The Big Bang Theory

The Commitment Determination

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2015

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The Big Bang Theory - The Commitment Determination

Relationship change is at the center of every storyline in the show’s Eighth Season finale that teases big changes for every single character but (mostly) fails to follow through. After some nagging by Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) begin discussing a wedding date and eventually agree to a spontaneous wedding in Vegas, although a late reveal from Leonard spoils the mood and leaves the couple in a nebulous state still on their way to Vegas but without the finale delivering the long-promised ceremony.

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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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