'Anger Management' Review: "Charlie Gets Lindsay Lohan in Trouble"

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Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 22nd overall episode “Charlie Gets Lindsay Lohan in Trouble,” as Charlie strikes up a relationship with Lindsay Lohan after treating her at a commercial shoot, but soon finds his actions worsening her relationship with the press.

Last week's episode “Charlie Dates Crazy, Sexy, Angry” saw Charlie falling back into a relationship with Lori (Denise Richards), while the group tried to find Lacey a match and Kate and Jen shared a girls’ night out, so what will the latest episode bring?  Are there more laughs to be had in the twenty-second half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or does it have a worse reputation than Lindsay Lohan herself?

Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 22, “Charlie Gets Lindsay Lohan in trouble!”

We open on the familiar sight of Lindsay Lohan in handcuffs, as police lead her away from Charlie’s driveway, opening her car to find a number of empty bottles. Lindsay screams to Charlie that it’s all his fault, as police place her in a squad car.

72 hours earlier, Charlie leads the group in session as they complain about a lack of donuts, while Patrick urges Lacey not to eat anything, lest she gain weight before modeling one of his dresses. Distracted, Lacey reports that "TNZ" lists Lindsay Lohan as having an anger management therapist on the set of her new commercial, which Charlie reluctantly admits his involvement in.

Later, Lindsay Lohan shoots a Japanese commercial for a whiskey-flavored gum, storming off the set when a man in a panda suit gets too frisky with her. Charlie hears her out that the director changed the script to make fun of her more than she agreed, to which Charlie agrees to talk to the director himself. Appreciative that Charlie was willing to stand up for her and respect her, the two fall into bed together later that night.

The next morning, Michael brings over more empty bottles for Sam’s recycling project, stunned to find Lindsay Lohan casually walking into the kitchen for coffee and sauntering out. Flabbergasted, Michael asks if he can keep her sunglasses, but Charlie declines and tosses the pair in her purse. Even as Michael assures Charlie that celebrities and regular people don’t mix, Charlie and Lindsay enjoy the peace of their new arrangement, and Lindsay offers to help with his prison therapy group to knock off some of her own community service.

The prisoners largely gawk at Lindsay, taking little time to heed her actual words on anger management before she departs. Charlie admits to the prisoners that he isn’t sure how to feel about his new relationship with the girl, but the discussion is interrupted when Lindsay returns, upset by a leaked press report about her behavior on the commercial.

Waiting for Jen and Sam to arrive, Lindsay learns that a famed dress designer will loan her a gown for an upcoming charity event, to which she invites Charlie. Jen and Sam show up, gawking even as Jen expresses her disapproval of the relationship, before Jen finds a pair of Sam’s sunglasses in Lindsay’s purse. Charlie insists that he put them there by accident, but Jen storms out over the apparent theft, even as Sam remains giddy that Lindsay stole something of hers.

Lacey arrives to Patrick’s apartment in tears over breaking up with her boyfriend, leaving a nasty message over the phone as Patrick undresses her and attempts to put on his gown. Patrick finds that it doesn’t fit, to which Lacey admits to consuming an entire pie in grief, and Patrick does his best to console her as he fights to get the zipper up.

Lindsay and Charlie return from the grocery store, Lindsay happy to be doing normal activities, but the moment is quickly soured by a passing photographer who mistakes powdered sugar on their noses for cocaine. Later that night, the paparazzi surround Charlie’s house as Lindsay worries about making it to the charity gala, and Charlie develops an idea.

Charlie invites the group over after Patrick’s gallery, introducing them to Lindsay, and outfitting Lacey to serve as a decoy to the press. Clad in a wig and disguise, Lacey willingly faces the ravenous photographers, but Lindsay questions the strategy of sending someone with anger problems to pretend to be her in front of press. Indeed, Lacey makes a mess and fails to get to the car, so Lindsay prepares to face the press. That is of course, until Charlie adjusts her dress, loosening the threads and sending the beads that comprise the top tumbling to the ground. Lindsay laments that Charlie seems to be destroying her life, and asks to borrow Lacey’s dress.

Their relationship at an end, Charlie wishes Lindsay well before she drives off, getting as far as the driveway when she backs into a passing cop car. The cops naturally mistake Sam’s recycling bottles for Lindsay’s, and haul her away, while Patrick is happy to see his dress featured on TV after all.

Ah, Lindsay Lohan. It would serve no purpose to comment on the continued struggles of the actress, from awkward Letterman interviews to the continued TMZ coverage of her upcoming rehab stint. Rather, it's simply nice to see the real Charlie Sheen gave Lohan a bit of a break with the 'Anger Management' appearance, letting the troubled starlet blow off a bit of steam over her media perception. It's hard to separate the fanfare of Lindsay's presence from your average 'Anger Management' episode (notice that series standout Selma Blair makes no appearance), but plausibility issues aside, "Charlie Gets Lindsay Lohan in trouble" at least feels more upbeat and interesting, while still allowing a side-story for Patrick and Lacey.

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

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