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  1. I've always thought the show's whole point is to show the world from the viewpoint of the people who are intellectually gifted but socially challenged, and that's what I meant by "nerd". (I know that there are many definitions, but I think this one best suits the BBT characters.) "Socially challenged" may include being antisocial, quirky, shy, proud, and, in a sense, inconsiderate, selfish, and immature. If it was only about scientific knowledge and geeky interests, I would have probably stopped watching a long time ago - I like it because it explores the difference between (exaggerated) total
  2. I don't think it's about who's first on the list, I think it's about lying - at least, that's what offended Sheldon. There were other ways of doing what Leonard wanted to do. Probably the most obvious one would be to see Sheldon shortly, give him his sailor's cup, and leave Pasadena with Penny for a week or too (which is not something Leonard couldn't afford). (Of course, in such case there wouldn't be so much comedy fuel.) Maybe it's because Sheldon is the one most clueless about other people's intentions and desires (as well as those of his own), so it's hard to blame him.
  3. We don't know, do we? Sometimes I wonder whether, and in what degree, long TV shows are influenced by the creators' observations on fandom's reactions and desires. I think that's what shipping it's all about: planting a new story in the soil of the original one and watching it grow - or not. And if there's no growth, the new story becomes an AU of a sort. I don't suppose all that process has much to do with the intention of the creators of the original, but then every story, once published, begins a life on its own. OK, I think you're right, it's a sitcom after all.
  4. When it comes to Leonard's decision to hide his return from Sheldon, I side with the anti-deception team: Sheldon is Leonard's best friend, Leonard shouldn't have done it to him (especially that he knew that Sheldon would probably not understand). Anyway, I prefer the old dynamics "Sheldon, Leonard and other nerds vs. the rest of the world (which they try to understand and maybe befriend)" and not "grown-up Leonard and Penny vs. childish Sheldon" (the latter pattern is OK from time to time, but I wouldn't like it to dominate the dynamics of the relations between the main trio). I didn't l
  5. The episode was obviously dedicated to Shenny shippers. That's not my cup of tea, but I understand it floats many boats. I liked the conversation on astronomers and dung beetles, all dialogues between Amy and Bernadette, and the interaction between Raj and Mrs. Davis. It seems to me that Mrs. Davis slowly becomes the type of "only sane woman" in the academic environment, and the show was very much in need of such a character, as it highlights the absurdity associated with the main characters. On the other hand, her "grown-up" viewpoint prompts the audience to see them as very childish and
  6. I agree, Howard's voice-changing skills were really impressive. I especially liked the trolls. I think that if he did it in some other episode, everyone would focus on his DMing, but in this one there were just too many things to focus on.
  7. Yes, but every time she waited for Sheldon to tell her what the outcome was - and she never rolled to check how her own actions turned out. Also, it is implied that much time has passed between "caressing her nose" and "nibbling her 14", so in the end she might have managed to learn by induction which number corresponds to which body part. Suddenly, option (3) seems more convincing to me now. Now I've noticed that Sheldon acted as a DM in this scene, not only rolling the dice every time but also deciding when a roll is needed.
  8. I took it for granted that in the bedroom scene Sheldon used combat rules for determining which body part will be hit, but modified it offhand for, erm, non-combat purposes - but your comments made me rethink it and do a little research on the net. Now, I am no expert on D&D, but the DM's screen Howard used seems to be this one: https://www.wizards.com/global/images/dnd_products_dndacc_218307400_pic3_en.jpg (cover) - http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61yj61vWvOL.Image._.jpg (tables inside), which means they were playing 4th edition, where there is no rule for called shots (attempti
  9. OK, many people said how great the bedroom scene was, so I don't need to repeat it... The dynamics between the characters has been rendered perfectly, the tension has (partially) been resolved, Sheldon was ambiguous as always in this kind of situations - and Amy, as BazingaFan said, stole the show. Coming up with the solution like that was surprisingly sensitive of Sheldon (especially remembering his behaviour towards Amy in the last couple of episodes) and adds some fuel to the discussion on will they or won't they. I really like they way Mayim Bialik acts out Amy's newly acquired 'bitterness
  10. OK, I was right: competing for tenure cannot be really funny. (Maybe I think so because I'm a PhD student dreaming about full-time university job in the company of people with which I'm not conflicted?) The episode told us a lot about the characters' personalities and motivations, but, as a result, they suddenly became less likeable - especially Penny (scorning Amy) and Howard (antagonizing everyone just for the fun of it). Is it only me or they recently become more and more adult, in the negative sense of the word? Those coctail parties! I agree that Sheldon is beginning to cross the line
  11. I'm not sure about fighting for tenure as a theme for an episode. Such things are just so... not funny. If only one of the friends gets to be tenured, it should be Sheldon. I'm not saying it because I like him more than other characters (well, OK, he IS my second favourite - just after Amy ) but because it would be consistent with his portrayal as a complete genius devoid of social skills. It has always been implied than he's the most scientifically distinguished of the four, and a tenure, given that he's still quite young, would simply confirm it. If Raj or Leonard were to be tenured in
  12. 1. Leonard and Penny: there's going to be a crisis in their relationship, likely associated with Alex. Something like: Leonard and Alex meet by accident and drink a cup of coffee together, Penny sees meets them by accident (those accidents!) and feels bad about it but there are no explanations until the beginning of the next season. 2. Sheldon and Amy: I agree that Sheldon is going to initiate something physical in the end. The writers are slowly building it, I would be surprised if it was a false lead. 3. Howard and Bernadette: a major quarrel, maybe? I think it's too early for pregn
  13. The difference between Leonard and the rest of the guys is that he sincerely tries and they do not (maybe with the exception of Howard, but, well, as a married guy he probably counts as the most successful member of the group) - and that is why he gets laid more often. Think about it: Sheldon is asexual or hell-bent on staying chaste (even though he seriously thinks about spreading his genius genes) and Raj avoids the company of ladies because of his selective mutism. They are just not really trying. (Amy breaks the rule - she tries really hard and doesn't succeed - but her situation i
  14. I liked the episode, with all the misunderstandings between the characters - especially Howard and Bernadette: if she knew he spent 12 hours working on his Valentine gift to her, she wouldn't be mad at him for the laundry. I don't know why everyone is angry at Penny's behaviour. Imagine you go to the restaurant with your boyfriend (who is being a little annoying with his ongoing romance ninja joke) and a pair of married friends (and you're not too enthusiastic about romantic evenings to begin with), then your friends begin to quarrel about an Xbox and THEN you see your former boyfriend pro
  15. OK, it's better to say Sheldon behaves sexist at times, towards ALL women without any specific focus on any, with or without PhD - which sometimes has unfortunate intellectual implications. I agree it's a result of his upbringing (Texas being strongly associated with conservatism in the series) mixed with his biological/medical knowledge. Still, I don't like it, even though I can see the comic power of it.
  16. Spook: you're right, Sheldon respects Amy and Beverly (I think Bernadette's scientific aspect is not visible enough to let us decide whether it includes her or not) as well as the female guest professor (AFAIR Prof. Plimpton?) from one of the past seasons. On the other hand, he really has had attitude toward Alex and Ramona Nowitzki, but this can be seen as an example of his usual self-importance. Maybe I should've said he has a problem with women and intellect rather than with women intellectuals. Proofs: 1. In the first season he told Leslie women's place is at home and not in the lab mo
  17. I find my thoughts after watching the episode very different from what I read above : 1. Maybe it's because I'm not from the States and different countries have different customs, but... Wasn't Alex's complaint, Sheldon's remarks about his friends and the way they were dealt with by Human Resources Department much exaggerated? I mean, Sheldon did not harassed Alex sexually (he was just sexist, which is a different matter), nor did Howard by building a sex robot (though he used the university's resources to do it, so technically he's guilty of defraudation). The only crime of Leonard and R
  18. My wishes for the 6th season: - more: science, SF (Star Trek!), comic book store. - a lot of: Amy Farrah Fowler (but PLEASE, without lesbian undertones - if she's into Sheldon, let her be into him). - at least a little bit of: Leslie Winkle. It would be nice to know how she's doing. - less: distinct storylines about girls as a group. - an acting role for Penny. - a romantic interest for Raj (not necessarily a regular girlfriend). I would say that his character is in a large need of development).
  19. Great ending. No annoying cliffhangers, both science and popculture present, everything in-character on everyone's side. Very emotional (especially the star necklace scene) but not sentimental, and overall really nice. My favourite moment: Amy's look at Sheldon when he took her by the hand at the moment of the spaceship's start. Maybe I liked it so much only because I like the characters, but hey, who'd expected THAT of him? Second prize: Howard's conversation with the lady in the town hall. 'Yeah, me two. See you there.' :D
  20. Skinny is beautiful. Period. And this is not only my opinion, but also the belief shared by an authority on how the mind works - Amy Farrah Fowler, PhD
  21. I miss Leslie Winkle and would be happy to see her in an episode, but not on the cost of cutting Amy's part. They are two faces of nerdy girl and I would like both of them to remain in the show - but I guess this is impossible, so for the time being I am looking forward for the next shiny trinkets
  22. Liked the episode. This was actually the first time when I felt sympathy towards Bernadette. I mean, I didn't dislike her, but her moments of sweet outnumbered those of snark so much that it usually made me forget she's at least as intelligent as Howard - and, what is more important, she seemed to me utterly conservative, always-doing-what-girls-always-do. Now it turns up she doesn't like children. IMO it makes her more of a geek and a human being. (Maybe I'm saying it only because I don't like children myself. Hope not ) And I really liked the Shamy part, especially Sheldon's rant abou
  23. Martian Girl

    Amy.

    I am wondering why is it so important whether she's plain or not (IMO she isn't, but I'm a straight girl and a Martian one, so what do I know ). When a new male character is introduced, people rarely complain that they are 'too ugly', even if they are drifting towards becoming a romantic match for a main character. I think Amy's lack of sex appeal (in comparison to Penny and Bernie) stems from her style, which says a lot about her personality. There's a comical contrast between her conservative outfits and her liberal outlook. (Remember the episode in which Leslie changed her mind and decided
  24. IMO: the best episode in the 5th season so far. First, there were geeky jokes, both scientific (Amy's research) and popcultural (Death Star made of Lego). Has anyone noticed that Sheldon quoted 'Alice in Wonderland' - the fragment with a linguistic joke in it? Second, the group dynamics was great. And the excellent scene with Amy and Sheldon (sex negotiations as Spock-like discussion!)...
  25. Priya is like Diana Fowley in The X-Files: she is a negative character who serves the purpose of showing positive characters from more perspectives. I don't like her, but I think she helps me to understand Penny and Leonard better
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