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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?

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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 large needs to learn about this stuff. (Modern Family tackled ADHD in one of its episodes too).

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Stephen Hawking is a great actor. He can say so much with just a glance.

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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!

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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

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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..

Sue-ann

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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