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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? 


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I get Howard's POI. I work with my husband... Eat with him... Parent our children with him... Want to kill himmm (kidding!)... And love him to bits! It's hard to be in each others pocket all of the time, except when it came to Sheldon and Amy, this wasn't the case. There was actually no reason for them to see each other at all except for lunch breaks! I really see this as a filler episode...


One of the weaker episodes this season