Episode Title: “I Called Him Magoo” (Season 7, Episode 20)
Original Airdate: May 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Synopsis: Alan (Jon Cryer) tries to have a romantic night with his new girlfriend Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith), while Charlie (Charlie Sheen) tries to get back the “girlfriend experience” from a call girl.
Review: This episode was one of the many that was filmed after Sheen’s recent legal troubles. Because of that, this episode heavily featured Alan, which I didn’t mind. I thought bringing in Thorne-Smith was a great idea as she is a strong actress and brings something fresh to the series. However, both Jake (Angus T. Jones) and Berta (Conchata Ferrell) were both sorely underused in this episode.
The series is in great uncertainty as Sheen says he is leaving after the end of the season, however, the producers think they could bring him back in a truncated role. If the series becomes more focused on Alan, that would be great. I think they could bring in Herb (Ryan Stiles) as a regular, using him and Alan as the two new men. I think the series would be different in tone, but would work well as a whole.
This episode shows that Alan is a strong enough character on his own. While the series might not get 15-17 million viewers without Sheen, I believe it could still get a healthy 11-13. Cryer showed in this episode he is great with physical humor and also commands the screen.
Since January, this show really has been hit or miss. This episode was truly a hit, and hopefully the show can continue this trend. If this is the last season of the series, let’s hope the quality is just as good as we’ve seen recently.
Final Grade: 8.5/10