The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Review “The Decoupling Fluctuation” – Didn’t We See This Already?

The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 2 The Decoupling Fluctuation (1)
I hate to say it, but with the exception of a couple of key moments “The Decoupling Fluctuation,” this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, totally depressed me. I’m not sure I’m up for another round of Penny breaking Leonard’s heart only to date other guys, find out they’re stupid, then get crazy jealous when Leonard starts dating someone else. There’s only so many times that will fly.

I guess it just seems like everyone else is growing up except Penny and Leonard. Amy’s evolving into a real girl, Bernadette is married and happy, Howard is floating around in space, Raj is making new friends and Sheldon is slowly, but steadily, growing a heart. The scene in which he asked Penny not to hurt his friend made me choke up. He’s come so far. They all have.

Except Penny and Leonard. I had high hopes for Penny, but it seems like whenever she takes a step forward, she’s forced to take two steps back. What was the point of getting her back together with Leonard if she’s just going to decide he’s too boring for her to marry? I used to root for them. Now I find myself far more invested in Sheldon and Amy. Penny acts like she’s trapped in a relationship with someone beneath her; there’s no affection, no sweetness between them anymore.

So, I repeat…what was the point of getting them back together? Just to break them up again? That’s not what makes good TV. Over the past five years, I’ve gotten seriously invested in these characters. It won’t be fun to watch Penny dump Leonard again because she isn’t ready to tell him she loves him. We’ve already seen that once. Now I want to see something different.

Actually, what I really want to see is Amy make a man out of Sheldon, but I accept that she has much harder task with that than Penny does with Leonard.

Oh yeah, in B-plot land, the other astronauts on the space station are hazing Howard. It’s funny and cute, but I’m ready for him to come back down to Earth.

I feel like to say any more would just be repeating myself, but I just want someone to slap Penny and tell her that if she doesn’t want to be with Leonard then she needs to stop leading him on, but if she’s just having one of her emotional freakouts, she needs to get some therapy. I realize this logic breaks all rules of sitcoms, but that’s just how I feel.

Sorry, I’m too annoyed by this episode to have noticed any really great lines. Hopefully next week will be better.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below. And you can always follow me on Twitter @krieli1.

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Born and raised in Florida, but currently living in Los Angeles, Kristen is an aspiring television writer who is willing to give any TV show a chance, unless it involves real wives. When she’s not flipping channels, she can be found either reading a good, old-fashioned bodice ripper, discussing the failures of George Lucas with her friends over cherry pie at Mel’s Diner or trying to round up one or more of her Star Trek RPG players. She’s a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and hopes to finish one of her novels someday.

  • Cindy Smith

    Whatever you think, this episode had some really good laugh moments which were not in the season 5.

    • Kristen Elizabeth

      Oh, I’m not saying there weren’t amusing moments.  I’m disappointed with the storyline, though, and that disappointment soured the whole episode for me. 

      Thanks for reading, though:)

      • Cindy Smith

         Yeah the story line is dragged too much.

  • Rwiddowson1951

    what was the ringtone that amy received from penny while amy was in bed?

    • Kristen Elizabeth

      I’m not sure, sorry:(  But I’m sure there are websites that could tell you.  Try a general Google search.

  • Giant Sis

    I agree with you about the Penny-Leonard repeat. Ho hum. Grow up already. And bring Howard back from space – it’s lame.

    • Kristen Elizabeth

      Thanks;)  Totally agreed.

  • Desite

    Loved the transformator metaphor though!

  • Phdguru

    If they break up, I’m done watching. It’s a comedy, not a drama. It also seems to be a copy of the Cheers storyline between Sam and Christine.

    • Kristen Elizabeth

      Good point.  The go-to for all sitcoms, but I think they could do so much better.  Thanks for reading!

  • RandomHelper

    If Penny were to fall in love with Leonard and get married. What about Priya, and how will Raj react? And when will they show Howard’s mother :D

    • Kristen Elizabeth

      I don’t know.  I feel like bringing Priya back would just be an extension of the “same old, same old” thing that’s making me mad.  Break up Penny and Leonard, bring in Priya, make Penny jealous, rinse and repeat. 

      I don’t want them to ever show Howard’s mother.  No actress could live up to the images we’ve all created in our minds of her. 

  • Tjwhale

    Amy’s ringtone, we think, is the theme from “The Odd Couple” TV show.

    • http://twitter.com/RGFM_ R.G.

      That’s close, but it is a different theme song. I wish I knew the correct song!