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I loved all the Shamy Skype interaction.   Amy looked as giddy as she did when we last saw them together.   Sheldon talking about names, and how important it is to think about giving a name that one doesn't get teased about.   The whole Best Western/Best Buy conversation was so Shamy.

I didn't care for the Lenny storyline or childlike Leonard at the end, but I did like the psychiatrist.

I enjoy Raj and Sheldon together, and seeing Sheldon so happy and excited.   Being in love becomes him.

Unlike Lenny, Howardette seems pretty solid in their relationship.   Seeing Stuart in their bedroom while they were sleeping was just creepy.

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In terms of comedy, not a bad episode, but not a great one either. Most of the humour for me came from Raj and Sheldon one liners and Howard being Howard. Amy looked besotted every time she looked at

I read the taping report for this episode but I refrained from watching any of the trailers or sneak peaks as a little experiment for myself to see if it affected my enjoyment of the show and I found

Penny has "settled for Leonard"? Right, because no other man has ever shown interest in her ever. She had no other choice than to be with Leonard, that poor girl. Pardon the sarcasm, but come on now.

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2 minutes ago, jenafan said:

I loved all the Shamy Skype interaction.   Amy looked as giddy as she did when we last saw them together.   Sheldon talking about names, and how important it is to think about giving a name that one doesn't get teased about.   The whole Best Western/Best Buy conversation was so Shamy.

I didn't care for the Lenny storyline or childlike Leonard at the end, but I did like the psychiatrist.

I enjoy Raj and Sheldon together, and seeing Sheldon so happy and excited.   Being in love becomes him.

Unlike Lenny, Howardette seems pretty solid in their relationship.   Seeing Stuart in their bedroom while they were sleeping was just creepy.

Not sure if i agree with that. They have been married a long time longer then Lenny has. Leonard and Penny just got married. And are dealing with pretty common issues. So I don't think its a fair comparison to say Lenny ain't solid. They have been mostly since S6. 

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Just now, 3ku11 said:

Not sure if i agree with that. They have been married a long time longer then Lenny has. Leonard and Penny just got married. And are dealing with pretty common issues. So I don't think its a fair comparison to say Lenny ain't solid. They have been mostly since S6. 

I stand corrected.   I agree with your viewpoint.

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4 minutes ago, jenafan said:

Unlike Lenny, Howardette seems pretty solid in their relationship.   Seeing Stuart in their bedroom while they were sleeping was just creepy.

You mean like when Bernadette treated Howard like a child with the chore chart in season 8 and Howard just goes along with being treated like a child by her, hence encouraging her behavior?  That doesn't sound like solid to me.

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6 minutes ago, jenafan said:

I loved all the Shamy Skype interaction.   Amy looked as giddy as she did when we last saw them together.   Sheldon talking about names, and how important it is to think about giving a name that one doesn't get teased about.   The whole Best Western/Best Buy conversation was so Shamy.

I didn't care for the Lenny storyline or childlike Leonard at the end, but I did like the psychiatrist.

I enjoy Raj and Sheldon together, and seeing Sheldon so happy and excited.   Being in love becomes him.

Unlike Lenny, Howardette seems pretty solid in their relationship.   Seeing Stuart in their bedroom while they were sleeping was just creepy.

I wonder if they will respond in any way? The Container Store Tweeted after they were mentioned.

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2 minutes ago, meka3000 said:

You mean like when Bernadette treated Howard like a child with the chore chart in season 8 and Howard just goes along with being treated like a child by her, hence encouraging her behavior?  That doesn't sound like solid to me.

I was referring to this particular episode but take from it what you wish.   Besides, Howard likes for Bernie to act like his mother even if Bernie says she doesn't like being one.

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Just now, jenafan said:

-I was referring to this particular episode but take from it what you wish.  

-Besides, Howard likes for Bernie to act like his mother even if Bernie says she doesn't like being one.

-One episode shouldn't determine the solidity of a fictional relationship.

-I get that, and there are certain degrees where that kind of behavior in their relationship IS NOT unhealthy.  The chore chart is not one of them.

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Average at best. From best to worst:

Lenny: Could have been great. the parts with Leonard and Penny each at the psychiatrists office was funny. Their storyline was way too short. Should have been longer. Leonard jumping rope was a lit creepy.

Howdette: Enjoyed their  storyline. Can't complain about seeing Bernie in bed. They finally got rid of Stuart. Could handle Stuart's creepiness early in episode but way too creepy for me at the end.

Sheldon/Raj: Had a couple funny moments but overall could of done without their storyline. Raj needs a storyline badly. Needs Emily badly.  Sheldon got stuck with him this time.

i really didn't understand the Shamy Skype bit. I know Amy has to be on every episode no matter how brief. To me it could have been briefer.

by the way was it me or was there like 5 minutes of commercials in the middle of episode?  I don't ever remember it being that bad.

 

 

 

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53 minutes ago, jenafan said:

I loved all the Shamy Skype interaction.   Amy looked as giddy as she did when we last saw them together.   Sheldon talking about names, and how important it is to think about giving a name that one doesn't get teased about.   The whole Best Western/Best Buy conversation was so Shamy.

Which part of the episode did that happen in? I must have missed that.

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2 minutes ago, Einstein Von Brainstorm said:

Which part of the episode did that happen in? I must have missed that.

It was right after Raj told him they could name the asteroid when he mentioned the guy that named the planet Uranus and how that was a bad idea.

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When penny could'nt simply just say "because I love him" when the doctor asks why she married him......... it reflects on how penny sees her relationship with leonard.... after all she and leonard have been through....after nine years.....if she feels like this.....then it simply is better to break it off...... jeez looks like a toxic relationship......

how many times in the show are they going to show us that Penny has settled for leonard..... 

and so many complaints from penny about leonard.....wow....she does'nt even feel doable...... she also implied that because of leonard she quit acting and is doing this pharma job.... ... which I found quite weird because she was the one who quit and said leonard is what she wants to make her happy......looks like leonard is not making her even a tiny bit happy now............

and her complaning about living with Sheldon does not make any sense....someone remind me why leonard and penny are still living with sheldon.........

and I am not even going to talk about the guys listing out leonard's shortcoming and penny supporting them and even encouraging them ............wow

also leonard did not get celebrate his birthdays while he was a child because of his mother.........now his new mother  wife /soon to be ex-wife does not even remember his birthday.......... lol

anyway ... atleast howard and bernie made some progress......

and probably we will be back to Sheldon cooper and his minions from the next episode......

 

@Itwasdestined I think we might get penny talking about this seriously to someone.... but I bet it is not going to be leonard ....its going to be his roommate.....

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1 hour ago, vasu said:

-When penny could'nt simply just say "because I love him" when the doctor asks why she married him......... it reflects on how penny sees her relationship with leonard....

-after all she and leonard have been through....after nine years.....if she feels like this.....then it simply is better to break it off...... jeez looks like a toxic relationship......

-how many times in the show are they going to show us that Penny has settled for leonard..... 

-wow....she does'nt even feel doable......

-she also implied that because of leonard she quit acting and is doing this pharma job.... ...

-which I found quite weird because she was the one who quit and said leonard is what she wants to make her happy......looks like leonard is not making her even a tiny bit happy now............

-and her complaning about living with Sheldon does not make any sense....someone remind me why leonard and penny are still living with sheldon.........

-also leonard did not get celebrate his birthdays while he was a child because of his mother.........now his new mother  wife /soon to be ex-wife does not even remember his birthday.......... lol

-Yes because a therapist is really gonna settle for a simple "because I love him." as an answer and isn't going to want to get a more complex answer.  (Said no therapist worth their salt, EVER).  Penny didn't want to talk about it, BECAUSE she never wants to face her issues head on.  She's a commitaphobe after all.

-So she has issues to work out means that she should dump leonard.  Because that would REALLY solve her life problems before that.  Because her life was SO MUCH better before she met Leonard.  Oh wait, it WASN'T.

-They haven't, you're just seeing what you want to see, as usual.

-She didn't say she wasn't now, just that she was listing what she was like back then.

-She didn't imply that either, she just said she USED TO BE an aspiring actress.  She didn't imply one way or another what impact Leonard had on that.  Your reading into that what you WANT TO read into it.

-Again your assuming just because she has SOME issues with her life means that she's 100% unhappy with Leonard.

-Sure it does, your just assuming that Sheldon being back together with Amy means he would be okay with Lenny moving out.

-She forgot, not doesn't remember.

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I laughed while watching the episode. 

In retrospect I have to agree Leonard skipping with a bunch of young girls seemed odd. Then there was Stuart. Are they trying to make Sheldon look like the more normal one?

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I think Leonard was just letting his inner child out to play and ignoring what any disapproving person might say about it. A metaphorical FU to Beverly. Stuart is just the show's sad sack and now they've made his extra creepy. I miss original flavor Stuart. 

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The episode was not bad but not great..just sort of okay.   I had higher expectations when reading the summaries on this one for Lenny than how it played out.   It seemed to not be nearly as "enlightening" as I had expected, nor as "positive" as I hoped it would be.  I get that Leonard was letting his inner child out with the jump rope scene, but that was kind of creepy in a way...a grown man jump roping with a bunch of young girls he doesn't know...just seemed borderline creepy.  

I liked the Shamy Skype sessions, but prefer them interaction in person.  Skpe is okay, but they play off each other so much better in person.   They still were cute scenes.

The big win of the night for the episode were Howardette who were adorable.   I enjoyed them a lot, but really hate how they have turned Stuart into creepy this season. I much preferred him just desperate and pathetic before to this creepy version.  That last scene was way too creepy.

 

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Man it was such a meh episode in my opinion. Didn't feel like tbbt that i love. I hate to write this because he is my favourite but I was not feeling Jim Parsons AT ALL. Found Sheldon way too normal/cheerful for my liking. Didn't laugh a lot. And obviously the creepy Stuart didn't help. 

Things I did like 

- the 3 couples were cute (Amy blushing on skype was sweet, Lenny hug was sweet, Howardette wearing plaid leaning on each other gushing over Stuart; as much as I am sick of him- It was cute)

- Bernie's hair were pulled up. And a change in outfit. I'm bored of those dresses. 

- Howard half naked out of nowhere made me smile. 

- Sheldon's t-shirt after he and Raj came back ...the print was of some game I used to play in childhood. Name is escaping me at the moment. 

- Scenes with Jane Kaczmarek were all great. Fantastic actress. Wouldn't mind seeing her again. 

- Always love it when Amy says 'Rajesh'. 

- Sheldon/Raj interactions were nice. 

- Leonard jump rope scene; I know a lot of people found it creepy/out of place/unnecessary ...and so did I but it did manage to get a laugh out of me. 

- Glad Raj had more than just a couple of lines. 

While all of these things were nice, this is definitely not an episode I will be rushing to see again. Things were all over the place. I miss group episodes. And I feel they didn't need to do the whole Penny being kind of a mom to Leonard/a 3 way marriage with Sheldon thing. And the whole Sheldon living with them thing is tedious as well. We've had the same thing with Howardette ...Bernie is a mother to Howard/It's a 3 way marriage with Raj/Stuart living with them. I mean we've already had the girls making more money than the guys thing. I would like for them to come up with some new conflict for Lenny if that's the road they're taking. 

Hoping the next episode is better than this one. 

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8 hours ago, Einstein Von Brainstorm said:

Overall I thought this was quite a funny episode despite my favourite character only appearing on screen briefly and on a laptop. Loved, Loved LOVED Kaley in this episode! her “I don’t wanna” whisper absolutely cracked me up! she totally shines in this ep! brilliant :) 

Shamy:
I loved the Best, best western, best, best buy conversation! :rofl: and they were so sweet flirting over Skype but still very in character with Sheldon being insulted that she would want him at a neurobiology conference.

Sheldon attempting 'youth talk' with his "Shel-don" and “stop selling it kid!” was funny and the Synesthesia stuff was really interesting, I’m glad it came up on the show and prompted me to read up on the subject a bit.

Leonard :
I don’t normally laugh much at Leonard, as he’s normally stuck being the ‘straight man’ on the show but I cracked up at him on the jump rope! I don’t enjoy watching him moan all the time but he was a lot of fun to watch in this episode and he had a really sweet idea to name the asteroid after the girls :) Good to see him happy!  

Raj:
As I’ve been saying all season MORE RAJ, PLEASE, K, THANKS! :/ 

Doctor Gallow (sp?) :
Is it just me or was she actually quite similar to Beverly? Like a warmer more ‘mumsy’ version? I don’t normally enjoy the stereotypical ‘will trick you into talking about your issues’ TV shrink trope but she made it enjoyable and funny. “I went to college in the 70’s, it was a hairier time!” :rofl:

Stuart - No. Just no. Creepy AF. and did I mention no?!

This, exactly.

I thought this was a solid episode, which apparently puts me in the minority.  The jump-roping made me LOL; it looked like some Cal Tech undergrads taking a study break outside one of the sorority houses, though admittedly I didn't look closely.  Kaley delivered her lines expertly for comic effect.  It's nice to see Penny dressed professionally and being successful in her career.  The names for the asteroid turning in Sheldon's favor was clever writing, as was the best Best Western/Buy dialogue.  Oh, and Jane Kaczmarek was perfect.

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1 hour ago, tmp said:

This, exactly.

I thought this was a solid episode, which apparently puts me in the minority.  The jump-roping made me LOL; it looked like some Cal Tech undergrads taking a study break outside one of the sorority houses, though admittedly I didn't look closely.  Kaley delivered her lines expertly for comic effect.  It's nice to see Penny dressed professionally and being successful in her career.  The names for the asteroid turning in Sheldon's favor was clever writing, as was the best Best Western/Buy dialogue.  Oh, and Jane Kaczmarek was perfect.

this might have been Kaley's best episode this season -- she was SO funny and she definitely gave a great performance with her lines! I loved her pushing the pamphlet toward the psychiatrist and trying to change the subject :) and I'm glad they finally made her vent a little frustration after all the kind of silent maturing Penny has done. Lenny gave me a weird vibe this episode at first but I realized after reading a lot of the comments here that it's completely healthy and IC for penny to have frustrations about her life since a new job and marriage. 

the Shamy scenes were so cute and exceeded my expectations for what I thought was going to be distant interaction between them! they're so smitten :) 

to me, the stars of this episode were Howard for his LET'S DO IT IN THE GARAGE scene - I busted out laughing!!! - and Leonard for his big middle finger to Beverly while he was gleefully skipping rope at the end haha... you know the psychiatrist must have prescribed him something! ;) 

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