More so than any episode that has come before it, tonight’s episode of Anger Management showcased what the show wants to be. Charlie engages in hijinks against the wishes of one of the women closest to him. The impending disapproval only causes him to continue with the hijinks. Then, the hijinks come to an end in a supposedly humorous or satisfying way. You can feel pretty comfortable in saying that Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom has found it’s sweet spot. The writing isn’t incredibly funny, but the show has developed a consistent voice.
One of the reasons why this episode worked well was because of the lack of time spent with the therapy group. At this point, the members of the therapy group are such one-note characters that none of the storylines or comedy comes as a surprise. They refuse to take chances with the therapy group. I don’t think any of them have the chops for anything beyond what they are doing now, but it’s weird that the show doesn’t even seem interested in trying to explore the whole person with Charlie’s patients.
While the study group remains a negative, I was pleasantly surprised by the positive chemistry that Charlie had with his two ladies this week. His chemistry with Selma Blair is improving weekly, but it was good to see Charlie have good chemistry with a guest star who wasn’t his real life ex-wife. The age difference did seem troubling, but that’s an entirely different discussion.
As each episode passes, it becomes more disappointing that Charlie doesn’t return to the prison more frequently. While they are one-note players just like his home therapy group, the prisoners seem to actually enjoy themselves onscreen. They know what their role is, and they execute well.
With four episodes left this season, it’s starting to look like Anger Management has found its stride. It’s not going to be confused with the top comedies on television, but it delivers well to its target audience. A 90 episode pick up seems inevitable at this point.
What did you think of this week’s episode?