‘Two and a Half Men’ review: How did Miley Cyrus do?

We weren’t quite sure that we would like Miley Cyrus upon first hearing that she was cast for a guest arc on “Two and a Half Men,” but we have to admit that we were wrong after watching the episode Thursday night. Why? Not only was she funny, but she really blended into the charter she was playing so much that she was not even that recognizable as Miley Cyrus.

Basically, the former “Hannah Montana” star played the part here of Missi (short for Mississippi, the river and not the state!), a high-strung and talkative young woman who also happened to be the daughter of one of Walden’s closest friends. From the get-go, it looked as though Ashton Kutcher’s character had an interest in her even despite her talking a million miles an hour, but there was a problem. What was it? Basically, she thought he was too old and perfect for her mom; plus, she was completely and totally into Jake.

What made Cyrus work so well in this part was that she was completely committed, even to a character that was inherently annoying and would never have much of a shot at winning over many people who just don’t like talkative southern belles. But ultimately, she did infuse just enough heart into Missi that even if she never shut up, she was someone you were still interested in and wanting to know more about … at least until she broke Jake’s heart in the end by saying that she may be getting back with an ex-boyfriend. This was a nice way to end her story for now since it does not necessarily guarantee a future return, but we’re sure that we will see Missi turn up at least one more time before this is all said and done.

What we really learned from this episode was rather simple, and it doesn’t have much to do with Walden or Alan; rather, we were reminded yet again that Miley is at her best in a studio in front of a live audience, and she would do rather well on an adult sitcom in a full-time role if the writing was good enough. If she could that as well as singing, then that really would be the best of both worlds.

What did you think about this episode, and about Miley’s performance?

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