The Big Bang Theory "The Decoupling Fluctuation" Review: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

The Big Bang Theory S06E02: “The Decoupling Fluctuation”

Oh, okay, so we’re going to start the Penny/Leonard angst early this season? Fine. Let’s treat it like a Band-Aid, just rip it right off and deal with it... and then slap another Band-Aid on there to deal with at a later date. I know how this show works.

Obviously, Penny has been having second thoughts about her relationship with Leonard since his worst proposal ever; it was only a matter of time before she was going to be forced to deal with them. In true The Big Bang Theory fashion, the most convenient way to deal with them was to avoid dealing with them. Bernadette and Amy grilled Penny about whether or not she thought she'd ever marry Leonard and she confessed that she wasn’t sure what to make of her feelings toward him. Whenever she'd been in love before, it was more your typical butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of love. She theorized that maybe her love for Leonard was a new, mature, boring kind of love.

Amy and Bernadette didn’t really buy that, and despite Penny’s request that what happens in Ladies Night stay IN Ladies Night, Amy accidentally spilled to Sheldon—who, for the sake of homeostasis, sought to keep Penny and Leonard together. He'd had a hard week. Stu had joined the gang for a night at the movies and, according to Sheldon, made a poor substitute for Wolowitz, who was still in space basically getting hazed by his fellow astronauts. Sheldon doesn’t like change. He reminds us of this all the time and he didn't disappoint when he encouraged Penny to stay with Leonard regardless of her feelings simply to maintain the balance. While he was at it he mentioned that he’d appreciate it if she could go back to using her apple-scented shampoo because coconut makes him uncomfortable.

At least he didn’t tell Leonard. It was close. Oh, it was close. He danced around the subject until finally, Leonard suspected that they needed to have a talk about Sheldon’s “budding sexual desires.” This horrified both of them and sent Sheldon across the hall to confront Penny. It wasn’t all awkwardness and neuroses, though; after laying out his entire case in Leonard’s favor ("He has a perfect driving record!"), Sheldon simply asked Penny, “Please don’t hurt my friend.”

She said that hurting Leonard was the last thing she wanted to do, which is true, but you can care a whole lot about somebody, not want to hurt them, maybe even love them... and still not want to be in an intimate relationship with them. It happens all the time. Fitting that criteria is practically a prerequisite for admittance to the Friend Zone.

I’ve never been entirely convinced that Penny and Leonard NEED to be together the way so many sitcom couples are often portrayed. Leonard adores Penny, carries an eternally burning torch for her, but how much of that is tied up in the fact that she’s a hot blonde chick who actually pays attention to him? A lot, probably.

In Penny’s case, I think that there CAN be a less manic kind of love; one that, if not experienced before, might seem like a letdown to an individual who is accustomed to every love affair being an intense physical and emotional experience. It's no less valid than than the kind that involves butterflies and heart palpitations. However, the fact that Penny repeatedly voices disappointment and concern over her muted feelings for Leonard IS a problem, and if she isn’t happy with the way he makes her feel, if she doesn’t feel that she loves Leonard as much as she's capable of loving someone, then I’m not so sure that they’re meant to be together right now, if ever.

Penny’s love is complicated, but Leonard’s is almost a fanatical sort of goddess worship that, put bluntly, is no more healthy than what Penny struggles with. Penny attempted to talk to Leonard about where their relationship stands, maybe even break up with him, but then they had sex—Penny blamed Leonard’s puppy eyes.

Everybody put those Band-Aids back on, we’ll return to this later. In the meantime, what do YOU think those two crazy kids should do?



The Stray Observation Addendum


– One-liner(s) of the night: Leonard on taking Sheldon to the dentist: “I told him if he didn’t try to bite the hygienist, I’d take him for ice cream. ...I didn’t have to take him for ice cream.”

– Okay, so Stu is more Howard 2.0 than boyfriend material. It’s cool. I think he fits in well (shut up, Sheldon) and I’m glad Raj has a bro to hang out with again. “Watch out ladies, a little coffee and cream is coming your way.”

– I agree with everything Sheldon had to say about fish with tools on their heads.

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Personally, I didn't want Penny & Leonard getting back together again in the first place, so I found their recoupling nauseating. Rip that band aid off and KEEP IT OFF please!
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Rip off the band aid, it's where this season is headed. Besides, Leonard needs to grow a pair and stop being such a clingy, baby doe eyed whiner. Can't blame Penny in a way, but break them up now and there's no going back... can't see a way for them to be happy again when the girl you love finally says "I've thought about it, and you're boring."
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How clich can they be with the Penny/Leonard relationship? I mean seriously...hot chick can't possibily be in love with a smart, nice guy. She can only truely be happy (but in reality unhappy) with a jock type? And how many times do they have to make it Leonard's fault that things get screwed up? Over the years he has matured from awkward geek around women to one with some comfidence, but he NEVER seems to get it together when it comes to Penny. I'm with others on this... freaking end this relationship once and for all for Leonards sake and do it in a way that he will never want to be back with her. I like Penny, but I hate the way they have her treat Leonard. Give the guy a break and let him meet someone that won't rip his heart out each season.
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If they break up then Leonard will eventually move on and Penny might move on all the while regreting her decision at breaking up witha nice, stable man that loves her. The writers are not being very creative here, they are essentially saying Penny wants someone that makes heart go pitter patter and feel weak in the knees but now that she has is friends with people like Sheldon, Amy, Raj, etc she realises how stupid and shallow most of those people are.
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Penny needs to break up with Leonard instead of keeping him on the hook until something better comes along. But what fun would that be for us?
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I don't like how the romantic relationships have become all this show is about. I know the situations exemplify deeper and more personal things, but I liked the show a LOT more back when the boys were all lonely and only had each other. It's not that I don't like the girls (except maybe Bernadette - she's a little annoying), it's the romantic relationships that ruin it for me.
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Its time that they just break these two up for good. Why can't they just be friends? It is obvious the writers are trying to make this show all about couples/relationships now. Before it was a lot more fun with the guys off doing their things. Now they even have Sheldon reluctantly in a relationship with Amy. When Amy first appeared she was cool because she wasnt like the other girls she was more like the guys, then they went out and changed her into a raging hormonal sex obsessed she beast. Should I even mention the blatant self loathing that Penny has? That woman does not have an ounce of the self esteem that she seemed to exude during the first couple of seasons. Maybe is she finally got a surname, a job and a life, she would not need to fall back into the comfortable guy across the hall. Sheldon is the only one that has challenged her, called her out for her bullcrap, and taken a stand against her and she said she loved him almost two seasons ago, which shows you that the writers are WASTING some very well defined chemistry by two of the best characters on the show (when they are together, it cannot be denied that they have very good on screen chemistry) how about working on that and having Amy take a crack at helping Leonard get over his mommy issues?
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I noticed that Amy and Sheldon were holding hands at the movie theater. Is that a clause in the relationship agreement?
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I do think that Leonard and Penny need to be together. Unlike J.D and Elliot. Never felt that was about them. I liked the idea that someone mentioned to give Penny more success as an actress. The issue i have with Leonard at this point is that he isn't the gullible socially impaired character he was six years ago, but the writers keep writing him like he was. Or maybe he shouldn't be that character, but the writers keep writing him like he is. Loved Sheldon's "Please don't hurt my friend". I don't believe they are splitting up. It is way to late to play that game all over again. I think it's the old, you think they break up just to make them tighter in the end trick. Because ever since last season their relationship is kind of out of place and not well defined. It all started with this Beta (or alpha) testing their relationship. So my guess is that they now use the eventual discourse that will ensue to better define Penny and Leonards relationship and explain it to the viewers.
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Howard and Bernadette have been my favs for a while - this episode too. Wish they'd get more time on the show.
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Who didn't agree with what Sheldon had to say about fish with tools on their heads! Also, I would love to see Leonard rip Penny apart for being flaky, dump her, and have a season where Penny actually pines for Leonard. Come on writers, some new material would be great...
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I think they should give Penny some success as an actress if they want to split Leonard and Penny again. Give her some money, some attention, and some access to attractive people and THEN see how satisfied she is with steady, dependable Leonard.
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The misprint (Function instead of Fluctuation) is a scathing indictment of the American educational system.
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Writers tend to be liberal arts majors. So do editors. Sciency words are all the same to them.
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Sciency? That clearly runs you out of the scientific person category. Science words would have sufficed or scientific to be more correct. "Humans make mistakes" ... nobody is perfect etc. Trolls = annoying, Grammar police also = annoying.
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Thanks for almost getting the joke. Come again.
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Awww, now, writers and editors also tend to be human, and humans make mistakes sometimes. We'll get it fixed.
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The Title and episode should read:

The Big Bang Theory "The Decoupling Fluctuation" Review: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

The Big Bang Theory S06E02: "The Decoupling Fluctuation"



Not:

The Big Bang Theory "The Decoupling Function" Review: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

The Big Bang Theory S06E02: "The Decoupling Function"
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I didn't really feel like I disliked the episode as I was watching it, but this is supposed to be a comedy... and I didn't laugh once... so I guess I disliked it.

I couldn't care less about Penny and Leoanrd anymore. They don't even seem like a couple.

The only thing I particularly liked was Sheldon's "Please don't hurt my friend." That was cute.
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As for the episode itself (oops, I ranted and missed commenting on the larger), I felt like Sheldon's actions were more human throughout, that he actually showed caring beyond himself and that was a big deal, so in that respect it got my attention over the horrible over-the-top selfishness they've had him in lately, and they did it through a relatively realistic relationship issue - his "girlfriend" told him a thing that mattered to his friend and indirectly to him and he suffered with how to take action without breaking trust or hurting his friend. It still suffered too much of the shallow sitcom stuff but it wasn't terrible in those regards (except Howard's storyline, I didn't buy that much hazing on a cramped space station, there are real worries up there about someone getting cabin fever and killing everybody with the flick of a switch or even a distracted, accidental mistake, no way they're going to rip on anyone that much).
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I think if they're going to do anything with Penny at this point, it has to be by figuring out who she is, where that could be going, and how Leonard fits or doesn't. Right now this is the same Penny as season 2 minus the drive to become an actress, now she's just fallen into a generic rhythmn. Does she want to date more guys to silence the emptiness within, or does she want to find the right guy to start a new chapter with, or does she want to focus on herself and let relationships stay lazy, or does she want to give up and just do whatever feels right until she hits middle age? The show hasn't put enough thought into Penny to make her decisions with Leonard affect us anymore, we know why Leonard does what he does with Penny - he's awkward and can't help himself and attached to the idea of her and has invested a lot of self into their relationship to the point of being unhealthy and having it lash out at her - but we really don't know why Penny is unhappy because Penny isn't a character anymore, she's just a caricature. Leonard tried to keep it cool but couldn't because he's got strong feelings, but why is Penny content to keep things uncomplicated? It doesn't come through, so her actions one way or another will ring false until they come up with a better Penny to show us why she'd do whatever.

To me, it seems like Penny is voicing that she doesn't really know what love is. Leonard has an idealized idea that love is something great and romantic, he shoehorns Penny into that whenever possible. Penny though seems to be unromantic about it and looking for... something. What? Who knows. It seems to me like they're writing her to end up an empty shell of a person, a truck stop waitress who had dreams and when they didn't happen life became empty and meaningless. That too seems like a viable if depressing future for the character, but if that's what they have in mind they need to express it better.

If Penny's past jealousy over Leonard's other relationships is just petty, then the path they're aiming at from this episode seems adequate. If however Penny's jealousy was deeper longing for what she no longer had from her relationship with Leonard, then this is just another Ross / Rachel audience jerkaround and it's time to move past such lame "will they, won't they" sitcom writing.

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I liked the episode. Leonard and Penny are very on again, off again to me so I don't know where they truly stand as a couple sometimes. Last night was perfectly clear though. She wants to move on, so I say to Leonard "let her go". Plenty of fish in the sea, even for him, which is saying a lot lol!!!



I kinda liked the hazing of Howard by the astronauts, especially the face painting at the end. Him and Bernadette are officially my favorite couple on the show.



I like the insertion of Stuart into the group. He and Raj could definitely get into some funny adventures if played out right.
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Has anyone picked up on the fact that they are directing the relationship between Raj and Stu. Last week they danced, went out on a "date". This week the nervously talked about "Coffee and Cream" going out to make with the ladies. I can't help to see some direction that they will become a couple. Just a thought.



Penny and Leonard are a one trick pony. If you look at many relationships they are also one trick ponies.



The characters that have the best lines and delivery are Amy, Walowitz and the Astronauts!

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Ugh, cant believe they are doing penny wants to dump leonard thing, at least flip it around and get leonard to dump penny
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Yeah, that's not going to happen.
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One-liner of the night is wrong: it was bite the hygenist, not fight. Makes the whole line funnier.



With that housekeeping done. I need to say I had no idea that Leonard and Penny were actually together. It seemed very odd that Bernadette and Amy would ask Penny if she considered marrying Leonard considering it never really seemed like they were back together. This also comes back at the scene when they are surprised she slept with him. If they were two adults in a relaltionship then there should be no surprise that they slept together. I know it was supposed to come off as shock that rather than confront the issue regarding how she feels about Leonard she slept with him, but it came off more as shock that they actually slept together. That whole storyline felt off.



Regarding Howard and the Hazing. I have no idea where the hell that came from. It seemed like everything was going fine for him in Space last week, and the two astronauts he's with seem to actually like him as a person. It seems like they are just trying to pass the monotony of being in space and he's to stupid to be in on the joke. That alien mask thing... Hilarious. I know Wolowitz is supposed to be this weak willed character, but I don't see how things would have changed from then to now. Plus he's not a child he's a freaking adult and the only way for him to actually grow up is for people to stop treating him like a baby. This particular storyline was just frustrating and insulting.



The thing I liked the most of the episode is what we saw the least of the assimilation of Stuart into the group. He and Raj, clearly have found friendship in each other and that is great because two lonely guys together is great TV. Sheldon's apprehension to the changes was great, putting artists and engineers into the same category was perfectly in character for him. Stuart jumping through hoops to appease Sheldon so he could actually interact with people was also perfectly in character. These interactions led to my personal quote of the episode the you're desire to be liked makes you weak line from Sheldon. This is a new sort of storyline and it is why I tuned in this week. Instead I got a main storyline that felt like it belonged in Season 3 and a B-Plot that belonged in an afterschool special
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u wrote in ur comment that u don't watch this show all the time

( quote : .....and it is why I tuned in this week....) I know it could be,that u said why u watched it this week and u watch show every week, but to say I tuned in this week, suggets to me,that u don't watch it every week.....

either way my reply is that either u don't watch show every week or u just watch it in

kind of passive way ( u don't really pay much attention to show)

astronauts were making fun of Howard before this week's episode

Penny and Leonard were thogeter,but they took it slow this time...and they were shocked, because they thought Penny will break up with him,not that she will have sex with him
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I watch the show every week, I watch the reruns, I know the characters, I have the theme song on my iPod, I am a fan of the show. However even when you are a fan of something that doesn't mean that has to be the only reason that you watch the show.



As a long time viewer of the program I have an investment in the character of Raj and have been disappointed many, many, many time in his portrayal of a prop character for quick joke. Very rarely has it seemed like he would actually be getting some development as a character, and when they hinted last week that his funk at the fact that all of his friends are in relationships might be getting broken by him finding friendship in another lonely person, well that gave me cause for excitement and was the main thing that had me excited about this weeks episode. Colour me foolish for believing that a Chuck Lorre show might actually mess with the well versed landscape, but it was still something I supported and hoped would happen. Which if you look at the comments for last weeks episode I mentioned when I defended Raj and Stuart as just two lonely people coming together as friends and not some kind of homesexual throwdown as other implied.



Also having watched the episodes before this one, I am aware that the astronauts were making fun with Howard and found his claims that they were making fun at him unfounded. Especially when you consider that the end of last weeks episode it seemed to be real concern from his fellow cosmonaut regarding what he will do when he gets back home from space. I feel like the joking with Howard is there way of trying to bring him into the fold and is no more hurtful or rude then any of the other joking or teasing that goes on between Howard and his usual group of friends. Perhaps its the fact that at the core, for the sake of comedy, this group of people are very mean to one another. Howard sabotaging Raj with Summer Glau, the constant mocking of Leonard for his obession with Penny, taking advantage of Sheldon's lack of common sense and laughing when he's in uncomfortable situations instead of helping him, and most agregiously falsifying data when they were in the North Pole completely negating their reason for going on that sojourn in the process as well as hurting their "friend's" credibility in the scientifc world. I guess when you consider that Howard willingly hangs out with a bunch of people who constantly are taking the piss out of each other, again for the sake of this being a comedy, it just seems unfounded that he would have a problem with what he is going through now. I have a feeling that if it were Raj or Leonard who had gone on a spacewalk and put an alien mask on his window that he would have called his wife or mommy to complain about the other kids being mean. Yes those are his friends but if he has a thick enough skin to put up with them then by all means he should be able to handle a couple of strangers in space. Perhaps if his anger had derived from the fact that it appears to just be the three of them in a tiny little space pod and they were driving him nuts for that reason and that is why he was acting so testy, then it would have been a little bit easier to swallow, but that didn't happen, it was just Wolowitz complaining for a few quick and cheap laughs.



Finally if Penny and Leonard were together then it must have happened in the split second when I was taking a sip of my drink, sneezing, or blowing my nose as a result of said sneeze. As far as I knew they had attempted to get back together prompting Leonard to propose while in bed and said proposal had put their getting back together on hold. Even last week when he invited her over it seemed to be as friends and not as a couple.
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yeah like I thought u watch it every week...so I apologize for saying u don't watch it every week.



u say u r fan of show and watch reruns.

so how can u then miss that they( Leo and Penny) are together?

he invited her over to see where they stand with their relationship after Leonard asked her to marry him in bed and she freaked out( don't tell me u missed that too? )



Howard is upset,because he was always the nerd and to go to space was his dream. He said he wanted to be cool and then at that video chat he got nickname Fruitloops. Yes this is comedy show,but it doesn't mean that characters aren't hurt (emotinally or otherwise).

Since he was always the nerd, he got picked on in school alot ( as audience we laugh,since it is presented this way, but for him it wasn't funny).

He is with Leonard,Raj and Sheldon because they are best friends. At start before they got girlfriends they did everything together( games,movies,eating.same place where they work,....)





like I said...u watch this show in a passive way,where u don't pay much attention to it. if u watch reruns,no way u could miss those stuff and what is going on





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Alright well if that is the case then I do not understand your comment about me not knowing that Leonard proprsed during sex with Penny
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can't reply to ur last post, no idea why so I write here



I read every post u send before replying to ur posts and I read them from top to bottom, so no worries there
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I'm going to go ahead and recommend you read my entire post, not just the opening paragraph. Yes I know its a little long, but if you had actually taken the time to read it you will see that I already addressed how I interpreted the Leonard and Penny in bed proprosal. I also addressed why I have a problem with Howard feeling he is being picked on by the astronauts (summation he is picked on and picks on his "best friends" constantly, which means he should have a thicker skin).



Finally and this is important so I'm going to separate it out into its own paragraph. I may do many things in my life Passively, but watching television is not one of them and I would appreciate it if you stop insinuating that I do. I had very real tears in my eyes for Sheldon showing concern for Leonard. I don't call caring that much about a fictional character passive, but hey such is life.
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We're on the one-liner. Thanks for the heads-up!



Oh Leonard and Penny. Yeah, it's like they're never officially together, but then they totally are. Or maybe it's the other way around, where they're always together, except not.



Howard and the hazing was the least interesting thing in the episode. Totally. Honestly, I can't wait for him to get back to Earth and deal with the fact that he totally lied to both Bernadette and his mom about the moving situation
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Sorry I see that you have already been confronted quite heavily regarding the one-liner. I should have checked before I typed it, but I had so much other stuff floating around in my head that I just wanted to get to it. Don't self-flaggellate yourself to hard, we all make mistakes.



Glad I'm not the only one who notices that "Penard" seem to only be together when its convenient for a couple of laughs of a weekly storyline.



Yes, I am very excited to see how all of his lies fall down upon him.



Also I'm interested in more of an exploration of "Shamy" (I never liked the whole portmanteauing of people in a relationships names, but it is a god send when you have character with names like Sheldon, Bernadette, and Leonard) especially after her letting us in on the fact that she intends to marry Sheldon in four years time. I was almost expecting her to cite it as a subclause of the relationship agreement, but when she said keep it quiet because Sheldon doesn't know I was hoping part of the decoupling referenced in the title would have releated to them. Again this is me placing to much hope into the character's of a Chuck Lorre show having real emotional growth, but if I lose hope then their probably wouldn't be any reason for me to keep watching
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Leonard - Dump her and move on. This show is really close to or has jumped the shark. It's still funny, but it needs to get some juice again.
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We all know whats going to happen right? Penny dumps Leonard, Sheldon gets annoyed that they break up again, becomes awkward after said break up, they become chummy after a while, Leonard finds someone new, Sheldon tries to except Leonards new girlfriend, Penny gets jealous of Leonard's new flame, Penny realizes she can't live without Leonard, Leonard realizes it too, Sheldon gets annoyed that their back together again, and everything is back to to normal.



But seriously as much as I like Penny and Leonard together, if she's feeling like this, then its time to put this relationship out of its misery for now until Penny realizes that Leonard really is the one for her. And God knows when that's going to be.
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They could bring back the Stephanie Barnett character, since she disappeared rather abruptly in Season 2. Since actress Bree Turner has lost a lot of weight since then, Penny might not feel so blase about Leonard rekindling a romance with her.
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Agreed, one of the worst shows of the series. Perhaps after six years, there really isn't anything funny about Sheldon's character but also I tired of Penny about three seasons ago. I use to love this show, but her character and Sheldon's have taken a lot of the fun out of it. There doens't seem to be any growth anymore.
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probably one of the weakest episodes of the entire series. Perhaps its because the show is 6 seasons in, what I used to find charming about the characters, I just find annoying now. I'm getting sick of the Leonard/Penny thing, either move it forward or end it please. I'm really getting annoyed with Sheldon and his Asperger-like attitude to the world. Its not cute anymore, its annoying. I don't understand why after all this time, Raj is still having the trouble in his social life, it too is getting annoying to watch a whiny, sad, pathetic loser week after week. The only character not getting on my nerves is Wolowitz, and they managed to send him off to space. I don't really have a problem with Bernadette. But most of all I despise Mayim Baylik character. Enough is enough, nerdy is one thing, completely overwhelmingly obnoxious every minute of every day is getting too much to handle.



The Big Bang Theory used to by my favorite show, the only 30 minute block of tv I used to look forward to the entire week, now it is just boring and annoying. I think it is at the end of its run
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Amy ( Mayim Bialik ) is AWSOME!!!

she brought fresh wind into show and has best lines and scenes!
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Leonard and Penny should be together and I don't like this constant angst. Amy is one of the best carachter and I think that there's a lot of good material to work on. And most of all: it's time the writers come out of the closet and let Raj and Stu have their romantic affair. Stop beat around the bush: Raj is gay, we all know. Please, let him know too, so he can move on with his life and have a chance to be happy in a relationship!!!
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No, I think if Raj were gay, he would have selective mutism when it comes to talking with men. Also, he had all those sexual fantasies about Bernedette, ending each one with, "I'm so not gay". I think he's just a beta male with a highly developed feminine side. It happens.
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No more Leonard and Penny!

It's terrible!
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I could've sworn the line was "bite the hygienist."
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I think you might be right. That would make more sense. We'll update it. Thanks!
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And it was Leonard who said it, not Howard.
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Duly noted. Commencing with the self-flagellation in 3...2...1.
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That's more than enough self-flagellating. This is a family site.
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Duly noted. Commencing with the self-flagellation in 3...2...1.
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Duly noted. Commencing with the self-flagellation in 3...2...1.
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I love that Amy has a four year plan to marry Sheldon.
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Just don't tell him yet, he's still a flight risk.
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if you don't like the show, stop reviewing it.....last week you bashed it how it is "still the same" after 5 seasons....(just feeling I got from reading your reviews)

some shows go and put their characters in some different situations every season and then you ask yourself if they(writers,etc.) even know what they want from their show



big bang theory is still awsome and going strong

characters developed over seasons
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Wow, MaryAnn, good psychoanalyzing skills! Do you moonlight as a relationship counsellor?!
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MaryAnn and Lily could open a practice for Ficitional Character Therapy.
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Hahaha, I've had a lot of practice.
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But anyway, Penny should just release Leonard already. Staying with him because she doesn't want to hurt him only makes her character cruel.
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Penny doesn't have "cool" friends outside the "nerd" group that they can add to the show?? I thought they portray her character as "cool", friendly, outgoing and a sports fanatic. Her only co-waitress friend, Bernadette, is a nerd. Then Amy becomes her friend, also a nerd. She never seems to have close non-nerd friends which is weird.
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She had lots of friends. She ditched the female ones because they were shallow, and the male ones because they made Leonard insecure.
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I just wish the show would add at least 1 non-nerdy regular actor/actress, but probably hard to make it work since it's a show about nerds.
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I used to love this show. It's still sort of funny but the laughs. Few and far between. My main problem with it is the forever constant sitcom crap, she loves me she loves me not. Just get the together or break them up. The show can go forward either way, but the get together breakup crap is annoying.
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I wish she'd make up her mind. First she breaks up with him after he said "I love you" and she couldn't say it back. Then at one point while drunk with Raj, she confessed that Leonard was a great guy and she never should've let him go. Is it more the fact that he said it first instead of the other way around? Is it the fact that maybe she's scared of something screwing it up again or as long as the awkward proposal is in play, maybe whats got her so worked up is that despite the awkward timing of it, he's serious about it. He seriously wants to be with her. What more does she want out of the guy
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This show was the funniest in the first four seasons, now I don't find anything on this show funny, not even Sheldon. That says a lot. Amy needs to go ASAP and the writers should put an end to the excruciatingly boring non-relationship Leonard and Penny have.
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True.. Amy has to go.



I would like Priya to come back. Her stand-offs with Sheldon was what made Season 4 the best of the lot.
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I wish they'd shoot Amy into space. Not to the ISS, just in general. Worst character ever. She is the shark that this show jumped.
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No, I love Amy!
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I agree with you that it was the funniest, but its still entertaining. I dont think the show has gotten boring just yet.



I also agree about Amy and Leonard and Penny. Amy is getting annoying, and not in a Howard-freaky-way-but-funny he used to be. Leonard and Penny is getting boring as you said. Either they are in a relationship or not but they should put this thing at rest already! I can't get how Howard being as creepy as he was in the first season is already married, and even Sheldon who is so weird and nerd has Amy, but Leonard just can't settle down with Penny.



Another thing is that bothers me is Raj. I feel like the writers just ignore him as much as possible. I don't know if it has to do with real life issues, or they don't care about the character anymore. Even though there are still funny scenes with him, is as if he is getting under-developed in comparison with the other cast members.
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I totally agree with everything you just said. Amy is really annoying, originally they brought her in and she was meant to be as disgusted by a real relationship as Sheldon, but now wants to sleep with him, it doesn't make sense.



Also it was much funnier when Howard was a "loser" and had trouble getting girls, that was what the appeal of the show was to begin with a bunch of nerds who were socially awkward.



I totally agree about Raj, he needs more of a story maybe a cure for him not being able to speak to girls, it's not fair he has become a background character. And I think they should just make Leaonard and Penny friends it's getting old.

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Amy is the only character besides Howard who has grown during the run of the show. She's not the problem.
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Amy has had more character development in 2 seasons than 5 seasons of Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj combined.
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So, you guys don't like the fact that they advanced Howard's character but you have a problem that Raj stayed the same?
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Penny, please don't hurt my friend -Sheldon :-(
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That was so sweet of Sheldon - I nearly cried.

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I did cry. Human Sheldon moments = The Best
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