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Review of Two And Half Men with Ashton Kutcher Episode 1. For all 2 and 1/2 men fans.
Two and Half Men with Ashton Kutcher Intro
Alight Two and Half Men fans, the first episode with Ashton Kutcher titled "Nice to meet you, Walden Schmidt" was pretty good, but in a nutshell, it is too early to tell how this will turn.
I think most Two and A Half Men fans are simply happy to have the show back on, but the episode opens with the funeral of Charlie Harper. To get to the point, I thought it was funny and I laughed through the entire show. Also, the writers instilled a little suspense into the episode by bringing in Ashton Kutcher after 15 minutes, where most fans were waiting to see his debut in the first minute.
My Full Review in a Nutshell:
In order for a full review, we really will need to see more future episodes. The description of the show was "internet billionaire with a broken heart" and Ashton Kutcher's character is totally different from Charlie Harper. In a way, I still miss Charlie Sheen on the show and I am sure most fans will. After all, he was there for 8 seasons. It will take a while to get used to Walden Schmidt as Kutcher was only on for 15 minutes. So far, it looks promising and I am already in suspense about what will come up on future episodes.
Also, we only got to see how Walden Schmidt and Alan Harper interact with each other as Walden has not interacted with the other characters.
The funeral of Charlie Harper
The first scene wastes no time showing Charlie's funeral and most of the people to paid their respects were Charlie's disgruntled girlfriends, fiancees, and lovers. For those of you who kept track of his girlfriends, almost all of the significant girlfriends were there including Mia (Emanual G), Sherry (Geri Ryan), Courtney (Jenny McCarthy), and of course Rose. Courtney made a funny comment "I didn't come here to spit on a closed casket". Some of the girlfriends went on about some of the diseases they got from Charlie. LOL
Both Alan and Rose gave eulogies and we found out that Charlie proposed to Rose and she accepted and then came home and found out that he was cheating on her. We never found out what happened to her pseudo husband, Manny Quinn.
We even found out how Charlie died. When Rose caught him cheating on him, she pushed him onto the tracks of an oncoming train and said "he exploded like a balloon full of meat" LOL.
Evelyn, Charlie's mother, made it totally clear that she was only interested in selling Charlie's house (yes, she got the listing) and she brought brochures to the funeral home for this beach house on Malibu.
The Package Arrives For Alan
Alan receives a box and it was Charlies ashes from the crematorium. After talking to the box and deciding to sprinkle Charlie's ashes all over the beach, Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) appears out of nowhere looking into the living room from the deck.
At that point, Alan spills his brother's ashes all over the floor and later vacuums it up with a dustbuster LOL.
So, what is the story with Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher)?
It appears that Walden was dumped by his wife and he was about to drown himself in the ocean when he failed because the water was too cold, so that his entrance into the show. After having sex with two girls that Alan and Kutcher picked up in the local bar, Walden decides that he wants to buy Charlie's home and that's where it starts.
We also found out that Walden Schmidt is kind of a nudist. He likes parading around the house nude and has already stressed out Alan with his obsession about how he became worth a billion dollars and how to Alan's dismay "Walden is also well hung" and has gotten the attention of Berta (the housekeeper) and Judith (Alan's ex-wife).
My final review
As I said, it is too early to tell what will happen in the show, but it looks promising now that Walden Schmidt will by Charlie's home and the story starts from there. Ashton Kutcher was funny and he does not seem too far away from his role as Michael Kelso on That 70's Show, but according to Alan, he will probably be going through the same stress as he did with Charlie, so I do not see his role changing much from there.
Ashton Kutcher does seem to add a new dimension to the show and all the rest of the characters seem to pick up from where they left off. I am not sure if Rose (Melanie Lynsky) will continue, but only time will tell.
I give the writers a big thumbs up for steering the show back into its course with the new dynamics added by the Ashton Kutcher character.