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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 22 - The Proton Resurgence

7 May 2013

Synopsis: Sheldon discovers that a beloved childhood TV star Professor Proton is available for private parties and hires him. Arthur is surprised to find he isn't entertaining children and is depressed by the state of his life. His pacemaker then plays up leaving him in need of a trip to the hospital. Meanwhile Raj heads out to a telescope lab for the weekend and asks Howard and Bernadette to take care of his dog Cinnamon.

The Good: While getting Bob Newhart to come and play a role was a coup this was a bad episode.

The Bad: The performances were fine but the script was understandably basic. Newhart is 83 years old and I suspect that played into asking little of him but to react with surprise and confusion to Sheldon's eccentricities. The problem was though that that same sideways look was used about twenty times. It was the only joke and it was repeated again and again and again. It would have been better to use Newhart in a smaller role and not build the episode around him. The plot was adequate but it was never meant to be taken seriously and was merely an excuse for Sheldon to fawn.

The B plot with Cinnamon was more of a D plot. Raj's effeminate behaviour isn't going anywhere and Howard and Bernadette bickering or flirting or whatever was skippable.  

Comic Highlight: I suppose Leonard slapping Sheldon for keeping him awake was a nice sign of assertiveness but it wasn't funny.

In Conclusion: Deeply dull. Sorry Bob.



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  • I forgot to mention: The scene where Sheldon and Leonard explain to "Professor Proton" that his TV show inspired thousands of engineers and scientists and in that sense, their accomplishments are partly due to his influence - now that was a good "conclusion," appropriate and true.

    So there's that.

    Posted by jstrange, 08/05/2013 12:42am (7 years ago)

  • It happened off screen when he was trying to sleep.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 07/05/2013 6:23pm (7 years ago)

  • I really didn't get the enthusiasm and praise Bob Newhart received elsewhere for his TBBT appearance: he just appeared confused and tired throughout. I imagine he was being lauded for his previous work and for his nostalgia value.

    In any case, a pretty lame episode. Usually Sheldon can work some sparks by denigrating those around him, but when he fawns over someone, it's more difficult for the scene to catch fire. I was bored by the episode and seriously began to think Newhart really was confused about whether he was dreaming or awake.

    About Raj: they continue to make him sort of gaylike - but not out of any real conviction that he is, but because why bother changing now? Some people have argued they were leading to a Raj revelation but since TBBT long implied that Howard might be gay too, it's always been more likely that the answer to "let's find something for Raj to do" was to have him do more of the same.

    A very forgettable episode. Leonard slapped Sheldon?

    I guess I had dozed off.

    Viewer score: 45 / 100

    Posted by JStrange, 07/05/2013 5:10pm (7 years ago)

  • The Proton part was funny.

    Little too many Penny is dumb jokes thought.

    Howard-Bernedette-dog was classic boring sitcom stuff.

    Viewer score: 50 / 100

    Posted by DEV, 03/05/2013 3:31pm (7 years ago)

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