“It’s because of bullies like you that more and more Americans are making the switch to television”
On this week’s Big Bang Theory, Sheldon discovers an element by accident and begins to hate all the attention that he receives for it, not to mention the fact that he is making an achievement in chemistry rather than physics. Just as he starts coming to terms with his success and likes the idea of the fame, Leonard comes to him with research disproving his discovery. Sheldon is angry at Leonard, but it’s nothing that we didn’t know was already coming.
Meanwhile Raj moves in with Bernie and Howard for a while and ends up being the most perfect house guest anyone could ask for, buying Bernie coffee, cooking dinner and complimenting her figure, while packing lunches for Howard and writing him notes like “Go get ‘em!”. It’s not long before his presence starts to make Howie and Bernie feel like they’re half-assing their marriage and they end up kicking him out because they’re happy enough the way they are. How very modern of them.
Penny and Amy are pretty redundant this week, and the comedy is just a tad bit lacking too, but a decent character episode continues Big Bang’s solid run of what is one of the show’s most consistent season to date.
“He fakes right, he fakes right again, he fakes faking right”
Modern Family is back after a couple weeks off with a solid enough episode revolving around “The Big Game”, with Cam and Manny’s football team looking for their first win of the season. The other team are playing with some bad news and could use the win just as much, which causes Manny to be the compassionate human he is and tries to miss the game-winning kick. He ends up scoring by accident and wins the game for his team. Cam tells him that it’s okay to want to win, and Manny learns that lesson.
Poor Phil is stressed out because he hasn’t made a sale all month and it’s the last day to do that. He is on a terrible bad luck streak all the way up to the end of the episode where he manages to land a colossal sale from Mitchell’s boss.
Or ex-boss as I should say, seen as Mitchell himself quits his job this episode, much to the disappointment of his boss, but I’m sure it will all work out in the end.
Dylan shows up and he spends some time with Hayley. Just as you think they’re going to get back together, they cancel a date because of other commitments. Hayley having a test the next day, and Dylan having some nursing school meeting (yes, he’s going to be a nurse now. It was the next logical step, apparently). It’s always great to see Dylan back. I’m a big fan of the guy, and it was especially nice to see him and indeed Hayley showing definite signs of growing maturity.
Alex spends the episode going unnoticed by her peers and feels like a nobody until Hayley cheers her up by pulling a little stunt. Again, it’s nice to see these more mature, considerate sides of Hayley. Claire and Jay spend more time together, with Jay seemingly training Claire, while Lily spends some time with Gloria.
Some of the best laughs come from Luke, who takes position of commentator for the football game; a job he seems born to do.
Decent stuff, but Modern Family has felt ever so slightly off it’s game for a few episodes. Hopefully it’ll pick up again soon.
“The only poll I care about is in my pants”
HIMYM continues its strong run this season with another solid character-driven episode. Barney and Robin find themselves in a security office where Barney seemingly go crazy after the party he was convinced was happening for him in the Laser Tag arena didn’t happen. Robin is super mad at him because he left their rehearsal dinner on the delusional idea that she put together such a laser tag party for him.
Knowing Barney as well as we do at this stage, I probably should’ve seen it coming that the whole thing was just another one of Barney’s long cons, and instead he had been planning a special rehearsal dinner party for Robin all along. What a sweetheart!
The party is perfect for Robin, with ice skating, fake snow and best of all, he trys to recreate Canada for her, seen as they couldn’t physically be there. It’s a beautiful thing and a superb prank as unselfish as we’ve ever seen Barney do.
Meanwhile Lilly finally comes out with her frustration and worries about Marshall becoming a judge, and Ted cheers her up by reassuring her that things will be okay and confiding a secret to her.
We see through flashbacks that Ted was apparently supposed to play piano at the wedding and was supposed to be taking lessons for it, but instead he was taking figure skating lessons on the sly! Not that they helped him much. He still falls on his ass in the ice rink. Marshall hardly gets a look in this episode, only through a couple of bar flashbacks.
As I said, a strong character-driven episode, which seems to be the main focus of the season, and quite fitting really. It’s turning out to be quite an enjoyable season after all, isn’t it?