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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Hipsters, Asians, and the wealthy.
    • The whole of Poland is apparently some third world wasteland.
    • Steampunk fans, particularly cosplayers.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In And the Loophole, Max makes a comment about having a baby when she didn't know she was pregnant. Was this a Black Comedy joke, or something that really happened? Notable in that Caroline actually wonders if Max was serious (instead of brushing it off as another joke), and Max doesn't deny it.
    • And the College Experience implies that Sophie may actually be a witch.
  • Arc Fatigue: Max and Randy's romance arc in season 6. They're constantly breaking up or making up over the same problems. There's a long travel storyline where Max stalks him, and it ultimately has to move on. And by the end of the season, they get back together anyway.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The fifth season seems to be addressing the Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy issue (seen below) with the introduction of the Hollywood mini-arc, where Caroline successfully sells her life story and using the money to expand the business into a dessert bar.
    • The sixth season takes this further. It keeps Max with her boyfriend from last season (thus curbing the Status Quo Is God reset that comes with every one of her romances at the end of their respective seasons), the girls' business is slowly, finally becoming successful, and the girls are moving up in the world.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Sophie. For some she's an annoying and pointless character who isn't funny, relies on the same bland humour with each appearance and her role as of late has been reduced to her showing up at random parts during the episode to spout off unfunny one liners. While others think that Sophie has her genuinely funny moments, and some fans admit the fact she's played by Jennifer Coolidge redeems her slightly.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Within the show's continuity, at least. In the middle of "And the Pearl Necklace," Chestnut suddenly appears in Caroline and Max's apartment and eats some cupcake batter. No explanation was made of why he was back there and not in the stable, and his presence in the apartment hasn't been mentioned again.
    • A earlier episode points out they got him back from the stable.
  • Cargo Ship: Max and Caroline's bathtub.
    • And now Caroline and the showerhead.
  • Creator's Pet: Sophie comes of as this to a sizable portion of viewers. As mentioned above, opinion on her is largely divided, yet later seasons have put an increasing amount of focus on her. It was taken to extremes in season 4, which could have easily been titled "Sophie's Wedding, featuring Max and Caroline" for all of the focus Sophie's impending marriage to Oleg got in comparison to Max and Caroline themselves. Seasons 5 and 6 toned it down slightly (with major emphasis on "slightly"), and many viewers blame the show's slipping ratings on Sophie all but hijacking the show.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: These girls are trying really hard, but have made almost no progress towards their goal (or did make progress, only to have it taken away) and are stuck in Perpetual Poverty. As expected by the very title of the show, Status Quo Is God, which kind of makes it hard for a lot of people to keep fighting an uphill battle.
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  • Ear Worm: The theme song, "Second Chance" by Peter, Bjorn and John, which is also used for transitions.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Earl, whose senility in old age combined with him being almost perpetually high frequently results in comedy gold.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Han, Oleg, and/or Sophie to some people.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Max and Caroline
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Two Broke Girls was fairly popular in the US, but it is huge in China. Strong, ambitious women battling economic problems to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams has apparently struck a chord with the Chinese lower-middle class who have been hit hard by China's slowing economic growth.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The year before this show came out, Kat Dennings starred in a film called "Daydream Nation", playing a character named Caroline.
    • And Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as Norah, blonde best friend Caroline in tow already.
    • Max makes fun of Caroline for acting like a spoilt rich girl. Kat Dennings' professional debut was a guest role in Sex and the City as a spoilt rich girl.
    • The episode And the Cupcake War has the girls participating in Cupcake Wars and losing. In season 10 of the actual Cupcake Wars, Matthew Moy (who plays Han) participated in the celebrity-bakers edition and even ended up winning.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many people just watch the show for the title girls and do not care for any of the other characters.
  • Les Yay: The titular character naturally.
  • Never Live It Down: Caroline in "And The Hold Up" when she urinates while the diner is being robbed. Sophie keeps cracking jokes about it and only stops after Han does the same thing at the theater and switches to him.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Max and Caroline have way, WAY more sexual chemistry with each other than with any other character. Or maybe it's not a fumble.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Later seasons redeemed Han for many people, as he starts becoming (slightly) less of a punching bag and more of a Deadpan Snarker who's willing to fight back at Max.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: Just about every promo featured the joke "Twitter is stupid, and Instagram is Twitter for people who can't read."
  • Unfortunate Implications: Michael Patrick King's unfortunate comment that the allegations of Modern Minstrelsy with Han were completely unfounded and that he himself understands prejudice because he's openly gay. Several critics pointed out the deep flaws in that comparison, as well as that his comment seemed to imply that either it's impossible for gay people to be racist; or that being gay somehow makes racism ''acceptable''
  • The Woobie: Caroline. Thanks to her father's crime, she has lost several opportunities to improve her and Max's business.


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