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Review: The Big Bang Theory - The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 19th 2009 11:29PM
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(S03E05)
What a dick. It turns out that former Squadder Wil Wheaton, who guest-starred on tonight's episode as himself, is totally the Jonny Fairplay of fantasy role-playing card game tournaments, who broke Sheldon's poor little heart not once, but twice. I love the fact that Sheldon has this vendetta against Wheaton in the first place, because of course Sheldon Cooper would consider the guy who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG to be his mortal enemy. The only thing that surprised me about that is that Sheldon's complaint was due to a slight that happened in the real world, and not some scientific inconsistency in the show, or Crusher's anachronistic hair.

When Sheldon and Wil are skirmishing to the death, there's a part of me that was thinking that the story of Wil's grandma was a lie, but he's Wil Wheaton! They wouldn't actually make him evil, would they? But they did, and poor Sheldon nearly had the big aneurysm that Wolowitz had been wishing on his mother.

The way they left it, it looks as though there's a good chance Sheldon and Evil Wil Wheaton could have another showdown. I sincerely hope this happens, as my one complaint about this episode is that there wasn't enough interaction between Wil and Sheldon. I understand that the buildup to the confrontation is a big part of the story -- but that's why I want to see him again. I want Evil Wil Wheaton to come over to the apartment and try to sit in Sheldon's seat, or something equally as dastardly.

Elsewhere in the episode, I was a little unsure about the whole "setting Wolowitz up" storyline. For a good chunk of the episode, it seemed as though we were just going to get some more of Wolowitz being creepy and scaring away any potential mate, which we've seen a billion times before. So I was pleasantly surprised when Wolowitz managed to not completely disgust a cute, microbiology grad student and bond with her over their crazy mothers. It's progress!

Some of my favorite lines from this episode:

"It might also interest you to know that Wil Wheaton currently ranks sixth on my all-time enemies list, right between director Joel Schumacher, who nearly destroyed the Batman movie franchise, and Billy Sparks, who lived down the street from me and put dog poop on the handles of my bicycle." - Sheldon

"Sorry boys, say 'hi' to your mother when she comes to pick you up -- or I could just tell her later tonight!" - Raj

Wil: "Did that guy just say, 'revenge is a dish best served cold,' in Klingon?
Stuart: "I believe so"
Wil: "What is wrong with him?"
Stuart: "Everyone has a different theory."

Bernadette: "Does your mother call you every day at work to see if you've had a healthy lunch?"
Wolowitz: "My mother calls me every day to see if I've had a healthy bowel movement."

Wolowitz: "Listen, you have to come to Shabbas dinner at my house sometime."
Bernadette: "Why?"
Wolowitz: "A Catholic girl like you, wearing big cross like that, might just give my mother that big brain aneurysm I've been hoping for."

"I came here to defeat Wil Wheaton: the man who destroyed my dreams, but I can't destroy Wil Wheaton: the man who loved his mee-maw." - Sheldon

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gman

Sheldon was counting cards in the “Dungeons of whatever” game which impressed Penny and I thought they would go into counting cards in Las Vegas. It was appropriate that Sheldon remembers the girlfriend pact that was made after he bragged about having a didactic memory. Honestly I wouldn’t even have time to watch TV if I didn’t get a free DISH Network Sling adapter http://bit.ly/k80U6m that gives me live or recorded TV from my employee DVR anywhere I go. I had the whole season recorded just waiting for me to have time and the time is now. Now with my iPhone and Galaxy Tab I watch when I have spare time and still spend quality time with my family when I get home.

August 31 2011 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

A few thoughts:

-When Sheldon said "revenge is a dish best served cold" in Klingon it reminded me of Jim Parson's character in Garden State. "...This one means 'Kill Kirk'... And also, 'hallelujah'... Depending on the context."

-Real Life Wil Wheaton would have apologized and acknowledged being a dick when he was a teenager - and I think many of us wondered which way he was going to go - but that was awesome. Loved the callback to "memaw"/"moon pie". I giggled hard when Penny called him that in the Summer Glau episode.

-Sheldon got PWNED by Wil Wheaton! I hope Wil returns. He likes them, they like him... it's a great match, or as Wolowitz's mom might say, "It's bashert". Is there precedence for turning celebrity cameos into recurring characters? (Entourage doesn't count.)

Speaking of Wolowitz and his mom:
-The "Shabbas/shabbat dinner" dialogue was great. This I must see.
(To elaborate on what Kona said: "Shabbat" is Hebrew. "Shabbos" or "shabbas" is Yiddish. Ashkenaz Jews are of eastern European descent and in past generations spoke Yiddish. If Jenny is checking Wikipedia, she might be interested in this entry)

-I don't know why this didn't occur to me until now, but Kevin Sussman seemed so much taller in Kissing Jessica Stein. :)

Also, Stuart's "Everyone has a different theory." felt like he was including the viewers as "everyone", thus making us a part of their world.

I hope this show never jumps the shark.

October 21 2009 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan B

sorry, confused Kripke with Stuart.

October 20 2009 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jenny J

Um. Shabbat dinner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabbat

October 20 2009 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jenny J's comment
Kona Gallagher

Shabbas/Shabbos is the Ashkenazi pronunciation; they pronounce "t" at the end of words as "s."

Regardless, it was a quote, and he said "Shabbas." Also, starting any correspondence, whether it is an internet comment or anything else, with "um," makes you sound like a jerk.

October 20 2009 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony Sutton

You know, I do that sometimes, too. Will stop immediately.

October 20 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
c

"Watch episodes and clips of The Big Bang Theory and other shows over at SlashControl." This is a false statement. There are no episodes of Big Bang Theory available at Slashcontrol. (unless I missed them)

October 20 2009 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kona Gallagher

You're absolutely correct. I just checked and there don't seem to be any full episodes, however, I don't think that was always the case-- I'm pretty sure they had them before, but I'm not positive. Anyway, I changed it. Thanks for pointing it out!

October 20 2009 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

Sheldon would have come in handy on the guys' trip to Vegas, wouldn't he? Pretty impressive card counting ability, especially from across the living room.

October 20 2009 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

The funniest non-funny moment of the episode was not that Sheldon fluently exclaimed that revenge was a dish best served cold, but that the ACTOR Wil Wheaton completely understood him.

October 20 2009 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Mike's comment
Rich

I immediately thought the exact same thing.

October 20 2009 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

I caught that too.

October 21 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
burcash

This one is my favourite comedy show, which makes me to laugh still my stomach pains.

October 20 2009 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pbfredle

I am still laughing about the line: Girls don't count Klingon as a foreign language, do they?
And Sheldon being called Moon Pie by his MeeMaw will always crack me up.

October 20 2009 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie

"Now fetch me Wil Wheaton!" is my new theme line to life. I just hope I can say it one day in a situation that it actually applies to.

October 20 2009 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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