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gytalf2000
04-02-2015, 10:43 AM
I am starting this thread in anticipation of tonight's episode.

gytalf2000
04-02-2015, 03:59 PM
I'm going to leave my internet connection soon. Thought that I would bump this thread closer to the top. Bye for now!

johnpost
04-02-2015, 08:57 PM
if they would have shown Sheldon getting tased then it would be The Best Episode Ever.

had some funny.

Becky2844
04-02-2015, 09:17 PM
I agree. Could have done more with the Skywalker stuff and way less with the ping pong. Decent episode overall though.

Is it just me or are they downplaying Penny's part lately?

silenus
04-02-2015, 10:36 PM
I liked the fact that, like the trip to Bakersfield, they actually filmed the background on the right roads. I-5 is nothing if not ugly.

panache45
04-03-2015, 01:08 AM
Should have shown Sheldon getting tased.

Should have expanded the role of the 3rd guy being retained.

Should have kept Amy vs. Raj, and ditched the rest.

GuanoLad
04-03-2015, 04:55 AM
I liked the fact that, like the trip to Bakersfield, they actually filmed the background on the right roads. I-5 is nothing if not ugly.Even the gate was right. It was a faked-up set, but was an exact match of the real deal.

I have a few friends who have made the same trip for the same nerdy reasons.

Master Wang-Ka
04-03-2015, 07:38 AM
This season seems like it's ... off, somehow. It just doesn't have the laughs of previous seasons, and the characterization seems wonky.

Bernadette is becoming much more of a bitch, if you ask me; originally, I wondered why a person like her would put up with Wolowitz. Nowadays I wonder why Wolowitz would put up with HER.

Is it just me or has Johnny Galecki put on a LOT of weight lately?

Sheldon could use some character development. They keep teasing us, but so far he's still further out there than he was back in the second season. It's like they don't know what to do with him when he's not being wildly self centered.

And I can't help but think the tasering off screen was a good thing. Jim Parsons is not what I'd call a physical comedian.

Biggirl
04-03-2015, 07:46 AM
I think Johnny has bulked up a lot, gym-wise. It is not doing his face any favors. And Bernadette has to get more and more bitchy as it is revealed more and more what a whiny baby-man she married.

Master Wang-Ka
04-03-2015, 07:50 AM
I thought about that -- Galecki's always been pretty ripped -- but in last night's NEW episode, he has a rather prominent double chin. And in the rerun from earlier in the season, after The Odd Couple, he lacks the double chin.

And while I find it hard to argue with Biggirl's assessment of the situation, I can't say I find it real entertaining to watch. Mostly it just makes me think those two have a nasty divorce in their future. Either that, or Wolowitz cowboys up and Bernadette gets a grip on herself. And that seems like kind of a stretch for both of them.

Master Wang-Ka
04-03-2015, 07:51 AM
...and now that I think about it... does Skywalker Ranch get a LOT of this?

gytalf2000
04-03-2015, 07:56 AM
I think Johnny has bulked up a lot, gym-wise. It is not doing his face any favors. And Bernadette has to get more and more bitchy as it is revealed more and more what a whiny baby-man she married.


"Whiny baby-man" -- great characterization, there! Funny!

muldoonthief
04-03-2015, 08:18 AM
IIRC, "AA23", the code for nerd loose on the premises, was also the detention block Princess Leia was being held in on the Death Star. Nice little Easter egg.

gytalf2000
04-03-2015, 08:41 AM
It would have been fun to actually see George Lucas on the episode, but I guess there was never a chance of that happening.

silenus
04-03-2015, 08:43 AM
The tasering was much better off-screen. The humor is in watching Leonard's face during the whole thing.

As for Howard...yeah. He really needs to grow a pair. Which would be a nice arc for next season, with his mother no longer a factor. Maybe have him engineer something that impresses everybody, and he realizes he can actually compete with the "doctors."

FairyChatMom
04-03-2015, 08:46 AM
In some ways, I feel like each episode is a unit unto itself. Continuity seems to be unknown or unwanted - mainly with regard to character development. I feel like the writers' meetings are along the lines of "Wouldn't it be funny if <character> did <wacky situation>" regardless of the reality of that character, such as it is. I'm really not liking any of them very much any more - they're annoyingly inconsistent.

Yeah, I still watch, hoping for the occasional gem, but those seem to be increasingly rare.

ElvisL1ves
04-03-2015, 08:46 AM
I wonder why Wolowitz would put up with HER.There are a couple of good reasons right inside her sweater. ;)

Master Wang-Ka
04-03-2015, 08:51 AM
IIRC, "AA23", the code for nerd loose on the premises, was also the detention block Princess Leia was being held in on the Death Star. Nice little Easter egg.

I'd wondered about that. At the time, I thought that the code for nerd loose on the premises shoulda been "THX-1138," but I guess too many people know that one, now...

Ranger Jeff
04-03-2015, 10:20 AM
IIRC, "AA23", the code for nerd loose on the premises, was also the detention block Princess Leia was being held in on the Death Star. Nice little Easter egg.

I'd wondered about that. At the time, I thought that the code for nerd loose on the premises shoulda been "THX-1138," but I guess too many people know that one, now...

Then, what code would they use for "disappearing a dead hooker out of Ben Affleck's trailer"?

It's been a while since Bernie bared her teeth, so to speak. I think the first time she really exhibited them was when she was teamed up with Leonard for the scavenger hunt. Of course, Howard cut her down to size once when they were dressed as smurfs.

We'll all have to accept that with a cast with 7 regulars, 3 of them really well paid, 2 just very well paid, and 2 merely well paid, they're going to want to use all of them in each episode. So, they need an A story, a B story, and sometimes a C story. And they only have 20 minutes and 30 seconds to tell all two (or three) of them.

BobLibDem
04-03-2015, 10:37 AM
I thought it was funny that Raj and Amy both had a killer serve but no ability to return.

I wasn't a fan of the Sheldon-Leonard arc. They may be big fans of Star Wars but to be like giggly teens over the thought of seeing George Lucas was a bit over the top. They should have quit when they were promised t shirts.

silenus
04-03-2015, 11:04 AM
They really should have asked that as they were being escorted out.

"Do we still get the shirts and hats?"

Ranger Jeff
04-03-2015, 11:11 AM
At least another restraining order for Sheldon's collection?

txtumbleweed
04-03-2015, 11:15 AM
Bernadette was being pretty underhanded in her dealings to get rid of Howard's TARDIS, promising to give it to anyone who sided with her against Howard.

I think she needs a good spanking.

BobLibDem
04-03-2015, 11:21 AM
Bernadette was being pretty underhanded in her dealings to get rid of Howard's TARDIS, promising to give it to anyone who sided with her against Howard.

I think she needs a good spanking.

Now that's an episode worth watching!

silenus
04-03-2015, 11:43 AM
1. That's more Amy's thing.
B. I doubt Howard has the upper body strength to dole out a good spanking.
iii. It would, however, be a more productive use of those ping-pong paddles.

epbrown01
04-03-2015, 11:57 AM
1. That's more Amy's thing.
B. I doubt Howard has the upper body strength to dole out a good spanking.
iii. It would, however, be a more productive use of those ping-pong paddles.

We already know Bernie sometimes dresses up as a Catholic schoolgirl; aren't spankings pretty much a given in that scenario?

The Second Stone
04-03-2015, 07:25 PM
Howard married a woman exactly like his mother in personality, which is kind of obvious at this point. She likes how she can push him around and he still worships her. I really don't see the problem with leaving the Tardis in a corner of the garage, but again, she had to do her domination thing. Weak episode.

epbrown01
04-04-2015, 04:56 AM
Howard married a woman exactly like his mother in personality, which is kind of obvious at this point. She likes how she can push him around and he still worships her. I really don't see the problem with leaving the Tardis in a corner of the garage, but again, she had to do her domination thing. Weak episode.

I thought Howard was planning to put it somewhere in the house. Still, yeah, they're going from an apartment to an entire house - they should be able to dedicate one room for Howard's geekiness - the Tardis, light sabers, comic collection and associated figurines, etc.

Exapno Mapcase
04-04-2015, 09:21 AM
I thought about that -- Galecki's always been pretty ripped -- but in last night's NEW episode, he has a rather prominent double chin. And in the rerun from earlier in the season, after The Odd Couple, he lacks the double chin.

OMG! He's pregnant! That's going to be the switcheroo for the last episode cliffhanger!

Cayuga
04-04-2015, 10:04 AM
Even the gate was right. It was a faked-up set, but was an exact match of the real deal.

I have a few friends who have made the same trip for the same nerdy reasons.

That surprises me. Don't hundreds of people work at the ranch every day? A hundred? How long are the lines at that bucolic, one-lane entrance?

What Exit?
04-04-2015, 11:45 AM
I thought it was a better than average episode and one of the best this season. I enjoyed the tag.

GuanoLad
04-04-2015, 07:55 PM
That surprises me. Don't hundreds of people work at the ranch every day? A hundred? How long are the lines at that bucolic, one-lane entrance?Two lanes (https://www.google.com.au/maps/@38.056313,-122.655842,3a,75y,349.54h,84.84t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s1ViE1D5ESbBX3QPNncmESA!2e0). It has a divider.

rowrrbazzle
04-04-2015, 11:43 PM
The tasering was much better off-screen. The humor is in watching Leonard's face during the whole thing.They could've closed with a shot of him twitching on the ground, like the time he triggered his own apartment security system.

Cayuga
04-05-2015, 01:21 PM
Two lanes (https://www.google.com.au/maps/@38.056313,-122.655842,3a,75y,349.54h,84.84t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s1ViE1D5ESbBX3QPNncmESA!2e0). It has a divider.

Thank you for the correction. And the photo. And the answer to my question.

Joey P
04-05-2015, 03:37 PM
In some ways, I feel like each episode is a unit unto itself. Continuity seems to be unknown or unwanted - mainly with regard to character development. I feel like the writers' meetings are along the lines of "Wouldn't it be funny if <character> did <wacky situation>" regardless of the reality of that character, such as it is. I'm really not liking any of them very much any more - they're annoyingly inconsistent.

That method of thinking as kept The Simpsons (and Family Guy and plenty of other sitcoms) on the air for 26 years and most people still like that show. Even if they whine about how it hasn't been as good for the last X years they still loved the first 26-X years.

Either way, I still like BBT and have no intention of not watching it any time soon. Occasionally an episode is a flop but overall, I like it, a lot more than most people (on this board) it seems, but then I don't sit here and nitpick it to death. In fact, this is one of those shows that I typically stay out of the thread's for because it gets annoying hearing people talking about how much they don't like it anymore. Like The Office, instead of watching a show and then whining about not liking it, just don't watch it.
ETA FCM, this isn't directed at you, just at the Haters in general.

Reluctant A.
04-05-2015, 04:41 PM
Either way, I still like BBT and have no intention of not watching it any time soon. Occasionally an episode is a flop but overall, I like it, a lot more than most people (on this board) it seems, but then I don't sit here and nitpick it to death...

I hear you, brother. I don't know whether it's a universal thing for all TV shows on the Dope, because there doesn't seem to be a lot of crossover between me and the Dope at large for favored TV shows, but I do lurk in the BBT and AoS post-episode discussion threads. Between them, and threads like "The mundane unrealistic details that take you out of the batshit fantastically unrealistic setting," the Dope has me halfway convinced that I'm watching TV and movies wrong.

terentii
04-05-2015, 06:27 PM
This season seems like it's ... off, somehow. It just doesn't have the laughs of previous seasons, and the characterization seems wonky.

Watching the latest episodes, I get the feeling they've replaced the live studio audience with a standard 1960s laugh track.

FairyChatMom
04-05-2015, 06:37 PM
ETA FCM, this isn't directed at you, just at the Haters in general.I'm not a hater, just a very disappointed fan. And I do continue to watch, always hoping for the BBT that I loved to slip back in. Ever the optimist!! :D

Fair Rarity
04-05-2015, 08:11 PM
I don't hate it yet, but I do find that it's getting less funny OVERALL and that so much seems to be phoned in now. I still watch because there are many funny parts and everyone is still likeable (or watchably unlikeable as they always were), but I definitely see its decline and I don't think there's a lot left to say.

If it stays on the air for much longer (and I think it's going to be), it'll be running on fumes by the end and I'll probably be hate-watching.

GuanoLad
04-05-2015, 09:53 PM
...I definitely see its decline and I don't think there's a lot left to say.That was a fair assessment. Even though I disagree with the continuity nitpickers, I am with you on your analysis of the downturn.

terentii
04-05-2015, 11:31 PM
They've already milked the old gags for as much as they were worth, and the cast isn't getting any younger. Instead of the characters being in their late 20s, they're getting closer to middle age. Do nerds really get funnier as they approach 40? Are they even believable as nerds any more?

I think they're looking at the same fate most hippies suffered after they hit 30.

Infovore
04-06-2015, 12:06 AM
They've already milked the old gags for as much as they were worth, and the cast isn't getting any younger. Instead of the characters being in their late 20s, they're getting closer to middle age. Do nerds really get funnier as they approach 40? Are they even believable as nerds any more?


Don't know about funny, but my whole crowd of RL friends consists of nerds I went to college with (including two PhDs), and we're all still nerdy at around 50. Some are married, some have kids, one's engaged, and we all still play games, watch nerdy TV shows, and collect (some to a larger extent than others) geeky stuff.

I totally think Bernadette should have let Howard keep the TARDIS. One thing I really dislike about where BBT is going is that the women who should be nerdy (Bernadette and Amy, and even Penny to a point) are not only not nerdy, but anti-nerdy. It's frustrating. I miss Leslie Winkel.

teela brown
04-06-2015, 05:03 PM
I miss Leslie Winkel.

Yeah, I do too. What happened to her?

Terr
04-06-2015, 05:11 PM
Yeah, I do too. What happened to her?Problem with Leslie Winkel is that they were bringing her in to prey (so to say) on the unattached male stars of the show. But they are all attached now. Except for Stuart, but he's not a scientist or an engineer and Leslie has *some* standards.

Infovore
04-06-2015, 05:16 PM
Yeah, I do too. What happened to her?

I think I remember hearing that she got written out because the writers couldn't figure out what to do with her. Which is sort of depressing--and actual geek girl who likes geek things and they can't figure out what to do with her.

One More Time Again
04-06-2015, 05:55 PM
They've already milked the old gags for as much as they were worth, and the cast isn't getting any younger. Instead of the characters being in their late 20s, they're getting closer to middle age. Do nerds really get funnier as they approach 40? Are they even believable as nerds any more?

I think they're looking at the same fate most hippies suffered after they hit 30.

My friend is married to a 65 year old nerd who still plays D&D weekly. In costume.

notfrommensa
04-06-2015, 06:19 PM
Yeah, I do too. What happened to her?

She just had a baby and been hanging out with Julie Chen and Sharon Osborne.

What Exit?
04-06-2015, 06:34 PM
My friend is married to a 65 year old nerd who still plays D&D weekly. In costume.
I know plenty of late 40s and 50 years old people that still game. A surprising number of us are married with kids and I think the D&D has just replaced the old weekly bridge or poker game. I know far more 30-40 year olds that play lots of video games still.

ElvisL1ves
04-06-2015, 06:44 PM
She just had a baby and been hanging out with Julie Chen and Sharon Osborne.

I thought they might have figured they already had enough "Roseanne Barr Show" alumni in the cast.

kaylasdad99
04-09-2015, 08:27 PM
They should bring John Goodman as a guest for just ONE episode.

Maybe the final episode; he could be Howard's stray father.

ETA: since I work nights, I always go with time-shifted viewing. When I watched this one yesterday afternoon (on my DirecTv dvr, fwiw), I noticed that there was about a half-second timing gap between the dialogue and the mouth movements. It was very distracting. Did anyone else experience this?

ftg
04-10-2015, 11:48 AM
Watching the latest episodes, I get the feeling they've replaced the live studio audience with a standard 1960s laugh track.

TBBT is infamous for replacing real audience laughter with standard machine yuks.

One time, Mrs. FtG was walking by and noticed they ran the same laugh burst 3 times in a row. I rewound and verified it was true. If Mrs. FtG can notice it, it's really, really bad.

Anyway, another episode with disconnected characters and stories. This is getting sad.

Ranger Jeff
04-10-2015, 06:20 PM
I miss Leslie Winkel.

Yeah, I do too. What happened to her?

I think I remember hearing that she got written out because the writers couldn't figure out what to do with her. Which is sort of depressing--and actual geek girl who likes geek things and they can't figure out what to do with her.

I think it was partly due to the writers not knowing what to do with her and mostly Sara Gilbert getting her own talk show.

Annie-Xmas
04-11-2015, 10:27 AM
They should bring John Goodman as a guest for just ONE episode.

Maybe the final episode; he could be Howard's stray father.



In that case, how did Howard turn out so short and tiny? I mean, Goodman and Mrs. Wolowitz are both HUGE!

And Roseanne would be great as Howard's maternal grandmother.

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