The Big Bang Theory: “The Romance Recalibration” Review
**RELATIONSHIP SPOILERS BELOW**
My Top Ten Thoughts for The Big Bang Theory, Season 10, Episode 13:
10. I still appreciate the fact that we don’t see a lot of Halley; a lot of shows introduce the element of the “baby” and it gets odd with the dynamic. I like that we still get to see everyone in the same view, just with a new element in play.
9. I really liked Penny’s dream with Leonard, and wish it’d been real; alas, more drama with Lenny…I get the struggle: the “honeymoon” period of their relationship is over. I honestly didn’t mind the plot here, but I did mind….
8. …how Penny initially confronted Leonard about the issue. She was asking Amy and Bernadette about the issue so calmly, and then she instantly lashes out at Leonard when she confronts him. It was just…agitating. Come on, writers; you can do better than that.
7. As much as I didn’t care for how Lenny’s relationship was being handled, I do have to say that the kiss between Amy and Sheldon was swoon-worthy! PDA be hanged!
6. I giggled at the games that Howard and Raj thought up to try and get around the baby’s room; I’m totally with Bernadette on the reaction, but I love how creative the two were, and seeing Raj and Howard together as friends again? Magic. I wonder where Stewart was, though? I might have missed them saying where exactly. Hmm…
5. I was so into Sheldon trying to cheer Leonard up, even if part of it was picking out games that he could beat Leonard.
4. Oh my GOSH, Sheldon and his idea of going to the mini-bar to imitate a “Drunk Godzilla?” Can you say ADORABLE!? The Shamy fan in me was screaming!
3. So glad that Leonard and Penny decided to make up; PLUS make a relationship agreement! Sheldon’s reaction was PRICELESS! After all these years, we’ve come full circle with the relationship agreement.
2. I would have liked to have been there while they filmed Simon Helberg do the stunts for the episode; I’m hoping they would have had some bloopers, because each part was funny in its own right.
1. Can we talk about how adorable Shamy was in this episode?! I felt like the writing had Sheldon stay in-character, but you can clearly see his development…I know I’m a Shamy fangirl, but this episode did make me happy. Definite re-watch…especially the Godzilla moments….and uhm…
Seriously, the entire show of Big Bang Theory is feminist af. You have Penny, who the running joke is that she’s the dumb blonde, but it’s so much deeper than that. She may not have a doctorate, but she still isn’t helpless. She is tougher than nails, and actually the boys end up needing her strength more than she ever needs them, (i.e teaching them to fish, standing up to their bullies, killing the big spiders) plus she is unapologetically okay with her sexuality and flaunts the hell out of it.
Bernadette, proves that you don’t have to chose to be pretty or smart, but that you can balance both. She’s a bombshell and a damn microbiologist. She flaunts her brain just as much as she does her sexiness. She also plays against the stereotypes that women fall behind men in male dominated fields such as science. She’s tiny but mighty, and in several episodes they have proven that Bernadette is a force to be reckoned with, and most people are afraid of her because she’s efficient, confident, and no nonsense. She isn’t in a leadership position, but will be damned if she’s not a part of a tight ship.
Lastly their is Amy, who is no glam. Can be described as the wallflower, homely, plain Jane of the group. Writers have given her an excess of no sexuality, which helps drive one of their central themes: women are more than sexual, glamified objects. Amy is all book smart, total brains before beauty, but that’s what makes her amazingly beautiful. She’s a character that proves, you never have to wax/pluck, keep up with fashion trends or primp excessively.
Amy also proves that you don’t need any of that to keep you happy or fulfilled, if that’s not your thing. Amy found fulfillment and happiness in her field, (fucking neurobiology, which the actor actually studied and PhD in) before ever meeting Sheldon Cooper. Amy proves that you don’t have to conform to societal beauty standards to find love, but that your brilliance can make you sexy in someone’s eyes.
This turned into a short analysis essay, but I will not apologize, because these are important tidbits. Especially since I’ve heard people call the show anti feminist, simply because Penny is ‘a hot blonde’. Seriously I love this show for these reasons, the nerd humour is just a giant bonus. You don’t have to like the show, but you do have to respect the writers for being respectful to the fact, that there is more than one type of woman in the world.
The challenge for ISFJs is ensuring that what they do is noticed. They have a tendency to underplay their accomplishments, and while their kindness is often respected, more cynical and selfish people are likely to take advantage of ISFJs’ dedication and humbleness by pushing work onto them and then taking the credit. ISFJs need to know when to say no and stand up for themselves if they are to maintain their confidence and enthusiasm. Naturally social, an odd quality for Introverts, ISFJs utilize excellent memories not to retain data and trivia, but to remember people, and details about their lives.
Sheldon Cooper ISTJ [THE INSPECTOR]
ISTJs don’t make many assumptions, preferring instead to analyze their surroundings, check their facts and arrive at practical courses of action. ISTJ personalities are no-nonsense, and when they’ve made a decision, they will relay the facts necessary to achieve their goal, expecting others to grasp the situation immediately and take action. ISTJs have little tolerance for indecisiveness, but lose patience even more quickly if their chosen course is challenged with impractical theories, especially if they ignore key details – if challenges becomes time-consuming debates, ISTJs can become noticeably angry as deadlines tick nearer.
Penny ESFP [THE ENTERTAINER]
If anyone is to be found spontaneously breaking into song and dance, it is the ESFP personality type. ESFPs get caught up in the excitement of the moment, and want everyone else to feel that way, too. No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as ESFPs when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style.
Utterly social, ESFPs enjoy the simplest things, and there’s no greater joy for them than just having fun with a good group of friends.
Howard Wolowitz ESTP [THE ADVENTURER]
Theory, abstract concepts and plodding discussions about global issues and their implications don’t keep ESTPs interested for long. ESTPs keep their conversation energetic, with a good dose of intelligence, but they like to talk about what is – or better yet, to just go out and do it. ESTPs leap before they look, fixing their mistakes as they go, rather than sitting idle, preparing contingencies and escape clauses.
ESTPs are full of passion and energy, complemented by a rational, if sometimes distracted, mind. Inspiring, convincing and colorful, they are natural group leaders, pulling everyone along the path less traveled, bringing life and excitement everywhere they go.
Raj Koothrappali INFP [THE DREAMER]
INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine.
Being a part of the Diplomat (NF) personality group, INFPs are guided by their principles, rather than by logic (Analysts), excitement (Explorers), or practicality (Sentinels). When deciding how to move forward, they will look to honor, beauty, morality and virtue – INFPs are led by the purity of their intent, not rewards and punishments.
Bernadette Rostenkowski ENTJ [THE COMMANDER]
ENTJs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal. But unlike their Feeling (F) counterpart, ENTJs are characterized by an often ruthless level of rationality, using their drive, determination and sharp minds to achieve whatever end they’ve set for themselves.
If there’s anything ENTJs love, it’s a good challenge, big or small, and they firmly believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal.
Amy Farrah Fowler INTP [THE LOGICIAN]
INTPs pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect.
They love patterns, and spotting discrepancies between statements could almost be described as a hobby, making it a bad idea to lie to an INTP. This makes it ironic that INTPs’ word should always be taken with a grain of salt – it’s not that they are dishonest, but people with the INTP personality type tend to share thoughts that are not fully developed, using others as a sounding board for ideas and theories in a debate against themselves rather than as actual conversation partners.