Two and a Half Men

Season 7 Episode 5

For the Sake of the Child

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Public humiliation in the form of Charlie and Alan bickering at an ice cream parlor has a learning-to-drive Jake refusing to stay at the beach house anymore.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Loved it.

    Personally, this is the best episode of the season yet. I can understand the hatred people have for this show, but the exact jokes that they think aren't funny are the funniest to me. This show has always been good for me, but for some reason this episode really stands out. Maybe it was because Chelsea wasn't around, I don't know, but something worked better than the last few episodes (not that they were bad).

    The main plot is great, Jake getting freaked out to the point where he didn't want to see his father and uncle anymore. I am not the biggest fan of Jake, especially now that he got older, but in this episode I didn't really care.

    Alan and Charlie were definitely at their best in this episode. Their bickering was written perfectly, their fight after they return home from the crazy weekend was just hilarious, and the resolving part of the episode was also great. Berta was her usual amazing self, and Judith was the usual annoying one which I love about her. The ending scene with the guys getting drunk was also great. All in all, it's the best episode of this season yet, IMO.moreless
  • I can't understand all the hate.

    I thought this episode was amazing. Clearly the best episode of the season yet.

    I dislike season 6, it's the worst to me. I was hoping to the 7th be like the 4th, which is my favorite. It's not quite there yet, but I got excited with this episode. Was just too good.

    I felt like the previous seasons. Charlie and Alan fighting (ok, was a bit too much), and Jake. The supporting cast like Berta and Judith. No Chelsea, no pussified Charlie, and no Dummy-Alan.

    I think most of the people who didn't like this episode was because they're were arguing the whole episode. I agree there, but you can't say that there was a LOT of great and funny lines just like the old times.moreless
  • ..and your address..

    Truth be told, even I felt like kicking Charlie and Alan's asses after seeing them bicker for the whole 30 minutes. This didn't feel like a typical 2 1/2 men episode, despite having some really funny one liners. For one, some things just seemed out of the ordinary. I understand Jake is growing up and there is a need to show some character development in line with his age. But the Jake we saw here was different. He was like a normal and serious guy, who seemed confident and in fact intelligent, who even declines offers of food.

    The element of quality was clearly missing here.moreless
  • Immature and childish.

    Two and a Half Men is generally a good show, but every once and awhile you get an episode that just features an absurd amount of childish jokes. This was one of those nights. The Charlie and Alan back and forths were not funny, they were just immature and sounded more like 7 year olds fighting than the duo responsible for the highest rated comedy on television.

    Anything with Jake at the forefront is probably going to be terrible anyway, so this proved my hypothesis true in that regard. Just a weak offering all around and I hope I can erase this from my memory.moreless
  • Alan and Charlie cannot stop being mean to each other long enough to even sit and watch a movie in public. They actually embarrass Jake to the point where he won't come over to stay the next weekend.moreless

    Seriously, you know things are bad when you start feeling bad for Jake because of Alan's and Charlies behavior. Chelsea is out of town to take care of her father. So the episode starts with Jake driving and the two other guys in fear for their lives. They are on the way to the movies. Let's just say that neither Charlie or Alan behaves really well and between them they are extremely embarrassing. The topper is when they go to an ice cream parlor after the movie and they embarrass Jake in front of three girls from his school. The terrible part is neither of them even realize what they are doing or the scene they are creating.

    Jake has had it and he refuses to go over to Charlies the next weekend. Alan and Charlie can't stop arguing long enough to even figure out what to do. They are just constantly picking at each other. Alan tries to do some couples therapy between them believe it or not, but you can imagine how that went over with Charlie. He especially liked the part where he got to mention the three things he'd like to change about Alan. The only problem was that continued for most of the week. Each three ending with chage your address!

    In the end they get Jake to come over, but they even blow that so Jake takes the keys and just drives away.

    Some slightly funny moments in this episode. I think it was a little too much to be honest. I think they need to get Chelsea back for a while and feature that relationship. I also think one of the problems is Jake does not seem to relate to any of the other characters anymore. We'll see where they go. Thanks for reading...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Alan: You're calling me a vagina?
      Charlie: No, that's too good for you! You're vagina-adjacent.
      Berta: You know, to some women this might be considered a hostile work environment.

    • (Jake has his arm on the car door and one hand on the wheel)
      Alan: What are you doing?
      Jake: Driving.
      Alan: Both hands—ten and two.
      Jake: Twelve.
      Alan: No, no, no, like a clock.
      Jake: I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Alan: Put both hands on the wheel.
      Jake: Fine. (puts his other hand on the wheel)
      Charlie: You gotta like that he can add ten and two.
      Alan: Yeah, and he did it in his head.

    • Alan: You are a necrophiliac!
      Charlie: She was drunk, not dead! I challenge.

    • Alan: So your fiancé's still out of town?
      Charlie: Yeah, she's visiting her dad.
      Alan: Is he out of the hospital?
      Charlie: Yeah, he went in and came out with a new hip.
      Alan: Oh, he has a bad hip?
      Charlie: No, he has a bad tooth, but he went to the wrong doctor!

    • Jake: (to Charlie and Alan at the theater) Can we please just sit down?
      Alan: (to Jake and Charlie) No, no, slide over one, slide over one. I need the aisle.
      Jake: Why do you always need the aisle?
      Charlie: He's got a prostate the size of an apple and he has to pee every 5 minutes.
      Alan: There's nothing wrong with my prostate, I've got a teeny bladder, it's genetic.
      Charlie: Another reason I think you were adopted.
      Alan: Ha, ha. It wasn't funny when I was 6, not funny now.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 2, 2009 on Channel 9
      Latin America: November 24, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: March 22, 2010 on TV 6
      Slovakia: November 3, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: June 8, 2011 on TV Nova

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #263.