AT THE REQUEST OF FEDERICO DORDEI HIMSELF I HAVE TAKEN DOWN THIS ARTICLE. APOLOGIES TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN READING IT.
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It’s been over a week, I know, but it’s still hard for me to get past the fact that Eric Andre aka Deke Bromberg aka Max’s boyfriend who literally lived in a dumpster is no longer with us. With the way the show revolves around its two female leads it probably would’ve been detrimental for either of them to settle down with a guy, and I can accept that. What I can’t accept is how poorly it was done. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the New Lease on Life, Beth Behrs, breakup, Caroline, Cast, CBS, Current Total, Deke, Eric Andre, Hal Linden, Kat Dennings, lease, Lester Donovan, Max, maxoline, old people, relationship, review, S3E22, Sophie, television, TV
I had written this entire intro prior to watching this episode about how we should probably start readying ourselves to bid Deke adieu. The show had been moving towards him and Max breaking it off with no hope of reconciliation for some time. That and the fact that Eric Andre’s joining FX’s upcoming comedy Man Seeking Woman as one of the main cast. Altogether it seemed to point towards us not having much longer to enjoy the presence of one of my favourite Blewish [that’s half-Black half-Jewish] comedians.
This is literally the last time I’m going to bring up the rom-com narrative style that has permeated the show basically ever since Deke showed up [first mentioned back in Episode 13]. He and Max have had their ups and downs, but it all came to a head last week when his parents decided to cut him off completely. When last we saw our heroines they were on a mission to push Deke’s dumpster house clear across the city in order to reconcile him with his folks, trading his relationship with Max for financial stability and overall a better life. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Cake Cake Cake, Beth Behrs, Bridezilla, Caroline, Cast, CBS, conclusion, Current Total, dance, Deke, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Eric Andre, Flo, Kat Dennings, Lindsay Lohan, Mario Kart Love Song, Max, maxoline, progressive, relationship, review, S3E21, Sam Hart, scrubs, song, television, TV, wedding
Here’s something regular review readers don’t get from me very often: I wish this episode had been longer. After what was basically a filler issue last week [and one that seriously had me picking apart Han’s place on the show] this Monday night had us returning to the narrative that this half of the season has built itself around: the pastry school and Max’s relationship with Deke.
That’s right, Eric Andre is back after his character had the flu and went on a skiing trip. Every move this show has made so far, including the mild inconvenience that was Max finding out he was wealthy, has pointed towards him sticking around. She’s not one for relationships or even trusting others, and the way they’ve grown closer has made it seem like nothing short of death/something truly dramatic could break them apart. So this week the two girls meet Mr. and Mrs. Bromberg [as in the Bromberg Elevators, the ones that are in every building in the city, as in the Bromberg Colo-Rectal Centre at the New York Hospital].
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Not Broke Parents, Beth Behrs, Brombergs, Caroline, Cast, CBS, characters, Current Total, dancer, David, Deke, from the block, Genet, Jeff Garlin, Kat Dennings, Max, money, pastry school, poor, review, rich, S3E20, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Stripper, television, Todd VanDerWerff, TV, wealthy
Right at the end of 2011 Todd VanDerWerff, who I unofficially inherited these reviews from after Pilot Viruet passed the torch, wrote an article on the AV Club discussing how some shows on TV existed as “Nice places to visit”.
While the initial focus was on dramas he turns to sitcoms and describes how he divides them into two categories: “shows that aim for greatness and try to push the boundaries of the form, and shows that just want to create a bunch of characters that are fun to hang out with.” Happy Endings is my personal benchmark for the latter, with Parks and Recreation coming a close second. It’s not to say that neither show exhibits good writing [both do, in their own ways], more that they’re half hours of television in which viewers can relax, content to spend time with characters who are familiar and comfortable to them.
2 Broke Girls appears to want to be one of these shows. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Kilt Trip, Beth Behrs, Blarney Bill, Caroline, Cast, CBS, characters, Current Total, Deke, Earl, Garrett Morris, Han, hang-out show, hang-out sitcom, Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, Kat Dennings, kilt, Matthew Moy, Max, Oleg, review, S3E19, St. Patrick's Day, television, Todd VanDerWerff, TV
This week opens up with the strangely comforting scene of a table of eccentric [see: easily mockable] diners and the two girls’ reactions to them. Instead of hipsters or, I don’t know, bronies, we have half a dozen cumberbitches fresh from Sherlock Con. I had planned to live the rest of my life without ever typing out that term, but that’s behind us so let’s move on-
What you all have to understand is that I take everything I watch on TV very, very seriously. This means being extremely perplexed upon hearing Max insinuate that she never went to high school, particularly because it makes the story of how she lost her virginity [see the Stray Observations here and here] that much more disturbing. The thing is, I don’t think you have to be a stickler for continuity to see the gargantuan staring-you-in-the-face error in this episode. Continue reading
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