Who Are You Calling a Dummy?

by Jaime Weinman

The second and third-most-popular CBS comedies had a little too much of, respectively: Penny/Leonard (can’t they just leave him at the North Pole and give Penny and Sheldon more time for hilarious bits like the door-knocking routine?) and Ted (not a bad episode, but why spend a whole half-hour on a relationship nobody cared about and a creepy, self-loving lead character who pities himself because true love hasn’t come to him by the time he’s 30?).

But while I left halfway through the world’s most popular comedy, Two and a Half Men — I actually don’t dislike it, it just doesn’t compel me to watch it all the way through — I’m now left wondering: since part of the episode involved Jon Cryer getting a ventriloquist’s dummy, was there a scene in the second half where someone talks to the dummy as if it’s real? Because quite apart from shows like Soap that built four years’ worth of stories on that gag, it’s tradition that any episode involving a ventriloquist’s dummy must involve a scene where a character acts like the dummy is real. Now I may have to check the West Coast feed of TaaHM just to see which character followed tradition and tried to kill the dummy.




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Who Are You Calling a Dummy?

  1. Maybe this is just the nerd in me, but I really like Leonard. He gives me someone to empathize with on the show rather than just laugh at. It strikes me that someone to empathize with is kind of important in a sitcom. It’s hard to enjoy ‘the zany neighbours’ unless the main characters are people you care about (in particular, you care about them being annoyed by the zany neighbours).

    On an unrelated note, the snuggie reference was priceless!

  2. To your question: Yes, in the second half Charlie threatened to kill the dummy; the dummy and Alan carried on a conversation at several points, with the dummy speaking independently in a menacing manner.

    Side note: Don’t forget the CanCon edition of “evil ventriloquist dummy”: Conky made several appearances as Bubbles’ evil alter-ego on Trailer Park Boys — and Ricky tried to “kill” him several times.

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