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'The Misinterpretation Agitation' - Season 8, Episode 7 

Airs Thursday, October 30 at 8/7c on CBS.

The guys try to help Penny out of an awkward work dilemma. Meanwhile, Amy and Bernadette argue over whether or not female scientists should play up their sexuality.

 

Note: A guest star list for this episode was not released. Anything in that area would be considered a spoiler and is not appropriate for this specific thread.

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It's from "Metropolis" a silent German science fiction film that forecast the destruction of capitalism - avert your eyes USA people!

Wikipedia has more.

Edit: and don't forget to shout "Klaatu barada nikto" when you see Gort.

I am seriously going to go into fanboy "Ludicrous Drive" over the props in this episode. Ahem.

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Funny ,cause I remember Penny in an earlier season was screaming at Raj saying she does not use her body to get stuff......but it seems she has been using her body to get stuff all along....lol

I don't think that's quite a nuanced enough analysis of what is depicted. I use my body all the time to get stuff. It's kind of required. I have tried telekinesis...

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I don't think that's quite a nuanced enough analysis of what is depicted. I use my body all the time to get stuff. It's kind of required. I have tried telekinesis...

I think nuanced analysis is not required for things which are almost crystal clear :p

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Yes, but to go into discussions of the patriarchy, the persistent and enduring male gaze, the problems with basing purchasing decisions on the primary and secondary characteristics of the seller's representative AND battle with you obvious preference is just too hard for me this morning. LOL.

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Funny ,cause I remember Penny in an earlier season was screaming at Raj saying she does not use her body to get stuff......but it seems she has been using her body to get stuff all along....lol

 

I think that's a different kind of "using her body".  I remember a L&O episode where the cops were talking to a waitress and she had her engagement ring on a necklace, but hung behind her back, saying that she could get in trouble for wearing it, or it being seen, while she was working, and the cops were saying, yeah, a cocktail waitress has to seem to be "available", so that the guys will be more likely to order drinks, etc..

 

Seems to me it says more about the customer than it does the waitress...

 

But unless she's saying, "Buy this and I'll go out with you!" or "Buy this and I'll have sex with you!", then I don't think she's doing anything really wrong.

 

All sales people use body language and appearance to be more appealing to customers.  And they call you by name and treat you like you're the most important person in the world, etc.  Or the good ones do, anyway.

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I think that's a different kind of "using her body".  I remember a L&O episode where the cops were talking to a waitress and she had her engagement ring on a necklace, but hung behind her back, saying that she could get in trouble for wearing it, or it being seen, while she was working, and the cops were saying, yeah, a cocktail waitress has to seem to be "available", so that the guys will be more likely to order drinks, etc..

 

Seems to me it says more about the customer than it does the waitress...

 

That's exactly the episode I was thinking of when I wrote my earlier message. It was the "Diamond Dogs" episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and was the first episode to feature Chris Noth's return as Detective Mike Logan after leaving the "mothership" (Law & Order) years ago. He and his partner (Annabella Sciorra) were following a jewelry thief/murderer's trail that led them to a casino in Atlantic City, where the cocktail waitress in question told them about the young man's mother constantly trying to push him on her. When they noticed that her engagement ring on a chain around her neck was showing, she "ooopsed" and hid it again, explaining why she did so (and it was Logan who said that a cocktail waitress needs to appear "available").

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Yes, but to go into discussions of the patriarchy, the persistent and enduring male gaze, the problems with basing purchasing decisions on the primary and secondary characteristics of the seller's representative AND battle with you obvious preference is just too hard for me this morning. LOL.

 

As another perspective on this, a  couple of my friends waited on tables in what would now be called sports bars, neither of these women were in any serious relationship at the time, but if they had a Sunday afternoon shift during football season they both wore what looked to be wedding bands on their left hand.  The common knowledge with waitresses was that guys who spent 3 hours claiming a table, drinking beer and  and watching a game  were also  very poor tippers and the "wedding band" cut down some of the propositions and comments.   Just because it's not a stage, don't think you're not seeing some acting.

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Sheldon seems surprisingly blasé about Leonard getting his order wrong

 

I think the only thing "wrong" was the extra peanut sauce, but since Leonard offered his own peanut sauce to him, Sheldon was okay with it.  Even if it was Leonard's sauce, it was still extra.

 

But I loved Sheldon's exchange after that.  And "Two can play at this game." :)

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Ugh sometimes Ctv just ruins things. They just aired a promo for this episode identifying the guest star. There goes that surprise.

Words has been spreading on Facebook, Twitter and The Internet including Newssites that Billy Bob Thornton is a Guest this week. It not exactly a huge secret but the General Public doesn't know. 

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@ATM

And even though men don't consciously expect "availability",it generally colours their reactions. But then again, putting on a white coat to sell laundry powder to homemakers works too. People are suggestible and the marketeers know this. Sales is a great place for Penny because she knows a lot about performance.

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