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Season 12 | Episode 7 | “Sex with an Animated Ed Asner” | Aired Dec 11, 2014

After experiencing his first bout with a Louis temper tantrum in the last episode of Two and a Half Men, Walden is finally beginning to learn what parenting is all about—and what he’s in for.

The latest episode begins with the guys crashing on the couch after a long day at the amusement park. Walden is clearly feeling the fatigue of eating park food and playing kids games all day. As a result he does his best Al Bundy impression and sticks his hand halfway down his pants to relax his stomach.

“Is being a dad always this tiring?” he asks Alan, who follows his Bundy lead. “These are the best moments of your life, and they are over so fast,” he answers. While the grown-ups quietly pass out, Louis briefly awakens, takes a look at his foster parents and does a mini Bundy impression.

In the middle of the night, Louis wakes Walden to ask if he can make breakfast. In his drowsy stupor, Walden says yes. Louis asks Walden how he likes his pancakes. Walden answers, “Quietly. In three hours. With blueberries.” He awakens seconds later realizing that fire is dangerous and goes to help him.

Hours later, Alan finds Walden sleeping on the kitchen table, surrounded by pancake mix and syrup. Walden complains to Alan about not being able to keep up with Louis and his endless energy: “Do you know why we never met the Energizer bunny’s dad? Because one day he went out for cigarettes and just kept going and going and going,” Walden whines. Alan, the experienced father, suggests that Walden help Louis make friends his own age so he doesn’t always have to be the one playing with him.

Walden and Alan take Louis to a fun zone to find other kids he can play with, but apparently Louis is a bit shy and only wants to play with Walden. Alan sits down with a group of moms named Danielle, Julie and Laurel and joins them for juice boxes. He hits it off with them, pretending to be just one of the girls. He tells them how he landed Walden, who they all think is cute.

The ladies end up at the house with their children for a play date. While Louis and the kids play on the beach, the parents have margaritas on the deck. Walden admits to Laurel that he feels like he doesn’t know what he’s doing as a father. “Parenting is like a yoga class. You just try to do what everyone else is doing and try not to laugh when someone farts,” she says. There seems to be a good amount of chemistry between the two.

Walden and Laurel continue their chat inside while Alan schmoozes with the other two, trying to learn the secrets of women—because apparently after a few marriages he still has no idea. Laurel seems like a good mother; she says she wants to remain best friends with her daughter just like Walden wants to be closer friends with Louis. After the conversation gets more personal, Laurel reveals that she hasn’t slept with a man in two years. She also admits she hasn’t seen a grown-up movie in such a long time that she had a sex dream about the old man from Up.

While Walden gets ready for a “girls” night out with the ladies, Louis gets sick so Walden ends up staying home to take care of him. After he tucks Louis in to sleep, Laurel rings Walden’s doorbell, brandishing wine and soup. Walden opens up even more to Laurel about being scared of everything that has to do with Louis, and she comforts him. Walden jokes about who her next date will be, naming a bunch of animated characters from movies including Shrek, and the Genie from Aladdin. She playfully tells Walden to shut up.

Of course, the two end up making out, but Laurel puts a stop to it. In an effort to keep what seems to be a budding romance going, Walden decides to come clean to her about pretending to be gay to adopt Louis. She thinks it’s actually sweet and isn’t mad at him.

The two continue to make out, but are interrupted by an ailing Louis summoning Walden through the walkie-talkie. He says he’ll be right back and Laurel waits. Later that night, Laurel stops by Louis’ bedroom to find the two asleep, which she seems to think is adorable.

Meanwhile, Alan is having the time of his life with Danielle and Julie. The ladies suggest they all go to a strip club, which gets Alan excited. Cut scene to Alan in a male strip club, pretending not to be disappointed while he gets a lap dance from a male stripper while the ladies cheer him on.

Two and a Half Men airs Thursdays at 9/8C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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