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2 Broke Girls recap: And Not-So-Sweet Charity

"Look, the mailman came," Caroline says as she comes into the cupcake shop with a bunch of mail. "Where am I looking, your chest, your hair? Gimme a hint," Max jokes. An eviction notice is what came. Sophie comes in for her usual lemon meringue cupcake before going to the gym, but that's one of the flavors Max stopped making because they have too many left over every day. Caroline decides to rip up the eviction notice. "That's the one thing my mother and I used to do together," Max recalls.

Caroline tells Max that all she can think about is that their shop's in trouble. "Even in my sexual fantasies, I'm giving Ryan Gosling a rent check." She wishes they had a sign that told them what to do. A deaf woman named Joanne Morse and her translator, Bob, enter the shop. Joanne is a real estate agent who is acquiring the property and is interested in a corporate buyout, offering the girls $25,000 to take over their lease. Max instantly agrees, but Caroline turns it down, saying the shop is their dream. When Sophie returns from the restroom and sees Bob using sign language, she assumes he's voguing. "Remember when Madonna was alive? Those were the good old days," Sophie says. LOL. Bob gives the girls some time to think about it, but he warns them that with their rent history, they would have to pay six months of rent upfront if they chose to stay. Max is convinced that this is the sign Caroline's been looking for, but Caroline remains reluctant as she still believes in their dream.

As Caroline arrives at the diner, Max gives her the cold shoulder for declining the offer. Max says she heard that a Whole Foods will be moving into their cupcake shop's neighborhood. An excited Caroline sees this as an opportunity to increase their clientele. "First comes the Whole Foods, then come the gays, then the celebrities," she says. "Well, the gays will come anyway as long as there's a park," Max replies. In order to come up with six months' rent in advance, Caroline is willing to stoop to something she never thought she'd do. "Look, you're sweet, you're adorable, but you're way too bony to bring in more than 40 a night," Max quips. Actually, Caroline suggests they ask her Aunt Charity (guest star Missi Pyle) for the money. She is the filthy rich president of a cosmetic empire, but she hates Caroline. "That's what family is—people who hate you, but can't kill you 'cause they're the first ones questioned," Max wittily remarks.

Max and Caroline have been sitting for hours in the waiting room of Aunt Charity's office. Charity calls for the modelesque receptionist, Stephanie—which is not her name, but she's afraid to tell her boss. Max asks Caroline why her aunt doesn't like her; Caroline tells her that once, when she was 10, Aunt Charity told Caroline her seagull cup was broken, and when she wouldn't stop crying, her aunt locked her in her bedroom and pulled her hair. Stephanie finally tells the girls they can go in. It doesn't take much until Aunt Charity brings up the hairpulling incident, before repeatedly pulling Caroline's hair. Charity also reveals that her parents cut her off after she slept with a Pakistani lesbian. Caroline ultimately asks for the $25,000, but Charity turns the girls down, pointing out that they didn't even bring cupcakes to show her. She knows all about their business, as Stephanie Googled them. "She has the strength to Google? Has she Googled 'How to eat'?" Max mocks. Caroline insists she's their last chance to keep their business alive, but Aunt Charity assures Caroline is resourceful and will think of something. Before leaving to see her dermatologist, Charity hugs Caroline goodbye and mercilessly pulls her hair.

Is it just me or is Missi Pyle often typecast as the callous, cray cray bitch?

After Max baked some cupcakes to impress Aunt Charity, the girls burst into her office. Much to their horror, Charity has just undergone a facial procedure, her raw skin covered by a mask (Max: "She's basically the Phantom of the Channing"). She's on morphine lollipops for the pain, and Max soon helps herself with one of those. Caroline offers to help change her aunt's face mask, and Stephanie gives her the instructions to do so. "And I left modeling because I thought it was degrading," Stephanie laments.

Aunt Charity admits she's always hated Caroline because up until she was born, Charity was the family princess. Caroline force-feeds her high aunt a cupcake, and although Charity says it's the best cupcake she's ever had, she still refuses to give Caroline any money. When Max looks for another morphine pop, she stumbles upon Caroline's seagull cup, prompting Caroline to ask Aunt Charity why she hid it and kept it all these years. "It's obvious. She's obsessed with her brother, and she saw your being born as his love being taken away from her. Damn, this thing makes me smart!" Max says as she enjoys a lollipop. An angry Caroline insists she is not spoiled, as she has worked hard since she lost her money. Impressed by Caroline's business skills, Aunt Charity finally agrees to write her a check, but she passes out on it. Caroline retaliates by pulling Charity's hair so they can grab the check and then run.

However, when Joanne and Bob come back to the cupcake shop, the girls find out the check hasn't cleared, meaning Aunt Charity stopped payment on it. Max and Caroline are forced to sign away their shop. Aunt Charity comes in, saying she had to stop the check because they took advantage of her while in a morphine haze. She returns the seagull cup to Caroline, but Caroline still accuses her of taking away her future. Aunt Charity explains that she helped Caroline find her own way by halting the check. In response, Caroline taunts her aunt by saying she looks 42. "We all know I don't," Charity says before leaving.

The girls are bummed that their shop is over, but on the bright side, they had fun with it, and now they have a big check to pay back everybody they owe money to. Caroline just wishes they had a clear-cut sign that letting go of the shop was the right thing to do. All of a sudden, a car crashes into the shop!! Of course I had to make a GIF:

"Ermahgerd!" Max exclaims. Please, no more wishing for signs, Caroline. Surprisingly, the mug somehow survives the collision. "You wanted a sign? That's your sign! No matter what hits you, you'll be okay," Max says. That is, until a ceiling fan crashes down and breaks the cup. "Well, I feel sorry for whoever owns this dump," Caroline concludes. That's the spirit.

Current total: $1.00

Damn, that was quite an unexpected turn of events. Now that the cupcake shop is no more, what do you think will come next for our girls? Stick around to find out, silly. See ya
in three weeks!


  1. Max taking those morphine lollipops, with the opioid crisis going on, seemed rather tasteless. As someone who has overcome addiction, I lost a bit of respect for the show.


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