'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Pants Alternative' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 23rd 2010 12:27AM
(S03E18) If you've ever read my 'Big Bang Theory' reviews, then you know that I always end it with some of my favorite quotes from the episode. I'm pretty sure that after this week's, my hands almost fell off. There were so many great lines to choose from-- and I didn't even get in to Sheldon's amazing speech. Were I to do that, then I'd pretty much be transcribing the entire episode instead of reviewing it.
The episode went along pretty much as you would expect it to: Sheldon has a weird problem, the friends pitch in to try and help him out. There are a couple of things I didn't see coming: The "C-Men" joke, and Sheldon's amazing drunk stand-up act at his awards ceremony. In three years, that was the loosest we've ever seen Dr. Cooper, and the results were fascinating.
My only hope is that they never let Sheldon get drunk again. It worked tonight because it was so unexpected and brilliantly done, but to do it again would be to ruin it. We already have alcohol as a device to loosen Raj up and allow him to talk to women, and if we gave the same device to Sheldon, it would just be a little bit too much. Plus, it would say some weird things about the drinking habits of the scientific community that may or may not be accurate.
While I wouldn't want a sequel, Sheldon's routine at his ceremony couldn't have been funnier. However, there were some other fun parts about this episode. Sheldon's fashion show was a pretty typical "geek makeover" scene, but the fact that he had a suit that involved sequins and a bolero when he was six makes me wish that this show did flashbacks.
Sheldon and Leonard's therapy session was pretty great as well. It was nice to see them continuing the storyline of Leonard's bizarre relationship with his mother. However, and I really don't know why this tickled me so much, it was Sheldon's line about wearing "size 'a million' pants" that nearly killed me. Overall, this is an episode worth keeping on the DVR.
Some of my favorite lines from this episode:
Sheldon: "I can't give a speech."
Wolowitz: "No, you're mistaken. You give speeches all the time. What you can't do is shut up.
Raj: "Before the movie, you did 20 minutes on why guacamole turns brown. It turned brown while you were talking."
Leonard: "What, to you, is a large crowd?"
Sheldon: "Any group big enough to trample me to death. General rule of thumb is 36 adults or 70 children."
Leonard: "We think we can help you with your stage fright."
Sheldon: "Oh, I doubt that. I haven't figured out a way, and I'm much smarter than all of you."
Penny: "Yes, buy you're not smaller than all of us put together."
Sheldon: "I'm sorry, that is what I meant."
Penny: "So what do you say, Sheldon, are we your X-Men?"
Sheldon: "No, the X-Men were named for the "X" in "Charles Xavier." Since I am Sheldon Cooper, you will be my "C-Men."
Raj: "These methods come from the ancient gurus of India, and have helped me conquer my own fears."
Sheldon: "And yet you can't speak to women."
Raj: "True, but thanks to meditation, I am able to stay in the same room with them without urinating."
Sheldon: "I recently had a dream that I was giant, but everything around me was to scale, so it all looked normal."
Leonard: "How did you know you were a giant if everything was to scale?"
Sheldon: "I was wearing size 'a million' pants."