It’s been another successful week in the sitcommiest sitcom that ever sitcomed. But good news for all! I figured it out. I know why this show bugs me but is intriguing at the same time. 2 Broke Girls is secretly an HBO comedy that’s trapped on CBS. Right now you have this broad based sitcom with a lot of fat to trim (Asian dude, Russian dude, rich lady with kids) that is sneaking in these would be hip, non-PC, and dark jokes. Jokes that would work if the joke could be the joke instead of it being CBSed to death. And I understand. I really do. Because even if you tell a great joke but no one gets it, it’s useless. It happens to me all the time. That’s the problem here — they have to take well-crafted jokes and then alter them so a bunch of people that shouldn’t get the joke can get the joke.
Maybe once they’ve tricked enough people into watching it will become the witty lesbian sitcom you all are hoping for. But until then you’re going to get Robbie, the ex-boyfriend, suggesting they have a threesome when he walks in on Caroline and Max in bed together. It was actually the second threesome joke as the Russian cook suggested one earlier in the episode. That one wasn’t funny either.
I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but most sitcoms have patterns. It’s why drinking games based on shows are so successful. And by successful I mean if you followed the rules, you would be sloshed by the end of it. I’m going to develop some categories and see if I can plug one joke into them every week. Feel free to add jokes that fit into the categories in the comments. Or even make up your own category.
Young people please relate to this show joke
Max: Is there any way to do a Yelp review of Wharton business school?
The dark joke
Caroline: You sleep with a knife under your pillow?
Max: It’s the only home security system I could afford. And I’m a cutter.
The edgy joke
Max: We’ve known each other for 2 days and you’re already asking for back door.
The non-PC joke
Max: You can’t tell an Asian he made a mistake. He’ll go in the back and throw himself on a sword.
The “is that racist?” joke
Max: Earl, I have something new I want you to try.
Earl: That’s the exact same sentence that got me hooked on cocaine in the 80s.
The gay joke
Max: If I were gonna go lesbian, she’d be the last lez I’d be in.
The vagina joke
Max: I’m already worried about me be being late…every month!
The joke that leads to a lot of questions
Caroline: Do you have any more of those poor people chips?
What are rich people chips? Are they Sun Chips? Do they eat chips that aren’t made of potatoes? Like bagel chips? Or kale chips? Are any of you rich? What kind of chips do you eat? They weren’t even eating poor people chips. Everyone knows Flamin’ Hots are the real poor people chips.
A final note: the horse is bugging me. Horses are not just expensive on the initial buy. They’re expensive to take care of. So how are they going to feed this horse? Who is gonna clean up the horse shit? How is the horse going to get exercise? I don’t think the whole horse gag is worth its payoff. I suppose they have to keep it around so that when Kat gets in a jam, Caroline can show she’s a true friend by selling the horse in what will be a symbolic cutting of ties to her previous life…I’m guessing.
What did you think of this episode? Better or worse than the pilot?