Last night on 2 Broke Girls, the second episode of season 3 was not a continuation of the girls’ cupcake shop opening, but just another day in the life of two diner workers, and every possible idiosyncratic moment that could occur in an otherwise innocent setting.
The adventures of Max and Caroline went on, as this time it was the online fundraiser site Kickstarter that was the first butt of jokes. It begins when Caroline rips her pants, and while for time being using staples to keep it together, attempts to convince others to raise money for not the same pair she wore, but for a nice, expensive pair of Dries Van Noten slacks. For Max, her thing was getting a new phone, a much more updated and in the now cellphone, and as impressively, the writers inter-played mocking the kindness and Kickstarter, Caroline’s urge for a return to her former life as a heiress, the compulsive nature of owning a smartphone, and a minor misstep on Max’s part of her and Caroline’s friendship.
While the curt humor as stinging as ever, what separated this episode from the first was the relationship between the girls, Caroline, who is much more forward for her appreciation of Max, her feelings are hurt when Max admits that Caroline was getting a bit preoccupied with her new pants, but she accidentally sent her annoyance in a chain text through her new phone. Both girls react genuinely aflutter with feelings of betrayal and making a big mistake. As Caroline is on the verge of tears, it’s Max’s turn to show her true colors of platonic love for her partner in crime, and while since the show’s beginning, Caroline has always been the one vying for Max vocalizing their connection, it took three seasons for Max to actually do so. Their minor mishap quickly dissolves as for a show as deliciously profane for its self-indulgent take on race, economics, sex, and the workplace, this was a Precious Moments scene for the saucy Max and slight more jolly demeanor.
No episode would be complete without a little tag and pull at the constant presence at stereotypes and whether we notice such familiar attributes in everyday life. When Max gets her new phone, the character “Chiandra” is her salesperson, a super sassy, Afro and proud, talon nailed, young black woman. Like Han who is the Lloyd (from Entourage) of 2 Broke Girls, as a short, smart but gullible Asian man, Chiandra’s characterization was an ode to the snapping fingers, extremely witty and she doesn’t even know it black women of America. Chiandra could’ve been easily offensive, but what 2 Broke Girls does so well is that they are in on the joke of why do we pay attention to these generalizations so much (is it because they bother us? ), why does it matter, and what does our reactions to them say about us in return.