The Big Bang Theory: The Monopolar Expedition (season finale)
by Kona Gallagher, posted May 12th 2009 12:26AM
(S02E23) Buzzinga! This episode, which is the season 2 finale, kind of blew my mind. Sheldon is almost a real boy! Not only was he able to correctly identify emotions not once, but twice, but he has started pulling honest-to-goodness pranks. Funny ones, at that! The whole bedtime conversation between he and Leonard about Penny wanting him carnally? You know that wouldn't have happened a year ago.
Speaking of Penny, there was one glaring thing about this otherwise enjoyable episode -- she was practically non-existent! Granted, she played a big role in the over-arching storyline if not the episodic one, but nonetheless, her absence was definitely noticeable.
While she had some nice scenes with Leonard, she barely interacted at all with Sheldon, outside of when she hilariously knocked back at him when he came to her door. Surely they could have taken out some of the crossbow talk in order to get her in there a little more. Or, perhaps, as Sheldon theorized, in order to miss someone, they do have to, in fact, be gone.
Going to the North Pole is a weird construct to get the guys out of town for the summer/show hiatus. I can only assume this means that big changes are going to happen with Penny, and Leonard will once again be left behind. After all, she's not going to have Leonard's little puppy dog face to hold her back from dating, and he certainly isn't going to be meeting any women where he is.
Here's what I don't get about the whole Penny/Leonard thing. I get why he's playing it close to the vest and doesn't want to just profess his feelings for her: she's completely out of his league. Of course, that's changed from when they first met, but I'm sure it's still holding him back on some level. So what's Penny's deal?
She's obviously going to miss him, but couldn't come out and tell him that she doesn't want him to go. Is she intimidated by his intelligence? That was an issue earlier in the season, but I thought she had mostly gotten over it. She knows that if she takes a chance on him, he's not going to hurt her -- Leonard couldn't hurt a fly. She can't be too afraid of ruining the friendship; after all, it's already survived one attempt at a relationship, why not another?
So I don't understand what exactly is pulling these two apart. They're both single, they care for each other, and they totally live across the hall -- bonus points for convenience! I'm completely stumped. What's your take on the Penny/Leonard relationship, and what do you think is going to happen when the guys get back from the North Pole next season?
Some of my favorite lines from this week:
Sheldon: "It must be an emergency; everyone at the university knows that I eat my breakfast at 8 and move my bowels at 8:20."
Leonard: "Yes, how did we live before Twitter?"
Wolowitz: "Just imagine ... if he says yes, we'll have an entire summer without Sheldon."
Raj: "We could play outside."
Wolowitz: "We could sit on the left side of the couch."
Leonard: "I could use the bathroom at 8:20!"
Raj: "Our dreams are very small, aren't they?"
"But if we were part of the team that confirmed string theory, we could drink for free in any bar in any college town with a university that has a strong science program!" - Raj
"I'm a Hindu. My religion teaches that if we suffer in this life, we are rewarded in the next. Three months at the North Pole with Sheldon and I'm reborn as a well-hung billionaire with wings." - Raj