I'm a fan of Chicago Fire, but one of my problems with the series was evident in this episode. There are so many story lines that some get more time then others and seem like a waste or rushed. Casey taking the kids while their mom is in jail came about very quickly as did Renee's realization that Kelly was not the father and left. Both of these stories could have used another scene to lay the groundwork. Unless it picks up in the next episode I don't see the need to have Dawson's date steal from the bar. If it's used to hurt the bar financially I think it's a cheep shot. The show could benefit from fewer story lines and more time on others.
This was one of the funniest episodes in a long time, I don't think I've laughed as much during an episode in a long time. It's great to see the group having fun and interacting with each other. It was also nice to see that Penny was faster than Sheldon and I loved Bernadette yelling at Leonard. It's a better episode when they're having fun and not cough up in relationship issues. This is the type of episode the series does best.
This episode was a semi return to normal for the series. I've been very critical the last few seasons saying it has gone from being a funny show to a show about relationships with no seriousness. Every time one of the characters gets close to having a serious conversation they dump out of that story with a cheep joke. This episode changed that it was funny and dealt with serious issues in a serious way. Howard and Bernadette's conversation about him in space was heartfelt and Penny's starting to look closely at her relationship with Leonerd. I hope future episodes use this formula that deals with issues but is funny at the same time. However, I still don't like Amy.
I have really been enjoying this season because all of the characters are having different life experiences and can be themselves, much like the mid to late 60s. I do have a few observations. I have been waiting for Paul to return, as have all the major characters that did not come to S.C.D.P. at the end of season 3. At first I was surprised how they wrote him in, but after thinking about it I can see it. He always thought outside the box and brought drugs into the work place. While I was interested in the storyline I just didn't get the part between him and Harry. I just don't care for Harry's character I don't understand who he's supposed to be sometimes he cares and other times he acts like he couldn't care less and is awkward. The other note I have is that while I like Megan, but she is getting paranoid. I agreed with her original suspicions she needs to trust her husband and not over react. This season is certainly unique, but I just don't know how it will end. Only three episodes left and I don't see it building to something.
I thought this was one of the best episodes of the series as it has the characters struggling for survival. The only interpretation of Don's dream that I will make is this: is he killing off his desires to cheat? I liked that Joan told her husband its over, but was expecting to her to tell him it's not his baby, I also want her back at work interacting with the other characters. I am also beginning to like Roger more as he has to make deals to keep up. His lines are the best of the show. I also wonder if this episode sets the stage for a dark turn in the characters story lines. Placing these first three episodes against the current events of the time show how the characters are experiencing the same things the country is times are changing in a dramatic way and everyone is struggling to survive.
For me the best part of this episode was the fact that there was no Amy! However, I'm on the fence about the rest of the episode. While it was the usual funny interactions between Sheldon, Leonerd, and Penny the story line with Raja was another bait and switch. For what seems like the 100th time this season we thought we were going to have a serious conversation, this time about Raja and his future or identity, but instead the issue was resolved quickly and swept under the rug, this time with a dog. I know the show is a comedy but as characters evolve and the show focuses more and more on relationships the characters have to confront issues of, sexual identity, friendship, relationships, etc. with some serious dialog. Otherwise the characters will be the same people wearing disguises. All comedies have a few serious episodes where characters confront issues like regular people. I think it's about time the characters on the The Big Bang Theory did the same.
I really enjoyed this episode. I really liked watching Roger and Pete go back and forth. I have never cared for Pete because he seems more concerned about himself and material things than with the company as a whole. Roger's lines always make me laugh, even if I don't care for how he lives his life, I love the philosophical way he speaks. I cracked up when he introduced himself in French after Megan's song and how he continued the next day at the office. Even though Don is changing a little I like how he still keeps some of his old self. I agree with him about surprise parties. I hope this season will be just as good as the last four. Everyone is going through changes just like the time period.
I feel like most of this season has been hit and miss as it struggles with its identity. Is it going to be a show about relationships or about the fun nerdy science guys like the last four seasons where relationships were secondary. I am not a fan of Amy's character. She can deliver one funny line per-show but most of the time comes of as awkward and unlikeable. And this episode was no exception. The classic story line of one person giving a gift and the receiver not liking the gift but not wanting to offend has been done so many times before and this episode offered no change to the standard formula. Again rather than address a serious question (how does Penny view her friendship with Amy) which has been rising to the surface since they started hanging out, the question is swept under the rug and hidden as quickly as it came up, buried deep in the episode and nothing is resolved. This has happened a number of times before this season (Bernadette not wanting to have kids).
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