The Big Bang Theory: The Lizard-Spock Expansion
by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 18th 2008 12:23AM
(S02E08) As much as I enjoy this show, I'm always afraid that it's going to start becoming too Sheldon-centric. Sheldon is easily the quirkiest character, so falling into the trap of, "hey, check out this ridiculous thing that guy said," over and over again would be quite easy. So far though, the writers have managed to avoid that; which is why I was happy to have a Wolowitz episode this week.
Of course, Sheldon was still there being his ridiculous self, but he wasn't there to move the plot along; much as his "Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock" game didn't move anything along (everyone always picked Spock).
I was excited to see Sarah Rue in this episode. I wasn't really a fan of her show, Less Than Perfect, but I've always liked her. Like Leslie, she's super-aggressive toward Leonard, but unlike Leslie, she seems to be interested in having a real relationship. I haven't read anything about whether or not Rue will be back in future episodes, but I hope she will; she adds an interesting dynamic to the show.
Speaking of relationships, I really enjoyed the scene between Penny and Leonard in the laundry room. It's fun seeing them interact without the added pressure of Leonard being totally in love with her. They make great friends and I do actually believe she was happy for him, but did anyone else get the feeling that there may still be some lingering feelings on Penny's part? After all, one of Penny's main issues is that, since she only went to community college, she wasn't smart enough for Leonard. When Leonard told her that Stephanie was a doctor, she seemed kind of sad to me. It was very subtle, and if I'm not reading too much into things and totally making it up, it was very well-done. I'd like to see some Stephanie/Penny scenes in the future.
Wolowitz seemed to get over Stephanie's rejection and Leonard's betrayal pretty quickly, but I'd like to see Wolowitz get a girl. If we could have an episode in which Sheldon had a love interest (of sorts) surely, we can find a girl who would actually give Howard the time of day (other than his mother). I don't know what kind of girl would actually fall for him, but I'd sure like to find out. Too bad he can't use that Mars Rover discovery as a pick-up line.
Here are some of my favorite lines from this episode:
"I am not going to watch the Clone Wars TV series until I've seen the Clone Wars movie. I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended." --Sheldon
"I picked her up in a bar; she's a doctor. One free barium enema and my mother won't care she's not Jewish." - Wolowitz
"I believe the appropriate metaphor here involves a river of excrement and a Native American water vessel without any means of propulsion." --Sheldon
"You're gonna have to play outside! I'm not dressed to receive." --Mrs. Wolowitz
Oh, and for those of you who want to play the game at home, some helpful soul over at IMDb posted the
Rules for Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock
1. Scissors cuts Paper
2. Paper covers Rock
3. Rock crushes Lizard
4. Lizard poisons Spock
5. Spock smashes Scissors
6. Scissors decapitates Lizard
7. Lizard eats Paper
8. Paper disproves Spock
9. Spock vaporizes Rock
10. Rock crushes Scissors