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Two and a Half Men

Season 6 Episode 23

Good Morning, Mrs. Butterworth

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 11, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Charlie seeks to take advantage of Alan and Chelsea's budding friendship. Alan takes up ventriloquy.

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  • Worst of the recent episodes.

    The last few episodes have been really good, especially Above Exalted Cyclops. Unfortunately this episode really didn't live up to the last few. Alan's behaviour is just far too over-the-top. It used to be acceptable however in this episode, it was just ridiculous. I don't see how Charlie would allow him to live at the house considering he is trying to break he and Chelsea up. Alan has just gotten too annoying to be realistic. The dummy was so unnecessary for the show and took up far too much time on screen. What they're portraying is Alan showing multiple personalities. This episode was taken too far and is by far the worst of the recent spat of great episodes.moreless
  • One of the best.........ever

    This episode was one if not the best from this season. 20 odd minutes of purely funny TV, something that many other shows with seemingly better premises should aspire to. I only started watching Two and a Half Men about a year ago after being put off by my own snobbery and the snide comments that I heard on things like Family Guy. The bottom line, it is funny and always entertaining and compared to Family Guy now, I would rather spend my time with the Harpers and check out Family Guy to see if it is funny this week (which it rarely is).

    This week Alan found his true calling as a gal pal to Chelsea, the part he was born to play. The line about text blocking was genius and the creepy ventriloquists dummy was perfect. Personally I have always thought they look more evil than cute and anybody who spends any amount of time with one would probably be driven loopy. And as someone else has said Berta saying 'What up homes?' was snort out loud funny.

    Here's to 3 more funny years.moreless
  • Jon Cryer is a genius...

    The new triangle with Charlie, Alan, and Chelsea has been a good paradigm shift from the old Charlie, Alan, and Jake combination. With a grown up Jake, I am pretty sure he is not testing well the fans, and rightly so he is getting the lesser share of screen time.

    The writers have put in the right amount of one-liners and other pun intended lines to deliver the maximum punch. I am totally cool with the new lonely Alan, slowly turning into someone with female qualities. The model cars and ventriloquism gigs are just about the new wave of comic ideas that keep the show moving. Change is good, but it has to be in the right direction. And 2 1/2 knows whats right for its business.moreless
  • Creepy!!! Alan and his dummy make trouble for Charlie. Charlie gets Alan to fulfill certain parts of his relationship with Chelsea and it totally backfires.

    Ventriloquist dummies and clowns really creep me out. Just thought I would mention that.

    Alan has gone from his model car fetish to a new hobby playing with a dummy. Chelsea is good hearted so she gets Charlie to ask Alan to the movies with them. She is worried about him. Chelsea and Alan bond over many of their similar interests and it is interfering with Charlie and Chelsea's dynamic. Charlie has no one to blame but himself as he puts his needs in front of Chelsea's. For some reason he keeps agreeing to do things like going to museums and then gets Alan to do them for him while he sits at home watching basketball. Then when things don't work out for him he blames Alan. On to Alan. His behavior is getting stranger and stranger. The way they are playing it he is almost gone around the bend mentally. His interference in Charlie and Chelsea's relationship is not the normal fun stuff this show deals with. The scenes with the dummy, especially in bed, are creepy.

    I like Chelsea the best of all of Charlies girlfriends so far. She has brains and seems to be a complete caring person. It will be interesting to see how far they go with this relationship and eventually how Charlie screws it up. She is already putting up with a lot more than most normal people would.

    I love Berta's reaction to all of this especially last weeks announcement that she likes Chelsea better than Charlie.

    Enough ranting about all of this. This was the worst episode of the season so far. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Just good TV.

    The Alan character, while still humorous, has gotten a bit dumbed down as of late, first with the model cars and now with a dummy. I can equate this to Stanley Hudson on The Office where the writers do not even try to come up with clever things for him to say and they just think him nodding or saying, "Mmm" will elicit a laugh from the audience.

    But I did still really enjoy this episode as it was both funny and really fresh. It was so random when Berta said, "What up homes?" to Charlie, but so great as well.

    Earlier this year I claimed that The Big Bang Theory was CBS' best comedy, but now I have to reassess that position as Men is getting better while Bang faulters.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When playing Scrabble, Alan starts with eight tiles before making his 'bingo' of resizing by placing seven tiles around an existing 's' on the board; players only have seven tiles at any one time. Additionally, placing resizing in such a way that it straddles two triple-word-scores (along with the 'z' on a double letter score) would also actually score 302 points, not the 120 he claims.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Chelsea: How did you sleep?
      Charlie: Good, when you finally let me.
      Chelsea: Hush, Alan's making pancakes. Can I pour you some coffee?
      Charlie: I would love that. (to Alan) Good morning, Mrs. Butterworth!

    • Alan: Sleep well?
      Chelsea: Yeah, I mean, when you're brother finally let me go to sleep. Can I tell you a little secret?
      Alan: Sure.
      Chelsea: He's the best lover I've ever had.
      Alan: Oh, isn't that nice.

    • Charlie: You know how they say you can be alone but not lonely?
      Chelsea: Yeah.
      Charlie: Well, Alan's kind of the opposite. He is always lonely, but he's never alone.

    • (at an artsy movie)
      Charlie: I'm going to hit the head; let me know if any kind of a plot ever kicks in.
      Chelsea: He's not coming back, is he?
      Alan: They sell beer in the lobby?
      Chelsea: Yes.
      Alan: No.

    • Charlie: What are you doing here? I thought you were spending the weekend with your mom and Herb.
      Jake: Yeah, I was supposed to, but mom's got all those pregnancy hormones going.
      Charlie: What did you do?
      Jake: One little fat joke.
      Charlie: Took it badly, eh?
      Jake: Well, here I am.

    • (Berta's lounging on the deck)
      Berta: What up, homes?
      Charlie: What are you doing?
      Berta: Enjoying the sunset; waiting on dinner.
      Charlie: You're staying for dinner?
      Berta: I wasn't gonna, but your lovely fiancée and her new gal pal insisted.

    • Charlie: You know, Berta, I thought when Alan moved in here I was being punished.
      Berta: You and me both.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Der Bauchredner", and the Italian title is "Il ventriloquo", both meaning "The Ventriloquist". The French title is "Bonjour madame Doubtfire".

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: May 26, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: June 1, 2009 on Channel 9
      Czech Republic: June 9, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: October 22, 2010 on Markiza

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #253.


    • Referring to Alan's ventriloquist doll, Charlie tells him to, "Get that ugly thing out of my face," to which Alan responds via the doll, "That's what she said," playing on Michael Scott's oft-used punchline from The Office.