The Focus Attenuation, the fifth episode of season 8 of The Big Bang Theory, is another fun, entertaining episode. I just about choked when I took a drink at the wrong moment and started to laugh while trying to swallow.
There are spoilers for this episode, so anyone who hasn’t watched it yet may want to stop now.
The guys end up talking about how they haven’t come up with idea for things to invent in a long time. Sheldon claims that Leonard lost focus on that stuff when Penny moved in. They get the idea to take the weekend to focus on trying to invent something. When Leonard checks in with Penny, the girls decide to go to Vegas for the weekend. Right after they get there, Penny gets a message from her boss about a meeting or presentation getting moved up to Monday, so she now just has two days to prepare instead of just over a week. Penny decides to stay in the room to get some work done while Bernadette and Amy head off to have fun.
Almost immediately Sheldon, Raj, and Howard get distracted by talking about movies. They have an idea connected to Back to the Future II, so it is decided that they need to watch the movie. They get into a discussion about the time travel stuff that even includes the proper tense of words to use when describing someone from the future going to the past to change something and then returning to the future. Eventually they decide to go the college and work in Leonard’s lab, but once again, they are quickly distracted by videos online while Leonard gets more annoyed. An attempt to come up with a deterrent results in them starting to watch Ghostbusters in the lab and then returning home to watch the entire movie. In Vegas, Bernadette and Amy get plastered and decide that Penny is a party pooper because she stayed in to do work. The next morning Penny is ready to go to the pool while Bernadette and Amy have horrible hang overs.
At first, it seems that Penny is still the same. Going to Vegas is her idea, and she is talking about getting so drunk on margaritas that she pukes just before she gets the message from her boss. Once she sees that message, she decides that she needs to stay in and do some work first, something that Penny hasn’t done before. Even when Bernadette and Amy return to the room and try to get Penny to leave, she still says no. Penny does end up going with them to some sort of show, but she is working there while the other two get drunker. It is nice to see Penny be more responsible and not the one getting fall down drunk. It seems like she is taking her job seriously, something else that is nice to see and shows that Penny is finally growing up some.
The guys getting constantly distracted is funny, including the idea that they come up with to try to stop the distractions. I also think it is funny how often the stuff that distracts them leads to them wanting to watch some movie. I kind of feel like watching Ghostbusters myself now. I don’t think I have ever seen Bernadette and Amy as drunk as they were in this episode. They have been drinking with Penny before, and Bernadette has gotten a little tipsy, but they are both so drunk they are all but falling down. I thought that Bernadette was really funny, especially when she mentions a certain show that she wants to go see.
A lot of what happened in this episode is silly in some way and won’t have a large overall impact, but there are indications that Penny is maturing and starting to take things more seriously. The episode is fun and entertaining and I think I’ll enjoy it just as much when I watch it again.
The episode will be available to watch on the CBS website eventually. I think it will show up on Tuesday the 14th.