The Big Bang Theory

Season 7 Episode 17

The Friendship Turbulence

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 06, 2014 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Bernadette tries to decrease the amount of friction in Howard and Sheldon's friendship. Penny's car breaks down and she is afraid she will have to return to The Cheesecake Factory.

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  • Sadly, another dire episode

    So, so disappointing after the resurgence in the last series, but this was yet another bland characters piece without a single laugh in the whole programme.

    Nothing can stay the same forever, but they've thrown away virtually everything that made the series funny in the first place. Where's the science? Where's the nerdiness? Where's the humour? We don't need Three-and-a-half Scientists, we don't want Friend-with-baryons, we want Big Bang Theory, and in this series we're just not getting itmoreless
  • You're engine check light has gone out !

    After years of Sheldon whining on about Penny's car, it finally gave up the ghost, in spectacular fashion.

    I tend to agree with Romano338 below, that the writers are moving forward at a glacial pace, trying not to offend those that can't abide change but at some stage, people MUST move forward.

    Like it or not, Sheldon simply can't remain the biggest douche on planet Earth and get it into his Jupiter sized IQ head that he has genitals for a reason and not just to embarrass him.

    I was pleased that Leonard came through this episode as the good guy by buying Penny a "new" car, the perfect thing to do to maintain her dreams.

    Raj, again is a pathetic loser with no people skills, while Amy seems to be coming more out of her shell and not before time. Either get Lucy back or reprise the Vet's role. In the earlier seasons, Raj was pretty much the only guy that got laid but now, it seems he has no chance.

    This episode again showed the strength with Howard and Bernadette's relationship and her "noise cancelling breasts" was the best line for me.

    Not a spectacular show this week but after 6 1/2 years, I'm not surprised the writers are struggling a bit but I'm sure they'll provide some stellar eps in the future.

    For me, a rather less than usual 6.5 this week.moreless
  • 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 stays the same.

    An other example: the table from last week disappeared...
  • new friends

    sheldon and howard are friends now. Penny and Leonard are still going at it strong and Raj will never may have a girlfriend...

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    • Sheldon: With that sorted out, I'm happy to answer your question Bernadette. Howard started it.
      Howard: I didn't do anything. I was just sitting here.
      Sheldon: I wasn't refering to this evening. Ten years ago upon first seeing me, your husband claimed that I look like C3PO and Peewee Herman. And he called me C3Peewee Herman.
      Raj: (Laughing.) That's still funny.
      Bernadette: That was ten years ago.
      Sheldon: Nine years, eleven months and three weeks ago he followed that up by replacing the slides from my lecture with photographs of nude fat woman bending over.
      Amy: (Disgusted.) Really?
      Howard: The lecture was on cosmic gas clouds. That's funny.
      Raj: I was there. It was funny. ( Raj then notices Sheldon, Amy and Bernadette glaring at him and crosses his arms and nods his head.)
      Sheldon: In any event. That began a decade long progression of insults, pranks and unwanted magazine subscriptions. To this day I still get a monthly copy of Granny on Granny. Which other than it's surpisingly fun puzzle pages, complete filth.

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