‘Two And A Half Men’ Series Finale Recap: Yes, Charlie’s Alive

After 12 seasons, Charlie Sheen going through some serious hot-mess moments and the 'half' man completely bashing the show, 'Two and a Half Men' came to an end on Feb. 19 -- but not without a TON of surprises. We've watched 262 episodes of Chuck Lorre's Two and a Half Men, and were still laughing through the entire hour finale of the sitcom. Of course, the main question was if Charlie Sheen would reprise his role of Charlie (he got fired in season eight, after absolutely attacking the show publicly). So, did he return? Well, we'll fill you in -- and tell you about the other huge stars who made appearances.

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‘Two And A Half Men’ Series Finale

We started with Alan (Jon Cryer) and Walden (Ashton Kutcher) finding out that Charlie (Charlie Sheen) was actually alive all this time and that his crazy wife was hiding him in a pit. Of course, he escaped so they headed to the police to fill them in.

That police office was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who asked Alan and Walden all about Charlie. He even asked if he had “tried Anger Management.” Of course, Jon Cryer added, “He tried but it didn’t work.”

Chuck Lorre Explains ‘Two And A Half Men’ Ending

Throughout the episode there were so so many one liners referencing the real-life stories of the men, but a favorite had to be when the huge return happened — no not Charlie Sheen but Angus T. Jones, who we all knew had quite the meltdown after leaving the show! Naturally he’s married to a woman whose Japanese — he was “shipped off to Japan” when he left the show.

He did crack a few dumb jokes while there, but our favorite was Walden’s come back; “It’s amazing that you’ve made so much money with such stupid jokes.” With that, all three turned and looked at the camera. That’s a good point.

One Liners Everywhere

Here’s a few more quick bits you may have missed:

“He didn’t think I could go on without him, but it turns out, I was sort of a co-lead,” Jon Cryer, clearly referring to Charlie Sheen.

At one point, Walden made some calls to say his goodbyes but when he called his ex-wife, she was hooking up with John Stamos. He tells John that he’s “just a handsome guy who got lucky on a sitcom.” Any Full House joke is a good one in our book.

In a text from Charlie to Walden . . . which might as well have been from Sheen to Ashton himself: “You despicable troll.. you thought you could replace my ninja awesomeness, you lame clown. I will deploy my army of assassins to destroy you. I will bring my bayonets of truth to the hexagon of death where I will carve my initials into your reptilian skull and cover you in tiger blood.”

Well come on, no explanation needed there.

The Ending: Where’s Charlie?

Regardless to say, it was an episode dedicated to Charlie in a way, but did he return? Well not exactly. The police thought they found him (it actually was Christian Slater) when they found a man in a golf shirt and shorts, but instead, a man wearing that outfit showed up at the house, but we could only see from behind: and then he got crushed by a piano. Who did it? Well, with that, the camera zoomed out and we saw creator, Chuck Lorre sitting in his chair. “Winning,” he says.

Yes, the perfect ending to what seemed to be a never-ending sitcom. And let’s be honest, after their feud, and Chuck not bringing him back for the finale, it was clear that he was the one who won. You can rewatch that last scene here.

— Emily Longeretta