NutMeg Posted November 16, 2013 Posted November 16, 2013 (edited) btw, can you explain the crushed can deal? I don't get it. Ah yes! The can and the feelings it is making me feel! So to me, even bigger than the ass slap in 7.09 is what led to it--the decision that Sheldon makes to get drunk in the first place. It's Thanksgiving. He's in a situation he REALLY doesn't want to be in (he doesn't seem to enjoy Thanksgiving to begin with, likely because they trigger bad memories of his father/home life). All of the sudden Bernie's dad steps up and presents himself as a father figure and offers a beer. Sheldon could have very easily sat in the corner all day and acted like a brat (which was his original plan), but he accepted that beer and decided that he was going to make up for those horrible Thanksgivings and relive them more positively. He decides to get off of his high horse and do what "normal guys" do on Thanksgiving. He's going to drink beer and sit on the couch with his father/figure and watch the game. Moreover, he's going to get pissing drunk and enjoy himself. It's a conscious decision to get drunk and let himself go knowing full well what that means. It plays into the whole trying to be more normal kick he's been on for a while...the self improvement. This is a chance to be a "normal guy" in the biggest way, and he takes it. It also plays into the slap, because to Sheldon, it's very "normal guy" (modeled by his father) behavior to slap your girl on the ass and ask for a beer. It's part of the whole experience that he so obviously wants. That's a big deal, but to me, it's heartbreaking. Sheldon's been so "proud" of his not being normal his entire life, but as he's become more aware of his issues, he's realized that not being "normal" has it's price, especially when you're in a relationship that you are committed to and hope to see move forward. And THAT is what it comes down to...he's trying to be a normal guy, which is not easy for him, because that's what it's going to take to be with Amy (as she made it abundantly clear at the beginning of season six). And that's more important than his grand delusions (that were so easy and comfortable to maintain) ever were, thus the effort. That's why in the end, this whole episode is so awesome to me (and yes, even the stupid ass slap, which I cannot possibly be mad at Sheldon about because I know where it comes from in him. He wants to be "normal" because that's what Amy wants, and what he wants to make himself better and be with her, and that's what he perceives "normal guy" behavior to be, thanks to his dad). ...which brings me to the crushed can. There is no way that anyone can convince me that Sheldon Cooper would ever crush a beer can, even when drunk. That behavior is so uncharacteristically "normal" for Sheldon, that the beer can is the material representation of everything that I said above...and it just does things to me. ETA: Plus, what notchinc said. Edited November 16, 2013 by NutMeg Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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