2 Broke Girls

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Sep 19, 2011 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
220 votes

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Episode Summary

Max, a hard working waitress, finds herself helping out Caroline, a new waitress at the diner, who was once a wealthy socialite, but has been left with nothing after her father's arrested. Max invites Caroline to be her roommate, but their new friendship is put in jeopardy when Max's boyfriend hits on Caroline.


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  • Pilot

    The Good:

    -"She's coming..."

    -Oleg. He's that guy everyone works with that hits on all the girls - and he's funny!

    -"Do you know Paris Hilton?" "No, she's a hundred."

    -Max tells Caroline to turn her leather jacket inside-out, but the other side is fur.

    The Bad:

    -In the last scene when Max and Caroline are astride Caroline's horse, they are holding coffee cups that are obviously Starbucks cups. If these girls are hurting for cash, it doesn't make sense that they would their coffee from an expensive coffee vendor like Starbucks.moreless
  • 5 for likeable characters, but it's just not funny..

    Rich girl follows in Friends' Rachel Green's footsteps and starts working at a diner after her dad loses all his money in a scam he conducted. In the diner is another girl who seems to be the complete opposite of her's. Soon an unlikely friendship blossoms after the two girls make a difference in each others' lives and set a goal for the future.

    The concept sounds great but the way it was executed wasn't. It felt too scripted, too familiar. The characters add nothing new to their stereotype roles and the jokes came off as a little bit cheesy.

    However, the girls are very likeable so there's a chance for them to turn this thing around. I mean Joey Tribbiani to me was the most annoying character on television during the first season of Friends and now he's my most cherished characters.

    So, I'll be giving it another chance.moreless
  • Wow! this pilot was just hard to watch

    I didn't even plan to watch this show since it looks so awful and totally uninteresting but I decided to give it a chance since it was right after the Season 9 Premiere of "Two and a Half Men" (which was a superb start without Charlie Sheen). Anyways, I decided to watch the pilot episode of this show "2 Broke Girls" and it was just like I expected... awful. All of the jokes in this pilot episode have been done thousands of times before and they were all just horrible to even hear. The only joke that was a little funny was maybe the "rape" joke but that's probably the only thing that made me laugh just a little. Seriously? the cast is horrible, the script is horrendous, and the jokes just make you want to puke. I don't even think I want to see next week's episode. This show is a apparently about a girl named Max Black who works at a diner and then a former rich girl named Caroline is broke and needs to work at the diner to earn money. It might sound like a good idea from the start but if you watch this pilot episode, it really isn't good. If you people think the 9th season of "Two and Half Men" looks awful then watch this pilot episode and think twice. I might watch next week's episode and maybe a couple more after that but once I see that that this truly is a horrible sitcom then I'm gonna stop watching this awful show "2 Broke Girls". Overall, just avoid this pilot episode and watch the Season Premiere of "Two and Half Men" or even "How I Met Your Mother" (I really don't like the show a whole lot though)... I rather watch "How I Met Your Mother" than this. 1/10moreless
  • I came to this show a little late [I've been on holiday for a few weeks and missed its launch] and I knew nothing about the show or its cast. [For a minute I thought they had booked Paris Hilton].moreless

    As with all these shows the first few episodes are bogged down with character building and scene setting so the writers are working with one hand tied behind their backs. The two main actors look competent enough, if they get decent scripts they should carry it but we'll have to see how many of the bit players survive and keeping a horse tethered in a small yard is cruel, which city dweller thought that would be a good plot line? Overall, a decent start, lets see how it develops now.moreless
  • Not bad, just not that good either.

    I love Kat Dennings. She manages to exude cool without trying too hard and can pull off sarcasm pretty well. So I decided to give "2 Broke Girls" a try solely on her presence. The plot is nothing ground-breaking, and the creators didn't give me much hope either (one is known for her raunchy stand-up routines, the other helmed from "Sex and the City" so I'm told), but hey, how bad can it be?

    The first scenes introduced me to Dennings as Max, a sarcastic Brooklyn waitress. She made fun of hipsters, have a witty retort for everything (but who doesn't in sitcoms?), and exhibits aloofness towards her surroundings. I like this, but what I hate is the laugh track that seems to be turned up especially loud. I liked the hipster scene, but I liked it less because you told me when I was suppose to laugh.

    Then I was introduced to the other faces of the diner that Max works in: the horny waitress, the cook who thinks he's hot stuff, the Asian diner owner who can't speak English properly, and the black guy who makes you "feel whiter that you are." See how low in the barrel this show is scraping that it has characters like these. They weren't a distracting aspect of the pilot, but if they're going to be there every week, I wouldn't mind a little more than what their title requires.

    The other half of the Broke Girls is Caroline (Beth Behrs), a Paris Hilton-type girl who's lost all her money because of daddy's mistakes. I hate characters like these because they're always written the same way, but Caroline is different. She seems pretty smart, a Wharton graduate she claims, is money-savvy, and didn't seem disgusted at working in a diner. She can keep up with Max, making her the only refreshing character in the episode.

    Other stuff happen with Max's boyfriend and the woman she babysits for, but the two girls eventually strike up a friendship. This is where the pilot seems most natural, and if there's more of this in the coming episodes and less of everyone else, then I will likely keep coming back. This show is obviously geared towards the 18-20-something crowd, but its trying too hard with all the forced innuendos and background characters. I like watching Kat Dennings be witty and sarcastic, so I don't need a black guy sprouting out lines like "[Caroline] is workin' harder than Stephen Hawking trying to put on a pair of cufflinks."

    And the twins that Max babysits is named Brad and Angelina; yeah, it's that kind of show.moreless
Sergey Brusilovsky

Sergey Brusilovsky


Guest Star

Bill Parks

Bill Parks

Band Member

Guest Star

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis


Guest Star

Brooke Lyons

Brooke Lyons

Peach Landis

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Caroline: (after using a taser on Max) I'm sorry, I didn't know it would hurt so much. It's pink!
      Max: It didn't feel pink!
      Caroline: I didn't know it was you. (whisper) I thought I was being raped!
      Max: That's not what rape feels like!

    • Peach: Max, I need to hold one of the babies, bring me one. (Max goes and picks up a baby) No, the other one, that's not the good one!

    • Max: Bathroom, bedroom, boyfriend sleeps 'til noon, yard.
      Caroline: Oh, you have a yard! It looks like a really nice place to relax and do crack!
      Max: It is!

    • Max: So where do you live?
      Caroline: Our townhouse was taken and bolted up by the bank.
      Max: Is this where I'm suppose to feel sorry for you?
      Caroline: I mean I don't want you to, but just so you know, a well-adjusted person would.
      Max: I'm dead inside.
      Caroline: You make that pretty obvious.

    • Hipster 1: Waitress! (snaps fingers) Dude!
      Max: Hi, what can I get you?
      Hipster 1: We need some-- (Max snaps her fingers in front of his face)
      Max: Was that annoying? (does it again) Is that obnoxious and rude? (does it again) Would you find that distracting if someone did that to you while you were working? Oh, you don't have a job, sorry.
      Hipster 2: Damn dude, she burned you.
      Max: Oh no, hipster, no. Do not think we are on the same team. We have nothing in common. I wear knit hats when it's cold out, you wear knit hats because of Coldplay. You have tattoos to piss off your dad, my dad doesn't know he's my dad. (turns back to Hipster 1) And finally, you think (snaps fingers) this is a sound that gets you service, I think (snaps fingers) this is a sound that drives up my vagina.

    • Max: (to Caroline) Don't smile, cause it raises the bar, and then I have to smile. And I can't keep doing that. It's exhausting and I have a bad back.

    • Caroline: You're pathetic, and that's coming from someone who's homeless and wearing white after Labor Day!

    • Caroline: (After entering Max's apartment) Oh my god, you've been robbed!
      Max: This is how it always looks.
      Caroline: Oh my god, totally cute!

    • Max: Did you sleep on the subway?
      Caroline: I had no where else to go, and I'm to afraid to sleep outside on the streets!
      Max: God, you're spoiled!

    • Max: Do you know Paris Hilton?
      Caroline: No, she's a hundred.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode marked the highest rating for a fall series premiere of a comedy since Fall 2001.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 19, 2011 on Citytv
      Finland: January 4, 2012 on Sub
      Australia: February 14, 2012 on Nine
      United Kingdom: April 19, 2012 on E4/E4 HD
      Slovakia: January 7, 2013 on Markiza
      Turkey: April 2, 2013 on CNBC-e

    • This episode was aired at 9:30/8:30c. before moving to its offical air time at 8:30/7:30c. It was moved due to the hour long season premiere of How I Met Your Mother.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Earl: ...Was Vladmir Putin' it out!

      Valdmir Putin was the second President of the Russian Federation.

    • Max: Whatever that is, it does not belong in this diner! It Belongs in a show on Bravo!

      Bravo is a television network on cable that is mostly made up of reality show about the life styles of the rich, such as The Real Housewives franchise.

    • Caroline: Back off, Jersey Shore!

      Jersey Shore is a MTV reality show about young, attractive, tan twentysomethings spending the summer together in a Jersey Shore House.

    • Earl: That girl is working hard then Stephen Hawking trying to put in a pair of cuff links!

      Stephan Hawking is a Theoretical Physicist from England who suffers from motor neurone disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, making it almost impossible to move, and impossible to talk.

    • Earl: You might as well be a night maid at the Schwarzenagger house ... You got screwed!

      This is a reference to the controversy surrounding Arnold Schwarzenagger, the former governor of California, who got his maid pregnant while he was married and in office.

    • Max: Look the Arcade Fire concert just let out.

      Arcade Fire is a rock band from Canada, who have been around since 2001.

    • Peach's babies, Brad and Angelina, are the name of a celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They are also known as Brangelina, which Peach's calls the babies later.

    • Caroline: Oh I went to monster.com

      monster.com is a website used for finding jobs available based on your skills and location.

    • Max: You expect me to believe you after that whole Temple Grandin routine?

      Temple Grandin is a doctor of Animal Science, and Autism activist. A tv movie about her life was made in 2010 staring Claire Danes.

    • Max: I wear knit hats when it's cold out, you wear knit hats because of Coldplay.

      Coldplay is a popular British band, who have been around since 1996.