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  1. I may be completely wrong here but I don't see Leonard as being powerless in his relationship with Penny. He, just like her, has the greatest power of them all which is to walk away, to break up if their status does not satisfy him. Day in, day out, he chooses to stay without anybody putting a gun to his head. Now obviously, he is in love so breaking up would be extremely hard for him. But Penny is in love too, therefore so far they're equals. Even though it is true that they express their emotions in completely different ways (Leonard is almost too open while Penny is pathologically closed off), neither of them has the advantage here. The thing about Leonard is that he is so good at looking like the victim. Not only because of the puppy eyes but also because he is attracted to somewhat damaged, emotionally constipated people whose behaviours contrast with his "wuv me" attitude : he chooses to live with Sheldon when he could probably afford an apartment on his own and while many others would rather eat broken glass than try to adhere to the weird clauses of the roomate agreement; he elects to be in a relationship with Penny who may never tolerate to be as visibly vulnerable to him as he is to her, etc. But again, nobody is forcing him. He is a full grown homunculus who, when pushed, is perfectly capable of defending himself or fighting back (like when he took advantage of the presence of Penny's father to toy with her or when he decided no longer to abide by Sheldon's rules after the middle-of-the-night fire drill). Leonard is superb in the role of the poor lonely kitten but I think he has much sharper claws than he lets on. In a way, his apparent helplessness is his greatest weapon. It makes others feel guilty or sympathetic. Anybody who disappoints him/does not reciprocate his devotion ends up looking and, more importantly, feeling like the villain in a fairy tale. I am not saying that he does it on purpose (though his "I can't help that I'm cute" may suggest otherwise) but it sometimes serves his interests... Basically, I think the relationship is much more balanced than it looks : Leonard has all the professional accomplishements (for now) and social standing as well as the "teddy bear with an eye patch" factor while Penny has the beauty, social skills and authoritative personality. Him telling Penny she will have to propose to him (and go "the whole nine yard") is a ballsy move : he is daring her to fess up, eventually, to her feelings for him in a big way, something she has always found hard to do. It is a challenge...
  2. The "he was boy, just a boy" monologue ? Very tough to get right ! The writers really did not do K. Cuoco any favour !
  3. No problem. It is a lot to take in and memorise Thank you very much.
  4. Oh no ! I am sorry I did not explain myself properly; I meant the real A Streetcar Named Desire, not Sheldon Lee Cooper's extraordinary (I am sure) take on the American classic. Did K. Cuoco actually play anything from T. Williams's real play ?
  5. Great, great, great ! Sorry to impose but while you're here, do you remember which tiny bit of A Streetcar... Penny played ? What it was about ?
  6. I was merely asking and did not think you were disparaging to Penny. I was just a bit puzzled because, while the commercial was bad, so are pretty much all commercials and it is quite hard to shine, even if you are a great thespian, in something so mindless and ridiculous as a commercial, especially for hemorroids. It is true that we have not seen much, if anything at all, between Penny barely being able to get auditions and Penny successfully playing Blanche (are we sure she plays Blanche ?) in A Streetcar Named Desire. But one thing caught my eye : according to the report, she says that her acting class put the play together. So she still attends acting school, which means that she is still working and still improving. It makes the transition from bad hemorroid commercial to good Blanche less bizarre : Penny is progressing over time. As for Blanche, while she is usually portrayed by actresses in their late fourties and fifties (with V. Leigh being an exception at 37), I believe Williams envisioned her to be about 5 years older than her sister who's 25-ish, so in her early thirties which for the late 1940s must have been considered "past her prime" for a woman. If Penny and K. Cuoco are the same age (27), there is no big discrepancy there.
  7. I am sorry to ask but I believe there are still some episodes here and there that I haven't watched : were we ever told in no uncertain terms that Penny is a lousy actress ? I know she has pretty much failed at carving a career for herself so far but she is still young and sometimes even great actors need about 10-15 years to "make it" (e.g. Jim Parsons who only got cameos and commercials til he was cast as Sheldon at the tender age of 34). We know she got three parts, including the commercial, and that they were pretty bad (either that or the productions were bad). But I cannot recall anything being said or shown about her as an actress, talented or not. It is entirely possible that I missed something though. I, for one, am glad she is good at it. I was getting a bit frustrated with the whole "Penny as the loser/untalented actress of the group" dynamic. Firstly, it reminded me too much of Joey in Friends and secondly, it was getting slightly repetitive. Furthermore, while her going back to college was a good subplot and I wouldn't mind her keeping up with it, it was a bit "normalising", for lack of a better word. It sort of implied that, to fit in with the group and be considered successful, she had to be like them : academic/scholarly. Some people are just not made for academia or degrees but are doing great all the same. I like this aspect of Penny : she is an intruder, an outsider in a world of people with PhDs (sorry Howard) and fancy titles and yet she can hold her own and be accomplished in her own way.
  8. Thanks a lot. My parents thought so too...
  9. I don't doubt it but it is inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire (if only the title). Basically, what I got from the report is that Sheldon decided to "improve" Williams's work by making it about something he cares about, namely streetcars (and other forms of train-like transportation devices) while paying tribute (or lip-service) to the original play. Hence the wifebeater.
  10. Thank you so very much, Monique and Kyzz. Great report. I believe I am going to enjoy this episode. It is good to know that Raj has found somebody with as many problems as him : peas in a pod. I am delighted that Penny and Sheldon will get to spend some time together for, even though I am not a Shenny shipper by any stretch of the imagination, I greatly enjoy the way K. Cuoco and J. Parsons work together as actors and the interactions between Penny and Sheldon : their relationship works on so many levels (mother/son, big brother/little sister, big sister/little brother, best enemies, emotionally immature compadres, etc.) that it always makes me laugh. And they never fail to tell each other what all the others are afraid to tell them. So happy we are shown Penny has talent as an actress ! I feared the whole thing may be another opportunity for her to get humiliated but... Hooray ! She deserves to have something she can do very well. I do not mean to push but what part does she play ? Blanche or Stella ? And what bit of the play do we get to see her act ? As for the most important part of the episode : the wifebeater ! Nice throwback to the iconic scene in A Streetcar Named Desire and Brando's no-less-iconic chest. Though I doubt Sheldon will go as far as ripping it in half while yelling anybody's name (and, anyway, if he had, Monique and Kyzz would have told us about it I do not doubt), it is bizarrely sweet of him to "get in character" like that for his own little play. Sheldon always goes the extra mile when it comes to costumes. All in all, I look forward to it.
  11. Do we know what happened to the "one" ring Sheldon and Leonard fought over ?...
  12. Like spook wrote, it appears that he just reacted to the other couple's proposal and Penny's resulting dismay. It is something he does a lot : whenever Penny's upset, he'll just do or say anything to make it stop. A bit like when he tried to yell at her for dating David even though he (David) was much smarter than him (Leonard) and Penny had said she couldn't date him (Leonard) because he was too smart. He had every right to be upset and frustrated but the moment Penny started crying, he just backed down, apologised and tried to make her feel better. He has a tendency not to think these things through because, well, if Penny starts crying, Leonard starts crying and who wants that ? Furthermore, the guy really wants to marry her so, I guess, any occasion is good enough
  13. I am so sorry. I really did not mention it to make anyone feel bad. To me, it was actually "reassuring" news : the interesting (let's call it that) make up/hairdo of the SAG awards was not the result of bad taste but of bad circumstances, therefore it is unlikely to happen again. And Ms. Cuoco did not seem upset by the criticism she received for it. More of a "life is life" attitude.
  14. I believe Penny's apartment is much smaller than the guys' : they have two bedrooms when she only has one; their living room looks much bigger so does their kitchen, etc. I would guess that Penny's place is about 1/3 the square footage of Sheldon and Leonard's. As for the money, it is absolutely true that 500 bucks should not be a big deal for Leonard which is why I do not think Penny had a problem with the cost of the object per se but with the object itself. She doesn't mind Leonard spending 500 dollars in general but she thinks the whole idea of getting an action figure in one's image is... pointless, to put it mildly. The 500 dollars only make it sillier, in her eyes I assume.
  15. The diagram has something to do with the Green Lantern, I believe : dead guy + Green Lantern power ring = glorious (and very much alive) Green Lantern... or something like that.
  16. I couldn't remember where I had read it but now I know : it is on Ms. Cuoco's Twitter account. Horrible copy/paste (Jan 31) "Seriously I had a black eye- the bad bangs were MY idea- get over it! #hairmistakes #ithappens"
  17. I think I read somewhere that the less than fortunate bangs / heavy makeup combo at the SAG awards was the result of a black eye that had to be covered up...
  18. Thank you very much for the welcome
  19. Have we ever been shown how good or bad Penny is at acting ? I can only recall three parts she's had over the past five and a half years : one was in the play about Anne Frank (the one above the bowling alley), one was in Rent I think, and the last one was in the commercial. From the Rent episode, we know that Penny cannot sing (I don't remember if they mentioned anything about her dancing). But I do not think that we were ever told if she can or cannot act. Though I could see why the writers would choose to make her a bad actress (it is way funnier when people fail), I sort of hope she isn't. I may be overly sentimental but I'd like her to have something she CAN do better than the others, a talent that is hers... Other than being very beautiful and very badass. Though I have to say the choice of A Streetcar Named Desire is quite strange : it is one of the most intelligent but depressing plays ever written. It is so very dark (admitedly, the Anne Frank reference was pretty tough too but it was immediately "defused" by the whole bowling alley thing and turned into a joke). The female roles are so tragic and the end so hopeless. A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof would have been less of a challenge to include/refer to in a comedy : it ends well-ish and there are funny moments. But A Streetcar... Whether Penny plays Blanche or Stella, it is not a happy adventure. She might have some loose connections with Blanche (she enjoys her drink, has proven she can have very questionable taste in men, can be quite lonely and depressed. And she once depended on the kindness of strangers... to get her TV back !) and it could be a weird/funny experience to portray pregnant Stella but still. Wait and see I suppose. Though I imagine I could obsess over what Leonard will probably obsess over : Who's going to play Stanley (and how good-looking is he exactely) ?
  20. Hello, My name's Chiara and I only recently discovered the Big Bang Theory but have been thoroughly devoted to it since. I do not quite know what to say about myself in this particular context but I'll give it a shot... I am a student in political science working on getting three letters attached to my name, I live in Paris and I enjoy loads of stuff (trying to maintain an air of mystery about me here). Delighted to be here, with like minded and obsessed people ! Cheers
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