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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 22 - The Stag Convergence

27 April 2012

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Synopsis: Howard’s bachelor party approaches and there are to be no strippers. There are however plenty of stories about Howard’s less than glorious past. Will Wheaton puts the video online and Bernadette is shocked.

The Good: The Howard-Bernadette story was surprisingly simple, effective and believable. We know that Howard had a sleazy past of hitting on women relentlessly and I had just assumed that Bernadette was aware of that. But instead the writing plausibly portrayed her as seeing only the light side of him and not the grimy one. Instead of making a huge deal out of it they simply talk and make up. The two of them have overcome bigger arguments than this before (surrounding his mother) and so I was pleased to see their relationship emerge stronger for this injection of reality. Howard’s little speech thanking Bernadette for helping him improve as a man was very well written and performed.

This wasn’t the strongest episode of comedy but there were a few things to smile at. The way Leonard cherished the story of having sex with Penny in the ocean was a nice running gag. In the end Stuart’s patheticness paid a similar dividend when he sneaked Kripke’s one dollar bill into his pocket.

The Bad: This was as good a time as any for Raj to admit he is gay and instead he just drunkenly roasted Howard over his sexual past. I guess we are just going to be stuck with effeminate Raj jokes for some time to come. I didn’t think much of Sheldon’s speech either. His list of insults felt too generic and didn’t have that personal idiosyncrasy that make him so funny. Generic is the best way to describe the rest of the comedy with jokes about Jewish stereotypes, the aforementioned Stuart stuff and Leonard being dismissed by Penny as usual. Like Stuart, Will Wheaton has been reduced from an interesting cameo to something far duller.

Comic Highlight: Sheldon insists that he will drink alcohol as part of the social convention of the bachelor party. He sips his whisky and cries “Jeepers that’s yucky!” Leonard calmly replies “Whoa it’s a little early to start dropping J-bombs don’t you think?”

In Conclusion: This wasn’t a particularly interesting episode until the end where things wrapped up nicely. However it does continue the wedding storyline which hopefully will provide for an interesting season finale.

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