The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Finale Review: Surprisingly Smooth Sailing

The Big Bang Theory S06E24: "The Bon Voyage Reaction"


At first, I wasn't so sure about the "Leonard goes away for a few months and therefore he and Penny might break up" storyline; it felt like a slightly updated rehash of Season 2's "The Monopolar Expedition." But then it grew on me. Despite not being the most suspenseful (like Season 4's "The Roommate Transmogrification") or exciting (like "Monopolar") or even particularly happy finale (like last season's "The Countdown Reflection"), "The Bon Voyage Reaction" is an important episode in The Big Bang Theory's extensive canon, because while Leonard and Penny rather effortlessly managed to not break up for once, unfortunately, Raj and Lucy did. I think we all saw that one coming. 

I'd say poor Raj, but it was pretty much his fault and even he realized that, in his eager-beaver drive to make Lucy better NOW, he inadvertently drove her away. 

Leonard snagged a sweet job working on a boat for (but not with) Stephen Hawking that would take him away for a few months, and Raj invited Lucy to the going-away party—which she very quickly shot down as the worst idea ever because OMG PEOPLE TOO MANY PEOPLE.

Raj suggested that Lucy meet each of his friends one-on-one, and Amy stepped up first—because Lucy would be the newest member to the group, just like Amy had been, not because Amy was the least conventionally attractive and therefore the least threatening. But that really only exacerbated the problem; Both Raj and Amy fell into an unfortunately abelist mindset and did more talking about Lucy and her "condition" than talking to Lucy or letting Lucy talk at all, and it was all in the name of "fixing" her and helping her act "normal." At worst, they insulted her and at best they overwhelmed her; ultimately, Lucy decided not only that she couldn't attend Leonard's party, but that she couldn't date Raj. The break-up was justified because honestly, most women are reluctant to pair off with a guy who thinks of them as "broken." 

Even the break-up via text message... look, I was once dumped via AIM and I thought the guy was a huge coward at the time, but once I heard the whole story from him and from others, I realized there was a lot more going on that lead to both the split and the unfortunate method of communicating it. Just the act of formally ending things with Raj was a huge step outside Lucy's comfort zone. 

I'm not entirely convinced we've seen the last of her, though. 

On the plus side, Raj can talk to women without getting drunk now! Yeah Raj! It was bound to happen someday and of course, now that he's got the hang of talking to women, Raj isn't going to shut up. Once the novelty wears off, this could very well translate to dates with women who aren't Lucy in Season 7. Saying "hi" is half the battle!

Raj's new skill is the latest development in a season that has made some real leaps and bounds in terms of charging forward with character development and then maintaining said development. Among the most noticeable growth is Sheldon's burgeoning understanding of emotion and what it means to have consideration for others, and one of the best aspects of "The Bon Voyage Reaction" was Sheldon using his new powers for evil. 

Sheldon was jealous of Leonard's shiny new job because that's how Sheldon rolls and when pointing out the obvious Leonard deterrents, like seasickness and sharks, Sheldon pulled  out the big guns: "Things between you and Penny have never been better. I hope four months apart doesn't change that." OH SNAP. That was good, Sheldon. That was some fine manipulation there. See? Understanding emotion can be greatly beneficial! 

Ultimately, Sheldon's mission to convince Leonard to stay home didn't work because when Leonard told Penny about the opportunity, she enthusiastically supported it—and was she wearing the clearance-rack locket he bought her in those last scenes with Raj? Aww! More relatively stable Penny/Leonard moving forward, please. 

On to the Season 7 wishlist! It's fairly simple: Aside from a few duds, Season 6 was generally one of the strongest seasons of The Big Bang Theory's run so far, so if anything, I'd just like to see more of what we saw this season: the occasional emotional episode, a Leonard/Penny relationship that isn't a trainwreck, a Sheldon/Amy relationship that continues to work in its own unique way. And Stu, because he seemed to just disappear halfway through this season and I miss him. Comic Store Stu—WHERE R U?


THE STRAY OBSERVATION ADDENDUM

– One-liner of the night: "It did not kill me when you went to space. Monkeys went to space." Sheldon has a point. 

– "My friends are like my family. Unless you don't like them, in which case they're dead to me." It's a shame that Raj has never been able to start and maintain a meaningful relationship, because he clearly knows how they work. 

– What do you hope to see in Season 7?

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Lets have Lucy not realize she is crawling out of a 4th floor bathroom window! that will take her out of the show because she is just annoying. Raj should marry the Lesbian, some good scenes could come out of that. Maybe Raj eventually comes out of the closet because of it?
Sheldon's dream should come true and Leonard gets eaten by the Octopus and now he's gone to, I can't stand Leonard, actually Johnnie the actor himself. Zach hooks back up with Penny, Amy moves in with Sheldon now that Leonard is gone but she takes Leonards room. Stewart moves in with Howards Mom. Leonards Mother develops a severe crush on Sheldon and is making it difficult for Amy. Howard has to go back to space one more time and comes back with some kind of alien inside of him. Bernadette's Mother dies and her father hooks up with Sheldons Mom. After all he likes Sheldon more then Howard. There now run with it!! :)
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I had always thought that 'Big bang theory' would be different from the other shows, but it is ending up just like the other shows. 4 nerds were enough to make it a hit, why did they add more and more people? 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' and that is done in this show. The 1st season was really good.... but as time passed, i lost my interest for it..
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Lucy should end up with Stewart and Raj end up with some real HOT BABE, like the girl that Leonard met in the comic book store. Actually Raj should end up with Sheldons assistant!!
Lucy is just to nutso and funny looking! She matches Stewart
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I am just so sick of the Leonard and Penny thing!! Give it up!! Sheldon and Amy are fantastic, they should maybe start somehow getting a little more embracing!! A Kiss or two or a drunken fling and they wake up together!! Will we ever see Howards Mother? OR Father??
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I want to see Zach back and hooked up with Penny and Leonard leave the show!! If he can't leave the show then let him hook up with Lesley, more his style. Why is it that Leonard, the homeliest one in the group besides Howard, ends up with all the hot Babes??? Doesn't make sense?? You have to get Zach back because he is Hilarious!! And he suits Penny much better then Leonard. Leave leonard on the ship or have him fall overboard!
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I liked the episode. For a season finale, it was pretty solid.

For a moment, I felt that it was all over again like the season two finale, with Leonard going to the North Pole, but thankfully not. I think it was the first time that I felt Penny acting likebeing a girlfriend. I don't know.

Oh, on the last scene it almost made me cry. I felt really sorry for Raj. Poor Raj :( Kunal nailed it on that one.
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1) I think it is time for Leonard to be challenged by Penny's success. He's always sort of been her knight in shining armor. I want to see Penny start receiving more acting gigs, maybe even a series that is successful for a while (perhaps she can play a scientist in a show and turns to Leonard for suggestions on how to act like one, I think there are some funny scenarios that can be pulled from that idea or perhaps she receives a role in a movie that starts garnering her attention).
2) I'd like to see Leonard develop more self-esteem and this new found confidence is now challenged by Penny's acting success, especially when she has her first love scene in a TV show or movie. Galecki has said he'd like the drama between the characters of Penny and Leonard to be dragged out, I think there is much that can be developed around that idea becayse the two actors have such great chemistry and comedic timing with one another funny stuff can result from that direction.
3) I am a fan of Raj and Lucy getting together, but Lucy needs more depth, she was pretty one dimensional. Raj has been in the country long enough he needs to lose the creepy foreigner factor a bit more.
4) I'm fine with Howard and Bernadette as they are because Bernadette is strong enough to put Howard in his place when he becomes stupidly chauvinistic. I would love to see Howard's father come into the picture to try to make amends to Howard for abandoning him, and I don't know why but I would LOVE to see Joe Pesci play the character. I would love for the character to be understated and "normal" and realizes the damage he did by leaving Howard with Howard's mother without him as a balance to her over-mothering.
5) For the first couple of seasons, I wasn't a fan of Amy's character (although I like Mayim Bialik as an actress) because she was just too creepy around Penny. I want to see her become more "normal" although still be the Sheldon female equivalent, just not as obnoxious as Sheldon.
6) As for Sheldon I would love to see him interact with his brother. I would also love to see Sheldon's brother meet Penny and those two mid westerners deal with each other. There's a lot of sports rivalry between Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas it would be fun to see them face off in that respect. It would be so funny to me to see Sheldon secretly rooting for Penny against his brother.
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It was solid.
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If I may play the devil's advocate... this was not a good season at all. The comedy seemed forced at times and did not look as effortless as it did in the previous seasons. Sheldon was in no way as smooth and looked as if he was trying a little to hard to be funny IMO. I am not a professional critic in any sense of word, but Season 6 did not compare to the standards set by 1-5. "What do you hope for Season 7?" A funnier season.
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I'd be worried. I think Raj and Penny are going to hook up. Penny has never really committed completely to Leonard. If this were real life those are horrible signs for a relationship. Leonard has pretty much forced the relationship with Penny. Plus Penny has slept with Raj in the past. I wouldn't doubt that a previously on... clip showed that last scene between the both of them before they cut to a four months later shot of Penny and Raj in bed. I can see why they would do this. Chuck Lorne doesn't let shows die (e.g. Two and a Half) and I wouldn't let that lotto ticket go either. And if Penny and Leonard stick together shows get boring and die. I personally would hate it if that happened and would probably stop watching. Its too jumping shark.
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hmmm...possible...but Penny and Raj did only sleep(!) in the same bed...nothing more. Also at that time she wasn't in any relationship whatsoever...after all this time I just don't see Penny cheating on Leonard! Maybe she becomes a little doubtful because she doesn't miss him that much as she did when he went to the north pole and is therefore a little bit unsure if Leonard really is the one (of course she knows now, Leonard is hers...). On the other Hand she might get team-pictures per email with a penny-doppelganger on the team to whom Leonard seems a little too friendly for her taste ;) or something like that. There are many better ways to strain the relationship than making penny into a cheater!
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Excellent finale! I loved the interplay between Howard and Leonard- yep space really does beat a boat, you can't deny. The one thing I didn't like was Raj suddenly leaping from mute around women to them making a cheap gag about how he never shuts up. Too quick and too unbelievably. Would have been better if him managing to say a few words to Penny was just a temporary blip, a hint that they'd one day break his muteness through a longer process.
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or maybe the realization flipped a switch...and he had to make up for all those years not being able to...so yeah, he really doesn't shut up for a while (but why would he have shut up before while on booze?)
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Raj should go back to his not being able to chat to girls, however get a new partner who could be a masculine female or a feminine male with a uni sex name, just to play on his sexuality a bit more.

Or Howards mom gets plastic surgery and comes back as ridiculously attractive woman.

Or the return of one of the ex-girlfriends with a baby
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is he really totally over that or can he only talk to his friends (that are girls) now? He might still have a Problem with talking to women he wants to date?
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I watched basically the entire season back to back to back. I think its grown up well. While I liked the dynamic of the first few seasons, you can't keep going back to the well. I liked that they didn't use Sheldon as a plot device for EVERYTHING like they did last season. I found myself looking forward to the Council of Ladies scenes more than the guys scenes at one point. The interaction between the women is new and is developing well. I'd like to see more of that.

This is in stark contrast to The Unit, where I couldn't STAND another second of the wives bitching about one thing or another. Yes I understand its real issues, but its hard to care about how you didn't get a job you were hoping for when your husband is killing terrorists 20 seconds earlier.
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Once the original chemistry was thrown out the window by adding the two full-time female characters, the show went downhill. The four goofs and Penny, with an occasional Stewart or other character, were excellent. All that is lost. Now everyone plays nice and Penny is made-up like a goddess rather than the girl next door. I only watch the first four seasons in re-runs.
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The Big Bang Theory is a decent show that's great to watch while eating. I'm the type who has a sense of humor but doesn't laugh as easily as others. Most of the time, i'm just entertained by watching the life of this group of 7, though there are cases in which things are so funny that I cant help but burst into laughter, even when I try to hold it in. Overall, some of the puns and lines are predictable, but it's still a decent show to watch. Definitely looking forward to season 7.
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Will you guys stop complaining. I think the shows is amazing and is getting better with every episode, if you think this show is getting crap come over to the uk and we will then see what you have to say !!
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PS. Of all the ruining of characters, which they have done an excellent job of, the one that seems most lost on viewers is Penny. she has become an A hole over the lat 3 seasons. To recap. Stop adding girlfriends and babies to hit TV shows.

What happened to 4 nerds? Why did this have to become about 4 nerdish guys with girlfriends that do the same STUPID, TIRED OBLIGATORY and INEVITABLE TV relationship crap?
Why is it they have a hit and then break it every time?


If TV producers found literal lightning in a bottle they would give it a girlfriend then give it a baby. You suck TV producers. When something works, STOP, it is working. We will never, ever ever ever ever ever need one more TV show to know every TV relationship joke and situation. ENOUGH!

Thanks, :)
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This show was once funny. Now it is not. Why? same reason 98% of all tv shows go down hill. They get away from what worked.
As soon as they start adding girlfriends my family does a collective eye roll. We knew that was the beginning of the end.
Once they gave Sheldon a girlfriend they were waving at the shark beneath their feet.

It was awesome to have a decent TV show where a main character was not given the TV relationship trappings. Sheldon catapulted Parsons to fame.Of course they would look at that formula and say "hey this is working, how can we break it?" Same with the entire show, This show is just like Rosseane, going to crapsville.

We do not need TV characters to grow. We would be happy if they never changed. Our lives do not depend on how their love lives turn out, we just like a half of an hour of humor while we eat. We will always have the first two seasons and much of the third and a tiny bit of the fourth.
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sorry, can't agree on anything you say...if their lifes don't change then jokes will become increasingly redundant...also it would be sad if this great show would essentially say no...guys like that can't find girls and be in happy relationships!
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I thought the Lucy character was a bit of a desperate ploy on the part of the producers, I liked her but by this point all the other characters are becoming progressively less "broken" with Leonard and Howard both having stable relationships with women (and in Howards case not his mother) and even Sheldon and Amy developing what could tentatively be described as a meaningful emotional connection. It seemed they needed to reintroduce the "broken" aspect to the show because these guys are actually pretty lucky, they're still geeks but they've got beautiful girls and a social life, the Lucy character feels like she's there as a comparison to what the characters used to be.

In the future I'd like to see Penny actually get round to proposing to Leonard maybe not in season 7 but hopefully by the end of season 8. I'd like to see some reminders of the geek factor including age old star wars/ comic book based debates and yes more of Stu because that guy's pretty awesome.

Do I want Sheldon to finally get nominated for a Nobel? On the one hand yes because he wants it so much on the other hand if Leonard or Raj were the nominee we could get some seriously hilarious jealousy based Sheldon-shenanigans so I think either could work.
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or someone in cooperation with sheldon so he can say "your welcome" and still put him down ;)
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I didn't like Lucy's character very much. Maybe it was the choice of actress, I've seen her do some appearances in other shows and I really liked her performance. As an appearance.

It just didn't feel real to me this Raj-Lucy relationship, I felt no chemistry. Hopefully with the gift of speech Raj can explore all kinds of girls and understand that not only "broken" girls will like him, to me this whole "I'm broken" bla bla bla sounds like those "misunderstood" adolescent kids.
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My hopes for season 7 Amy goes on a trip and doesn't come back.
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:-(
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I disliked the Lucy and Raj thing. Look at the profile. All 4 guys are nerdy brainiacs. Lightning struck with Penny and Leonard. And all the guys would have liked to have Penny (except Sheldon) and they all tried (except Sheldon). So back to norm: Howard got brainy cute Bernadette, Sheldon got a brainy, not as cute but still cute, Amy. The next logical step would for Raj, to find a brainy cute girl. So Lucy just didn't fit.
However Lucy would fit someone perfectly. Stewart. They would work.
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I actually like Lucy in the first couple of episodes, and I tought that Raj and Lucy's relationship was kind of nice. But then I started toi get reel tired of her reel fast in this episode. I meen seriously girl, STOP. GOING. TO. THE. BATHROOM.

And breaking up via text message? Bad. Really bad.

I think that Rucy was really just about the people who needed to face there fears and grow as a person, which Raj succeced in. But Lucy? I am not so sure. She still has the same problems, and Raj did help her a little bit, but who's to say that had any long term affect?

So I think that there break up was for the best, but I doubt that was the last of Lucy that we've seen. (even if she is incredibly annoying)
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considering how long Raj nedded to get over his fears, I can't say she didn't make enough progress...actually she did, but she wasn't at all treated well according to her phobias...I personally can't really relate to that but afaik it is extremely hard and painful to face real phobias and getting tired or annoyed of people suffering from them isn't helping at all...

i'll responde to the next one too if i may...
I don't think they have to marry for a long time...with Penny being freaked out about it and him being a scientist...it's just a piece of paper so as long as they are happy their friends have no business to push them into marriage or break up. Maybe some might try, but at least sheldon (and amy?) wouldn't I guess...
Bernadette just is really working her career, i would guess they aren't that much into becoming parents right now. More likely it happens per accident to unmarried Lenny...Peonard...what's the word? :-P
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For season 7, I hope that Raj will change his hair back to the smexyness that it used to be, (instead of this terrible nerd look), that leanerd and Penny maybe get engaged except thst its just one of those engagements where they never really think about the weding and just stay engaged for a long time until there friends start to notice and Leanerd and Penny half to face facts and either get maried or break up (so the season would end with them either breaking up because Penny is just not ready or geting maried.), I would also like to see some more evolving in the Shamy and maybe Bernadette gets pregers.

AND MORE STU. Wait, scratch that, MORE COMIC BOOK STORE. (i miss the comic book store! It feels like its been forever since they went there in a episode :'( )
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"It's a shame that Raj has never been able to start and maintain a meaningful relationship, because he clearly knows how they work. "

It's not that he can't maintain a meaningful relationship, my problem is that everyone around him can while he ends up alone season after season.
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Now that they resolved his 'can't talk to women'-issue. There is plenty of room to work on that next season..
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You are justifying Lucy's awkwardness, social reluctance and breakup-on-sms behavior, but you are basically implying that Raj wanting his "lady friend" to meet is family/friends after weeks of dating was inconsiderate of him?... About their breakup -- Good riddance..Hope Raj gets a better girl in season 7...
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I have social anxiety four years ago now, so I know what I'm about to say.
What MaryAnn is saying it's true. I don't know if you know people who suffer under these conditions, but it's very tough, and we can't do much without being all nervous. So thinks this: If Lucy it's already nervous when she is with Raj, imagine with six more people in a party.
No, it wasn't inconsiderate of him to invite her, because the only thing that Raj wanted so badly was to hang out with the girl that he was dating and his friends, and that's understandable, but it was a HUGE step for Lucy.

And why Raj has to get a ''better'' girlfriend the next season? What, a girl like Lucy can't have a problem? The only ones who are allowed to have problems are the boys?
I hope she return, I never saw this kind of relationship on TV.
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Well, if she can't handle being in room with friends who are like family to her boyfriend, I don't think she can offer him anything else... Forget about sitcom situations, I don't think I can see any future for such relationship in real life... Anyways, first of all, I will get something out of way... No, gender has no role in context of my message.. Chris Brown is deranged, and I hope Rihanna gets a better guy in her life..
Regarding Lucy, this girl has abandoned Raj thrice already..That's more than 2/3rd times that they have gotten out... What's worse is that she doesn't even seem interested in trying.. This guy is trying his best to understand her, and trying to things really really slow, and all she is doing is abandoning him without notice..He is not trying to use her as trophy girlfriend by taking her out to discs or pubs, but just trying to get her comfortable with his friends. So yeah, he can do better for sure.. And if she wants to have a good relationship in future, she needs to sort her issues out herself first...
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I hope they hook him up with Alex, even though she seems to be only into Leonard.
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ok.. did anyone else even notice that Penny said "I love you" to Leonard? Isn't this the first time she said that? this finale wasn't about a big story arc, but about subtle changes in charactors.
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She said I love you to Leonard in episode 8 of this season.
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"Aside from a few duds, Season 6 was generally one of the strongest seasons of The Big Bang Theory's run so far"

Apart, of course, from Season 1, the only funny and smart season in this show before it degraded into a generic soap.

Also, how is "Raj can suddenly without any reason or explanation talk to women" character development? It's just ... random.
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I don't like a mediocrely funny 'comedy' with shallow characters that are basically unchanging, overdone caricatures of what most people think of as geeks that reuses the same 'jokes' every episode, so my only option is to watch reality TV?

It's fine if you like that show, but that really seems like an overly agressive response. Did I inadvertently insult your parents and stab you in the hand?
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Raj is able to talk to women because he now has his heart broken. The worst that could happen has already happened. He has nothing to be afraid of now.
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He wasn't just scared of talking to women. He has (or had) a serious psychological problem. He couldn't even talk to girls he wasn't attracted to or was friends with (therefore would have had no reason to be afraid of getting rejected by). That is NOT something that just magically fixes itself by getting dumped.
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I see the point of your argument, but your not seeing it in the right way. The subconscious mind of the character raj probably asked himself, whats the worst that a women could do.? What more could've happened.? Nothing, the worse that could've happened, has happened. This made him realise the irrationality of his fear.

He also could've been afraid of women because of his lack of experience with women, now that he has experienced a relationship and the worst aspect of it. He realises that he's now experienced the worst phase and is still alive.

Moreover, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. A women didn't kill him now he's strong with women around.

Also don't you over come your fears by facing them. Did he not make his best effort all these years to face women.

You claim there's a deep psychological problem, without elaborating on the probababilities of what those problems actually are. It merely talked about the possible reasons of his fears.
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I just think it would've been reasonable for him to be scared, even terrified of women, for all the reasons you listed - but not to the point where he can't talk to them (unless he's had, what, a single sip of beer? As if that made all the difference.)

For example, I'm terrified of job interviews - way beyond what would be considered normal. I spend days before freaking out, sleeping badly, throwing temper-tantrums and generally feeling sick. But I still go, and once it's over, I usually realise what an idiot I was being. I've had some truly dreadful interviews, and I may have felt a little silly afterwards but that's it.

Yet I still have the exact same problem as I did 50 interviews ago, every single time. I faced my fears, the worst thing that could happen (I make a fool of myself and get rejected) has happened dozens of times, but I'm still not over it.

So my point is, a deep fear or issue like Raj's isn't something that you get over with one single event like that.

But I'm probably going way too deeply into it. It's just a sitcom... It just seemed like they'd taken a way too easy way out.
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You are absoultely right! This is the one thing he feared the most and now he has faced his fear. he doesn't have to be agraid anymore.
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Good riddance to Lucy. I'm not the most social guy myself, but man, did I want to punch her in her face every time she spoke. Shut up. With that said, I did feel a bit sad for her sitting there with Raj and Amy as they spoke about her weirdness as if she wasn't really there. It sucks to be completely awkward -- not only do people talk about your weirdness in front of you, but douches like me want to punch you. Of course, I never think that way about socially-awkward people in real life. I'm sometimes frightened at what TV brings out in me, hehe.

I thought this was a good episode overall. Not as funny as some, but solid nonetheless. I'm a little tired of some of these season finales ending in trips, but it doesn't really do any harm. As Watashii and MaryAnn said in the comments before me, I too had a bit of fear that the episode would end with Raj and Penny hooking up again. That would have been soooo bad that I may have quit the show. So, yeah, I'm glad they didn't.
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Socially awkward my self thanks god for the internet ;)
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While some folks might lament that "nothing really happened" in this season finale, I am tired of needlessly breaking up couples just to "up the stakes" or create tension that is, with a cast this small, ultimately resolved in a few episodes.

And writers, don't take the predictable route and have Penny cheat on Leonard while he is gone just to throw in a new twist because their relationship is pretty solid right now and that seems out of character especially since Penny only dated idiots before. If she and Leonard break up, she'd clearly pick someone who had more going on than the himbos in her previously dating life and right now, no viable rivals have been introduced. Other shows might do some stunt casting, bring in some familiar face actor for 3 or 4 episodes just to break up Penny & Leonard only to have that guest star disappear but I hope that BBT is smarter than this.
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Oh, what do I hope for in Season 7? It would be great if Penny's acting career actually took off. Not to unrealistic proportions, just some small gigs (a la Joey in Friends) but if her life got busier and she had less time to hang around with the guys, it would provide a realistic source of tension. Sure, she is good friends with Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard but, unlike Bernadette and Amy, she is not an academic and isn't part of that world. Would she still hang out with these folks every night if she had an alternative?

Instead of sticking in some phony love interest, what if Leonard got jealous about Penny actually having a more exciting career and she was no longer the simple, Cheesecake Factory waitress? Would he feel threatened? Of course he would! The restaurant creates a setting, like the university cafeteria and the comic store, for the characters to interact but after all of these years, it's time for a change. Give Penny a break!
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Great point about Penny. I hope the writters read your post!
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I loved this episode!!!!
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A good finale! I love the fact it has no cliffhangers or the need for any great story continuation. I wish more season finales did that (so you come back for the show, not because you want to know what happens next).

And clever to give Leonard a big potentially life-changing project which we'll never see, but can be referred to or not and used as the writers see fit.
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The only interesting thing about the finale was Raj's storyline.
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We saw some good stuff here. For a start good riddance Lucy! I didn't like the character, it just was too pathetic and not funny to watch. I like that there was absolutely no focus on the Sheldon/Amy relationship too. And at last Raj can talk to women. Season 6 was very uneven imo. Some good episodes but the feeling that sticks at the end is that I'm getting bored of the show. For season 7, I want Leonard to come back and find out that Penny is going out with Raj now. That would break the dullness of the show. Or that Leonard comes back with a new girlfriend he's met on his voyage. I'll still watch the show anyway coz it makes me laugh at times and I like the original characters and want to know what happens to them.
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Oh and yes: where's Stu? The character is funny, just don't make him too pathetic.
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Stu is working on the pilot for dark minions... That's why he is not around
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Lucy is the female version of Sheldon in an Emotional sense ...But without Sheldon's Comical Demeanor. In my opinion Lucy is just not TBBT Material. Ans i have to agree with other people's perspective's that Raj should not have settled with Lucy. Lastly The part where Raj can now talk to women with out Alcohol ...About time. I did enjoy that for a few seasons. but it started to get real stale. Maybe find a well rounded women for Raj but with one Hang-up She can not talk to men unless she is Drinking. LoL
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What do you hope to see in Season 7?
Tenure, acting job, proposal. Maybe not in that order. :-)
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I assume that those are all Penny related. lol (I completeyl agree by the by)
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This felt totally not like a finale and also it felt unfinished for some reason. Strange.
I agree where is Comic store Stu. I like that guy. Overall I enjoyed season 6 very much and I like the new stable Penny and Leonard too.
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I'm glad Lucy broke up with Raj. Lucy was just wrong for him and she was just wrong period. I could be considered a "nerd" and even I wouldn't go anywhere near that.
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I'm glad that Lucy broke up with Raj, because IMO he was just settling for the first women that didn't refuse his attention. Just guessing, but I bet Lucy is even more frigid than she is shy.
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Good finale to me. Had enough good laughs and a big progression for Raj to talk to women without alcohol!! WOW!!! I was totally shocked by that. Like you said, this to me was also the strongest season of Big Bang Theory to date. I also liked how Penny and Leonard left things. No breakup, no huge tearful goodbye, just a very heartfelt see-you-later. Well done, BBT.
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"What do you hope to see in Season 7?"

Raj talking to women, obviously. More on Leonard's mother (she disappeared after season 4), on who finally won tenure, on Penny's acting career and the gang overall.
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> What do you hope to see in Season 7?
More of your reviews. :-)
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Raj to have sex with anyone! and introduce a gay nerd!!! YAAY
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well... the stereotype is always that gays are into fashion and looks, it would be super cool to have a super gay suer smart nerd!!
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they could have made raj gay hes pretty much acting like the stereotype already. Funny how most tv shows still picture gay people
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All the more reason to keep him straight.
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Thats true, maybe he will finally come out of the closet in the coming season! he is pretty feminine all the time!
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I'm glad Lucy and Raj broke up. She didn't bring much to the show. That helped Raj being able to talk to women sober. That's good. Now maybe he can have better luck meeting someone that's not afraid of her own shadow. lol. Good episode glad Penny and Leonard didn't break up. Like those two as a couple.
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Good review.I can't really add anything to it except having Raj babbling over the entirety of the end credits was pretty cute. I appreciate that this didn't feel like a gigantic cliffhanger big deal season finale, it felt like a part of their lives and that's what works best most of the time.
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Season Premiere:
Leonard comes home to find Amy practically living with Sheldon, finds out they have even had coitus (more on this later).
Penny actually realized how much she needs/misses him, and proposes to Leonard, and they get engaged - so we get a stable, engaged/committeed Penny/Leonard dynamic. I like that. And..
Since Amy is living with Sheldon... Leonard and Penny move in together, giving a whole new dynamic to the show.
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What I hope to see in season 7 is a haircut that actually works for Leonard. Other than that, pretty solid season!
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character progression for sheldon = yoyo..

all the stuff he says, does, claims to know, claims to notice...he see's love , he see's happiness... but somehow he doesn't see two people not giving a shit about where they are parked cos they are in love and want to be left alone...why did sheldon bother going with leo n pen to the airport ? Tthe episode was good up till that point..

my prediction the writers go back to not giving a shit about fans and have leonard return home ready for serious love making, but penny has a guy / ex at her place for some reason, que awkward glances, leonard thnks the worst and they split up..fight... raj suddenly has a new smoking hawt gf, amy moved in with sheldon/sheldon moved in with amy... since we know sheldon can't be alone..

hell even suddenly a baby wolowitz on the way...

or they could just do the same thing they did with howard, have him appear for few eps on 'camera' gradually going crazy...and how the gang copes with out him, probably throw in some penny using a her 'bunny dog toy' jokes... or even some 'cam sex' with leonard interupted by sheldon or amy...





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Because Shelton isn't jealous of Leonard getting the job with Steven Hawkins teams. The writers were idiots for making this running gag in the episode with Howards Space Travel shots at Shelton. Leonard is Shelton's Best Friend and with every Leonard does for him in his every day life having him go for 4 months is something Shelton doesn't want. Shelton tagging along with them to the Airport to see Leonard leave shows how he feels, but we didn't get to see that in the show.
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goes with out saying i thought... but no mr captain obvious turns up...

but sheldon is jealous...of his two friends... he is a selfish crazy person...did you not see the conversation with penny in the shop ? howard was being a douche at the party rubbing in his space is better than sea quip, which hadn't been mentioned since the early season 6 episodes...

sheldon has always been under the false impression he is better than everyone, he cannot comprehend why the lesser mortals below him get oppertunities bigger better than his small victories...and he expects everyone to fall in line with his but he won't for anyone else hell even amy...

sheldon had always mocked howards skills and stature and his qualifications... as nothing compared to his success... but howard succeeded.. sheldon couldn't take it and showed it then faked it for the sake of the 'friendship'..

now it's the same with leonard..
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No! Fucking No!
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i doubt that.. i do like the show i just see a problem with your opinion..or should i say you have problem with mine..anyway goodbye don't let the door hit you on the way out.
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I'm done with you. I'm going to go now and talk to people that actually like a show that they watch instead of bitch.
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nah i'm dry as bone here you on the other hand must be on your period
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keep crying
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#so you can continue to be unable its never going to change# that didn't even make sense dude...i can accept change if it's done right and or logically not when it gets retconned or contradicted and then the same original 'character development' is then repeated...

if any is bitching it's you mr 'no fucking no..' now gtfo
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Then stop bitching about change so you can continue to be unable its never going to change
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agree to disagree then

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Okay, I have to admit I saw a shooting report about a month ago for this episode so I knew long before now how things would turn out. That said, seeing it on screen still brought it to a different level and didn't take away from the episode for me which is always the key to an enjoyable episode.

I love that we're still seeing characterization even in a season finale. Raj has really made some great strides here in realizing his role in the breakup with Lucy and actually talking to women. Granted, they're just friends, but he's made that first step and it can only grow from there.

Overall, I was really happy with this season. There were a few duds here and there but overall we had a season where we had our characters still be their quirky selves but we actually saw them become adults a little more. The story progressed without falling back on its moves of the past.
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