big bang nov10 cbs 'The Big Bang Theory': Regression analysisIt appears that the working title for this week’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory” was “They Can’t All Be Winners.”

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In Thursday’s (Nov. 10) show, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) try to make a go of it as friends. This, of course, poses a challenge for the one-time couple and (if you’re a betting person) future item. The two go out for a movie and a couple of cocktails. But the haze of their former relationship hangs over the evening. They ultimately spend the night out trying to make each other jealous. And you can guess how this goes.

As for Sheldon (Jim Parsons), he’s busy fighting with a bird. If there was anything more to write about this, it would be in here. But it had about all the excitement and humor of a typical Carrot Top routine.

Thursday’s program was a major letdown over the high of last week’s episode. It feels like the series does better when it has a through-line or a broader objective (e.g., Howard’s wedding). But this week’s version offered no connection and was just a bunch of stuff. Hopefully the Leonard and Penny night out is building to something, otherwise this is 30 minutes we’d like to get back.

On a scale of 1-to-Pi, Thursday’s episode was 847^0, or as any algebra teacher would tell you, a 1.

Posted by:David Eckstein