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‘Anger Management’ Review: “Charlie and the Virgin”

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Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 40th overall episode, “Charlie and the Virgin,” as Charlie’s misunderstanding with Kate leads him into a relationship with a virgin patient, while Jen panics over an accidental tattoo.

Previous episode, “Charlie and the Hit and Run,” saw Martin’s car accident lead him to take drastic measures in hiding his money, while Lacey and her sister Satine fought over Nolan. So what did the latest episode bring? Were there more laughs to be had in the fortieth half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or do we feel a bit sore?

Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 40, “Charlie and the Virgin”!

Outside Kate’s office, Charlie encounters and briefly flirts with a woman, only to learn from Kate the woman is a virgin they’ve considered hiring a professional “sex surrogate” for. In discussing the search for someone however, Charlie makes the mistake of assuming Kate meant to imply he should be the one. Charlie visits the woman, Erica, at her job to introduce himself, as Erica mistakes him for the surrogate and they make plans.

Sam and Jen’s new surfer boyfriend Canvas (Greg Cipes) return home and show off their new Chinese symbol tattoos, leading Jen to freak out about her daughter. After Jen leaves, the pair reveal the tattoos to be fake as a lesson for Jen. Meanwhile, Kate meets with the real sex surrogate Dr. Higgins, as the two debate how someone unprofessional might lead Erica to form an unhealthy attachment, and Charlie shows up to Erica’s door doing exactly that.

The next day, Charlie prepares to brag about his accomplishments to Kate, only to realize his mistake with Erica and panic. Later, Charlie tells Michael his worry that Erica will form an unhealthy attachment, to which the woman shows up at his door moments later. Erica drops off a present, but expresses her understanding at the one-time nature of the arrangement, leading Charlie to confess the truth. Erica seems relieved however, and suggests they could then actually date, without telling Kate.

Jen arrives home to show Sam and Canvas that she too got a tattoo, to which the pair confess their tattoos were only fake. Meanwhile, Charlie arrives to Kate’s office to find her furious the “surrogate” is dating Erica, thinking it to be Dr. Higgins. The man himself arrives, and Charlie does his best to keep the truth under wraps before Kate finally catches on.

The next night at dinner with Erica, Charlie sees her noticing men left and right, and encourages her to sew her wild oats rather than tie herself down too quickly. The next day, Charlie examines Jen’s tattoo before Kate arrives and sees the symbols to mean “sack of rice,” not “sacrifice.” Charlie explains to Kate that he broke up with Erica, though Kate predicted she’d need to find other men first.

Though a bit crass (and presumably one of Selma Blair’s final appearances, we’ll admit to a few chuckles over the course of “Charlie and the Virgin.” If anything, the episode feels a bit underwritten with regard to both Charlie and Kate and whatever lesson Sam and Canvas were attempting to teach Jen, as the latter situation escalated a bit ridiculously. Being that Selma Blair had no role in the subsequent week’s episode however, we’re hoping the character doesn’t end on such an entirely ambiguous note.

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

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