It would be nice to see him grow up just a little, anyway, so that it becomes clear that it is possible. The other characters are growing as the series progresses. Sheldon needs to grow, too, although I realize that Asperger's Syndrome is a very difficult condition to overcome. (That seems to be the consensus on what afflicts Sheldon, amongst the scientific community who've studied the show and the various possibilities.) I also appreciate the verbal jabs Amy gives Sheldon every week or two. She is the person whose mind he seems to most respect, and he definitely wants to please her, although he would probably not think of it that way. Amy's influence would be an excellent tool to use to cause Sheldon to develop more introspection. From the literature I have read on Sheldon's problems, and based on people I have observed in my own life, I don't believe that Sheldon is capable of being anything like "normal", but his intelligence is such that this would be unlikely anyway. It would be nice to see him eventually become capable of (somewhat) mature human relationships. I think he might be happier, although he would no longer be in absolute charge of every facet of his life as he usually is now. As the show is renewed for at least three more years, I do not expect to see rapid progress on any changes. The writers also have stated that there is no long-term plan for this show, such as there is for How I Met Your Mother; these guys write it as they go along. I guess we will just have to wait and see. It was nice to see another side of Mrs. Cooper; her wish to tour churches did not surprise me. That is what interests her. I go to Nevada, but I don't gamble, I visit cemeteries. My interests lie in genealogical research. People follow their interests when they have a chance or a choice. It was logical for Mrs. Cooper. I particularly appreciated Howard's efforts not to burst into flames. I laughed so hard I scared the pets.
As one of those who loathes Prentiss, I would have (verbally) clocked her for sticking her nose in my business, had I been Rossi. Thoise people have been told to not profile each other; it is seriously rude. Still, they do it. I think if Rossi comes up with a way to assist his ex-wife without going to prison for doing it, he will. He is the kind of man who is apt to be as kind to a human as to a pet. The kindness shown a suffering pet should never be denied to a suffering human. But the law makes that problematic, and no one would know it better than an FBI agent. I did not particularly appreciate the change in the chatter between Garcia and Morgan. And what about Kevin? She has a perfectly good boyfriend who loves her for her mind. Those are very hard to come by. I liked Garcia the way she was; I realize people change, but this change grated on me. I don't like Morgan, and I do like Kevin, so perhaps I am prejudiced there. I used to work in the foster care system of my state. Their story line about the children paying for the problems of the parents is all too true. Very sad, and very well-portrayed. And indeed, foster care systems are overwhelmed, and families can fall through the cracks. It is a tragedy. In my state, about half of the kids are in care because of meth. They kind of skated away from that a bit. And it was realizstic to see the mom abusing drugs and the dad abusing alcohol, and no one doing anything.
They made so much point of discussing the relationship between Jeri Ryan's character and Dana Delany's character's ex-husband that I spent the first half hour wondering whether this episode was left over from last year, and had been held back for political reasons. (That sometimes happens to a program which deals with death or fire, when something ugly has happened in the country.) I say that because they had already moved on beyond this point in the previous episodes, and this was stepping so far back that it sounded and looked like last year. I knew it was not a rerun, as I have seen every episode. It is not reasonable that Curtis and Ethan did not already know about the relationship. They cannot possibly have missed the fighting. No one else did. If this episode was supposed to be run at this point in the series, then it is ridiculous. If it is leftover from a previously-planned spot when it was not run, it should have been revised. It was exceedingly off-putting. The story itself was OK. It was telegraphed fairly early on that there was a fireman villain, but I wasn't precisely expecting it to be the younger one. It is slightly less predictable than having it be the older one, but I already saw this, in Ron Howard's movie Backdraft, and probably fifty other shows in the last fifty years. Surely they can do better. I did indeed notice the way that Megan ran to Peter when he emerged from the hospital. It has been obvious for some episodes that they have some feelings for each other. I do think that a doctor would have been a bit more aware of his injuries, though, and not hurt him the way she did. About the only surprise in this entire episode was the brief story line of the other daughter of the birth father. It was an interesting twist that she said that she had always wanted a sister. I'm a big fan of Dana Delany, and I will continue to watch this show, but I am not buying it on DVD. It just is not good enough to spend that money on. THey need to step it up. And I still say that doing autopsies in those shoes is ludicrous.
I did not see all of the dancing this week, but I have seen enough of this season to believe that Rikki Lake and J.R. Martinez will finish in the two top spots, in some order. The only person still in this contest of whom I had ever heard before it started is Chaz Bono. He is not good enough to win it, but I do hope he can outlast Nancy Grace. He showed real heart last week running up those stairs at the end of his dance. As an old woman with gimpy knees myself, I know how much that hurt. He made me cry for him. Carson was adorable, and his costuming was brilliant. I will miss that, and I will never, ever forget their Pirates of the Caribbean theme dance last week. It was hysterical. David Arquette is a very strange person, but I do appreciate the improvement he has shown. I don't know who else is still in it. They have made no impression on me whatsoever.
I was thinking also that the ending was very appropriate. The political manager was looking for a way to "spin" this so that no blame would attach to Frank, but an upright man of integrity knew that blame attached, however shared. It was a symbol of the rock solid integrity of Frank Reagan to make that difficult journey and to look the man he had inadvertently wronged in the eye. It puts me in mind of everything I have heard, read, and observed about Tom Selleck over the decades. I don't agree with him politically, but I respect him as a person. He has always exhibited the finer qualities, not something which can be said of many celebrities. I wasn't too impressed with this show at first, and I missed some episodes here and there, but it is definitely growing on me.
Gibbs actually has seemed to like and respect the Coast Guard CIS Abby. There was always a little rivalry with the Army CIS, Hollis Mann, but I could see him with the Coast Guard lady. (She is kind of young for him, though.) I was glad to see them send Hollis Mann to Hawaii. I could also see him going back to the redhead with the convertible type woman from season one, the one whose name we never even learned. Really, there are enough romances on this show. It is a detective show, not a soap opera ....
I agree -- I think it likely that Wil Wheaton will now be a good guy, and Brent Spiner a bad guy. I just don't find their version of Wil Wheaton convincing as a nice guy. Their version was the one who deliberately broke up Leonard and Penny just to win a bowling contest. That is not something a nice person would do, so I found his niceness ringing very fake tonight. I know nothing whatsoever about what the real Wil Wheaton is like; I am strictly discussing Evil Wil. He played that very, very well. Nice Wil, I kept waiting for the centipede to wriggle out and bite. I was also very impressed with Howard in the car, and actually, in the bedroom. An opportunity to go to space is something which has filled the dreams of every kid in this country since we watched or listened to Alan Shepard's first launch. It is a natural for an engineer who has been inventing machines for use on the space station and on Mars to be sent up to handle the work on his creations. It is an honor, and a privilege which people seldom get. For Bernadette to refuse permission for Howard to go is understandable under the circumstances she lists, but she is too smart to have not considered thoroughly what it means to marry an aerospace engineer. It did not ring quite true. Except Howard's mother. She screeched very true indeed. Nevertheless, quibbles and issues aside, I liked this episode a lot, and I am looking forward to seeing it again when reruns start. Very funny. Oh, I noticed that now that Priya is back in India, Penny is free to hang out with the gang again. That's the way it should be. I am also not a fan of Priya, like many others who post here regarding this show. And did you notice that Bernadette was there already, BEFORE Howard arrived with his news? And Amy and Penny's eye contacts in the all-girl conversation in Penny's apartment looked as though they really have become true "besties", not just Amy's idea of "besties". Cute, cute, cute.
I have no quarrel with anything anyone has said about the episode. I agree that Sean Murray's health has become a matter of concern. He's been looking like death warmed over for more than a year now. No one in their right mind loses that much weight that fast, to look so bad for so long, deliberately. Even if he is not sick in the body,he has to be sick in the head. He looks awful, like one of those strange stick women with anorexia. Which is a sickness. I hope he gets better, not worse. I did not notice his voice. I did not notice his voice, because I was concentrating on Sportelli. I cannot imagine why Gibbs said he would rather deal with Sportelli than with the FBI, because generally, the FBI means his friend Fornell. Sportelli is the cop who arrested McGee and DiNozzo, and went back on his word to erase their arrest records. I do not understand why anyone would be happy to see him under any circumstances. Work with him professionally, sure, but not prefer him to the FBI. That makes no sense at all. I really, really did enjoy the bear hug Gibbs gave Abby at the end. It made me reflect on everything I have heard and seen about Mark Harmon over the decades, and what a good man he is. That shows through in Gibbs every episode. That hug looked like the kind which might last all night, if she falls asleep in his arms. Very fatherly. It does make me realize what a good actor he is, though. He used to play a very believeable weasel on St. Elsewhere. Abby knocked because she is in a state of confusion. The time she came over and confronted him in his basement about her results in the murder of the drug dealer who killed his family, she just walked in the house and came downstairs. In that one, she was upset, but not confused on a personal level. It was another way of illustrating her mental state, to have her knock like that.
I hope J.R. wins. He is beautiful to watch, so graceful and expressive. I like Derek Hough, but I think the celebrities should be judged on how well they themselves do, not on how talented their partner is. Maks is a hunk and a half, but I voted for Kirstie last season, not for Maks. She was the competitor. I was inspired by Chaz last night. I know from personal experience how much it hurt to run up those stairs. He made me cry. Carson made me laugh. I don't care that their routine was not perfect -- they were lucky not to fall over those swords. It was funny, very, very funny. This is entertainment, not the Olympics. (Which are ALSO entertainment, by the way ...)
I agree with AK. I was wondering whether Linda Hunt was suffering some undisclosed illness which required her to rest up and not work. Had she not returned, I would have stopped watching the program. Without Hetty, there is no show. And with Hunter, there is still no show. I didn't like this episode. There was no rational reason to split up partnerships the way she did, and such a thing could have potentially lethal consequences. The writers were screwing with us, and I don't like it. All in all, I believe I shall be reconsidering whether to watch this show at all.
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