Philosophising about the 'S'-word: Watch… and learn
In the episode 12 of 2 Broke Girls Season 3 (CBS), Caroline makes out for the first time with her boss, Nicolas, a French “baker master” who runs the Manhattan School of Pastry. They are in a bar with Max (Caroline’s flatmate) and Deke, Max’s partner at the school of pastry. Max has to pretend that she and Caroline have somewhere to go, so that Caroline can meet the challenge of not sleeping with her boss on the first night. When Max and Caroline have left, Deke finds himself alone with Nicolas, who is also his teacher and who is still turned on from kissing Caroline. The situation is already embarrassing enough. But Nicolas’ phone rings. It turns out be his wife! Nicolas is married! Deke is totally astounded, as Nicolas speaks freely and remorseless with his chérie.
On the next day, Deke can’t help telling Max:
MAX: Are you about to tell me that when she speaks French, it makes you wanna slam her head through that plate-glass window too?
DEKE: Well the thing is, he’s married.
MAX: HE’S MARRIED?! How do you know? He’s not wearing a ring and doesn’t seem dead inside.
DEKE: His wife called him after you guys left.
MAX: How can he do that ?
DEKE: He’s French!?
MAX: And not tell Caroline?!
DEKE: He is French!
MAX: What a jerk!
The humour in 2 Broke Girls is mostly about sexual jokes and “racist” stereotypes. Thomas Hobbes would talk about the superiority theory of humor: if those “racist” jokes make us laugh, it may be because they make us feel superior to the ethnic group we are laughing at. Sigmund Freud defended a relief theory of humor: in Jokes and Their Relations to The Unconscious, he sees in humor a tool that we use to give rein to our natural impulses, both repressed sexual impulses and repressed malicious impulses.