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5.13. The Recombination Hypothesis (Jan 19th 2012)

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I don't know if it's a rule or not but the ones I've been to they've always done it.

In contrast, I don't think I have ever been to a wedding where they spoke the last names in the vows.

Both ends of the spectrum :icon_cheesygrin:

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To reiterate, the best line of this episode is, without a doubt:

"I went out with this guy TJ for eight months & we never talked. To this day I don't even know what TJ stands for." Worst part, the wood jokes. Ah to be 12 again... oh, wait 12 sucked... to see 12 manifested in two men in their 30s, pathetic & sad.

The fact that it was all a dream would have sucked if they didn't land up going out at the end. Another good part about this episode, Penny agreeing to sex after their fight. That is SO Penny.

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Repeated from other threads: I have added the episode poll to the the thread. Before Christmas we were adding polls to the episode threads as they aired, but I completely forgot about it over the Christmas break. I'll add polls to all the episodes I missed and try get back to adding them each week as the episodes air.

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@Cheesecake: yeah a few of us agreed that it wasn't a true "100th episode" when compared to how other tv series do their milestone eps.

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To reiterate, the best line of this episode is, without a doubt:

"I went out with this guy TJ for eight months & we never talked. To this day I don't even know what TJ stands for." Worst part, the wood jokes. Ah to be 12 again... oh, wait 12 sucked... to see 12 manifested in two men in their 30s, pathetic & sad.

The fact that it was all a dream would have sucked if they didn't land up going out at the end. Another good part about this episode, Penny agreeing to sex after their fight. That is SO Penny.

THAT IS SO FUNNY ABOUT, TJ. THAT'S ARE PENNY.:icon_wink:

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The scene in the cheesecake factory when Amy said to Sheldon about not flaunting their happy relationship to Leonard and Penny was very amusing especially for the look on Howards face after Sheldon replied to Amy

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I know no one really comes back into season five but i m still kinda new on the forums and just wanted to put here that I love love love this episode. As a huge L/P fan this episode almost made me tear up a bit. It was done amazingly well and I loved the way they brought the two back together after Leonard started to realize how much he over thought things

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I know no one really comes back into season five but i m still kinda new on the forums and just wanted to put here that I love love love this episode. As a huge L/P fan this episode almost made me tear up a bit. It was done amazingly well and I loved the way they brought the two back together after Leonard started to realize how much he over thought things

 

Heheheheheheh, it's my favorite also.  

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Wow that is the worst episode for season 5 maybe even for the whole series, to have that for episode 100 is surprising and wouldn't Leonard dream of them having the perfect life instead of having bad dates and then getting together, no wonder that's all they did in season 3 sex and fight and it will be the samething unless the change and open the communications barriers then it'll just be like season 3 if that's the case then turn the script and move on you tried. It was either Lorre or prady that said they wanted to get back to the pilot( which explains penny's clothes which I wonder if that was the original shirt in the pilot if so wouldn't it be more snug since Kaley put on a few pounds so I don't think it is and Leonard looking creeply into her apartment) now what is going on in season 5 that would propmt to get back to the pilot, what show does that, now if they wanted them back together just do it, then shows they have no concept or just don't care for back story, their last real interraction os leonard being a jerk to penny and saying he only did anything for her is because he thought it would lead to sex, now what woman would put up with that, penny wouldn't even be talking to him much less going on a date with him where's the junior rodeo penny,good thing Leonard's dream was just that if it wasn't that would've be just ridiculous, now penny getting knocked up might be the only way they get married with their lack of communication, plus they'd be divorced within 5 years if not sooner since all the do is fight.Of course the one time Leonard didn't fight he acted like a baby and just let penny walk out and then proceeded to pout. Now what's with her acting like she would've done with her old boyfriends I thought Leonard is suppose to be "the nice guy" even though that's debatable and Leonard acting worse then Howard when it comes to sex, why can't they led up to them being together it doesn't have to be every episode, like they've done with Amy and Sheldon this season they eased into them being a real couple, instead of Leonard saying it's all about sex then a few weeks later he asks her out it like the first time, they're just friends after two bad dates and then she goes out with Stuart and then says leonard's name without any real explanation and doesn't want Leonard to go to the artic due to her conflicting feelings and then jumps him when he gets back like a scene out of a Porno, but if they get together at least he won't betray his "best friend" this time they get together. I don't see them getting together more than maybe a few dates because if they do then what, they only way they get together is at the end of the series. What was with Amy and Bernadette when Leonard asks out penny in the beginning going oooohhh like a couple of 13 yr olds and then wanting to double date like they're in high school, you're grown women you don't need to double date like you're going to the prom.

Now I read it was either prady or Lorre saying that they're taking a break with the relationships unless they're talking about a certain couple, even though I think they've done ever one imaginable, they don't need to lie just tell the truth.

Now in what universe should these even be together all the do is fight who wants to watch that. The mere idea that she's pining after L. as the best boyfriend she ever had would almost be funny, if it wasn't so pathetic and horrifying. And frankly, deeply mystifying. Now the old penny would've slapped her told her to get over it move on get out and start dating again, it was like someone took penny's place or body snatched her. Now I get why she was upset that Leonard moved on so quickly with priya of course he would've moved on with anyone as long as she is pretty and will put out, the same reason he saw in penny, pretty and will put out. Now where is Leonard right for her, penny right for him maybe but her no, They bring out the worst in one another not sure why anyone would want them back together.bplus penny can do better and get better than Leonard.


That was kind of crazy with Bernadette saying she couldn't be friends with Howard if they broke up and she's a vengeful woman and has access to dangerous bacetria and what not that was kind of scary and a little frightning.

very well said, complete waste of air time.

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Seriously man?  Do you intentionally try to be this freaking negative all the damn time???  

 

The point of the episode was that it wasn't a dream but it was Leonard's thought process.  He was imagining all the possible ways that him asking Penny out again could go wrong.  He was coming to terms with the fact that he tends to over think things all the time and realize that maybe he should just go for it for once which he did and it so far has ended up working very well.


Now i get you have this unnatural affliction with what has happened with the L/P relationship this season but honestly i can't even begin to fathom why...

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Seriously man?  Do you intentionally try to be this freaking negative all the damn time???  

 

The point of the episode was that it wasn't a dream but it was Leonard's thought process.  He was imagining all the possible ways that him asking Penny out again could go wrong.  He was coming to terms with the fact that he tends to over think things all the time and realize that maybe he should just go for it for once which he did and it so far has ended up working very well.

Now i get you have this unnatural affliction with what has happened with the L/P relationship this season but honestly i can't even begin to fathom why...

this could have been an ep when penny trys to fix things.

show leonerd she is sorry for what she has done.

tell him that dumping him was a mistake.

show a little grattitude that leo even speaks too her at this point.

and star begging him to forgive her and take her back.

the problems in this ship are all on penny.

untill the rancid skank admits what she is and stars making amends.

all she can offer leo is pain.

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But that isn't in her character at this point... I agree that having her complain about breaking up with him in season 4 then her doing nothing about it when he becomes single in season 5 was kind of a plot hole but this i think was a good way for them to get back together.

 

Having penny crawling back to Leonard and admitting her mistakes is not who she is.  She is afraid of losing Leonard as a friend and says so in this episode, that i think is why she was hesitant about rekindling her relationship with him because she doesn't want things to be weird.

 

As far as Penny needing to beg for forgiveness, i think that's a bit extreme.  She really hasn't done a whole lot wrong even to Leonard.  Sure the break up was a little harsh, but its not hard to understand where she was coming from.  She was in a scary place in the relationship, was being severely pressured by Leonard, and was given false information by will wheaton.  Its easy to see why she broke up with him then.

 

Then as far as the Raj thing goes again she technically did nothing wrong.  We can debate this topic all day and never agree on it but as far as I'm concerned it was just a drunk mistake on Penny's part and a douche move on Raj's.

 

I mean i think we'll just have to agree to disagree because we both see these things very differently and i doubt either of us is really about to just jump sides here.  Everyone's entitled to their thoughts i just hope the rest of the season helps fix a lot of the problems that you see wit her :)

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How I love this episode. The L/P storyline is well written and viewed in a funny way, and Sheldon's board-game screw-up was hilarious.

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I thought this was a fantastic episode..

 

- First of all it was different from the typical Big Bang Theory episodes...so any change intrigues me

- The way Leonard asks Penny out in the first scene without any build-up was interesting , I was curious to know why he choose that moment.

- The twist ending was brilliant because I was kind of sad that their relationship was beginning to fall apart

- It was also a excellent character moment for Leonard because despite believing that there is a chance that this could end badly , that he could be hurt again , he still asks Penny out. He loves her so much that the risk is worth taking 

- The dream sequence was also plausible , Leonard initially seemed more confident , but as things go on he starts pushing her and scares her off. So even in his imagination he knows what he wants from her but still can't let go. His interpretation of Penny is also good , she is drawn to him but still is unwilling to commit to him

- The rest of the gang chipped in with some good and silly one-liners

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