The Big Bang Theory: The Terminator Decoupling
by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2009 3:02AM
This was a crazy episode. Basically, it seemed like a half-hour long ad for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Summer Glau guest-starring and the guys not being able to keep their fanboy-ness at bay makes total sense, except for the fact that Big Bang Theory is on CBS, and Terminator is on FOX. It's rare that you see that much cross-network love going around, so that was strange, but interesting.
Now, I don't watch The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but I did see the pilot, so Summer Glau's robot affectation on that series made some sense to me. She's playing herself on this show, though, so what's her excuse? She wasn't given very many lines, but everything she said was so flat and emotionless that it would have made more sense for the plot if they had just explained that she's really Method and never breaks character. But they didn't, so it was just... bad.
The episode itself was pretty good, though. There wasn't enough Penny, but even though she wasn't on the train with the guys, she managed to get some good moments in there -- mainly when she was going through the letters that Sheldon's grandmother sent him and making him tell her why she calls him "Moon Pie."
Raj and Wolowitz had some fun in this episode, as well, with their attempts to hit on Summer Glau. Raj has previously proven himself to be a bit of a ladies man when he drinks, so it was no surprise that he was able to charm Summer. It was especially hilarious when he took credit for Slumdog Millionaire. If I were Indian, I would probably do the exact same thing.
Wolowitz, predictably, fared much worse. With all of his practice hitting on women, he still hasn't learned that telling them about a dream in which you rip off their legs probably isn't a good idea. She was still nice enough to pose for a picture with him for his Facebook page, so there is that. And really, what more do you need? If you have a picture, you can make up whatever story you want to go along with it.
Here are some of my favorite lines from this episode:
"I have eleven hours with her in a confined space. Unless she's willing to jump off a moving train and tuck and roll down the side of a hill, she will eventually succumb to the acquired taste that is Howard Wolowitz." -- Wolowitz
Wolowitz: "Unlike you, I can actually talk to women while I'm sober."
Raj: "You fail to take into account that even mute, I am foreign and exotic, while you on the other hand, are frail and pasty."
Wolowitz: "Well ... you know the old saying: 'Pasty and frail, never fail!'"
Leonard: "Well, it seems once again you're caught between a rock and a crazy place."
Sheldon: "Oh, I hate when that happens."
"Normally, around women he has the personality of a boiled potato. Put one beer in him, and he has the personality of M. Knight Charmalarmalon." -- Wolowitz
"So anyway, in the dream, you and I were ice skating -- just the two of us -- and I picked you up by your ankles and twirled you round and around until your legs tore off. I tried to stick 'em back on, but before I could, you turned into a giant loaf of pumpernickel bread. What do you think that means?" -- Wolowitz