Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Stamos, Judy Greer, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Christian Slater were among the guest stars in the finale.
Also making appearances were Conchata Ferrell as maid Berta, Angus T. Jones as nephew Jake and Amber Tamblyn as daughter Jenny.
Sheen, of course, was sacked during Season 8, because of his alleged erratic behavior on set, drug use and his ugly clash with series creator Chuck Lorre.
You may recall the long-winded rants, tiger’s blood, porn star romps and… winning!
Ashton Kutcher stepped into the series and it went on for four more seasons featuring his character, Walden.
Once he settled down, Sheen, on several occasions, expressed interest in returning to the show, or at least the finale.
The hour long finale to the 12-season run (more episodes than “Seinfeld”) teased his possible reappearance throughout the show.
As it turned out, Charlie Harper, the philandering character he played for eight seasons, wasn’t smashed by a train in Paris after all. We kind of suspected that.
But what happened to him?
Would you believe his wife had kept him prisoner in a hole in the basement for the past four years? Not exactly original or creative but it did the job of explaining his disappearance.
The show opened with Melanie Lynskey, Harper’s batty wife, Rose, lowering food, booze and one of Harper’s trademark bowling shirts into a pit.
The next thing you know, Charlie is gone. Left behind is a rope made out of his shirts and an open window. Rose sets out to let everyone know what happened to Charlie.
Although his whereabouts are still unknown Charlie definitely made his presence felt. Walden, ex-roommate Alan (Jon Cryer) and Harper’s mother Evelyn (Holland Taylor) get death threats while Charlie’s ex-girlfriends get apologies and payoffs.
Finally, near the show’s end, a shadowy figure who looks like Charlie is shown walking toward the front door of his former Malibu house.
Alan, Walden and Berta are out back, watching a helicopter fly by with a piano attached. As the shadowy character reaches for the doorbell, the chopper drops the piano on him with out ever revealing is identity.
So what happened to Sheen?
Show creator Lorre provided the answer. He was invited back on the show, but declined because he didn’t like the way his character was treated.
Lorre had this to add:
I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn’t get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn’t. Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to prime-time TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too.”
So the clash of egos continued to the very end in true Hollywood style. After the piano fell on Charlie, Lorre off-set could be seen declaring “Winning!”
But there were no winners; just two over-weening egos pissing into the wind. Now that’s a sit-com. Lorre and Sheen in Hell can star in it.
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