Martha's an older person, not an integral part of young people's lives (in the eyes of older people commonly), and advice you hear passed out around senior centers is that you have to bite your tongue if you want your young relatives to come around. I don't think it's good advice to give Castle as he's not in an old folks home (metaphorically) where it's out of the beaten path for the young to visit, which they wouldn't if they're going to be criticized.
2 things bother me about Alexis. First is that there are typical rude teenagers as was commented earlier, but they don't normally change into that at 19 -- and isn't it most often a case of the teen developing their own life and defending it and distancing from their pre-teen home life? So Alexis' change seems to come out of nowhere -- and the writers are treating the change, not as a single point of contention, but as a fundamental personality transplant. The 2nd thing is that the ice cream reference by Castle seemed to me to be designed to suggest he's clueless and therefore Alexis is totally in the right and he's, at the least, a really poor parent and then just add in the negatives. Do the writers mean for us to think Alexis is acting righteous?
I already commented on this show and liked it ... but I wanted to see what a comment looks like and so post this. What looks great is that on my previous comment there is a place to click "Edit." Thank you!
Fun episode! I like and expect the Penny-Leonard relationship, so enjoyed their sub plot; but the best was Howard's song and the rest doing the chorus/backup!!
@nottrampis - I'm not sure it's a matter of responsible/irresponsible and one becoming the other unnaturally. Alexis lately seems out of character (besides being dislikable in my opinion) and I'm not sure if it's a real change or a new direction out of the blue or if the show's creators even see it??? I could read the extremely calm discussion where Alexis reminds her father she's smarter than him as her saying instead that she's been waiting for this opportunity to put him in his place -- except that I can't believe the show intends anything like that, so what do they mean?????
Didn't think about it, but would agree that if anyone's parents were handy they would let them know at the least about looking for an apartment (and probably anyone supposedly as mature as Alexis would be aware of Pi friction and offer up the looking as a way to chill out her father). Likely she wouldn't imagine he'd be against it and be surprised there -- but to defend it by suggesting she's smarter than him afterall, uh does any teenager tell their parents so matter-of-factly (perhaps in the heat of a passionate argument) that "All of us know I'm smarter than you"? Won't miss her for awhile, anyway.
This was a really fun episode! Also want to say I'm glad Alexis is gone as I haven't liked her much of late. I get the fatherly emotion the review appreciates, but I hope she isn't on the show much for at least a long while.
@zagsfan - Lucy Liu in "Payback"?
@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!
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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