‘Anger Management’ Review: “Charlie’s Dad Breaks Bad”
‘Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 14th episode “Charlie’s Dad Breaks Bad,” as Charlie’s attempts to find his father Martin (Martin Sheen) a hobby see him falling in with a bad crowd, while Patrick (Michael Arden) enlists Lacey (Noureen DeWulf) to help him get even with a former bully.
Previous episode “Charlie and the Ex-Patient” saw Charlie reconnecting with an old patient (Kate Reinders) that policy dictates he not date for several months, while a number of her past therapists attempt to put in time with her as well, so what will the latest episode bring? Are there more laughs to be had in the fourteenth half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or does it go off the rails?
Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 14, “Charlie’s Dad Breaks Bad!”
Charlie and Jen discuss the disturbing trend that lately Martin has been monopolizing both hers and Sam’s time, having too few friends of his own. Just then, Martin returns home with Sam from a day of ship-watching, cemetery-visiting and flag discussion, with plans to return to take her to dinner later. Her parents assure Sam she needn’t indulge her grandfather so much, but she isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be around.
In group, Patrick worries that the upcoming visit of his high school bully Gonzolo Rosenblatt for a fashion consultation will send him over the edge, to which Charlie appoints Lacey to be his anger buddy. Meanwhile, Ed laments that his wife made him stop his choir hobby for all the time it took out of his schedule, giving Charlie an idea. Later over drinks, Charlie presents the idea of the choir to his father, who balks at first but ultimately decides to give it a try.
Expecting to arrive back at home after Martin and his choir buddies have cleared out, Charlie and Kate walk in to find the place trashed, and Martin passed out on the couch. Charlie rudely wakes his father, who admits things may have gotten out of hand, particularly with the medication and drugs the guys mix with their alcohol.
Sharing a beer at Jen’s house, Charlie is interrupted by a call from Brett, who explains that Martin and his choir buddies are raucously driving away all the customers from the bar, With Jen unwilling to help, Charlie picks his father up from the bar, and presses on the way home that his father has no business acting like a reckless teenager anymore.
The next day at Patrick’s store Lacey readies herself to support her friend, at least until she sees that Patrick’s high school tormenter has grown into an attractive, successful man. Gonzalo remembers how they called Patrick “Patty,” not for his orientation but rather his Irishness, while Lacey continues to flirt. Lacey gives Gonzalo her number, but claims in private that she’ll stand him up as payback for Patrick
At the other end of a doorbell ring, Charlie finds several of the other choir member’s children, who accuse Martin of being the ringleader in the group’s behavior. Charlie confronts his father about the accusation, but Martin acts like a typical teenager, ignoring Charlie for his phone and dismissing all his son’s rules and regulations. Playing the part, Charlie take’s his father’s car keys.
The next day, Gonzalo returns to Patrick’s store inquiring about Lacey, who didn’t stand him up but rather went back to his place following a solitary drink. Patrick confronts Lacey at her own job, who unapologetically admits she shifted her plan to include leaving Gonzalo after ten years, and several children. Patrick fumes, but Lacey compromisingly offers up that his high school tormentor at least has ugly feet.
Charlie and Mike commiserate over how hard it’s been to parent their own parents, as Mike notices that Martin is stealing Charlie’s car. Charlie elects to call the police, who later bring Martin home after catching him driving too slowly by the airport. Martin admits to his son that he pondered flying back to Cincinnati to see Corinne, who recently served him with final divorce papers, explaining his rash behavior of late. Charlie contends that his father may no longer be young, or even a catch, but at least has his health…sadly.
One would be hard pressed to argue that Martin Sheen’s presence considerably opens up ‘Anger Management’ beyond his son’s usual sitcom quippiness, but “Charlie’s Dad Breaks Bad” seems more or less a rehash of the season premiere’s second half, again displaying the elder characters rash behavior confronted by Charlie. No one expects ‘Anger Management’ to break new ground exactly, but by this point it would behoove the writers to find some fresher material for the elder Sheen to play, even if some of the “teenager” behavior affords a few chuckles.
Did you enjoy the latest from of ‘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 & Jen Together Again” on FX!