big fans of the show, quite often just refering to it as 'Charlie', but the wife & I agreed with something Charlie Sheen said in an interview over the summer, that it (the show) was becoming a bit "stale", that said, and its not meant as a defense for Ashton Kutcher, but just as a nature-of-the-beast type of thing, no show lasts forever, not M*A*SH, not Father Knows Best, even Leave it to Beaver was on EVERY network before it finally bid farewell, a polite way of saying that it'd been cancelled twice. That said, this season was mighta/sorta 'one foot in the grave, the other on a bannana peel' from the get-go, perhaps Charlie Sheen sensed that and, "crazy-like-a-fox", found that orchestrating the whole flameout/lawsuit deal was a combo-platter exit-strategy/final-windfall, from a deal that was heading for a fall irregardless. The wife & I love most the remaining characters,(especially Berta) & hope that the thing can stumble into next season, if only for the paychecks of those involved....oh, yea, Kutchers charecter is an unlikeable moron, I don't think he and his little "social-network-army" coulda saved the day anyway, much like Vince McMahons football-league, there'll be good ratings for a week of so, then FLOP-O-RAMA.........

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No fan of Sheen personally but a fan of his character in 2.5 Men. Berta is a great character also. Something is not in sync with the chemistry, dialog, actor's movements in the scenes. It just isn't funny to watch. I watch the old rerun's and always find new line's that I missed in the previous 100 times I have seen the rerun. Sorry, even Cryer has lost his edge and delivery. "Where have all the flowers gone?"

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Should clarify, I was never a fan of Charlie as a person. As a comedic actor, he was awesome and had perfect chemistry with the rest of the cast.

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Shoulda left all the money to Berta and moved her in letting Alan stay. Kutcher is awful, gave it a chance, but he is taking down a show that still had potential. Who on Earth told this guy he could act?? Was never really a fan of Charlie either but this guy is truly bad!, and he's taking the rest of the great cast down with the show. Smooth move Lorre..

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I have never been a huge fan of Ashton K. He is cute, but very young and a baby face to say the least. I think he is overrated to say the least. I have always loved 2.5 Men! My husband and I are faithful watchers. We love Charlie Sheen even when his life was becoming out of control, he still was professional and his shows continued to make us laugh out loud! He is so talented and draws chemistry with his co-stars! I was a fan to Spin City with Michael J. Fox and didn't think Charlie could replace Fox, but he was FANTASTIC! Charlie is talented and I may not agree to his personal life, who cares????? As long as he does his job right!!! BRING HIM BACK! The house is sad and I hate how they have made Charlie a broke, uncaring loser......NOT TRUE in past episodes......Not sure I will continue to watch this show any longer......feel very "hum drum" about it now.....

Two and a Half Men Season 9 Episode 2 Quotes

When i was in high school, I was dating a poster of Molly Ringwald.

Alan

You're young, you're rich, you got a face that gives women an erection.

Alan
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