TV Review: 2 Broke Girls – Episode 1×03: And Strokes of Goodwill

It’s time for another viewing of 2 Broke Girls! Which means, another bullet list!

  • Waitressing: What the hell, how did Max have that diet coke in the beginning of the episode behind her? How was it held up? Her apron strings? How did it not spill ALL OVER? TV Magic folks, or real magic? Moving on, despite my annoyance with Han (see below) I find the diner scenes pretty dang funny. I also particularly enjoy Oleg, more than I expected I would! About 3/4 through the show they’re back at work and Caroline comes in with hideous nails that she got taken to the cleaners on thanks to Max standing her up at the nail place. It’s not really important except that the nails are hideoussss.
  • Han: While I’m amused by the line about “This week’s iPad” being released, Han kind of annoys me. Which is probably the point because it’s that he tries too hard at everything that annoys me! From being American to being friends with his employees on Facebook (which is fine, but he’s very pushy about it with Max.) Near the end he reappears to ask Caroline not to take advantage of him with her horse, which confuses poor Caroline. (See Max & Chestnut below) Turns out that Max has been depositing of Chestnut’s deposits in the diner’s dumpster, and the trash removal company has charged Han extra because of it. Of course Caroline had no idea Max was doing it, but Han has seen her.
  • Caroline’s Issues: The Facebook thing is mostly a vehicle to bring about How Very Bad Things Have Gotten For Caroline as she notices she’s lost around 300 Facebook Friends since her father’s arrest. Now, I know my work’s Facebook is just over 300, hold on while I check my own. Okay, yeah, that’s what I thought… At least you had 300 “friends” to lose! Sheesh. In the Goodwill Caroline finds a pair of Brian Atwood shoes she had donated when she was rich. She had bought them for $800 and is stunned they’re selling for $8. Which triggers a bit of a meltdown as she realizes she’s been discounted as a person. Which doesn’t make sense but also is wrong, which makes me even sadder for her.

1x03andstrokesofgoodwillMax loves the expression Caroline makes upon realizing Max brought her to The Goodwill Store.

  • Wardrobe Please: There is a bit in the beginning about Caroline’s feet hurting, and Max suggesting she ditch her heels and buy some Sketchers. When Caroline tells Max the shoes cost $900.00 Max responds, “That’s not pain, that’s karma.” AMEN SISTER. They may try to revoke my membership in the women’s club but I do not understand the desire to spend such a huge amount of money on a pair of shoes, particularly those which a) hurt, b) can only be worn once in a while, or c) are so color/pattern specific that you’re going to wear them once and that’s it. I’m still bitter about all the crap I bought for prom, which I wore for all of 2 hours and haven’t touched since.) However this all finally addresses the issue I had with Caroline wearing the same thing over and over. Not that I wanted her to wear something once and never again, because that is unrealistic. Max takes Caroline to the Goodwill. My first thought is “HA!” especially seeing the look on Caroline’s face. My second is “Wow, that Goodwill is tiny compared to the ones here.” Must be a NYC thing? Also I notice that they have finally put Caroline in something different! She has the same ruffle sleeved tank top she wore with her Chanel outfit but now she’s sporting a snake-skin looking pair of shorts. Tres cute! There’s a great explanation to something I’ve actually totally done at many stores before. Max: “Clever bitches hide stuff they wanna come back and buy ’cause sometimes they don’t have $3 to buy it at the time.” Caroline questions who doesn’t have $3; uh, her. It totally works though as Max demonstrates by unearthing a vintage blazer from a hiding spot in a night stand. Caroline finds a pair of her old shoes in the store, which brings up some Caroline Issues (see above.) However Caroline does score some cute designer shorts for $5 and the aforementioned shoes she haggled down to $6. She also suddenly has a cream colored halter that she later wears with the shorts but I have no idea if that was bought at “The Will.”
  • Max & THE SHIRT: At Goodwill Max comes across a Strokes concert t-shirt that brings up memories. She had attended the concert but couldn’t afford the t-shirt. Of course, she wants it and puts it in her basket. However another girl there (a sassy latina) had her eye on it, but as Max says “turn your back on the rack and you’re under attack.” Which is why it’s so stupid to me when a minute later Max SETS HER BASKET DOWN AND TURNS HER BACK ON IT TO HELP CAROLINE. Obviously Ms. Latina snags the tee from Max’s basket while her back is turned. When Max discovers it at the register she’s upset that Caroline distracted her, has a minor fit and storms out leaving all her scores behind at the counter. Caroline however buys her stuff and Max’s before leaving. Later on at the bar Caroline spots the Latina girl’s goth friend and confronts her about the t-shirt. This leads to a lot of the B word and some hair pulling fighting. Johnny steps in to break it up and deftly lifts Caroline at the waist and walks her back to Max at the bar. Best part: The wonder woman pose Caroline strikes when he picks her up. Caroline really wanted to get back the t-shirt because she says Max “lit up” when she saw it. Max insists she doesn’t “light up” and she seems pretty much over the t-shirt. That is, until the Latina walks into the diner wearing the shirt with a dude who looks like a friend of mine who is actually a like, M-List actor… or a grown up version of Bieber. Max takes them menus and sasses, but the Latina sasses back, calling Max a word I dare NOT repeat in Spanish OR English and I am not sure how they got it past the FCC! Caroline, being the awesome friend she is, “accidentally” spills a full bowl of bright red borscht all over the chick and the t-shirt. This scores points with Max, who helps Caroline run when the girl comes after her.
  • Max & Chestnut: Max is really starting to get close to Chestnut. When she’s baking in the kitchen she has the back door open and he’s standing in the doorway. She has a full on conversation with him about the heat and turns her fan on him so he can cool down. The next morning while Caroline is asleep Max actually TAKES CHESTNUT FOR A WALK with a shovel as a pooper scooper. It’s the cutest damn thing. They have a nice talk while they walk, with Max providing Chestnut’s voice and POV. She stops at “his spot” implying that she’s been doing this a while, and they make kisses at each other while she tries to get him to do his business. Later, thanks to Han spilling the beans, Caroline finds out what Max has been doing and thanks her for it.
  • Meet Johnny: Since it’s their night off Caroline convinces Max to go out, saying her new shorts will pay for their drinks. Max seems to be fairly regular at the bar they go to, having flirty, insulting banter established with the bartender, Johnny (Nick Zano). Who is totally cute and wearing nerdy glasses (Uh, hipster alert!) Johnny tries to include Caroline in the insulting banter and Max is all “whoa dude she’s not in on this.” to which Johnny becomes a his normal nice self to Caroline. Max explains the insulting banter is something she and Johnny do “to remind us of our families.” Johnny is also a street artist who goes by the name J-peg. WHICH I LOVE SO HARD CORE. I love me some nerds.
  • The Bar: I had to add a bullet just for this. At the bar a guy buys the girls tequila shots and when she downs hers Caroline does this frightful and adorable combination of an O-face and a hoot of pleasure. To which Max responds “If that’s your tequila noise I don’t want to know what your orgasms sound like.” Caroline: “Same face, no noise.”
  • The Cupcake Business: Is not really brought up other than a quick line at Goodwill, and Max baking. New balance at the end of the episode is $500.25.

Verdict: This show is really growing on me!

TV Review: Hart of Dixie – Episode 1×01: Pilot

I’m pretty darn excited for this show! It appeals to me on many levels. Like I did for 2 Broke Girls I’m gonna break this down into bullet points for plotlines

  • That Southern Guy, Harley
    The series may revolve around Zoe Hart, but it also revolves around Harley Wilkes, a General Practitioner in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe first meets him at her medical school graduation and he offers her a job, which she turns down. She later reveals he kept in touch over the years via postcards; so when her world in NYC fell apart she took him up on his job offer. Arriving in Bluebell she’s surprised to find that he has passed away and left her his part of the practice. While it’s not too far off for someone to be impressed with what appeared to be a medical school valedictorian and her speech there are many questions here. Why was he at that graduation? Why did he pursue her so hard over the years? When I learned he’d left her his practice I thought that she would discover he was her grandfather.
  • Dr. Zoe Hart has a personality Problem
    A large part of the show is Zoe’s personality problem. She’s perfectly nice and all but she’s very urban, it’s a stark contrast to the southern hospitality. It’s also what lost her the Cardiothorasic fellowship, her lack of seeing patients as people instead of problems. It’s also brought up in the Bluebell office when George gripes about her lack of bedside manner. Basically Zoe has such a tunnel-vision of focus on her plan that it’s actually costing her a life; she lost her boyfriend, the fellowship, and who knows what else along the way. Can Bluebell rub off?
  • George Tucker, Resident Hero
    Zoe and George first meet on the road into Bluebell, when Zoe is dropped off by the bus and is walking along the shoulder with her bags. This is his first act of heroism and by far not his last. George seems to be a stereotypical golden boy, a lawyer who had a stint in New York City before realizing he missed his hometown of Bluebell and his high school sweetheart, Lemon. But there’s some sparks between Zoe and George so there’s trouble ahead for the sour girl! George also saves Zoe midway through the episode when she comes across a gator at night, the gator (Burt Reynolds is the gator’s name) happens to be the mayor’s pet and is disposed of by George with a simple, “Beat it, Burt.” He then argues a bit with Zoe about interrupting his nightly jog to save her “well-toned ass.” Shockingly she doesn’t catch on to that compliment the way I latched onto it like a leech.

Hart of Dixie - 1x01 - PilotSweet Southern Belles.

  • Gone South
    There’s a lot of Southernisms in this show that it’s almost too much to go into. But with this first episode I would be completely remiss to not mention the Belles. Ah, the Belles. If you read my earlier review you know that this episode filmed in an area I used to live in, and during the Azalea season, which some call Belle Weather. The Azalea Belles are like roaches that time of year, they’re everywhere so stop being surprised to see them! Emmeline is right when she calls them “elite young ladies,” they are the cream of the crop and years of preparation goes into being a Belle.
  • A few medical issues
    There are actually 4 medical issues this episode which push plots forward. The first is the elderly gentleman with the DMV form, it’s obviously a scam and I like to think that Zoe wouldn’t have fallen for it had she not been bothered by her mother’s call. Of course, if she hadn’t he wouldn’t have hit George Tucker and sent him to the office in the middle of the night, leading to Zoe meeting Brick (the d!ck) for the first time. Then there is the woman who came in with some kind of fishing hook in her palm. I don’t know, I’m squeamish, I looked away. This woman acted really weird. One minute she was acting all sweet to Zoe and horrible to her daughter, but when Zoe asked the daughter about some marks on her skin the lady turned mean on both. Zoe ran into the daughter at the Dixie Stop (FACT: The Dixie Stop is actually Dock St. Market in Wilmington, NC. I used to go there many times a week when I worked nearby.) turns out Mabel, the daughter, is pregnant and her momma don’t know.
  • Levon Hayes’ Plantation
    Emmeline sets up Zoe with a place to stay at the mayor’s house, which brings so much funny. The mayor is a famous football player, Lavon Hayes, which Zoe loves. I love that he’s one of those people who intermittently refers to himself in the third person. The place to stay is a little rundown cottage on the property that shares electric with the gatehouse where a Mr. Wade Kinsella lives. When too much is going on in both houses it blows a fuse, leading Zoe to the gatehouse to confront Wade (who is yummy) and along the way back, confronting Burt Reynolds.
  • Brick the D!ck
    Ah, Brick the D!ck. He’s hunting when Zoe first comes to town, but his daughter Lemon sours all over Zoe’s parade telling her she should be gone before he comes back. He cuts the trip off early to come back when George gets run over by the older gentleman from earlier. Turns out George is his lawyer and will find a way to get Zoe’s half of the practice from her. When Zoe stops at the Dixie Stop (Ah, sweet Dixie Stop) for some wine, Lemon storms in and reveals George is her fiancĂ© and their engagement party is the very next day. Oops. During their argument Brick compares Zoe to both Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, which is insulting to the people who actually lived through those things.

Hart of Dixie - 1x01 - PilotZoe walking, and drinking, after midnight…

  • Hitting Rock Bottom
    Ya know how Zoe stopped at Dixie Stop for wine? This leads to my favorite sequence ever of Zoe walked down the tree-lined back road in the dark, lugging a box of wine and a cup, drinking all the way. All while Patsy Cline’s Crazy plays in the background. Who should come along to find Zoe at the side of the road enjoying her wine but Wade? Drunk Zoe scores one for the girls with a hot and heavy makeout session in the front seat of Wade’s muscle car, until she leans back and her but hits the horn. You know that horn from Duke’s of Hazard? Yeah. It totally is the same one. Zoe reflects that she finally hit rock bottom, because she just “played Dixie with my butt.” Little does she know, when she arrives to the cottage she finds her mother waiting for her.
  • Climbing Back Out
    Zoe has a false start in climbing back out. After talking to her mother she decides to leave because she’ll never fit in. So she sees George about the papers to sign over her half to Brick, and while she has packing gets a call from Mabel, who is very distressed and in pain, but stuck working at the Breeland’s for the engagement party. You see, this is a false start for climbing back out because the true climbing doesn’t come until the end.
  • The End
    It takes Levon Hayes name dropping his way into the party to get Zoe in to see Mabel, where she discovers she’s in labor! I’m gonna let this slide because at least homegirl “knew” she was pregnant, just in denial. Zoe takes Mabel inside to take care of her but the Ambulance will take too long. Brick barges in saying he’ll have to deliver the baby but Mabel puts him right in his place telling him to back off that he is not touching her and Zoe is her doctor. Now, right here I thought maybe Brick was the father, which is twisted and never actually mentioned. But Brick gets Emmeline and the three work together to try to deliver the baby. After an impromptu surgery Mabel has a bouncing baby girl and the guts to tell her own mama to SHOVE IT. She doesn’t want her mama’s negativity around her baby girl. As they leave Emmeline and Zoe discuss Zoe leaving town, and Emmeline finally tells Zoe the truth, even though she didn’t think it her place. She hands Zoe an old photo, in it Zoe instantly recognizes her mother, and the older man with his arms around her as Harley. It turns out he’s not her grandfather, he’s her father. She confronts her mom who confesses to it, that they met on a cruise in Greece, that her husband found out when Zoe had an accident as a kid and they thought she’d need blood. That’s why he left and had been withdrawn from their lives despite Zoe trying to follow in his footsteps. Zoe tells her mom to go, and decides she is staying. The episode ends with Zoe at the cemetery, talking to Harley’s headstone about her being lost and how she is going to try to follow in his footsteps to find her way.

Verdict: Love. It.

TV Review: 2 Broke Girls – Episode 1×02: And the Break-Up Scene

I read my last review and found I was quite verbose. I am going to blame it on the fact that it was the first episode and there was a lot to go over. This time, not so much; after all this is a review not a recap.

This week’s episode expands upon the Pilot, advancing the storylines of Max’s breakup and the cupcake business she and Caroline wish to start. I’m not sure if it’s a nod to the pilot or if that’s what the writers think Williamsburg is like but as the episode starts Max once again has a table full of hipsters. This time they’re four women, all wearing quirky mens style hats. After those extremely catchy credits, the first few scenes take place in the diner where Caroline is apparently wearing the same clothes again. That’s addressed later on in the episode, but it’s still very disconcerting. Caroline is also still gung-ho for the cupcake venture with Max, wanting to advertise them on the board in the diner as “Max’s Cupcakes.” Oh well, this is getting verbose again, let me separate each plotline into a bullet point!

  • Ahhhh, much better. I love a good bullet point.
  • Caroline’s Outfit: So far Caroline has had 2 outfits in this show, her waitress uniform and her white Chanel dress. (Admittedly it seems like 2 separate jackets however.) I realize that in the first episode she said she grabbed all the wrong things but I am sure she had to have grabbed more than one outfit! Towards the middle of the episode Caroline is again wearing the Chanel outfit, saying that she’d planned to “Chanel it up” and go to meet a woman at a local bakery with Max’s cupcakes. There’s a throw-away line there that it’s easy to get dressed when you have only 1 cute outfit, but again, I cry foul! However it does set up a funny when she goes out to say hi to Chestnut (that would be the horse.) and slips into his um… piles. This is the best part of the episode as it leads to classic lines like “Chanel #2” and the fact that their water is off for repairs complicates things. Also a genuine laugh out loud moment when Caroline grabs Max’s wrist and she shrieks and sprays herself with Windex.
  • Max and Caroline Living Together: This is also the first episode of official roommate-dom. Complete with uncomfortable couch, annoyingly perky mornings, and meddling in the other’s business (in this case Max’s business, because let’s be honest, Caroline has nothing.) There’s some back and forth over the cupcake business and as well as Max’s boyfriend. Which leads to the obligatory huge fight, and to Caroline getting stinking drunk and coming to make up with Max. The contract she signed, that Max shows her the next morning, is priceless. Regardless of their differences and the meddling they make a great duo and play off each other well.

Robbie barges in on Max and Caroline in the middle of the night, apparently he doesn’t understand a break-up.

  • Max’s Break-up: Surprisingly little actual break-up considering she did it last episode and yet Robbie showed up in the middle of the night asking “oh, we’re still doing that?” Wow that’s special. Here I was worried about Caroline, turns out it was Robbie who was the moron. Funnily enough, Caroline is in bed with Max when he shows up which brings up the thousandth lesbian threesome jokes in the series (though one of the best lines. “If I were a lesbian she is the last les I’d be in.”) Thus begins the meddling of Caroline into Max’s business, culminating with Caroline calling Robbie to get his stuff and Max telling her she “stole my break-up scene.” Which is what their fight is about.
  • The Cupcake Business: Max is pretty reluctant with this, Caroline seems to think it’s because no one’s ever believed in her and supported her dreams. I just think that Max is realistic. However Caroline is there to push Max, even putting the “Max’s Cupcakes” on the board at the diner though Max didn’t want her to. (This gives an interesting moment where Mr. Lee, who is Han in this episode, accidentally sees up Caroline’s skirt and both excuses and thanks her.) At the end of the episode they’re at $364.25 towards their goal which is down from last episode due to Caroline’s drinking binge.

Verdict: The show is still bringing on the funny, but I hope it doesn’t get stuck in ruts with lesbian humor and hipsters.