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Review: The Big Bang Theory - The Psychic Vortex

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 4:00AM
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(S03E12) The TCA panel for CBS was on Saturday, and Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre brushed off talk of a Penny/Sheldon hookup by basically saying that Sheldon is asexual. He's chosen not to play the relationship game at all, and the writers aren't planning on changing that. This is quite evident in this week's episode, as Sheldon meets a lady who totally wants to do it to him, and he instead spends the night in Leonard's room accompanied by his Green Lantern lantern.

Despite the fact that Leonard and Wolowitz are double dating and Raj is trying very hard to find a girlfriend (who he will never be able to talk to? I'm still a little confused as to how that would work), Sheldon remains perfectly content to backup all of his data and reinstall his operating system. And since it's Sheldon and not Wolowitz we're talking about here, that's not even a euphemism for anything.

This whole storyline with Sheldon and Martha may have bothered me had I not read what Lorre had to say on the matter. The whole "Sheldon is socially inept" thing works in some ways, but he's also had a lot of personal growth over the past three seasons, so it would be a little hard for me to believe that he would have absolutely no idea what was happening. I much prefer to believe that this is more of a conscious choice, and that he lacks the tact to let Martha down gently.

After waiting so long for Leonard and Penny to get together, I've been pretty disappointed in how boring their relationship is, for the most part. At least in this episode, we had a little drama when the pair clashed on the matter of psychics. It's a little weird to me that Leonard was so shocked that Penny believes in psychics, because, come on. Of course she's the type of person to believe in psychics. While I thought that both actors were interesting during this storyline, I didn't really like it because it felt too much like manufactured drama.

Also confusing? Bernadette's definition of bases. I would like to see a chart please. Or perhaps some sort of map.

Some of my favorite quotes from this week:


Sheldon: "I'm sorry Raj, I have no desire to salute any article of clothing tonight, much less one that's linked to race riots in the 1940s."
Raj: "Race Riots?"
Sheldon: "The 'Zoot Suit Riots'?"
Raj: "Ohhhh. I always thought that was some sort of after-Christmas sale."

Raj: "Come on, let's get a drink."
Sheldon: "I don't drink."
Raj: "Well I do, and when my wingman is carrying a Green Lantern lantern, I drink a lot."

Wolowitz: "I once dated a girl who believed she was abducted by aliens."
Leonard: "And that didn't bother you?"
Wolowitz: "Au contraire; it meant she was gullible and open to a little probing."

Penny: "Wow, that's all you got after you were the most obnoxious person on a double date that included Howard Wolowitz?"

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cristine837

I haven't watch these types of funnier shows before..Every thing you have watched in the TV series is similar i mean mostly all series have a same story but it is not like that..This is a great intelligent sitcom.Even I recommend it to everyone.I have a site where you can easily watch The Big Bang Theory episodes to just visiting given link..Even this site has also a fine picture gallery..
Have fun Guys!!!!

February 06 2010 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CC

I don't know if Sheldon recognizes Martha's attraction to him, but I do feel he has grown a bit in the social interaction department. I thought he would for sure not allow her to enter his room, but he did! Remember when Penny woke him up once and he kept asking why she was in his room and how people aren't supposed to be in his room?

I don't think Leonard should be that surprised that Penny believes in psychics. She already mentioned (pilot episode, maybe?) that she believes in astrology.

January 12 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

"Also confusing? Bernadette's definition of bases. I would like to see a chart please. Or perhaps some sort of map."

This is the closest there is:

http://xkcd.com/540/

January 12 2010 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia

What a waste of Danica McKellar's talents! Is she coming back for more episodes or is this all we get of her?

January 12 2010 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric J.

I hope Martha comes back, because an extended storyline of Sheldon deciding to explore "copulation" in the clinical, methodical way he approaches everything else could be great. Building a sexual relationship on pure curiosity, with no hormones involved would be a fairly unique perspective.

January 12 2010 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

A way to get around the whole Raj thing if they ever really wanted to was to have him meet a deaf women, then he wouldn't neccessarily need to speak, he could communicate in sign language, etc. (just an idea!) But I don't think Raj will be paired off anytime soon, they already have 2 relationships to feed from. AND I must say that Bernadette is becoming a favorite of mine. She's given in the exact right dose to not become annoying and she has amazing comedic timing.

http://www.orble.com/teevee-himym-tbbt-111/

January 12 2010 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I don't think it is a continuity error to have Raj be able to talk to Winnie even though he had only a few sips of his Screwdriver. As you will recall during the episode on the train he had one non alcoholic beer and was able to talk to Summer Glau, he doesn't actually need to be drunk he just needs to think that he has some alcohol in him.

January 12 2010 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crh0831

OK - how has there been no mention of the brilliant and beautiful Winnie.. ummm Danica McKellar? Although I, too, was baffled by the ease at which Raj was able to speak to her (was he really drunk... that easily?) I do hope she makes another (few) appearances on the show. She received almost no screen time and very few lines.
She'd also be a wonderful foil for Sheldon - especially in the math department...

January 12 2010 at 7:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacie23

I guess Raj just has to be drunk or at least very inebriated when he is with his girlfriend. That would be the only explanation for how he is able to be with a girl without not speaking to her. If that's not the case then it's definetly a huge continuity error.

I am also a little dissapointed with the Penny and Leonard relationship. I am glad they are together because after 2 years of will they won't they it was time. But it's just not exactly clicking on all cylinders. Hopefully they can rectify that a little more. Maybe bring in more people from her side, family members, friends, things like that. Either way, a pretty decent episode.

January 12 2010 at 4:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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