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  1. To say the least. It got utterly unbelievable when it began to get physical. It was quite obvious from Amy's first appearance that if Sheldon had been interested in sex he wouldn't have been with Amy. No, but Lenny were the true romantic couple, Penny was the romantic heroine, KC was the undisputed leading lady, and Lenny's romance was the only long story arc. Now Shamy is like a grotesque parody of all that.
  2. JohnPhD


    All the kisses come from the first 7 seasons, and I don't think anyone's nominated a kiss from the last 4 seasons. I think that's highly significant. For oufits it's not the same. I'd add the green (blue? turquoise?) dress in 917 the Celebration Experimentation. Classy and sexy. There's also the scene where Penny and Leonard dance like crazy in their underwear - sometime in S10. And I think Penny always looks cute in a dressing gown.
  3. But this is when old-line TBBT fans can dream about how S12 ought to be, before the inevitably dissapointing reality arrives.
  4. Remember when she was a teenager in Nebraska they had a "Corn Queen"? Maybe that's why she's got her hair done as corn stooks.
  5. From time to time Penny appears discontented, hates her job, etc., but then it's just dropped. I want to see Leonard take this seriously and do whatever it takes to make her happy. One thing I'd like to see is L arranging unexpected but well thought out treats for Penny, eg a trip to a major rodeo, learn to ride a horse and they go pony-trekking. How about next time P says she hates her job L instead of being "sensible" encourages her to quit it even tho' they're not financially secure; and only after that does L get tenure/become a full professor. and come to think of it, I wouldn't mind seeing some Lenny bedroom scenes (remember those?).
  6. Season 8 is where it starts to go wrong when Shamy become a real relationship. But it gets worse in subsequent seasons as Lenny are reduced to mere spectators of Shamy's ghastly romance.
  7. I always thought L & P's engagement and S's hitting the tracks at the end of S7 was the natural ending and the last 4 saesons were like the inevitably dissapointing sequel.
  8. Yes. KC is so brilliant at this (as at so much else). She always brightens up a scene just by being there, even if she doesn't have any lines. She's the only star actress on the show.
  9. The season that had Penny in her prom dress dancing with Leonard on the roof can never be called all boring. There are so many possibilities for Lenny-centric funny and romantic episodes. Definitely a trip to Nebraska, and it should involve horse riding. Practically writes itself.
  10. I think it could be very funny if Penny invited Beverly to stay in 4A (without asking L beforehand, natch). There are so many comic/romantic possibilities centred on Lenny, if only they'd put Shamy in the background.
  11. Spot on. Not only has Shamification sidelined the real romantic couple and the rightful leading lady, it has also trashed the writing of Shamy and of S and A individually. Shamy as a running gag, where S always escaped from A's clutches at the last minute, was funny. Lovey Shamy is nauseating. Eg when S saw A in her ridiculous wedding dress, he said "it makes me want to marry you more than ever", or some such puke. No actor could carry off that line. "Real" S would have asked if the wedding was going to have a "Gone with the wind" theme, or something like that. Remember when Amy was funny by herself - Amy fighting with her lab monkeys, Amy's running commentary while dissecting a brain? Whereas her hen night wasn't funny when it was meant to be - eg she could have fallen off the bar into P & B's laps. Romantic Shamy is a disaster because it's the wrong relationship for the show, the writers can't write it and MB can't act it.
  12. Well, maybe it would have been a beautiful, touching wedding if it hadn't been Shamy. But as that couple have zero chemistry and Amy has zero charm it was just boring. If they had to show the Shamy wedding they should have played it for laughs wrt the couple as well as the guests. They waste a wonderful comic and romantic actress (KC) and make MB play the romantic heroine and she just can't do it. Not her fault - it's not the job she was hired for.
  13. The same writers? No hope of a quality recovery then.
  14. Very strongly agree - but then most of this season has been like a low-quality Shamy fanfic. Every week S would say some utterly unbelievable lovey stuff so that it was embarrassing to watch such a fine actor as JP having to mouth such dreck, and A would simper charmlessly. And like pig-headed First World War generals the programme-makers would order the same tactics the next week. Please let the wedding be their last big push (I know, the triumph of hope over experience). Compare the writing and acting of P & L's wedding, and it's unbelievable how far the standard has fallen. And that goes for A & S themselves. As you pointed out, "real" Sheldon's vows would have been some analogy with string theory or similar that nobody would understand; and "real" Amy would have described her feelings for Sheldon in terms of brain chemistry. That would have been not only funnier, but also cleaner than the putrid slush Shamy scenes have become. One point I have to disagree with: it wasn't like the 200th - the rot hadn't set in then. Penny was rightly front and centre in that ep, and Sheldon's vulnerability was emphasised.
  15. I thought Amy's parents were the high point of this ep - only a few seconds, but verbal and non-verbal acting perfect. Less is more. So are Missy and Raj going to pick it up where they were when Raj's experimental social confidence drug wore off? The scene in the car with Raj driving was well done, IMO. I always liked Missy.
  16. I really can't think what the programme-makers are playing at. Since the end of S7 they've changed the structure by firstly making Shamy's joke relationship real, and secondly promoting Amy to romantic heroine. A big problem they had was the legacy o0f S4-S7 which had established Amy as utterly unappealing and a horrible person. I would have thought the writers would have tried to overcome this as far as possible by making Amy more appealing and a better, nicer person in subsequent seasons. Instead they've done the opposite if anything. A plausible reason for Sheldon's being with Amy was that she worshipped him - S likes that in a woman. Now that she's got him, on the contrary A treats S with rudeness and contempt, particularly in public. Consider A in this ep. First when Howard announces the children have pink-eye her reaction is entirely selfish. She abuses H for coming into the same room with her (in his own house!) and doesn't give a damn about the kids. Secondly when A is infected she barges into Penny's apartment and touches everything in her filthy way. Worst is her concealing from poor Sheldon that she has PE. She kinows how he fears infection, but rather than being honest with him or considering his feelings she lies to him about it - an indication of how she'll treat S once they'married. The writing of Penny is right off. She alsao expresses no concern fror the children she's supposed to love, and allows PE Amy into her home, altho' P knows A's filthy ways better than anybody. And she colludes in A's concealing her PE from S - apparently P hasn't told Leonard about it, who could then decide whether to tell S. It was her duty to S to tell L - S is her real friend in spite of his frequent rudeness, A is incapable of friendship. In general P & L have seen more concerned with getting S off their own hands than whether A is good for him. Sheldon is sometimes a monster, but he's a character it's possible to care about, and I feel sad for him, betrayed by his friends and facing a life of being abused and deceived and presumably revolted by Amy. And sad isn't what I expect from a sitcom.
  17. Goodnight Sweetheart was a comedy about a guy who could time-travel by exactly 50 years, and had a wife in 1990s London and a girlfriend whom he later married in wartime London. After 3 seasons the actresses playing both wives (Dervla Kirwan for the 1940s) were replaced (don't know why). I didn't think either replacement was as good, but the show as a whole was still good and ran another 3 seasons. Drop the Dead Donkey was one of my favourite comedies of the 90s. Set in a TV newsroom, one of the main characters was the woman assistant editor. When the first actress (Haydn Gwynne) left, a new character was brought in in the same job. I didn't like her as much but the show was still excellent. But I don't think TBBT could survive the loss of KC or JG or JP.
  18. How about working with animals? I'd like the show to bring back the lab monkeys. I particularly liked the scene where Amy's smoking monkey blew smoke in Sheldon's face. I wonder how long that took to film.
  19. JohnPhD


    Indeed. KC does great facial acting: her expressions often express the inner life of the character. This is distinct from just pulling funny faces (not that there's anything wrong with that).
  20. I would like to hear Sheldon explain how St P's day became such a big deal in the US, and also the significance of the battle of Puebla (5 May 1862).
  21. Leonard has IMO always been the decent little guy we (male viwers) could identify with, so when he gets it wrong it matters more. Personally, all too often his mistakes remind me of my own. On the other hand, I've got a lot to do around the house today, but here I am, so maybe I should be identifying with Howard.
  22. Very strongly agree. But to be fair, there is a reason within TBBT world that people frequently barge in on P & L (who still don't appear to have mastered locks and bolts) and no one ever barges in on A & S. P & L are the best, most grown-up characters , to whom others naturally turn (well, Bernadette is grown-up but not someone you'd turn to). No-one would want to be with A & S so no-one barges in on them. I feel the same as the other characters on this: I'm always pleased when the scene is P & L, my heart sinks when we find ourselves with A&S.
  23. Not at all. Both do wrong sometimes and, unlike Amy, would have had the choice to do right. But in this case L has failed in a basic principle of marriage - that the wife should be "queen" of the marital home.
  24. I very much doubt if the writers think about P & L in that much depth.
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