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Old 05-04-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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The Big Bang Theory [05/03/12] - "The Launch Acceleration"

Bernadette's father: You go up to that space station and you make me proud.
Howard: Um, okay.
Bernadette's father: You got a problem with that?
Howard: All right, look, I'm going to level with you. I'm terrified about going into space. What if I don't make it back?
Bernadette's father: It's gonna be okay, son.
Howard: You really think so?
Bernadette's father: Of course. A pretty girl like Bernadette ... she'll find a new guy.

So is Howard going or not?

On another subject, Sheldon and Amy are getting weird.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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As the 'launch date' is one day after the season finale, I think we might be in for a cliff-hanger as to whether he goes or not. I'm leaning toward him going, despite all his efforts to 'honorably' back out.

Oh, and what do you mean by "getting' weird??? They've ALWAYS been weird. It's been obvious that AFF is looking for a physical relationship and although Sheldon is effectively asexual, he'll do! It's better than the suggestion of a lesbian relationship with Penny, which I don't think would ever happen.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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I loved Sheldon's 'Don't Stop' at the end. Classic.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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Oh, and what do you mean by "getting' weird??? They've ALWAYS been weird. It's been obvious that AFF is looking for a physical relationship and although Sheldon is effectively asexual, he'll do!
In fact, I'd say they're headed in the general direction of getting normal.

Not that there's any chance they'll ever get there, but what they're doing now is closer to normal than what they've been doing in the past.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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I predict the season will end with Howard on the launch pad as we hear the count down (in Russian) and just as they reach zero...Fade to black
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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I thought the Sheldon/Amy scenes were hilarious. The video game mood music, the call back to spaghetti with hot dogs cut up in them. I loved that Sheldon knew what she was doing but was still powerless to resist.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #7
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Amy was fetching in the TOS uniform.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #8
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It's better than the suggestion of a lesbian relationship with Penny
Now that's just axiomatically false.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:04 PM   #9
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I think it will be a double-cliff hanger with both Howard and Sheldon "preparing for launch"! IYKWIM.


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Old 05-04-2012, 01:07 PM   #10
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I would love to see penny and Leonard get married. Penny could love into the guys' apartment and she and Sheldon could drive each other batty.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:25 PM   #11
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Penny could love into the guys' apartment and she and Sheldon could drive each other batty.
I guess that is some kind of Freuidian slip but I'm not sure.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:39 PM   #12
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I think it will be a double-cliff hanger with both Howard and Sheldon "preparing for launch"! IYKWIM.

That's my guess too.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #13
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I guess that is some kind of Freuidian slip but I'm not sure.
*move I'm using forumrumner and was autocorrected...
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:57 PM   #14
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In fact, I'd say they're headed in the general direction of getting normal.

Not that there's any chance they'll ever get there, but what they're doing now is closer to normal than what they've been doing in the past.
The Penny/Lennard arc could have been on any of the Friends-descendent sitcoms.

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I thought the Sheldon/Amy scenes were hilarious. The video game mood music, the call back to spaghetti with hot dogs cut up in them. I loved that Sheldon knew what she was doing but was still powerless to resist.
As Rob has pointed out, this show has been moving toward "normal" for quite a while now. But every once and while there's an arc that is so good, I'm locked into watching this show for the foreseeable future. The Sheldon/Amy arc this week was just that for me.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #15
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As Rob has pointed out, this show has been moving toward "normal" for quite a while now. But every once and while there's an arc that is so good, I'm locked into watching this show for the foreseeable future. The Sheldon/Amy arc this week was just that for me.
I was referring specifically to Sheldon and Amy...
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:34 PM   #16
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:39 PM   #17
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I'd love to see aff and pennie and squeakie all move to another state or country and then just have the best part of the show left - the 4 guys.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #18
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I loved the back and forth between Penny and Leonard at the end with the "are we still dating" etc, etc.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:03 PM   #19
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I imagine we'll see Howard go into space. Having him in the rocket during countdown wouldn't be a cliffhanger, which is OK with me. They're not going to pull a Henry Blake on him, having a rocket not make it to the ISS wouldn't fit in a comedy. With Howard up there we could have a few episodes with him phoning home that could make for some fun.

AFF trying for Sheldon is fun. I'm already picturing a shot ala-Graduate, where we see under her leg, only with her skirt so long we can only see Sheldon's lower legs, and he asks "Dr. Fowler. You're trying to seduce me... Aren't you?". Until she succeeds though I still see her making a play for Penny as she's seriously craving physical contact. Attempts on both fronts are still fun to watch.

I really liked the deep voice gas bit with Leonard and Penny. Embracing their playful and geeky sides is when they're good together. I had to look it up: Sulfur Hexafluoride. Leonard mentioned something about using it at work, the closest I could find on Wikipedia was:
SF6 is also commonly encountered as a high voltage dielectric in the high voltage supplies of particle accelerators, such as Van de Graaff generators and Pelletrons and high voltage transmission electron microscopes.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #20
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They've used Sulfur Hexafluoride several times on Mythbusters, and Adam never lets an opportunity go by without inhaling some and talking. Although on the show, I suspect it was also voice-processed.
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There's a spoiler picture from the finale in this week's Entertainment Weekly (Dark Shadows cover):

Spoiler:
Bernadette in her wedding dress with Howard in his tux

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<snip>Although on the show, I suspect it was also voice-processed.
It was most definitely faked. I could hear some artifacts of the artificial pitch changes in their voices. Plus, it went from full on deep, to normal in less than a breath a couple of times. You could hear a normal laugh from Penny before she even had time to breath again at one point. Had it been real gas, her laugh would have at least been somewhat affected. She couldn't have evacuated her lungs and refilled them with normal air that quickly.
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She couldn't have evacuated her lungs and refilled them with normal air that quickly.
I don't know...she's got some pretty amazing lungs.

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I thought the Sheldon/Amy scenes were hilarious. The video game mood music, the call back to spaghetti with hot dogs cut up in them. I loved that Sheldon knew what she was doing but was still powerless to resist.
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There's a spoiler picture from the finale in this week's Entertainment Weekly (Dark Shadows cover):

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Bernadette in her wedding dress with Howard in his tux
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Could have been a tux "in space"

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Could have been a tux "in space"
Is that the new "...in bed"?
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That solves on question I had. I was wondering if Mayim only wears skirts for religious reasons-because that's all you ever see her wear. I would guess not.

She looks nice in pants.
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That solves on question I had. I was wondering if Mayim only wears skirts for religious reasons-because that's all you ever see her wear. I would guess not.

She looks nice in pants.
What religion is she?
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It was most definitely faked. I could hear some artifacts of the artificial pitch changes in their voices. Plus, it went from full on deep, to normal in less than a breath a couple of times. You could hear a normal laugh from Penny before she even had time to breath again at one point. Had it been real gas, her laugh would have at least been somewhat affected. She couldn't have evacuated her lungs and refilled them with normal air that quickly.
Because sulfur hexafluoride is six times heavier than air, I agree that the scene must have been faked. The times I've seen it used, the person inhaling it had to bend over to get it all out of his lungs.

After this episode, I wonder if we'll hear about a rash of geeks passing out from trying this stuff.
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