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Two and a Half Men S9, E12: “One False Move, Zimbabwe!”

We have hit the low point of a very average season of Two and a Half Men. This episode was unfunny, unrealistic and just plain bad. It’s hard to imagine a chance of a good episode when the main scenario revolved around Walden learning that his “brother” was a gorilla. I think that the rest of this plot is best left alone.

It also must be said that I really didn’t like Jake’s role in the episode: lying to his parents so he could spend Christmas with Eldridge smoking weed. They are verging on destroying the character that has been built for eight seasons: a dim-witted, but an essentially good-hearted, kid who can stray from the tracks, but ultimately serves as a role model in his resolutions. Now it’s just a teen whose main goal is to smoke weed and get with girls, where’s the cleverness in that?

Okay, so here are the good parts:

  • Berta’s back: a brief appearance, but nevertheless a bright spark of the episode, even though her lines consisted almost entirely of sexual advances on Walden (come on, Berta can be clever without such jokes)
  • The simultaneous phone calls of Walden, Alan and Jake to their mothers: clever by Two and a Half Men standards
  • Walden’s mum, Robin, comparing Alan to the “sick, helpless animals” that Walden used to bring home as a child
  • The only true positive of the episode: surely the only way to go from here is up!

2 out of 5 stars

Episode details

  • Original Australian airdate: 14 February 2012 (9:00 pm)
  • Channel: Nine Network
  • Viewers: 642,000 (17th most-watched show for the night)


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