Charlie Sheen is Going to Have an Amazing 80s Cameo on ‘The Goldbergs’

By December 18, 2014

We’re not generally big fans of Charlie Sheen anymore, mostly because of abysmal contributions to television like “Two and a Half Men” and “Anger Management,” not to mention just general craziness and turning the word “winning” into one of the more annoying phrases of the past five years. But the MaSheen is finally doing something worthwhile.

First of all, if you’re not watching the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs,” you’re missing out on what is not only a great nostalgic piece of programming, but also some of the best comedy writing on television that is genuinely funny and surprisingly family friendly. And something awesome for those who love all the 80s references in the series is coming soon, involving Charlie Sheen.

Here’s an image (via People) from an upcoming episode of the series, now in its second season:

The Goldbergs - Charlie Sheen

Does that do anything for you? Well, if you’ve seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you should be tickled pink right now, because that’s a recreation of this iconic scene featuring a much younger, and probably less drugged up Charlie Sheen along with Jennifer Grey, playing Ferris’ sister. Here’s the scene in question if you need a bit of a refresher:

The episode with this awesome cameo is actually a bit of a tribute to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as it follows Barry (Troy Gentile) faking sick in an attempt to create his own Bueller-esque day off. Unfortunately, Barry Goldberg’s day off doesn’t really go as planned, and it only gets worse after Pops (George Sagal) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) step in.

And much like the John Hughes movie, Barry’s sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) goes to rat out her brother, and ends up having a run in with Sheen at the police station. It doesn’t look like the years have been too kind to “Boy in the Police Station,” and I can’t wait to see what kind of lesson he ends up enlightening Erica with in this episode.

Interestingly enough, if you listen to the commentary from one of the DVD releases of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’ll learn that Sheen’s character actually had a real backstory in the script, and would have appeared more if it wasn’t cut for time. For example, his character’s name is Garth Volbeck, and his family actually owns the tow truck company that ends up taking away Edward Rooney’s car outside the Bueller household. They’re also the family that Ferris’ mother is showing the house to that day. The more you know, right?

Will any of these details be utilized in this episode of “The Goldbergs” next year? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.