2 Broke Girls: Season 3
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2 Broke Girls: Season 3

Traditionally, television sitcoms centered on families. In the 50s that meant the so-called nuclear family, that, who goes off to some unnamed job, mom stays at home thinking and frequently three children, a boy and girl teenager in a young boy provides the necessary hijinks. Now that paradigm no longer represents the current definition of family. As more recent offerings in the genre have shown it can be a group of friends were a close-knit group of co-workers. One of the strongest sit-coms currently offered by CBS is ‘2 Broke Girls’. Experiencing some fallout with some legal maneuvering over on the flagship sitcom, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ there was some shifting in time slot and postponements, but the series never rated and had been renewed for a fourth. So many high concept comedies like this self-destruct after seasonal to because they cannot present themselves sufficiently robust to maintain interest in the fan base. Although the central premise here, too young women opposites of each other becoming friends and forming a business, has remained the same. The details of their personal and professional lives with a state of flux guaranteed to reinvent the approach of the show consistently. A certain spark is reignited each season by the introduction of a new twist in the circumstances. This also allows for the cast of characters to be challenged by shifts in their relationship dynamics.

Two women in their mid-20s, Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), through happenstance, the titular two girls begin working together as waitresses in a close friendship begin to develop, albeit begrudgingly at first. The necessary dichotomy created socioeconomic lines. Max grew up poor, had to survive on her own developing strong sense of street smarts in the process. Caroline, on the other hand, grew up the daughter of a billionaire. That is until her father was court running a Ponzi scheme and sent to prison if the bankrupting his family. In the reverse of a show like ‘Fresh Prince,' where a street smart kid becomes nouveau riche, here the young woman of wealth and privilege finds herself nouveau poor. Max is great at three things; using her ample cleavage to get what she wants, frequently derogatory bon mots and making the best cupcakes around. Caroline was graduated one of the top business schools and comes up with a plan to combine of business acumen with Max’s culinary talent to form their own business, ‘Maxes Cupcakes.' At the end of each episode, we hear a cash register sound with the total amount of assets appearing; sometimes higher than before, sometimes lower. Although each season, the sets of restricted to the garden apartment the girls share, complete with pet horse and cat or their workplace, a small diner located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. That was once an area that I frequented, and I’ve had many meals in places such as this, and the eccentric staff is not unusual.

One of the most encouraging things about this series is they do not permit the central theme to languish. Young women are determined to create a successful business, and instead of the human beings derived from the typical family mishaps, the other writers have achieved an excellent balance between personal and professional conundrums. In the second season, they had attempted to open up a storefront which while initially appeared promising the idea ultimately failed. The setback with hopeless until the conclusion of that season while making extra money cleaning up the dinner for its owner, the diminutive and usually clueless, Han Lee (Matthew Moy), they make a discovery that will revitalize their business plan. They find a back room that faces the street behind the diner. Making a deal with Han, Max, and Caroline can turn it into the kitchen with a walk by the window at the point-of-sale. Although not often addressed, the series does manage to consider a point of reality; they have only two waitresses for the diner, who works the other shift? The answer comes with an ancillary character, John (Patrick Cox), one of two homosexual characters who is depicted to be fully realistic stereotypically. John immediately has a crush on the cook, Oleg (Jonathan Kite), who is proactively heterosexual and is in a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship with a woman who lives in the same building as the girls, Sophie Kaczynski (Jennifer Coolidge). Rounding out the motley crew of the diner elderly African-American men, Earl (Garrett Morris), who has a very grandfatherly attitude towards the girls and always make sure that maxes hooked up with the best cannabis in the borough.

The third season is, without a doubt, the one where the most changes are introduced. Although normally self-report a series on ‘shark jump watch,' this series not only resident better than most. It embraced the changes and flourished. Realizing that her street credit can only go so far in establishing a real-world business, Max realizes that she needs to go for some formal training. When Caroline finds brochures for pastry schools, hitting among Max’s belongings, she is elated for her friend in their business. They decide on a small but prestigious school, ‘Manhattan School of Pastry.' Although Max does gain entry to tuition is beyond their means; that is until Caroline strikes up a deal with the owner, Nicholas (Gilles Marini). Instead of compensation, Nicholas will allow Max to attend tuition free. You know something is going to happen in a sitcom, with too many of the characters is experiencing happiness. In this particular instance, the disruption on the horizon occurs when Caroline begin to have an affair with Nicholas. Although this is pretty common for the show, she has a different boyfriend every season; this one breaks when a phone calls new rules of morality; Nicholas is married.

In this season, Max also has a shot at having a relationship. One of her fellow students and partner at her cooking station, Deke Bromberg (Eric André), quickly find themselves in a very serious, monogamous relationship. Unlike most of the relationships that Max has been in this one is not dysfunctional or distractive; Deke is funny, loving insincere. Considering the format that has to be something quirky about him, he lives in a dumpster. He has taken over in an abandoned dumpster and retrofitted it with ventilation in the door as a makeshift apartment. Considering the minuscule square footage that marketed as apartments in New York City, the dumpster can pretty much is considered a single room, dwelling. Max is more than willing to accept the accommodations since they had relocated his dumpster close to the diner so she can get to work on time, even after sleeping over. As the season progresses, that point in the relationship manifests the parents want to meet the woman in their son’s life. Extremely nervous, Max has Caroline accompany them. Once there, Deke’s parents, who are exceptionally wealthy, have a difficult time accepting the unvarnished Max. When friends of the parents come over it comes out that Caroline is the daughter of the man who ruled them financially. The friends had to move from the penthouse all the way down to the fourth floor of the election rebuilding, such horrors. Been Deke’s father confides in Caroline about a secret, the former heiress works it out, disrupting the parent social status.

In typical fashion for any startup venture, the network yo-yos dipping down to a few hundred dollars and bouncing back to a couple of thousand. As a statistician, I couldn’t resist the urge to graph the figures displayed at the ending, and there is a definite positive slope to the resulting equation. The significance of this is that it lays the groundwork for an exceptionally important aspect of the premise. Max and Caroline are in it for the long haul; they expect setbacks in the expect times when things will go well. At this point, their friendship is a solid list any could be, and they are more than willing and able to rather what happens together. This is where the heart of the series is contained, how these two polar opposite young women managed to find common ground and form a very close friendship. This is expertly infused with archetypes that are completely opposed to what is normally found in this format. First and foremost, a twenty-something blonde is almost inevitably lacking in any intellect. Caroline is extremely smart, having taken full advantage of the educational opportunities afforded to her. Although initially knocked off kilter with the evaporation of the family fortune, she has managed to not only adapt to the new environment but flourish within it. You might think that a series like this would be all about the streetwise Max constantly tutoring a naïve new friend in the rays of the world. Rather than becoming trapped in that rather limiting scenariont the tutoring manages to go both ways. Caroline becomes better versed in the ways of the world outside the protective walls of a penthouse, while Max learns to embrace her talents and gain a degree of self-respect provide and ambition a lack of upbringing never could provide.

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Posted 10/23/2014                09/08/2017

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