DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Monday -

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

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