Welcome back, Jake! For the first time this season, Alan's son was actually in an episode significantly enough to warrant his own narrative - and he was even given the line of the episode that I'm sure many of our readers cheered on:
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This storyline was minor, and a bit re-hashed from previous tutoring scenarios the show has run, but Jake's interactions with Walden and rate of success kept it entertaining enough.
Then there was Alan relying on the show's Charlie crutch, as he read the deceased's journal. It led to some pretty decent jokes and minor insight into the beloved character, while never getting nasty enough to offend Charlie lovers.
Speaking of nasty, there was Walden's storyline. Sorry, that was the closest thing I could make to an double nintendo. As little as I normally care for Walden, at least his adventures with Alan have been somewhat enjoyable.
His shopping for "Those Fancy Japanese Toilets" with Evelyn and eventually ending up in bed with her? Not so much. Watching Evelyn giggle at everything the man says just felt out of the character I've fallen in love with. She came across like a school girl.
Much like the school girl, Megan, that fell in love with Walden this week. Now if only I found Walden as funny as she did. It would be less statutory rape, but, man, I'd enjoy my Monday nights a lot more.
So what did you guys think? Did this episode feel vintage Two and a Half Men enough, thanks to Charlie's journal and Jake's tutoring? Sound off now.
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