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‘Anger Management’ Review: “Charlie and the Airport Sext”

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Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 35th overall episode, “Charlie and the Airport Sext.” Charlie’s attempt to fly the group to Tahoe for a weekend celebration gets complicated in layover, while Mike agrees to watch the house for the weekend.

Last week’s episode, “Charlie and His New Friend With Benefits,” saw Charlie finding himself involved with one of the women in his study, while Nolan began dating one of Patrick’s elderly friends. So what did the latest episode bring? Were there more laughs to be had in the 35th half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or did things go plane crazy?

Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 35, “Charlie and the Airport Sext”!

While Kate gripes about a rescue dog she regrets taking on, Charlie reveals his weekend plans to take the group to Tahoe in celebration of 30 days without an anger incident. Kate points out that Charlie’s plan puts them in the anger-inducing airport before the actual milestone, a surefire recipe for disaster that Charlie overlooked. Later, Charlie tasks Mike with watching his house for the weekend, as the group arrives to travel to the airport.

On a layover through San Francisco, Ed finds himself confronted by pesky Christian snowboarders, all their flights to be delayed several hours. Charlie sees that a charging station for his phone has been entirely occupied by an Indian family, tasking Lacey to translate with the patriarch. The man refuses to open up a slot for Charlie’s phone, while back in Los Angeles Martin is stunned to find that Jen rented out Charlie’s house to a film crew for the weekend.

Patrick, Nolan and Ed are quickly followed to a bar by the snowboarders, as Patrick attempts to ward them off with his sexuality. Meanwhile, Lacey threatens the Indian family with her Uncle’s criminal connections, forcing them to flee in fear. When Charlie finally charges his phone, he finds he missed a text from Kate that she is ready to commit, and misses sex. Lacey covers for Charlie to grab a flight back to Los Angeles, but before he can board, a TSA agent named Todd reveals himself as the one who caught the foul ball that ruined Charlie’s baseball career, intent on revenge for being ostracized.

Charlie’s frustration with Todd’s petty battery of tests only gets him further in trouble, while back in Los Angeles Jen offers to split the money for the shoot with Martin. Mike enters to find the set and protests, but quickly changes his tune when the set is revealed to be a porn shoot, and leads the crew over to his house instead

Back at the airport, Lacey tells the others of Charlie’s exit, while Charlie begs Todd to let go of his anger, and leave Charlie to pursue a woman finally ready to commit. Flying proves to be a moot point, however, as the extra screening caused him to miss the plane regardless. Charlie returns to the others in defeat and urges them to keep anger-free until the milestone, as back in Los Angeles we see that Kate decided to adopt the dog from earlier, “Rex.”

Having raced home in a rental car to surprise Kate, Charlie’s confusion escalates when Kate continually refers to the dog, not realizing her phone’s auto-correct changed “rex” to “sex.” Kate finally gets the message when she enters the room to find Charlie with his pants off, as she points out she wouldn’t simply flip their earlier decision to stay apart. Attempting to demonstrate her auto-correct again, “do you like my puppy” becomes … well, something else.

Obviously, the big news of the week casts a large shadow over anything ‘Anger Management’ might have had to offer, now that Selma Blair has officially been let go. Given Charlie Sheen’s central role in the series, we doubt if we’ll ever really hear an honest account of what caused such a rift between the two chemistry-driven co-stars, but it lends an extra bit of sadness to the rift between the two characters.

Elsewhere, all the usual ‘Anger Management’ strengths and weaknesses apply, cramming a few good jokes and solid comedic performances into a plot entirely overstuffed with characters. After all, Martin Sheen had next to no involvement in the B-plot of Jen renting out the house to a porn shoot, which had little to no payoff in the first place. The same goes for the group’s tribulations in the airport, which ultimately roll over the important milestone offscreen.

And even if Charlie and Kate are to have any development from their latest misunderstanding, we now know it to be something of a moot point, given Blair’s impending exit.

Did you enjoy the latest from ‘Anger Management’’s ongoing run, or did it make you burn with rage? Join us next week for another all-new ‘Anger Management’ episode recap of “Charlie and the Hot Nerd” on FX!

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