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Two and a Half Men Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"

Season 9, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In Part 1 of a two-part ninth-season opener, Ashton Kutcher joins the cast as brokenhearted billionaire Walden Schmidt.
Original Air Date: Sep 19, 2011

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Season 9, Episode 1
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Length: 21:29
Aired: 9/19/2011
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Two and a Half Men Episode Recap: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt" Season 9, Episode 1

Should I start watching Two and a Half Men now that Ashton Kutcher has taken over for Charlie Sheen?

Full disclosure: I'm a terrible choice to recap the premiere of Men 2.0 really. Did I enjoy watching the show over which Sheen formerly held court? Um, no. Did I watch an episode or two while visiting my parents in Florida for Easter and not really mind it exactly? Sure. Was I a Kutcher fan from his days on That '70s Show? Nope. Will I admit to watching — and moderately enjoying -- Dude, Where's My Car? while home from work hungover sick? OK, fine. That said, my feelings about the merger of the relative pop-culture magnetism of Two and a Half Men and Kutcher can be summarized in one simple word brought to the colonies by my Emerald Isle forebears: meh.

As near as I can gather, Charlie Harper (Sheen) died in a train accident that may or may not have been caused by his former stalker Rose (Melanie Lynskey), who, in her sorta-eulogy reveals that she and Charlie got married. The show puts the "fun" in funeral by having a bunch of Charlie's former conquests shout out the names of the venereal "presents" with which Charlie left them. Nevertheless, his death leaves a vacuum in the Harper family — a financial one. This is no "very special" episode, people!

So Evelyn (Holland Taylor), Charlie's mom, decides to sell the house, leaving Charlie's brother Alan (Jon Cryer) and his son Jake (Angus T. Jones) potentially homeless. At the open house, John Stamos is there for some reason, and he tells a story of a threeway he once had with Charlie that "continued after the girl left." Hmmm... Next up,  Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson breeze on through, apparently reprising their former roles as Dharma and Greg (from a show once helmed by Men executive producer Chuck Lorre). The catch: The lovey-dovey opposites-attract couple is now decidedly unhappily married. So... that was fun, but no offers are forthcoming.

Kelso to the rescue! Walden Schmidt (Kutcher), a jilted Internet billionaire, meets Alan when he tries to drown himself in the ocean outside Charlie's beach house. Alan helps him get over his heartbreak, and in no time the implausible nerd is embracing his inner Charlie. This change manifests itself in at least three nude scenes and one threeway — in case you were worried that Men might lose its edge without Sheen. To thank Alan for helping him, he announces, as the title card "to be continued..." comes up on the screen, that he'll buy the house! Ooooo, I wonder what happens next...

Well, I think it's probably obvious that I won't be sticking around to find out. The show's "coarse" humor isn't exactly my bag, but it was fun to see how Lorre's real-world exasperation found its way into a script that was gleefully malevolent. (I mean, in a single half-hour he rendered Sheen dead, loaded him up with STDs and made him possibly gay.) Still, I found myself developing something resembling affection for the clearly comically gifted cast. So did I miss Charlie Sheen's presence? No. Did I enjoy what Ashton Kutcher brought to the table?  Sure. Will I watch again? Meh.

What did you think of Ashton Kutcher's debut? Will you continue to watch/start watching Two and a Half Men?

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Should I start watching Two and a Half Men now that Ashton Kutcher has taken over for Charlie Sheen?

Full disclosure: I'm a terrible choice to recap the premiere of Men 2.0 really. Did I enjoy watching the show over which Sheen formerly held court? Um, no. Did I watch an episode or two while visiting my parents in Florida for Easter and not really mind it exactly? Sure. Was I a Kutcher fan from his days on That '70s Show? Nope. Will I admit to watching — and moderately enjoying -- Dude, Where's My Car? while home from work hungover sick? OK, fine. That said, my feelings about the merger of the relative pop-culture magnetism of Two and a Half Men and Kutcher can be summarized in one simple word brought to the colonies by my Emerald Isle forebears: meh.

As near as I can gather, Charlie Harper (Sheen) died... read more

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Premiered: September 22, 2003, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A hit sitcom built on often-raunchy material, starring Charlie Sheen and, later, Ashton Kutcher begins with the premise of a Malibu bachelor (Sheen) whose life is disrupted when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move in with him. In the ninth season, Kutcher replaces Sheen, playing a billionaire with a broken heart. Briskly written and performed, the sitcom had fun spoofing Charlie Sheen's bad-boy reputation (which ultimately led to his exit from the series) and Jon Cryer's nervous energy.

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