Posted by: JoeOnTheTube | November 24, 2009

The Big Bang Theory- The Vengeange Formulation

I’m a little late getting this up, big a new parent is pretty exhausting, and writing two posts in one  morning was more than I had energy for.  I really like last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory. I thought it got back to the dynamics that made the show so great, and didn’t focus solely on the Penny/Leonard relationship which many of the episodes this season have had a tendency to do.

Howard is finishing his third date with Bernadette.  She informs him that the thrid date is typically the date for sex, but wants to make sure he’s serious about her.  Howard begins to waffle.  Howard’s problem is that he has way too high an opinion of himself and the type of woman he should be dating.  Bernadette just isn’t the fantasy woman he sees himself with.  He asks for some time to think about it.

Sheldon tries to inform the guys that he’s going to be interviewed on NPR the next day, but his archenemies Kripke spoils the surprise.  Back at home Penny can’t believe that Howard has put Bernadette up on a shelf the way that he has, and chastise him for it.

The next day during Sheldon’s interview Kripke feeds a line with helium in it into Sheldon’s office and his voice begins to get higher and higher throughout the interview.  Sheldon is humiliated, and it’s not helped when he finds out that both Leonard and Raj thought it was pretty funny.  Leonard tries to cheer him up and encourage him to get revenge by playing his own practical joke on Kripke.

Howard is in the tub along with a fantasy version of Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica.  The fantasy tells him that it’s sad that he would rather sit in the tub alone and play with himself instead of being with a real woman.  Howard heads to The Cheesecake Factory to search for Bernadette.  When he finds her he drops to one knee and asks her to marry him.  She thinks he is crazy, and walks off.

Sheldon has devised the perfect revenge on Kripke.  He’s found the perfect mix of chemicals that when combined form a gooey foam.  He’s planted them in the ceiling above Kripke’s office that will be set off when he enters the room.  The problem is that Kripke enters with the university president and the board of directors.  They are all covered and a computer image of Sheldon comes on in the office telling everyone present that Sheldon was responsible with Leonard and Raj’s help.

Never one to give up Howard get’s behind the piano at The Cheesecake Factory and sings a song he’s written for Bernadette.  While Penny is disgusted, Bernadette finds it to be the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for her.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I love that Sheldon things Howard is inferior since he only has a Masters from MIT.
  • Speaking of MIT, do you think that Howard’s mom when with him while he was at MIT?  Do you think she relocates with him everywhere?
  • Do you think Jim Parson’s had the help of actual helium or dd he just make his voice go that high?  Either way it was very funny.
  • Howard and Katee Sackhoff’s conversation in the tub was classic.  Katee: “Thanks, Howard. Always nice to be part of your masturbatory fantasies.”  Wolowitz: “Come on, Katee. Don’t make it sound so cheap.”  Katee: “I’m sorry. Fiddling with yourself in the bathtub is a real class act:”
  • “My mother is very excited. She’s convening her Bible study group to listen in and then pray for my soul.” – Sheldon on his NPR interview.
  • Leonard to Wolowitz: “You’d have a better shot with the three-breasted Martian hooker from Total Recall.”  Wolowitz’s response “That movie was like 20 years ago. Imagine how saggy those things would be.”
  • Melissa Rauch who I’ve only seen on those I Love The… VH-1 Specials and Best Week Ever is great.  I always thought she was hilarious, and she sure can fill out those uniforms from The Cheescake Factory.
  • Not much Penny in this episode, and that’s not always a bad thing.  I like Penny, but it’s nice to see it be about the guys again.


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