AceShowbiz - "Two and a Half Men" has finally provided an answer to long-running speculation about whether or not Charlie Sheen would return for its last episode. The one-hour series finale indeed paid tribute to the actor, but he was never seen in person in the show's swan song.
The episode aptly titled "Of Course He's Dead" [SPOILER ALERT!] saw Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) learning that Sheen's character Charlie Harper was alive all this time and he was hidden by his crazy wife Rose (Melanie Lynskey) in a basement. He eventually escaped and set out for his revenge on Walden, Alan and others closest to him for moving on without him.
The episode featured some one-liners referencing to Sheen, including when Cryer's Alan said, "He didn't think I could go on without him, but it turns out, I was sort of a co-lead." Then Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared as a police officer who asked Alan and Walden all about Charlie, asking if Charlie had "tried 'Anger Management'." Alan answered, "He tried but it didn't work."
Walden also received a text from Charlie which sounded like what Sheen would've sent to Kutcher himself. "You despicable troll... you thought you could replace my ninja awesomeness, you lame clown. I will deploy my army of assassins to destroy you. I will bring my bayonets of truth to the hexagon of death where I will carve my initials into your reptilian skull and cover you in tiger blood," it read.
Angus T. Jones returned as Jake Harper, while John Stamos made a cameo as someone who hooked up with Walden's ex-wife. Christian Slater appeared as a guy whom the police thought was Charlie. A man wearing a golf shirt and shorts, which was Charlie's trademark outfit, showed up at the house at the end of the episode, but he was only seen from behind. He was then crushed by a piano, and it was revealed that series creator Chuck Lorre was the one who did it, saying to camera, "Winning."
Sheen himself addressed rumors of his possible return on "Men" with a tweet on early Thursday, February 19, writing, "If you're looking for my much anticipated cameo on network TV, you'll have to check out 'The Goldbergs' Wed Feb. 25th on ABC! I go where the love is. c #OfCourseI'mNot."
Ahead of the series finale, Ashton Kutcher posted on his Facebook a heartfelt message to co-star Jon Cryer. "Thank you Mr. Cryer for making this job never feel like work. I will miss working with you every day. You are a true partner in every sense of the word," he wrote alongside a picture of the two of them.
He sang praise for Cryer, "In four years I never heard you complain and never heard you speak ill of another person even if they took advantage of your kindness and generosity. Your are a gentleman. You are a talent. You are someone I look up to."