Pastry school is just what 2 Broke Girls needed to give this season something to keep its audience interested. The first two days of school are packed with new characters, new situations and the same old loving diner family.
The episode starts with a botched surprise party for Max’s first day of school at the Manhattan Pastry School. The whole gang is there, Han and Earl refuse to let Max stay as Sophie barges in asking if they surprised Max yet blowing the surprise but Oleg and Luis are not far behind her with the pizza. The people of the diner chipped in and got Max a briefcase, a pencil case filled with joints and an embroidered chef’s apron. Caroline keeps interjecting that it is her first day too, but for once the people shush her, focusing on Max taking a positive step forward. When Caroline talks about using her Wharton business schools in the office, Han goes, “Shhh we’re talking about Max” and later Sophie shuts Caroline down by saying, “Caroline, please, I can’t hear Han talking about Max”. While the school may provide new opportunities for Caroline, Max is going through a real change where her life is moving forward in a positive way for once.
However, 2 Broke Girls is a sitcom and that’s too much positive energy to last the whole show. On the subway to the pastry school, a man grabs Max’s briefcase and Caroline bumps into a women who spills hot coffee all over Caroline’s recently dry cleaned blouse. The girls are late to school, but Caroline encourages Max to focus and work hard since Caroline is working at the school to help Max stay in school. Caroline can’t follow her own advice though when she learns that she’s not using her Wharton education so much as fetching juices down the street. To make things worse, the twitchy secretary, Bebe (played by Mary Lynn Rajskub), let’s Caroline borrow her gym shirt with is the face of a giant sad dog. Caroline can’t flirty with the hot Chef Nicolas if her chest is the eyes of sad dog.
The first day of class only goes ok for Max. She makes a new friend, Deke (Eric Andre), who shares her sense of humor. However, he’s trouble with a capital T and neither student can keep it together when Chef Nicolas talks about becoming “master bakers” and other unfortunate euphemisms. They have to take a 5 minute break outside where Max learns Deke has needles, not for drugs, but for his diabetes.
When the girls go back to the diner, Caroline is in full martyr mode, but luckily Max calls her out on it. Max says Caroline can back out, but when Caroline agrees Max refuses to accept it. Max says she has to find something that will keep her going to work. When the girls walk back out into the diner there’s another surprise, this one actually catches the girls by surprise. The people at the diner bought Max another briefcase and apron, and a switchblade because as Sophie says, “You’re not getting another apron”. They even gift the pencil case, sans special pencils, to Caroline.
Needless to say, day two goes better. Caroline tells the Bebe that she won’t get the juices, at least not for that day. Max tries to be a better student and stay away from Deke. However, Deke has other plans and actually skips his insulin so that Max has to save him. A flustered Chef Nicolas tells Max that she should be partners with Deke in case something like that happens again. During the insulin situation, Caroline freaks out and runs into Bebe carrying all the juice. This turns out to be a blessing for Caroline because Chef Nicolas offers her his apron jacket and as it happens, he’s shirtless underneath. A little bit of eye candy for Caroline and the audience. As he leaves, Caroline tells Max, “Max, I think I found something to keep me interested”.
While the six-pack and tan body will also keep the audience interested, the pastry school story line doesn’t rely on the added sex appeal to improve season 3’s story arc. The school and the wacky new characters it brings will ideally give the writers some room to write new material while developing Max and Caroline’s lives. The cupcake window was not doing anything for the girls, and even though they still have it, it is, thankfully, taking a backseat in the story line. All in all, who doesn’t want to see the girls work things out? The pastry school is a good way to build hope that Max and Caroline will eventually get their business going while also leaving room to add conflict to keep their story interesting.
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.