The wait is over. “Anger Management” has arrived.
Charlie Sheen is back. A short year after his public meltdown the actor returns as a retired baseball player whose career came to a screeching halt due to his temper. Obviously, there are some strong parallels to Charlie’s real life at the conclusion of his last gig on “Two and a Half Men.”
But, even in his most embarrassing hour, Charlie retains a sense of humor about the whole thing. In the opening scene of the show premiere he demonstrates this.
Charlie’s character, Charlie Goodman (not to be confused with Charlie Harper), punches a blow up punching dummy named Bobo. Meanwhile he rants…
“You can’t fire me, I quit. You can replace me with some other guy? Go ahead. It won’t be the same.”
Sound familiar? The only way to make this reference more obvious to his breakdown would be if the dummy’s name was Chuck Lorre.
“You may think I’m losing, but I’m not. I’m… Anyway, you get the idea.”
Charlie turns, reveals a room full of his patients. You see, Charlie Goodman is an anger management therapist now and he is demonstrating how to properly express rage to the remainder of his cast sitting on the couch.
Has Charlie really learned his lesson?
Previously, on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Charlie told the host that he was done with winning all together.
“What was I talking about?” Charlie says with a laugh, “I lost my children, my job, my money, my stature, and my mind. What was I winning about? What was I winning?”
And, despite how much people want to try and catch him acting out lately – a haggard Rolling Stone cover to an alleged party in an NYC hotel – Charlie seems to really have grown up.
But not to worry, deep down, Charlie will always be a bad boy. Like “TAHM,” “Management” has all the makings of what we’ve come to love about the star: drinking, sex, and more sex.
“Anger Management” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on FX.