Last Monday night, May 4, a brand new episode of “2 Broke Girls” starring Kat Dennings as Max Black and Beth Behrs as Caroline Channing aired on CBS titled, “And The Minor Problem.” The following recap of this weeks episode of “2 Broke Girls” may contain spoilers. The show also stars Mathew Moy as Han Lee, Garret Morris as Earl, Jonathan Kite as Vanko “Oleg” Golishevsky and Jennifer Coolidge as Sophie Kaczynski. Max and Caroline’s cupcake business has been on the rocks lately because of their failed T-shirt business that went bust, so they’ve both taken on new jobs at The High, an upscale pastry shop. Sandra Bernhard once again guest stars this episode as Joedth, owner of The High and Austin Falk has been playing a recurring role as Nash, Max’s Irish love interest.
In short, the episode follows the adventures of Max, Caroline and Nash, who has a modeling job for an underwear shoot, all because of Joedth’s new girlfriend Marie Prower, who is Senior VP of Marketing at Guess. Meanwhile, Joedth decides that Caroline has earned a manager position at a new location for The High and is even allowed to poach Max and other staff as needed for the new business. Everything comes crashing down when Nash’s mother arrives from Ireland, exposes his real age and threatens to take him home. Max and Caroline have their jobs at The High put on the line by Joe if they can’t find a solution to the situation and get Nash back to the modeling job at Guess, because it’s affecting her relationship with Marie.
With so much of the episode devoted to Max, Caroline and Nash there’s not much time left over for the other cast members to get much screen time. It’s also been a few episodes now without showing Max or Caroline working at the cupcake shop they set up in the back room of the diner. Working two jobs apparently leaves the girls without any time of their own, and their jobs at The High must obviously bring them more money than making cupcakes everyday for their own business.
At the start of this episode this week, Caroline and Max are at the diner and Max is dealing with a customer who tells her, “I don’t have enough money for the tip.” Max tells the man, “Weird. You survive the diner chili, and it’s the waitress that kills you!” The man offers Max an alternative for of payment and informs her, “But I can tip another way. I’m a psychic.” A few moments later the man tells Max, “I can tell you your future, and she laughs and tells him, “Ha! You’re wrong. I don’t have one.” When Max tells Caroline about the bad customer who just offered to read her future as a tip, Caroline tells Max, “Ha! You don’t have one.” When the customer asks to read Caroline’s palm, she informs him, “Sir, coming over here right now is not a good idea. We don’t like to be stiffed by strangers. In six months, maybe, but we’re not there yet.”
Later, at The High, Max and Caroline are working at their other job and Nash is there and begging Max to eat, claiming, “Caroline won’t let me eat anything because of my big photo shoot.” Max relents and gives Nash a desert to eat and tells him, “Hurry! No chewing, no enjoying. Just swallow,” but Caroline catches what is going on and yells, “Spit that out! No! I said spit that out! You’re a model now! Shame on you!” Max jokes to Caroline, “Bitch, he’s starving.”Joe walks into the room and instantly says, “He’s not eating, is he? I don’t want the Stay Puft Marshmallow man showing up at my girlfriend’s photo shoot.” Nash, a bit despondent, explains, “I haven’t eaten anything since Tuesday!”
When Caroline tells Joe, “This morning, he tried to swallow his toothpaste, but I was right there to stop him,” Joe rewards Caroline and tells her, “Good, honey. That kind of heartlessness is why I’ve decided to make you the manager of our hot new location of the High.” Joe tells Caroline and Max that the new location is an amazing international hub. She explains, “I’m talking major flagship.” Later, Max and Caroline show up at the diner as Oleg stumbles out of the kitchen with Sophie who says, “I came by to discuss wedding details with Oleg while we had intercourse.” Max remarks, “What is this, the Bunny Ranch?” Max and Caroline tell everyone at the diner about their good news at The High, but Han isn’t entirely thrilled to see his employees having success outside his business. Caroline tells Han that, “At the new High, we’re gonna be the big bosses calling all the shots.” Han retorts, “Yes, yes by day. But by night, you’ll be the coleslaw’s bitch.”
At the photo shoot Marie tells Max, “This is a massive ad campaign, and I don’t know how else to say this, but I need his penis to look bigger.” Caroline tells Max to take him off set and “Be professional.” Max scoffs and says, “How professional can I be? She’s asking me to fluff his nutter,” and then yells, “Yo, Nash! Break time.” Caroline takes the opportunity to small talk with Marie and asks, “Did Joe tell you about my big new job promotion?” Marie tells her, “Of course she did. We’re lesbians. Talking is most of what we do. It’s why we rule daytime.” Moments later Nash’s mother Maeve walks into the photo shoot and demands to see her son.
Max and Nash walk back into the the room and Max declares, “Okay, people! The groundhog’s outta the hole! Six more inches of winter.” Nash reluctantly leaves the photo shoot with his mother who tells max, “He’s no grown man. He’s just now 18. He’s got his prom next month!” Max exclaims, “I can’t believe it! I had sex with a teenager! Who am I, Woody Allen? Roman Polanski? Pretty much any of your big-time ’70s movie directors?” Marie looks at Max and Caroline and tells them, “That’s great. I don’t have a model now. I’m Seal. Wait until I tell Joe about this.”
The next day Joe is furious with Max and Caroline and tells them, “Well, obviously, you’re both fired.” Caroline begs Joe, “Please don’t fire us over the Nash situation. It was out of our hands.
Joe clarifies, “Actually, it was in her hands, and it was only 18. You two embarrassed my girlfriend. And embarrassment in the lesbian community is worse than not owning a dog. It’s worse than dating Anne Heche.” Caroline spits out, “Oh, my God. We committed a Heche crime,” and she asks Joe what she can do to make it better. Joe tells them to get Nash back at the photo shoot the next day and everything will be fixed.
Max gets a text from Nash, and his mother has seen the racy pictures she sent him so he and his mother have flights out of JFK the next day to go back home. Caroline decides, “Okay, well, we just have to go to the airport and stop them. I’ll buy us plane tickets and then return them, like I do with shoes or Tom Cruise does with wives.” At the airport, Max has a big mouth and gets temporarily detained by TSA for extra screening because she says out loud, “I have a bomb.” The TSA employee explains “You just been hand-picked to join the ‘I don’t trust you’ dance party,” after Caroline then says, “We’re really just here to stop an underage kid she had sex with from leaving the country.”
Max and Caroline eventually pass security and head towards Air France flight 113 at gate 24. Caroline tells Max, “Ooh! I bet on the plane, they’ll have caviar and Bellinis,” as she reminisces about her former life as a wealthy daughter. Max snaps her back into reality and says, “You know what won’t be on the plane? Us! We’re not going! Have you been smoking the half joint I have hidden in my bra?” Caroline is furious with Max and asks, “You went through security with pot?” Max nonchalantly declares, “I went through third grade with pot.” They see Nash and his mother in line and they ponder how young he is, with Caroline remarking, “So young, Bruce Jenner has been a woman for most of his life.” Caroline begs Nash to stay and asserts, “Our entire lives depend on you finishing that photo shoot.”
Nash’s mother scolds him and declares, “Nash Terrence O’Brien, you’re not going anywhere. Or I’ll take you over my knee right here.” Max jokes with her, “Well, he likes that.” Maeve, not impressed, snaps back at her, “Well, you are just loose as a goose, aren’t ya?” Max doesn’t disagree with her. Caroline tells Max to go up to the gate and ask what movie they’re showing on the flight while she handles the situation. Caroline explains to Maeve that she’s a proud woman who never begs, except the time she needed to get off of P. Diddy’s yacht, because she says, “I mean, a party shouldn’t be three days long,” but she needs Nash to finish the photo shoot.
Over the speakers Maeve is requested to please report to the gate desk. Max tells Caroline, “Grab Nash let’s get out of here while I got her distracted.” Caroline asks, “Max, you did that? How?” Max tells her, “I no longer have the half a joint in my bra,” and Caroline is bewildered that Max just bribed an airline employee with a joint. Caroline tells Max, this is kidnapping and she disagrees and claims he’s not that young. Max explains, “When I was his age, I had already robbed three Blockbuster videos.” Nash innocently asks, “What’s Blockbuster video?” Max realizes that Nash really is very young and declares, “Oh, my God, I screwed a baby.”
Caroline calls Joe to tell her that they have Nash, and while she was impressed with the kidnapping and gave the girls their jobs back, she tells Caroline that Nash has been replaced and is no longer needed because Marie found a well-hung orphan for her Guess ad campaign. Nash declares, “Well, the Lord gives and the Lord takes.” Max tells Nash, “Well, you go back to Ireland and brag to your friends about having sex with someone who once had sex with Axl Rose’s best friend’s son.” Max says goodbye to Nash and he boards the plane with his mother. As Max and Caroline are leaving they realize the new location for The High is international terminal 8.
Caroline wonders aloud, “I’ve got to find out who I brutally murdered in a previous life and make it up to him or her.” Max agrees, “This sucks! The one place no one will ever give us a ride to work!” As the final boarding for Air France, flight 113 is announced, Caroline looks very depressed. Max jokes, “Look at the bright side. These days, most planes don’t even make it to where they’re supposed to go.” A few moments later there’s a page over the loud speaker for first-class passengers Caroline Channing and Max Black. Caroline tells Max, “Those rich bitches are so lucky!” As the episode comes to a close, the final tally for their cupcake business venture rises from $1,211.00 to $2,261.00.