2 Broke Girls, S5E16 “And the Pity Party”: A TV Review


You know what I realized after two whole weeks off of writing reviews? I don’t have to watch these episodes anymore! No, I don’t mean that the show is ending. 2 Broke Girls has actually been renewed for a sixth season alongside a slew of CBS’ other programs. What I mean is that a quick visit to their website will tell you everything you need to know about the next episode.

All of the images I use for the banner graphics above my reviews are taken from slideshows on CBS.com, which are always accompanied by captions. This week’s, for example, contains such gems as:

  • Randy’s therapist breaks some bad news to Max.
  • Max drowns her sorrows in tiny bottles of booze.
  • Max listens to what Sophie’s guru has to say about her recent breakup.
  • Max, Caroline, and Sophie return to Brooklyn after an extended stay in Hollywood.

You could also just read the synopsis given underneath the very first promo photo, which tells us that:

The girls near the end of their Hollywood adventure, which finds Caroline signing away the film rights to her life story while Max deals with the fall-out after her L.A. steady, Randy, breaks up with her via his therapist. Plus, Sophie continues to try everything she can to get pregnant on the next episode of 2 Broke Girls entitled “And The Pity Party Bus.”

Which isn’t to say that other TV shows don’t also use similar write-ups to hype their upcoming episodes, they do, but they also tend to preserve a bit of the mystery. A conflict is typically mentioned, as opposed to the conflict [Max gets dumped!] and the eventual conclusion [the girls return to NY!]. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that you could skim a dozen or so photos instead of tuning in for twenty-something minutes of TV every Thursday night. You could always just do that and then read my reviews!

To be fair, the episode lays it out in the first few seconds that the girls will be back in Williamsburg before we know it. Caroline closes out her deal to sell her life story while talking to Max about how serious it’s going with Randy, which foreshadows the breakup that immediately follows. The three of them are sitting in the same hotel bar/restaurant they first met when they’re joined by Elliot Charles, Randy’s therapist [played by John Michael Higgins, probably best known now for being the Pitch Perfect commentator who’s not Elizabeth Banks].

Though I’ve always loved him as Professor Whitman on Community. [Season 1, Episode 3 “Introduction to Film”]

As the synopsis promises, Randy opts to let Elliot handle the difficult emotional conversation, and it actually doesn’t take up very much of the episode’s runtime at all. The girls are understandably upset and leave, with Max’s now-ex-boyfriend asking his therapist to please stop them. While it’s entertaining seeing Max and Randy talk to each other via proxies, the highlight is Elliot constantly referring to his therapy book that he hasn’t written. Due to be a bestseller whenever it hits shelves, though.

Between there and the diner there are only two more short stops, with the first dedicated to closure. Unlike her breakup with Deke, which offered so little resolution that audiences of the show were unsure things had even ended between them, things with Randy are given a definitive end. Deciding to take a party bus back to the airport to cheer up her best friend, Caroline directs their driver to Randy’s house and forces the . . .


. . . incredibly well-built gentleman . . .

. . . to explain why he chose to break things off. He tells her that “the truth” is that he “[likes her] too much.” And that’s that. Later they drop by to see Audra, a healer, who is supposed to be helping Sophie get pregnant. Instead she spends much more time helping Max with her feelings, still raw from the day’s events, with a hokey procedure involving literally bottling [okay, jarring] her feelings.

All in all, it feels like a way of amending what happened late in Season 3 of 2 Broke Girls, even if it is an entire two years late. Of course it would help if we really felt anything about Randy, who doesn’t quite hold up a candle to Deke as far as being likeable or interesting. Still, I suppose it’s the thought that counts. Max has an important relationship come to an end and the show devotes a good amount of screentime to allow both her and the audience to come to terms with it. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s an improvement in storytelling at the very least.

As a capper to the episode, it turns out that Sophie has been pregnant for the past three months! This is really exciting news, blunted slightly by the fact that she’s been drinking this entire time [most recently five martinis on the plane ride over]. That unfortunate fact aside, it’ll be interesting to see how the show treats this going forward, and if the show has room for a infant actor and the chops to appropriately deal with Sophie and Oleg as parents. Max and Caroline [and Sophie, I guess] coming back to Williamsburg coincides with 2 Broke Girls‘ return to television, and I’m hoping that the time away has given the writers’ room the time they need for a full return to the status quo to feel new and fresh, instead of just more of the same.

Current Total: $390.

New Total: $90. Ostensibly spent on the party bus. It’s also heavily implied by Caroline that they’re going to be coming into money within the next month or so, so I’ll be watching out for that in the coming episodes.

The Title Refers To: Max’s breakup resulted in her feeling sorry for herself, which she spent doing, in part, on a party bus. Honestly, this is one of my favourite 2 Broke Girls episode titles ever, and I only wish they’d spent more time on it.

Stray Observations:

  • “Earl, I told you to mop the entrance! That floor is dirtier than Bob Saget at a Comedy Central Roast.” Han has gotten snippy with the girls away.
  • “I don’t think any of us are gonna make it past tomorrow. Han’s walkin’ around like he owns the place.” / “I do own the place!!!
  • There’s a whole bit where Caroline talks to Max about how she’s always using the f-word, which feels off if only because it’s so obviously false. I half expected them to opt for some old-fashioned bleeped out swears [a la the most recent episode of Black-ish], but instead they opt for a non-censored “bitch”.
  • Mao, acupuncturist to the stars. Tag-line: “He’s poked more famous people than John Meyer”
  • This episode also feels like a slap in the face to Maxoline shippers. First with Max saying that she was only bisexual for a week, but mostly because she was hitchhiking. Then with her cracking: “No guy, but now I have a middle-aged lesbian lover.”
  • It’s really hard to shock Caroline ever since she saw a mouse dry-humping a potato on her couch.
  • The last time Max was really angry she tore off an eyebrow. Caroline, seconds later: “And it took me a long time [dramatic pause] to grow it back.”
  • “I rarely say this to a lady, but, ‘Put a baby in me!‘”
  • “You know what they say, absence makes . . . me have to masturbate almost constantly.” My favourite-ever line from Oleg, I think.

6 responses to “2 Broke Girls, S5E16 “And the Pity Party”: A TV Review

  1. Evan,
    A few years ago who wrote erieview of the 2 Broke Girls episode Kickstarter where Caroline was able to get a new pair of pants from some website. Are there actually website like the ones described in that episode? I would really appreciate a response.

    • Kickstarter is definitely a fundraising website that actually exists, and while it’s normally used for books or video games and that sort of thing, it’s not completely out of the question to try to use it to get people to buy clothes for you. Another alternative is GoFundMe.

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  3. Uhhhh John Michael Higgins has been in the comedy circuit for YEARS. Bad Teacher, Arrested Development, Community, Wilfred is only a few acclaimed shows his familiar mug has been in. (Bad Teacher wasn’t good on reviews but man was it funny.)

    Anyhow, yeah, he has been around for a long time and is recognizable even if you don’t watch many good comedic tv and films. Also, he was in the cult classic “Best in Show” along with Jennifer Coolidge.

    • Higgins has definitely been around for quite some time, it’s why I specified “best known now“, though I could’ve been a lot clearer. It would have been nice to have been able to make the connection between him and Jennifer Coolidge, though. Thanks for the comment!

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