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post #1891 of 2539
For a second there I thought that Penny was going to say "Yes Leonard, I'll marry you"

Nice Sheldon nerdgasm LOL
post #1892 of 2539
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Sooo many great momments. Sheldon's comment on the TV show Heroes was awesome. the harmony remote really struck home, and his nerdgasm at the end was just hilarious. Great episode. Even Raj was funny this time because he wasn't being all mean.
post #1893 of 2539

I found the episode to be repetitive of much older episodes... it appeared most of the characters regressed. Admittedly, I'm not much of a sitcom fan and the only thing keeping me watching the show is to how the characters develop... grow... creating some kind of investment. If I wanted to watch such as last night there are endless repeats twice a night on a local channel. Much like Amy's frustration with Sheldon at some point it isn't worth it.

post #1894 of 2539
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Sooo many great momments. Sheldon's comment on the TV show Heroes was awesome. the harmony remote really struck home, and his nerdgasm at the end was just hilarious. Great episode. Even Raj was funny this time because he wasn't being all mean.

Yeah once Leonard started talking about Harmony remotes, SWMBO just looked at me and smiled eek.gif
post #1895 of 2539
Thumbs up on a Harmony remote reference. biggrin.gif
post #1896 of 2539
Decent episode. Really loved the Harmony joke and the Heroes reference. I wish they would give Penny more to do. They need to have her get a big acting job or something. They don't explore her character enough.
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Then why are you wasting your time by continuing to watch it?

I personally find the new episodes to be hilarious, but then again if I really felt a series had lost it I wouldn't continue to watch.

My wife watches it, I usually just sit there and am not laughing. On Thursday I was, was refreshing for this show.
post #1898 of 2539
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Decent episode. Really loved the Harmony joke and the Heroes reference. I wish they would give Penny more to do. They need to have her get a big acting job or something. They don't explore her character enough.

Penny looked amazing in that tank top! eek.gif
post #1899 of 2539
I also hope they give Penny something to do now that she has realized her Passion and wants to live in the moment instead of waiting for the good times to start. I'm getting tired of seeing that bored/apathetic sneer.
post #1900 of 2539
I can't believe no one has posted about last night's episode yet. WOW! I laughed so hard I think I gave myself a hernia. I've saved this on the dvr so I can rewatch it a couple more times.

Then, just after the episode ended, I started to think about WHY I laughed as hard as I did. Like some of the posters here, I too have felt the show has been not quite as good as the first season or two. At least, not as funny. Then I realized why. I laughed so hard because Bob Newhart was so incredibly funny. And that's when I started to think about why I don't find the show in general that funny anymore. I think that as the characters have grown, the chemistry has changed, and the comedic timing just isn't clicking like it should be. Take the writing out of the equation - last night's episode showed that the writer's still have it in them. I think the problem lies with the cast and directing. The delivery of lines seems routine and predictable. Penny's lines last night were not nearly as funny as the interaction between Sheldon, Leonard and Professor Proton.

Maybe I'm dissecting this too much. I still love to watch for the occasional laugh, but last night's episode showed what the show is really capable of - how to repeat that without Bob Newhart as a regular is a question I can't answer.
post #1901 of 2539
Yeah I laughed quite a lot also..

I'm wondering where are they planning for this season's finale, there could be a couple of things: Bernie getting pregnant or Penny saying yes to Leonard's marriage proposal (but the way this is going Raj is going to be marrying first LOL)
post #1902 of 2539
I generally like the show as much as ever, but last night was special.

It seemed to me that Leonard and Sheldon's respect and love for Professor Proton was meant to be a direct (and barely disguised) analog of the similar feelings everyone on the show has for Bob Newhart. And this came shining through in the performances as well as the writing.

Bob Newhart, George Carlin, the Smothers Brothers -- these are the performers that opened up the world of standup comedy for me in the Sixties, and I've never stopped being a fan of any of them. Clearly many on Big Bang feel the same way. I'm grateful that they did whatever was necessary to make this happen, and then clearly tailored both the writing and the filming to serve Newhart's needs and skills.

My only regret is that there had to be a b-story. Raj (and his little dog, too) has become a drag on the show, and needs to be called back to India to take care of his ailing parents, or something. He can show up on Skype for 30 seconds an episode.
post #1903 of 2539
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I generally like the show as much as ever, but last night was special.

It seemed to me that Leonard and Sheldon's respect and love for Professor Proton was meant to be a direct (and barely disguised) analog of the similar feelings everyone on the show has for Bob Newhart. And this came shining through in the performances as well as the writing.

Bob Newhart, George Carlin, the Smothers Brothers -- these are the performers that opened up the world of standup comedy for me in the Sixties, and I've never stopped being a fan of any of them. Clearly many on Big Bang feel the same way. I'm grateful that they did whatever was necessary to make this happen, and then clearly tailored both the writing and the filming to serve Newhart's needs and skills.
Well said. It was a pleasure to watch the old pro at work.
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Penny's lines last night were not nearly as funny as the interaction between Sheldon, Leonard and Professor Proton.

 

I thought they were much more entertaining. The look on her face was worth far more. I believe this show has two audiences... one that wants a stand-up routine (more or less) and another that wants character interaction (and growth). I tired of the bits long ago and obviously many haven't...

post #1905 of 2539
Really enjoyed Mr. Newhart's appearance last night. That man has forgotten more about comedy than many current comedians could hope to learn.

This article turned up in my Twitter feed last night. Interesting.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bob-newhart-big-bang-theory-interview-443138

Edited to add: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-bob-newhart-cast-444285
Edited by ToddR - 5/3/13 at 10:26am
post #1906 of 2539
I thought it was a bit of a nod to Mr. Wizard, Don Herbert also. But in any event, one of their best shows of the season.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043244/combined
post #1907 of 2539
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Really enjoyed Mr. Newhart's appearance last night. That man has forgotten more about comedy than many current comedians could hope to learn.

This article turned up in my Twitter feed last night. Interesting.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bob-newhart-big-bang-theory-interview-443138

Edited to add: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-bob-newhart-cast-444285

Thanks for those. They confirm that the show was intended an homage to Newhart and other great comedy legends like him.
post #1908 of 2539
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I thought it was a bit of a nod to Mr. Wizard, Don Herbert also.


Being an old fart that's who I instantly related to... and on some level found it depressing. How his life and or outlook had become.

post #1909 of 2539
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Being an old fart that's who I instantly related to... and on some level found it depressing. How his life and or outlook had become.

I think you missed something.

And since Mr Proton is going to back for more episodes, it sounds like there is plenty of room for optimism and happiness in his future.
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I think you missed something.

And since Mr Proton is going to back for more episodes, it sounds like there is plenty of room for optimism and happiness in his future.

 

I didn't say it was entirely depressing. smile.gif Watching him attempt to gather his thoughts, his need to keep performing and various other stuff wasn't uplifting. Once again being an old fart (not in his neighborhood however) I think these issues are more relatable. I remember Mr. Wizard and I certainly hope he doesn't have to sell himself out at this point in his life. On other levels obviously I saw the other side.

post #1911 of 2539
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I didn't say it was entirely depressing. smile.gif
 Watching him attempt to gather his thoughts, his need to keep performing and various other stuff wasn't uplifting. Once again being an old fart (not in his neighborhood however) I think these issues are more relatable. I remember Mr. Wizard and I certainly hope he doesn't have to sell himself out at this point in his life. On other levels obviously I saw the other side.

Read the article, it might lift your spirits some. I didn't notice any attempts "to gather his thoughts". He has always had a delivery full of deliberate pauses --- that is a big part of his schtick. He LOVES perfoming -- we doesn't NEED it. He said he loved every second.
post #1912 of 2539
Newhart was superb, as usual.
post #1913 of 2539
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My only regret is that there had to be a b-story. Raj (and his little dog, too) has become a drag on the show, and needs to be called back to India to take care of his ailing parents, or something. He can show up on Skype for 30 seconds an episode.

As much as I like the male cast, Raj has become the weak link. They seem to be spinning their wheels a bit with him.

Great episode, it took a bit to get going but then it was gold.
post #1914 of 2539
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Originally Posted by Charles R View Post

I didn't say it was entirely depressing. smile.gif
 Watching him attempt to gather his thoughts, his need to keep performing and various other stuff wasn't uplifting. Once again being an old fart (not in his neighborhood however) I think these issues are more relatable. I remember Mr. Wizard and I certainly hope he doesn't have to sell himself out at this point in his life. On other levels obviously I saw the other side.

Read the article, it might lift your spirits some. I didn't notice any attempts "to gather his thoughts". He has always had a delivery full of deliberate pauses --- that is a big part of his schtick. He LOVES perfoming -- we doesn't NEED it. He said he loved every second.

 

Jack Benny made a living out of pauses. Your money or your life! ........................................... I'm thinking!

post #1915 of 2539
Great episode. Classic Bob Newhart. In a couple of Penny's reaction shots, Kaley looked as if she was trying very hard keep a straight face.

The B story with Raj's dog really brought it down though. The only funny part there was when Howard and Bernadette imitated Raj's accent.
post #1916 of 2539
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I thought it was a bit of a nod to Mr. Wizard, Don Herbert also.


Being an old fart that's who I instantly related to... and on some level found it depressing. How his life and or outlook had become.

When Don Herbert died in 2007, I recall a number of people fondly reminiscing about Mr. Wizzard. They were as devoted to him as Sheldon was to Mr Proton. I don't think Mr. Herbert had to resort to performing at children's parties. I think this guest appearance was to promote his 1983 series Mr. Wizard's World:

"Herbert and Bill Murray were the first guests on "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982) when the TV show premiered (February 1, 1982)."

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0378532/bio
post #1917 of 2539
Thread Starter 
Newhart proves why he is a legend. Just awesome. Excellent episode. So damn funny.
post #1918 of 2539
Loved last nights episode with the exception of the Raj and dog portion. Just repeating as the others have said Bob Newhart was very funny!
post #1919 of 2539
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As much as I like the male cast, Raj has become the weak link. They seem to be spinning their wheels a bit with him.

They are on the verge of making Raj the Jar Jar Binks of comedy.
post #1920 of 2539
Sometimes I wonder what the actors who play these characters that fans love to hate -- Andrea in Walking Dead, Juliette in Grimm, Raj in BBT, etc. -- have to say to the writers who have put them in that position. There's nothing wrong with these performers, but they have little control over their fate.

Could Raj be redeemed at this point?
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