We found ourselves served a heaping double scoop of awesome to end 2 Broke Girls' inaugural season with an hour-long season finale. The girls have come a long way from their humble beginnings to their, um, less humble present existence.
Armed with her newfound dedication to the Cupcake Cause, Max joined Caroline on a business meeting to pimp their cupcakes to an upscale party planner. They were especially proud of their newest flavor, the Beer Batter Maple Bacon Spring Break Cupcake. That sounds GLORIOUS, doesn’t it? Max said it was a stoner favorite, and she would know, wink wink.
Unfortunately, Caroline Channing’s last name got them ditched at the door. Daddy Channing was being transferred to a cushy white collar prison, so the whole Saga of the Crooked Corporate Douchebag was making headlines again. Not only did Caroline’s connection to her father hurt the girls' cupcake business, the very business Caroline had finally managed to convince Max was viable just last week, but she stopped by ye olden P.O. box to pick up some mail and wound up with a mailbag full o’ hate.
Thrust downward into a spiral of very un-Caroline depression, she retreated to bed and begged Max to stick her in the wall, "Cask of Amontillado" style.
Instead, Max brought back that freaking horse. Chestnut was never my favorite aspect of 2 Broke Girls. The horse’s presence was one of those things that felt quirky for the sake of being quirky. However, Chestnut’s return proved to be very important later in the episode, so, while the return is forgivable in this one instance, I sincerely hope the majestic creature will be back in the swanky stables for pampered ponies when we return for Season 2.
While perusing Caroline’s hate mail, Sophie stumbled upon an invitation to the Metropolitan Museum’s Gala Ball and pointed out that Martha Stewart was on the guest list. After a disheartening run-in with Johnny at the diner—where he gloated over “making it” as an artist and told Max that when he thinks of her, he can’t help but picture her in her waitress uniform, as though that’s her real place in life—Max convinced Caroline to attend the ball. They would smuggle one of their beer batter cupcakes in and present it to Martha Stewart, who would take one bite and make them famous.
Or at least, that was the plan. Because this is Sitcom Land, several detours were required before we reached our destination.
First, dresses! You can’t go to the Met Gala in your diner uniform, right? Sophie offered to buy the girls gowns, comparing herself to Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, “...and you two are my hookers!”
The girls cleaned up nicely and finally, FINALLY, Kat Dennings’ fabulous rack got some quality screen time. When you got it, flaunt it, right? After ogling her sexy self in the mirror for a while, Max set out to find Johnny the Cheating Scumbag. “If he sees me in this dress, he can SUCK IT.” High-five, girlfriend, from one busty lady to another, I advise you to pull out an attitude as big as your cup size.
It ultimately took a village to help the girls accomplish their goal: Earl brought the girls corsages and I went “awwww” because I’m a total sap. Oleg offered to drive them to the museum in the Town Car he’d recently purchased to try to win Sophie back after she dumped him. When it broke down in front of the diner, Han, who'd spent the previous episode’s introduction waxing nostalgic for his days training to be a jockey in Korea, a story that most of the diner staff laughed off as pure B.S., shocked everyone by showing up astride the almighty Chestnut.
The girls got to the Gala, only to find the door slammed in their faces AGAIN by Caroline’s unfortunate parentage... soooo they snuck in through the service entrance. As they changed out of their server disguises and back into the formal wear, who did they run into but (of course) Martha Stewart herself. The poor little beer cupcake that could was a little smooshed from riding in Caroline’s purse the whole time, but Martha Stewart geared up and chowed down... and asked for their business card.
Victory is sweet... or is it? I mean, all she did was take their business card, after all. Positive press? Sure, but still a long way from dethroning those cupcake chicks on Food Network. And we have all summer long to sweat it out!
1. In the aftermath of their encounter with Martha, do you think the girls will enjoy the big business breakthrough they're searching for?
2. What do you hope to see when 2 Broke Girls returns?
3. And finally, in a wet T-shirt contest between 2 Broke Girls’ Max Black and Man Men’s Joan Harris, who do you think would win?