The Big Bang Theory Review: Homeostasis For Now

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Where are the laughs? Okay, there were a few, but something is just a bit off with The Big Bang Theory this season, as "The Decoupling Fluctuation" followed the mundane path of the premiere.

None of the stories worked for me: not the relationship woes, not Howard in space and especially not Stuart joining the group. While there were a few funny lines scattered throughout the 30 minutes, overall, it was lacking in the laughs department.

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Why can't Penny and Leonard be happy for once? As soon as they get together, the writers  pull them apart. It's one thing for them to have issues in their relationship, but having Penny doubt their entire future is annoying.

I want to see them together in a real, committed, loving relationship for once. That can be funny! Amy and Sheldon's relationship is given more respect and that's saying a lot. The writers seem to running out of ideas, because they keep going back to old stories. Sheldon having to keep a secret again? Boring.

I was excited by the idea that we would get to see Howard in space. The potential fodder of space is being ignored for more of the same. Howard's relationship issues with Bernadette and his mother aren't new. The best they have is the other astronauts bullying him - why stay in space for that? He's been picked on plenty on Earth.

I'd love to see humor driven by the space station, the lack of gravity or interacting with the other astronauts in a confined space. The unique environment is being underutilized.Though Howards F-Loops face was worth a few chuckles. As was Sheldon's insistence at making walkie-talkie sounds during their video chat.

Stuart looks to be sticking around, since actor Kevin Sussman has been upgraded to a series regular on the show. It's nice for Raj to have someone to hang out with, but I hope he becomes more integrated into the group. He stuck out like a third wheel throughout the episode.

While that was probably supposed to be funny, I just felt bad for him. The Wolowitz-replacement jokes fell flat and the coffee and creamer one wasn't much better. As his character gets more rounded out, he should bring more laughs.

With all my complaining, there were some funny and touching moments. I've mentioned some above and a few more were the transformers conversation between Leonard and Sheldon, Leonard's puppy dog eyes, and Sheldon's visit to Penny's bedroom.

Sheldon's comment that he didn't want to see his friend hurt was one of the most sensitive things he has ever said. A little salty water may have accumulated in my eyes at that moment. He does have a heart.

Was I too tough on the episode? Or do you agree that The Big Bang Theory is missing its comedic mojo? I have my fingers crossed that the Penny and Leonard situation will correct itself with comedic gold!

There were a few humorous lines. Make sure to check out our The Big Bang Theory quotes for some laughs.


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I suppose it's possible that bored astronauts would treat Fruit Loops as they are -- but I've always gotten the impression when astronauts are talking that it's also a fraternal relationship, that only so many have ever been to space and that they regard each other, from mission specialists to crew, as that military-like "band of brothers."


I like the comic store guy joining their social circle (and think the jokes about it are just the ones they've put on a list to use. It's sort of sad that he wants so much to be a part of them -- but eventually the writers will use up all the jokes about that and we'll get a different plot thread.


I like Penny and Leonard together and admit, and maybe that reflects on how good of a fan of the show I am/am not, but I stopped watching it when they were broke-up and only started to watch it again once they got back together. What I think is that the show's creator's/driving force are comics and they'll go plot wise wherever a joke takes them (which doesn't mean that Penny and Leonard are breaking up for sure, only that they thought of some jokes and are taking the story that way until they use them up).


I'm also getting tired of Penny and Leonard. Either make them work or break them up FOR GOOD this time.


This season has definitely lacked something so far. The whole Leonard and Penny thing has gotten out of hand. The entire time Leonard was with Priya, Penny pined away about the mistake she made. Now she gets him back and she doesn't know how she feels. It's almost like the writers want us to hate Penny now. If they break up again there is no going back for these two. This relationship will be over. My only hope is that Penny will have some kind of epiphany and realize she is being a dumb a$$.


I liked this episode more than last but I do have a few problems. I hate that the astronouts are bullying Howard. It's not funny, just sad. And they have to decide what to do about Penny and Leonard. either they stay together or they give leonard a real, nice and sweet girlfriend for once.


But the real disappointment is Penny's and Leonard's relationship. On this, I'm 100% with you Lindsay. Why did they put them together again if this was the result? I was so excited last season, to see them back together, but now I wonder why Penny said yes in the first place if nothing had changed since they broke up (hell, nothing has changed since they first got together). Sheldon seems to be more emotionally advanced than her, even if he stole the line from Spiderman. But now she stays with him for what? Pity? Seriously? I'd prefer they just break up and Leonard can finally find a girl that will care about him at least as much as he cares about her. Between Penny who's emotionally retarded and Priya who made him ashamed of who he was, please give the guy a break. Oh, and a funny line from Leonard this episode: "Which specialist did your mother take you too?" (I thought it was a nice twist on the very used line "I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested"). But yeah, Leonard is nowadays more pathetic than funny.


I didn't realize the episode wasn't that funny, I was so touched by Sheldon tonight. Yes, him keeping a secret and having trouble with it has been done before, but the reason why he has trouble with it is different: it's not because he physically can't keep a secret, but because he worries about Leonard. It was so obvious when he looked at Leonard (my eyes already got misty here). And then him saying "Please, don't hurt my friend"... I nearly cried there. But yeah, it wasn't a very funny episode. Howard being bullied in space, what's new? That was boring. And the Stewart-replacing-Howard jokes fell flat for me too, but I'm excited to see how Howard will react to this change. Stuart probably won't replace Howard in the group, but well by Raj's side. WIth Howard being married and Raj being single, Raj has found a new wingman for all those activities he did with Howard, so I'm excited to see Howard's reaction to that ^___^


Am I the only one that thinks it is SOOOO time for Leonard to find a girl who does actually care about him?? If they break them up again, I might just have to quit watching the show. Why EVEN get them back together, it is beyond annoying. I think part of the reason I still watch the show is because I am waiting for Sheldon to finally break down and sleep with Amy, that would be hysterical to see. The writers should just knock it off w the P/L story already!!!!


I agree with the Penny & Leonard thing. I would like to see them both happy together for the rest of the show. Why not? And might as well make Raj gay. The writers have been hinting at it enough already. That would be funny to see how the rest of the cast handle that turn of events.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

Sheldon: Wolowitz when to MIT. What's your educational background?
Stuart: I went to art school.
Sheldon: Equally ridiculous. Let's go.

Whenever I'm around Sheldon, I feel like my loins are on fire. In the good way. Not in the urinary tract infection way.