June 25, 2012 12:07pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Charlie Sheen Picks Favorite 'Two and a Half Men' Episodes: 'We Were Hungry and We Were Winning'
Charlie Sheen is revisiting his time on Two and a Half Men as a way to promote his new FX comedy, Anger Management.
Ahead of Thursday's series premiere, the ousted star has selected his favorite 24 episodes of his former series as part of a 12-hour marathon starting at 9 a.m. and leading up to the back-to-back episode launch of Anger Management at 9 p.m.
"I've said, it's not how you start, it's how you finish," Sheen said in a statement announcing the news Monday. "Being tasked with the opportunity of picking my favorite 24 episodes presented a scenario that was quite the opposite. As I culled through the mass of shows, eight-plus years, I was met with a theme of innocence.
"I felt lighter, younger. I could still hear the jokes and the stories we all told in place of rehearsals. I can still see 9-year-old Angus riding his Razor up and down the camera aisle; his self-appointed surrogate guardian Chuck Lorre watching with pride and also concern. I can hear the echoes of Jon's genius, Conchata's laugh, Holland's leadership and Marin's quiet grace. And the crew, the amazing crew.
"These are the memories that I take from this epic time. Not necessarily the work, but the experiences, the friendships created instantly and over time. I hope viewers share a similar feeling or two and a lot of laughs when they tune in. Who cares how it ended; when it was good, it was great. We were in the middle of something big, the return of the sitcom. We were hungry and we were winning," he concluded.
Sheen was fired from CBS' Two and a Half Men after a public meltdown last year. FX picked up Anger Management as a companion piece to Men, which it airs in syndication. Should the first 10 episodes of Anger Management achieve a certain ratings benchmark, it will be picked up for an additional 90 installments, per the cable network's arrangement with distributor Debmar-Mercury.
A complete list of Sheen's favorite episodes follows:
9:00 AM– “Pilot” – Charlie reluctantly allows Alan and Jake to live with him.
9:30 AM– “Go East on Sunset Until You Reach the Gates of Hell” – When Alan's attempt to provide Jake with a fun-filled father/son weekend backfires, Charlie tries to console his brother by taking him to a local bar and getting Alan totally inebriated.
10:00 AM– “Merry Thanksgiving” – When Charlie finds out that his favorite former girlfriend, Lisa, is getting married, he desperately tries to prove to her that he has become a better family man.
10:30 AM– “Camel Filters and Pheromones” – Charlie's cleaning woman brings her sexy and rebellious 16-year-old daughter Prudence to Charlie's house.
11:00 AM– “An Old Flame With a New Wick” – Charlie's old flame, Jill, comes for a visit, but had an operation and is now called "Bill."
11:30 AM– “No Sniffing, No Wowing” – Alan takes Charlie to meet with his sexy and determined divorce attorney, Laura after Judith expresses concern that Charlie is a bad influence on Jake.
12:00 PM– “Just Like Buffalo” – When Jake imitates one of Charlie's sexist remarks in front of Judith's support group, the women decide that Charlie's home is an unfit environment for the child.
12:30 PM– “Back Off, Mary Poppins” – Alan feels hurt when Charlie asks him to stay out of the house while Charlie's buddies come over.
1:00 PM– “Yes, Monsignor” – Charlie encounters Lisa, the woman he thought was "the one" until she informed him of her engagement another man.
1:30 PM– “Smell the Umbrella Stand” – On a boring, rainy weekend, Charlie convinces Alan to ride with Jake and him to Las Vegas.
2:00 PM– “Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab” – When Evelyn learns that Jake spent his entire spring vacation with his other grandparents, she pressures Alan into letting Jake stay with her for a night.
2:30 PM– “Sleep Tight, Puddin’ Pop” –Charlie finds himself in a compromising position after getting drunk and spending the evening with his stalker, Rose.
3:00 PM– “That Voodoo That I Do Do” – After Charlie's romantic overtures towards Mia an attractive ballet teacher are rejected, Charlie tries to prove to Alan that he can persuade Mia to go on a date with him.
3:30 PM– “Santa’s Village of the Damned” – When Alan dates a cooking instructor, Sandy, both he and Charlie gain weight.
4:00 PM– “Arguments for the Quickie” – When Charlie finds out that his ex-girlfriend, Mia is in town with her dance troupe and wants him to come to her performance, he opts not to go and tries to behave as if he were no longer attracted to her.
4:30 PM– “That Pistol-Packin’ Hermaphrodite” – With Charlie and Mia arranging their wedding, their families meet, and things immediately begin to fall apart.
5:00 PM– “Release the Dogs” – Unable to sleep, Alan takes Charlie's suggestion and goes for a jog on the beach.
5:30 PM– “Is There a Mrs. Waffles?” – Charlie finds success as a children's singing star, making Alan miserable.
6:00 PM– “David Copperfield Slipped Me a Roofie” – Convinced that Alan's family doesn't fully appreciate him, Melissa invites Alan to live with her and her mom.
6:30 PM– “Baseball Was Better With Steroids” –Charlie starts to question his relationship with Chelsea when he hears that Mia is back in town.
7:00 PM– “I Found Your Mustache” – Charlie and Chelsea have a post-breakup one-night stand.
7:30 PM– “Gumby With a Pokey” – While Alan and Jake go to Sacramento to pick up a grandfather clock, Charlie gets a prescription for medical marijuana to help him sleep and forget about Chelsea.
8:00 PM– “Hookers, Hookers, Hookers” – Lyndsey and Eldridge move into Charlie's house after Alan burns down their home.
8:30 PM– “Chocolate Diddlers or Mr. Puppy’s Dead” – When Charlie and Courtney break up, Charlie falls into a depression and goes to see his psychiatrist.