Oh well, that was bad... For me, Alan Harper has always been only borderline bearable who just worked so well balancing a Charlie Harper. Stirring things up with a new counterpart like Walden Schmidt was a big risk to begin with, and right now it's just not working anymore.
This episode was a half hour Alan show I really didn't want to see. Alan was confronted with quite a few changes after getting released from the hospital where he was treated for his stress-induced identity disorder (or whatever). His son's girlfriend being pregnant, his own girlfriend cheating and leaving him for Walden and of course Walden betraying him and kicking him out, an $80,000 claim by the IRS, and finally Herb finding out about the little cuckoo's egg, etc...
Well, it didn't need a gun to make it obvious that Alan was just dreaming (I mean really? Walden kicking him out, IRS, etc...) and so the big revelation with Alan waking up in his hospital bed was kinda lost upon me. However, the dream sequence was nothing more than simply annoying. Come on, Alan's life is bad as it is, there was no need to make it look even worse. It was just not funny. Also, Alan talking to himself is way overused and getting really old.
This episode was just completely off with only one or two highlights mostly because of Jake. So why not give him the spotlight once in a while? With Alan in the loony bin there would have been the perfect opportunity. Well, I guess there is no room in the Alan Harper Show.