Review: The Big Bang Theory - The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary
by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 19th 2009 11:29PM
(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."
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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