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The Big Bang Theory Review: How Much is Too Much?

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Why are Amy and Sheldon still together? The answer to that question is a mystery after the events of "The Workplace Proximity." 

One of the frustrations I have with The Big Bang Theory is that the writers maintain no consistency with the character of Sheldon. Sometimes, he's self-aware of his social awkwardness and other times he's oblivious. And the victim in most cases is Amy.

The Work Relationship Test

None of the other characters are as obviously inconsistent. In most cases, everyone else is written in a manner that reflects the character that we've gotten to know. Their reaction to a situation appears on screen as expected. 

Despite that frustration, the episode was quite funny. Instead of multiple storylines, the half hour revolved around Amy's decision to take a job at the university with Sheldon. Since they weren't going to work in the same department, it would have been easy for them to avoid each other. Even though Sheldon didn't want Amy there, he was more than willing to make his presence known and take advantage of her.

I'm still not sure how I feel about Sheldon going over to Amy's lunch table to introduce himself. It was so uncomfortable to watch. Sheldon has no concept of propriety. Was this funny? Or just awkward?

Sheldon: Oh, please. I'm your boyfriend. You call me Sheldon. That's right. I'm in a relationship with this cute little lump of wool. It's a physical relationship, too. Hand-holding, hugging ... even on hot days. | permalink

Sheldon didn't even recognize the debacle at lunch. When he needed a ride home, he just expected Amy to drop everything to drive him. That was typical Sheldon. And it led to the funniest moment of the episode: Sheldon and the monkey have the exact same reaction to the images on the screen. Hilarious. (Though I hope Amy didn't use those for her experiment. Sheldon's presence definitely influenced the results.)

When Sheldon showed up at Amy's door, I thought maybe he listened to Leonard and Penny and recognized the error of his ways. That wasn't the case. 

Amy: Sheldon, you're not a weirdo.
Sheldon: I wasn't speaking about me. | permalink

And Amy shut the door on his face. Way to go, Amy! Though, I'm sure they will still be together and it will be like nothing happened when the show returns. I do like Sheldon and Amy together. I don't understand how or why she stays with him, but sometimes love is a crazy thing. He doesn't hurt her, so if she's happy more than not and maintains hope that he will satisfy her, I hope she sticks around.

Howard and Bernadette's marriage ended up being dragged into the situation and suffered the most. His comments about not working with Bernadette got him kicked out of the house. However, I guess it was good payback for outing Leonard's manipulation of Penny last Thursday. And Howard got to play video games and have Raj provide dinner for him. Doesn't sound like much of a punishment.

Overall, there were a lot of funny moments, in addition to some very uncomfortable ones. Raj had my favorite of the night:

Raj: I think it could be romantic. You know, my parents met at his place of work.
Leonard: Your father's a gynecologist.
Raj: I know. What started as a pap smear turned into a date, which turned into her working there, which turned into marriage, which turned into hatred which continues to this day. | permalink

Check out more funny lines in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

What was your favorite line or moment? Does the inconsistency in Sheldon's character bother you? 

Review

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Phxcowbot

@Keith Vlasak - i think you are exactly right; Sheldon's cruelty comes from a place where he thinks he's not only smarter than everyone else, but that no one else is even smart enough to understand how smart he really is. And that pisses him off, and he lashes out like a tantrum from a four-year old savant.
that is the ultimate 'oblivious-ness'

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I liked the nod to Galecki's prior sitcom, Roseanne. That whole segment where Leonard kept saying "it doesn't matter..." was from an episode where his character was explaining to Roseanne how he was completely right, and Darlene was completely wrong, and John Goodman is in the background repeating "It doesn't matter...". This show is really good at the pop culture references.

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It had some laughs, but definitely the weakest episode this season. Sometimes they go a little too far with Sheldon's character.

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Whew....I'm glad I'm not the only one who found Sheldon more insufferable than usual...it just wasn't funny. She shoulda opened a can o' whoopass on him after he kicked her under the table. I was secretly hoping someone would bring Sheldon's kryptonite--his mother. Coupla funny lines though: Penny's phone, that repetition thing, the identical reactions to images in Amy's lab....

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One word for this episode: BORING!
Here's a thought, end Sheldon and Amy's clusterf**k for a relationship like yesterday and the same goes for Leonard the hobbit and Penny, is getting OLD and stupid by now and not even slightly funny.
Isn't this supposed to be a comedy show or have I missed something for this season?

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@PHXcowbot - I was writing my post while yours was being uploaded, which wouldn't appear on my computer until I pressed "Submit Comment" and the page refreshed -- so, please just take my comment as supporting "oblivious," not ignoring what you said!

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Sheldon was oblivious in this episode -- and I even think (as I go over the course of events as I write this) that he was consistent, at least this episode. Sometimes his being oblivious is cruel, which I think it was here. The other characters can talk to him when he's oblivious, even if he isn't usually convinced (and sometimes he is, even if he misses the point, like at Amy's door). The problem I sometimes have with Sheldon is when he is intentionally nasty and cruel because of his ego, by which I don't mean when he assumes he's smarter than everyone else, but when he thinks someone hasn't show him his due (like when Howard was assigned Sheldon's unused parking space and Sheldon's ego demanded the nastiest un-friend behavior).

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Sheldon defines 'oblivious' - always has, always will - it comes from his blazing intellect, and totally stunted personality, and warped sense of self from living completely internally growing up in rural Texas.
This is the core of the BBT story. And it works very well, as this episode showed us.

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for me its easy to understand, sheldon is the first amy's boyfriend, and she seems to want to make this a long time relationship ( an example for many promiscous people of today, that see sex as bowling or pool games) as for sheldon, hes used to the idea to be a "boyfriend" and hes not gonna quit that status quo.

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the issue with Sheldon is the same issue that the house writers had with House how do you grow the character without changing what made him popular

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

Raj: I think it could be romantic. You know, my parents met at his place of work.
Leonard: Your father's a gynecologist.
Raj: I know. What started as a pap smear turned into a date, which turned into her working there, which turned into marriage, which turned into hatred which continues to this day.

Penny: Somebody's having date night.
Amy: It's actually steamier than it looks. Sheldon's looking up the phallic symbolism of root vegetables in Renaissance paintings.
Sheldon: Oh no, I got bored with that. I'm just browsing cuticle scissors on Amazon.
Penny: How do you not tear off his clothes and take him right here on this table?
Sheldon: If you do that, I'll scream.

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