I Can't Afford Hyenas

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (10)

  • Alan: Wonderful building. Charlie: What's wrong with it? Alan: Well, the phrase "reeks of urine" comes to mind.

  • Charlie: Berta, I'm good for seventy-four dollars. Berta: There's an assistant store manager with bad skin and a pair of scissors who begs to differ.

  • (About his money problems) Charlie: Leave it to me, I'll straighten it out. (He turns to Alan) Alan, what do I do? Alan: Call the bank that issued the card, figure out what's going on. Charlie: Good idea. (Starts walking away, then turns back to Alan) How do I get the number?

  • Alan: Charlie, call me an old-fashioned dad, but I was hoping my son wouldn't start betting on sports until he's old enough to have a drinking problem. Charlie: He didn't really make a bet. I just gave him a taste of my action. Alan: Nor do I want him tasting your action. Jake: Dad, without action there's no juice. Alan: All of a sudden, he's Frank Sinatra.

  • Charlie: Great, why don't I just shoot myself? Alan: Can't afford a gun.

  • Berta: Well, you don't have to worry about paying me this week, Charlie. Charlie: Thank you, Berta. Berta: I'll just take this espresso maker and be on my way. Call me when things pick up.

  • Alan: Morning, Berta. Need some help? Berta: Yeah, come to my house and explain to my daughter that we don't put up bail for cute guys with Costa Rican passports.

  • Pizza Boy: Thank you, Mr. Harper. If there is anything you ever need, anything at all, please call. You know, pizza, dry cleaning... pot, women.

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Notes (4)

  • The French title is "Plaie d'argent n'est pas mortelle", meaning (idiomatically) "Money Isn't Everything". The German title is "Ich kann mir keine HyƤnen leisten", the Spanish title is "No puedo pagarme unas hienas", and the Italian title is "Non posso permettermi le iene", all exact translations.

  • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #111.

  • Alternative title for this episode was "Broke".

  • Marin Hinkle (Judith) doesn't appear in this episode.

Trivia (1)

  • Charlie says the title "I Can't Afford Hyenas"

Allusions (1)

  • Alan can't understand why Charlie is math genius in gambling but not finance. Charlie replies, "What can I say? I have a beautiful mind," a reference to the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, about John Forbes Nash Jr., a math prodigy able to solve problems that baffled the greatest of minds.