‘Two and a Half Men’ Review: Paint It, Pierce It or Plug It
Jake returns home with his new girlfriend, Tammy, a thirty-six year old single mother (Emmy Award winner Jaime Pressly, “My Name is Earl”).
If you can get past watching a nineteen year old Angus T. Jones kissing a thirty-five year old Jaime Pressly, tonight’s Two and a Half Men was very, very funny.
After hearing of her for months, “Paint It, Pierce It or Plug It” finally introduced the world to Tammy, Jake’s thirty-six year old girlfriend who, when compared to the bimbos his Uncle Charlie brought home over the years, was a relatively normal gal despite her baggage. A single-mother of three, Tammy’s also an entrepreneur. She owns her own tattoo parlor (Tammy’s Tatties… heh), and at one point, she approaches Walden to ask if investing in Google would be a good long-term investment (double ‘heh’). In her own weird way, she’s got her whole life together, and she assures Alan that she cares for his son. Furthermore, she knows their relationship is only short term, but Jake has a different idea in mind. He’s going to ask Tammy to elope, but doesn’t want his father to know. Unfortunately for him, Walden doesn’t like keeping secrets, especially from his best friend, and eventually, he lets Jake’s secret slip at the oddest of family dinners.
As usual, Jaime Pressly is fantastic here. Despite some odd career choices after the premature cancelation of NBC’s My Name is Earl, I’ve never doubted Pressly’s talent and I thought she was incredibly well casted here. There was no way that watching Jones kiss a woman of that age wasn’t going to be icky, especially when he grew up right in front of our eyes, but it is what it is. It’s not the classiest of story lines, but since when has Men ever tried to class up the joint? Charlie exploded like a “balloon of meat,” remember?
This episode was Jones’ first episode back after his own mini-meltdown, and there were quite a few jokes alluding to the meltdown at his character’s expense, which I thought were funny. Leaving that aside, I stand by what I said during the Jake-centered Miley Cyrus episodes: the writers should use Jones more. Now that he’s old enough to be involved in the show’s more adult story lines, they can give him and Alan, or he and Walden their own narrative for a week, and it would work. It doesn’t always have to be Walden and Alan’s hijinks. Be that as it may, I think it goes without saying that most of Jones’ absence these days is probably a personal choice.