Two and a Half Men: Season 1, Episode 0

Most Chicks Won't Eat Veal: Original Pilot (22 Sep. 2003)

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After his wife kicks him out of the house, Alan has to move in with his brother Charlie.


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After his wife kicks him out of the house, Alan has to move in with his brother Charlie.

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In the original version of the pilot Blythe Danner played Charlie and Alan's mother, but due to her schedule she was replaced by Holland Taylor. See more »


When Charlie is talking to Jake on the deck whilst having breakfast, the bottle of beer that Charlie placed on the table changes positions during the conversation that he is having with Jake. See more »

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23 October 2013 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Alan's wife (Maran Hinkle) kicks him out of their home. Charlie is all snuggled in bed with a woman, ready to have sex, but he gets a strange phone call from his Brother Alan. Alan & Jake move in with Charlie. Charlie bonds with Jake, whilst Alan tries to reconcile his marriage with his wife Judith.

I had a lot of fun with this one. Despite seeing many episodes of this show over the years, I've never seen the original pilot. Blythe Danner plays the Mom here, and while she was good, it reminds me of Seinfeld in a way, when Jerry's father Morty was first played by Phillip Bruns, in lieu of Barney Martin. It just feels awkward. Not that Blythe did a bad job, she was good, but Holland Taylor was the right fit for the long haul. The opening is very subdued and simple here, in lieu of the elaborate opening we would come to know and love, with Sheen, Cryer & Angus T. Jones performing the theme song in a tux. There was also foreshadowing for things to come in this series. Rose immediately establishes herself as the lovable stalker, obsessed with Charlie, gluing his cabinets shut, leaving messages, among other things. Even Charlie's future girlfriend, Jennifer Taylor makes an appearance as a shopper. My favorite moment has to be Jake singing the "Maplelicious" song, which Charlie wrote. It's a rarity you see Charlie & Jake be so attached to one another, so it was quite cute to witness. It was pretty transparent from the outset, that this series would be a huge hit. I don't watch it anymore, thanks to Ashton Kutcher ruining it, but I still love to watch the episodes up until Charlie left. This was a lot of fun, and it's a must see for Two and a Half Men fans. You could tell Charlie's character would be legendary, and the whole cast just clicked instantly

Favorite quote Alan: Now. What I think you need to do is make a list. On one side put what you don't like about our marriage, and on the other side, what you do. Judith: Alan, when I think about coming home to you, I start crying in my car. Alan: That will probably go on the don't side


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