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Its Thanksgiving on The Big Bang - and that is meaningless to me as I'm not American ( I think it has something to do with John Wayne, Indians and turkeys ) - so apparently this counts as a holiday special.

So it turns out Penny got married in Vegas - (squeals "VEGAS BABY!!") - in a drunken haze and didn't know it was real. This led to some understandable friction between Penny and Leonard, and the reappearance of Zack -(I was waiting for Amy to go "whoo" when she saw him but it didn't happen).

Penny's embarrassment and her anger at Leonard seemed to make sense at the end of the episode, with her professing that the next time she gets married it wont be a mistake. This kinda dampens my theory of a pregnancy (Howard and Bernie) being the series big thing and brings up the possibility of a proposal from Leonard to Penny (or vice versa). This was actually the sort of development the relationship needed instead of the mishandling of a couple of episodes


Also, everyone was invited over to Howard's mothers house for dinner, and Bernie's Dad was there as well. Its been a while since he turned up and it was nice because -

A) Howard is less cocky around him and his attempts to bond are usually funny

and

B) We got drunk Sheldon!

I personally think some of the funnier episodes have been when the characters are drunk, and a drunk Sheldon was a joy to behold. Also drunk Mike finally gave Howard some approval at the end of the episode, which was nice

Lines of The Night -

Sheldon "It is scientifically impossible to tip a cow"

Sheldon "Now I know what the African slaves felt. Being dragged from their homes to labor under the yolk of the white man"
Amy "Are you honestly comparing Thanksgiving dinner at Wolowitz's mom's with one of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind"
Sheldon "....yes"

Mrs Wolowitz "How can one little toe hurt so bad?"
Howard "MAYBE BECAUSE THAT LITTLE PIGGY IS BEING CRUSHED BY THE BARN!!"

Sheldon "Yes Miss Amy"

Raj "It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without an Indian providing the food"

Raj "My, my. The plot like my gravy thickens"

Howard "I never had a beer with my dad either"
Sheldon "Do you mind we're having a moment"

Sheldon "All I know is that you can only fit one of her into a car!"

Sheldon "She's so tiny!! Its funny when she's mad!"

Sheldon "I just vomited on a lot of clowns"

But for me the best thing of the night was a tie between Amy's face after Sheldon slapped her bum.


or Sheldons drunk bazinga face:


I thought it was an improvement on the last couple of episodes, what about you?

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I loved everything about this episode and actually laughed out loud during several scenes (or lines). I am not the biggest fan of sitcoms but I enjoy this show and loved this episode. All the characters knocked it out of the park imo. Awesome!
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Amy's "whoo" came when she heard Leonard tell Raj that Zach was coming.
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Is it just me though, or did they already do the 'weddings in Vegas aren't real weddings' on Friends when Phoebe said so during Monica and Chandler's failed marriage during the season 6 premiere?
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didn't mean to use during twice, or incorrectly, it was the morning afterwards, at the buffet.
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I haven't laughed this much and this hard for any citcom in a long time.

It was awesome.
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Drunk Sheldon is my favorite.

This episode was a vast improvement over the last couple of episodes. There were some great one liners, we had some good conflict and growth, and did I mention drunk Sheldon. :)
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After last weeks ho-hum episode I really enjoyed this one.
Sheldon's reaction to being put upon, Howard's attempt to bond, Raj Bernadette and Amy's kitchen duty, drunk Sheldon.
I agree that it's a bit of a reach to have Penny not realise she was married but there have been precedents with drunk Penny and denial in the past.
I would have preferred if Amy rounded on Sheldon for slapping her arse but I guess it fits with what they have been doing with her character in terms of being desperate for any show of affection for Sheldon.
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I would've preferred if Sheldon doesn't take advantage of the slapping move: he knows what this does to her, his drunken self did it on purpose to get more beers.
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Anyone else find the part where Amy smiles really creepy?
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Considering the show has long established Amy enjoys Sheldon slapping her arse since last season (the episode she fakes that she was sick), it would really be aout of character if she doesn't smile at it,

Especially since Sheldon knows the effect this has on her, so he did it on purpose to get those beers. Hence his nod at her smile in the end.
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Also, future episode idea: Sheldon becomes a coach for a kids football team.

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I really don't like Thanksgiving episodes. They either come off as too preachy, or, like this episode, make a joke of the matter and are very condescending. Sheldon was just so painful in the beginning, comparing himself to slaves and all... thank goodness the plot shifted once they arrived at Wolowitz's and Sheldon started interacting with Mike.

Drunk Sheldon is always hilarious, so that marked a vast improvement in the episode for me... but all the other plots I found annoying. I really don't like to keep watching 'Howard has feelings too' storylines unless there's some substantial character growth or meaning that comes from it. All that happened in this episode is that he once again felt insecure around Mike, Sheldon magnified that, he got Bernedette to tell them off (who does that?), and in the end Mike made a backhanded compliment to Howard. Nothing really new there.

Maybe Penny shouldn't be presented as dumb enough to believe her Vegas wedding was fake, but I bought it, and I major problem with the plot was a whiny Leonard. He always makes it out as if Penny has gone out of her way to purposefully hurt him, which she obviously hadn't done. She obviously just wanted to enjoy her day, but the way he fixated on the problem instead of just relaxing and leaving it until after the holiday showed how self-centred, insecure, and controlling he is. The only reason she invited Zach was because Leonard made it abundantly clear that he wanted the problem fixed immediately. They obviously worked it out in the end, but I just wish there was a different way the writers could have shown growth in their relationship.

And yes, Amy's face when Sheldon slapped her bum was priceless.
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I think Howards storyline was really just a tool to give us a drunk Sheldon, so I wasn't too concerned with it.

Penny's was a bit more uneven - we've seen her make drunken mistakes before, so thinking the wedding was a drunken prank is acceptable. We know Leonard is whiny, but he wasn't OTT with it this week. I thought Penny's reaction was the problem. Because she was the one who rushed into trying to solve the situation, by contacting Zack and bringing him over straight away.

On reflection, Penny was acting out of fear and embarrassment, which the writers could have handled better. If she had conveyed this in a conversation with Amy or Bernie it would have made more sense, instead we got a dull and short explanation near the end - which showed she was committed to the relationship, but it was poorly handled
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Yeah, I sort of forgave the Howard plot because it featured a drunk Sheldon... but good point about Penny, that conversation at the end of the episode felt very forced and tacked on in my opinion.
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Great to see Zak back.
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It might be cool if he and Raj go out on the town one night, looking for ladies
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Loved this episode!! Especially when Raj got so bossy in the kitchen, especially to Bernadette.

And I loved when Bernadette hollered at her father to apologize to her husband. That doesn't happen often enough in real life, heehee!
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Angry Bernie is always funny
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I was really pleasantly surprised by this episode. I guess sitcoms can be funny
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Amy certainly was pleasantly surprised by Sheldon this episode. Who would've thought he was an affectionate drunk?
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She might start plying him with alcohol!!
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Now that would be a fun plot to watch!
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I wouldn't be surprised if she does that
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Fantastic post! I just featured it on the homepage so look for it there ;)
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Thanks
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Did they have to make Penny so dumb? How could she not know that her marriage was real?
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I was thinking the same thing! I thought she was the character with common sense in lieu of the nerdiness.
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It was a bit mean, but the way she acted at the end showed a lot of emotional maturity
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