DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
OK, HIS name’s Charlie in the show, and he’s a massive sex fiend who drinks a lot and . . . do we ever see Charlie Harper smoking cocaine from a pipe? I’m not a regular viewer. I love how Two and a Half Men is described on IMDb: ‘‘ A hedonistic jingle writer’s freewheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.’’ Would you say Charlie Harper’s free-wheeling life has come to an abrupt halt in any way? Hard to say for sure, without knowing just how free-wheeling it was before.
He doesn’t appear to be missing out on much though.
I notice Jake appears to be heading in the same direction. I guess he looked at his father, and how much fun he’s hav- ing, and decided his uncle was the more appealing role model. But there’s more to a relationship than sex, Alan tries to tell his sceptical son tonight as they listen to Charlie go at it with a girl upstairs.
‘‘ Mutual responsibility, mutual respect, taking care of each other, sharing . . . things.’’ Jake: ‘‘ That it?’’ Alan: ‘‘ Yup.’’ Jake: ‘‘ Get out.’’ I feel for Alan, I really do. Charlie’s a mess, but Alan . . .
Imitating life: Charlie Sheen mass murderer ticking away inside there, do you think? I blame the mother, who is currently living with a disgusting old man played by Carl Reiner.
But Charlie’s the focus. Harper and Sheen. We all know the series is meant to be having fun with his image and blah blah, but there are a couple of moments in this episode it might almost stop being funny to watch. Well, for the people who find it funny.
It’s going to be selfimmolation at some point soon. Maybe it already is. And if after another unwanted trip to rehab and Charlie Sheen — on $1.25 million an episode — doesn’t get it together, when does CBS start looking like it’s exploiting a situation? Two and a Half Men Channel 9, 7.30pm