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!
@Ceepee -- great insight. Thanks! Your take makes me wonder what other episode stories I've not even known were there over the years ...
I agree about how nothing/boring were the classroom scenes ... and think it's for what the reviewer suggested about the premise seemed such a good idea (I mean writers/producers probably thought the same -- only they were wrong. I did like the princesses and the guys' reactions at the end -- but wasn't it sort of the same Leonard joke as Penny's horned rimmed glasses.
I love this show. I've criticized the reviewer for some of what she likes best as opposed to what I watch the show for -- but this episode was ineffective sentiment, cheap thrills, played with melodramatic gimmicks. We've somehow gone from John Wayne standing stoically in a doorway looking on while a family reunion he brought about, after a movie's worth of challenges, is taking place ... to people seeing a photograph and falling to their knees, wailing out, waving their arms at heaven and weeping vociferously at the unfathomable (except by the folks at Bones) tragedy of War (and of course in the lab attacking their teammates for not feeling as deeply or showing enough emotion as Arastoo particularly determined a "proper" person would, which I think was the real intended message).
@ViperGeek - Thanks for the imdb site, some interesting things there like comedy band and how very much she's worked.
I think the girl Raj is seeing is thin, sure, but she's very attractive. I also think the way she portrayed her shyness did ring true. I hope they keep her around and develop the relationship. So far, what seems different about her to the other female regulars is that she seems to be thinking, but keeping what she thinks to herself -- which might mean an ability to blurt out some great lines down the road. I hope she's an addition to the show, because I think she's great!
I liked Luke managing to con each of his older sisters into putting on the shoes, just so he could see them fall -- and they each didn't have a clue and still didn't fall! It felt like family to me, like his sisters each gave Luke, maybe as the baby of the family, the benefit of the doubt. It was also a solution a child as young as Lily might come up with to glue down the slippery wig.
This show always seems to manage to connect with some of the funniest, over-the-top situations and character scheming. It's kind of amazing!
I like Sweets!
In trying to understand 18-49 ratings, somewhere I saw and kept in my mind as significant that 1.4 means cancellation and 2.4 means renewal ... generally. I don't understand it, but remember that. And probably saw those numbers on one of the sites referred to in comments here (but not positive).
On 9PM and 10PM time slots -- isn't the later slot more for shows featuring "adult" content (meaning shows like Dallas or Peyton Place adult content)? Maybe they're testing for that audience??
There's no way that they could (or would) plot out the whole series right from the start -- and so we shouldn't work too hard to figure out details as if they have.
The big gripe I have, though, is that I believe all of this unresolved speculation about whether or not the show is coming to an end has screwed up the continuity that, for instance, the show had in the first and second seasons -- the first season especially!
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