Two and a Half Men

Season 5 Episode 11

Meander to Your Dander

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Alan finds himself wanting to break up with a woman, Charlie offers his expertise.

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  • One of the best episodes I have seen.

    I really enjoyed this episode. It starts with Alan and his girlfriend, Donna, performing a robotic mating ritual. Alan then gets advice from Charlie on how to best dump her. The ensuing conversations are absolutely hilarious. Charlie's comment about Custer and Sitting Bull sharing a pony ride to Little Big Horn had me laughing so hard I was in tears. Charlie had also prepared Alan for all of the terrible things Donna may do to him when he breaks it off. This causes Alan to act like a complete spaz. He hides her bat in a bush and her pot pourri in the seat cushions. And as per Charlie's advice, when he hears a metallic click behind him, he zigs, zags and rolls - only to find that she doesn't have a gun to shoot him with. It was too funny. This is definitely a show to TiVo.moreless
  • Looked like the writers were still on strike.

    I have been a huge fan of the sitcom, and own the DVD's of seasons one and two. However, I found this episode far below par and am convinced that it was rushed to air. Jake could have phoned-in his performance, it was that lackluster. The episode premise, assumes that Alan has had his head in the sand for the last 4 years and learned nothing about women. It is also hard to believe that Charlie would have pushed the situation with the mother to the point that she used pepper spray. He's too savvy for that.

    And, the rehash of the front door set of Alan's ex's house was cheesy.moreless
  • Boring

    Too be exact, I was very annoyed and I the worst part; I was expecting this to be a sucky episode.

    The writers did look as though they're still on strike because what I witnessed tonight was another episode of the same damn story, a lame excuse for an episode, and a waste of such time that I only caught the first 6 minutes and the final 8 minutes, because it bored me to death. Alan's pivotal storyline with a stupid chick was a complete and utter discrase. I just couldn't get into this. Season 5 is by far, the boringnest season to date. The actors were silly, and that includes all of them. Let's face it, every episode will be more suckier from the show's writers and seasons will get worse as they go by.

    Look, overall this was very poorly done. I might as well leave the show for good with the first four seasons on DVD whilst forgetting about Season 5 or any season to come.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Charlie: I once handed a date my Visa so she could pump gas for me, and on my next statement, there were charges for a boob job and a PlayStation 3. And I never got to play with either one of them.

    • Jake: You know what's a good movie? Snakes on a Plane. Airplanes are already scary, plus there's snakes everywhere: in the overhead compartment, in the bathroom, open the barf bag... (imitates opening bag and jumping back startled) SNAKE! (turns to Charlie with arm extended) SNAKE!!

    • (watching a boxing movie)
      Jake: In ultimate fighting they kick, they elbow, they get a guy down and smash his head in the floor. These guys just dance around and barely hit each other.
      Charlie: Okay, okay, listen to me. Boxing is a science. Boxers don't just wail on each other: they strategize, feel each other out, wait for an opening.
      (Jakes glances at the TV, then back to Charlie)
      Jake: Gay.

    • Charlie: Tell you what—I'll be your wingman. I'll go over and engage the mom in conversation. Then, after I've greased the wheels, I'll give you a signal. You saunter over and work your magic.
      Jake: "Saunter?"
      Charlie: Walk.
      Jake: Well, then, just say "walk". You don't have to make up words.

    • Alan: I'm in trouble here, Charlie. How do I get out of a stagnant, joyless relationship?
      Charlie: If I knew how to do that, you wouldn't still be living here.

    • (on dumping a girl)
      Charlie: You're supposed to meet her there.
      Alan: Why?
      Charlie: What do you mean, "Why?" You're gonna break up with her and then drive her home? You'll need the Jaws of Life to get her out of your car.
      Alan: You didn't say anything about that.
      Charlie: It's common sense. Do you know why Custer and Sitting Bull didn't share a pony to Little Big Horn? Because they knew there were gonna be hurt feelings, and the ride home would be awkward!

    • Jake: She is kind of cute.
      Charlie: Why don't you go talk to her?
      Jake: I don't know what to say.
      Charlie: That's never stopped you from runnin' your mouth before.

    • Alan: Don't you dare feel sorry for me. This is what an adult relationship looks like, Charlie. People get comfortable with each other and they develop a routine, and if it's not always fireworks and explosions, well that's a reasonable trade for a warm, collegiate partnership.
      Charlie: You poor, poor bastard.

    • Alan: I went over Donna's house to break up with her.
      Charlie: I'm proud of you.
      Alan: Thanks... You're gonna meet her parents next weekend.
      Charlie: But you just said—
      Alan: I know what I said, but I just couldn't do it. I'm not capable of rejecting another human being.
      Charlie: Wow, you would think after all these years, you'd want to get even.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Potpourri und Pfefferspray", meaning "Potpourri and Pepper Spray". The French title is "La rupture", meaning "The Break-Up". The Italian title is "Tedioso, banale e prevedibile", meaning "Tedious, Banal, and Predictable". The Spanish title is "El meollo de la cuestión", meaning "The Heart of the Matter".

    • International Airdates: Slovakia: January 25, 2010 on Markiza

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #197.


    • Though not mentioned by name, the comment about it taking forever to actually see the shark, along with hearing John Williams' score, indicate Charlie and Jake are watching Steven Spielberg's 1975 movie adaptaion of Peter Benchley's 1974 novel, Jaws.