The second episode was a disappointment for me. While the plot itself is by nature predictable and cliched, the details weren't nearly so good in the second episode.
[spoiler]There were a couple of forced scenes in the first episode (like the chicken speech on the runway), but the number of scenes that felt forced increased drastically in the second episode.
All of the "embarrassment" scenes from his dating faux pas went so over the top that they made me cringe--and not with sympathy. I really hated them and wished they'd done something funny instead. I doubt they could have prolongued that scene of him embarrasing himself at the piano any longer either. Poor Taro is the only person who thuoght they'd pulled that one off.
Next, both the guys from his neighborhood and Sachiko were acting ridiculous. Like men are really going to be sitting around a bar whining about a widower finally dating instead of sitting home with his kids everynight. Obviously two dates with a rich woman makes you a bad parent, and morons in a bar will imply that you need to bring your kids on dates with you. I don't believe for a second that nobody in Japan remarries, or that everyone believes dating someone after a spouse has died is nothing but making your treasured children sad. That's about as unrealistic as it gets. They should have stuck to the perfume jokes.
Sachiko is so hung up over anonymous middle management lady telling her that she has no talent that she completely forgets that the fashion icon she actually admires (and who runs the company) loved her work... therefore Sachiko is hemming and hawing about the fulltime job she originally wanted. That might make less sense.
Taro, who was quite a responsible parent in episode 1, is now apparently too stupid to ask for a babysitter from Alice when she has him working nights dating her. Is this the same guy who was so determined about his hours in episode 1? Alice was willing to pay his loans for pete's sake! She'd probably have been happy to send Gunji over to sit around the shack, and we could have had a really funny scene. Or Taro could have asked Sachiko to sit in with them, since she's not doing anything at present. Poor isn't an excuse in this case. Instead he acts like a dummy so that the writers can play up how dating a rich woman makes you neglect your kids. Stupid and forced.
Technically Gotoda, is right about Taro being a gigolo (he is being paid to date Alice afterall). However all the smack talk about poor people made me laugh (thank goodness something did), since we know that Alice's mom already implied there's a financial interest at the center of all this arranged marriage business. Maybe Gotoda should think about not throwing stones when he's apparently trying to buy himself a wife. He was still the most interesting character in episode 2 for me. (Alice was a close second.)
Sachiko turned into the cliched unexpressive childhood friend in love who can only act annoying and pouty instead of saying how she feels. At least she fed the kids though. It'd be sad if they did nothing but worship a single egg each week. [/spoiler]
The characters acting stupid for the sake of the plot was what I disliked most in the later episodes of Yamada Taro, where as celticmoon said the show fell apart. I think there's still a chance for Celeb to Binbo Taro to salvage the things that bothered me in episode 2, but I'm kinda wary at the moment.
Obviously, the show's plan is to throw every plot and character cliche from other top idol dramas into a big pot and see what they can come up with. (Yamada Taro's poor scenes, HYD's rich/poor relationship with an evil mom trying to force a marriage for money, ProDai's uncommunicative childhood friends in love..) That doesn't make it an automatically bad show in my book, as most romantic comedies do that same thing to some degree. When it makes you laugh, it can be great. But when you're relying on cliches, melodrama, and 2-dimensional characters and something goes wrong... the series doesn't have much to fall back on.
Currently Watching: Unubore Deka, Atami no Sousakan, Hotaru no Hikari 2, Sleeping Forest, Orange Days, Yabe Kenzo, Shinzanmono, Tsuki no Koibito, Asami Mitsuhiko.