If there’s anything to enjoy about 2 Broke Girls – and this is a long stretch on my part – its how the writers have kept the girls desperate, even with their new business and entrepreneurial spirit. Conceptually, ‘And The High Holidays’ has some fun ideas behind switching the perspectives of Caroline and Max when it comes to their outlooks on life and their chances at success. Of course, it butchers these through a totally unnecessary plot line, and the writers constant need to have the two leads undermine themselves left and right (because forward-thinking women is still a mind-blowing concept when it comes to the writers of this show).
The title alone should suggest a certain level of pandering: it screams “THIS EPISODE IS ABOUT POT”, which surely enough, it is. When Max and Caroline are struggling to make rent, Max is selling their cupcakes to stoned people to help relieve their munchies – a sign of the subtlety to come when it deals with marijuana. Max is adamantly for anything pot-related, Caroline spews the normal “pot is yucky and makes you totally change” kind of dialogue that keeps the conservatives and Bible humpers clapping their hands in the studio audience.
But shallow is the show’s M.O., and so Caroline’s change from effervescent entrepreneur to totally nihilistic occurs after she willingly eats a pot cupcake (even though the last time she was around pot, she gave everyone judging looks and covered her nose). All of a sudden, Max becomes the positive one, hanging up decorations and fighting for their business, while Caroline dives off the deep end, constantly talking about “how we’re all going to die.” And because pot food cause black-out hallucinations and adolescent behavior, Caroline ends up at an IHOP at 4am, rolling around in syrup talking about the Mayans (a scene we are thankfully spared from watching).
It’s a very cheap way to cop out on something that could’ve made for a meaningful holiday episode: Max’s sudden change of heart could’ve been infused into the episode much earlier, with Caroline’s growing desperation and depression stemming from their lack of success or her general stress level over paying rent, but instead, she changes perspective only when she’s on the EVIL DRUGS.
But what’s more bothersome is how unreliable the show is willing to make Caroline: one minute she’s turning down money from her boyfriend, the next she’s accepting it from someone else because they tell her she’s ‘family’. In other words, the entire episode is rendered totally pointless because in the end, Caroline and Max not only don’t have a heart-to-heart about their perspectives, but they get bailed out in the exact same way they had been trying not to through the episode. There were a few less penis and gross sex jokes, but overall, 2 Broke Girls finishes 2012 the same as it started: inept at storytelling, characterization, and writing anything believable and/or funny.
- why was everybody woo-hooing about Caroline and Andy kissing? I seriously think they fill the room with laughing gas and/or cocaine for these mindless studio audiences.
- Han loves to get shit on by everyone so much, he gave them $350. What a guy.
- for those wondering, I’ve heard from various lady friends that a little pot goes a long way for bad cramps. Now you can say you learned something today.
- 2 Broke Girls gets political: not only did we get the ‘stoner summary’ of the last election, but Max makes a throwaway comment about how giant sodas are illegal in NY.
- the name of the girl who sells weed is Keifer… I can see whoever thought that up masturbating with joy at how witty they are.
- whoever let the word ‘reindeers’ make it into the episode: you’re a lazy fucking idiot.
- Mexicans can’t afford condoms, so they have a lot of teenage pregnancies…. this is what 2 Broke Girls considers ‘funny ethnic humor’.
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