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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-???


Episode 7 - The Habitation Configuration

11 November 2012

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Synopsis: Will Wheaton joins Sheldon for an episode of his flags show. Amy is directing and insults Will’s performance and he in turn insults her. Sheldon goes out with Will and doesn’t see why that would make Amy mad. Meanwhile Bernadette asks Howard to cut the cord and move all of his stuff into her apartment.

The Good: I wish Howard’s speech about his mother’s loneliness had come years ago. It’s that kind of detail that can make a repetitive relationship like theirs a bit more bearable.

The Bad: As it was I don’t like the idea of Bernadette giving up her independence to become Howard’s new mother\wife. The story of their relationship has been so repetitive and dull. We just seem to hit this same note over and over based around Howard’s desire not to leave home.

The Sheldon story would have been fun if the plot hadn’t revolved around Amy randomly critiquing Will Wheaton for no reason. I can buy that Amy’s love for Sheldon blinds her to his woodenness but why would she think Will’s acting was bad? There was no explanation other than the need for the plot to have conflict. So she makes ridiculous remarks and Will is entirely in the right to demand better treatment. The story is then built on a stupid foundation. We are clearly meant to think that Sheldon should have stuck up for his girlfriend and yet Will had done nothing wrong. So Amy looked silly and Sheldon was left for once being in the right.

It was a mess and a useless use of Will Wheaton and then LeVar Burton. What’s the point of a celebrity cameo when the plot is going to be so utterly basic? There was no hint that Sheldon was going to express some hidden emotion for Amy or learn about his own tolerance or interest in alcohol. It was just a bunch of scenes where he could misunderstand normal social behaviour.

Comic Highlight: Sheldon’s oblivious selfishness is still funny and the way he misunderstood Amy and went off with Will was good stuff. Better was to come as he downed Long Island Ice Teas and confided in Penny. He begins drunkenly thinking of how much he likes her and says “I’m a callous egomaniac, she’s gonna leave me.” Penny disagrees and Sheldon cheerfully responds “No she won’t, I’m great!”  

In Conclusion: An innocuous but slightly incompetent episode.



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  • Hi, thanks for commenting. I didn't miss the point that was trying to be made. My argument is that that point was ruined by Amy critiquing Will Wheaton's acting.

    There was nothing wrong with his acting. She doesn't display jealousy that he is there to help out. The writers just decided to make her irrationally dislike his performance because they thought it would be funny.

    Will Wheaton is well within his rights to point out that she is being unreasonable and he doesn't want to work with her. So the whole plot about her having hurt feelings and Sheldon not understanding that is undermined by her being in the wrong. I'm well aware that Sheldon misses this and that's why he goes off with Will instead. But that doesn't matter when a viewer is sitting there shaking their head thinking "But Will Wheaton was right!"

    I'm glad you enjoyed it but I've seen the exact same story told a dozen times on other sit coms and they did it better than this.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 11/11/2012 2:28am (7 years ago)

  • Alright "the tv critic ". Think you're judging too harshly an overall good, not great, episode. Amy Farrah fowler is well within character to have judged wil wheatons "acting" harshly. Wil Wheaton is the dupe here and that is a switch on how they have treated him as the foil to Sheldon cooper in the past. If you have knowledge of STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION as all good nerds do, Wesley crusher was the most hated character in Star Trek history. Having him appear as Sheldon's nemesis/friend makes total sense. Amy Farrah fowler would be jealous of anyone who vied for dr coopers attention. This is why she is so judgmental in wheatons acting ability. That and she might be on a power trip as a director of FUN WITH FLAGS. MAKES SENSE TO ME?!??
    Now Sheldon has no real feel for people's feelings, so that when Wheaton disrespects his girlfriend , Sheldon wouldn't even register the slight. When he asks amy Farrah fowler to leave, and continues his "play date" with newly befriended Wheaton this is all in character.

    Amy Farrah fowler is his girlfriend but their relationship is more platonic brainiac friends then it would ever be romantic. I hope that they never ever discover sexual relations with one another, as I think that cooper should adhere to nikola teslas lifelong celibacy to pursue science.
    Levar burton. Hysterical. (theres still gonna be food right ?!"). Funny. I would love to see an episode featuring Burton, Wheaton and spiner. They've all done the show before, it would be nice to see them play paintball against the big bang theory foursome. I think you the critic
    Missed the point of the whole episode. Sheldon's pinocchio journey to being a real human boy.
    Amy Farrah fowler was totally within character also. There were no deviations off course here. Rewatch it.
    You'll see. It's subtle. About hurt feelings.

    Viewer score: 77 / 100

    Posted by Robert the bruce, 10/11/2012 3:20pm (7 years ago)

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