I thought that this was the first real characterization they gave Haley. Haley sitting down with Andy like she did was, I think, the first serious, adult conversation she'd ever had in the show. In some ways, she's more mature than him and I found it a little moving that the circumstances had her rising to lecture someone who has been much more responsible than she's ever been. So, it would be a very nice touch for the show for Haley and Andy to marry and start another family -- and I do hope that happens and isn't dragged out eternally. With such a big wonderful cast, not everyone can be featured in every episode, but I thought this episode refreshed the series and brought it right up to date moving forward. I also agree with everyone who commented how it seemed to end so abruptly. I like Haley and Andy and Hayley changing to being a little like Claire, taking Andy as seriously as Claire takes Phil.
One of the odd things in the way the shows writers think is that they were trying to make a big deal out of Penny earning more than Leonard because she was a saleswoman and he was only a college professor (even though college professors in reality tend to make much more than even decent sales people -- and yes, some become millionaires, and some professors at good schools make $350,000 a year to teach one class, as Elizabeth Warren did). How this translates is that they portray Penny as dumb but still way too good for Leonard -- so this should have been a necessary come-uppance for her (like quoting toy story as a wedding vow kind of dismissive view of her husband), and actually looked like a minor fight and not something major and dramatic ... but, who knows how the writers will play it. One thing I was surprised they did in this show and which I did like was how they actually had Amy point out what a nasty person Sheldon can be rather than just everybody ignore how extreme he can get. Maybe these are all good signs of a little more reality and a little less of the stock characterization jokes that they always seem to go for.
This show is generally still funny (and I'll keep watching it and laughing); however, the longer it goes on the more it falls victim to what I surmise is the basic problem. The concept of a show was cliche and pat situation (the pretty girl and the nerds) and that the Hollywood creators just don't know anything about it beyond that (an example might be the Hollywood assumption that researchers & professors are impoverished when one should expect each is earning a minimum of $100,000 per year and probably far more than that) ... so the show creative team keep going around and around in circles -- which is what all the relationship up and down is. I can't see how the show can suddenly grow from what it is: the same jokes in slightly different contexts (and on the series finale show all the couples will get married, but not until then)?!?
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