Two and a Half Men

Season 2 Episode 17

Woo-Hoo, a Hernia Exam!

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After Charlie has back pain, Alan decides to take him to the hospital, where he keeps hitting on his doctor, unaware he's dated her before; Berta is fed up with Jake's inability to use the bathroom properly

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  • Funny.

    Ah, I hate "Dr. Ken" Ken Jeong. Yes, the allusion to Seinfeld by saying, "Dog bite," made me laugh, but he is such an overrated "comedian" and the fact that people think he is funny makes me vomit.

    Outside of that though, this was a tremendous Two and a Half Men. The show has already done the vindictive ex-girlfriend of Charlie's a plethora of times, but in his character's case, it still works. Alan excelled here getting a little bit of happiness in Charlie's expense, but little did he know of the actual pain that his older brother had gone through.moreless
  • ...The grip...!!

    In another very enjoyable week, Charlie injured himself after a sexual time with an.. actor. Alan takes Charlie to the doctor where he starts to hit on the doctor. Turns out he and the female doctor had a date during high school. He's probably got every hot women in Malibu laid. I enjoyed parts that focus on Berta teaching Jake how to clean his own toilet.

    Ok, I won't go over the whole thing, but basically, I was very impressed but I have seen better. Still, excellent show tonight and a highly enjoyable show.

    Just, will Charlie ever settle down? He's hit on Jake's teacher, the doctor, a crazy hot woman named Frankie, etc.moreless
  • Was surprised to see this episode with a rating under 9. From the opening scene on, it is just one laugh-out-loud gag after another. The writing on this show was as crisp and imaginative as about any episode they have ever put out...moreless

    This episode has every one of the strings that we count on in this, the funniest series on TV in recent years. The conflict between Charlie and Alan over their different lifestyles (Alan gets the upper-hand in this one with about five or six zingers and Charlie has the snappy comeback to almost every one) is in full bloom.

    Berta and Jake get some alone time while Charlie is at the doctor's office, and that can only lead to hysteria as Jake is forced to clean the toilet area that he has so often 'besmirched' in recent weeks. Charlie's doctor has died and his former speech-impaired, prescription-pad-abusing nurse (Oh, Chawie) has also moved on, so the new doctor, of course, turns out to be a former, female 'acquaintance' (with a rubber glove that she's not afraid to use).

    Did I mention that Charlie is seeing the doctor because of a hernia sustained during one of his romps with a comely lass (wearing only one of Charlie's bowling shirts) and that, to the delight of Berta, the whole thing was caught on tape?

    What's not to love about this greatly underrated episode?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As of this episode's original broadcast, only four doctors by the name of "Schwartz" (one on Wilshire Boulevard) are listed for Beverly Hills, California.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Charlie: You know the difference between you and me?
      Alan: Yeah. I have a functioning liver, and somehow you're gonna get laid tonight.

    • Charlie: (writhing on floor) New plan—I need someone who can give me drugs.
      Berta: I'm not holding, but I can make a coupla calls.
      Alan: Drugs just mask the problem.
      Charlie: Fine. Mask it. Throw a cape on it, and let it fight crime. I just want it to go away.

    • Charlie: (bent over on bed) Alan, you're a chiropractor... do something.
      Alan: Really, you want MY help? Even after you referred to my profession as, oh what was it.. "urban voodoo"?
      Charlie: I'm sorry. Now help me.
      Alan: Ok, ok... we'll see what we can do. (begins doing voodoo dance) Hoomala, hoomala, hoomala, hah. Hoomala, hoomala, hoomala, hah. Hoomala, hoomala...

    • Alan: (about Jake being a slob) I'll talk to him.
      Berta: Well, while you're at it, you may want to mention the half-eaten egg salad sandwiches in his toy chest, the dead marine life in the back of his closet, and the booger collection under his bed!
      Alan: I'll do my best to address your concerns.
      Berta: Don't condescend to me, Zippy. I'll snap you like a butter bean.

    • Berta: Here, this is for you.
      Alan: (confused) Um, thank you. And I didn't get you anything...
      Berta: It's your kid's toilet seat. It's obviously in his way, and I'm tired of cleaning it!
      Alan: Oh, come on, Berta, he's eleven.
      Berta: He's a pig!

    • (about Charlie)
      Alan: It's like talking about Shakespeare to a tree.

    • Doctor: You're a doctor?
      Alan: (agreeing) I'm a chiropractor.
      Doctor: Then... no.

    • Dr. Michelle Talmadge: (to Alan) Could you please wait outside? I need to give your brother a hernia exam, just to make sure he didn't reinjure the area.
      Charlie: Woo-hoo, a hernia exam!

  • NOTES (5)

    • For this episode, and for "Can You Eat Human Flesh With Wooden Teeth?", Conchata Ferrell was nominated for the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.

    • The German episode title is "Lass dir die Zitrone schmecken", meaning "I Hope You Enjoy that Lemon". The French title is "Le mal de dos", meaning "The Backache". The Italian title is "Non c'è giustizia", meaning "There's no Justice". The Spanish title is "Woo-hoo Prueba de Hernias", an exact translation.

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #132.

    • This episode aired at 9:00 PM instead of its regular timeslot of 9:30 PM to accommodate Everybody Loves Raymond's shorter 18-episode final season and 90-minute CSI: Miami.

    • In the original airing of this episode, the regulars that don't appear are Marin Hinkle (Judith), Melanie Lynske (Rose), and Holland Taylor (Evelyn).


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