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As some people feel that I have been too critical with The Big Bang Theory, I'll just be doing mini recaps from now on, without opinion, for anyone who wants to discuss the episode.



Penny turned down a role in a film - a sequel to 'Serial Apeist' - and she and Leonard got into an argument about money.

Penny's car breaks down and she begins to regret chasing her dreams.
She airs her frustrations to Leonard, who unsuccessfully tries to console her.
She goes to get her old job back at the Cheese Cake Factory, but Leonard surprises her by buying a car.


Howard and Sheldon try to bond, (after some nudging from Bernadette), and they go to NASA together.

Sheldon makes the bonding process difficult with constant jabs to Howard.
On the plane, Sheldon reveals that he was envious of Howard going into space.
The pair truly bond when their flight encounters some heavy turbulence.


Amy and Raj spend time together, trying to sort out his online dating situation.
However Amy ends up going for a coffee with Raj's intended date (Emily), due to the fact that Raj convinced Amy to respond to her - and Emily found this a bad sign.
As Amy is trying to convince Emily that Raj is a good guy, he interrupts, makes the situation worse and Emily leaves.
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Anyone else besides me REALLY misses Lucu, Raj's girlfriend from last season? I had said that she gave Raj actual character development, but post-Lucy, besides being able to talk to girls without the need of alcohol, he's exactly right where he was when season 6 started- the desperately lonely and ambiguously gay one of the group. Writers- either have Raj be flat out gay or give him a girlfriend. The joke's worn out its welcome.

And where the hell was Hot Veterinarian Lady? SHE was interested in Raj!
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I agree... they've drawn that out a bit much. I think they've pretty much made it Raj's trademark which is getting tiring.

I'm fine with a character making the occasional verbal slip... like Phil on Modern Family tends to do. But they've overplayed the whole metrosexual vs homosexual thing a bit too much with Raj.


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The writers are so afraid of changes.

Penny will have an acting job? Oh, no, finally it's just Leonard buying her a car. You think Raj will meet someone? Oh, no, finally it's just to fail an other time. You think things will change between Howard and Sheldon? Oh, no, finally Sheldon stay the same.

An other example: the table from last week disappeared...
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Yeah, I noticed the missing table as well. I wonder why they didn't expand on Raj meeting the vet from the valentine episode
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One of the better episodes of the series although it also was typical of it in being very uneven in story and character development. Raj being obnoxious and needy when it comes to getting a girlfriend is going on too long, surely either Bernadette or Penny could have taken him clothes shopping by now and smartened him up. Amy was again the best thing in the show gaining and losing a friend through no fault of her own.
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where's the fun of reading a critical review without the actual criticism?!....

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I liked this episode for a few reasons,one.....finally Leonard did something sweet for Penny and got her a car rather than piss her off with his criticism of her life choices.Two.....Shelton and Howard make a great odd couple,there's plenty of laughs when these two are paired together.Three.....Amy and Raj also make a great comedic duo.
But.....what happened to Raj and that female vet,I thought there was potential there for romance instead he's back to being alone and desperate again,which at this point is getting boring and repetitive.He needs to go back to his nerdy charming ways,he's too bitter and angry these days.
And the writers need to tone down Shelton a bit,he's now insulting everyone on the show and it's making him look like a bully.Yes,it's funny when he puts people down but there is such a thing as too much!
The show continues to be funny but some of the characters have lost their way and the writers need to have these characters go back to their nerdy comic book roots,it's the show's charm and wit,at least that's why I started watching the show in the first place.
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This felt like a very typical episode of the show and I think it is hard for sitcoms, especially as they reach 6 season and beyond, to try and be fresh and push their characters and also to not stray to far from what has worked for them in the past.

Did we need more jokes about Amy not getting sex, Howard being blinded by Bernadette's boobs or jokes about how when Leonard has sex with Penny she probably doesn't enjoy it as much as him? Probably not.

It would be nice to see Raj actually get a steady girlfriend, just to mix things up. She doesn't have to be a new series regular or anything but some fresh faces would do this show good. I don't think Penny should become an A List star, but why not give her something to actually do with her time. Or show her going out with her other friends a bit more.

I still very much enjoy the show but as it continues on I hope they take it in new and exciting directions, or just change things up every once in a while.
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Everyone keeps saying Penny needs something to do but she was offered a role in a movie but she thought she was too good for it. ARGH!!! Funny for her to be so picky and elitist when she is now a broke unemployed former waitress (not a slam to waitresses but she wants to be an actress so take the role~~it's not like she is getting offered tons of roles)
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Exactly.
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It's a sitcom, not a film for heaven's sake. Does it make you laugh? If you don't, stop watching. Do you enjoy time spent with BBT? Do that. I don't know about you, but I'm in this for enjoyment. I can do my Ph.D. on something more suitable than "Consistency Factors in The Big Bang Theory"
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I have to agree with you.

I have a few shows that i watched faithfully and i would read reviews about it. Those that i dont watch, i dont bother with the reviews at all. If the reviews are done by fellow TV staff who are 'tasked' to review the show and have no choice but to be a faithful watcher even tho they hate the show, it is understandable as they have a duty to fulfil. If someone is unhappy with the show but keeps watching, it just doesnt make sense. If the distaste for purely for a certain ep, it is acceptable because all shows have horrible episodes. Its almost undeniable. But if the distaste is for the show itself, then its just silly to continue watching. Is there really nothing better to do than to spend the 30mins/1hr/1.5hr watching a show that you dont like and then becomes miserable when it turns out to be exactly how you thought it would be?
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Some of us enjoy watching bad shows. :) It doesn't make us "miserable."

There's a reason Plan 9 from Outer Space has tens of thousands of fans. It's not because it's good.

The Following, IMO is a train wreck. But it's a fun train wreck.

And perhaps other people have other reasons for watching shows they considered "bad." Just as some people apparently have reasons for reading reviews that they consider "bad." What's the point of reading and commenting on a review that you know you won't like and then becoming miserable when it turns out to be exactly how you thought it would be?
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I'm with you on the Following. I feel the same about Helix. :D Bad shows can be so much fun. I just get tired of the whinging.
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maybe because reading and commenting posts take like a min or 2 while a show is 30mins or more in which a lot more can be achieve within the same timeframe.

I cant comment on the cited examples because i have never watched or read anything on them so it wont be fair to make any judgement.

actually my earlier reply was in support of and to the original commenter. Surprised that you replied to me. You must feel strongly about this to reply. The pros and cons of an open forum i guess. Oh well.

Anyways this(if you dun like a show, dun watch) is a revised topic in many TV.com posts and comments and i think its fair to say that we will always have difference in opinions on this. Besides, its not possible to determine who is right and wrong. Lets just agree to disagree.
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If it's a revised topic, what's the point in telling people not to watch a show they don't like again, over and over again? :)
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But what if someone enjoys doing a Ph.D. on Consistency Factors in The Big Bang Theory? :)

I'll never understand people who say ignore something that you don't like and stop watching... and then fail to ignore posts they don't like and stop reading them.
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What did you like about this episode? I liked Amy and Howard in this episode but Penny annoyed me (see comments further down this page). Raj went from adorable to annoying. I adore Sheldon so I'm positively biased about him. I still enjoy TTBT but am disappointed on how they are writing Penny (never was thrilled with Leonard's character). Howard and Amy are great and they both show a lot of character growth compared to the others (Sheldon sometimes shows growth)
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Eh, if the show has problems feel free to post the problems. We can find straight factual recaps anywhere. Including supposedly at TV.com under the episode's recap section.
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As a fellow reviewer, I've received my share of "You really hate this show--why are you so mean?" comments. Some people have apologized, some people never have. My sentiment is, "Hey, if you don't agree with me, post your own review." Almost no one does...
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People complain if there are negative posts and/or negative comments. Personally I would ignore them and there's no way these "only positive" people will affect my comments~I just ignore the closed minded one who just repeat their mantra over and over again with out giving their true opinions on a show (I guess they have nothing to back them up with) and instead attack the writer (without giving examples from the show to back up their argument) or attack the comments (lol~they are hypocrites in being negative about negative comments/posts~lol).

I'm sure (hope) grumpy will be back to his usual style of expressing himself;-)
I found this recap very bland (no opinions or insights were given) and would like opinions/insights/etc from the OP and others. You can't make everyone happy so be true to yourself and say what you think. Keep an open mind. If a person disagrees then they should DEFEND their stance. If they don't like a criticism then they can list examples to show why they think it isn't valid.

I already gave my opinion on this episode below in a response to someone else.

I'm wondering if there is an impostor who hijacked grumpy's account:-P I miss the sharp wit and keen insights of the usual grump clown reviews/recaps.

I didn't like this episode (see below) and they are ruining Penny for me;-(.
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er, grumpyclown (not grump clown)
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I'm getting bored with BBT - ·i think they've hit their "sell-by date".
I still look forward to it each week, but afterwards I wonder why.
way too predictable; characters are locked into mannequins/caricatures.
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I somewhat agree. I don't think it's worse, but it is different. The only one who is still very geeky, is Raj, and he is just the odd one out. I don't know how this could be fixed. The show does need to end with season 7, but it doesn't seem to want to.
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Shelton, Howard, Amy and Bernie love you.

Raj, Ok I liked him in this episode. We saw him trying and him talking to Amy was perfect. Her helping him I liked because she said it. He needs change his approach. Of course he ruins everything in the end.

Penny, she is just so bad at everything. I picked this idea up last episode. She is just so bad. She is a bad waitress at the cheesecake factory and she can't get a role and everyone just jokes about it. This is hilarious, am I right? I don't ever got the point of her being bad about being a waitress and in this episode her car breaks down and she wonders how she can go to audition. I don't to watch her continue to fail and being bad like this. Kaley is the reason I started with this show. She was Bridget on 8 Simple Rules. I haven't look upcoming info for next episode, but 2 Episode Ultimatum she better get a role.

Leonard, or Ross.Really I can't stand this. He bought her a car so she can go to audition how sweet is that. It's great, but one, he just does it. There is no talk about maybe and I get you a used car for cheap. He does it because there conversation is just fighting or joking about sex. Buying the car was sweet, but they have to get Penny a role because something has to happen that's not them getting married or pregnant. That would probably be Penny settling for Leonard because what else does she have and isn't that why Leonard turned down her proposal? Cause she was drunk and depressed? Just don't like Ross/Rachel how this relationship is. Leonard is just dumb at everything.

Maybe a good season finale will be If they don't find Stuart hanging in the back of his comic book store, but Penny gets a job there and with an exact hot girl working at the store Stuart's business gets saved and in return Penny is the reason and she is happy she's not sucking at something.

Oh My Goddess, believe that was my longest rant. Sorry, if there is misspellings.
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Penny got a role but all of a sudden she was too good for the role~lol, the unemployed waitress turned down a role because she was above doing a role in a cheesy movie. It's not like it is porn. I have always liked Penny but her belief that she is entitled to certain roles and is above acting in a cheesy movie is so arrogant imo. The writers are ruining Penny for me;-(

Amy was excellent and has shown much growth~same for Howard.

I adore Sheldon so I am biased regarding him.

Leonard is annoying as usual but I like it when he called out Penny on her BS. Sure reward her stupid decisions with a car. I still can't believe she turned down a role in a B movie.

Raj's character arc is so annoying and it has gone on for so long. There was potential with that quirky girl and with the vet. I've always loved Raj but his story is annoying now.

Sure they all have funny lines but that is not enough.
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Honestly, I don't like the movie thing there doing. It's basically just another humiliating thing that Penny had to do while trying to be an actress. Even when she told Shelton the joke was Howard found it not sure if it was a topless search or just a search. She was embarrassed doing the movie the first time, so of course she wouldn't want to reprise her role.
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Stupid people ruining things. I on board with everyone down below that you should put your opinion into it. Screw the whiny people that can't grasp that we're all entitled to their opinions and we may not always agree.

Personally, the reason I find myself getting more critical of a show is because I know what they're capable of. I think as some others have commented, the writers have gotten a bit lazy given the huge success the show is enjoying and the show is definitely suffering for it.

I did enjoy seeing some of the pairings that we don't always see, but Howard probably annoys me the most of anyone so I still didn't enjoy his scenes with Sheldon all that much.

The writers are definitely going back and forth with Raj now as it suits the plot. At least make some kind of mention that things with the vet didn't go well before we put him back to pathetic status.
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So nice to see that the writers are up to their usual shit. A perfect opportunity to have Raj grow as a character a couple eps back, and it seems to have been not followed through on. Where's the vet that Raj seemed to have an instant connection with? That was a perfect set up for some growth in Raj's character. Instead the writers decide to stick with the sad and pathetic Raj. It is getting annoying, seeing so many opportunities built by the people that make the show fall by the wayside.
And for God's sake get Penny employed in an acting job. Maybe she could get a role in a sitcom about a group of geek nerd friends. She could be the sexy neighbour girl.
I've been with the show since ep one, have loved the show and the characters all that time, but I am beginning to wonder why I am still watching. Penny is becoming an out of work alcoholic. Raj is just a joke, that can now talk to women without alcohol in him, but is too bloody insecure to do so (effectively one step forward two back). Sheldon is the same really, even with the changes in him there have been over the years. He needs to get laid.
in short, something needs to change. The show is having more mediocre, and less, eps than enjoyable these days.

And, yes continue with your opinions. When all is said and done. What the &$@? does it matter what others say? Amateur reviewers and paid reviewers and just plain TV watchers are all the same thing. People expressing their own opinion on what they think of a certain something.
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I think we have to consider that they are not going to completly re-invent the show. The have a format that works. They get some of the best ratings for scripted TV out there. They are critically very acclaimed. And the seem to have a very loyal audience. All of that allowes them to be a very sucessful business and after such a long run I am not surprised that the producers basically stick to what they know works.
So I suspect that as long as the ratings stay the same, there will be no major changes to the whole setup. They will continue with a slow and steady pace.

Also: In my opinion TBBT is still one of the best comedies out there.
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That's just it, though. I'm not really asking formajor do-overs to the characters, just to stop the backpedalling on things. I have been a fan of sitcoms ever since a kid, during the greatest time of the sitcom, the late seventies and early eighties. So I realise that when it aint broke don't fix it is a usual rule. Changing things too much can kill a show (I wonder how many remember the days of Mork and Mindy, when Johnathan Winters joined the show. Stopped it dead. To name just one example.) I'm not expecting huge changes in Big Bang, just something.
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This was an OK episode, but I do like when they shuffle peole around a bit. I especially like Raj and Amy together.
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Well, I myself thought that this one of the better episodes this season. Except for Penny/Leonard we had some unusual pairings that mixed stuff up and made it more interesting.

Howard and Sheldon in the plane were really nicely done. And you have to wonder if Sheldon eventually made it to the loo or had an accident. And I liked that Sheldon opend up a bit, but still couldn't help himself and needle Howard.

Amy and Raj make great friends. They are both socialy akward and have a hard time getting a (fulfilling) relationship with the opposite sex. Yes, Amy has Sheldon, but thats .... well, Sheldon. The Amy/Raj friendship gives them both room to grow as people in a way we don't get to see too often.

Also Leonard supporting his girlfriend in a major way is a step foreward for those two, in my book. And a "Well Done" to Penny for not selling out for a crappy part in a crappy movie.

All in all this episode had some nice laughs in it, it mixed the teams up again and it had nice character moments. All in all a win for the show. At least in my book.

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I agree. I'd like to see Raj finally get a girl, but the interaction with Amy was nice (I've always hoped they would end up together). Not all episodes can hit it out of the park, but I enjoy these characters and the little family they've become. I do hope we see the progression we've been expecting--Raj's situation changing, Penny advancing her studies and catching an acting break, the group standing up to Sheldon a bit more, but on the whole the show is still very enjoyable for me.
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were u mean to TBBT? =)
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no, I was honest with my opinions
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That's fine with me. people can have a difference of opinion, and if we are especially civilized we can even have a discussion about our differing opinions. :) Isn't that just what makes a community interesting?
Anyways, as far as I'm concerned, you can voice your opinion in your review as much as you want. And if I disagree, I will write a comment.
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Why stop giving your opinion just cause some people can't handle it? It's the Internet, anyone can say what they want. If someone can't handle it they should quit, not the other way around.
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I would like to see if the person who left the comment has anything to say about the show and not the review.
Whether or not they consider the episode good based on its merits
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The episode was mediocre IMO. Raj was annoying as always, Penny was mad at Leonard for speaking his opinion again and the whole thing about Howard harassing Sheldon was kinda out of character for both of them.
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While I don't watch TBBT all that regularly, I still love reading your opinions... we can take it!
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I'd like to see users unbiased opinions, rather than counter points to my opinions, so lets see what the members come up with.
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