by Kate Monigan
It’s incredibly irritating how inconsistent “2 Broke Girls” has become. It’s almost never awful, but while theirs occasionally a standout moment, it’s mostly just okay. This was another mediocre week.
It can mostly be attributed to the lackluster plot. It’s cute that the girls have a horse in their yard, and it makes sense that he needs some better shelter as winter approaches. It just doesn’t need to take up an entire episode.
But, it did give the writers a chance to peel away Max’s snarky exterior to show a little love and humanity, which was certainly a good thing. Nor was the opportunity to showcase Peach (Brooke Lyons), the detached mother of twins who Max babysits for extra cash. I may be alone in this, but I loved the banter between the self-obsessed Peach and the pessimistic, intelligent Max. As soon as Max comes into the apartment she comments on the twins’ outfits, noting that they’re “swallowed by clothing.” Peach justifies that by explaining that it hides baby Angelina’s “weight problem.” “She gained twenty-five pounds in one year,” Peach stresses, to which Max replies “yeah, because she started at zero.” It might get annoying after a while, but small doses of the unbelievably stupid comments by Peach are very refreshing.
As I’ve said before, as long as there are enough well-timed one-liners, a decent plotline, and maybe some contribution by a character who isn’t Max or Caroline, “2 Broke Girls” is performing well. This week fulfilled all of those criteria. I was especially impressed by Max’s pop quiz for Han about Hipsters vs. Homeless. But the Chestnut plot was less than stellar, and it really dragged the episode down.
I do have one other bone to pick, though: what happened to the cupcakes? Nobody even said the word cupcake in this episode, and the money tally at the end is still hovering around $600. Are the writers putting the idea on the back burner for a while? I don’t object, but I found the sudden dropoff a little jarring. Here’s hoping the writers will remember to focus on the big picture, as well as the tiny details.
Kae Monigan is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org