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‘Anger Management’ Review: “Charlie’s Patients Hook Up”

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Anger Management’ continues on its 90-episode, two-year run with its 25th overall episode “Charlie’s Patients Hook Up,” as Charlie’s advice accidentally puts Lacey and Nolan in a relationship, though Charlie suspects Lacey to be using him for his car..

Last week’s episode “Charlie and Kate Horse Around” saw Charlie taking the group to an equine therapy ranch hoping to patch up their differences, while Jen noticed Sam’s interest in a local boy, so what will the latest episode bring?  Are there more laughs to be had in the twenty-fifth half-hour of ‘Anger Management,’ or do we just feel used?

Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Anger Management’ episode 25, “Charlie’s Patients Hook Up!”

Charlie points out that Nolan has seemed especially out of it lately, as Lacey enters the meeting late, having had her driver’s license taken away for chasing down her ex-boyfriend on a sidewalk. After the meeting, Charlie points out that Lacey should refine her taste in men to someone who treats her better, like Nolan for instance, but someone outside of the group.

Later that night, Charlie and Kate finish their latest romp, but Kate protests the idea of Charlie sleeping in her bed as damaging to their relationship arrangement. The next day, Lacey shows up to the meeting somewhat early, having caught a ride with Nolan, who dotes on her hand and foot. Charlie enters his kitchen to find Sam washing her hands vigorously after rescuing her phone from the toilet, but when Charlie re-enters the room, Lacey and Nolan are making out.

During the session, Charlie pressures Lacey and Nolan into admitting their involvement to the group, though Patrick and Ed surprisingly sign off on it, if it could eventually put an end to their therapy.  Charlie insists dating within the group would breed dishonesty and manipulation, while Lacey protests she can change by dating someone like Nolan.

Later, Charlie and Jen install a tracker on Sam’s phone, but quickly find that they’ve installed the wrong address, causing the GPS to malfunction wildly. Lacey again arrives to session early at Charlie’s request, as Charlie forces her to admit that she’s using Nolan to drive her around while she recovers her license. Charlie insists he won’t let Lacey abuse Nolan, but she reminds him anything shared between them would be confidential.

In session, Patrick and Ed quickly sour on the Lacey/Nolan relationship, while Charlie asks to speak to Nolan privately, in spite of Lacey’s reminder. Charlie pretends to be talking about a movie as he spells out that Lacey is using him, though the message takes a bit to sink in. Once Nolan gets it, Charlie urges him to confront Lacey in the car outside, but without the aid of his usual drugs to mellow out.

Outside, Nolan confronts Lacey for her actions, but Lacey insists that men do the exact same thing when it comes to her body. Nolan insists he’d be interested in her regardless of her looks, and Lacey earnestly gives in that they should go do something of his choosing. Pulling out another joint, Nolan chooses the parking lot behind 7-11.

Hours later, Kate notices Nolan’s joint in the living room as Charlie’s computer continues to register false GPS, and Charlie himself paces waiting to hear from Nolan. When the call finally comes, Charlie learns that Nolan and Lacey have been arrested for robbing the 7-11. Charlie races down, as Nolan admits they got hungry and stole materials for s’mores, while Lacey’s probation actually landed her behind bars. Nolan suggests that she should have blamed the theft on him, though Lacey insists she couldn’t have done that to him.

Charlie returns home to find Kate high off Nolan’s joint, and he puts her to bed while she rambles about her love of Crunch-berries. The next morning Kate grumbles that she spent the night, but Charlie makes it up to her by making her a bowl of the cereal.

Well, we had only a matter of time before ‘Anger Management’ put Lacey and Nolan together after all, though the episode shows it has no intention to follow through on changing its group dynamic. Otherwise, the episode seems to suffer from a bit of awkward structuring, as Charlie’s scenes with Kate and the GPS plot with Sam never lead to any real payoff, while the button on Lacey and Nolan’s relationship doesn’t make their future very clear. If we had to guess, anything in the episode will be forgotten by next week.

Did you enjoy the latest from ‘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 and Kate’s Dirty Pictures” on FX!

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