CBS has given Chuck Lorre a prime-time power block on Thursday evenings for two of his signature shows, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men." During back-to-back season premieres on Thursday evening, a major character on each series showed an interest in a same-sex relationship. What does it all mean? Only time will tell.
Here's what went down with Walden and company in the Season 10 premiere.
Pot brownies and busted relationships on "Two and a Half Men"Even with his billion-dollar fortune, Walden (Ashton Kutcher) has as many relationship issues as Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), if not more. "I Changed My Mind About the Milk," the Season 10 opener, showed a mature, groomed Walden ready to propose to Zoey Hyde-Huntington-Pierce (Sophie Winkleman). He appears to have put his past pain behind him to look toward the future.
In typical Walden style, though, he overdoes his proposal at the restaurant with a major league diamond ring, remote controlled fireworks, and romantic background with singing provided by Michael Bolton. A spooked Zoey leaves her birthday dinner, making Walden wonder if he should have hired Josh Groban to sing instead.
Confronting Zoey later in the evening, Walden learns that there is someone else in her life, someone she was involved with many years ago. Zoey seems conflicted, but she insists that her old flame needs her. The next day, the hung-over billionaire seeks comfort in Berta's (Conchata Ferrell) pot brownies, not realizing how dry they are, hence the episode's title.
Commiserating over apple-tinis with Alan, Walden suggests that the two of them should give up women and "go gay." "We live together, we like each other. We're halfway there," he tells Alan. Walden's proposition goes by the wayside as a beautiful woman sits down next to him at the bar.
Back at home, Walden has trouble losing himself in his new friend. As they try to get amorous, Walden sees her face morph into Zoey, his ex-wife Bridget (Judy Greer), and his mother (Mimi Rogers). Yikes.
A new direction for Season 10Jon Cryer's Alan Harper character has always been overly fussy, so much so that people often think he is gay. Even after he sobered up in "I Changed My Mind About the Milk," Alan remains fairly enthusiastic about starting a relationship with Walden. This may just be a one-shot plot device, or it could affect the course of Season 10.
The new season of "Two and a Half Men" also promises military humor in the form of Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones). In the opening credits, Jake appears in full dress uniform while singing the show's theme song. During the premiere episode, Alan's son only appears on a video chat from basic training, but there is potential for some "Gomer Pyle"-style antics in later episodes.
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