Episode 12 - The Bus Pants Utilization
7 January 2011
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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