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The Big Bang Theory is a comedy about two physicists Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper who live and work together in Pasadena, California. They live a comfortable geeky existence until attractive wannabe actress Penny moves in across the hall. CBS 2007-???

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Episode 2 - The Decoupling Fluctuation

7 October 2012

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Synopsis: Penny admits that once again she is considering breaking up with Leonard. Amy confides in Sheldon who struggles to keep the secret. Stewart takes Howard’s place while he is away. Howard is teased by the other astronauts.

The Good: Sheldon is a funny character and even though this was repetitive material the odd line still worked. I liked his gravy boat with an engraving in case of divorce and smiled at him telling Penny that she frightened him after waking her up in the middle of the night. The writers did seem to acknowledge a tiny growth in his affection for Leonard and acknowledgement of their friendship which was nice.

The Bad: I can’t argue that the writers aren’t addressing the Penny and Leonard relationship. But they are spinning their wheels frantically to make sure it looks like something is happening while no momentum is gained. It’s been five seasons of Penny sort of liking Leonard but not being excited by him. Either she needs to fall for him or it needs to end. That homeostasis is worn out.

It’s also hard to be amused by Sheldon keeping a secret anymore. It feels like we’ve seen this same scenario a dozen times now. His conscience or his inability to multitask make him bother everyone in his immediate vicinity and it’s tiresome.

I complained last week about Howard being in space and yet the jokes being the most basic, dull things imaginable. Well this week they added toilet humour and silly bullying tactics. Great. I love hearing Howard whine about stuff.

Comic Highlight: As expected Raj and Stewart are just hanging out as friends and Raj’s self discovery will have to wait for another day. Seeing Sheldon push Stewart around was fun but could easily become worn out. I did smile though when Leonard dismissed Sheldon’s talk of replacing Penny and Stewart (himself taking Howard’s place) pleaded “Please don’t ruin this for me.”

In Conclusion: Same old, same old. Come on Chuck Lorre. Will people really stop watching if something interesting happens?

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  • I enjoyed this. I thought the best joke was Shelon's reaction to Stewart saying he went to art school as opposed to Howard who got a masters at MIT: 'equally ridiculous'.
    To Sheldon, there's no difference, unless it's a phd in Physics it's ridiculous...

    Viewer score: 60 / 100

    Posted by The Gman, 07/10/2012 7:34pm (7 years ago)

  • Very well put.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 07/10/2012 10:51am (7 years ago)

  • Leonard: Penny changed his life - and everyone else's - but maybe it's time to move on.
    Penny: She's stuck, more than anyone else. Embrace change or embrace Leonard.
    Sheldon: The man who hates change could wind up the most different.
    Howard: Man up. (If the writers will let him.)
    Raj: Potentially the one who could change the most. If only.

    The show is awesomely in a rut. I watch now only for the occasional laugh; the characters are in going in circles and have been for more than a season.

    Viewer score: 33 / 100

    Posted by JStrange, 05/10/2012 6:07pm (7 years ago)

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