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post #1621 of 2539
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I thought this episode was one of the better ones this season but still a far cry from season 1.

As I rewatch season 1 in syndication, the show really shined when they were in that comic book store. There are so many classic moments in there and it harkens back to my geek days of going into one. They need to get back to that kind of story telling fast.
post #1622 of 2539
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

They need to get back to that kind of story telling fast.

They stayed stuck in the mud for a couple of seasons and I stopped watching... once they started moved forward it's been getting (slowly) better. The old saying is true... you can't go home again.
post #1623 of 2539
Predictable, but entertaining.
post #1624 of 2539
What did everyone think about last night's episode? I was a little annoyed they were going down the road of Leonard and Penny getting back together again, at least now. And then there were the "wood" jokes with Sheldon and the guys. And then to get to the end and discover what was going on, then I liked where the story went.
post #1625 of 2539
I thought it was pretty good. Noticed the Catan board a couple eps ago, the wood-sheep jokes were great because there's laughs about that in every game of Catan ever played.
post #1626 of 2539
I've never played that game...

Anyway so the moral of the story was they were going to get back together no matter what they imagined?
post #1627 of 2539
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I don't mind them together, it seems to be better then when he just drools over her from a distance. This seems to give them more story lines of actually being in a relationship.
post #1628 of 2539
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

What did everyone think about last night's episode? I was a little annoyed they were going down the road of Leonard and Penny getting back together again, at least now. And then there were the "wood" jokes with Sheldon and the guys. And then to get to the end and discover what was going on, then I liked where the story went.

I actually thought it was rather clever to have most of the episode be within Leonard's mind and him overthinking things. Didn't Penny say several times in the ep that he always overthinks things? And then it turns out he was overthinking everything in a fraction of a second. That was a "Community"-esque move, albeit a poor man's Community move.

Not bad, the episode was okay. The Leonard/Penny interaction just isn't as funny as they'd like you to think it is based on the laugh track ERR live studio audience.
post #1629 of 2539
i liked how she asked if he had thought it through and he said yes and still thinks they should go out, like he knows its a bad idea but its what he wants.
post #1630 of 2539
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Originally Posted by oletheos View Post

i liked how she asked if he had thought it through and he said yes and still thinks they should go out, like he knows its a bad idea but its what he wants.

I'm surprised he didn't suggest they have their relationship the way she did with that TJ guy. If talking is what gets them in trouble, don't talk.
post #1631 of 2539
I have liked this season for the most part but this last episode was HORRIBLE! I didn't laugh once and there was no plot movement and nothing was even remotely interesting. This has to be one of my least favorite episodes of the whole series! Oh well there is always next week !
post #1632 of 2539
Have to agree, anything Sheldon centric is horrible. Have always hated the character, and in little doses he's OK, and funny, but as Leonard said, he's a 30 year old man that can't function on his own. Looking at it closer he would almost have to be institutionalized with out Leonard- his to-do list was more than absurd.

Has he never heard of a cab?
post #1633 of 2539
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If I was Leonard I would of blown up at him loooonnnnggg ago.

Show was just OK. I think they missed an oppurtunity here. If they would of focused more on the the natural disaster test, or a real one, with the whole group there, they could of had a great episode. Sort of like a Lord of the Flies type episode with them all quickly descending into chaos. Would of been great to see.

It seems like the last few shows the story line just ends with no real wrap up or conclussion. I find myself looking at the time left and being shocked that they don't have enough time to finish this, and they seem to not actually finish it. Feels weird how they just end.
post #1634 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Have to agree, anything Sheldon centric is horrible. Have always hated the character, and in little doses he's OK, and funny, but as Leonard said, he's a 30 year old man that can't function on his own. Looking at it closer he would almost have to be institutionalized with out Leonard- his to-do list was more than absurd.

Has he never heard of a cab?

Except the actor looks 40. (Jim Parsons will be 39 in March)
post #1635 of 2539
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

I think they missed an oppurtunity here. If they would of focused more on the the natural disaster test, or a real one, with the whole group there, they could of had a great episode. Sort of like a Lord of the Flies type episode with them all quickly descending into chaos. Would of been great to see.

For me that's too sophomoric. If you want their early years watch the reruns.

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It seems like the last few shows the story line just ends with no real wrap up or conclussion. I find myself looking at the time left and being shocked that they don't have enough time to finish this, and they seem to not actually finish it. Feels weird how they just end.

Never been a fan of the 21 minute story arc. I loved how they exposed Sheldon and it would have even been better if they never made up.
post #1636 of 2539
There was a tiny advance in the "plot"... Howard's getting ready to go to space, Leonard and Penny still kinda together (moving slowly like a snail LOL)..
post #1637 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Charles R View Post

Never been a fan of the 21 minute story arc. I loved how they exposed Sheldon and it would have even been better if they never made up.

I was hoping they would keep the storyline going with them not having a roommate agreement. They could of stretched that out a few episodes. It seems they missed out on a lot of comedy by wrapping that up so quickly.
post #1638 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Argee View Post

Except the actor looks 40. (Jim Parsons will be 39 in March)

I think (to some degree) they have been addressing the age issue. Locally the show is syndicated with two episodes nightly and watching the early episodes I enjoy what I call stand-up routines. Doing such nowadays comes across as dated, stale and pathetic (to some extent). Much how you felt sad about Sheldon last night. One certainly wishes he would mature over the years. I had a vested interest in the characters the first couple of seasons as I was interested/involved in their journey. For me the later seasons have been treading water with little success. So much so I have pretty much lost interest in the Penny/Leonard relationship which is the only thing keeping me around.

Last season that was on hold and I skipped most of the later season. If they don't move that forward (wherever it goes) or advance the characters I'll drop out for good. Now for those who enjoy the stand-up rountines I'm sure it's a completely different story.
post #1639 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Have to agree, anything Sheldon centric is horrible. Have always hated the character, and in little doses he's OK, and funny, but as Leonard said, he's a 30 year old man that can't function on his own. Looking at it closer he would almost have to be institutionalized with out Leonard- his to-do list was more than absurd.

Has he never heard of a cab?

Except the polls say Sheldon is most popular character in the show.

But that's the zing... brilliant people who can't function daily with what we consider as normal stuff. Once I actually met sumbody like that, he was a Ph.D with Chevron, but he couldn't make a simple decision. I saw Sheldon in real life!
post #1640 of 2539
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

There was a tiny advance in the "plot"... Howard's getting ready to go to space, Leonard and Penny still kinda together (moving slowly like a snail LOL)..

Am glad they kept this plot going, I was afraid once Bernadette said Howard could not even go to the beach bare-footed.

When I first saw Howard I hated the mini-Spock hairdoo but I warmed up to this funny character, and the Jewish jokes never get old!
post #1641 of 2539
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I liked last week's episode. Sheldon in the beginning was hilarous with his laughing. However, one thing that stood out was that with Sheldon's iditic memory he would NOT of forgotten his counting, he could of instantly recalled what last he said. Little bit of lazy writting to get a laugh.
post #1642 of 2539
Can't wait to get to know Bernadette's father, sounds like a "Gibbs" type of guy, maybe until end of the season when the wedding happens...

Tomorrow is all about CBS and their march madness thingy.. why do they have to use this show for that crap?
post #1643 of 2539
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

I liked last week's episode. Sheldon in the beginning was hilarous with his laughing. However, one thing that stood out was that with Sheldon's iditic memory he would NOT of forgotten his counting, he could of instantly recalled what last he said. Little bit of lazy writting to get a laugh.

I figured it wasn't that he forgot what number he was on, but instead forgot exactly which one he last counted. When you are counting that many of something and look away for even a second it can be very difficult/impossible to remember which one you last counted and where to continue from. Even with perfect recall it would be difficult to pinpoint the exact location you left off without counting back to it again.
post #1644 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Beerstalker View Post

I figured it wasn't that he forgot what number he was on, but instead forgot exactly which one he last counted. When you are counting that many of something and look away for even a second it can be very difficult/impossible to remember which one you last counted and where to continue from. Even with perfect recall it would be difficult to pinpoint the exact location you left off without counting back to it again.

With his Iditic memory he can recall anything that was said. He could recall the last number he said outloud before she walked in. But its a minor point anyway, was still a good episode. His behaviour at the beginning was awesome.
post #1645 of 2539
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

With his Iditic memory he can recall anything that was said. He could recall the last number he said outloud before she walked in. But its a minor point anyway, was still a good episode. His behaviour at the beginning was awesome.

I know, I'm saying even though he might remember that the last number he said was 274 (or whatever it really was) he wouldn't know exaclty which microbe it was that he counted as 274. So he can't just pick the next one and continue at 275 because he wouldn't know which one the next one was.

For example start counting the hairs on your arm. Now look away for a minute and then look back. Even though you might still remember what number you are on you aren't going to know where to continue counting from unless the hair you stopped on was near some distinguishing feature.

But like you said, it was a minor point in a funny episode. It didn't bother me at all knowing that he had an iditic memory. In real life you most likely wouldn't be counting that high anyway. You would count the number in a much smaller area and then multiply it to estimate the total for the entire area.
post #1646 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Beerstalker View Post

I know, I'm saying even though he might remember that the last number he said was 274 (or whatever it really was) he wouldn't know exaclty which microbe it was that he counted as 274. So he can't just pick the next one and continue at 275 because he wouldn't know which one the next one was.

For example start counting the hairs on your arm. Now look away for a minute and then look back. Even though you might still remember what number you are on you aren't going to know where to continue counting from unless the hair you stopped on was near some distinguishing feature.

But like you said, it was a minor point in a funny episode. It didn't bother me at all knowing that he had an iditic memory. In real life you most likely wouldn't be counting that high anyway. You would count the number in a much smaller area and then multiply it to estimate the total for the entire area.

Yeah that is true, didn't think about that part, he would know which Microbe he was on. I'll buy that.
post #1647 of 2539
It's eidetic memory.
post #1648 of 2539
Just noticed that Longclaw is hanging by the front door of their apartment, nice detail.
post #1649 of 2539
TV Notes
Have nerds conquered TV?
Caught between popularity and authenticity
By CNN.com's 'Geek Out!' Blog - Feb. 16, 2012

Steven Molaro's workspace is filled with paraphernalia familiar to any geeky fan of science fiction.

"In my office, I've got a lot of robot paintings," he said. One of Molaro's co-workers, Bill Prady, often fiddles with a "Star Trek" phaser and will occasionally "shoot" some of his colleagues.

When he and his co-workers gather, they are surrounded by a statue of Spock, a massive painting of DC Comics' "Justice League of America," and a Cylon standee from "Battlestar: Galactica."

All of this is actually quite appropriate for their office, because Molaro is an executive producer for "The Big Bang Theory."

Now in its fifth season on CBS, the show is more popular than ever, airing in reruns on local TV, as well as on TBS (owned by Turner, which also owns CNN). It has recently boasted of beating "American Idol" head-to-head in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

This means that new people are discovering the show all the time, some of whom may originally have been hesitant to watch a show about a bunch of science nerds who collect comic books.
In keeping with the show, Molaro has a theory of his own as well: "There could be some resistance, here and there, from people who are living a geeky or nerdy life, who thought we might be making fun of it or trying to emulate it without knowing what we're talking about," he said. "But it really does come from a place of love. I'm not a scientist, but I certainly grew up a nerd who was on the outside and didn't have a lot of friends. A lot of these references come from our personal knowledge."

At the same time (and this being a sitcom, after all), Molaro admits that the show will sometimes have the characters poke fun at each other. "I'd be lying if we sometimes don't goof on it, but I think people who are nerds who are friends tend to goof on each other as well in certain areas," he said. "I don't think there's a need for everyone to love everything geek, and walk in lockstep. I think it's okay that here and there, as much as we embrace it, that we have fun with it at the same time."

Over the years, there has been something of a split in the nerd community over what to think about the show.

Molaro said, "Mostly we get nice feedback, and sometimes people have specific things they're upset about. They're absolutely entitled to those opinions."

At the same time, its supporters are devoted to it, snatching up "Big Bang Theory" merchandise at conventions and elsewhere.

Molaro and co-creators Prady and Chuck Lorre got their first hint that the show was growing a fan base at San Diego Comic-Con in 2008. According to Molaro, Lorre was fully expecting the room to be nearly empty. Instead, they got the rock star treatment (and have every year since): "That was the first time we looked at each other and realized, this might be tapping into something way bigger than we thought it was."

Molaro (who, by the way, prides himself on his "Empire Strikes Back"-inspired Tauntaun sleeping bag) has been with the show since its second episode in 2007.

I watched the pilot, and I thought, well, that's pretty interesting," he said. "As a potential writer on the show, I was concerned that I wasn't going to be able to pitch any science. I don't have a deep science background. It was hard for me to know how this show would be received. We try to keep it as smart as we can and accessible at the same time. That aspect of the show has paid off."

As Molaro saw it, "The basic idea (early on) was to embrace the science and nerd culture, and try and tap into the element of these characters who tend to feel like they're on the outside. And I think that's something that a lot of people who watch the show can relate to, whether they're one of the cool kids' or not."

Despite his lack of science knowledge, Molaro said, there are plenty of resources around to make sure the show gets the science right.

"Bill Prady has a fairly deep general science knowledge, along with Eric Kaplan, another writer on the show," he said. "For the hardcore science, David Salzberg, a UCLA physics professor, is on call for us to go over our science and make sure it's accurate. Sometimes we know the general area of what we're talking about but don't know the specifics. Sometimes we literally write science to come' and have David fill that in for us."

It doesn't hurt that the show's newest cast member is also a neuroscientist.

We have called on (Mayim Bialik, who plays protagonist Sheldon Cooper's female counterpart, Amy Farrah-Fowler) to help us time to time," he said. "She is very good at keeping her dialogue accurate. On more than one occasion, we thought we had it right and she corrected us, which we were thrilled to have. We want to be accurate, so we're totally fine to have that happen. We've also called her at home on more than one occasion, to say we want a part of the brain that Amy would be looking for,' and she is very quick with those answers."

Molaro said that there are more examples than he can count of stories that were based on actual events. "Without a doubt, every writer has had nerdy things in their lives make their way onto that TV screen in one form or another."

The show's rise in the ratings has been nearly simultaneous with the mainstreaming of nerd culture. "I don't know why that explosion took place, but it's been great for the show, that's for sure," Molaro says.

Even so, being a network show, the creators strive to appeal to the broadest audience possible.

"In every episode, we have come up against wanting to make a deeper, lesser-known, nerdy, geeky reference, and we have to show some restraint because not everyone in the audience is going to get it," he admitted. "We refer to them as 'five percenter' jokes (five percent of the audience will get it). However, as these kind of memes have gone more mainstream, it has made it easier for us to go deeper into those references."

One part of the show that is definitely aiming for the geeks is having guest stars like Wil Wheaton (who has played himself multiple times, as Sheldon's nemesis), Steve Wozniak, George Takei, and astronaut Mike Massimino.

One guest star Molaro would still like to see on the show is Stephen Hawking.

And ever since Sheldon hugged Penny for giving him the gift of Leonard Nimoy's DNA, fans have been clamoring for the "Star Trek" actor to appear, something the producers would also welcome.

However, Molaro warned, "(Sheldon's) head might explode. We may not want that to happen."

http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02...-tv/?hpt=hp_c2
post #1650 of 2539
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That had to be the funniest episode in a LONG time. Wow, just excellent all around. Sheldon playing sports had me laughing so hard. And that whole new office once he moved in, priceless. Excellent job, felt like Season 1 all over again!
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