Styx garnered a mention on the hour-long series finale of the long-running CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, which aired at 9 pm EST on Thursday, February 19.
The namecheck occurred during a scene at a kitchen table where Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) and Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) were discussing a possible revenge plot by Alan’s brother Charlie Harper. Charlie had been presumed dead 4 years ago, but was actually being held against his will in a well in a basement dungeon by his mentally unstable stalker-cum-wife, Rose (Melanie Lynskey) before he escaped through a window. Charlie was, of course, played for 8 seasons by Charlie Sheen until his infamous meltdown over a conflict with Men creator Chuck Lorre, leading to his being fired from the show in March 2011. (Spoiler alert — Sheen never appears in the finale himself.)
“I’ll say it one more time,” Alan pleads to Walden. “Resort hotel until the cops find him. We can be in Vegas in 2 hours. Styx is playing Mandalay Bay!”
As all good Styx fans know, the band has played Mandalay Bay a number of times, most recently at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 22, 2010. Prior Styx gigs at Mandalay Bay occurred in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2007. Most recently in Las Vegas, the band played at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on January 18, 2015. And a sold-out Styx concert filmed at the Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on July 25, 2014 will begin airing as an AXS-TV special on March 15 at 8 pm EST.
This final Men episode — number 262 of the show’s 12-year run — was written by Chuck Lorre, Lee Aronsohn, Don Reo, and Jim Patterson, and can be viewed on demand, on the CBS Mobile app, or through the CBS All Access service. The Styx mention occurs about 46 minutes into the hour-long show.
Written By: Mike Mettler
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