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17 March 2009 @ 05:16 am
Monday Night CBS of WIN!!!  
I love these two shows so much, there are no words. None at all. Well, okay, probably quite a bit of a ramble under the cut, but I haven't written it yet, so who knows how long (or short) I'll go tonight. I'm thinking not too bad personally.

The Big Bang Theory -- or what is becoming known in my house (and apparently the show's writers based on quite a few episodes this season) "The Awesome Sheldon & Penny Half-Hour of Awesome Hilarity!" (Yes, that's two "awesomes.")

- "Despite my deep love of chess, lasers and aerosol disinfectant ..." Ah, only Sheldon. Only Sheldon would include the latter in that list.

- "Penny has a 'don't knock before eleven-o'clock or I punch you in the throat' rule." Ah, more proof that Sheldon and Penny are meant to be!! Penny has obscure, only-Penny, specific rules that you'd only know and care to follow if you wanted Penny in your life (much like all of Sheldon's rules). See!?!?

- Hee, loved Sheldon looking so intently at his watch before he knocked. He respects her rules because he expects others to respect his rules. It *is* a two-way street. And, seriously, I *never* get tired of the {{knockknock}} "Penny!" {{knockknock}} "Penny!" {{knockknock}} "Penny!"

- I love how Penny was so excited to share with him her project! She sounded just as excited as he does when sharing his love of stuff with her. All together now ... aww!!!

- Kaley looked GORGEOUS in that yellow top/hairstyle. The bottoms were okay, but the hair and top more than made up for it. Just gorgeous.

- Ahhhh! Penny casually touched Sheldon on the arm ... and he didn't even react, let alone flinch. Uh huh.

Okay, I realized that I'd likely drive people insane (if they even read it), let alone this would take forever were I to comment on EVERYTHING I loved in this episode, so to quote Inigo Montoya ... "No, there is too much. Let me sum up."

Sheldon and Penny FTW! These two are just absolute gold together. And I just can't see how anyone can watch episodes like this one and not see how perfect they are for one another. Penny has already in small ways opened Sheldon up, taught him to unbend a bit (for goodness' sake, he gave in and drank the coffee with just a look and offering from her!!). While Penny puts up with Sheldon's idiosynacrasies and unlike the others in his life (other than his mother), knows how to handle them and shut them down when he needs shutting down. They are in rhythm and in synch. They push and pull each other, but yet can work beautifully as a team. Plus, Kaley Kuoco and Jim Parsons just have damn fine chemistry. LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!

Oh, okay, wait, a few more quick comments thought ....

- Sheldon and Penny singing! Sheldon and Penny singing together!! Sheldon and Penny singing together perfectly in synch!!! And then looking up and saying "hello" in perfect unison together as well. HAH! LOVED. SO. MUCH!!!!

- I loved how Penny said to Sheldon while they were sitting on the couch in his apartment: "Honey, do you want some coffee?" Do NOT tell me that one didn't sound totally couple-like!!

Also, not much Leonard, Howard or Raj in this episode, but the bits we got with them were great. The quips, the lines, the friendship, there is just so much win in this show. I'm so glad I started watching it; it's my favorite show on TV right now. It never disappoints.

How I Met Your Mother -- Seriously, why are so many people complaining about how dare Lily* not feature Barney in her "porch front" futures? I'm like, hello?!, Robin wasn't in any of them until the one specifically about her. And Robin is her best friend, so it was not dissing on Barney. Sheesh! If you want to bitch about the show, complain about the icky Robin/Ted scene at the end. {{squick}} Still, it clearly is still open between them. The stuff in "Benefits" showed that true enough, and Ted and Robin's reactions both to finding out that Lily had a hand in their break-up also showed that. There is still unfinished business there.

Honestly, I think that while Ted and Robin's heads have accepted that they just will not work long-term, their hearts haven't quite gotten there yet because {gulp} they do love one another, and they did have a good thing going when you take out the long-term aspect. So that DOES need to be dealt with before we can get to Barney and Robin. So it was squicky and icky from a BrOtp point of view, but it made sense. And, I trust this show.

Speaking of ... I liked Barney's little bit with Marshall about marriage which some saw as out of character. I didn't see it so at all. Barney may make fun of marriage and relationships, but that's based on every other marriage and relationship *other than Marshall and Lily's.* He has theirs up on pedestal, and also, his talking about was very much like a kid talking to his dad about what things would be like, etc. Yet, there was a little bit of real character depth there (not liking who he is), but that's par for this show, they hit you with the little stuff.

Yes, Barney is awesome and all that stuff, BUT, he is more than the suits and sex. We've seen that time and time and again, and you know, based on the history we do know of him, that who he is on a shallow, sexist basis, is NOT who he ever thought he would be. And he knows somewhere deep inside that, yes, he CAN still be awesome and spectacular, and still not be a shallow, sexist douche. He just needs to find that balance. Thus part of his fear with regards to Robin ... he's afraid that his love for her will (a) take away the awesome -- which, seriously not possible because Barney is awesome, Robin is awesome, so naturally Barney and Robin would be doubly awesome together, and (b) wind up breaking his heart into a million pieces like Shannon did.

In other news ... poor Robin!! Had like THE most awesome show ever and no one paid attention. Still, for us, that was frickin' hilarious!! Putting out fires, giving CPR, delivering babies, all in an (early) morning's work, hah!

* Damn you, Veronica Mars!! To this day, I still always want to spell 'Lily' with two l's. Grrr.
Brandy: your ken can kiss my barbiebrandyleigh on March 17th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Big fat word to everything you just said. BBT has gone from just being something I enjoy watching before HIMYM to being something I actively look forward to every week, especially this season with so many Penny/Sheldon-centric eps. I really do think they're so great together - they make each other better, and I love that Penny puts up with his quirks but only to a certain degree - she never lets him run all over her like the other guys do, and I think he respects her for it. The singing!

I really enjoyed HIMYM last night, too, and while I'm not thrilled about the Ted/Robin undertones this late in the season, it makes sense given the luck they've both had with relationships since their breakup. I'm still confident that the writers are headed for Barney/Robin long-term, so it's probably for the best that they deal with Ted and Robin before they put Barney and Robin together in any capacity. Plus, I was waiting for them to do something with the whole "you're my backup" thing from "Shelter Island" and since Ted and Robin didn't act like they had any lingering romantic feelings for each other back in "Benefits" I'm not surprised that they finally gave some closure to that conversation in this episode.
Shane: sheldon knockinghavemy_heart on March 17th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ditto to everything! The Penny/Sheldon singing and then saying hello at the same time had me practically guffawing! Comic gold!

Also? Barney/Robin 4ever! ;D
lavender goomsthe_spin on March 17th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Haha, sorry girl, I meant to reply to the entry, not your comment!
lavender goomsthe_spin on March 17th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
posted in the right place now because I fail
IA times one thousand on the HIMYM front. You're so right about Barney having the Lily/Marshall relationship on a pedestal. Like when he started crying during his wedding speech about true love? I thought this episode was pretty consistent with that characterization, with Marshall telling Barney a 'fairy tale' about the magical land called Marriage.

And yeah, I actually really like Ted/Robin (obviously as long as I know they're not going to end up together). I mean, I'm sure a lot of this is me projecting, but I feel like that's such a universal relationship story that doesn't get addressed a lot. I've definitely had those relationships, where you care about each other but can't quite make it work so it ends but it doesn't really end badly, and even though you don't really want to get back together there's still this lingering 'what if' when you're feeling lonely or vulnerable. It feels real to me.

Warning: crazy speculation talk below.

I have this whole crazy theory that part of the 'How I Met Your Mother' aspect of the show is going to tie into Ted finally getting over Robin and truly being able to move on. Which Barney/Robin could tie into really well. I mean, if I were writing the show, that's what I'd do because it would bring the whole thing full circle, tie it into seeing Robin across the bar that first night into his whole 'and that's how I became the person I needed to be' narrative.

(Hell, if I were writing it, meeting the mother would be a direct result of Barney/Robin getting together, because how mind-blowing would it be for the audience to basically have the show turned all the way around so you have this moment of realization that everything you've seen up to that point was really a Barney/Robin love story? So that night at the bar in the Pilot is suddenly not how Ted met Robin but really how Barney met Robin. IT WOULD BE AWESOME.)

harper47harper47 on March 17th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Hee - I hated the ending with Ted and Robin too. I agree with what you are saying about them, although I hate the idea with a passion.

I loved Barney all snuggled up listening to Marshall's stories about marriage. So much hee. And since Daniel played the part of John long ago in a production of Peter Pan and wore a nightshirt, my fondness for them will never end. The two flying together was so cute.

I loved the story in the background. If they had featured it, I think the over the top nature of it would have been too much. Having it in the background just made it so hysterical. Hee.