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The Big Bang Theory Review: Hello, Female Children

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Hilarous, non-stop laugh producing sitcom episodes are enjoyable to review. During the process of writing about the episode, it's an opportunity to laugh all over again. A horrible episode provides plenty of fodder to discuss.

"The Contractual Obligation Implementation" ended up being a bit of both. The idea of the sometimes socially challenged guys convincing young girls that science is cool and a career path to pursue started off with such great potential. And instead of flourishing in the funny, it diminished into an awkward and painful to watch display.

The Junior High Presentation

Sheldon's Madame Curie bit came close to being funny, but just missed. Same with Leonard's rap. Howard's astronaut section was the best of the bunch and that isn't saying much. What little good there was ended up wiped out by Leonard's woe is me.
 
The Big Bang Theory had an opportunity to be funny while promoting science to young students, especially girls. Instead, it further perpetuated the negative stereotypes of scientists. Disappointing.
 
Diatribe over. With the exception of the school presentation, there were some funny moments. Perhaps part of my let down was due to the well-written opening moments about Star Trek, Howard's difficulty with women and Sheldon's belief that people should do things on their own.
 
Sheldon: I believe in a gender blind society like in Star Trek. Where women and men of all races and creeds worked side-by-side as equals.
Leonard: You mean where they were advanced enough to develop an interstellar warp drive, but a black lady still answered the space phone? | permalink

Sheldon turned the presentation around at the very end by calling Bernadette and Amy to talk to the girls. The dichotomy between their careers and their princessification at Disneyland was worth a chuckle, highlighted by Amy putting on lipstick.
 
Amy: The world of science needs more women, but from an young age we girls are encouraged to care more about the way we look than the power of our minds. | permalink

Is Cinderella the favorite princess? She definitely was with these gals. Howard wins the award for the best prince. His shirt removal, horse riding and bucking were fitting and Bernadette loved it. They really are a great couple.
 
Amy picked the right costume. However, if she was under a sleeping spell, she'd probably never be awakened. Sheldon's not a kissing price. Poor Amy!
 
Amy: Sheldon ... all Snow White needs is one small kiss to wake up.
Sheldon: Heard you the first time.permalink

While the guys were bombing with the teen girls, Raj was off having a "real" date. At least, a Raj-appropriate date in a library communicating via text. Porn? Awkward! Oh, prom. Even more awkward response! At the end of the date, I thought for a moment that Raj would forget his impediment and speak at least a single word. Just as she couldn't quite kiss him, he couldn't respond. 
 
They could be the best therapy for each other. Their moments will come. She will open up and he will eventually speak to her without alcohol. All in time.
Check out our The Big Bang Theory quotes section for more funny lines from the episode.
 
Was I too harsh on the school presentation? Did you find it funny? Don't hold back! Share your favorite and least favorite moments in the comments.

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I too agree that this episode encourages stereotypes about scientists and women, but isn't it what the writers usually do (especially in this season); The show is becoming more and more about unrealistic caricatures and storylines like parodies. I don't find it funny at all, and I can't relate with any of the characters anymore. I also thought that the whole library text-date was stupid and it didn't make sense. The writers just make fun of these people, I'm afraid.

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@TVang LOL!! Even when you hate it.... Anyways Raj was boring...Hope they become normal soon so Raj can put his humor to the gang...like Wallowitz did when he started dating Bruney...
Is it too much to ask an old school TBBT, one having boys and Penny in the living room...Maybe next season since this one is almost over.

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This certainly wasn't on par with most episodes but it was OK. I think having Penny, Bernadette and Amy want to be fairytale princesses for once was just fine, don't the guys wear their comic book costumes quite often? If anything seeing these successful female scientists still enjoy their feminine side might have gotten the schoolgirls to see you can be super smart and still have fun which is not the message they usually hear.
Raj's date was predictably boring. I don't see how having two people with so much social awkwardness is funny. This is even more tedious than the start of Sheldon and Amy. That only started clicking when they made her more normal.

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@ Keith Vlasek Yes, I know what you mean. I always buy the DVD's for each season when they come out, but I cannot watch Season 2 at one fell swoop. Sheldon was just TOO obnoxious to tolerate. I don't think Penny is stupid. I think she is uneducated, and has been led to believe she is too stupid to learn. That is not an uncommon occurrence amongst girls. I do hope that this is changing, in American society, if not for Penny.

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I think where they mess up the characters (@womansciencegeek's comments) is the staff sitting around fleshing out the comedy/jokes each episode going to standard fodder (Sheldon's self-worth, Penny's sex life, Penny's IQ, Raj's shyness, etc.) -- running jokes. But they mess up when they sometimes turn Sheldon into really dislikable/despicable or Penny into a slut. However, I like the Penny-Leonard dynamic this season -- how much Penny seems to want Leonard to want her. She seems to be orbiting around him in a way this year that is either a development or a slip of the comedy staff's joke writing (like her friends are now only the women in his friends' lives). She's acting more like she's in love than that Leonard just happens to be the guy she's seeing. I like it!

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THREE @ womansciencegeek1966 It is true that TV Fanatic last year begsan truncating long postds. tHERE WERE A FEW OF US WHO LIKED TO WRITE ESSAYS, AND THEY GOT TIRED OF IT.

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TWO: @ womansciencegeek1966 I remember quite well where I was, the day I watched the first episode of the original Star Trek air. My grandmother and I were visiting her sister in Lockport, Illinois. They were yakking away in the kitchen, and I was parked on the floor in the living room, watching the new show I had heard so much about. And the world changed. You are so very right about Lt. Uhura. The role was ground-breaking, and it continued to be so. The actress has had a close relationship with NASA over the years; she has helped to change the world just as much as her character did. Whoopi Goldberg was inspired by Ms. Nichols and Lt. Uhura. Switchboard operator? I don't think so.

The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 18 Quotes

Leonard: Helping women?
Sheldon: Helping anyone. People should take care of themselves.
Leonard: Oh, like yesterday when you made me drive you to the dry cleaners, the pharmacy and the post office?

Come on. If I was any good at convincing women to do stuff, I wouldn't have spent so much of my 20s in the shower.

Howard
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