The Big Bang Theory

The Communication Deterioration

by Alan Rapp on April 18, 2015

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The Communication Deterioration

While Penny (Kaley Cuoco) balances the possibility of renewing her acting career and weighing it against her new successful job Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) work together on a NASA project which they decide both Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Howard (Simon Helberg) are too controlling to be a part of. The final nail in the coffin of Penny’s acting career is satisfying allowing her to realize the toxicity of her former profession and compare it to her current job. Given the tease of a possible role in an upcoming movie I half-expected the show to steer her back to a potential career-making role but I’m glad to see the show has continued to take a more realistic view towards her acting career.

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The Fortification Implementation

by Alan Rapp on April 11, 2015

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The Fortification Implementation

“The Fortification Implementation” is a rare episode of The Big Bang Theory where we are offered three separate stories which all work independently of each other. My favorite of the three brings back Wil Wheaton playing himself, and Penny‘s (Kaley Cuoco) former co-star on Serial Ape-ist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill, for a podcast in Penny’s apartment with Penny and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and special guest-caller Kevin Smith (also playing himself and never shown on-screen). Bringing up the old fights about Penny’s failed acting career the scenes also feature some fun back-and-fourth between the four characters with several jokes at Kevin Smith’s expense (who’s not even in the room to defend himself).

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The Colonization Application

by Alan Rapp on March 6, 2015

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The Colonization Application

The joy of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) deciding to share a pet turtle is lessened when Dr. Cooper casually mentions he’s applied for the upcoming Mars mission without first informing his girlfriend. The episode includes Sheldon’s Mars video audition and a rather sweet make-up moment between Cooper and his girlfriend. Meanwhile, in an attempt to jump start their sex life, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) do a little full-body naked sex painting that doesn’t turn out as planned.

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The Anxiety Optimization

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2015

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The Big Bang Theory - The Anxiety Optimization

Three stories are at play in “The Anxiety Optimization.” Stuck at the airport with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Howard (Simon Helberg) freaks out after realizing the airline has lost his suitcase containing his mother’s ashes. To disprove a psychological study suggesting it can make two people fall in love Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) spend the evening together answering a list of personal questions. With their friends busy Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Amy (Mayim Bialik), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), and Emily (Laura Spencer) spend the night at a puzzle room where the scientists pay big bucks for the opportunity to think their way out of a lab with a zombie (which proves far easier than they expected).

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The Space Probe Disintegration

by Alan Rapp on January 11, 2015

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The Big Bang Theory - The Space Probe Disintegration

Forced into doing what their girlfriends want for a change, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) find themselves in a department store holding the purses of Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) while the women try on clothing. And, in a way, it was all Sheldon’s idea. Although there’s not much to the paper-thin concept, the situation does allow Sheldon and Leonard to hash-out what each believes are the comprises made in the name of their friendship and possibly even set Leonard and Penny one-step closer into moving in together.

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The Focus Attenuation

by Alan Rapp on October 14, 2014

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The Focus Attenuation

Separate guys and girls weekends don’t go as planned for anyone involved as the ladies head off for a fun Las Vegas weekend leaving the boys distraction-free to work. Well, as it turns out, not so distraction-free. Although Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) have plenty of alcohol-induced fun on their own, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) isn’t so lucky staying in the hotel room the entire night boning up for a presentation.

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The Hook-up Reverberation

by Alan Rapp on October 8, 2014

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The Hook-up Reverberation

The introduction of Raj‘s (Kunal Nayyar) girlfriend Emily (Laura Spencer) to the gang goes well for everyone except Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who picks up on the woman’s obvious dislike for her. Discovering that Raj came clean about their drunken hook-up years ago, Penny attempts to mend fences, but it doesn’t appear that Emily and Penny are going to be getting matching BFF bracelets any time soon.

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The First Pitch Insufficiency

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2014

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The First Pitch Insufficiency

Fretting about throwing out the first pitch at an Angels game, Howard (Simon Helberg) enlists the help of Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) in an attempt not to make a complete fool out of himself. Despite all the practice he can stand, Howard is forced to admit his shortcomings. His out-of-the-box solution, while novel, doesn’t exactly endear him to the fans.

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The Junior Professor Solution

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2014

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The Junior Professor Solution

With the season premiere returning Sheldon home and introducing a new career for Penny (Kaley Cuoco), “The Junior Professor Solution” deals with the leftover fallout from last season’s finale and Penny’s future in pharmaceutical sales. Sheldon (Jim Parsons) returns to the university still dead set against continuing his study of String Theory. Much to Sheldon’s surprise, the university offers the scientist more money and a way to choose a new field of study but only if Sheldon agrees to become a junior professor and teach a class.

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The Locomotion Interruption

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

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The Locomotion Interruption

Taking place 45 days after last season’s finale which saw Sheldon (Jim Parsons) rebel against change and decide to leave home to ride the rails, “The Locomotion Interruption” finds the scientist at his wits ends after being robbed of his valuables, dignity, and his pants, and forced to call Leonard (Johnny Galecki) for help. Taking Amy (Mayim Bialik) along with him, Leonard drives to Arizona to bring his friend home on what proves to be a pair of uncomfortable car rides both to and from the copper state.

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