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2 hours ago, Jonny said:

Congratulations to Melissa and her husband and all the best wishes.

I thought she was a real star during the last season with the pregnancy storyline and to now hear about what happened in her real life and what she went through it might be even more impressive a performance with a storyline that could have been a potentially difficult subject I would imagine.

I think and suspect they will just hide it behind objects, it's not that hard to do. Brooklyn Nine Nine managed it with two stars on the show (the second time for a while until they decided to write it into the storyline).

They will have to work harder though, shows like Brooklyn Nine Nine and How I Met Your Mother are filmed differently, they can play with camera angles more than TBBT. But they will probably be creative with giant objects (time to bring back Raj's giant bear?) and Skype calls. It will be interesting to see how they manage it. I assume they already knew when they started working on the new season.

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Remember when we were speculating that Melissa Rauch might be pregnant, due to the way she was being shot with napkins or big handbags on her lap etc and whether they'd make Bernadette pregnant ?

When Bernadette was then announced as pregnant, Melissa in interviews pointed out that she wasn't pregnant.  I thought if she'd been pregnant and lost it they couldn't be so cruel as to write a pregnancy into a plot, therefore the speculation must be wrong. Ouch. the speculation was right and they were that cruel.  Even worse would the explanation for a January to December pregnancy being that there was a 'false alarm' followed by a real pregnancy. I'm glad we never heard that one. Since Melissa didn't look pregnant in February, why did they go ahead with the baby story ?  

If Howard's clinginess in 10.23 is going to result in a sibling for Halley they won't need to hide Melissa's pregnancy, just do the usual time jump.

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13 minutes ago, joyceraye said:

Remember when we were speculating that Melissa Rauch might be pregnant, due to the way she was being shot with napkins or big handbags on her lap etc and whether they'd make Bernadette pregnant ?

When Bernadette was then announced as pregnant, Melissa in interviews pointed out that she wasn't pregnant.  I thought if she'd been pregnant and lost it they couldn't be so cruel as to write a pregnancy into a plot, therefore the speculation must be wrong. Ouch. the speculation was right and they were that cruel.  Even worse would the explanation for a January to December pregnancy being that there was a 'false alarm' followed by a real pregnancy. I'm glad we never heard that one. Since Melissa didn't look pregnant in February, why did they go ahead with the baby story ?  

If Howard's clinginess in 10.23 is going to result in a sibling for Halley they won't need to hide Melissa's pregnancy, just do the usual time jump.

In the article, Melissa didn't indicate when she miscarried.  I personally doubt that the writers/producers would put Melissa through the "Bernie pregnancy story line" if her loss was fresh.

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40 minutes ago, vonmar said:

In the article, Melissa didn't indicate when she miscarried.  I personally doubt that the writers/producers would put Melissa through the "Bernie pregnancy story line" if her loss was fresh.

Indeed, she doesn't say when.  In interviews Melissa used to say she hoped children were in her future but had no immediate plans. A TV audience member might guess her loss was some time after Melissa's scenes that looked as though they were hiding a pregnancy and before her appearing slim again, but it could be a coincidence. They could have shot her like that for  different reasons.  I hope you are right. It would imho have been kind and sensible to save the storyline until she was seriously conspicuously pregnant in real life though, given that parents do tend to try again after unsuccessful pregnancies. When the writers said they came up with the story from nowhere it seems a bit far-fetched now.

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2 minutes ago, joyceraye said:

Indeed, she doesn't say when.  In interviews Melissa used to say she hoped children were in her future but had no immediate plans. A TV audience member might guess her loss was some time after Melissa's scenes that looked as though they were hiding a pregnancy and before her appearing slim again, but it could be a coincidence. They could have shot her like that for  different reasons.  I hope you are right. It would imho have been kind and sensible to save the storyline until she was seriously conspicuously pregnant in real life though, given that parents do tend to try again after unsuccessful pregnancies. When the writers said they came up with the story from nowhere it seems a bit far-fetched now.

When that happened? I never noticed that. What I've noticed is that, for all the second half of the season, after Halley was born, they have been dressing Bernie with larger dresses, and I thought that was a brilliant move because usually new mothers need some time to get back in shape, it felt realistic.

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I really don't want to see another pregnancy storyline next season even if real life circumstances mean it might make sense to hide it that way. And that's coming from someone who really enjoyed the storyline last season.

Will be interesting to see what they do.

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6 hours ago, mirs1 said:

When that happened? I never noticed that. What I've noticed is that, for all the second half of the season, after Halley was born, they have been dressing Bernie with larger dresses, and I thought that was a brilliant move because usually new mothers need some time to get back in shape, it felt realistic.

I agree with most of what you say except for the last 3 words. Bernadette's pregnancy was not all that realistic if you take into consideration the fact that it last 12 month to make it coincide with Amy's 2nd coitus.

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9 minutes ago, Carlos said:

I agree with most of what you say except for the last 3 words. Bernadette's pregnancy was not all that realistic if you take into consideration the fact that it last 12 month to make it coincide with Amy's 2nd coitus.

I was referring only to this particular aspect of the pregnancy...don't get me started with Bernie's elephant-like pregnancy, it has been a huge issue for me too!

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She could have lost the baby before she was showing so that there was nothing to hide. It could also be that she got pregnant after the pregnancy plot or just before and lost it somewhere during the end of season 9 or the hiatus, again before showing, so they already had this storyline and decided to keep the pregnancy going. A miscarriage could be too tough for TBBT. There is also the possibility that TPTB didn't even know about the miscarriage. We have no idea when did it happen and how far along she was.

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13 minutes ago, bfm said:

She could have lost the baby before she was showing so that there was nothing to hide. It could also be that she got pregnant after the pregnancy plot or just before and lost it somewhere during the end of season 9 or the hiatus, again before showing, so they already had this storyline and decided to keep the pregnancy going. A miscarriage could be too tough for TBBT. There is also the possibility that TPTB didn't even know about the miscarriage. We have no idea when did it happen and how far along she was.

I agree...TBH, from her article I got the impression that her miscarriage happened quite some time ago (before the baby plot for Bernie). Anyway, and I really hope that was not the case, if the writers had written a baby in the show because of Melissa's own pregnancy, then it wouldn't have been easy for them to change that plot after she lost her child. A miscarriage is a very "heavy" topic for a show like TBBT and, IMO,  it would have been much more cruel to Melissa to "force" her to play the role of a woman who miscarried soon after that happened to her for real than to go on with the baby plot.

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1 hour ago, bfm said:

She could have lost the baby before she was showing so that there was nothing to hide. It could also be that she got pregnant after the pregnancy plot or just before and lost it somewhere during the end of season 9 or the hiatus, again before showing, so they already had this storyline and decided to keep the pregnancy going. A miscarriage could be too tough for TBBT. There is also the possibility that TPTB didn't even know about the miscarriage. We have no idea when did it happen and how far along she was.

Most miscarriages happen in the first trimester and many women don't show much of a baby bump until half way through the pregnancy so chances are that it definitely was something that happened early when she wasn't showing and most likely even when nobody really knew. Though of course those 12 weeks are seen as the first big threshold after which you can start telling other people cause the chances of miscarriage drop a lot after that. But if the miscarriage happened in her 4th month she and her husband might have already told some people. Either way it's terribly tragic.

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A little sneak peek...:shy:

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Wow, that is a very sexy picture of Melissa.  Sort of reminds me of a Vargas pinup.

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On 23/03/2017 at 1:37 AM, SRAM said:

She is so tiny and cute, she is almost like one of the kids.

Or, as Sheldon put it, in one of my favourite one liners:-

She’s so tiny. It’s funny when she’s mad. :icon_biggrin: 

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From The Hollywood Reporter

Critic's Notebook: Zosia Mamet and Melissa Rauch in 'The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka'

Starring Zosia Mamet (Girls) as Chelsea Clinton and Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) as Ivanka Trump, the piece, directed by Carolyn Cantor, comically depicts a series of lunches between the two women (who were, at least until the election, self-proclaimed "friends") from 2008 to shortly after the 2016 election.

Since the show is a work-in-progress, I was asked not to review it. But even in this early stage, it seems well on its way. It was co-written by Rauch and her husband Winston, who previously collaborated on another satirical political piece, the 2005 one-woman show The Miss Education of Jenna Bush, which played in New York and Los Angeles, and the film The Bronze, in which the actress hilariously played a character not so loosely based on Tonya Harding.

It’s not surprising that Rauch kills with her portrayal of a self-absorbed Ivanka who ultimately proves more politically savvy than she initially appears. The actress delivers her often profane dialogue with pitch-perfect comic timing and an exaggerated haughtiness that garners consistent laughs. Mamet has the tougher assignment of playing the straitlaced Chelsea, but she rises to the occasion with her sly deadpan reactions in which she effectively plays straight man to her co-star.

(full article in the link)

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