two and a half men series finale jon cryer interview 'Two and a Half Men's' Jon Cryer 'conspicuously' left out of a day of series finale shootingThere is but one episode left of “Two and a Half Men,” as its 12-year run comes to an end on Feb. 19. Jon Cryer tells Zap2it that he hopes to see his character Alan “get rich” or “move out,” something to help him “grow up in some way.”

It looks like he’s well on his way, as the penultimate episode ended with Lyndsey accepting Alan’s proposal of marriage. So what’s left for the series finale? There have been a lot of rumors floating around about it, including whether or not former star Charlie Sheen will be making an appearance.

Sheen’s much-publicized departure almost meant the show coming to an end back in 2011, but Cryer says he’s glad the show managed to continue without Sheen.

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“[Sheen leaving] was so abrupt. It felt like the rug was pulled out from under everybody,” says Cryer. “Then it became, ‘Can we do this? Is this a challenge that we can maybe succeed at?’ … If you had told me five years ago [we would replace Sheen and Angus T. Jones], I would have said no way. But things just kept being placed in our path, and we kept jumping over them.”

As for the series finale, Cryer is remaining mostly mum on the subject, but he does drop a few hints that are perhaps very telling about Sheen’s appearance.

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“We’re bringing a lot of characters back, which is fun. I’m pretty sure I’m in [the finale],” he says with a laugh. “Actually, there was a shoot day when they conspicuously called me and said, ‘You’re not in it.’ I was like, ‘What? What’s happening that day?’ [laughs].”

So, does that mean Sheen shot something when Cryer was kept off the set? “All I can tell you is the kernel of the idea that I’ve heard … I do not know if he-who-shall-not-be-mentioned is coming back, but all I can say is it was very clever,”  teases Cryer. “What I heard was very clever.” 
 
The one-hour series finale of “Two and a Half Men” airs Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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