The Big Bang Theory episode number six for this season, The Fetal Kick Catalyst, which aired Oct. 27, proved to be a tepid comedy that had a few good moments, but raises the question. This is the tenth season of the series. Have the actors have been at it too long now and it’s time for a career change? If only the money wasn’t so good, some of the actors likely would have already left.

The Big Bang Theory usually has multiple competing back-and-forth story lines

As has been a staple of the series, the episode follows parallel separate story lines. The strongest story line is almost always followed by a second and third weaker in descending order. The weakest this time is Howard (Simon Helberg) convincing his pregnant wife Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) that the minivan he bought on the advice of his friend Raj (Kunal Nayyar) without consulting Bernadette will be a perfect vehicle for their expected new baby.

This scene generated little comedy gold. Howard’s character has become such a whiner he gets tiresome. Raj has a few good lines delivered in his clipped Indian accent. However, as usual Raj merely serves as a backup character and scene window dressing. The writers should do a show centered on Raj as the star.

Penny’s movie career pinnacle is an awful ape horror flick   

Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is selling autographs at a comic book convention and receives kudos from adoring fans who remember her performance in an awful ape-man movie. When a fan approaches her at the autograph table he says, your movie was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in my life, were you trying to be that bad or are you a terrible actress? However the fan notes that Penny was hot in the movie’s shower scene and asks if he can kiss her. Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny’s husband, objects. He is not going to let his wife kiss some comic-book-loving nerd. The fan expresses consternation that a gorgeous gal like Penny could be married to a loser like Leonard.

Sheldon’s practice brunch fizzled like the episode itself

Meanwhile Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is holding a practice party brunch at the request of his girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) to celebrate living together, a dry-run before holding a real brunch. Sheldon invites guests to serve as test brunch Guinea pigs including Stuart, a friend named Bert from Sheldon’s biology lab, and a lady from Romania who is attempting to learn English by watching #Television. When Sheldon discloses the guests are only tryouts for a brunch Stuart threatens to leave but Sheldon consoles his friend and they all down mimosa cocktails and get drunk. The scene gives Sheldon a few good comic moments but the scene is largely stolen by the dry, phlegmatic Bert (Brian Posehn), perhaps because he is new and different to the show and his dry pronouncement observations were the best part of an otherwise pretty dull outing.

The Big Bang Theory is perhaps running out of gas as shows do when they become this old (season 10). It remains to be seen if further episodes will develop any more pep. In this case like Sheldon’s brunch, the party may be over. #Hollywood #Actor