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"The Hesitation Ramification"/S7E12

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM

By Dhruv Rao

The first big hiatus in the television season is finally over. Over the course of this episode, the story developed faster than it did throughout the entire season. The A-plot revolved around Penny and Leonard while the B-plot and C-plot talked about Shamy and Raj respectively. The drama of the episode overpowered its comedy, and that's new for a traditional sitcom such as The Big Bang Theory. However, the comedy generated here is unlike any other show: The Big C, Community, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory are sitcoms at heart, but the comedy generated is different. Sometimes. it's due to the awkwardness, like Raj and Stuart's plot this week. Sometimes, it's a try too hard, such as Sheldon's theory of comedy this week. Other times, it's classics like Bernadette's uproar in the Cheesecake Factory.

The A-plot provided advancement in Penny's career and love life. It's her big break on NCIS, which eventually gets cut. It's very relatable when Penny's scene is cut. Once something's been built up, it's difficult handling the situation when the plan breaks apart. After that, the A-plot turns from Penny's career to her relationship. The way we can relate to the plotline is what makes it special. The small talk they have where Leonard tries to be honest yet supportive is what we've seen him do since season three. They have had several instances where marriage has been a problem ("The Launch Acceleration" and "The Tangible Affection Proof"), but now the problem is due to Leonard's uncertainty whether Penny's proposal comes on a serious note. The plot falls from there, and we are unsure whether the couple is still together or not. That's exactly what we want from an episode: no fast resolution and an essence of continuity.

The B-plot was a step down from the A-plot. This is a typical move of the show trying to get Sheldon on the viewers' good side. He develops a theory of comedy which goes along a path with some smart comments from Amy. She's really on fire this season. Mayim Bialik's acting has improved drastically since season four. This has caused the drastic improvement in the ratings over the past few years. Sheldon and Amy's plots have been more inclusive and funny, yet they have some emotional immaturity. This week takes us back to the old times where Sheldon's free time involved more science than relationship time. His theory of comedy always comes in at the wrong time, which is what makes the viewers love the episode. I think that everything Sheldon tries is lovable because he's the breakout character of the show; however, this plot seemed uncomfortable as the writers shoved comedy down our throats a bit too forcefully.  

The C-plot was fun because it involved Raj and wasn't horrible. So, why is it that if we're talking about Raj getting a date it's annoying, but when we watch him try to navigate through a social matrix it's super fun? No idea. That's why I truly enjoyed those scenes. Raj and Stuart awaited the perfect person to strike a conversation with. The small bits reminded us of Raj's older days when Raj wasn't able to talk to the ladies. The final encounter with the security guard was funny because it was the only bit that Raj got of the whole episode. Moreover, the awkward rendezvous was deemed to be "smooth" by the duo, even further why I loved the writer's edge on the episode.

Last time, I had reported that the writers didn't focus on the character development as much as they should have. They immediately worked on it and here's this week's solid episode which I enjoyed. The character development was good, the comedy was above average, but the three plots didn't mix very well.

Grade: B+

Stray Observations:

-  Leonard: "I just think it's sexier if things are left to the imagination." Amy (to Sheldon): "He's wrong."

- Bernadette's extreme laugh is reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally. Howard's reply was also witty.

- Penny's watching television (to everyone on television): "You didn't get your part cut."

- Sheldon's methods of comedy: Surprise (he pulls down his pants), tragedy and time, and knock-knock jokes in his style.

- Raj's date isn't a woman; it's Stuart.

- Leonard: "Honey, you only had three lines. That wasn't gonna happen anyway."

- Amy: "What's the show?" Penny:Um, NC ... II .... Or, you know, NCSTD ... I don't know, it's the one with all the letters and I'm gonna be on it!"

- Even when Sheldon tries to comfort Leonard for ruining things with Penny, he sticks a "kick me" sign on his back.

Categories: The Big Bang Theory

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