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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 12 - The Bus Pants Utilization

7 January 2011

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Synopsis: Leonard has an idea for an App that can help solve equations. Sheldon of course tries to take over the project and so Leonard fires him. He sulks and Penny tries to mend fences and get him back on the project.

The Good: Sheldon does make a few lines funny. I enjoyed his gleefully sarcastic "good one boss!" His gifts to Raj (a mug saying "World's Greatest Astrophysicist") and Howard (a mug saying "Howard Wollowitz) led to a more subtle and continuity based gag than the show often goes in for.

The Bad: As soon as Leonard announced his idea my eyes began rolling. Any project on this show just leads to endless tedious arguments between Sheldon and anyone who will answer back. This episode was a showcase for why the show should not be built around Sheldon the way it is. His interruptions, arguments and arrogance were tedious in the extreme. We as an audience don't really care about the App project and so there is nothing to the disagreements. Nor was there any attempt to differentiate between Sheldon's ego and any valid arguments he might make. So every sticking point he created became just another dull attempt to make a joke out of Sheldon being difficult. Four seasons in we get the joke and it needs more context than this to be funny.

Ironically Penny's idea for a shoe app has much wider appeal and potential financial benefits than the equation app. But the writers don't really care about plot or details or character development and so I assume both apps will cease to exist in the next episode.

Comic Highlight: Raj's naivety made this line work better than it might otherwise. He is talking to Howard "Last night I had a dream that we got so rich from the app you and I bought matching side by side mansions. But there was a secret tunnel connecting your front yard to my back yard. What do you think that means?"  

In Conclusion: You can tell a lazy writers meeting when you see one on this show.




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  • Happy New Year Michael :-) Thanks for the comment. Agreed there is lots they could have done with this story. They definitely need to give Penny's life more detail.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 08/01/2011 12:20pm (10 years ago)

  • It could have been a better episode, but as you mentioned, the writers were apparently still hung over.
    With some development in mind, Sheldon could have been struggling and/or coping with not being the boss with a little more story than the standard tediousness.

    In addition, I had a nice ending in mind, but they just went on in favor of their own episode punch line "bored!".

    A little more focus on the Penny shoe app could have led to a nice "showdown", maybe Penny using her well selling shoe app to spend the income on shoes, while the guys take a picture of an equation and get a funny fail answer.

    And finally they ruined one of the funniest moments on the show when they described the Howard Wollowitz cup joke. They should have left with Howards resigned look after he stated: "Mine says Howard Wollowitz."

    I'm not sure if I should hope for an ongoing story concerning the apps as they ruined the first attempt, but it would be nice to see Penny a little more successful, at least over a short period of time.

    Posted by Michael, 07/01/2011 5:36pm (10 years ago)

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