In a recent column, I said I missed the old vibe of The Big Bang Theory, in which Leonard, Sheldon and the gang made their way bravely in a world where girls were an impossible dream.
Something seemed wrong, I wrote, now that the characters on the show got more action than anybody watching it.
Boy, was I on the wrong side of that reader's poll.
So let me now say something nice - about the women of The Big Bang Theory.
Going into Season 1, there's no way you'd have thought that a show with this much beta-male frustration could have possibly introduced some of the funniest, most colourful female characters on any sitcom.
I speak of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), two actresses who've taken the girlfriend trope and ran with it to the point of indispensability.
How valuable is their contribution? Between last season and Thursday's Season 7 debut on CTV and CBS, the two actresses reportedly renegotiated their mid-$20,000-an-episode contract up to $60,000-per. By the end of the contract, it will hit six figures.
The big earners are still Emmy-winning Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj), all of whom are said to be looking for a half-million each per episode after this season.
I'm not even sure how a show could hand out that much money per episode and still turn a profit. On the other hand, in most markets The Big Bang Theory is on some channel or another seemingly at all hours of the day.
Amy and Sheldon ("Shamy, as she calls them) remain one of the oddest couples in the history of three-camera sitcoms, a chaste, socially-maladroit girlfriend/boyfriend, always on the disconcerting verge of taking it to the next level (according to the principles of the social sciences of course). Their arms-length accord is in jeopardy this season as Amy finds work at the same Caltech that employs Sheldon.
The smiley-faced but steel-willed Bernadette, meanwhile, will reportedly be injecting some drama in the show as her marriage to Howard hits the rocks (want to bet his mom has something to do with it?).
It doesn't sound like a big deal, but there's also a "night out" scene with just Bernadette and Amy. Ostensibly, it's the first time there's ever been a girls'-night-out on the show without Penny. Got to earn that new paycheck.
They could score even more feminist points if they expand the role of the terrific character actress Kate Micucci as Raj's neurotic, sometime girlfriend Lucy.
But if the women in the show are doing more of the comedic heavy-lifting, there is a danger in all this breaking up/getting back together/breaking up.
That is that the show could morph from a show about misanthropic geniuses into Friends with comic book references.
Whatever, I'll still be watching it.