25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS

CAST

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series)
Edward Asner (Elf)
Kate Micucci (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Sho)
Jay Leno (The Simpsons)
Rachael MacFarlane (The Batman)
Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin)
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Using stop-motion animation to cleverly create the feel of a holiday-special throwback, “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” — derived from the Will Ferrell movie and subsequent musical — turns out to be a whole lot of fun, proving yet again it’s hard to go wrong casting Jim Parsons in pretty much anything. Retelling the movie’s story with an assortment of songs from the musical, the one-hour special straddles that line between holiday cheer and irreverence, buoyed in part by a giddy, goofy look that nicely dovetails with Parsons’ take on the title character.
Buddy’s tale as the human child inadvertently taken in by elves and raised in the North Pole is narrated by Santa Claus (voiced by Ed Asner), racing through that backstory to get to the current one, in which Buddy travels to New York City and is reunited with his long-lost dad (Mark Hamill, who, alas, never says, “Buddy, I am your father”).
The songs are great fun, and work particularly well with the animation, such as Santa lamenting about his relentlessly cheerful elves in the song “Happy All the Time”: “When they sing until they’re bluish, Santa wishes he were Jewish.”
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas is a well made animated movie, it is a retelling of the Elf story we already saw in the movie, but Jim Parsons brings a uniqueness to the character.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART II

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CAST

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (The Muppets)
Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Melissa Rauch (Batman and Harley Quinn)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

The Holiday Summation

THE HOLIDAY SIMULATION

RECURRING/ NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Laurie Metcalf (Scream 2)

109524_WB_0603b [www.imagesplitter.net]In their apartment, Penny wants to setting up snacks for the the gang while Leonard is packing away the last of the Christmas decorations. Sheldon always objects to decorations up past New Year’s Eve. Bernadette texts Penny that they are running late because Halley got sick. Shamy arrives as Sheldon points out the mistletoe they had not taken down. Penny asks them how their trip to Texas went. Sheldon tells them that it didn’t go well and that the “Lone Star State” should be its Yelp rating. Discussing their trip. Sheldon explained that the flight down was fine except for the weird tasting juice that Amy gave him; he slept the whole way down. Amy has a little smile on her face since she obviously drugged him. On their way to Mary’s house Sheldon suddenly woke up not knowing how he got in the car. She got him into the car using a luggage cart. Amy wants Sheldon to tell Mary that they are living together. He is reluctant because they will have to listen to her religious lecture on their sinning. Sheldon has already heard the lecture to his brother, his sister and his father who also had a girlfriend. Amy thinks that there might not be one since she thinks that Mary likes her. At dinner Mary is praying over their “Sloppy Joes” which Amy thinks looks delicious. Their first news is that the Wolowitzes had a little girl which Mary wonders if they are going to raise it Jewish or regular. Amy gets Sheldon to tell Mary the other news that they are now living together in sin like a couple of New Yorkers.
bbt-penny-and-leonard-flashbackSheldon is confused when Mary says that she is thrilled. Though she would prefer that they be wedded, she is happy for them because of the special circumstances. What circumstances wonders Sheldon. Mary explains that by the time he was three years old, he had memorized over a thousand types of trains and she thought that no woman would want to get on any of them. Sheldon objects that his mother thought he would be alone for the rest of his life. Not true. She figured he would have nurses near the end. Sheldon storms off. Later Amy wonders if she should go talk to Sheldon. Mary says that she should do it, but she always knows why she won’t. Sheldon returns wearing some underwear on his head and swim fins on his feet thinking that his mother wants him to be the unsocialized eccentric that she always thought he was. Amy realizes that Mary and her are going to ignore Sheldon. Sheldon is mad that Amy is taking her mother’s side especially since that she thinks that Amy is a weirdo too. Sheldon and Amy leave to drive around for awhile. Amy comforts Sheldon with the fact that his mother is wrong since he does have someone. Also, she already told Mary that they were living together to avoid the while issue. Sheldon isn’t happy that Amy doesn’t think he can run his life. Amy was only helping him out since both of them help each other with their weakness. His is in understanding how other people feel. The Wolowitzes show up with Halley, Raj and Stuart ign tow. Halley is put in their bedroom since she is sleeping. Howard calls his Sherpa Poppins and Doubtfire to come with him. They catch Bernadette up on their Texas story which finishes with Sheldon rebelling with getting an earring and his mother making Amy take it out. Amy thought that he looked like the pirate who helped the other pirates connect to the Internet.
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Leonard and Penny describe their big fight about watching Luke Cage together. Penny reveals that she watched two episodes without him. The gang can’t understand their problem. Penny admitted that it might have been because it was just after their adventure getting a Christmas tree. In is their car with Penny wearing reindeer antlers and Leonard an elk hat and his Spock ears. She finds a Christmas tree farm they can cut their own tree down. Afterwards they are dirty and disheveled. Leonard forgot and let go of the ax when swinging it. And was wearing his mittens in 70 degree heat since he blisters easily. Leonard doesn’t want them to fight so he stops and then the Christmas tree falls off the car roof across their windshield. “There’s something on the windshield,” quips Penny sarcastically. Next they are dragging the tree up the stairs and Penny keeps asking Leonard if he needs a break. No. Then Penny is standing next to the tree which now is on top of Leonard. Finally after dragging the tree through the door of their apartment Leonard remarks that they can now decorate it while Penny wonders if he wants to take gasoline to set it on fire. Both collapse on the couch. It appears that something is in the tree which subsequently gets dumped down the elevator shaft.gallery-1483885447-sheldon-amy-holiday-summationSheldon asks how life with their baby is and that he doesn’t want to touch it. Bernadette claims that it is wonderful, though at their house a tired and disheveled Bernadette enters as she can’t get Halley to stop crying. Rajesh claims that when his baby brother began crying, the servants would just take the baby to another part of the house. Bernadette is frustrated since her breasts have been emptied and she doesn’t know what else Halley wants. The baby settles down as Bernie wonders out loud what she and Howard have done. Howard returns from shopping with superhero baby wipes as the baby wakes up. Stuart runs in and Halley stops. Bernadette breaks into tears because she couldn’t do that. She thinks that everyone is a better mother than her. Raj suggests that the baby is just a jerk and Bernadette really starts bawling. Stuart tells the gang that the sound of his voice puts people to sleep. Bernadette is also seen crying in bed thinking that the baby hates her even though she also feeds her. The baby starts crying, causing Bernadette to cry again, and having the same effect on Howard. Sheldon checks on new mothers on the Internet and that 80% get baby blues. For a remedy Sheldon tells Bernadette that she is doing a good job. When Raj asks, Stuart tells everyone that he went to see his grandmother with his siblings; everybody falls asleep. They are all just kidding. As everyone leaves, Howard announces his intent to take a paternity leave; then he circles back because they forgot the baby. They are still new at the parenting thing.
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The Celebration Reverberation

The Celebration Reverberation

While Howard, Leonard and Sheldon are looking through the comic book rack, Sheldon inquires whether Stuart has the new Aquaman comic and whether he can smoke some meat in his back room. He is planning a historically accurate western meal for Amy’s birthday since she love “Little House on the Prairie”. Leonard thinks that it’s weird that he is suddenly getting into Aquaman. Sheldon want to start reading the aquatic superhero before he suddenly becomes cool. Leonard asks about Halley’s birthday and Howard isn’t planning anything since Bernadette is on bed rest and he is lazy. Raj enters the shop, greets the guys and barely acknowledges Howard. Howard calls Raj a baby and Raj reacts telling him to grow up. Stuart pleads with them to stop fighting until he learns that Raj is letting him use his extra ticket to the new Star Wars movie. Stuart changes his opinion to that Howard and Raj had a good run together.The Big Bang Theory 11x11 – The Celebration Reverberation CAPA - CopiaIn the Caltech cafeteria, Raj asks Sheldon and Leonard whether they want to see “The Last Jedi” again that night. Sheldon does so he can catch the parts he missed while he was blinking. A exhausted Howard shows up announcing that Halley will have a birthday party because anyone who is not a heartless monster and Bernadette would want one. He gives Leonard and Sheldon invitations and doesn’t invite Raj. Sheldon is planning to come, but doesn’t like those sugary flowers on birthday cakes. Howard doesn’t invite Raj and doesn’t think that it means a thing that he is Halley’s godfather. Raj quickly leaves. Penny enters the Hofstadter apartment reading a letter, the Christmas letter from Leonard’s brother telling about their great life making Leonard feel bad. Sheldon enters carrying a butter churn for his dinner for Amy and wants to store it in 4A. Penny quips that she already got Amy one of those things. He is making hardtack, boiled salt pork and a gob of chew-able tree sap. And afterwards they will have their annual birthday coitus. Penny wonders if their sex will be historically accurate. Leonard assumes that like frontier life, it will be exhausting and short. Sheldon calls Leonard exhausting and short and then leaves.111594_WB_0517bAmy returns home and finds all the lights out. Sheldon is using candles and tells Amy that he doesn’t know what electricity is since he is a farm boy from a little house on the prairie. Amy screams in excitement. She thinks that everything is perfect. Though tomorrow is her birthday, tonight she get’s her authentic frontier dinner from scratch. Amy hugs Sheldon calling it amazing. Amy sits down because she is starving. Sheldon even churned his own butter, though there is very little of it and it took him nine hours to make. Amy is so excited; she doesn’t think she can wait until midnight to have sex with him. Sheldon replies that she will be glad to have waited because everyone knows that the best foreplay is an adherence to a strict schedule.
K4u28ISTdzEPenny returns from work and finds Leonard wanting to make their Christmas letter. He wants to make a list of the cool things they did that year. Penny starts that their jobs are going great though Leonard lost their project to the Air Force and Penny hates her job. “Still employed” starts the list. Then they had their second anniversary, which they forgot to celebrate. “Still married,” was then added. They also almost went to the beach and almost went to the mountains. Howard shows up at Raj’s new place to invite Raj and then asks him to plan the party. Stuart was having a colonoscopy at the free clinic since an appointment opened up. Raj is insulted that Howard would only apologize because he needed something. Raj will do it, but only for Halley because she is his goddaughter. Amy finishes her meal and declines any more. There is plenty of pork fat left over though they could turn it into soap. Amy thinks that that might taste better. Amy moves over to the couch as Sheldon wants to go to stage 2, the pitching of woo. He has some bawdy nineteenth century limericks which Amy interrupts asking if it was getting hot in the room. She wonders if there was something wrong with the food since her stomach felt weird. Sheldon is starting to feel bad too and wonders if it is sexual arousal. He runs off to the bathroom to get sick as Amy heads for the kitchen sink.73555ec5baf88b87369Howard comes out onto the porch and finds Raj working on an almost completed party. He can believe what Raj did overnight. Raj reminds him that he did it for Halley. Howard adds that he is sure that she appreciates it of she knew what was going on and who he was. In their bedroom, a still sick Sheldon wishes an also sick Amy a happy birthday. Neither had slept the previous night. Sheldon asks if she wanted to make love. Amy only wants to do it if he doesn’t touch her. Sheldon says, “Fine”, pauses a moment and then asks if she wants to do it again. Penny comes out in the morning and finds Leonard working on their Christmas letter list. He had added “Kept fern alive” and “Assembled “IKEA furniture.” Penny doubted that brown plant was still alive. And she thinks that their lives are great, so why is it bothering Leonard? He thinks that they are stuck in their lives. They are married two years and should move ahead to buying a house or having a kid. Penny is happy with staying thin and putting money in the bank. So what do they want to do next? How about a big trip? Instead they decide to go to Catalina Island. Sheldon then runs in to use the bathroom since Amy is already in theirs.111594_WB_0034bAt the party, Howard learns that Bernadette’s sister’s kids are sick and aren’t coming. Bernadette calls down and asks how the party is coming. Great? Raj wonders where all the “Daddy and Me” kids were. Back in the sick room, Sheldon just remembers that he left all the food out. Amy says sarcastically wondering of it was going to go good. Amy lists all her symptoms and Sheldon comments that he is feeling better too. Sitting alone at a table, Howard calls the party a disaster. Raj complains that he called in a lot of favors to get a Wonder Woman bouncy house. Then he admits that it is a Chinese knock-off called Happy Strong Swimsuit Lady. Raj then climbs into the bouncy house just to have it used to celebrate Halley’s birthday. Howard joins him and starts to argue with him. Howard is stressed and Raj worked hard. Raj pushes Howard down who jumps up and pushes Raj. Howard is angry about Raj walking out on their friendship, Raj complains about Howard making fun of him all these years. As they get in a shoving match, they find it fun and make up in the process. Later the gang is at the party while Sheldon and Amy arrived fully recovered. Bernadette calls them all upstairs because Halley is now awake. Sheldon and Amy stay. Sheldon mentions that it is still Amy’s birthday and that the bouncy house is empty. He suggests using it and then finding an unused bedroom upstairs to have their annual love making celebration. Amy agrees as they head for the bouncy house.111594_WB_0312b_FULLAnother great bunch of  Xmas episode. The highlight being the second one where Sheldong trys to give Amy a perfect Little House on the prairie birtthday present and ending up giving them both food posioning. Great epsisodes to watch over the xmas season.

 

 

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART I

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CAST
Jim Parsons (Garden States)
Johnny Galecki (Hancock)
Kaley Cuoco (Killer Movie)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Along Blog)
Kunal Nayyar (Ice Age: Continental Drift)
Mayim Bialik (Beauty and The Beast 1989)
Melissa Rauch (I Love You, Man)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

THE BATH ITEM GIFT HYPOTHESIS

GUEST CAST
Michael Trucco (Wishmaster 4)
At the university, Sheldon is educating the guys that Superman cleans his uniform by flying into the sun. Howard questions what happens if he gets something Kryptonian on it. Sheldon is pretty sure that all Kryptonian condiments were destroyed when Krypton exploded. Leonard points out that Superman’s sweat is also Kryptonian, and Howard laments over what to do about Kryptonian pit stains. Sheldon counters that Superman doesn’t sweat on Earth, and could always wash his clothes while visiting the shrunken Kryptonian city of Kandor, where he has no superpowers and his clothing wouldn’t either.
A scientist, David Underhill walks in. Not only is he a winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant (it’s a real thing), but even according to Sheldon, his observation of high energy positrons has provided the first conclusive evidence of the existence of dark matter. Everyone but Leonard seems to respect him. Sheldon points out that Underhill’s discovery has essentially made Leonard’s line of research useless. Leonard points out that Underhill was just at the right place at the right time. Underhill approaches Leonard and asks if he has time to work with him. Leonard is thrilled and gives him all his phone numbers, including his parent’s number in New Jersey. Leonard arrives at the apartment, missing Wii Bowling Night. Dave is very cool, as he is a Black Diamond (advanced) skier, collects vintage motorcycles, and does a spot-on impression of Stephen Hawking having phone sex. Dave and Leonard are getting along very well and are going to the gym the morning. Penny asks if the guys are putting up a Christmas tree to which Sheldon explains. “We do not celebrate the ancient pagan ritual of Saturnalia. Sheldon explains, “In the pre-Christian era, as the winter solstice approached and the plants died, pagans brought evergreen boughs into their homes as an act of sympathetic magic to guard the plants and preserve their essences until spring. This custom was later appropriated by northern Europeans and eventually becomes the so-called Christmas tree.” Howard quips “And that, Charlie Brown, is what boredom is all about.”
Penny says that she’ll put their presents under her tree. Sheldon is upset, stating that Penny is not giving him a present, rather an obligation. He must give her something of equal value based upon on her present and her perceived level of friendship. Sheldon ponders if obligations such as this are a contributing factor to the increased suicide rate during the holidays. Raj and Howard end up taking him to the mall. Leonard and David are heading up the stairs helping Leonard after the motorcycle fell over on his leg. They run into Penny who is surprised that David is a physicist and they became quickly smitten with each other. Penny claims to be a geek who would love to see his lab. David proposes to take her out to dinner and up the coast his bike. Leonard is left on his own to figure out what just happened. Sheldon’s shopping does not go well in a bath & body shop which is a “cacophonous assault of eucalyptus, bayberry, cinnamon, and vanilla.” To be fair, though, it is less scary than the Build-a-Bear shop next door. Howard picks a gift basket to purchase, but Sheldon stops him. He has no knowledge of what size gift basket to get. He experiments by “giving” the gift basket to the sales clerk. Since she acts just like Penny, Howard claims that they’ll take it.
Leonard gets a little shock in the university’s cafeteria finding Penny with David and having taken his offer of looking around the labs even though he had also offered to show Penny around. David is totally into Penny, saying she has an agile mind (among other things) and he has forgotten about working with Leonard. He is more interesting in doing some research with Penny about the effects of tequila shots on a gorgeous 22-year-old woman.  Back at the apartment, Leonard is upset and lying on the couch when Raj and Howard enter carrying several huge gift baskets. Sheldon’s plan is to open Penny’s gift first, then excuse himself with some “gastric trouble,” and get the appropriately-priced basket, returning the others later. Howard wonders if Leonard has already gotten Penny the perfect gift; a new boyfriend. Leonard goes over to Penny’s finding her drinking rum and eggnog minus the eggnog. He demands an answer to why Penny is suddenly dating someone smarter than himself when she thought he was too smart for her, the very thing that broke them up at the beginning of the season. Penny bursts into tears wondering why he was yelling at her. Leonard immediately retreats and tries to find out what’s wrong. She says that David is an idiot because he should have taken the nude photos of his wife off his cell phone before taking nude photos of his girlfriend. Leonard asked about the nude pictures to which Penny responded, “THAT’S what you got from that? The guy is married!” Penny also asks that if he is ‘perfectly happy’ with the way things are, then why is he jealous. Leonard apologizes and asks her to give him this one since it is Christmas. They end up cuddling. She relents and wishes him a Merry Christmas. Then Leonard brings up that his leg is still in pain.
Later Penny brings over her Christmas presents. Sheldon gets a napkin, which when turned over was signed by Leonard Nimoy. “To Sheldon, Live Long and Prosper.” First he is speechless and then Penny apologizes that it is dirty because he wiped his mouth on it. Completely overwhelmed and emotional, Sheldon then exclaims that he now has the DNA of Leonard Nimoy and can grow a clone of his own before quickly running off to his room. Leonard gives Penny a set of children’s science experiments because she told David she was so into science. Leonard gets some motorcycle lessons to prevent any future accidents. Sheldon returns to the room with all of the gift baskets he bought and gives them to Penny, much to her surprise. However, thinking that it still doesn’t equal the value of his gift, Sheldon gives Penny something he rarely gives anyone… a hug. Leonard considers this day is a Saturnalia miracle (i.e. Sheldon version of a Christmas miracle.).
Such a great Christmas episode and is one I watch every Christmas, the ending is the best part and so touching.
 

THE MATERNAL CONGRUENCE

GUEST CAST
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
The episode begins with Penny and Leonard decorating Leonard’s Christmas tree. After being asked to contribute, Sheldon gives them a bust of Sir Issac Newton to hang on the tree partially since he was born on Christmas day and Jesus was not. A visit from Leonard’s mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski), delights Sheldon and horrifies Leonard. Penny is upset because Leonard didn’t mention his mother’s visit to her, but that is nothing compared to when Leonard learns that Sheldon knows more about his own mother than Leonard does. Leonard learns about his parents’ pending divorce, his mother’s surgery, and his dog Mitzy’s death all after Sheldon has known. Beverly questions
Howard and Raj about their “ersatz homosexual relationship” (alluding to her last visit in “The Maternal Capacitance”) and Howard tries to tell Leonard’s mother that he has a girlfriend, but she doesn’t seem to believe him. He asks Leonard to tell his mother, but Leonard responds, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”, but Leonard tells her Howard has a girlfriend after Howard makes him since Leonard knows and Howard scoffed at Leonard not knowing what’s Howard’s talking about. Penny and Beverly go out drinking at the Cheesecake Factory bar and get terribly drunk. Penny tells her about her relationship with Leonard and Beverly tells her about her interest in the busboy. When they get back to the apartment, a drunk Beverly scolds Leonard for not telling her that he is in a relationship with Penny. Leonard then confronts her about not telling him about her surgery, her divorce and his dog’s death and he wants a closer mother and son relationship, so Beverly hugs him. After Leonard is gone, Beverly kisses Sheldon much to Penny’s horror. Afterwards, she says that she would rather have the busboy. The next day, Penny and Beverly are hung-overand Leonard and Sheldon are taking Beverly to the airport. Beverly asks Leonard to take care of Penny and hopes Sheldon will forgive her for her actions the previous night; however, they all decide to keep it a secret from Leonard.
The second Christmas episode is brilliant seeing Penny interact with Leonards Mother was hilarious.

THE SANTA SIMULATION

GUEST CAST
Dakin Matthews (Lincoln)
Leonard is assembling a cardboardfireplace decoration for his apartment. He is amazed that he assembled an entire fireplace with his own bare hands hands, even though he did get a papercutpaper cut. Leonard tells Penny that the guys are playing Dungeons and Dragons together because they haven’t in a long time. Penny asks him if he’d rather play a fantasy board game on a Saturday night rather than be with his girlfriend who let him have sex with her. Amy tells Sheldon that she always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons. Sheldon replies that she isn’t invited because men at times have to get away from civility and break out into their primal selves.
Bernadette tells Howard that she worked late so that they could be together on Saturday night. Howard tells her that if he doesn’t come, then the guys will blame the failure of their night on her. Raj and Stuart had planned to have dinner and see the ChristmasChristmas lights in Griffith ParkGriffith Park, but are even more excited about joining in the game.Their Dungeons and Dragons quest starts with a Christmas gift given to Sheldon who, as usual, is complaining about Christmas, like the overuse of “t’is” and “t’was”. He pulls out a scrollscroll from the Christmas stocking that describes their quest that starts in a village of massacred elves. They must rescue their leader Santa Clausfrom a packdungeon of ogreogres. Leonard explains that a holiday-themed quest would be a good idea. Sheldon replies that it was like a sandwich of grape jelly and petroleum jellypetroleum jelly. In-game, Howard finds a secret door, tries to set up an invasion strategy, however; Raj rushes in. He hits a tripwaretrip wire that triggers a cannoncannon, leading to his death and disqualification.
Penny pokes her head into the room and tells the guys that she thought that they should see what they are missing out on. Acting like runway modelfashion models, Bernadette shows off a tight short red dress from Forever 21″Forever 21″ and Amy a flowered dress from “Forever 63”, actually showing a lot of ankle, and new shoes. Penny is wearing a very short little black dress that got her out of two speeding ticketsspeeding tickets and jury dutyjury duty. Raj says he wants to go but first the girls tell him that he can’t come because its girls’ night but, after the girls leave, Penny pokes her head back in and invites him. At the nightclubbar, Bernadette wants to find a girl for Raj but needs to know whether he should find a girl to get laidhook-up or a quality relationship. Amy announces that they should get him laid. The girls tell him that they could find someone and introduce him. Raj doesn’t want the girl to know that he has money, but she has to be a nine or ten. Or eight if she brings another eight to the hot tub. According to Bernadette, he’ll have any girl that will have him and Raj agrees.
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Back at the game, the boys’ characters find a large chest. Howard wants to bury his head (i.e. boobs) in it even though he is married. The door locks behind them, and glowing words appear on the chest as the walls start to close in. The answer of the clues has Sheldon singing “Good King WenceslasGood King Wenceslas” to stop the walls from closing in. Sheldon knows the song from when his grandparents would sing carols at Christmas time. They tried to resume the game, but Sheldon insists on singing the remaining verses. At the nightclub, Raj finds a hot girl at the bar, they talked for a while, and he leaves her to return to the girls. He finds that she gave him a phony email email address. Raj complains that is really his fault since he falls for girls that are out of his league. He did when he fell for his friends’ hot girlfriends, Penny and Bernadette. Amy then concludes at some point he’ll fall her. Raj says a definite “no” but Penny and Bernadette urgently try to get Raj to change his comment about Amy, but he keeps saying “no”, and that he wouldn’t fall for her. Back at the apartment, Sheldon finishes the last verse of “Good King Wenceslas”. Next, they find a pool of melted snowmansnowmen that Sheldon wants every detail about. Afterwards he picks up a cup of eggnogeggnog. Leonard says he’s glad Sheldon is finally in the holiday spirit, but Sheldon claims that he is not and that he drinks eggnog all year-round. Leonard wishes Sheldon would get in the spirit since he had enough crappy Christmases when he was a kid. Instead of leaving Santa milk and cookies, Leonard’s family left research paperresearch papers for Santa, and then in the morning they were graded. Sheldon thinks they must have been great Christmases.
At the nightclub, Raj apologizes to Amy if he upset her. Amy says her first kiss was at 22, but only before she returned some guy’s medicine to him. Raj claims that during a game of spin the bottle, the girl the bottle landed on said if he came close to her she would break the bottle and cut him. Amy says she fell asleep at a fraternity party in collegecollege and woke up with more clothes on. Raj says that he would sit on one hand, make it numb, and then hold hands and feel like it was another person. Amy says she does the same thing, but hers sometimes would cops a feelcup her breast. Amy tells Raj that she knows what it’s like to be alone and Raj agrees as they seem to connect. But Raj reminds her that she has Sheldon now. Then Amy tells him that he’ll eventually find somebody too. Raj says that he hopes that she is as half as a lovely person as Amy. Amy then says that Raj “wants me; now I’m good”. She says that they can leave now, obviously getting back at Raj who then tells Penny on the way out that now he may fall for Amy. Penny looks strange at him. During the next game stunt, Sheldon puts numbers on the whiteboard and the three players start playing “Jingle BellsJingle Bells” with bells. This act lowers the drawbridgedrawbridge and they find the bloody and beaten Santa in the dungeon. Sheldon casts a spell of paralysis on Howard and Stuart, goes in and yells at Santa. Sheldon confesses that when, he was five, he asked Santa to bring back his Pop-Pop, Meemaw’s husband, who had just died and was his only relative that urged him to follow his dream into science. Instead Santa brought him a set of Lincoln LogsLinkin Logs. Sheldon kicks Santa and leaves him to the ogres. The others are completely shocked as they now know that Sheldon doesn’t like celebrating Christmas as he was struggling to recover from such a traumatic family tragedy at the time. Leonard just comments that he gave up sex with Penny for this unhappy ending.  That night, Sheldon comes into the living room and finds Santa Claus leaving him presentpresents and he apologizes for not bringing back his Pop-Pop because he says that his magicpower is limited. He also has something special for Sheldon, who seems excited, thinking his presents are trains. But because Sheldon left him for dead in the game, Santa fires a cannon at Sheldon for his revenge. Sheldon quickly wakes up from his dreamsnightmare, coming to the senses that he shouldn’t blame Santa for his Pop Pop not coming back to life.
Another great xmas episode, seeing Sheldon seek revenge of Santa was fun and even more fun the dream he has afterwards.

THE COOPER EXTRACTION

GUEST CAST
Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: The Teenage Witch)
Brian Smith (Casual)
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Rushing down snow covered hills, Amy and Penny are video skiing. Amy is winning because her center of gravity is very low; she is built like a pyramid. Leonard sprained his ankle playing. While Penny wants him to go to the hospital, Leonard refuses to go into the ER with another video game injury. Sheldon enters the living room and turns down a chance to play the game since he is on is way out to Texas. He is leaving immediately. Leonard inquires if someone is sick. It seems that Sheldon’s sister Missy is about to have a baby. Penny brightens up and is happy for the new Uncle Sheldon. Sheldon tells everyone that he is going to be Uncle Dr. Cooper. Amy wonders why no-one knew that his sister was pregnant. Sheldon also didn’t mentions his brother’s kidney stones. He then asks everybody people want to know everything that was coming out of his family’s genitals. Sheldon is going to fill in for his brother-in-law that was in a horrible motorcycle accident. Sheldon feels that he is lucky since he doesn’t have to be there for the blessed event. His sister Missy is due the next day, but since it took her six years to get through high school, Sheldon doesn’t know how long it’s going to take. Amy offers to give him a ride to the airport, but he doesn’t want to inconvenience his girlfriend. He does turn to Leonard and tells him that they have to leave in ten minutes. Everybody minus Sheldon is together for a tree decorating Christmas party. Since Sheldon is absent, so are all of his tree decorating rules (including the required spacing of the ornaments.) Now, both Star Trek and Star Wars ornaments can now be on the same branches. The fact that Howard is enjoying trimming the Christmas tree might cause his mother to have a heart attack. Bernadette then takes the opportunity to photograph Howard trimming the tree. Penny is a little short of funds this year so her Christmas present is going to be giving him herself, which is what Leonard got last year and last night. Stuart then joins them as Amy’s computer notifies her of an incoming video chat from Sheldon. He thinks that they are so thoughtful that they have a Christmas party after he left since he isn’t into Christmas. His sister has been in labor for an hour and is having a home birth. Raj points out that many women want to give birth at home in a warm comfortable environment. Sheldon feels that she will also turn her bedroom into an “amniotic Slip and Slide.” Sheldon then gets called away to have a family picture taken because his sister is fully dilated and there is no blood yet.
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Raj wants to know if Amy would want Sheldon there if she was having a baby. Penny breaks in that she doesn’t think Sheldon will be there when they make the baby. Bernadette brought over the holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to watch. Neither Raj nor Stuart has seen it. Amy describes the movie as being at Christmastime, Jimmy Stewart is really depressed and wants to jump off a bridge and kill himself which is pretty much Stuart’s life story. Bernadette then adds that he gets to see what life would be like if he never was born. Penny wonders if anyone ever considered life without someone. (Leonard: “Knock… knock… knock… What do you think?… Knock… knock… knock… What do you think?… knock… knock… knock… What do you think?” doing Sheldon’s knock.) Amy points out that despite the jokes they make about Sheldon, none of them would be there if it wasn’t for Sheldon. None of them would know Amy. Bernadette would never have met Howard. Leonard would not have been dating Penny. Leonard disagrees because he has been going to The Cheesecake Factory for years and he could have still picked her up causing everybody to laugh. Penny then explains what would have happened.
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Howard, Raj and Leonard are having a meal and Leonard tells them that he is going to finally ask her out. Penny comes over to ask what they want to eat and Leonard can’t even speak to her. He then walks over to her, introduces himself and tells her that there is something he has wanted to ask her for a long time. If she is not too busy he wants to know if she could tell him…where the restroom is. Penny remarks that he is too late looking strangely at him. Back in Apartment 4A, Leonard objects that he would not have wet himself though Raj and Howard think that she got the story right. Leonard did ask Penny out, but that could not have happened if he hadn’t moved in with Sheldon. Of course, Penny would never have been introduced Howard to Bernadette. Howard replies that he could have also met her when she was a waitress. Bernadette explains her version where she tells Penny that she finds Howard cute. Then she sees Raj feeding Howard a bite of his dessert and then cleaning off his mouth with a napkin and Bernadette changes her mind. Leonard then confronts Penny that she wouldn’t have done so great herself due to the type of guys she had been dating. In Penny’s apartment she is preparing food and in walks Zack Johnson who calls her babe. She asks if he paid the rent and instead Zack bought some magic beans. Then Leonard makes them both pee on themselves since Penny did the same thing to him.
Sheldon calls back claiming that he has seen lady things that he “shouldn’t have seen.” According to Amy, they don’t normally look like that. Sheldon then says that that is people should not be coming out of people to make new humans; to him, it’s like a “dirty magic show.” Sheldon’s mother calls him to bring a mop. Sheldon is distraught that despite having two PhDs, he is reduced to being the janitor of his sister’s birth canal. Sheldon sends everyone a holiday email including a picture from the birthing room that disgusts Leonard, Penny, and Raj. Back to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” discussion, Penny would still have met Sheldon. Amy describes how without Leonard there, Penny would try and seduce Sheldon. Penny stalks Sheldon in the laundry room wearing her short shorts. She sunders over to him and asks if he is doing his laundry. Of course, because Saturday night is laundry night and he is in a laundry room. Sheldon tells her that her inference is justified which Penny thinks is so funny. Penny is going to do her dirty laundry, which isn’t as dirty as the dirty girl wearing them, who starts to undress. The real Penny wants her to stop, but the guys disagree. Now in her bra, Penny asks Sheldon what he thinks. He finds her a tad asymmetrical, but nothing to worry about. Penny tells him that they are going to do it in the laundry room right now. Sheldon reminds her that he is saving himself for a bespectacled neurobiologist who has hair the color of mud as Amy tells the story.
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Sheldon calls back from Texas saying that things are going better. His mother asked him to get some towels, so he left and went to “Bed, Bath and Beyond”. Missy then screams while Sheldon is on the phone which he finds very rude. Amy has now diagrammed the absent Sheldon premise and tells Penny that she would never have met comic book legend Stan Lee. Howard would have always known Raj and Leonard. Leonard never got an apartment with Howard because of the latter’s “serious relationship with his mother”. Bernadette again mentions that if they had not met, he would still be living with his mother. Howard tells his version, first he is taking his mother her lunch in her bedroom and that she didn’t get enough food. Later he is seen feeding her, but she is still in the bedroom dead reminiscent of the mother in the movie Psycho with Howard now doing her voice. Howard is neutral on whether she starved to death or if he actually killed her. Leonard and Raj did not move in together because Raj thought he was going to be a ladies’ man. In Raj’s scenario, Leonard is living with him as Raj cooks dinner for a fat Leonard. Since he had no girlfriend, he compensated by overeating, so Raj deep fried some food. Then Leonard also makes Raj fat in the living together scenario. Then Stuart shows up (fat) to have dinner with them because to be in someone’s story. In Amy’s case, without Sheldon she is alone in her apartment crying over a cupcake and singing “Happy Birthday” to herself. (Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me. There’s tears in the frosting, Happy Birthday to me) Stuart shows up and blows a party favor in her face to be in another story.
Sheldon is back reports that his sister had a baby boy. Sheldon was not sure he was going to make it, however his mother gave him some ice chips and his sister (in labor) kept giving him encouragement. He’s not going to go back because he finds the baby irritating since he has literally been crying his entire life. Howard tells him that the baby is already taking after Uncle Shelly. Amy tells him to return to be an intelligent role model for his nephew, to which Sheldon agrees. They were amazed that Sheldon did exactly what Amy asked him to do. Even though Amy kept telling the gang the impact Sheldon had on them, he has had an impact on Amy too. Amy felt if that were really true she wouldn’t still be living alone. Leonard tells her that Sheldon cares for her more than she really thinks. Amy doesn’t believe him so he shows that her picture is on Sheldon’s screen saver along with Swamp Thing, Madame Curie, Stephen Hawking, etc. Amy gets excited that Sheldon is really into her. And she doesn’t mind Madame Curie being there because she is already dead. After Sheldon returns, Amy is walking up the stairs and staring at Sheldon. She tells Sheldon that she missed him to which he quotes Han Solo, “I know.” After Amy asks if he missed her, he replies that he would have liked her to be with him (or had gone in his place). Amy also wonders how he felt holding his nephew hoping that he might want one with her someday. He looked into the blank innocent eyes of someone who didn’t comprehend anything he said, which he said was like another day at the office for him. Finally, a fat Raj and Leonard are eating at the Cheesecake factory and again Leonard asks Penny out. She already has a boyfriend, a very suave looking Stuart. Of course, this situation was Stuart’s Christmas fantasy.
A great Christmas episode showing the gang how much Sheldon has changed there lives and how much he means to them.

THE CLEAN ROOM INFILTRATION

GUEST CAST
Brian George (Ghost World)
Dakin Matthews (Lincoln)
At dinner Raj tells everyone that his parents are divorcing and getting themselves lawyers. Sheldon would not hire the She-Hulk as a lawyer, if he ever needed one. Penny compliments him for almost staying on topic for once. Sheldon adds that since she is the only monster at her law firm, she must be an affirmative-action hire. Since Raj’s father is visiting, he can’t host Christmas eve dinner so Amy volunteers since she always wanted to host a traditional English Victorian Christmas for gang including parlor games, goose, figgy pudding. Sheldon doesn’t like figgy pudding because of all of the raisins and won’t come. Amy replies that he is coming. Sheldon claims that she hates him; however, Amy corrects him that she loves him, Sheldon adds that there are still a lot of raisins in it. Raj is a little miffed about themed-holidays since they didn’t like his “Tom Hanks”-giving.
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On Christmas Eve, Leonard and Howard are in contamination garments in the university cleanroom constructing an experiment to detect cosmic particles. Leonard likes the fact that he has no allergy problems due to the sterile room. A pigeon flies in the room because Howard left the loading dock door open. Now they have to get rid of it before the bird soils the dust-free room. Howard doesn’t want to call facilities and get blamed. First he suggests they turn off all the lights except for one, but that is to attract moths. At Amy’s apartment, Amy and Penny are visiting with Raj and his father who has nothing good to say about his wife. On his twenty hour airplane flight without his wife, he didn’t pray for the plane to crash. The guys call Raj to help them deal with the pigeon. Dr. Koothrappali stays with the girls since he just had a long flight which doesn’t make Penny happy. Bernadette has picked up Sheldon and is singing Christmas carols about Santa Claus in her car with too much Christmas joy until Sheldon turns off the music. Sheldon’s uncle did many of the things that Santa is known for and got arrested.  He and Amy decided not to get each other something for Christmas since Sheldon doesn’t enjoy it. While they were Christmas tree  shopping, Amy kissed him under the mistletoe in public making Sheldon very unhappy. He felt he was part of a Tijuana sex show. Sheldon has decided to punish her to make her feel as miserable as he does so he is going to buy her a Christmas present. Since she has not gotten him one, that would ruin her Christmas and make her sad according to Sheldon’s logic. She should be so unhappy that she won’t make him celebrate the holiday again ever.
Howard is trying to catch the pigeon in a garbage bag with a Slim Jim which Leonard thinks is stupid. He just wants to call building services. Howard doesn’t want to get the blame even though he always tries to hide his culpability. Raj arrives and wants to know the situation. Leonard explains that Howard wants to catch the bird in a garbage bag with a Slim Jim which he holds up and the pigeon snatches and flies off. Back at Amy’s place, Dr. Koothrappali thinks that it is too soon to think about dating again. Penny volunteers if she were free and he didn’t talk about Star Trek all the time. Amy brings out her first parlor game that involves blowing a ball of wool across a table. Penny also tells Raj’s father that Amy is also taken. While trying to catch the pigeon, Howard tells Leonard that he is jealous because they used to be best friends till Raj came along. Leonard thinks that happened because Howard can push Raj around. Then they start arguing who is smarter and conclude that Raj is smarter than Howard though since its Christmas they decide that Howard is smarter one. Raj is sure that it was Howard that let the pigeon in. Bernadette and Sheldon are shopping for the perfect gift to ruin Amy’s Christmas. Bernadette’s favorite gifts from Howard were based upon what Howard knew about her. Amy likes Chaucer, medieval literature and old French movies which make her eyes light up according to Sheldon. He also like the way her fingers dance around whenever she hears harp music. He does admit that he really loves Amy and wants to find a gift to make her feel small and worthless.
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Amy and Raj’s father are now blowing the ball of wool back and forth across the table with increasing boredom. Dr. Koothrappali wins though Penny quips that it probably doesn’t feel that way. He remembers the theme parties that his wife used to throw. She and Raj spent a lot of time together since he worked a lot. Penny brings up Raj’s girlfriend Emily also works a lot. She thinks that that is funny.Sheldon is now sitting on Santa’s lap telling him that he wants their picture together to punish his girlfriend for making him celebrate Christmas. Santa thinks that dating Sheldon is punishment enough. They smile for the camera.
Back in the clean room, they are trying to catch the bird with a blanket and a fire extinguisher to get him out the door. Howard has the blanket and then complains that they don’t think he is smart enough to use the fire extinguisher. They trade tools and Howard attacks the pigeon with the fire extinguisher which causes the bird to fall dead onto the floor. Howard is upset because that something similar happened when he was a child and the tried to revive the bird with electricity, setting the poor thing on fire. The bird is not breathing so Howard gives it CPR thus reviving the bird. As they carry the bird toward the door to let him out, a crow flies into the room because no one has yet closed the door. As the crow looks down at the guys, they debate calling building services on Christmas Eve. Penny calls Leonard and just tells them to leave. Even though they signed into the clean room, she tells them to erase their names off the list and get out of there. The next scene shows them in the car singing “Jingle Bells” heading toward the party. After finishing the figgy pudding, Sheldon first complains about the raisins. Amy tells him that they were figs, so Sheldon is fine with that. Dr. K offers to help; however, since he Heimliched a ball of wool out of her, he didn’t have to. Sheldon gives Amy his gift of his picture with Santa in a frame that plays a personal Christmas greeting to her from him and she loves it. Sheldon tells her that she got him nothing expecting her to be sad. He is happy because they will never do it again. Despite what she said, she made Sheldon a gift, his favorite cookies from his Meemaw’s recipe. Amy talked to her to get the recipe. Sheldon tries one and calls them perfect because they taste like her hug.
Amy wishes Sheldon Merry Christmas. Everyone is happy and Sheldon wonders if giving is what Christmas is all about in a softer gentler tone. Raj ends Sheldon’s festive mood when he reaches for one of his cookies and Sheldon tells him to take his hands off them. Finally Amy wants them all to sit down and play “Hot Boiled Beans.” Amy explains that one person leaves the room while the rest hide a small item in the room. The first person is invited back in by saying, “Hot boiled beans and bacon for supper, hurry up before it gets cold!” Raj shakes his head and claims that if they think this holiday theme is better than his idea for a “Tom Hanks”-giving, then they are all crazy.
Another great Xmas episode. The highlight being Sheldon trying to purchase the best Christmas special for Amy even thou his motives are devious it all works out and ends up being very touching come episodes end

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: YOUNG SHELDON – SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND A SMALL CARL SAGAN

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Starring

Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies)
Zoe Perry (Scandal)
Lance Barber (Gangster Squad)
Montana Jordan (The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter)
Raegan Revord (Wish Upon)
Annie Potts (Ghostbusters)
Jim Parsons (Home)

Jason Alexander, Wyatt McClure, Raegan Revord, Ryan Phuong, and Iain Armitage in Young Sheldon (2017)

GUEST CAST

Jason Alexander (Shallow Hal)
Isabel May (Alexa & Katie)
Matt Hobby (The Grinder)
Wyatt McClure (Glass Jaw)

young-sheldon-season-2-halloween-jason-alexanderIt’s Halloween and Pastor Jeff wants Mary to help with the Halloween Hell “Heck” House, since last year’s crossed a line. She agrees to help out. Besides, fear has been a recruitment tactic for ages.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 4.13.04 PM [www.imagesplitter.net]Jason Alexander is back to help Mary. He offers to play Satan to narrate the show. Each room is designated to one of the seven deadly sins. Mary is beginning to feel six of the deadly sins when she realizes that he is taking over. It’s Halloween and the Heck House is underway. It’s not immediately a success. No one wants to be saved except Georgie’s date, which ironically leads him further away from the church. Not every event can be a win-win.Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl SaganThis episode was cute. I enjoyed the premise and I especially enjoyed Georgie’s role. I feel bad for him but it was funny. Also, Missy’s wig is amazing, I need one.

 

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – THE IMITATION PERTURBATION

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CAST

Johnny Galecki (Vanilla Sky)
Jim Parsons (The Muppets)
Kaley Cuoco (Hop)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible)
Kunal Nayyar (Dr. Cabbie)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)

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GUEST CAST

Brian Posehn (New Girl)

the-big-bang-theory-halloween-bernadette-simon-melissa-rauch-simon-helbergThis week’s episode brings the laughs for the Halloween crowd as a feud results from people dressing up and acting like each other. Specifically, Howard does an amazing impression of Sheldon during the first half of the show. Plus, Leonard and Penny have a debate about the time and place of their first kiss.The Imitation PerturbationMost of the episode revolved around a hilarious Halloween costume battle between Howard and Sheldon. This all begins when Howard discusses that their work is allowing them to dress up for Halloween. When asked what he is going as Howard says that he wants to keep it a surprise but that it’s pretty scary. It cuts to the next day and Sheldon is walking down the hall as Doc from Back to the Future. From the side, he is bombarded by Howard who is dressed up as Sheldon himself and doing an amazing impression of the character. For the longest time, Sheldon does not get the joke as Howard continues to Lampoon some of Sheldon’s catchphrases and weird habits. Once he does though, he is quite hurt about the way everyone was poking fun at his character qualities. Amy notices that it bothered Sheldon so she decides to confront Bernadette about Howard’s impression of Sheldon. Unfortunately, this does not go as planned because Bernadette feels that Sheldon can be equally insensitive and he often comments that her daughter looks like Winston Churchill.113607_0474bThis leads to retaliation as Sheldon and Amy decide to dress up as both Howard and Bernadette and their impersonations are just as hilarious, especially Amy doing Bernadette’s voice. This leads to some further grudging as Bernadette is now ultra furious at being roped into the battle. Howard urges either Sheldon or Amy to make amends because it will make things less scary at home. So, Sheldon decides to confront Bernadette to make peace. This is ultimately accomplished when they both realize each of them were made fun of as kids for the same qualities they have now. Sheldon for his overwhelming intelligence and Bernadette for her voice and for being short.113607_0019bThe side plot of the episode involved Penny and Leonard coming to grips with their history as a couple. Most of the episode Penny is planning a party, for no other reason than to have an excuse to dress up for Halloween. However, the party planning leads Leonard and Penny to an uncomfortable trip down memory lane. Specifically, the time and place they shared their first kiss as a couple. In Penny’s memory, the first time they shared a kiss was when she threw him a birthday party but because he missed the occasion, she made out with him. Leonard remembers it being at a Halloween party where she got sick. After the party, the conversation gets brought up again and Penny finally admits that their first kiss was on Halloween. But she hates the memory because she was drunk and using Leonard at the time to deal with her issues with her ex-boyfriend, which is embarrassing for her to remember. She further explains that’s why she rather think of his birthday as their first kiss because it truly meant something to her on that day. Leonard finds her reasoning endearing and they embrace one another.cb4c79bf47c3b0050cf9e465615bThis episode brought the laughs with the actors doing impressions of each other. Simon Helberg did an insanely funny impression of Jim Parsons and I could’ve watched him do it the entire episode. Furthermore, it took a decent turn with the jokes and making a statement about childhood bullying.

HALLOWEEN OF HORRROR REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – THE HOLOGRAPHIC EXCITATION

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CAST

Johnny Galecki (Vanilla Sky)
Jim Parsons (The Muppets)
Kaley Cuoco (Hop)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible)
Kunal Nayyar (Dr. Cabbie)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)

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GUEST CAST

Buzz Aldrin (Transformers 3)

big_bang_holographicThe episode starts with Howard presenting Stuart with his official NASA portrait (autographed, of course), [though Sheldon mentioned that he also gave one to the dry cleaners and Walgreen’s drug store]. Leonard and Sheldon hypothesize that Howard will connect his trip into outer space with any subject, and decide to test their theory. Leonard succeeds immediately talking about dinner options; Sheldon initially appears to strike out when he brings up lemons, but Howard meets their expectations moments later. Stuart decides to organize a Halloween party at his comic book store, so Raj decides to become the party planner.The Holographic ExcitationAmy and Bernadette are attending ladies’ night at the Cheesecake Factory bar while Penny serves them. Amy claims that life doesn’t get any better than right now, to which Penny says to herself that she hopes it does gets better. Leonard texts Penny about going out costume shopping. Penny confides in the girls that she’s going to the comic book store Halloween party even though the guys that hang around there can be creepy.hqdefaultAmy and Bernadette then asks, like their better halves? Bernadette also says that Leonard does things that he doesn’t like to make her happy and that maybe she should take more interest in his work. Penny says that that is true but she doesn’t understand what he does, and their explanations about experimental physics don’t help. Later, Amy and Sheldon are discussing their Halloween costume ideas and Sheldon surprises Amy by agreeing to go in a couple’s costume because that is one of the great advantages of being in a relationship. Amy wants to go as something like Romeo and Juliet; however, Sheldon’s ideas for great costumes are R2-D2 and C-3PO or Hewlett and Packard. Amy is unmoved by his choices, and states that they should at least compromise. Penny visits Leonard’s Lab and he shows her some of his “high techy techy” equipment, including a system that scans objects and generates rotating holograms. First there is a floating pencil, which changes into a rotating Earth and then a galaxy. Leonard muses about some scientists who think that the whole universe is one large hologram. Penny remarks that she forgets how smart he really is, gets turned on, locks the door, and they start to fool around on the lab table.big-bang-theory-hologrpahic-excitation-raggedy-c3poIn the cafeteria, Raj is discussing his Halloween themed party foods and Howard keeps talking about his time in space. Leonard wanders in with his hair messed up and a smile on his face. Asked about what is going on and he replies “nothing.” Howard says that he knows where there is a lot of nothing is and the three of the guys say “space” simultaneously. Howard and Bernadette had just crawled into bed and started getting romantic, but after six space metaphors, Bernadette stops to talk. She tells him that people are getting tired of hearing about it. Howard complains that he can’t talk about the greatest adventure of his life, and she suggests that he wait until they bring it up.Leonard_as_EinsteinPenny is again visiting Leonard’s lab as he demonstrates a floating iron ball levitated by a large magnetic force. Penny thinks it’s very neat until Leonard mentions that sometimes he feels like Magneto from the X-Men. Penny replies now it seems less neat, until Leonard mentions he’s wearing the black underwear she bought him. “There ya go,” she replies, and starts to kiss him again. In the cafeteria, Raj is getting a Doctor Who TARDIS police booth for the party which excites Sheldon, while Howard is being very quiet and noncommittal. He finds that Sheldon and Raj agree that he was talking too much about space. Leonard enters again, all messed up and very happy. Amy and Sheldon, on Amy’s proviso that the both of them should compromise, are still discussing their costumes. Sheldon suggests salt and pepper, but Amy has had a bad experience with both. She claims that there are three things that say that she doesn’t have a made-up boyfriend: couples costumes, hickies, and sex tapes. She asks Sheldon to pick one, to which he asks what a hickey is. At Howard and Bernadette’s apartment, they are both dressed up as Smurfs. Howard isn’t that excited to go since all his friends think he is boring. Bernadette asks if he is feeling blue, laughing that that’s like the funniest thing she ever said. She then pushes him out the door since she just spent three hours painting herself blue and doesn’t want people to think she is a very short alien from Avatar. At the Halloween party, Penny dresses as a sexy cop and Leonard goes as Albert Einstein. Bernadette mistakes her for a slutty cop, but Penny explains that that costume only came with a skirt and two badges. Leonard says (in a German accent) that later she was going to arrest him for traveling faster than the speed of light. Penny reminds him about their no-accent rule, to which he replies, “Sorry, officer.”maxresdefault Stuart as Willy Wonka tries to pick up a girl, claiming to have come up with all the party food and decorations, much to Raj’s disgust. Raj is Indian Jones, the love child of Indiana Jones. Amy and Sheldon show up as “Raggedy C-3PO” and Raggedy Ann due to “a compromise”. Howard gets upset about not being about to talk about his space adventures because, otherwise, he is just plain old Howard Wolowitz. Bernadette reminds him that he is the best guy she knows and that she married him “on purpose.” Penny and Leonard stumble out of the TARDIS all disheveled and Penny explains that there is nothing to see, only sexy police business. At the end, Howard gets a YouTube clip from Raj showing Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, handing out Halloween candy to kids mentioning his trip to space to every kid. Howard tells Bernadette that he now understands everybody’s objections to his boasting.TBBT_6x5_The_Holographic_Excitation_Buzz_Aldrin_2It was half an hour of entertainment that satisfied. I liked that we got four separate stories built around Halloween and an attempt to tell us something about each couple through them. A classic episode this was pretty entertaining.

HALLOWEEN REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – THE GOOD GUY FLUCTUATION

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CAST

Johnny Galecki (Vanilla Sky)
Jim Parsons (The Muppets)
Kaley Cuoco (Hop)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible)
Kunal Nayyar (Dr. Cabbie)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)

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GUEST CAST

Aarti Mann (Heroes)
Courtney Ford (Legends of Tomorrow)

5x07-The-Good-Guy-Fluctuation-the-big-bang-theory-26465673-1280-720Sheldon is working late in his office thoroughly frustrated since it’s after nine o’clock. After a sudden blackout, Sheldon finds “blood” dripping down the walls. Then he is scared by a phosphorus-covered skeleton on a zip line. Sheldon is not impressed as Howard and Raj join him in his office. Sheldon turns around to find Leonard in a Balok mask from Star Trek causing Sheldon to faint. At the comic book store, while Sheldon discusses his Texas background meaning that there will be revenge. A good looking girl wanders into the store which Stuart tries to talk to but can’t. She picks up a Hellboy comic book that Leonard was purchasing and then connects with her. (You’re cute.) She offers to make a trade for that one and gives him her phone number. Howard and Stuart were impressed. Stuart takes his picture for the store’s “Wall of Heroes” display.The Good Guy FluctuationSheldon booby traps the mailbox on Leonard, but Leonard turns the prank around and gets Sheldon with it. Sheldon might be from Texas; however, Leonard is from New Jersey. Leonard gets together with Alice, where he shows her a drawing Jim Lee drew of him at Comic-Con. Alice shows him a comic she drew based on her life including her having sex with half of a Chewbacca. She then kisses him and they start to make out, while she offers to trade Leonard her comic for the Hellboy comic. Leonard then offers her his car. Leonard admires the artwork of an amateur comic book artist named Alice. Sheldon’s next target: Raj where he hides a snake in Raj’s desk. Raj opens it and sees the cute snake and takes him to the biology lab to get it some mice.The Good Guy FluctuationLeonard goes over to talk to Penny about his personal relationship dilemma. He wants both Priya and Alice. He wants be one of those guys who goes sneaks around and sleeps with more than one woman. Penny tells him that he is looking for a way to sleep with both women and have everybody be happy about it. That’s what he’s looking for. Sheldon then approaches Howard with a joy buzzer and wants to shake his hand for various reasons. He hears Bernadette who now is sounding more like Howard’s mother. Sheldon shocks Howard who drops to the floor and collapses due to his heart condition. Sheldon freaks out and Bernadette insists that he has to jab a needle of adrenaline into his heart because she isn’t strong enough. Sheldon does it and then Howard wakes up because they pranked him. Sheldon can’t believe he got duped and face palms himself getting stung by his own buzzer.5x07-The-Good-Guy-Fluctuation-the-big-bang-theory-26465689-1280-720After consulting with Sheldon about his dilemma, Leonard actually had good advice from Nietzsche, morality is the fiction created by the weak masses to hold back the strongest in society. Leonard has a formal date with Alice. As they are heading toward sex, Leonard’s conscience gets the better of him. He tells Alice that he has a girlfriend which seriously annoys Alice who calls him just another jerk. Leonard explains that he is a good guy and wants to just be friends. She throws him out of the apartment. As Leonard walks down the hall, he calls himself an idiot. Leonard confesses the incident to Priya over videoconference, and she instantly forgives him. Leonard first thinks she is wonderful and then asks why. She confesses to having slept with an ex-boyfriend. Leonard is very unhappy. Priya explains that it isn’t a contest. Leonard disagrees and tells her that she won ending the call. And then Leonard gets the crap scared out of him by Sheldon hiding inside the couch jumping out dressed as a zombie. (Bazinga, punk! Now we’re even!)5x07-The-Good-Guy-Fluctuation-the-big-bang-theory-26465889-1280-720This was very enjoyable. The two plots were set up early on, both were clear and easy to get into with clear motivations for all involved. The Sheldon story played to his strengths. His inability to be subtle and hide his real motives make pranks ideal comedy.. Leonard’s story was really good. It was a simple moral dilemma that anyone and particularly guys could relate to.