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Old 12-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #61
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In her first couple of appearances, Bernadette spoke in a lower voice, I assume one that matched the actress' natural voice. The higher pitch was adopted in later appearances.
Yeah. I wish they'd left it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:29 AM   #62
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No kidding- during that scene I even squinted to blur my vision.
Yes. Blur. Yes.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:58 AM   #63
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That's "in the real world", but one small slip or mechanical malfunction, and Howard is actually running Sheldon over. It had to have been controlled somehow, or stunt actors (which it wasn't because it was clearly Sheldon. I'd have to watch it again to see if it was a stunt driver).
Yeah, I would imagine they would have it rigged so as to preclude an accident. Or maybe I'm more sensitive to that because I have seen a friend get slammed into a building by somebody playing around and acting like they were going to hit her. Prank went bad - woman lost a leg.

Anyway, I enjoyed the episode too and the whole Sheldon/Howard thing was pretty funny. Didn't notice flesh-color shorts so I fear I am going to have to retrieve episode and check it out (what is WRONG with me??).
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:19 PM   #64
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...Didn't notice flesh-color shorts so I fear I am going to have to retrieve episode and check it out (what is WRONG with me??).
Apparently the same thing that's wrong with me....
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:30 PM   #65
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #66
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I assumed it was just an automatic and he was idling forward.
It's more likely that a couple grips were behind the car pushing.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:57 PM   #67
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It's more likely that a couple grips were behind the car pushing.
I looked, unless they were hiding very well, you could see the back of the car. Unless they were edited out in post.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:40 PM   #68
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I looked, unless they were hiding very well, you could see the back of the car. Unless they were edited out in post.
The right rear area was hidden.
It's not a heavy car if you remove the engine.
One grip ducking behind it could have easily pushed it.
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Somehow I don't think they're going to pull the engine just for one gag, unless it was a car already on the studio lot for such purposes, which I doubt.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:40 PM   #70
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Somehow I don't think they're going to pull the engine just for one gag, unless it was a car already on the studio lot for such purposes, which I doubt.
You don't think that with all the TV production they do in SoCal, much of it in closed sets that are made to look like the outdoors, that they couldn't find a prop company with an engine-less car for exactly this type of situation?
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It depends if they got a Mini because it was available without an engine, or they wrote in a Mini on purpose, and then had to go find an engine-less Mini.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:51 PM   #72
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Is anyone finding it ironic that it was a Mini Cooper and Sheldon's last name is Cooper.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:58 PM   #73
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You don't think that with all the TV production they do in SoCal, much of it in closed sets that are made to look like the outdoors, that they couldn't find a prop company with an engine-less car for exactly this type of situation?
When Reno 911 had the idea for a gag that needed a Miata with a trailer hitch, the production guys called the local car clubs and rented one from a private citizen. (Me.)

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Is anyone finding it ironic that it was a Mini Cooper and Sheldon's last name is Cooper.
I noticed that immediately.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:50 PM   #74
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Somehow I don't think they're going to pull the engine just for one gag, unless it was a car already on the studio lot for such purposes, which I doubt.
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When Reno 911 had the idea for a gag that needed a Miata with a trailer hitch, the production guys called the local car clubs and rented one from a private citizen. (Me.)
Reno 911 was shot on a much more limited budget and not at a major studio.
(I think they did some shooting at the same Sun Valley soundstage that Babylon 5 used.)

Plus they needed a fairly specific car for the joke to work with the Dangle character.

TBBT is shot at the Warner Brothers Studio complex which maintains a fleet of vehicles, some prop, for various productions shot there.

Even if the engine isn't pulled, the Mini Cooper has a curb weight of 2535 lbs.
It's not that hard for one or two people push a few feet.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:14 PM   #75
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TBBT threads in this forum are not always about the show and sometimes more about something tangential. For a show that has arguments about Superman's dry cleaning, it actually fits in with the show pretty well.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:51 PM   #76
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Is anyone finding it ironic that it was a Mini Cooper and Sheldon's last name is Cooper.
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I noticed that immediately.

So did Turtleboy. Yesterday.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:01 PM   #77
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Even if the engine isn't pulled, the Mini Cooper has a curb weight of 2535 lbs. It's not that hard for one or two people push a few feet.
Seriously, has no-one on this thread ever had to push-start a manual transmission vehicle before? Pushing even a 6000# pickup on level ground isn't exactly a super-human feat.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #78
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Seriously, has no-one on this thread ever had to push-start a manual transmission vehicle before? Pushing even a 6000# pickup on level ground isn't exactly a super-human feat.
True, but doing so with control and accuracy (for taping) takes some effort and grace. I'm now thinking they cut a hole in the bottom, and Howard powered the car Fred Flinstone style.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #79
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #80
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True, but doing so with control and accuracy (for taping) takes some effort and grace. I'm now thinking they cut a hole in the bottom, and Howard powered the car Fred Flinstone style.
I've seen productions attach rods/bars to the side of a (prop) vehicle so that the stagehands can have better control when moving it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:58 AM   #81
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Seriously, has no-one on this thread ever had to push-start a manual transmission vehicle before? Pushing even a 6000# pickup on level ground isn't exactly a super-human feat.
This.
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This.
I'm an old lady and I can do it.
Yes, but that's REAL LIFE, not on a controlled indoors set with actors, grips, directors, cameras, lights, microphones, and a live audience very close nearby. And as I said, if you watch, it doesn't look like anyone is pushing the car.
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They did it via magic, now can we move on?
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:56 AM   #84
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They did it via magic, now can we move on?
As someone mentioned upthread, what would a BBT thread be without random tangents on minutia?
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what would a BBT thread be without random tangents on minutia?
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So did Turtleboy. Yesterday.
Details.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:27 AM   #87
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Is anyone finding it ironic that it was a Mini Cooper and Sheldon's last name is Cooper.
Amusing, sure, but ironic? I don't think it's either ironic-ironic or Alanis-ironic.
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it is made of iron, however.
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it is made of iron, however.
So obviously they used a big magnet to move the car.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:30 PM   #90
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In her first couple of appearances, Bernadette spoke in a lower voice, I assume one that matched the actress' natural voice. The higher pitch was adopted in later appearances.
Yes, it is quite funny re-watching the blind date episode where Howard meets her for the first time, her voice is quite a bit lower than it becomes later on.

Apropos of nothing else, it occurs to me that for almost every main character, only the parent with the opposite gender is involved in their lives and/or they get any mentions or appearances - Sheldon, Leondard, Howards - mothers. Penny & Bernadette - fathers (Bernadette's at the wedding, I'm not sure we ever saw her mother ...?). Raj is the exception. It was just something I noticed.
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