Lindsay Lohan manages 'Anger Management' role

Lindsay Lohan attends the amfAR's gala at Cipriani

Lindsay Lohan attends the amfAR's gala at Cipriani Wall Street. (Feb. 6, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Yes, tacky. Really tacky. But what did you expect? It's FX's "Anger Management." Guilty as charged.

But the surprise was that actress who made an extended cameo Thursday night. You may have heard of her: Lindsay Lohan.

She's heading to rehab, but first this, and "this" wasn't all that bad. Her timing was decent. Her sense of self-deprecation was appropriate. A couple of the lines were amusing.

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But most of all, there was an ember of something that has seemed totally lost in all the coverage, headlines, and nonsense of the last few years: Lohan actually has some talent. "Anger Management," of all things, was a win for her.

The entire episode was essentially a riff on her notoriety, with Charlie Sheen's character, Charlie Goodson -- an anger management therapist -- getting romantically involved with her after she had finally bottomed out shooting commercials for a whiskey-flavored Japanese gum, or as she put it: "I agreed to do a Japanese girl and now I'm a drunk who has sex with bears for gum . . . "

Every Lohan trope -- you know 'em well -- was a setup for a gag: that she drinks (well) far too much, steals whatever is in sight, has corrupted the morals of a nation and is TMZ's most cherished object of coverage.

But she played along, worked well with Sheen -- who isn't far behind her in terms of this "trope" list -- and even got a little payback in the process.

After the debacle of Lifetime biopic "Liz & Dick" last fall, expectations were low.

But Thursday night, a win, and Lohan, for the first time in a long time, has done something that isn't about going to court.

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