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  1. Hi all, my name's D. and I live in geek country (aka Silicon Valley). The Big Bang Theory is an awesome show!
  2. I absolutely agree with that statement. Penny's character serves as a non-nerd "everyman" that counters and thus accentuates the quirky personalities of everyone else. The character could have been male, but for the sake of the mandatory love interest (as you have noted) she was made female. She introduces plots points or character struggles that wouldn't exist otherwise, and through these we can see the other characters' traits more clearly: Raj's inability to talk to women without being drunk; Sheldon's attitude towards relationships and "lowly" non-academics in general; Leonard's need for love and and his vulnerability when it comes to women; Howard's unrelenting desperation towards the female sex. Without Penny these idiosyncrasies wouldn't be revealed so plainly and the dynamic of the group would remain at stasis, but with her the balance is upset, and hilarity ensues. I really don't think you would have the same TBBT without Penny, quite frankly. In that vein, TBBT's IMDB.com trivia section notes that the original working title of the show was "Lenny, Penny, and Kenny." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0898266/trivia?tr0734850 Ultimately from this source: Variety's Bill Prady interview. I do think Penny also adds some variety to the dialogue, breaking up the guys' talk with her own cadence and setting up one-liners for Sheldon or saying them herself. Gah. Well of course I disagree with this completely since I am female and find the show hilarious, plus appreciate that the science noted is real too. I can see why one would assume "women do not get the geek jokes" if your particular field is devoid of them, but the fact is that the female demographic exists and is growing in the science industries, where these types of personalities abound. That said, I don't think you don't necessarily need to be a geek or a science-y type to get the jokes. It's a well written show. So for the record: Penny's a great and lovable everyman...but I tune in for Sheldon, like everyone else. ;-)
  3. Okay. I also just posted this on a WordReference forum, but thought it might be good here too: ***In the X-Files Season 7 Episode 19 (c. 1999, entitled "Hollywood A.D.") the audio expert that Scully speaks with at the 18:17 mark says "Bazinga!" as an expression of amazement or awed enlightenment (much like exclaiming "Eureka!") after he finds out that the bowl he is examining could be emitting strange frequencies due to its previous proximity to Jesus Christ. I think this would confirm that the word itself is much older than the TV series the Big Bang Theory, however I would agree that the widespread popularity of "bazinga" is due to BBT.*** Since a tertiary X-Files character used it about 5(?) years before BBT's Sheldon Cooper, I think it's safe to say that Sheldon himself (or the BBT writers, that is) did not invent it. It's entirely believable however to think that the character Sheldon heard it on the X-Files and has been using it ever since. Completely. Believable.
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