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2.5 stars, Comedy, Reviews

2 Broke Girls S1, E2: “And the Break-up Scene”

Unfortunately the second episode of 2 Broke Girls wasn’t an improvement on the first. While the first episode set up the premise through a lot of forced jokes, it was good enough to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Tonight there were sexual references abound – albeit no clever ones – and the writers’ even thought that suicide jokes, such as “I’m a cutter” and implying that low-achieving Asians kill themselves, would be funny enough to lift the episode out of the mud. Speaking of mud, there was that low-brow moment where Caroline – with an ‘e’ – slipped in horse manure. There was a whole song and dance about whether it was mud or indeed horse crap – or “Chanel Number Two” as Max puts it.

The worst part is that that wasn’t even the most cringe-worthy moment of the episode, that would have to either Max exclaiming that she’s “I’m already worried about me being late… every month!” in response to Caroline’s tardiness, or that Caroline would be the last “Les-I-Be-In” (in reference to Robbie saying that she is a lesbian). Take your pick.

Again the supporting characters in the diner annoyed me: there was some reference about Earl taking cocaine in the 80’s – his grand contribution for the episode, and Oleg provided a “sandwich” proposal involving him and the two girls.

It wasn’t all bad though, I liked Caroline’s click and wave to send Chestnut back outside, and the line “From now on think of me as a vampire, without all the annoying marketing” had more substance than the rest of the episode’s writing combined. The acting of the two leads was reasonably solid (for a sitcom anyway), with the exception of their “break-up scene” at the end of the episode. I couldn’t work out if it was a serious fight or not.

The good news is that I have heard it picks up in the coming episodes, and it might never be in the same league as the likes of 30 Rock or Modern Family, but hopefully it can be a good light-hearted show to watch when you want to unwind. Here’s hoping, because i do still believe it has the potential.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Episode details

  • Original Australian airdate: 21 February 2012 (8:00 pm)
  • Channel: Nine Network
  • Viewers: 816,000 (10th most-watched show for the night)
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