The Big Bang Theory > The Big Bang Theory Review: Oh, Gosh, Golly, I Made a Boo-Boo > Comments Page 2
I have a nephew, 25 years of age, with fairly severe autism. He is a very bright boy, who cannot speak in sentences, who wears diapers, and who lives in a group-home. I used to babysit for him when he was a child. It does not necessarily follow that autism (which Sheldon does not necessarily have), connotes a lack of sensitivity to the emotions of others. My nephew is a sweet, caring, sensitive boy, who realizes when others are suffering emotional pain, and who pats them and makes comforting sounds to try to help. Sheldon has been repeatedly told that he is hurting others. He is capable of learning. I still say this episode is a regression in his socialization. Sloppy writing.
Funny. Maybe the problems are building to something?
I really enjoyed this episode. We could nit-pick about why the physics department would not have access to Professor Hawking without assistance from Howard or any other engineer, but why? It made for a fun episode.
I agree with other posters about Sheldon displaying signs of autism (my own Aspergers son identifies with Sheldon pretty strongly) and OCD. However, the producers will never actually come out and say that. It would limit the things they could do with the character.
I kind of missed Amy this time around. I'd like to see her reaction to the way Howard was treating Sheldon - and how Sheldon apparently got more action with Howard's mom in the dressing room than he's ever even tried with Amy!
Random observation: Is it me, or has Sheldon/Jim Parsons put on some weight lately? He's not fat by any means, but he seems "thicker" or just not quite as skinny/lanky as in the past.
Wolowitz was meeting Hawkins because he was working on Stephen Hawkins wheelchair. Since he is probably one of the best engineers on campus, one of the examples being that he does get to go into space, it makes sense that they would call on an engineer to work on a wheelchair and not a physist. The only point I don't get would be why the physist department can't sit in on his lectures, but if they did that then they wouldn't have an episode where Wolowitz gets to mess with Sheldon. I don't think Sheldon has autism. If you have ever been around really smart people, some of them lack common sense and they take things too literal. Sheldon's germophobia and want for routines is OCD.
Unfortunately, Bill Pardy does not acknowledge that Sheldon has a medical condition, be it OCD or Autism. He's just a geek with an above-average intelligance, which, I guess, by default, causes you to lack certain social skills. However, if you recall, there was an earlier episode where they featured a physist (sp) who was not geeky. In fact, his only "abnormality" was infidelity. Since this show is going the distance (at least 3 more seasons) I think they should explore this possibility. It would be "fun and educational."
It's my hormone ? Penny look so sexy in the laundryroom !!!
Carla Day wrote,"There were non-stop laughs from beginning to end. Possibly, the best episode. Ever."
Since the laughs from me were much less frequent than when I've watched most other episodes, I disagree.
The Sheldon character has become merely predictable, and therefore is no longer funny. I think the show would be much funnier if for the next set of episodes (probably next season) the writers thought of Sheldon as merely Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore show.
For you folks making the autism diagnosis (with which I offer no opinion at this time), is extreme selfishness (as opposed to insensitivity to others) one of the symptoms or indicators????
I agree with Joe Barron, if anyone would have been assigned to Hawkins, it would have been Sheldon or Leonard not Howard. It was OK to see Sheldon put through a bit of payback, but then again, as Bernadette told Howard, how fair is it to get back at someone who doesn't know they've bothered you? Penny pointed out the glint Sheldon gets in his eye when he's correcting someone, but that could just be happiness at getting to express himself in an area he knows since people usually talk about personal issues he'd have little interest in.
To Sheldon conversations must be like wonk ,wonk, wonk, until something factual or scientific finally shows up.
Not having social graces isn't mean if you can't help it. Be honest people, how fascinated are you by jobs you think you're too qualified to do? Do you think most doctors would be handing out compliments to their friends who work at McDonalds? Oh, wait,most Doctors wouldn't even be friends with someone who works at McD.,would they?
The show was fantastic as usual.
I agree with Joe. It seems lately that the writers are creating plots around the guest stars. They don't make too much sense. I guess that is where comedic license comes to play. The earlier episodes were much better. Thought the writing is still good, the plots are lacking. Comon guys get back on track!!!
Now that I think about it, this episode makes no sense. If Hawking really were coming to the university to lecture, as Howard says, the entire physics department - including Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Kripke and Leslie Winkle - would have been on hand to greet him. It's unlikely someone as insignificant as Howard would have been given the role of gatekeeper. And even if Hawking didn't want schmooze with the faculty, why couldn't Sheldon just sit in on one of his talks and say hello afterward? And why does he need to run his paper past Hawking, anyway? He's a well-respected physicist, for heaven's sake, not some high school kid trying to get the grown-ups' attention. Whatever happened to peer review?
Bre's comments about Sheldon are right on the money. Sheldon is definitely not a purposely mean person - he truly had no social awareness of the effects of his "observations". In his kind, he's just being logical and telling the truth - and he truly doesn't understand why anyone would find that offensive. He can't even take a compliment, because he assumes someone is merely giving him information he already knows. The news of his brilliance is redundant.
I think the writers understand how the rest of normal society might confuse his borderline autism with meanness, hence Bernadette's explanation to Howard - which were written more for our benefit.
In addition to the great characters and comedic writing of this show, I'm so impressed with its handling of Sheldon's various mental conditions such as his OCD and inability to relate to others because of autism. I like the fact that mental maladies are bring written into popular comedies and dramas, only because the world at la
Stephen Hawking is a great actor. He can say so much with just a glance.
Actually, I believe Sheldon is a high-functional autistic. MANY of his personality qwerks go towards this direction; his high intelligence, the inability to percieve sarcasm, the sensitivity of touch (germs, more OCD), the need for routines, taking things literally, food habits, his insensitivity towards others...I wish they had an episode where he goes to see a shrink, this is the diagnosis, which of course he does not believe and have the other point things out to him (lovingly, and not cruel of course) I am sure we will see his character grow from there!
I don't see Sheldon as mean I see him as someone who has no people skills I see him as a perfect exsmaple of someone who studys who then hangout with friends
I also thought this could easily be one of the best episodes of tbbt! I missed Amy, she was the only character missing!
My stomach was hurting from laughing so hard!! Even though Sheldon is my favorite character, I didn't like how he insulted his only friends throughout this past years. I was actually telling my friend the other day that it would be fun to see either Raj or Howard bullying Sheldon, and voila..
Actually, I thought Sheldon was over-the-top mean again. It crossed my mind as the episode ended that this one, like most of season two, has Sheldon being such an uncaring, cruel jerk that I will have issues with watching it again. The Labors of Sheldon were funny, but I was dismayed that Bernadette took such an uncaring view of Howard's real pain at the way he is continually treated. If he is a success in his field, and he certainly seems to be, then it is ridiculous to tell him to get a PhD just to shut up his "friend".
Sheldon has been learning (baby steps) how to be social from Amy and the group. This episode was a total reversion.
It was very nice to see Mr. Hawking, though.
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