‘Anger Management’ Review: “Charlie and the Hot Nerd”
‘Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 36th overall episode, “Charlie and the Hot Nerd,” as Charlie tangles with his Comic-Con girlfriend's ex, while Lacey attempts to make a sale as a pharmaceutical representative..
Last week’s episode, “Charlie and the Airport Sext,” saw Charlie’s attempt to fly the group to Tahoe for a weekend celebration get complicated in layover, while Mike agreed to watch the house for the weekend. So what did the latest episode bring? Were there more laughs to be had in the 36th half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or do nerdy laughs come at a cost?
Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 36, “Charlie and the Hot Nerd”!
Lacey explains to the group how she passed certification to be come a "Proloft" sales rep, before session is interrupted by Charlie’s new IT girlfriend Monica, wiring up every appliance in the house to his cell phone. In a moment alone, Monica invites Charlie to go with her to Comic-Con, but Charlie swears that nerds all have it out for him.
Nolan takes Lacey to her first sales call, but when the doctor becomes delayed by surgery, Lacey’s anxiety gets the better of her and she downs multiple pills to calm down. Elsewhere, Monica shows off her skimpy Comic-Con costume, and gets multiple texts from her jealous ex-boyfriend Kent. Against Monica’s wishes, Charlie steals the man's number, and invites him to a sit down meeting.
Charlie meets the young man at the bar to try and smooth things over, but Kent refuses to back off, and vows to make Charlie’s life a living hell if he continues to see Monica. Meanwhile, Lacey finally gets around to meeting with the doctor, though the pills have clearly taken their toll, and the doctor ignores her slurring pitches to call for help.
Charlie tries on his medieval-themed Comic-Con costume, before Patrick arrives at the front door distraught about an e-mail Charlie had supposedly sent him. Charlie realizes his account must have been hacked, before all the appliances that Monica previously wired begin operating out of control. Monica enters and realizes Kent must be involved, before the man himself appears on Charlie’s TV demonstrating his threat. Rather than listen however, Charlie simply cuts power to the house from his circuit breaker.
The next day, Mike watches Charlie empty out the content of his refrigerator, before Charlie realizes that Kent wiped his patient records and invoices from his laptop. After enlisting Mike’s help, Charlie manages to confront Kent in a bathroom at the San Diego convention center, where Kent admits he wishes he could be more of a jock like Charlie. Kent still refuses to grant Charlie his files back however, forcing Charlie to give the nerd a swirly in the toilet.
The next day in session, Lacey reveals that the doctor had actually been impressed the pills didn’t kill her, and ordered a case regardless. Charlie explains that he got his e-mail account back to normal, though Monica dumped him out of sympathy for Kent, and Charlie laments that he neither lost nor gained very much from the ordeal.
Granted an incidental lack of appearance from Selma Blair tonight, we'd be hard pressed to ignore the topics of Comic-Con presented tonight, as they relate to both the upcoming event itself, and the nerd humor derived from the episode. Naturally, even without Chuck Lorre's influence or a connection to 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Anger Management' still manages to grab some low-hanging fruit with regard to attendees of the famous convention, perhaps save for Monica herself.
At the very least, the lack of clutter or peripheral characters made "Charlie and the Hot Nerd" feel a bit less disorganized than usual, allowing more organic wrap-ups for the A and B plots. Given our personal experience with Comic-Con, the event's exclusivity and location seems entirely glossed over by the episode, but only those who have been would recognize the truth.
'Anger Management' certainly has an interesting couple of weeks ahead of it, but for now, it was nice to have a cleaner, more familiar, and overall polished episode.
Did you enjoy the latest from ‘Anger Management’’s ongoing run, or did it make you burn with rage? Join us in two weeks for another all-new ‘Anger Management’ episode recap of “Charlie Dates a Serial Killer's Sister” on FX!