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Guitars1964

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  1. I'm with those who loved seeing Zach return. Not a bright bulb but harmless and actually a good heart. And he adds something to the show. Make him a regular character. And congratulations to the writers (yes, sarcasm) on making Raj a complete douchebag. Claire is a cutie but no doubt Raj will nose dive from high altitude with her. What a total zero he is.
  2. Now that her hair is getting longer again, I can say that I much prefer it longer. Really noticeable on tonights episode. Nice.
  3. 4everlenny, filler episode good description - I don't recall other TBBT episodes starting with "highlights" of recent past episodes. Was that necessary? Or are they trying to make the new material in each episode even shorter? Take out commercials and the "previously on TBBT" and what's left - 15 minutes? And what's up with Penny? I used to adore that character. Now I find her a whole lot less endearing than ever, and almost acting more clueless than ever. There is like zero romance in that relationship, too. They haven't been married THAT long. Leonard and Penny are like two old married people just coasting along in their relationship. Howard and Bernie have a lot more going on. Even Sheldon and Amy seem more on fire. Yes, I know this is a lot of complaining, but more than ever I feel like the show is running out of steam creatively.
  4. Raj is a d-bag. IMHO. YMMV. Even Sheldon's girlfriend skills are more advanced, and that's saying a LOT. Not sure I buy that Emily is that upset that he broke up with her. She's way too cool for him. He is officially the least sympathetic character. Maybe just...pathetic.
  5. Maybe Kathy2611 is right - that L&P's relationship works for them, so we should just accept it for what it is. I understand that relationships mature, but I guess I have felt that some of the passion that L&P had earlier on is absent. Still feels to me like Penny never cuts Leonard any slack. I just don't love their relationship as much as I used to. OK. Overall I enjoyed the episode - funnier than a lot of the other episodes this season. Sheldon was terrific tonight. I guess Emily is gone. Doesn't feel like they (the writers) ever really integrated her into the main characters lives - perhaps they planned this break-up from the beginning so they didn't want to get her too hooked into the main story. I liked Emily. Good ol' Raj doesn't know a good thing when he's got it so he chases after the girl he just met, who now got back together with her BF. Serves Raj right. Everyone else has moved on with their lives but Raj still stuck in neutral. Sad. And Howard and Bernie - wow! Cool!
  6. Under the sub-heading of useless rock music trivia, I recognized the melody that Sheldon was singing immediately. I kept wondering if they'd tell us what song it was (in case this melody appears in another song and I was wrong). So I cheered when they played a snippet of the song. Yeah, sometimes I get stoked about the silliest little things...
  7. I somehow doubt that Kaley and Johnny will resume their prior romantic relationship. They were a lot younger then, and they seem so different when you see them interviewed together. They may have a special friendship but not sure it would bring them back together in a romantic relationship. Kaley was, especially in hindsight, impulsive in jumping into her relationship with Ryan. I don't know what the deal was with Henry Cavill, which was a very short dating thing, but when that ended she had those Instagram images about "Life goes on" and all that. In retrospect, her "grieving" the end of that very short fling seemed a little excessive, and then almost immediately, she's over him and she is dating Ryan... who apparently never even went home to Florida after his first date with her. And it was more like 2 months of dating, not three or more, when she got engaged. He's out of work due to an injury, they've only just met, she's in a very big deal career, but they've decided this is it and get engaged. Then she says in an interview that they will take their time planning the wedding and would marry "next year", if I recall, but then 3 months after getting engaged... they marry. I know lots of people marry after short engagements and have long, successful marriages, but somebody tell me how waiting a year after meeting someone to get engaged is a bad idea? You are in your late 20's, you have a hopefully very long life ahead... what is the rush? And of course, they are SO in love that they HAVE to have prominent and permanent tatoos to mark this landmark event. Impulsive. And now there is no trial separation... it's divorce time (yes, I know they may have been apart before the announcement but there was no public notice of a separation earlier). It's seems more like "OK, I'm done." So there is lots I like about Kaley but she does seem a bit impulsive, sadly at least when it involves ostensibly "permanent" life decisions (that aren't so permanent). So even if she still has those feelings for Johnny, I hope she resists the urge to rebound to him (and I hope he is smart enough, if she does show him interest, to resist). She needs time to be on her own, and by on her own I don't mean spending every free minute jetting off to New York or wherever with all of her girlfriends. My thoughts... YMMV.
  8. Wasn't impressed with Penny and Leonard's wedding. It seemed an odd, underwhelming way for them to get married. After all these seasons... this is how it goes? And again we are presented with a Penny who doesn't care to make up her own vows and a Leonard who does. She seems bored and not really into the whole thing. And of course we have to have the obligatory dump on Leonard who seems to have trouble carrying her into the room. And of course Penny's little shot at him about whether he'll be able to please her in bed that night. Yup. back to old kick Leonard deal. That's why I wrote my second fan fiction, in part... to give Leonard his due, to let Leonard be the one who isn't sure he wants to have a relationship with her. Good thing they eloped - if any of their friends had been present someone might have said to either of them: "you sure you still want to do this?" I mean really, could Penny have looked less interested? I'd take her being nervous or scared since she always professed her fear of getting married, but this seemed like she was getting ready for a hair appointment. Ho-hum. Really? Is that what the writers decided the "Lenny" faithful deserved after 8 seasons? Good luck, Leonard, what's past is prologue. Hey, maybe the writers will think it's really funny if sometime in Season 9 Penny has an affair and leaves Leonard. Thanks, writers. Just my humble opinion. Ymmv.
  9. Gotta agree. Boo Leonard. He goes from being a doormat to Penny in the early seasons to being a jerk now. I am the first to admit that I am no expert at relationships but I do believe some things are better left unshared, and he should have never told her. And I predict the big wedding is going to be delayed until the last minute of the last episode of the last season, whenever the heck that happens. Although, as I have commented before, I see little evidence of any romance in "Lenny" this season... maybe not even last season, either. I think it kind all ended after the famous goodbye scene at the end of Season 6. Hey, maybe they will break up and there never will be "beautiful and smart babies." That'd be a left turn, huh? May I also say that I am so over these season-ending cliffhangers - so many shows do them and then make us wait 5 months to see what happens next. Enough already.
  10. OK, well based on the postings it seems that there are a number of TBBT fans that share my feelings about the somewhat lackluster plot lines/writing this season, up until last night's bright spot. And there is no reason that one couple or the other needs to be relegated to the background for the whole season, as it kind of seems that "Lenny" has been this year. It doesn't have to be a mostly Lenny or mostly Shamy focus. With the 20 minutes or so allotted to each episode (if even that, with all the commercials) I realize they can't explore anything in depth, let alone covering multiple story lines to any degree (although we had 2 story lines last night). But each episode can certainly focus on one of the couples and perhaps cover another couple more in the next episode. We should all be able to enjoy the situational comedy of our fav couple during a given season.
  11. OK, after my recent comments about unfunny Season 8 I am happy to report tonight's episode was funny. Funnier than most other Season 8 episodes, IMHO. Not just saying that because Lenny were featured more. So, yay (fair is fair, after my recent criticisms).
  12. Well, of course, it's all a matter of personal taste, but I agree this season has been a disappointment. For me all it takes is to watch a rerun of some of the early episodes that were really funny. I don't find that happens anymore for me. And as a Lenny fan, of course this season hasn't been that much to care about. Let's face it, the first 6 seasons all had an interesting and enjoyable trajectory for Leonard and Penny with their ups and downs. It was a very heartwarming story of their romance. If you cared about that story, then each season pulled you along. So now both that Lenny story is largely absent and, in my view, the funny stuff in general is lacking. I just don't get excited to watch the show anymore. As I have commented before, I feel like the show has run out of steam. And it seems like they had a new angle filled with potential with Raj and Emily, but Emily's been mostly AWOL. I mean one of the big deals over the years has been Raj can't get a girlfriend. Emily seemed like a quirky character who cared for Raj, but... not much going on there.
  13. Here's my feeling about this season: I don't like it as much as the earlier seasons. Partly because i guess I really enjoyed the romantic story of Leonard and Penny, and I just don't feel that storyline anymore. Just because they are engaged shouldn't put that storyline on the shelf. It's almost like they are a couple of old marrieds and the fire is gone. And, frankly, I just feel that the writers have pretty much tapped all the funny geek stuff that was the essence of the show for the first 4 or 5 seasons. It's played out. Someone mentioned that it seemed like Kaley was bored in some scenes. I don't know if I noticed that but it wouldn't surprise me. Personally, I think it would be best to wrap the show after season 10... that's still 2 more seasons. 10 seasons by any standard is a long run. And I'm thinking Kaley may be focusing on her home life and maybe kids. By season 10 she'll be about 30 and in the business at that point a long time. I could see her just saying it's time for other things. And Jim seems like he's branching out to theatre and movies. It's really hard to keep mining the same vein of comedy for even this long. The writers have done a great job but the "freshness" just seems more absent than present. I could see the main actors coming to a consensus that 10 seasons will do it. And others may see it completely differently. Just my feelings at this point.
  14. So what's up with Emily? Why isn't she appearing with the ensemble, such as at tonight's dinner? I thought at this point she and Raj were a couple.
  15. All the success, all the money, enduring the press nonsense, and Kaley still seems like a genuinely nice person and still pretty grounded. Probably fun to hang with (not that I ever will). Like her a lot. And the whole cast seem like they are all on good terms with each other. No scandals or whatever. They all seem like they know how lucky they are, etc. Good for all of them.
  16. Last night's Penny and Leonard storyline made me feel like the old Penny had returned in a different context. One of the original frustrations for some of us was Leonard being a bit of a doormat with Penny. Seemed like that had changed. But now it feels like it's back. Penny offers that she may make more money than Leonard in the future, and, of course, the old Leonard's not that good in the sack reference. Leonard's a good guy, generous to a fault, has always supported Penny (not just financially), but it does feel like Penny's flexing her muscles again. Originally it was "I'm hot, he's a geek, he'd never dump ME, blah, blah blah." I'm all for Penny finding some success and financial independence... I guess I'm not thrilled with how she's handling it, vis a vis Leonard. He is, by his own admission, full of insecurities, and she knows it, and I'd like to see more sensitivity on her part. And, yes, I know, it's just a TV show.
  17. I still feel like the show has lost its comedic edge following Season 6. When I watch the earlier episodes - pick anything from 1- 6 - in re-runs, I just laugh more than I did for Season 7 and, so far, Season 8 episodes. Hard to put my finger on the exact reason or what's missing for me, but it's my feeling. Like the writers have kind of run out of the energy that propelled the show along for the first 6 seasons. I thought we'd see more of Penny's life as a pharma rep, but I guess to do that would have her off on her own without the group interplay. But this new career seems like it might provide some new story lines, but so far, not much. Sometimes it just feels like the original premise and character development has kind of been played out. And I know it's only my opinion and others will feel quite differently.
  18. Photos showing Kaley signing autographs confirms what I read about so often - the people chasing her for autographs aren't often the real fans who will be thrilled to have something she signed on display in their room, but instead (from the looks of the autograph-seekers), it's professional autograph collectors who will then try to sell it on eBay. I would think it very hard for celebrities to spend time signing this stuff when they know it's not fans but just pushy guys who want to make money off her. Would kind of take the fun out of it for any celebrity. I'd probably be one of those celebs that just stopped signing.
  19. For sure none of us knows what goes on in most peoples' marriages. We have only the slimmest of information about Kaley and Ryan, that mostly being the photos Kaley posts on Instagram. She sure seems happy. So I'm going with that. Overall from everything I've seen about her and from her, she seems like a really nice person. And hopefully her marriage will thrive. And, yes, the rag mags and press (boy, I HATE TMZ!) love to make stuff up if there is nothing real to report. So, best of luck to Kaley and Ryan.
  20. Re: big salaries. First rule in looking at this - nothing in life in fair. Some make a lot, others not so much. And what you earn doesn't necessarily correlate to your contribution to society. Entertainers (and I define "entertainers" to include musicians, athletes, actors, etc.) generally can make a lot - the popular and successful ones, anyway. It's tough to create an objective rating of who is considered a great contributor to the benefit of society and who isn't. One might argue that the 21 minutes (net of commercials) that TBBT offers in each program provides laughter and good feelings to a large group of the population - is that worth $1MM per person per episode? Maybe. Whatever someone earns to do their job, I doubt anyone would, if they could earn a lot more for that job, turn down a chance to get paid more. Just for arguments' sake, if someone is making $45,000 a year and, for whatever reason, had a chance to make $75,000 doing the same work, wouldn't they jump at the chance to make more? Isn't that often the reason people voluntarily change employers - to make more money? Sure, $1MM per episode (if that's what they are angling for) is unfathomable to most of us, but if you were in their shoes making $350,000 and you were fairly confident you could get $600,000, $750,000 or more, would anyone on this forum say no?
  21. I'm excited that Kaley is involved with a dramatic role, which it seems this new movie shoot will be. It would be a big deal if the movie does well and she can demonstrate that other side (I know she's done some dramatic roles already but this one looks like it might be even more so). I am also excited about Penny's career change. Penny's been really stuck going nowhere fast as an actress (and for a VERY long time now). A lot of people in the performing arts hit that point when they have to acknowledge the reality of their chances of success (performing arts very tough to make a decent living). If they give Penny this new career direction with all that comes with it (including her finally making some real money), it opens up a lot of plot scenarios for the show and would, in my view, give the storyline a shot in the arm (was there anybody left out there that wasn't tired of the dead-end road that Penny's been on career-wise?). Frankly, overall, I wasn't that thrilled with Season 7 (and I acknowledge others feel differently), and I am hopeful that this could offer some fresh and fun episodes.
  22. Sorry - I'm seeing no comparison between The Monkees show and TBBT. Sheldon = Michael Nesmith character? The Monkees show was arguably groundbreaking in incorporating pop/rock music into a TV show, but the show's style was a clear take off of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." Other than that there were 4 male characters involved, the rest seems like a stretch.
  23. Does this mean for $50 donation you could meet Kaley at this event? Much as I learned to hate spinning, if I lived in the area I'd sure sign up... there must be a catch. Hmmm...
  24. It's nice to see that she's still so up about acting in the show and that she doesn't seem to take the show or her success for granted. Despite all the success, etc., she still seems pretty grounded. That's good to see. She seems very happy. That would seem a no-brainer, but some actors, musicians or other performing artists can really get jaded about the whole thing, and she doesn't seem to be at all.
  25. Only thing I know of is the movie, The Wedding Ringer, due out January 2015, according to what I saw online.
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