'Two and a Half Men': Charlie's back...sort of

cryer-as-sheen-taahm-cbs.jpgFor as much as Chuck Lorre seems to hate Charlie Sheen, the " Two and a Half Men" producer can't seem to get over him...even after they've killed him off.

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Monday's (Nov. 7) episode of the CBS comedy focused on Alan ( Jon Cryer) attempting to come to terms with his brother's death. But the entire grieving process isn't pretty.

At one point, a lonely and depressed Alan looks toward the heavens (a strange choice) and says to his late brother, "I would have given anything to be like you." So he does just that.

Alan begins to channel Charlie's joie de vivre. This means he starts to drink like him, talk like him and womanize like him. He even chooses to dress in those ridiculous striped shirts and shorts his brother made so famous.

It's an odd twist for a show that looked to be moving past the Sheen debacle. It seemed petty and personal, which is hardly a recipe for great television. And it's certainly not the "Two and a Half Men 2.0" that Lorre promised in a TV Guide interview in Sept.

Lorre got in one last swipe at his old employee.

The episode concludes with Alan in a mental institution, having been involuntarily committed by Walden Schmidt ( Ashton Kutcher). Thinking he's on the phone with the concierge at the Bellagio (remember, he's gone crazy), Alan places a typical Charlie-type order for women and booze. He then hangs up the phone and utters Charlie Sheen's catch phrase "Winning."

Perhaps he should have said, "I wish I knew how to quit you." It would have made more sense.
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