The Big Bang Theory "The Proton Resurgence" Review: Fallen Idols

The Big Bang Theory S06E22: "The Proton Resurgence"


When Sheldon and Leonard learned that their childhood idol, Arthur Jeffries—a.k.a. Professor Proton—was in the business of doing private science shows for paying customers, they seized on the chance to hang out with the guy and do some experiments. It was kind of like Bill Nye the Science Guy if Bill Nye the Science Guy was followed by crippling failure and professional ridicule. Professor Proton was played by the legendary and awesome Bob Newhart, who was a welcome addition to an episode that otherwise featured Dumb Blonde Penny being dumber than we've seen in awhile and a rather dull story about Bernadette and Howard babysitting (and then losing) Raj's dog Cinnamon, a hint toward their possible future parenthood. 

After a pleasant stretch of solid episodes that seemed to be building on The Big Bang Theory's characters to a further extent than ever before, the last two weeks have been more of a step backward in terms of not relying on oversimplified stories and character traits for lowest-common-denominator laughs. The exception this week was that at it's core, "The Proton Resurgence" featured a rather touching story, and as we've seen in the past, particularly with the excellent "The Closet Reconfiguration," when The Big Bang Theory wants to be something more than a silly sitcom, it can be. 

The people you idolize on TV as a child can often influence your life in ways that are greater than you or they ever realize. My 'rents were into the don't-ask-questions-I-don't-feel-like-answering approach to parenting and kind of thought of the TV as a babysitter they didn't have to tip, so the patience and frankness of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was pretty much the greatest thing ever when I was five. The show also gave me this weird aversion to puppets, but to be fair, Lady Elaine is freaky-looking. There are plenty diehard Bill Nye fans, Sesame Street fans, Magic School Bus fans, and all manner of everything that ever aired on Nickelodeon in the '80s and '90s fans. Captain Kangaroo aired for almost thirty years and was/is beloved. 

So the fact that Sheldon and Leonard have a children's TV star of their very own to point to and say "Thanks for making your TV show," isn't surprising at all, and of course he would be a science guy. What I was most surprised and touched by was Sheldon Cooper, despite his giddiness over having Professor Proton performing in his living room and his usual obliviousness to the emotional responses of others, eventually understood Jeffries' frustration at what he perceived to be a failed career, maybe even a failed life. 

Once the Professor Proton show ended, Jeffires couldn't find work in Hollywood, and he was seen as a joke among serious scientists in spite of his very real PhD from Cornell, so he ended up on the birthday party circuit, building potato clocks and sucking eggs into Erlenmeyer flasks for the amusement of children (and Penny). He thought of himself as a failure and the final straw, that two full-grown weirdos apparently adored him enough that they wanted him to do a show in their living room—where they would no-doubt later keep him tied up in a basement to perform minor feats of science for their amusement for the rest of his life—was enough to push him over the edge and declare himself retired. 

Sheldon's admission about Professor Proton's role in his life also revealed an unusually self-perceptive Sheldon. Sheldon credited Jeffries with giving him not only a role model, but a friend of sorts, during a difficult time in his life. He even managed to talk about the struggles he faced growing up in rural Texas as a child prodigy without it coming off as its usual Sheldon ego-tripping. He claimed that without Proton to guide him, he could have ended up anywhere—and so could've all of the young future scientists who tuned into Jeffries' show. Whatever amazing discoveries Sheldon makes are, in a way, Jeffries' discoveries too. That goes for any scientist who can trace his or her career path to watching a science show as a kid. 

Professor Proton was so touched that his pacemaker malfunctioned and Sheldon's awesome day got even better when he got to ride in the ambulance with his idol and serenade him with the latest rendition of "Soft Kitty." Unable to perform for a birthday party the following day, Jeffries bestowed his mantle upon Sheldon and asked him to fill in, so I kind of hope he was serious about retiring because there's no way that Sheldon performing for children is going to end in anything but disaster... aaaand now I want that episode to happen. 

What did you think of "The Proton Resurgence?"


THE STRAY OBSERVATION ADDENDUM

– One-liner of the night, (actually, this week it's an exchange): "Is he, um, is he dangerous?" "He's a genius." "That doesn't answer my question."

– "You know if you had a stroke, she would eat you, right?"

– Howard gets turned on when Bernadette fakes Raj's accent. Awkward.

– "Kids are like pancakes. The first one is always a throwaway."

– Do we want a Wolowitz-Rostenkowski baby any time soon? Or ever?

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Jul 11, 2013
Newhart is an old man now, give him a break.

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Jul 11, 2013
Leonard and Sheldon reciting the shows theme tune was classic.
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May 06, 2013
I love Penny, this episode really annoyed me. She was made out to be not just stupid, but uber stupid. I don't know, I guess I'm just sick of her getting dumber and dumber as the episodes continue.

But the episode as a whole felt really short and uninspired. I blinked and it was over. Not one i'd rewatch anytime soon.
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May 06, 2013
What a crappy episode, slow and boring. I don't get Newhart.
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May 05, 2013
My take away from the show was the realization that Bob Newhart's timing is better than ever, and it was always the best in the business! Less is more!
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May 05, 2013
A couple things bothered me about this episode. One was actually Newhart. I adore him and have fond memories of him the way the guys had of Professor Proton (my grandmother and I used to watch "Newhart" together), but I found his line delivery rather distracting. He kept repeating words or phrases almost every time he spoke. I deleted it from my DVR already, but a vague example would be rather than saying, "Hi, I'm Professor Proton," it would be delivered as, "H-Hi, I'm... I'm Pr... Professor Proton." It just began to irritate me and really detracted from what would otherwise have been funny dialogue.

I also find my feelings toward Bernadette changing. I know they are trying to make her the sweet girl with fire just below the surface, but she's coming off as almost sociopathic. And the way she can only express anger by doing the Howard's-mom's-voice scream is so grating. I used to think she was a pistol, now they are writing her character more as just pure bitch.

I also am not a fan of any episode that omits Amy. The earlier episodes without her that air in syndication are so flat by comparison to those after her addition to the cast. It was a very noticeable and unwelcome absence. I still chuckled a bit, and it's still my favorite show on the air. Hopefully there will be some more forward progress in the next ep.
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May 05, 2013
Newhart was neither being Dick Loudon or Bob Hartley. He was being Bob Newhart the stand-up comedian. It was part of the personality he created for his routines.
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May 05, 2013
I think I am the only person on the planet that thought this episode was the worst of the 6 years it's been on. Maybe it's just me perhaps I should watch it again give it another chance
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May 05, 2013
I think there has been plenty of character developmente the last 6 seasons, the only thing this episode was missing was Amy.
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May 04, 2013
The show is still entertaining, but the lack of character development... especially among the main 5 characters is really starting to bother me. The characters have hardly changed since season 3 and because of it, the jokes are starting to get predictable. I think it's time we had some sort of big event happen which could help at least one of them develop more as a person.
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May 04, 2013
I definitely liked the episode. Both stories were funny to me, yes, including Bernadette and Howard losing Raj's dog. Their impersonations of Raj's voice were hilarious!!! However the line of the night to me:
Professor: Is she really your girlfriend?
Leonard: yeah, she really is
Professor: You're the genius
LOL!!!
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May 04, 2013
What happened to Stuart... He had supposedly moved in with Raj earlier in the Season but suddenly there is no news of him at all.
Stuart could have taken care of the dog!

Let there be no babies on the show. It will take the show downhill.
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May 04, 2013
Yes! Wolonkowski baby times would be awesome! However, it would also be the obvious choice- Parks & Rec recently had a 'who's your baby mama' ep, and they pulled off a nice surprise with whom it was (is that correct, whom?)
Anyway, how epic would it be if they did a re-direct here and instead of Bernadette it was Penny or Amy? The most shocking would be Amy... which I think would be a great way to finally address Sheldon's phobia of intimacy, as well as finally put that joke to bed (literally). The first 321x it was funny, but I think we're ready for their relationship to move on too.
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May 04, 2013
"Howard gets turned on when Bernadette fakes Raj's accent. Awkward."

Actually, it kinda explains a lot.
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May 04, 2013
sorry but the lines

pp: Is she really your girlfriend?
leonard: yeah really
Pp: You're the genius!

top all of yours..

howard secret raj crush was funny back in the early seasons it's just stupid now..
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May 04, 2013
"Kids are like pancakes. The first one is always a throwaway." Loved that one xD
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May 04, 2013
Boring episode IMO and is it just me or Bernadette is an annoying b*tch?
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May 09, 2013
Trust me. It's just you.
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May 05, 2013
No it's not just you. I don't know if it's the lines or the delivery, but I'm having trouble remembering why anyone was ever friends with her.
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May 04, 2013
It's definitely just you
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May 04, 2013
Penny has become the most uninteresting character and seems to have very little to add or say. I'm sure I remember her being a better character... but this episode (and others recently), she may as well have not been there.
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May 05, 2013
"What do you two talk about?"
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May 05, 2013
Yeah I agree it's like all she does is drink wine. It's been on almost 7 years and that's when shows kind of start getting stale.
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May 04, 2013
I love human Sheldon.
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May 04, 2013
Bob Newhart guest appearances make *everything* better. Many thanks for the image of him there at the top of the article that wasn't from the broadcast itself. You could tell he was getting a well-deserved round of applause from the audience as well as the cast.
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May 04, 2013
Bob Newhart was great, of course. My favorite exchange was: "She's really your girlfriend?" "Yeah." "You're the genius!"

If Howard & Bernadette were a real life couple I would hope they'd try to have children. However, on a sitcom I think it would be a bad idea. The baby would spend it's first season staying with it's grandparents, and at the beginning of it's 2nd season it would be as big as Andrew Keaton.
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May 05, 2013
I agree, best line of the show.
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May 04, 2013
It's too soon for a baby IMO.
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May 04, 2013
if anything leonard and penny should be first to get the baby.. i reckon it will give them more options for funnies and drama.
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May 04, 2013
I didn't really care for this episode. I miss the group hanging out and doing stuff together. They seem split up now.
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May 03, 2013
Missed Amy tonight! Honestly. I cant picture the show without her any more.

I dunno. Bob Newhart got pretty dull after a while.
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May 04, 2013
I didn't even notice her absence, but it does partially explain why I thought this episode was so good.

I want to see a survey that shows the correlation between how much someone likes this episode and how much the person likes Amy. Based on the anecdotal evidence on this page, I'm expecting a strong inverse correlation.
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May 11, 2013
Yeah, i dont really like Amy's character. In the beginning she was great, but when they changed her after she became a regular, she started to bother me, and now she creeps me out. I enjoyed this episode alot, but I have to say I think Penny's character is regressing immensely.
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May 05, 2013
Yeah I liked the show before but I didn't *love* it until Amy joined the group. The Jim/Mayim scenes are pure gold for me. Watching Sheldon slowly humanize since her arrival is what keeps things so interesting - the other characters are rather static, but I sense progress between Amy and Sheldon (however drawn out it may be).
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May 05, 2013
I think the best thing about Amy is that when she first arrived, I was certain that she was just going to be some kind of female-Sheldon without any traits of her own. So it's been a real treat actually seeing her blossom into her own fully realized character.
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May 05, 2013
"blossom"
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May 04, 2013
i'd say amy at first was great but from the previous 3 episodes she's just been a broken record about sheldon's lack of intimacy / affections and how much she wants sex but she loves sheldon and still puts up with all his crap..and yet somehow expects him to change..

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May 11, 2013
aren't....
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May 04, 2013
No offense, Itcomstella, but you can say that about just anyone from the show. I mean, has there been an episode where Howard doesnt complain about his mother? one without emphasizing Raj's feminine side? Sheldon's OCD? Big Bang Theory characters are exactly 3-dimensional works of art. They rely on their little steorotypes or whatever.
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May 12, 2013
howie's mother was a little tiresome but they have pretty much stopped that since he got back from space...similar situation i suppose with amy only there for a few gags or 'development'...
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May 11, 2013
Well, I guess that really depends on you. I've always found Howard's My-Mother-Is-Obese-and-Dumb shtick pretty annoying and unfunny.
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May 07, 2013
no offense oh how i lol at that statement in the same boat as all due respect...but none taken..
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May 07, 2013
the thing about the other characters who go through the motions is at least it's done with some humour or wit but amy imo isn't funny she's annoying
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May 05, 2013
*arent
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May 03, 2013
I was bored.

In an unrelated note: MaryAnn, did you write the "Guilty Pleasures" +/or "Hate Watch" articles last spring?
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May 11, 2013
I think Price did the hate watch one.
Waah, Price!
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May 03, 2013
I wrote an article about holiday special guilty pleasures in December, but the ones last spring, and the hate watch, weren't me. Lily maybe?
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May 03, 2013
I personally don't hate Amy but episodes without Amy seem to have a different feel to it. Kinda like the good old days/episodes.

I thought Bernadette didn't want children. They already had an episode about Howard and Bernadette wanting/not wanting to have children. They didn't even bother referring to it in this episode. Of course Bernadette would be a great mother, she said before that she was forced to take care of siblings. The guilt trip was funny though.
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May 04, 2013
Bernadette agreed that for kids to happen then Howard would be the one to stay home. "I'll go to work and have conversations with adults and enjoy my life."
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May 03, 2013
Bob Newhart was just wonderful--as he always has been! I agree that Sheldon was quite touching--especially since he seldom genuinely sincere in his gratitude. As for the thought of a baby on the show---DO NOT HAVE A BABY. Babies have killed many a good series. BTW: When the writers at 'The Bob Newhart Show" pitched Bob on he and Emily having a kid, he responded that it was a great idea. But who were they going to get to play Bob. :)
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May 04, 2013
Funny story. You don't need much imagination to hear him saying that.
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May 04, 2013
So glad I'm not the only one who remembers The Bob Newhart show!

No babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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May 04, 2013
I agree when a series brings in a baby the show seems to go down hill.
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May 03, 2013
Another awsome episode. Howard imitating Raj was the best(of jokes in this episode). Nailed it! Strange Amy wasn't in this episode...like she never existed,not even a peep from her. Any song they do on TBBT is awsome and Professor Proton(BN) was awsome. From him telling Leonard,that he is genius for getting Penny all the way to Sheldon singing him Soft Kitty.

Lately Penny's(Kaley's) lips seem strange to me...and face:D Did she do something to it?
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May 03, 2013
I haven't noticed, she looks more or less the same?

Her face has been always a bit puffy, but other than that nothing looked weird to me.
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May 03, 2013
YES! I totally agree about Lady Elaine! Daniel the striped tiger was cute though, but furry finger puppets are always cuter than freaks of nature. BTW, good episode. Almost all of us have a Professor Proton in our past, some of us have multiple. It gives depth.
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May 03, 2013
Again, people hating on one of the best episodes of the year. It had plenty of science, humor and *gasp* NO AMY!!! Some people just cannot ever be satisfied, no matter what goes on in an episode. I may be the only one on here who actually enjoyed it.
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May 03, 2013
....and what does that tell you? Maybe your expectations are lower than ours. No hate, just saying
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May 04, 2013
No it just tells us that different people have different opinions of the same thing. I enjoyed the entire episode, btw.
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May 03, 2013
I have to stop reading these reviews before watching the episode. This is the first time I'm commenting before watching though, and it's just to say this: Bernadette would make a terrifying/great mother.
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May 03, 2013
No AFF. I missed her.
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May 03, 2013
Me too. :(
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May 03, 2013
Not a single laugh from me either this week. I feel this show is fading, and I don't see many more seasons. If they go ahead and introduce a child for Howard and Bernie, that's it for me. I wouldn't be able to stand all the clichés that would follow.

Need more Kripke, Amy and Stuart
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May 03, 2013
Oh dear, if they introduce a child for Howard and Bernadette, I'll be done as well.

The awesomeness of Penny/Sheldon have faded because of so many new characters being introduced. I like Amy/Sheldon too, although I miss the dynamic of Penny and Sheldon. Every interaction they have is just simply magic. Amy being super creepy and obsessive over Penny often works for me too. But there was none of that, and no redeemable things about this one.

So yes, more Amy please! Less Howard/Bernadette, their storyline was not fun nor entertaining.
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May 03, 2013
Actually...not that much more Amy, to be honest
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May 03, 2013
Much more Amy, actually.
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May 03, 2013
Lol....Based on this episode, I agree....still, she probably couldn't have saved it.
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May 03, 2013
For me the one liner of the night has got to be, "Is it a trick clock or a trick potato?"
-I did like Raj's response to that line, "That's okay I would love to be her num-num."
-That is so weird but it kinda makes sense. They do have this weird semi-homo kind of bond. Lately they've been harping on the whole Raj being gay but let's not forget that Howard is the one that found a way for them to make out together. That Howard is the one who leaned in to stop Raj from kissing and turned it into a Howard/Raj kiss. I don't think either of them is gay but sometimes guy friends can get really close.
-Interesting comment from an only child. Bernadette is supposedly the oldest and had to take care of her younger siblings.
-No. Could care less. This is a comedy and having babies is almost never funny. It's always sweet and heartfelt (at least on TV.) Adding a kid to the mix? Bad idea. Or this kid would be like the duck & chick in Chandler & Joey's apartment. Only showing up when there is a joke to include them.
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May 03, 2013
So yeah, you pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one. Decent episode, but when compared with the great ones we've had recently, just eh.

I was definitely a child of Mr. Rogers, Reading Rainbow (which I always complained cause he wasn't wearing his VISOR.....), late 80s/90s Nick, and Bill Nye. Hell I'm still a child of Bill Nye and 90s Nick.But no Barney. Never Barney. I wished death upon that ugly purple dinosaur. Still do if you couldn't tell. But I digress. So I definitely felt the sentiment behind the episode. I learned things from watching these shows. Sometimes they were things I'd already been taught by my parents and/or school, but there were so many things I got from those shows that I still carry with me. I mean, Bill Nye had me interested in science from the time I was a little kid, and today I'm a chemist. Who knows when I really would have had that exposure otherwise.

So for making me go awh a couple times and having Bob Newhart (I was also a Nick at Nite kid, back when it was had shows from more than 10-15 year ago), you get an A+ for effort, TBBT. But for making me suffer through WAY stupid Penny and boring subplots, you get a stern frown. But no F, cause the shows of my youth didn't address failure......
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May 04, 2013
I still remember Reading Rainbow episode with Star Trek:TNG!
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May 03, 2013
Seriously, Barney is the bane of our existence. Hate him, hate him, hate him. Some things should stay extinct.

Mr. Rogers was the best, and my favorite Reading Rainbow episode was when he did it from the set of the Enterprise.
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May 03, 2013
Yeah I hated Barney too. In addition to your beloved children's TV I also loved Wishbone!
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May 04, 2013
o/~ I love you, you love me. We're a happy family... o/~ :P
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May 03, 2013
I couldn't get into Wishbone. Maybe if they'd had better CGI so it looked like he was actually talking......

Either way, I always wanted to just read the book myself instead.
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May 03, 2013
I found this episode so limited, Penny was being a annoying moron (I'm getting tired of TBBT shaming nerdy activities, it's almost insulting) and the Bernadette-Howard-Raj storyline didn't lead anymore. The only good part was Sheldon's speech, maybe because it showed character growth. Sometimes I like "lighter" episodes, but the writers should stop relying on them to fill a season.
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May 03, 2013
After so many good episodes in a row, we were bound to get a stinker.

I didn't find myself laughing once, mainly because nothing was funny. Dumb Penny, was just idiotic Penny, and not fun to watch. I realize she is not as smart as the guys, or the rest of the girls who are all scientists...but having her say stupid stuff didn't work for me, IT JUST NONE OF WHAT SHE SAID WAS FUNNY.

Crazy, and obsessive Sheldon wasn't funny either, because we have seen him act crazier and have better lines. I'm just really sorry, I did not find this one enjoyable at all.

It was by far the worst episode this season, but on the series as a whole. There was a paintball/mushroom episodes I recall being by far the worst the show has ever done.
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May 03, 2013
Ooops that was meant to say : It was by far the worst episode this season but NOT on the series as a whole.

Also If I had to use one word to describe the episode than that word would be Dull.
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May 03, 2013
It made me laugh and that's all I ask out of my comedies
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May 03, 2013
It was kind of like MISTER WIZARD, you mean. Damn, people got short memories!

You are totally right that Penny was being dumber than a long while, and the dog story was out of sitcom playbook 101, although their Raj accents were funny.

MaryAnn, the TV is your parent, we didn't have the heart to tell you, but there it is. The TV is the only one who truly loved you, and is so happy you've found a home on this site to connect with your roots.

Penny didn't seem amused by the egg vacuum trick, the boys definitely did despite the obvious physics at play. A great trick though.

This episode seemed nice enough, but you pretty much nailed it, a step backwards from recent quality, a very simple affair. Newhart was great, but that's like saying the sun is warm.

Howard and Bernie should have a kid, she'll fight to protect that kid hard, and Howard needs fatherhood to fulfill what's missing in his own life.
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May 03, 2013
I wish I'd heard of Mister Wizard before. He sounds fun.
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May 04, 2013
Watch the videos online. ;)
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May 03, 2013
BEFORE MY TIME, MAN. BEFORE MY TIME.

I hated Dumb Blonde Penny, but I have to admit I laughed pretty hard when she mentioned plugging the pacemaker into the potato.

"Nice enough" sums up my own sentiments toward this episode much more succinctly than I managed, but to be fair, if I didn't write more than two words, Jen would probably smack me.

I'd be okay with a Howard and Bernie baby too, for pretty much exactly why you said they should.
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May 04, 2013
Mr. Wizard reruns ran on Nickelodeon until 2000, just what kind of fetus are you?
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May 03, 2013
Mister Wizard was Don Herbert, who in the '50s and '60s, then from '83 to '90 on Nickelodeon, had a children's show which was the foundation for at-home scientific learning on TV. His obituary was written by Bill Nye: http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jun/15/entertainment/et-wizard15

Penny and the potato joke was funny if too stupid all the way through, but that final punchline with the pacemaker was a laffer even if it was corny as all get-out.

So, now we know the truth, Jen is a cruel taskmaster, I knew it! You could get away with reviews just 2 words long, provided those words were "Bomer dreamy" followed by a dozen images and animated gifs from White Collar. Or maybe only Price could get away with that. ;-)
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May 03, 2013
I loved the penny and the potato joke too, especially the punchline with the pacemaker. It's also the credit to people like Bill Nye and to a lesser extent Beakman's World that I know how that potato works. You could also replace it with a lemon for higher power and coconut if you feel like going Gilligan's Island.
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May 03, 2013
Very awesome and a super classy obituary. I totally just watched the optical illusion episode on YouTube. Now that I'm reading up on him, I veeeery vaguely remember the Nick series. Thanks for the heads up/reminder!
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May 03, 2013
Good grief, is that all it takes to earn a freelancer fee? Why did I write 1,500 words on The Good Wife?
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May 03, 2013
We were ALL asking ourselves that, Noel. ;-)
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May 03, 2013
My thoughts exactly. Well, not exactly, but as a reader, I surely would like the reviewer to flesh out the story a little bit. I'm not really interested in just reading a summary of what I just saw, I want the reviewer's feelings, comments and rants. Discussions on whys and hows, and speculations. Anybody can write a story recap...
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May 03, 2013
Hahaha, no, I totally thought Mr. Wizard, too! WE'RE OLD.
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May 03, 2013
We're not old, the world simply has forgotten how to remember.
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May 03, 2013
*sighs wistfully* I remember attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain...
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May 04, 2013
Wow Noel, that one was really dark. Roy Batty choking a baby? Yeah, I can see that, although BSG's Number Six already did it.
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May 03, 2013
Oh, he was actually choking a baby. He blocked out the baby and replaced it with a chicken.

...This is going down an unhealthy rabbit hole.
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May 03, 2013
And then he releases a dove as it's time to die, truly a beautiful cinematic metaphor for choking his chicken. (What's, it's not?? Then why is he naked in the rain holding a bird in his fist?)
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May 03, 2013
Thank goodness for Bob Newhart is all I can say.
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May 03, 2013
YES.
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May 03, 2013
It was SUCH an improvement over the last 3 episodes, I loved it!
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