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REFLECTIONS ON AN EXPERIMENT, from the writers of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation":

Never underestimate the value of feeling stupid. Year after year, you toil away in your own little corner of the world -- decapitating, eviscerating, electrocuting, suffocating, occasionally squishing - and pretty soon, you've got it all down pat. You use phrases like "subdural hematoma" in casual conversation and laugh when someone mistakes the color of urine fluorescing under an ALS for that of blood. And then one day, for reasons which can only be explained by some form of mass chemical imbalance, you and several other maniacs decide that it would be fun to rip yourselves from your wombs and visit a very different world, one in which all the arcane knowledge and craft you've carefully accumulated over the course of a career is suddenly and utterly worthless. A world where the only rule is whether or not it makes you laugh, where actors say exactly what's on the page so it better be funny right down to the syllable, and where puns are the lowest form of humor. And as you grapple with your fundamental inability to do any of these things particularly well, you realize that you have so much more to learn. And that's a good thing to be reminded of, at least from time to time.

So thank you, Chuck, and Lee, and everybody else at "Two & A Half Men" for making us all feel stupid.

We look forward to returning the favor this Thursday night at 9.

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1st Aired: 5 May 2008