2 Broke Girls opens with a man at the diner telling Max he was gone all summer (like the viewer) and asks her if there’s anything new. Max responds by rattling off every notable pop culture reference for summer 2013 with a few gems such as “Kim and Kanye had a baby so there’s another Kardashian not to keep up with”. When the man clarifies he meant on the menu, Caroline chirps in with the biggest news story of the summer, “The royal baby smiled at the queen!” Max catching the man up at the diner is analogous to how the season premiere “And the Soft Opening” played out. It was a catch up episode for the audience that set the foundation for the rest of the season.
The season premiere picks up with Max and Caroline after a summer of cleaning and redecorating a back room at the diner. They reveal the new place to Han and Oleg and of course it’s completely renovated. The new cupcake shop has a window that opens up to the street and Max and Caroline will hold hours from 2:00am-4:00am to target the drunken post bars crowd. After the failure of their first cupcake store they decide to not hype up the opening calling it instead “a soft opening.”
Sophie appears only in one scene when she drops by the cupcake store’s window to congratulate the girls. Oleg is there and they recap that Oleg cheated on Sophie and Sophie got revenge by destroying his house. The two pretend to be friends, but as Sophie says good bye she suggestively licks and blows her party horn causing Oleg to respond, “That is one lucky horn” and his expression suggest he is clearly not over Sophie. When Oleg leaves, Sophie calls over some men to buy cupcakes delivering one of the best puns of the night, “Hey cool guys, come over here and eat something from the girl’s soft opening.”
The main plot begins when the girls’ first late night customer, a doped up British rock star named Roland Glass, stops by to buy cupcakes. As he shoves a cupcake in his face, he collapses and dies in front of the girls’ window. At first, Caroline and Max assume his death is a bad sign and will hurt the business but Glass’ fans line up at the cupcake store to build a shrine, hold a vigil and buy cupcakes. Greed takes over as Caroline and Max raise the prices of their cupcakes and take advantage of the mourning crowd. They’re not the only ones who get greedy, as the diner’s owner, Han, demands they begin paying rent for using his back room since their business is doing so well. When the girls refuse based on Han’s old offer to just give “the dump” to them, Han moves the shrine to the front of the diner stealing business from Max’s Homemade Cupcakes.
Caroline and Max get upset and try to move the shrine back to their window. Han attempts to turn the fans against Caroline and Max by accusing them of moving the shrine to exploit the rock star’s death. However, a homeless man who Caroline prevented twice from peeing on the shrine confirms that the shrine was originally at their cupcake window. The crowd turns on Han, lifting him planning to attack him but Max stops it. Later, Han brings the girls “Rock star pudding” to apologize and makes a compromise on the rent. He proposes that he will not charge them rent until they hit their initial goal of $250,000.
The 2 Broke Girls season premiere was a mild episode with some cheap laughs that focused more on laying the foundation for the season than hooking viewers in with a suspenseful story line. The audience is introduced to the newly cleaned and renovated back room for the cupcake store where the episode suggests will spark many of the future storylines in the season. Max almost explicitly says that at the end of the episode when she is comforting Caroline by saying, “…that’s what so great about this window. Who knows what will happen?” Her question invites the viewers to wonder, exactly what is going to happen at this window? The episode closes leaving the viewers wondering as the homeless man finds his revenge on Caroline as he urinates on her through the cupcake window.
Michelle is a story enthusiast. It’s the best way to describe her obsessions at least. She loves any type of story including those in books, movies, television shows, gossip, history and really anything with a beginning, middle and end. The exception is probably scary stories but even then she tends to read about the plot on Wikipedia. She hates spoilers and her biggest pet peeve is when people ruin any detail of a series she hasn’t seen yet. Even if she’s three seasons behind and show no sign of catching up. Other things she likes to do when she’s not consuming stories include dancing (on stage or in her car), sending pictures of her painted nails to friends, enjoying the Great Lake State and watching her mother cook Indian food while pretending to understand the process.