The sitcom Two and a Half Men ran for a hilarious twelve seasons. Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn were the creators of the sitcom that starred Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer as polar opposite brothers Charlie and Alan in California, accompanied in their adventures by Alan’s son, Jake.
Given the show aired for 12 seasons, it’s understandable that audiences would forget over time just exactly how the show began. The show, like all others, changed and evolved since its “Pilot”, but just where were the characters at and what went down in that very first episode? What were the characters like then, and how did they all initially get along?
10 Jake Had A Swear Jar
Back in the “Pilot”, Jake actually had a swear jar. He called out Charlie for saying ‘ass’ within moments of his character’s first appearance. Of course, after Jake and Alan went to live with Charlie, the swear jar didn’t last long and Jake began to change. It’s laughable that Jake ever dared to tell Charlie he had to donate to the swear jar, given Charlie’s personality and lifestyle. It was undoubtedly one of the reasons why uncle and nephew didn’t click, at least initially.
9 Alan Was Only Supposed To Be At Charlie’s For A Couple Days
When Judith kicked out Alan from their home, he was devastated. However, he was convinced that she would “come to her senses” and he’d be able to go back after a “couple days max.” However, as audiences know, neither of those things happened as both Judith and Alan moved on and Alan became a permanent resident at Charlie’s, even after his brother’s untimely demise. Alan definitely made himself right at home, but it wouldn’t be the sitcom audiences love without Alan crashing at the beach house and tending to take advantage of Charlie, and later, Walden.
8 Biff Was At Charlie’s Poker Game
Near the end of the first episode, Charlie’s hosting a poker game at the house while he’s babysitting Jake, as Alan and Judith are out to dinner. One of the attendees of the poker game is none other than Thomas F. Wilson, who portrayed Biff in the Back to the Future franchise.
It’s always fun to see a familiar face, and Thomas F. Wilson is a fun guest to have at the table; luckily, his character was nothing like Biff, or else the poker game certainly wouldn’t have been pleasant.
7 Evelyn Made Quite The First Impression
Audiences might have thought at the time that Charlie’s dislike of his mother was a touch much. However, as the “Pilot” went on, it was easy to see why Charlie and Evelyn didn’t get along so great. Evelyn really was toxic, and clearly had a favorite in Alan. However, after Alan and Jake briefly go to live with her, Alan’s ready to return to Charlie’s. From the first episode, audiences can tell Evelyn was dysfunctional and difficult for Charlie and Alan to grow up with, and her character would lead to all kinds of storylines and insights into their childhood in future episodes.
6 Another Memorable Poker Player
Eddie Gorodetsky was another poker player present at Charlie’s in the “Pilot.” As it turns out, Gorodetsky was an executive producer on Two and a Half Men, and later, was the co-creator of Mom, another Chuck Lorre show. It’s pretty cool when a show finds a way to include people from behind-the-scenes onscreen, so that audiences know more than just their name in the credits. Gorodetsky has also worked as a co-executive producer on The Big Bang Theory.
5 Alan Was Sure He And Judith Could Work Things Out
Throughout the “Pilot”, while Alan is devastated that Judith kicked him out, he’s also very persistent when it comes to diagnosing the problems in their marriage so they can get back together. He especially has a fondness for making pro-con lists. Even when Judith admits she thinks she’s gay, it doesn’t deter Alan from trying to repair their marriage.
It’s actually rather sad, considering Alan wanted so badly for things to work between them, and it just wasn’t meant to be. However, it was also obvious how obsessive and persistent he was, which made Judith’s reservations understandable to audiences.
4 Charlie And Jake Didn’t Bond At First
Charlie and Jake weren’t necessarily best friends in the beginning. Jake appeared to annoy Charlie, and Charlie also seemed concerned that Jake was going to cramp his style. However, when Charlie discovers that Jake is a great help in getting women to be attracted to him, he changes his tune. In the process, he grew closer with his nephew and he ended up really caring about him. Charlie even appeared at his mom’s house, wanting Jake and Alan to come back to live with him, knowing life at Evelyn’s was difficult from personal experience.
3 Judith Thought She Was Gay
Judith kicks out Alan from their home in the first episode and tells him she feels suffocated, and that she cries in her car at the thought of going home to him. That shows that something really was wrong in their marriage, however rough to hear. Upon her return from Las Vegas, Judith later adds that she thinks she’s gay. Obviously she was trying to figure out what was wrong and had to explore different avenues, but given she later married Herb, clearly an attraction to other women was not what was wrong in her marriage to Alan.
2 Rose Appeared On Day One
Audiences know and remember Rose, especially for her habit of stalking Charlie. This aspect of her personality is evident since the “Pilot”, given she calls Charlie, hangs out just outside the window, and is later let in by Alan and ends up glueing the cabinets shut.
Melanie Lynskey went on to play the character throughout the series; even after Charlie’s death, she focused her attention on Walden, letting audiences know that her stalker habits were far from gone.
1 Charlie Had A Serious Relationship With The Girl From The Grocery Store
When Charlie and Jake are out grocery shopping, they come across a woman that is attracted to Charlie, assuming that Jake is Charlie’s son. Charlie realizes that he can use Jake to attract women after that encounter, and as it turns out, that’s not the last audiences would see of the girl from the grocery store. Played by Jennifer Bini Taylor, she went on to portray Chelsea, one of the few women Charlie actually loved and cared for, and who would also later become Charlie’s fiancée. Unfortunately, they never made it to the altar, but she was still a significant character, especially in Charlie’s life.
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