2 Broke Girls: Familiar Teritory

Posted by: , October 21, 2013 in 8:27 am

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I love watching 2 Broke Girls because it reminds me of when I was single and living with my friends in New York City. With my three kids in the suburbs, it feels like a century ago. I was so broke that I paid $100 a month to live on my friend’s couch. Even though I was working full time at a news station, it was entry level, so after my couch rental, I had barely enough to survive, let alone to have a social life.

My friends, and I were all short on cash. Living in Manhattan was an expensive proposition! There were only so many times you could go on a date with that boring investment banker to score a fancy dinner. Besides, we preferred to hangout with each other. Our solution was Ladies Night. In the nineties, not sure if they do this anymore, there were bars that would have free drinks for the ladies on a weekday night in order to lure male visitors. We knew the schedule inside and out. Monday was Bear Bar, Tuesday was McAleers, Wednesday was Ryan’s Daughter, etc. And not only could we drink for free, but they would put out chafing dishes filled with starchy, greasy bar food, like wings and mozzarella sticks. (If you can’t eat that in your 20’s then when can you eat it?) They were gone pretty quickly so we knew to get there before 6 pm if we wanted dinner.

One time, we heard about this new bar that opened and we were anxious to try it. We hadn’t heard about any freebies but decided to investigate. When we got there, it was clear that this was not the type of place that would need promotions to get customers. It was cool, hip and the clientele was older and apparently richer than us. It was time for Plan B. Find a table of guys and get on their tab. We found the perfect group, they were not the best looking, but they were making up for it with the cash they were throwing around. We made eyes, smiled, and in no time, were invited to join them.

They were typical Wall Street guys who thought they were brilliant and hysterical. So we humored them. We listened to their boring stories and laughed at their sexist jokes. But after a few glasses of wine and a delicious artichoke risotto, I had tired of their silly conversation. We had done our part. It was time for the exit. I made the signal to my friend, but she ignored me. I gave another signal, and again was shut down as she continued her conversation with Wall Street #3.

Was she actually enjoying her companion? My other friend and I excused ourselves to the bathroom to discuss strategy. Do we leave her behind? We had both reached our threshold… Inevitably we stuck around and believe it or not our friend found her future husband that night. He actually wasn’t as bad as I initially thought. To this day we all laugh that if that bar had offered free drinks for ladies, they might have never met!

If you need your 2 Broke Girls fix like me, make a note that the show has moved to a NEW TIME – Mondays at 8:30/7:30 pm on CBS. And if you haven’t seen it before, you must check it out!

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2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over their dream of one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke. Sarcastic, street-smart Max Black met the sophisticated, school-smart Caroline Channing when the uptown trust fund princess was having a run of bad luck due to her father’s Wall Street scandal, which caused her to lose all her money and forced her to give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as an entitled rich girl, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she visualizes a lucrative future for them and they begin to save money to reach their start-up money goal of $250,000. As the girls’ cupcake tally expands week-to-week, they become closer to their goal and to each other. At the diner they are surrounded by their offbeat, colorful “work family”: Oleg, an overly flirtatious cook; Earl, a hip 75-year-old cashier; Han, the eager-to-please owner of the diner; and Sophie, the girls’ outrageous upstairs neighbor. As Max and Caroline climb toward their goal, we see that their “smarts” plus their “hearts” might just be the recipe for success.

ON AIR: Mondays (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT)

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