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The Big Bang Theory Review: Howard, Raj and Sailor Moon

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Howard and Bernadette's wedding day is approaching and that means ... bachelor party time! And that we got in "The Stag Convergence."

Were you expecting a wild and crazy party? Strippers, booze, and ... the morning after? I'm not sure what I expected, but it definitely wasn't a boring dinner party! Even Awesome threw a better bachelor party for Chuck, even though it was in Las Vecas.

Even worse than Howard's party? Bernadette's. I wouldn't call sitting around making welcome bags for guests a party at all. But, despite the less than rockin' shindigs for the guests, they provided laughs for us viewers.

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Sheldon needs to drink more often. He was mean to Howard during his speech, but as we know Sheldon never says anything nice to Howard. At least, we got a bunch of Bazingas and Jeepers!

For all the drinks Sheldon should have, Raj needs to stay away from the grasshoppers. Oh wow! Could you remain friends with someone who outed your most private secrets in front of all your friends? And in front of Wil Wheaton (remember, he used to be Evil!)? Raj went crazy!

Raj: Oh, oh, what about the tubby girl in the Sailor Moon costume at Comic-Con?
Howard: Don't remember. Please sit down.
Raj: The only threesome I've ever had in my whole life and I'm proud to say it was with this man right here.
[All laughing]
Raj: Oh, oh, don't get me wrong, nothing happened with me and Howard. There was about 200 lbs of Sailor Moon between us.
Wil [recording on his phone]: Oh, Internet, this is so going all over you.
Sheldon: Jeepers, I'm drunk. | permalink

Since Howard started dating Bernadette, he has changed, but I never really realized how much. Often, it was hard to understand why Bernadette would stay with him. But he has changed. He no longer makes rude and widely inappropriate advances on other women. Remember that?

Everyone has a past, and Howard's is just hilarious. His cousin? A prostitute? A three-some with Sailor Moon and Raj? Good for some laughs, but in his past. That scene was funny and painful to watch at the same time. However, Howard's apology to Bernadette through Penny was priceless.

Yes, this is a comedy, but in the moment Howard proved that he has grown up and is an adult. Heartfelt and honest. And, in The Big Bang Theory style, provided a nice chuckle with Penny's response.

Howard: Tell her I'm really sorry. And if she doesn't want to marry me, I get it. But what I really want her to know is the guy that she is really disgusted by is the guy that I'm disgusted by, too. But, that guy doesn't exist anymore; he's gone. And the reason is because of her. So, if this relationship is over, let her know that she made me a better man, and tell her thank you.
Penny: Oh my god, Howard! That's the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. And it came out of you. | permalink

There are only two episodes left and the wedding is in two weeks. Will we get a Howard and Bernadette wedding this season? And, what about Howard's trip to space? Will that be the over-the-hiatus trip this year?

For more of the funniest moments of the night, check out our The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

Are Howard and Bernadette right for each other? Should they get married?

 

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The idea that the show should be discontinued when its currently enjoying the best ratings ever is patently ridiculous. Those suggesting this need to realize that the vast majority of the shows fans disagree. Maybe James should just stop watching the show since he obviously no longer gets it. In any event the fact that the show is more popular than ever should make a person of rational perspective conclude that the writing isn't the problem.

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I think I might have been that big sailor moon and they took that experience from a real life situation! Lol

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(Okay, the site made a really weird splitting of my comment, only read the first two ones) [...] We've already seen it when in season 1, he refused to buy a present for Leonard, but agrees to do it when Howard says it's a non-negotiable social convention. I agree that Penny and the others having to cope with Sheldon is a great source of comedy since season one, but so is Sheldon trying to fit in a certain social mold, also since season 1. And FYI, we've already seen Sheldon trying to bend to social convention and drink alcohol... even if he just spitted it out every time :p

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I'm with Tamara on this one. Hearing the same jokes over and over again wouldn't be funny after a while: Sheldon insulting Leonard's career was funny at first, but became really tiring this season. And maybe not everyone can change, but that doesn't mean nobody can. And I think the change in Howard was done very well, it was slow and subtle, it's not like he became a sweet little romantic sap the moment he met Bernaddette. He's still one of the characters that make me laugh the most. And I didn't find Sheldon out of character this episode. He has to be the best in everything, even if it brings him discomfort or doesn't really care about the activity itself (like the time when he went back to rockclimbing after failing, or wanting to improve his teacher skills). In that same aspect, he sees himself as a very social being, and to be the best one, he will oblige to social conventions. We've already seen it when in season 1, he refused to buy a present for Leonard, but agrees to do it when Howard says it's a non-negotiable social convention. I agree that Penny and the others having to cope with Sheldon is a great source of comedy since season one, but so is Sheldon trying to fit in a certain social mold, also since season 1. And FYI, we've already seen Sheldon trying to bend to social convention and drink alcohol... even if he just spitted it out every time :p

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I'm with Tamara on this one. Hearing the same jokes over and over again wouldn't be funny after a while. It doesn't mean that those characters lose their comedic value, and I personnaly don't think we've heard the last of creepy Howard. As for Sheldon, he's a particuliar case. They never put a name on his condition (all we know is that he's not crazy, his mother had him tested :p). And though we've seen he doesn't like change, he sees himself as a soci And FYI, we've already seen Sheldon trying to bend to social convention and drink alcohol... even if he just spit it out every time :p

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continued The whole point of Sheldon is he can never and will never change. The comic tension, especially with Penny, is the other characters attempting to cope with him.

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I'm sorry Tamara....but that's not reality...people do not change much and certainly not to the extent that Howard has now changed. People who reach his age visiting hookers and doing online nasties with Glynda the Troll under the bridge of souls...who spend their time trying to trick women into bed, who have fantasy bubble baths with sci-fi characters, is very unlikely to change simply because he has met a girl. The idea that he will be saved by the love of a good woman is purest melodrama...to be found in soap operas and bodice rippers...but it is neither reality nor particularly funny... And the whole point of Sheldon is that he cannot change nor can he see any reason to change...it should be obvious by now that Sheldon is a brilliant man who suffers from some syndrome not unlike Asperger's. This accounts for his obsessiveness, his fascination with patterns, his lack of empathy, and his inability to understand human interrelationships... The whole point of Sheldon is he can never and will never change. The comic tension, especially with Penny, is the other characters attempting to cope with him.

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James I think youre wrong. Its just like in the real world.. people change (thank god) and i hate tv shows were everything stays the same all the time ( like Two and a half man etc.) i need changes.. I love the fact that Howard is happy now and to be honest, for me, there arent enough developments ;) I get bored of Sheldon - cause he is still the same ... so for me the comedy gets worse if nothing changes

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continued Sheldon in his prime would never have had a drink just to conform with a social custom. Instead he would have given us a brilliantly incomprehensible analysis of the history development and evolutionary purpose of stag parties...then proceeded to select a chair that suited him and took pot shots at Howard all night... This show has been failing for some time. It is now in free fall. It has completely lost it's focus. The main comedic axis of this show is Sheldon Penny. We get precious little of that any more. Instead we get the Howard Bernadette nuptials....something we have seen in a thousand sit coms.....and the let's face creepy crush Amy has for Penny.. I think a brilliant show has finally run out of ideas and should be knocked on it's head and put out of it's misery. It is on it's way to becoming a Happy Days for the new millennium.

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I am sorry to disagree.... The reason why Howard was funny was because he was both a complete sexual weirdo and totally delusional about his effect on women.....that is why we laughed at him...and of course at his interactions with women and especially Penny... It seems to be a weakness of the American sit-com form that no character can be left un-redeemed....the writers create a brilliantly obnoxious character and then, whether because of ratings or focus group reactions, proceed to reform the character and destroy the comedy.I can only think of one great obnoxious character who was not destroyed in that fashion. That was Frank Burns in M.A.S.H. He was obnoxious in the first episode and obnoxious the day he left. This episode of Big Bang should have been called The Wolowitz Redemption. Now what are we left with? a short Jewish guy with bad taste in clothes who is overly attached to his mother. How is that funny? And what have they done with Sheldon? Sheldon in his prime would not have drunk just to participate in a meaningless social function. He would have given us a dizzingly funny and incomprehensible account of the history, development and scientific purpose of stag parties. The show has been failing for some time....it is now regrettably in free fall. I say regrettably because in it's prime Season's 2&3 it was both clever and funny. That was primarily because it had not lost its focus. The main comedic axis of this show was from the beginning Sheldon versus Penny. We haven't seen much of that in a long while and the show needs it.

The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 22 Quotes

Penny: Why should I worry?
Leonard: Well, I don't know. It's a bachelor party, there could be strippers. Wouldn't that make you a little jealous?
Penny: Come on, Leonard, it's you. What's gonna happen? I mean, even if there was a stripper, all you'd do is avoid eye- contact and offer to help her kid with his homework.

You don't want strippers? You're the king of strippers. That one club in North Hollywood named a pole after you.

Raj
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