Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)
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Why We Gave Up Women 

Charlie's spirit returns from Hell in the form of a middle aged woman to tell Alan to make some changes to his life after his heart attack.



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Episode cast overview:
... Walden Schmidt
... Alan Harper
... Jake Harper
... Judith Melnick
... Evelyn Harper
... Berta
... Charlie Harper
... Lyndsey Mackelroy
... Zoey
... Ava
... Nurse Lorna
... Dr. Kim
... Gabby
... Tiffany
... Lady #2 (as Abby Pivaronas)


Although Ava's exhausting stay-over convinced Walden he would be better off living with Alan, he dares not tell Zoey he changed his mind and lets them move in. Alan promises to move out but has a conspicuously conveniently timed cardiac crisis. Hospitalised as Walden male partner, Alan gets a visit from Charlie, incarnated in a crone as hell sentence, who convinces kid brother it's time to man up and stop depending on others. By the time he realizes that was a cruel prank, he's living in a rat-hole room, but resorts to his earlier trick again. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

30 April 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Kathy Bates. See more »


When Alan is rehearsing his "Call 911" act at the front door, he falls against the window and the set wobbles. See more »


Walden Schmidt: [filling out forms when Alan has to go to the Emergency Room] I want him to have the best possible care, so whatever it takes, I'll pay for it.
Nurse Lorna: You're gonna have to. The man's got the worst insurance policy I've ever seen... He's got a $500,000 deductible... Even at our prices, he ain't gonna hit that with one heart attack.
Walden Schmidt: All right, well, I'll just... I'll take care of it.
Nurse Lorna: Just check the box 'Domestic Partner'.
Walden Schmidt: Oh, no, we're just buddies.
Nurse Lorna: We got no 'Buddy' forms.
Walden Schmidt: Yeh, but...
Nurse Lorna: Just check the ...
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Featured in The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012) See more »


Two and a Half Men Theme
Written by Grant Geissman, Lee Aronsohn, and Chuck Lorre
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It's Charlie?
26 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

The novelty of Kathy Bates playing a ghost/reincarnation of Charlie Sheen's character was what drew me back to this show (against better judgement).

And to be fair, there's some good comedy mileage that is drawn from the premise, it's just a shame that the show's obsession with sex comes with it.

Again Jon Cryer is the best thing in this episode, though Kathy Bates gives a good performance. I also like the scenes featuring Jake a lot more of late too.

The show is struggling, but it still has it's moments.

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