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  1. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    *ssssiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* And therein begins my love affair with this season. So much squee. So. Much. Squee. I didn't vote because I am The Worst, but I heartily support this endeavour. Thanks, April! As you were.....
  2. Chit Chat: Season 10

    I mean, viewers of the show often care about characters and relationships. It's a bit unfair for us to play gatekeepers for the actors playing the characters, isn't it?
  3. [Spoilers] Discussion: Season 10

    Professional actor identifies with character she plays shock horror.
  4. [Spoilers] Season 10 Shipping Lanes

    data nerd question: How does one define 'sheldon scene'? Or 'howard scene' etc.? Does a scene with the character in it count? Does the character have to have speaking lines? Or does the character not even need to be present, but be referred to? and also, that's quite a lot of footage. Do you do it manually or use some sort of scraping tool? (pushes glasses up nose) er - PM me, if I'm boring everyone else!
  5. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    oh yes, I would not call Amy a commitment phobe either! I meant really that she is likelier to not really think about what a situation means, and then go 'ohssshhhiiiit' when she hits the water, so to speak.
  6. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    yes, the 'commitment phobic' remark always puzzles me about Sheldon, the Man of Many Contracts. Sheldon takes commitments extremely seriously. More than most. That is precisely why he is so wary of taking on new ones. Amy is the opposite. She's impulsive. She hurtles onto new things without thinking them through and is happy to abandon them the instant she has doubts. Look at the moving in episode. One bad night and Amy wanted to call the whole cohabitation experiment off and had to be manipulated into continuing #forscience.
  7. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    Right, just finished watching, and here are my Very Important Thoughts. Okay, I was, to put it mildly, unimpressed by the premise of this episode. I thought the Ramona, now with Bunny Boiler! action proposal trigger was dumb, low-key sexist and tooth-grindingly hackneyed. I didn't like that the show treated Sheldon as property to be guarded, or a child to be protected. I didn't like Amy's 'I GAVE YOU ONE JOB!' line. And I , like @mirs1, disliked that the Shamy proposal would carry the whiff of assault/exploitation/whatever. And.....I haven't changed my mind about any of those things. But goddammit if the writing and acting didn't sell the shit out of it. Incidentally, is it me or has the cast been given wheatgrass shots and cleansing retreats this season? Even when the writing flounders, their energy and chemistry has tended to bring the gags home. In a way that I don't think was happening with the limp back halves of seasons past. I mean, even when I'm wincing at Amy's ketchup bottle line, or the gag about Sheldon running out into traffic, I can't hold back the guilty giggle. Because Rauch, Bialik and Cuoco are killing it. I don't know how Bialik manages to have chemistry with the rest of the cast on Skype, but I am very, very grateful. So yes, even as I roll my eyes at the idea that the gang is supposed to keep Sheldon on some sort of leash, I melted at Penny's exhausted 'Don't look at me like that, I tried' to the PAmy portrait. I am a whore for PAmy. What can I say. And even when I think 'Jesus, guys, calm the fuck down' at the gang's overreaction at Sheldon and Ramona's lunch, their furious yelping kaffeeklatsches are delivered with such charm and conviction that I am 'awww'ing as I am laughing. By the way, I am with @koops when she wonders whether the writers were pulling shippers' legs with those sequences - affectionately, of course. 'OH MY GOD HE MADE HER LAUGH!' 'OH MY GOD SHE TOUCHED HIS HAND WHAT COULD IT MEEEEEEEAAAAAANNNNNN?' And then the gang has dinner. And look, I knew I would be charmed by the gang's attempts to keep Sheldon and Ramona separate, but I didn't know just how much. Rauch spreading her legs as she wriggles between Sheldon and Ramona so that she can drive a bigger wedge between them than her tiny body would otherwise allow? The gang's tense, watchful body language throughout? And then quite possibly the funniest scene the show has pulled off in a long, long while? Sheldon walking Ramona down, Penny's manic 'WE'LL ALL GO!'* and then the gang's oh-so-subtle wriggling between Sheldon and Ramona, one by one? Not since Sheldon played basketball with Bawwy have I laughed quite so much. This is the show's forte - fresh and glorious physical comedy - and oh my God did it deliver. I don't know, maybe the answer is simple. Yes, the gang was overreacting and behaving like paranoid - and possessive - mother hens. But it so obviously came from a place of love. And I melt when the gang is clearly affectionate and supportive. And - as someone who's given Leonard plenty of shit this season - can I just say I found his Toblerone obsession utterly charming? Even Raj's romantic sadsackery was imbued with freshness and life. I cackled at the self-awareness of his 'I haven't played the race card yet'. And I loved that the writers managed to put a little bit of a spin on Sheldon's 'amusing factoids' by having him incorporate internet-listicle terminology like 'the answer will shock you!' in his skype-chat with Amy. 'New Jersey's state bird or murder rate? Both are shocking.' And look, others have talked about the grammar flirting, so all I can say is this: Sheldon knoweth not how else to admonish but vigorously. Fifty Shades of Grey, eat your heart out. *I would follow Penny into battle, just FYI.
  8. [Spoilers] Discussion: Season 10

    haven't watched the episode yet, so this is off topic, but i remembered a moment earlier this season that i absolutely loved and that I'd forgotten about. okay, so remember when penny and amy visit bert's sad little party and they discover that Amy's popular? And penny makes a remark about this being exactly like high school and amy says 'well, not exactly. Everyone here's really smart', and penny stares and says 'wow, popular girls are MEAN'. now, in a season with so much premier cru PAmy (I mean, episode seven. Bask. BASK IN THE GLORY), this moment still stands out for me. It is this wonderful intersection of character observation and subtle comic acting from both bialik and cuoco. look at amy's remark. You can see that it begins as a blunt statement of opinion. You can see amy realise as the words leave her mouth that they're kinda bitchy.....and you see her say them anyway, with this fabulous mixture of guilt and muffled glee. and you can see penny's eyes narrow as she takes the hit, all 'good one, grasshopper. You bitch.' she's annoyed, but also kind of...proud? and it just so reminds me of when I'm with my friends and we're giving each other shit. We can appreciate the good burns but we're also totally plotting revenge. man, those two were so great this season. okay, as you were.
  9. [Spoilers] Discussion: Season 10

    yes, I think good ideas are more of a renewable resource than time. Yes, there may be an issue with the quantity of Lenny time. But surely quality is the bigger issue. What if you had a string of episodes that were exclusively Lenny, but also exclusively 'nerd got the hot girl hur hur' jokes? I'm betting lennies would be less than ecstatic.
  10. [Spoilers] Discussion: Season 10

    bold thought: How about we shift focus to the girls? They're a hell of a lot more fun together of late than the guys are. I would watch a pamydette show, with occasional appearances from the chaps. Sheldon has great chemistry with the group, as we have seen before. And I think Howard and raj work pretty well too. Have we seen Leonard interacting with the girls together?
  11. [Spoilers] Discussion: Season 10

    (every bloody time.....) we could. Enjoy. Them both. I don't mean to single you out, but there seems to be this idea (not that you were necessarily implying that) that you only get a ration of one female actor to watch. Any more and there's competition. Even though there have been four male leads on this show for a while and I don't really see as many 'howard vs sheldon' comparisons or whatever. in any case, both bialik and cuoco are fine comic actors with terrific chemistry. PAmy has been a joy this season. Now give them some career plots that aren't overshadowed by their menfolk's fee-fees.
  12. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    That form of stimulation is highly effective. ...And after all, Amy does find being the bad girl oddly titillating.
  13. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    he should tell her. For the most important reason that I want to.avoid any stupid misunderstanding where he does not tell her and then it comes out somehow and sturm und drang. also, this is a woman they will plausibly see at work, so in that sense it is relevant information for Amy to have. and finally, why NOT tell her? He didn't participate, and the overture upset him. Tell your partner. as to whether he will tell her? I think he will. The couple communicates well, by and large, with a few dishonourable exceptions. I don't put it past the have Sheldon randomly chicken out for the sake of drama, but I am.sanguine. The show didn't even have the appetite to mislead audiences that he might cheat, for heavens' sake. I doubt they will drag out the reveal.
  14. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 10

    oh goodness yes, let the poor girl stay in Princeton! If I was irritated about amy's career being hijacked by Sheldon, imagine how annoyed I would be if she had to abandon her work to fumigate the flat and de-louse it. Like she is pest control or something. Sheldon can stay in Princeton and the gang can deal with Ramona. Maybe she'll chase them to nj for a road trip!
  15. [Spoilers] Discussion: Season 10

    favourite moments in no particular order: shamy argument in 10.04, with Lenny in the peanut gallery Leonard dance moves in 10.04 shamy/lenny duelling secret languages 10.07 buridan's donkey pamydette lying/gossipping scenes in 10.02 howard/raj mission impossible scenes when trying to reach the crib Howard reminiscing about his mother with bernie shamy science disses when collaborating 'like a rat pack peewee herman'. Tami Jo! TAMI JO! TAMI JO! least favourite moments in no particular order: Sheldon being drugged by his partner, tee hee! Sheldon being ordered out of the room by Mean Mommy Amy, tee hee! the tragic origins of the triple knock. Oy to the vey. Leonard bragging about landing the hot girl at apeist-con Leonard being a friday-faced sourpuss over his wife's career unhappiness, and then being validated by the show bert and his love life and I have a feeling I am not going to love what they do to Ramona's character either.