I’ve spent years living in North Brooklyn but I really didn’t know anything about it until I was able to see how it was portrayed by 2 Broke Girls, a hackneyed, LA-filmed sitcom created by the “brain” behind Sex and the City and the “brain” behind Whitney. This column will keep track of all the knowledge dropped and questions answered, like: Why do hipsters wear knit hats? Because of Coldplay…of course (seriously, this was one of the first jokes of the series).
This week I learned…
Don’t get between a hipster and his cheese
Last seen as Zooey Deschanel’s cheating ex-boyfriend on The New Girl—something that must have earned him truckloads of Williamsburg cred—this scraggly, lost-relative of Shaggy (Scooby Doo’s friend not the singer) has a very Brooklyn problem. It seems like this Williamsburg diner doesn’t have the proper fancy cheese (Muenster—of course?) for his fancy hamburger. Been there—right, sister? As we Brooklyners are apparently wont to do, Scraggy throws a hissy fit:
Scraggy: “Seriously, dude? I wanted Muenster.”
Blond Broke Girl: “Sorry. We have cheddar, Swiss, or American.”
Scraggy: “I hate cheddar and Swiss blows.”
Blond Broke Girl: “Well, then, American?”
Scraggy: “American cheese, what am I in grade school?”
Story. Of. My. Life.
This episode also featured a number of bizarre story arcs that were less A-stories and B-stories, as they were ad hoc assortments of vaguely related scenes. One involved the blond broke girl becoming addicted to coupons and another had the Kat Dennings broke girl going on a tampon crusade. Both were supposed to be some sort of metaphor for their parental relationships—real heady stuff.
The best story arc was that for some reason both broke girls seemingly could only speak in puns. Some were good, some were bad, some were good-bad, and a few were bad-good, but it was something. Maybe this is the Sex and the City influence rearing it’s bedazzled head or maybe, just maybe, all my neighbors and I have only been speaking in puns for years without any of us noticing. Have you ever used the term Ke$hame to refer to the shame of listening to Ke$ha or maybe uttered, “While Miranda was on the G going to Downtown Brooklyn, Samantha was going downtown on some dude?”