Fun episode! I like and expect the Penny-Leonard relationship, so enjoyed their sub plot; but the best was Howard's song and the rest doing the chorus/backup!!
@nottrampis - I'm not sure it's a matter of responsible/irresponsible and one becoming the other unnaturally. Alexis lately seems out of character (besides being dislikable in my opinion) and I'm not sure if it's a real change or a new direction out of the blue or if the show's creators even see it??? I could read the extremely calm discussion where Alexis reminds her father she's smarter than him as her saying instead that she's been waiting for this opportunity to put him in his place -- except that I can't believe the show intends anything like that, so what do they mean?????
Didn't think about it, but would agree that if anyone's parents were handy they would let them know at the least about looking for an apartment (and probably anyone supposedly as mature as Alexis would be aware of Pi friction and offer up the looking as a way to chill out her father). Likely she wouldn't imagine he'd be against it and be surprised there -- but to defend it by suggesting she's smarter than him afterall, uh does any teenager tell their parents so matter-of-factly (perhaps in the heat of a passionate argument) that "All of us know I'm smarter than you"? Won't miss her for awhile, anyway.
This was a really fun episode! Also want to say I'm glad Alexis is gone as I haven't liked her much of late. I get the fatherly emotion the review appreciates, but I hope she isn't on the show much for at least a long while.
@zagsfan - Lucy Liu in "Payback"?
@PHXcowbot - I was writing my post while yours was being uploaded, which wouldn't appear on my computer until I pressed "Submit Comment" and the page refreshed -- so, please just take my comment as supporting "oblivious," not ignoring what you said!
Sheldon was oblivious in this episode -- and I even think (as I go over the course of events as I write this) that he was consistent, at least this episode. Sometimes his being oblivious is cruel, which I think it was here. The other characters can talk to him when he's oblivious, even if he isn't usually convinced (and sometimes he is, even if he misses the point, like at Amy's door). The problem I sometimes have with Sheldon is when he is intentionally nasty and cruel because of his ego, by which I don't mean when he assumes he's smarter than everyone else, but when he thinks someone hasn't show him his due (like when Howard was assigned Sheldon's unused parking space and Sheldon's ego demanded the nastiest un-friend behavior).
"Midnight Train to Georgia" was originally done by Gladys Knight and the Pips. It was a long time ago (like 1970's-1980's), but a many-time-repeated classic comedy bit was the three Pips would be guests on a variety show without Gladys Knight (and then while the music for Midnight Train played over the speakers, the Pips would do all their swaying in unison and harmonies and back-up moves with no front singer). I think, since the show focused on Pips style moves, that the writers were recalling that.
It was a fun episode. One thing that I didn't accept is that Phil would have been conned into buying a suit that small. He's always shown to be very good at selling -- so how could he be conned into buying something that didn't come close to fitting?
Also wanted to speculate on Gibbs' ethics (and not at all with any sure sense of rightness regarding this thought) that Gibbs killing the drug lord who killed his family did not violate the sentiments of Semper Fi, that it certainly was illegal, but it was outside the service, not using naval-marine resources as if they were yours to use or the service they belonged to wasn't important in your own eyes (as, say, Franks determining his mission was higher than the service he was a part of). Like maybe the line Gibbs referred to in "Where do you draw it?" meant where do you draw the line when it comes to using and stealing from the Navy-Marines for what you think is the right thing to do???
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