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On 3/15/2021 at 5:39 PM, Perfect Xero said:

Speaking of Penny and siblings, watching back through the series on Max and the casting of Jack McBrayer as her ex-convict brother Randall has to be the oddest match of backstory to actor in the entire series.

If he hadn't already been on as Toby Loobenfeld, I always thought DJ Qualls would be perfect as Penny's brother.

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42 minutes ago, Nordly Beaumont said:

If he hadn't already been on as Toby Loobenfeld, I always thought DJ Qualls would be perfect as Penny's brother.

it would have been funny if Sheldon had accidentally hired Penny's brother to play his cousin.  We don't know Penny's last name, so maybe he doesn't either.

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On 3/15/2021 at 6:39 PM, Perfect Xero said:

Speaking of Penny and siblings, watching back through the series on Max and the casting of Jack McBrayer as her ex-convict brother Randall has to be the oddest match of backstory to actor in the entire series.

Yes. I thought he was much too old to be Penny's brother.

17 hours ago, Nordly Beaumont said:

If he hadn't already been on as Toby Loobenfeld, I always thought DJ Qualls would be perfect as Penny's brother.

Definitely, he looked like a meth head.

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"Science Friday" today interviewed a woman who is researching ticks. Reminded me of Sheldon's joke that someone has "more nervous tics than a Lyme disease research lab."

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Watching an episode today where Sheldon is talking about how wonderful Joss Whedon is - made me wonder if the show was still on the air if they'd address any of the issues that have come up with regard to Whedon et al.  I don't really recall BBT dealing too much with current events during the course of its run but it would be hard for them to keep having Sheldon make fawning comments about people who are being accused of pretty crappy behavior.  Or would it?

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On 4/13/2021 at 5:13 PM, WinnieWinkle said:

Watching an episode today where Sheldon is talking about how wonderful Joss Whedon is - made me wonder if the show was still on the air if they'd address any of the issues that have come up with regard to Whedon et al.  I don't really recall BBT dealing too much with current events during the course of its run but it would be hard for them to keep having Sheldon make fawning comments about people who are being accused of pretty crappy behavior.  Or would it?

I think the guys just wouldn't mention those people anymore; they'd become "unpersons" in TBBT universe. 

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I've been watching this again here and there and Jim Parsons/Sheldon in the earliest seasons were such a peak for the humor of the show. I did like Amy Farrah Fowler as a character, but I never liked the softening of Sheldon.

His earliest portrayal of the character was the funniest to me. Like the episode where he cleans Penni's apartment, his first reaction to seeing her place was hilarious and his artificially deep-voiced "if you have time to lean, you have time to clean" cracked me up.

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14 minutes ago, Katy M said:

A felony sounds like a gross overreach. Basically, she stole the movie.  How much does it cost?  $20?  that's  a misdemeanor.

The rental stores had to pay significantly more than retail for a copy to keep the studios happy. Like $65-$100 per tape, still absurd that they were allowed to charge more in late fees than the actual cost of restocking the VHS and into felony territory.

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On 4/26/2021 at 6:44 PM, Perfect Xero said:

The rental stores had to pay significantly more than retail for a copy to keep the studios happy. Like $65-$100 per tape, still absurd that they were allowed to charge more in late fees than the actual cost of restocking the VHS and into felony territory.

It wasn’t the late fees that made it a felony. Apparently not returning a rental is considered embezzlement and in Oklahoma, at the time, anything over $50 was felony embezzlement. They changed that not long after she was charged. Crazy. 

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Over at the Young Sheldon page there is discussion on whether the show will follow the BBT timeline in terms of the way Sheldon described his parent's marriage and his father's infidelities.  Much as I want them to walk back some of this every time I watch BBT it strikes me that the Sheldon we see here is Sheldon for a reason.  To tinker too much with what we've been told about Sheldon's childhood would make it a little harder to watch BBT going forward.  I don't think Sheldon was lying or misinterpreting the things he said -- but I also don't want George to be the drunken womanizer we're told he is on BBT.  I guess I am experiencing The Kobayashi Maru, as Sheldon would say.

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17 minutes ago, WinnieWinkle said:

Over at the Young Sheldon page there is discussion on whether the show will follow the BBT timeline in terms of the way Sheldon described his parent's marriage and his father's infidelities.  Much as I want them to walk back some of this every time I watch BBT it strikes me that the Sheldon we see here is Sheldon for a reason.  To tinker too much with what we've been told about Sheldon's childhood would make it a little harder to watch BBT going forward.  I don't think Sheldon was lying or misinterpreting the things he said -- but I also don't want George to be the drunken womanizer we're told he is on BBT.  I guess I am experiencing The Kobayashi Maru, as Sheldon would say.

they could have fixed it last week by actually having a black hole and then we would be watching an alternate version where none of the bad stuff happens.  I was actually hard core hoping for that.

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20 minutes ago, WinnieWinkle said:

Over at the Young Sheldon page there is discussion on whether the show will follow the BBT timeline in terms of the way Sheldon described his parent's marriage and his father's infidelities.  Much as I want them to walk back some of this every time I watch BBT it strikes me that the Sheldon we see here is Sheldon for a reason.  To tinker too much with what we've been told about Sheldon's childhood would make it a little harder to watch BBT going forward.  I don't think Sheldon was lying or misinterpreting the things he said -- but I also don't want George to be the drunken womanizer we're told he is on BBT.  I guess I am experiencing The Kobayashi Maru, as Sheldon would say.

They addressed some of the inconsistencies in the BBT episodes where Georgie showed up., he pretty much said that Sheldon didn't really understand everything that was going on when he was a kid and filtered through Sheldon's own biases (for example telling the BBT crew that Georgie is a "tire salesman" when Georgie actually owns a highly successful chain of stores all over the state).

One of the early YS episodes also had Mary accuse George of cheating on her because she found out that he wasn't a virgin when they got married and spent most the episode acting like it was an ongoing thing, rather than him having slept with his high school girlfriend before he ever met Mary.

I've always thought those two things were the writers saying that none of the sources we had on Sheldon's childhood on BBT were entirely grounded in reality. Mary is prone to huge prolonged bouts of jealousy and Sheldon takes things that his mom and meemaw said at face value. without considering that they might just be talking shit.

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35 minutes ago, Perfect Xero said:

Mary is prone to huge prolonged bouts of jealousy and Sheldon takes things that his mom and meemaw said at face value. without considering that they might just be talking shit.

The specific stuff Sheldon says about his Dad's infidelities are things he witnessed firsthand.  I hope YS doesn't go there to be honest.  I'd prefer it if they do have to have the marriage self destruct (and given this is a Chuck Lorre show I can't see it not happening even if there had never been a BBT) that they just do it without dragging in every incident Sheldon recounted on BBT.

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31 minutes ago, Perfect Xero said:

They addressed some of the inconsistencies in the BBT episodes where Georgie showed up., he pretty much said that Sheldon didn't really understand everything that was going on when he was a kid and filtered through Sheldon's own biases (for example telling the BBT crew that Georgie is a "tire salesman" when Georgie actually owns a highly successful chain of stores all over the state).

They also did that with Tam where Sheldon’s interpretation of what happened had very little basis in reality. 

 

33 minutes ago, Perfect Xero said:

I've always thought those two things were the writers saying that none of the sources we had on Sheldon's childhood on BBT were entirely grounded in reality. Mary is prone to huge prolonged bouts of jealousy and Sheldon takes things that his mom and meemaw said at face value. without considering that they might just be talking shit.

That works for a lot but it’s impossible for them to walk back the story of why Sheldon knocks three times before entering a room. They may be able to soften George’s behavior but they can’t ignore that things get very bad in Mary and George’s marriage. 

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I seem to remember that Sheldon “knocked three times” during a Young Sheldon episode, which would place that habit long before his dad’s “infidelity “. 
I cannot remember which episode in Young Sheldon it was, however.

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44 minutes ago, marypat57 said:

I seem to remember that Sheldon “knocked three times” during a Young Sheldon episode, which would place that habit long before his dad’s “infidelity “. 
I cannot remember which episode in Young Sheldon it was, however.

I know his done two rounds of his knock but can’t remember if he’s added the third yet. Anyway, I was talking about the reason why his knock becomes a very deliberate and obsessive trait the way it is in Big Bang. 

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Sheldon's story about the 3 knocks is already sort of a plot hole because he didn't start doing that until Season 2 of the show.

 

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On 4/13/2021 at 5:13 PM, WinnieWinkle said:

Watching an episode today where Sheldon is talking about how wonderful Joss Whedon is - made me wonder if the show was still on the air if they'd address any of the issues that have come up with regard to Whedon et al.  

Quoting myself because of the recent revelations about Bill Gates.  Boy it sure seems like if someone was idolized on BBT there is a good chance they were kinda crappy people!  I am hoping we don't get any revelations about Leonard Nimoy or Stephen Hawkings!

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I just watched the episode "The Robotic Manipulation" for the umpteenth time.  I've watched it on TBS, FOX New York, and WOR (an independent New York TV station).  If it weren't for youtube, I wouldn't know that the episode ends with Leonard saying to Howard, "What do you mean it happened again?"  Every single time, the episode that I watch ends with Sheldon telling Penny that she has time to go out and look for #32.  Why do TPTB at those TV stations cut off the extremely funny ending?  I don't think it's because of censorship, because nothing in that episode is ever censored.

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8 minutes ago, DedicatedFan said:

Every single time, the episode that I watch ends with Sheldon telling Penny that she has time to go out and look for #32.  Why do TPTB at those TV stations cut off the extremely funny ending? 

I haven't noticed that with this specific episode but I've definitely noticed it with others and I just do not understand it!  BBT of all shows already has a shorter episode to accommodate a thousand commercials.  They actually need to cut out MORE to throw in another advert or two?  Ugh.

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4 hours ago, DedicatedFan said:

Why do TPTB at those TV stations cut off the extremely funny ending?  I don't think it's because of censorship, because nothing in that episode is ever censored.

It’s for time. All of the episodes have something edited out for syndication. For most, it’s a line or two but for some it’s entire scenes. Unfortunately, that means a lot of funny jokes are cut because they can be removed without missing with the flow. 

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15 minutes ago, Dani said:

It’s for time. All of the episodes have something edited out for syndication. For most, it’s a line or two but for some it’s entire scenes.

I've been told Law & Order has things cut that are actually necessary for a viewer to understand the plot.

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41 minutes ago, chitowngirl said:

Considering TBBT episodes usually have a run time of 20 minutes or less, that’s just sad that anything needs to be trimmed for even more commercials.

I think there are fewer things cut in the later seasons once the episodes got noticeably shorter. I believe the run time for syndication is 20 minutes. The most noticeable changes seem to be to season premieres and finales which tend to be a little bit longer. 

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I've been told Law & Order has things cut that are actually necessary for a viewer to understand the plot.

I wouldn't be surprised.  There was an episode of "Three's Company" in which a guy invited Janet to a party and told her to bring a date, so she brought Jack.  Before the party started, there was a scene where the guy was talking to a gorgeous blonde, and the viewing audience eventually learned that she was his sister Nancy.  When Jack and Janet arrived, the guy started to introduce them to Nancy, but he was interrupted before he could say the word "sister."  So when Nancy hit on Jack, he was very uncomfortable, because he didn't realize that she was the guy's sister.  He thought that she was his girlfriend.

In syndication, the conversation between the guy and Nancy was cut out, so the viewing audience had no idea that they were brother and sister.  So when Nancy hit on Jack, and Jack got uncomfortable, and the studio audience laughed and laughed, the viewing audience had no idea what was so funny.

Now I'm wondering what other funny stuff from "The Big Bang Theory" I missed.  

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2 minutes ago, DedicatedFan said:

I've been told Law & Order has things cut that are actually necessary for a viewer to understand the plot.

I wouldn't be surprised.  There was an episode of "Three's Company" in which a guy invited Janet to a party and told her to bring a date, so she brought Jack.  Before the party started, there was a scene where the guy was talking to a gorgeous blonde, and the viewing audience eventually learned that she was his sister Nancy.  When Jack and Janet arrived, the guy started to introduce them to Nancy, but he was interrupted before he could say the word "sister."  So when Nancy hit on Jack, he was very uncomfortable, because he didn't realize that she was the guy's sister.  He thought that she was his girlfriend.

In syndication, the conversation between the guy and Nancy was cut out, so the viewing audience had no idea that they were brother and sister.  So when Nancy hit on Jack, and Jack got uncomfortable, and the studio audience laughed and laughed, the viewing audience had no idea what was so funny.

Now I'm wondering what other funny stuff from "The Big Bang Theory" I missed.  

This is why I've been enjoying rewatching the series on HBO Max since I dropped cable

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