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Chiara

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  1. I do not recall painting such a ghastly portrait of Leonard. I merely suggested that he may be tempted to to turn a negative (Penny reading his mother's book) into a positive (Penny feeling very sorry for him and babying him a bit). Amy did something quite similar in The Fish Guts Displacement.
  2. Mainly that Leonard might play the pity card to get, in sprinkles's words, "what he want from Penny". Beverly's book is damaging to Leonard; full of anecdotes he would prefer people (especially his girlfriend) not to know about. But it also highlights what a peculiar mother Dr. Hofstadter was when her middle child was growing up. I would not put it past Leonard to attempt to regain control of the situation by laying it a bit thick in the trauma department to get Penny to feel sorry for him and be very, very, very nice to his poor mistreated, adorable self (we know Penny is partial to pupp
  3. You are correct and I am now revising my opinion. I am no longer sure I should feel completely sorry for Leonard just yet. Rereading this thread, I realised that one of the tidbits mentioned him making up stories to get what he wanted from Penny. And then Ms. Cuoco posted a charming picture of herself in a loverie pink attire which may have been taken on taping night. I sense shenanigans on the Hofstadter front... I have strong suspicions.
  4. And Jim Hines's posing challenge
  5. Thank you so much, Count Wally. There is literally nothing I do not like about this picture : the BatGirl costume being too big for Howard who looks about three seconds away from projectile vomiting, Sheldon's vacant yet determined expression (and sexy legs), Leonard's pout and Farrah Fawcett wig... As for Raj, let's just say this : eat your heart out, Halle ! That is how one does Catwoman.
  6. I remember them mentioning the "submarine controversy" in The 21-Second Excitation so they are aware of the problem. Since Amy is a neuroscientist who spends a lot of time with monkeys, maybe she spots a problem with the "chilled monkey brains" scene in The Temple of Doom ? ETA (so many post scriptums and sidenotes from me today !) I am glad the writers chose to insert a reference to Penny's continued college attendance. Sometimes, it is easy to forget the characters have a life outside of what we get to witness every week. So yeah for community college continuity !
  7. Thank you jennyferbrelaz. Has Beverly spared Leonard any indignity ? The woman raised three children but apparently only Leonard's upbringing was worthy of a book. And she made it a short one to boot... On the one hand, my heart goes out to poor Leonard, on the other, it is so profoundly sad I find it hilarious... Eirwinrommel, I have "happiness at the misfortune of others" all over me again ! PS For the second time, Raj is compared to Halle Berry. It would be frightnening if it were not so true.
  8. Thank you stardustmelody. It is always lovely to have an "inside man", so to speak So Beverly is back, at her Mommy Dearest best, and Sheldon is on the path of revenge... Sounds like good ol' times ! On a sidenote : Yeah ! Stuart is here again ! Third episode in a row for the King of Bath Towel Karaoke ! I cannot get enough of him. His depression makes me happy (that came out wrong).
  9. I am not challenging his right to have feelings (perhaps I should have phrased my answer more carefully) but the impact said feelings could/should have on Penny's behaviour if/when they are not in a relationship. I said she could sleep with the whole CalTech faculty and it would be no one's business but her own. You asked "what about Leonard's feelings ?". My answer is "what about them ?". He is allowed to have them but Penny is equally allowed not to imagine what they could be and take them into account; she has not duty to care for his emotional wellfare unless they are an item. It
  10. I may misremember the taping report (I have not read it in some time) but I believe the "pussy" accusation is a lie from the mind of the Princess of Darkness Bernadette. Leonard realises very early on that rejecting Penny's offer to be his teammate was not a smart move so he wants to quit the scavenger hunt in order to find her and apologise. Bernadette, ever the ruthless competitor, does not want to lose her partner so she cooks up the "pussy" insult in order to make him angry and eager to prove himself. Both Leonard and Penny find out about the deception at the launderette (or something lik
  11. Sorry for the double post. I am a woman and I do not give a flying fig about Penny's sex life and/or drunk behaviour. Or Leonard's. Or Howard's. Or Raj's. Or Sheldon's. Or Amy's. Or Bernadette's. Or Mae West's. Or Victor Hugo's. Or my neighbour's. As long as they do not harm anyone, I consider it none of my business. I cannot wait to find out what "kind of females" that makes me.
  12. If Penny slept with the entire CalTech faculty at a time when she and Leonard were not in an exclusive relationship, then I am not sure I would be comfortable with Leonard believing he has the right to have feelings about it. What Penny did before their relationship started and after it ended has nothing more to do with him than it does with me or Daffy Duck. Penny has expressed some disappointment about some of her past actions. So what ? Regret is part of life. After the breakup, Leonard was shown to regret having told Penny he loved her for he felt it had precipitated the se
  13. It is somewhat disappointing to see them apart, I agree. But let us not forget we will get our fix of Team Hofstadter in 7.02. That is the thing with partnerships : there are ups and downs. 7.03 is a down : Leonard refuses to associate with Penny out of fear she will cause him to lose, she feels insulted, they fight it out through the medium of the scavenger hunt and Penny gets to prove herself, once again, a valuable asset to any team. In a way, it is an important fight for them to have and for it to be resolved in such a fashion is as good a reminder of the special worth of TBBT's very ow
  14. To further the point, I have problems calling out anyone for having as much sex as they want with fellow single consenting adults. As far as I am concerned, Penny could have had sex with the entire Caltech faculty (Mrs. Davis included) and I would still struggle to give a flying toss. As long as everyone gives their enthusiastic consent, it is none of my business. Both in real life and in fiction.
  15. I understand the desire for something spectacular and, to a certain extent, I feel it too. Nevertheless, I wonder if that would truly fit their relationship. Their couple is not conventionally romantic. They do not do flowers and long walks on the beach and champagne and teddy bears and diamond earrings. They do cryogenised snowflakes and Justice League costumes and shooting ranges and heart lockets and sex in the lab. Whenever they try a more traditional approach to romance, (e.g. Valentine's Day dinner at an upscale restaurant), it fails miserably for it is not true to them, as people an
  16. You are correct. There is no longer much of a trace of the "hot chick across the hall" template of the early days. But even back then, this particular setup was merely a pretext. I seem to recall one of the actors (possibly Mr. Galecki) once refering to the show as "more than just about the two geeks living across the hot blonde" or something to that effect. And he was right. The show is about two tribes, childlike geeks and adults, realising they want and need each other to thrive. In this scenario, the hallway is the neutral zone, the no man's land they must cross to communicate. So
  17. That would be so wrong on so many levels I almost want to see it happen. Just out of morbid curiosity.
  18. And Sheldon needs, therefore loves, Amy. In his own weird, immature, self-centered way. She is one of the bridges that keep this island of a man connected to the rest of humanity, like his mother, Leonard and Penny. So while Beverly might be a better match on paper, I doubt they would work out together. It would be all fine and dandy for about five minutes and then, one of them would have a meltdown (of the sort that requires the Star Wars soundtrack to be played loudly) and the other would be unable to help/cope. And Leonard would... I can't think even imagine his reaction to such a t
  19. Beverly is the stereotypical sitcom "shrink" : only capable of understanding people as series of symptoms, complexes and sexual deviances; and much weirder than any of her patients. I do not know for sure whether she ever considered her children's education as an experiment in and by itself but I doubt it. I believe that she, very much like Sheldon, has a very thick filter, for lack of a better word. She sees everything through the prism of science, rejects anything that does not conform to logic and keeps such a tight rein on her emotions she appears not to have any. It is of course fals
  20. You are absolutely right, I went a bit overboard. However, Leonard once made a passing allusion to a difference between him and his brother (and their mother's treatment of them) in The Pants Alternative : "First of all, the projects [his and his brother's scientific experiments] were totally different. I was showing that classical music nurtures lima beans and makes them grow, but my mother didn’t hear me. If you’d like to look at the relationship between nurturing and growth, I’d like to point out that my brother is eight inches taller than me." So, while Leonard was half-jesting, it
  21. If Leonard were to feel truly hurt by his mother's perpetual putdowns, there is no doubt in my mind the writes would be compelled to have Penny react and defend him. However, Leonard is incredibly resilient and will probably brush off whatever nasty or insensitive jab the Wicked Witch of the East Coast throws at him. Sitcom characters are usually very resilient. They have to be, considering the amount of feces TPTB throw at them on a regular basis (no comedic value in all-around happiness and satisfaction !). In order to keep the plots and, ultimately, the shows, "light", the characters h
  22. I love Christine Baranski and am delighted to see her again on the show. As many, I would prefer her "live" but if Skype is all we can get, I'll take it and gladly. As for the reason why she is back, well it is anybody's guess really but I do not think the writers would "waste" her on something trivial. Last time we heard her mentioned on the show was when Leonard talked about her hypothetical reaction to him getting tenure so it would not be too much of a stretch to think this appearance might be career-related in some way.
  23. The idea that Penny is a control freak does not stem necessarily from the fact that she moved from Nebraska to LA or from her desire to become an actress. Those two things are perfectly fine and tell us nothing about Penny as a person. Other details, on the other hand, do indicate a serious inability to let go of control. The most obvious in my eyes is the whole ILY saga. Now, I understand that the real reason why it took so long for Penny to say ILY to Leonard is because the writers had made such a big deal of Leonard's love declaration and his girlfriends' subpar response, using i
  24. How remarkable ! A very noble cause indeed and a very generous ambassador !
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