For two girls who are saving money to make their cupcake business a success, this episode was surprisingly focused on the girls getting new things that really had nothing to do with their business. Max finally upgrades her flip phone for a smart phone and Caroline makes a video for a Kickstarter like website to raise funds for new $1500 pants.
The characters are what make 2 Broke Girls a great show. I can watch Max and Caroline buy new phones and pants and remain entertained by their repartee. However, after all the budgeting and saving they’ve been doing, Caroline still needs $1500 pants? I understand that the girl likes her fashion and feels offended by the thought of buying her clothes by the pound, but I can’t help but think about how many tubs of frosting $1500 would buy for two broke girls. More on that later, but I had to get that off my chest.
Max finds out she has an upgrade on a new phone and Caroline bends over and rips one of her only good pants right down the butt. Max decides to cash in and upgrade and Caroline’s solution is substituting a tailor with a stapler. I have to admit, the slapstick humor of Caroline stapling her butt had me laughing every time. Especially when she tells the woman working at the cell phone store that she has a whole in her butt and after a pause the woman responds, “You know you’re supposed to, right?”
Max ends up upgrading to a new smart phone and as I’m sure anyone who got a new iPhone this weekend can attest, has a case of new phone addiction. She takes a million pictures and group texts like it’s her job. Actually, she does it instead of her job which bothers Han, particularly when she starts talking about him behind her back. A perfect set up for some trouble sub texting (or texting about someone in the room) gets her in later on in the episode.
Now to Caroline and her $1500 pants. I don’t understand, doesn’t Sophie or somebody she owes money to feel frustrated that she’s using her Kickstarter-esque money to buy pants? No wonder somebody contributed in $500 to slap her. Still, seeing her in a paper bag asking for money was priceless and the cherry on top was Max asking, “Are you being funded by al Qaeda?” Despite finding $1500 for pants a little excessive, the whole bit of Caroline asking for money in exchange for “goodwill” and for $500, the right to slap her, was on point. My only real disappointment was that the show never revealed who came in to cash in on the slap. That was the perfect chance to have Han, Sophie or a list of past characters with a vendetta to come back and give it to Caroline. The writer’s missed a great opportunity to throw a nod to the audience by bringing back an old feud.
The real ending was I must confess sweet. After Max sends a picture of Caroline with her new pants to the “diner family” (I awed at that reference) she adds the nasty message “I’m sick of her” forgetting to take Caroline off the group text. Caroline gets it and is surprisingly very hurt. On one hand, Max says a million mean comments to Caroline but Caroline does make the point that Max typically says what she’s thinking to Caroline’s face. The fight ends when Max blurts out “I love you” after confessing that Caroline is her best friend. As most “I love yous” go, it is a little weird and awkward but once it is out there you can feel the love between the girls. To make it up to Caroline even further, Max offers to put the bag on her head and let the woman with the paid slap, slap her instead. Caroline makes no effort to stop her, but does add an “I love you too”, clearly forgiving her.
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.