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6.05 The Holographic Excitation (Oct. 25)

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Netmouse, not sure about the holographic machine but it had a very Tony Stark Machine feel to it.:p I've read from the taping report that Leonard's electromagnet is a real machine. In the promo photo, the ball was on a stick so they had to apply CGI there. The machine is working in real life and it could really lift the darn ball, but they said it was noisy and none of the lines would be heard if they did use it.

As a shipper, my favorite moment was when they were having tea. We never really had something in Season 5 where Sheldon and Amy were alone, talking to themselves, being themselves. So when in episode 6.02 they had that convo in the cinema, I was over the moon. I tend to notice the little details and the simplest things so seeing Sheldon prepare tea for Amy gave me that Herb Garden Germination feel. Also, the parallel with the tea and the costume felt so sweet. He thought that having 2 tea flavors was ridiculous but he still let her get all hopped up in tea (haha that line!). He also thought that Raggedy Anne and Andy was a ridiculous pair to consider but he compromised. And the line about choosing a hickey instead. Of course he knows what a freaking hickey is. If Amy did not tell him what it was, he could easily google it. The way he casually muttered that line made me think. Or I'm just overthinking it again. Lastly, Amy KNOWS just how to push the buttons on this dude. She made extreme options that she knows he will never, ever consider to get what she wants out of him.

My favorite lines were:

From Raj: There's no party like a Koothra-party.

Oh yeah, Coffee and Cream for the win.

Bernadette: I just the last 3 hours coloring myself in blue. I would be washing paint off my smurf for a month!

Howard line: Astronaut Wolowitz preparing for booty.

His imitation of Bernadette's voice and the moment when Melissa suddenly spoke using her real voice killed me.

Leonard: It's possible that out lives are just acting out a painting in the largest canvas in the universe.

I know it was lame, but Leonard's imitation of Albert Einstein was really silly too. It made me chuckle.

Sheldon: I'm gonna let that slide because I know you're hopped up on tea bags.

Amy: There are certain things that say to the world, "I have a boyfriend and he's not made up": matching costumes, hickeys and sex tapes. Pick one.

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The machine is working in real life and it could really lift the darn ball, but they said it was noisy and none of the lines would be heard if they did use it.

I got an idea, modify the script so they say their lines after turning it off! Genius, I thought of that! Wow!

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Just rewatched the episode. I think maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been spoiled some and already seen the smurf and c-threepio stuff in the promos.

I agree with jeanalice that the shamy scenes, plus the one earlier in season 6 in the theater, have been long overdue. They remind me of shamy in season 4, and I like it. I am still waiting, tho, for amy's "experiment" on sheldon to be brought up again.

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First let me say I really like TBBT and the last episode. I feel that season 6 has been great. That said, it makes me disappointed that they took a obviously good 1 hour episode and shortened it to under a half hour (really only 20 minutes after commercials). I saw three main stories in this episode, the Halloween party, Howard's problems and advancement of the L/P relationship. It was almost too much input and because of it some of the characters are suffering. I really hope in the future they try to keep each episode centered to one main storyline and don't bombard us with too much for a half hour sitcom. I really felt that I was watching two to three episodes at one. Am I the only one who felt like that??

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Just rewatched the episode. I think maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been spoiled some and already seen the smurf and c-threepio stuff in the promos.

I agree with jeanalice that the shamy scenes, plus the one earlier in season 6 in the theater, have been long overdue. They remind me of shamy in season 4, and I like it. I am still waiting, tho, for amy's "experiment" on sheldon to be brought up again.

I know how you feel. Lately I've been really good at avoiding any previews whatsoever . sometimes I even hate to read the topics of each eposode and prefer to be completely surprised.

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Last week Howard came home from space and nobody cared, this week he wasn't even allowed to talk about his adventure - seems strange that after 5 years of talking about sci-fi stuff, that when one of the gang actually does get to go into space, all of his friends act like it was no big deal - Howard is my least favorite character on the show, and even I feel bad for him.

I think that the hard part of all this was that we never got to see any excitement--in last week's episode, everyone was really looking forward to celebrating his return, it's just that it was going to be put off until the next night. Even Sheldon was excited to congratulate him for it.

Presumably, if all had gone according to plan, Howard would have had great sexy!times with his wife that first night, and then a big welcome home party or something from all of his friends, and even his mother, one would assume.

We didn't see that next night and I don't know if there's any indication of how much time may have passed between the return and the timeframe of this week's episode, but it seems like it's been at least a week or so. If he did indeed get his party at some point, then ever since then he's obviously been talking about it obsessively.

I do feel sorry for him, and it is understandably the biggest adventure he's ever had, but this being a sitcom, you know it's gonna be played for laughs. I think that Howard needs to just own it within himself and let it add to his internal personal swagger, which he's always had in spades, and not have to wear it on his sleeve all the time.

The coolest people are the ones who know they're cool and don't have to go around pointing it out. It's understandable to want to talk about it, since it's not something that shows on your face, like a tan after a vacation to the Bahamas, but it's also a bit lame to ALWAYS reference it no matter what the topic of conversation.

Maybe he should write a book about it, to get that out of his system--"From Peanut Allergies to Payload Specialist" :)

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Netmouse, not sure about the holographic machine but it had a very Tony Stark Machine feel to it. :p I've read from the taping report that Leonard's electromagnet is a real machine. In the promo photo, the ball was on a stick so they had to apply CGI there. The machine is working in real life and it could really lift the darn ball, but they said it was noisy and none of the lines would be heard if they did use it.

As a shipper, my favorite moment was when they were having tea. We never really had something in Season 5 where Sheldon and Amy were alone, talking to themselves, being themselves. So when in episode 6.02 they had that convo in the cinema, I was over the moon. I tend to notice the little details and the simplest things so seeing Sheldon prepare tea for Amy gave me that Herb Garden Germination feel. Also, the parallel with the tea and the costume felt so sweet. He thought that having 2 tea flavors was ridiculous but he still let her get all hopped up in tea (haha that line!). He also thought that Raggedy Anne and Andy was a ridiculous pair to consider but he compromised. And the line about choosing a hickey instead. Of course he knows what a freaking hickey is. If Amy did not tell him what it was, he could easily google it. The way he casually muttered that line made me think. Or I'm just overthinking it again. Lastly, Amy KNOWS just how to push the buttons on this dude. She made extreme options that she knows he will never, ever consider to get what she wants out of him.

My favorite lines were:

From Raj: There's no party like a Koothra-party.

Oh yeah, Coffee and Cream for the win.

Bernadette: I just the last 3 hours coloring myself in blue. I would be washing paint off my smurf for a month!

Howard line: Astronaut Wolowitz preparing for booty.

His imitation of Bernadette's voice and the moment when Melissa suddenly spoke using her real voice killed me.

Leonard: It's possible that out lives are just acting out a painting in the largest canvas in the universe.

I know it was lame, but Leonard's imitation of Albert Einstein was really silly too. It made me chuckle.

Sheldon: I'm gonna let that slide because I know you're hopped up on tea bags.

Amy: There are certain things that say to the world, "I have a boyfriend and he's not made up": matching costumes, hickeys and sex tapes. Pick one.

I don't think he would necessarily have known what a hickey is--given his out-of-sync childhood/adolescence and the fact that most people learn about such things from their peers round about middle school or so. He would have been in college at that age--much too young for any of the college kids to talk about such things with him, and so forth.

I do wonder if Amy explained it to him, though... :p I'd have paid real money to hear that conversation.

And I don't think that Amy's alternatives were the most extreme things she could think of. I think that that's really what she thinks. ;)

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I don't think he would necessarily have known what a hickey is--given his out-of-sync childhood/adolescence and the fact that most people learn about such things from their peers round about middle school or so. He would have been in college at that age--much too young for any of the college kids to talk about such things with him, and so forth.

I do wonder if Amy explained it to him, though... :p I'd have paid real money to hear that conversation.

And I don't think that Amy's alternatives were the most extreme things she could think of. I think that that's really what she thinks. ;)

Yes, I mean by the end of the episode, I thought he knew what a hickey was because *insert the reasons I stated in my probably illogical post*. I know he's so clueless because back in season 4 he didn't get what she meant by blow-by-blow.

What I meant by extreme is that she is aware that he's still dodgy when asked for sexual favors (as if she could really get those out of him now... pffft) so she made those options, knowing he would pick the safest one and that is the matching costumes.

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I'm new here, and have been lurking for a while, but I just wanted to comment on this episode. Frankly, it's another one outta the park! Lots of LOL moments, especially Howard imitating Bernadette (Simon is the king of voices) and Melissa pouting her line using her real voice.

But, did anyone take the time to pause on the Venn diagram of Sheldon and Amy's costume choices? I did, and while most of the items weren't out of the ordinary for the characters, one item in Amy's column was a particularly good in-joke: "Blossom & Joey". :icon_lol:

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Oh, yeah. They were at the promo photos. Fangirls from all over tumblr were freaking out that "Sheldon is one of us" with his "couples" choices.

I think the best one there was the Blossom/Joey one. It's so meta.

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Weakest episode of the season.

Just not very funny.

Penny was out of character early on.

I know the story comes first but come on it could have been done better.

Howard’s space story had gone on too long two episodes ago.

Bright spot was Bernadette.

Raj just left me flat. His Indian Jones line was funny.

Sheldon offered two actual couples costumes.

Batman and Robin met all of Amy’s requests.

Amy reminded me of Ramona.

She seems to hold Sheldon’s hobbies in contempt.

It is now either her way or the highway.

They seem to be turning Penny and Sheldon into potential martyrs.

They not only went the extra mile for their respective relationships they did it on hands and knees.

Leonard and Amy will probably break up with them later this season.

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They seem to be turning Penny and Sheldon into potential martyrs.

They not only went the extra mile for their respective relationships they did it on hands and knees.

Could I get a link to this alternate version of the show? Thanks in advance.

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Weakest episode of the season.

Just not very funny.

Penny was out of character early on.

I know the story comes first but come on it could have been done better.

Howard’s space story had gone on too long two episodes ago.

Bright spot was Bernadette.

Raj just left me flat. His Indian Jones line was funny.

Sheldon offered two actual couples costumes.

Batman and Robin met all of Amy’s requests.

Amy reminded me of Ramona.

She seems to hold Sheldon’s hobbies in contempt.

It is now either her way or the highway.

They seem to be turning Penny and Sheldon into potential martyrs.

They not only went the extra mile for their respective relationships they did it on hands and knees.

Leonard and Amy will probably break up with them later this season.

Are you on some other planet???

Sheldon didn't really sacrifice very much--he got to be C3PO and only had to slap a wig and hat on his costume. He wanted to do a couple's theme costume, he's just clueless about the Romance angle. Most of those "couples" costumes he could have worn with Leonard!

And Penny didn't make any kind of sacrifice, as far as I can see. She took some time out to learn about her boyfriend's work and it turned out that his "beautiful mind" actually turned her on. She certainly isn't dating him for his Adonis-like good looks.

Amy doesn't hold Sheldon's interests in contempt anymore than he does hers--didn't he tell her that playing the harp wasn't cool? As far as I know, there's no romance rule that says a couple has to have all interests and hobbies in common. She's not into Star Trek or Star Wars, and she doesn't consider C3PO and R2D2 a romantic couple. I don't know that there are many women who would choose that pairing for a couple's costume.

At any rate, she doesn't make him refrain from reading comic books or playing video games or watching those movies. She just doesn't share those interests. And he doesn't seem to mind giving up some of that sort of hobby time to spend time with her--they just have to agree on when and how to work out those compromises, which they seem to be doing happily enough.

I really don't know what you expected or wanted out of this episode (or any other, frankly) unless you're somehow hoping that Penny and Sheldon are going to be running into each other's arms at some point.

I saw 3 couples figuring out how to be happy together and while everyone had to make some choices, no one ended up entirely unhappy. Penny was happy with her new-found understanding of Leonard and all that he does, Leonard was happy to be able to share his passions for science with Penny. Sheldon was happy to try to find a compromise with Amy and was actively seeking some common ground. Though he might not have been completely happy with the wig, he didn't refuse to go. Amy was happy because Sheldon did give in on the wig and they created a couple from their respective sides--which is the heart of compromise. Howard struggled to figure out how to put his experiences in space into perspective, but in the end, Bernadette's love and support helped him through it--and Bernadette is always happy to be supportive of Howard.

Maybe Raj wasn't as happy as he could have been, but he did put together an awesome party. :p

It wasn't a bust-your-gut episode, but I don't think that every episode has to be that way. I think that sweet humor is still good humor.

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Yeah, I don't like judge each episode based on how many times I laugh. If they can hold my attention from beginning to end because of a great story, that's all I need. Based on complete calmness, peace and happiness I was feeling as I watched Leonard in his lab explaining everything to Penny, this episode may (I said "may"! LOL) rank as my top favorite so far. I truly appreciate those geeky-science related moments. I'd like to see more of that with everyone.

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Weakest episode of the season.

Just not very funny.

Penny was out of character early on.

I know the story comes first but come on it could have been done better.

Howard’s space story had gone on too long two episodes ago.

Bright spot was Bernadette.

Raj just left me flat. His Indian Jones line was funny.

Sheldon offered two actual couples costumes.

Batman and Robin met all of Amy’s requests.

Amy reminded me of Ramona.

She seems to hold Sheldon’s hobbies in contempt.

It is now either her way or the highway.

They seem to be turning Penny and Sheldon into potential martyrs.

They not only went the extra mile for their respective relationships they did it on hands and knees.

Leonard and Amy will probably break up with them later this season.

Wow. What color is the sky on planet "Shenny"?

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Penny was out of character early on.

Leonard and Amy will probably break up with them later this season.

Penny out of character? Which character? Mean Penny? Drunk Penny? User Penny? Dumb Penny? The writers have given Penny more personalities than Sybil. Which one were you looking for?

There is no basis for your prediction for break ups of L/P or the Shamy. Just wishful Shenny thinking.

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Sheldon didn't really sacrifice very much--he got to be C3PO and only had to slap a wig and hat on his costume. He wanted to do a couple's theme costume, he's just clueless about the Romance angle. Most of those "couples" costumes he could have worn with Leonard!

And Penny didn't make any kind of sacrifice, as far as I can see. She took some time out to learn about her boyfriend's work and it turned out that his "beautiful mind" actually turned her on. She certainly isn't dating him for his Adonis-like good looks.

Amy doesn't hold Sheldon's interests in contempt anymore than he does hers--didn't he tell her that playing the harp wasn't cool? As far as I know, there's no romance rule that says a couple has to have all interests and hobbies in common. She's not into Star Trek or Star Wars, and she doesn't consider C3PO and R2D2 a romantic couple. I don't know that there are many women who would choose that pairing for a couple's costume.

At any rate, she doesn't make him refrain from reading comic books or playing video games or watching those movies. She just doesn't share those interests. And he doesn't seem to mind giving up some of that sort of hobby time to spend time with her--they just have to agree on when and how to work out those compromises, which they seem to be doing happily enough.

I really don't know what you expected or wanted out of this episode (or any other, frankly) unless you're somehow hoping that Penny and Sheldon are going to be running into each other's arms at some point.

It wasn't a bust-your-gut episode, but I don't think that every episode has to be that way. I think that sweet humor is still good humor.

I have been watching this show since the first season because it is funny.

How much I laugh is what is important to me.

It is also the vast majority of my rating.

Couples are very minor to me.

I said extra mile not sacrifice. Maybe they are the ones carrying the water for the relationships would have been a better choice of terms.

Batman and Robin should have been acceptable not C3PO an R2D2.

This is a well selling couple’s costume.

Salt and Pepper is also sold as a couples costume.

Spock-Uhura and Doctor-River are also options with a little imagination.

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My belated (as usual) thoughts..

I thought it was a feel-good episode, a rather quiet one after the all-out hilarity of last week; even reflectively sweet and philosophical at times, as much as is possible amidst TBBT-style light-heartedness.

The Howard/Bernadette/friends/space storyline felt very real, and I felt I could relate to Howard as well as sympathize with his friends for rapidly tired of it (assuming that they did have his welcome party off-screen). It wasn't really funny, but it culminated in a lovely bit of warmth between H/B which shows their connection - the Buzz Aldrin cameo was the icing on the cake.

My favorite part of the episode was (surprisingly) Leonard and Penny in the lab; there was a depth and intensity to the scene with the holograms which really touched me, and it was easy to believe that Penny was genuinely moved and impressed. Her earlier comments about the job of a boyfriend were characteristically annoying, but the pay-off warmed my heart and felt like real progress in their relationship, even if it just ended in their getting physical again.

I loved the tea-sharing scene with Sheldon/Amy, their warm homely connection and their bickering and gently, cluelessly working towards a compromise. THGG made me fall in love with this odd couple, and moments like this just make me fall deeper.

I completely agree that a couple doesn't need to have all their interests in common, but I have to admit there's a small, secret part of me which hopes that Amy may get to like SW/ST some day. Perhaps it comes from the fact that I and my husband enjoy watching them together so much.

Last, but not the least.. Amy's face when Sheldon asked her what a hickey is. :icon_lol: I would kill to see her explain it - and his reaction. And he actually pondered on whether he should have chosen the hickey, after getting to know what it is? That's so deliciously tantalizing.

My favorite moment of the episode was - when Sheldon and Leonard conducted their scientific experiment on Howard, and then Leonard reached out his fist bump and Sheldon awkwardly shook his hand. These little nods to their friendship bond are adorable.

On a side note, MJ, your signature is seriously distracting. Makes it difficult to concentrate on what I'm writing. :icon_redface:

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I have been watching this show since the first season because it is funny.

How much I laugh is what is important to me.

It is also the vast majority of my rating.

Couples are very minor to me.

I said extra mile not sacrifice. Maybe they are the ones carrying the water for the relationships would have been a better choice of terms.

Batman and Robin should have been acceptable not C3PO an R2D2.

This is a well selling couple’s costume.

Salt and Pepper is also sold as a couples costume.

Spock-Uhura and Doctor-River are also options with a little imagination.

Ok, How are Penny and Sheldon carrying the water in their relationships? The point of the episode especially for Penny is that she does not work at all in her relationship. This is not speculation. The writers put that directly in the script. having Bernie say it to Penny and Penny finally admitting this. Sheldon had to do something he normally does not do, compromise with someone, the only person he will do this for, Amy.

It's perfectly fine to have a minority opinion of an episode. But you seem to also interpret what is seen on the screen into something that few can see. Yes, I know you see things through a Shenny prism but it seems odd that you see things that others can't see.

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Oh, yeah. They were at the promo photos. Fangirls from all over tumblr were freaking out that "Sheldon is one of us" with his "couples" choices.

I think the best one there was the Blossom/Joey one. It's so meta.

Having never seen Blossom before TBBT, I did try to watch an episode, but perhaps it's a little too young for me now, so I assume Blossom was a huge show in the USA in the 90's.

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On a side note, MJ, your signature is seriously distracting. Makes it difficult to concentrate on what I'm writing. :icon_redface:

I concur 100%.

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On a side note, MJ, your signature is seriously distracting. Makes it difficult to concentrate on what I'm writing. :icon_redface:

My evil plan is working :icon_twisted: :icon_twisted: :icon_twisted: Just kidding! Hahaha. Yes, distracting indeed. He's so darn cute!

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The writers made a huge statement with this episode in regards to just how much effort Penny puts into her relationship with Leonard vs how much effort Leonard does in comparission. It was textually acknowledged that by and far she's done little and she expects a hell of a lot more out of Leonard then what she believes is required of her. Not only was she called out on it by two other characters "outside" of the relationship but she ends up admittting it herself.

This is true, one only needs to look at the shows own history to see it play out this way. From season one onward she's become more and more involved in their world but much of the time it was begrudgingly. Penny was never really all that enthused over it and from her point of view she often acted as putting up with it more or less. Now she's seems to be moving in a direction where she's actually apprecating just what the guys(especially Leonard)and the other two members of her girl possy do as professionals and how it's shaped them as human beings.

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On a totally different note, I was a little surprised/disappointed that Leonard and Penny had no interest in doing a couple's costume.

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Well Penny's 'new boring kind of love' ; and Sheldon being so begrudgingly pushed around speaks for itself about the characters carrying water for the relationship.. L/P for the break-up sure, maybe cracks for February sweeps and done by the end of the year. But I don't know about the Shamy as Chuck Lorre said they're stable. Unless the writers just give up; as you can hear the plot machinery grinding. They're certainly not inspired.

When I think how funny Amy was with Leonard at the wedding in the "Pulled Groin Extrapolation" or the great one where she is sexually attracted to Zack, or the one where Sheldon vacations at her lab you can see she can inspire the writers. Making her needy & whiny & demanding is just not funny.

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