Two and a Half Men

Season 1 Episode 18

An Old Flame With a New Wick

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 01, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Charlie is stunned to learn his ex-girlfriend is now a man... and dating his mom.

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  • Fantastic Episode

    Best Ever Episode. Charlie is perfect in this episode. Normally Jake makes the episodes great, but even in this episode he only plays a small role. Thats how good this episode is. a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a amoreless

    Without a doubt one of my favorite episodes of the series. Charlie meets up with a former girlfriend- "Former" being the objective word because she's now a man, meaning Charlie's hedonistic ways have come back to haunt him in a form nobody could have imagined.

    When Charlie brings his "new" friend home, Alan remains oblivious while their mother instantly swoops down and pursues a romance with the handsome newcomer. Alan & Charlie are both disgusted by this- both for different reasons.

    I think what makes this episode so funny is the reactions of the various characters as they learn Bill's secret. Charlie drinks, Alan is dumbfounded and Berta-as always- watches gleefully as everything comes to a conclusion.moreless
  • "Jill?" Asks Charlie. "Bill" Replied Jill. "NOOOOOOOO" Whined Charlie. "Yes" Replied Bill.


    Wow, for the 18th episode, Charlie remembers a time with a woman named Jill. They planned to go and meet at the bar but when Charlie finds out: Oh crap. Jill is now Bill, he was a man stuck inside a woman's body and now he's back to his old self. So, Charlie brought him home where Evelyn formed a special relationship with Bill while Alan and Berta learned the awful truth about Jill, he's ... Bill! Voila. What a fantastic episode with some of the highest laughs in the first season of the show, non-stop entertainment from start to finish!moreless
  • One of Charlie's old girlfriends has become a man.

    The sex change episode is common practice in sitcoms, so it was only natural for Two and a Half Men to do it. Chris O'Donnell (Scent of a Woman, NCIS: Los Angeles) played that role tonight and it is shocking to know that this man was once a huge movie star as he was not particularly funny or engaging here tonight.

    Charlie and Alan's performances also seemed a bit phoned in and if you factor in Berta being super annoying and getting a lot of screen time, you do not have the equation for a really good episode.

    Funny at times, but not 2.5 Men quality.moreless
  • 118

    This is one of the first times I have watch 2 1/2 Men, and I thought to myself, why not start with the highest rated episode on as of today's date. The episode was pretty good, and I got a couple laughs in. But I thought if this is the best episode of this show? I can't imagine the quality of the rest of the episodes, since this episode was just good, not superb or anything.

    Regardless of my doubts about this show, I really enjoyed this episode. From the surprising sex change, one of Charlie's old girlfriends becomes a man, to him dating Charlie's mother. The whole thing was ridiculously funny, which is probably why this episode did so good in the ratings.

    Overall a good episode that was funny at times, I guess I just expected more from the best episode of

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Jake: I don't want to go to camp.
      Berta: If the kid doesn't want to go, don't make him go.
      Jake: Yeah.
      Berta: He's ten, he's old enough to work.
      Jake: What?
      Berta: When I was your age, I spent my summers hosing tarantulas off bananas in the back of my stepfather's truck.
      Charlie: (walks into the room) What's going on?
      Jake: I'm going to camp!

    • Berta: Wait a minute. Isn't she the one who dumped you?
      Alan: Someone dumped Charlie?!?!
      Berta: Broke his little black heart. It was pathetic!

    • Charlie: I got a little e-mail this morning from an old girlfriend who says she needs to "see me."
      Berta: No kidding? I wonder if she's "knocked up."
      Charlie: Nobody's knocked up. I haven't heard from her in three years.
      Berta: So she's bringing you a four-year-old.

    • Alan: Poker buddy?
      Charlie: I used to, and don't call me "buddy".

    • Alan: (to Charlie about Evelyn dating Bill, who used to be a woman) One of us has to tell her.
      Berta: Charlie?
      Charlie: Yeah?
      Berta: I'll clean your house free for an entire month if you let me do it!

    • Alan: Excuse me, could we just table that for now, and discuss how this impacts on our mother?
      Charlie: Why? The damage has been done. All that's left to do now is drink until the part of the brain that creates mental pictures is dead.

    • Evelyn: (about Bill) Sexy and liquid—I like that in a man.

    • Evelyn: Hello? Anybody home?
      Alan & Charlie: Oh, no!
      Evelyn: Charlie, I need to talk to you about your friend, Bill.
      Charlie: Oh, boy.
      Berta: Oh, boy!
      Evelyn: No, I... I really rather not discuss this in front of the "Help".
      Charlie: Berta, could you give us some privacy?
      Berta: Hell, no!

    • Evelyn: The only thing that matters to me now is that Bill is a handsome, sensitive, wonderful man.
      Berta: Hahaha!
      Evelyn: Excuse me?
      Berta: Nothing, I'm just happy to be here!

    • Alan: Oh, yeah, mom is here.
      Charlie: No problem. I'm drunk.

    • Charlie: I want you to tell me that there is no chance that either of us ever have to call a women I slept with, "daddy".

    • Bill: I know this comes as a shock to you.
      Charlie: Please, if I had a nickel for every time a girl dumped me, disapeared for five years and came back as a guy, I'd have A NICKEL!

    • Charlie: Just look at it.
      (Alan looks at a picture of Jill)
      Alan: She's cute: tall, broad shoulders. Holy mother of God!

    • Bill (Jill): You haven't changed.
      Charlie: I wish I could say the same.

    • Berta: Nothing exciting happening in your world, Charlie?
      Charlie: Like what?
      Berta: Oh... I don't know. Go to a fun party, see a great movie, run into an old flame with a new wick.

    • Alan: So this means?
      Charlie: Either I slept with a woman who is now a man, I slept with a man in a woman's body, or my personal favorite—and the title of my autobiography—me and my mom slept with the same dude!

    • Bill(Jill): Charlie. Look at me.
      Charlie: Hey, how do you know my name?
      Bill(Jill): It's me.
      Charlie: Me who? (Gives him a look)
      Charlie: Nooooo...Jill?
      Bill(Jill): Bill.
      Charlie: Nooooo...

  • NOTES (3)

    • The French episode title is "Copain-copine", meaning "Boyfriend-Girlfriend". The Italian title is "Ma questo è un incubo", meaning "But This is a Nightmare". The Spanish title is "Una vieja llama con una nueva mecha", an exact translation.

    • This episode was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) category.

    • Chris O'Donnell and Charlie Sheen both appeared on the Disney version of The Three Musketeers.