There are a few things that stand out from this episode that advanced my love for Charlie:
It begins and ends with Charlie dancing. First up, it’s a sort of an about-to-slap-your-butt movie which morphs into an impressive snake. In the final scene, Charlie gets dissed at the prom and stands awkwardly by himself until he raises his hands in praise for the awesomeness of Alphaville’s Forever Young.
It shows off Charlie in a tux and combed hair. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like the dirty guy with a hygiene problem that never changes clothes. But it’s a treat to see him all primped up.
It proves what a gentleman he is. This is a subtle one, but here’s the evidence. (1) He saves high school student and prom date Sarah from a fight with her boyfriend with an in-your-face “Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey. Give me some eyes. Look at me. Cool your jets. Beat it!” Very effective and intimidating. (2) He shares his army green jacket with Dee after they’ve all escaped the high school house party in their pathetic version of the walk of shame. (3) He knows when to let a man-boy cut into his prom slow dance.
It showcases his expressive eyebrows and hand gestures. Charlie drops a few air quotes, puts an L-to-the-forehead, gives a thumbs up and raises one brow multiple times — all in this one episode. Gotta give it up for an expressive guy.
He speaks the truth. One of the best lines of the episode comes from Charlie: “This isn’t a morality contest.”
At the very beginning of the episode, Dennis proclaims, “I love that little man.” I agree!
Posted by: Mariela