‘Anger Management’ Review: “Charlie Kills His Ex’s Sex Life”
'Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 41st overall episode, “Charlie Kills His Ex's Sex Life,” as Charlie's physical challenges of Jen's boyfriend Canvas (Greg Cipes) leads to grave consequences, while Patrick helps Lacey cope with a difficult modeling shoot..
Previous episode, “Charlie and the Virgin,” saw Charlie's misunderstanding with Kate lead him into a relationship with a virgin patient, while Jen panicked over an accidental tattoo. So what did the latest episode bring? Were there more laughs to be had in the forty-first half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or was it D.O.A.?
Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 41, “Charlie Kills His Ex's Sex Life”!
Lacey announces to the group that she’ll be leaving therapy to start her dream as a model for “Mommart,” though Charlie expresses his reservations. Later, Jen brings Canvas over to help feng shui Charlie’s house, and Charlie’s miscommunicated suggestion that she throw a barbecue to get everyone to like her new-age boyfriend backfires into Charlie throwing the barbecue himself.
At the event, Martin and Ed both riff on Canvas while Charlie attempts to defend the man, but Canvas loses Charlie’s goodwill when he begins pointing out their relative age difference, and offering him a homemade walking stick. Charlie moves to the kitchen, lamenting to Mike that they haven’t gotten too old, before challenging Canvas to a game of basketball as proof.
Hours later, the game only ends when Canvas rolls his ankle and Charlie claims it as a defeat. Charlie agrees to let the couple stay over, while elsewhere Lacey arrives to Patrick’s sobbing, having mistakenly not read her modeling shoot as “Mom Mart.” Patrick agrees to help her through the shoot and return the clothes, while later in Charlie’s guest bed, Jen finds that Canvas has inexplicably died after sex.
Later, Charlie explains the situation to Brett over drinks, as Brett suggests Charlie throw a memorial for those unable to attend his Delaware funeral. Lacey meanwhile arrives back to her shoot in a sexed up version of her “mom” outfit, which the photographer surprisingly accepts before incorporating a baby into the shoot.
Charlie wears one of Canvas’ “land skirts” to the memorial, though finds even the surfers dressed for the occasion, while Jen leads her ex’s goat Stella into the room. With Jen a wreck, Charlie reluctantly reads her graphic postmortem letter to Canvas, before spinning it into his own memorial for the man, and praise for what Jen brought to his life. That night, Jen learns that Canvas died of heart condition he had ignored, before inviting Charlie to rekindle their relationship out of grief.
The next morning Charlie awakes to find Jen has gone, while downstairs in the kitchen Mike points out that she left in an odd mood. Charlie reveals that he slept with someone he shouldn’t (just as the goat walks out), and reasons he might have messed things up with Jen. Charlie pays a visit to her house, though they both agree to brush the previous night off, even as things seem continually uncomfortable.
Even in death, there lies comedy. Hence, who knew that the best thing to be done with Canvas' over-the-top character would be to kill him off entirely? Yes, it seems surfer stereotypes and physical comedy with a goat can bring a few laughs beyond the obvious sitcom tropes. Not to mention, unless we're mistaken this would be the first time we've actually seen Charlie and Jen get back together, so it might be interesting to see if the thread carries over in future weeks.
Elsewhere, no sign of Kate this week, though externally we learned that Broadway 'Legally Blonde' star Laura Bell Bundy has landed the role of Charlie's new female counterpart, presumably set to appear in a number of weeks. It could be hard to inject life into 'Anger Management' at this point, though -- as tonight proved -- sometimes death really is the answer.
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