Two and a Half Men

Season 4 Episode 8

Release the Dogs

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Alan suffers a bout of insomnia, and a visit to his psychiatrist reveals that the cause of Alan's sleepless nights is his jealousy towards Charlie and his own inability to glide through life.

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  • Excellent

    In the most thrilling episode of the season, Jake and Charlie have it out. I absolutely loved Rose's appearance as the stalker tonight, hilarious and cleverly plotted.

    This had to be the most well written episode of this season to date, the three guys acting like weirdo's while Alan goes to a therapist. Charlie and Jake make a deal when Jake tells Charlie not to go hitting on his girl-friends mother. He does anyway like you could imagine.

    Charlie is covered with slime and chases Jake outside onto the beach where Rose helps Jake to escape Charlie. Charlie is then caught on the beach doing the same thing Alan was doing at the start of the episode, running along the beach in the after hours. The cops go over him, and the dogs were released.

    This episode was hilarious and storyline magnificent! This is the first time I have given an episode a 9 or above since Season 2. It was the major light to this show and shall never be forgotten by me.

    Overall, one of the funniest episodes in a long time and my favorite from Season 4.moreless
  • This episode featured Alan slowly turning insane.....(spoilers)

    This episode mainly featured Alan suffering from insomnia or the inability to sleep long term or not at all. At the beginning he's going on about all his usual problems such as alamony and not being able to get anywhere in life. So Alan eventually snaps at Charlie while he's sleeping for being able to actually sleep, but before that happens, we get to see Alan slowly slipping twoards insanity by creepily watching Charlie sleep. Alan later goes to a psychiatrist where they exchange some witty little humor and a couple of funny one liners. The other part of this episode featured Jake hanging out with yet another one of his "little friends" as Charlie says. As his friend gets ready to leave because her mom has come to pic her up, Jake stops Charlie from answering the door because he does not want Charlie to hit on her mom. Of course, Charlie does and this seriously pisses of Jake. So Jake makes a deal with Charlie where if Charlie doesn't go out with her mom, then he will wax, wash and vacuum out Charlies car. Charlie agrees but secretly goes out with Jakes mom's friend anyway. Jake finds out what Charlie does and says that he will get him back for what he's done. Charlie takes this as a childish threat and goes walks to his room. As Charlie opens the door of his room, a bucket of slime drops of top of Charlie which is probably one of the funniest moments of this episode.

    This episode showed a lot of character development for Jake for finally doing something to Charlie.

Melanie Abramoff

Melanie Abramoff


Guest Star

Kelly King

Kelly King


Guest Star

John Pirruccello

John Pirruccello

Police Helicopter Pilot

Guest Star

Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey


Recurring Role

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Dr. Linda Freeman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alan: (about Jake) He's growing up, getting a life of his own. He'll be going off to college soon. I'll only see him on holidays, only hear from him when he needs money... not that I'll have any, I'll still be paying alimony to two ex-wives! And college tuition? That just means selling an organ or turning tricks. And for what? So that he can get a worthless piece of paper that he can then fold into a hat to wear to the fast food job that he will probably get fired from for stealing fries from the customers' bags! (leaves the kitchen)
      Jake: I do like fries.

    • Jake: (to Charlie) You'll hit on anything with a pulse!

    • Alan: Sex is not really an option at the moment.
      Charlie: You telling me you can't make a fist?

    • Jake: Can I go back to mom's tomorrow?
      Alan: Why?
      Jake: I want to hang out with my friends.
      Alan: What, all of a sudden your father's not good enough for you?
      Jake: It's not "all of a sudden."

    • Charlie: No kids in my house.
      Jake: I'm a kid.
      Charlie: I don't think of you as a kid. I think of you as more of a gassy dwarf.

    • Dr. Freeman: You dozed off for 40 minutes, Alan.
      Alan: You're going to charge me for that?!
      Dr. Freeman: I was awake.

    • Charlie: (trying to explain to Jake why he had to go out with a divorced woman who gave him her number, even though he promised he wouldn't) Okay, ok...let's say you're a hunter! If a deer takes your gun, shoots itself, then straps itself to the roof of your have to take it home and eat it!
      Jake: What?!?
      Charlie: I'm sorry... I can't make it any clearer!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Lasst die Hunde los!", the French title is "Lâchez les chiens", the Spanish title is "Liberen a los Perros", and the Italian title is "Liberate i cani", all exact translations.

    • Joe Bella won an Emmy in the Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series category for his work on this episode.

    • Steven V. Silver won an Emmy in the Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series category for his work on this episode.

    • Though credited, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle, and Conchata Ferrell do not appear in this episode.


    • While running along the beach, Alan hums Vangelis' theme composed for Hugh Hudson's 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Among the times the theme was used in the movie includes when the British Olympic team trains by racing on a beach.

    • When the police drop Alan off at home, as they leave one says, "at least this clown didn't ask if I was Jewish," a reference to Mel Gibson's tirade against Jews during his 2006 arrest for drunk-driving.