Five years down the line and fans are still not over the ending of the popular sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’. Let’s break down the infamous ending and what it exactly meant and why it happened? Scroll down for the answer to these questions and much more.
‘Two and A Half Men’ has had an interesting run over its course. The show, which lasted for 12 seasons, faced controversies; from the lead actor getting drunk on the set to being replaced, or creator Chuck Lorre getting sued. The controversies were endless. But what left the audience even more shocked was the bizarre series finale that was released in 2015. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane and figure out why exactly the series is etched in our memories forever, and which moments stand out the most.
- Charlie Sheen: Who is that anyway?
- The case of the falling pianos: What did it mean?
- Saying goodbye to all the men and women of ‘Two and a Half Men’
Here is a breakdown of the series finale and all the moments that made us go “Woah, that did not just happen!”
Charlie Sheen: Who is that anyway?
Charlie Sheen, somewhere in the middle of the series, became a victim of alcohol and drug addiction. He started showing up on the set drunk and started arguing with everyone there. When things got out of hand, Chuck Lorre had to step in to help, but that also did not last long. Sheen also made it a point to badmouth Lorre post his firing.
But Lorre did not let the issue go quietly. Taking his sweet revenge on Sheen, the finale of the series went from being believable to being absurd. In the finale episode, in a crazy situation that unfolded, it was revealed that Charlie’s stalker-turned-wife Rose had kidnapped him and kept him chained in her basement for the past four years. But the end for Charlie came in the finale when, after escaping her, a giant piano fell on top of him.
And soon after, the camera panned out revealing that a piano also fell on Chuck Lorre (creator) and killed him too.
So, what did the abrupt, weird end mean for both of them?
The case of the falling pianos: What did it mean?
Watching the finale felt like one surprise after the another, and not necessarily good ones. After the pianos rained down from the skies, like it was just a rainy afternoon, many fans and critics took to the internet to make sense of what it all meant.
The common and most accepted interpretation can be narrowed down to a very straightforward analogy. After the debacle of Sheen getting kicked out of the show became public knowledge, the issue soon turned messy. Sheen challenged Lorre, sued him, and promised that there was no way the show could survive without him.
Lorre carried on the show for four more seasons but did not enjoy the kind of success that ‘Two and a Half Men’ had enjoyed in its peak Charlie Sheen days. In retrospect, the piano dropping on both of them was a homage to neither of them emerging from the situation as winners.
Where did the other characters of the show end up?
Saying goodbye to all the men and women of ‘Two and a Half Men’
After Charlie gets the gift of life, he uses his time to amend his past mistakes. He used royalties to repay the people he had wronged, including ex-fiancees Mia and Chelsea, and estranged daughter Jenny.
Meanwhile, Jake is married with kids to a pole dancer in Japan and ends up hitting big in Vegas. He turns the $250,000 Charlie sent him into $2.5 million and lives happily ever after. Walden is in a new relationship with the social worker Ms McMartin, whose first name was never revealed.
Berta remains happy as Walden and Alan’s housekeeper, pleased with the extra cash Charlie left for her. And that is how after 12 seasons and 262 episodes, ’Two and a Half Men’ came to an end.
Bizarre doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Do you think the ending was bizarre? Which moment shocked you the most? What does the fall of the piano mean to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!