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Anger Management: Episode 1 Recap/Review

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 06/28/2012

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ on FX: Episode 1 Recap/Review

After watching the premiere of Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, it has become apparent that CBS will surely be upset that they let Charlie Sheen go. The world watched what seemed to be a down spiral for Charlie Sheen and questionably the end to his acting career last year, but he has proved us all wrong by coming back full force in his new comedic series. Anger Management on FX will undoubtedly become a hit, watched on televisions everywhere on Thursday nights.

The first episode of this series opens with Charlie Goodson, played by none other than Charlie Sheen, addressing three men in his living room about healthy aggression. It becomes clear that Charlie is an Anger Management Therapist and these men played by, Michael Arden (as Patrick), Derek Richardson (as Nolan), and Barry Corbin (as Ed) are his patients. Mid session, Noureen DeWulf (as Lacey) joins the group adding a source of sarcasm and “spoiled” sassiness.

While addressing the group we find out that Charlie Goodson was once a baseball player with severe anger issues, in turn damaging his baseball career. “Anger took away something that I really loved and I’m here to try and keep that from happening to you.”Anger Management

Charlie Goodson, not only a therapist to the angered patients, is also a divorcee father. His daughter, Sam Goodson, played by Daniela Bobadilla, contrasts Charlie’s mannerisms with a polite and innocent personality. There is an admirable connection between the two.

And, just as we are convinced that Charlie Sheen is portraying a COMPLETELY different side to him, his PG rated sex scene with Selma Blair (as Kate Wales) pulls you back down to reality. Here we see the side of Charlie Sheen that we all remember, and his “no emotions, no strings attached” character comes in to play. Their affair is quite comical and the feelings are mutually reciprocated by Kate.

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Charlie’s manipulation skills are once again proved to us as he convinces Kate to be not only his “friend with benefits” but, his therapist. Her initial reaction is to be completely opposed to the idea, partially due to the fact that as a therapist, sleeping with your patient is unethical, but mainly because that could cause them to become emotionally involved, as she would “be in his head.” Charlie’s mad and wonderful mind tricks Kate, stating that if they were each others therapists it would no longer be an issue and they could continue both their sexual endeavors as well as therapy sessions.

Anger ManagementIt is apparent that Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, compiles more than one of his personas, which is sure to make this series a favorite for many. FX has made no mistake in debuting Charlie Sheen after his ending with CBS. But, as they say, “Every ending is a new beginning.” And this is sure to be a new beginning for Charlie Sheen. If I had a dollar for every time I laughed during this first episode I would be almost as rich as Charlie Sheen himself!



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