Episode 5 - The Desperation Emanation
14 February 2013
Synopsis: Leonard is feeling lonely and everyone can sense it. In desperation he asks Howard to get Bernadette to fix him up. Meanwhile Amy asks Sheldon to meet her mother and he tries to hide from her, incorrectly assuming that she wants to take the relationship to the next level.
The Good: Seeing a story focussed on Leonard and his loneliness was nice. The pact with Howard was a nice bit of continuity and his decision to stick it out with a woman he didn't actually like to avoid being alone was sadly realistic.
The show's commitment to keeping Sheldon and Amy as un-intimate as possible is commendable.
The Bad: The writing used all the subtlety of a hammer to tell that story. First we had to sit through all the other characters telling Leonard that he was alone. This was laid on pretty thick with Sheldon and Stuart both inappropriately pointing out Leonard's lack of female company. Worse still was Raj claiming that he was dating a deaf girl. Raj dating anyone should be major news on the show and this felt like a bad joke tacked onto the episode in an implausible way. Once on the date Joy turned out to be a typically bad TV clichÃ©. She had no apparent constitution; she was just generically inappropriate, forward, vain and oblivious.
Meanwhile Sheldon acted with no logic in his story which was a shame. He freaked out about Amy asking him to meet her mother which seemed out of character. Normally you would imagine Sheldon calmly asking her what the purpose of the meeting was and avoiding any confusion. Instead he not only leapt to wrong conclusions but foolishly tried to hide from her. Again this made no sense, she knows both where he lives and where he works so how could he really envisage avoiding her? The final graphic phone call to Amy's mother was just bad childish humour which ignored any reality you might imagine in that relationship.
Comic Highlight: Sheldon wearing a fake nose and glasses to try and slip past Amy.
In Conclusion: Leonard remains the shows forgotten man and this plot was so thin that it hardly helped his cause.
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