'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Wheaton Recurrence' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:22PM
(S03E19) Wow, Wil Wheaton really is evil. First he plays the dead Mee-Maw card, then he sinks even lower. I mean, he doesn't sink so low that he'd break up a relationship to win a bowling tournament -- or would he? I do love the fact that they used Wheaton for the majority of the episode this time, instead of just having him show up at the end, like they did in his first episode.
He had quite the impact on everyone's lives, although probably not in the way that anyone would have guessed. I don't know about you, but I certainly wouldn't have thought that Wil Wheaton was going to alter the entire course of the show. So what do you think about what he did?
The writers seem to have had a bit of a problem with the whole Penny/Leonard relationship this season, and quite frankly, I've been expecting the break-up to happen for quite some time. However, having Wil Wheaton rent space in Penny's head and convince her that she's just leading Leonard on was a pretty brilliant way to do it.
Although I'm unconvinced that this is truly the end. Sure, Penny may not be ready to tell Leonard she loves him, but she is quoting 'Empire Strikes Back,' which is nerd for "love" anyway. I don't believe she's actually leading him on; she's overwhelmed and confused, but I think this pair is ultimately going to get back together. It may take a few episodes, and they may drag it out as much as possible, but this isn't the end of Leonard and Penny.
A few other things:
- Wolowitz and Raj trying to guess what went wrong with Leonard and Penny was hysterical -- and now it's even easier to see where their relationships have gone wrong.
- How long until we see 'The Wesley Crusher' shirts?
- I'm not surprised at all that Raj loved his Catwoman costume so much.
Some of my favorite quotes from this week's episode:
Wolowitz: "Why is Leonard being a giant douche? That is, assuming, of course that giant douches are possible."
Sheldon: "Of course they are -- Leonard's being one."
"What did you do, Romeo? Did you pour maple syrup all over your body and ask her if she was in the mood for a short stack?" - Wolowitz
"A common spare. The Miss Congeniality of the Bowling Pageant." - Sheldon
"Tweet that, Tweetie Bird." - Sheldon
"I've been familiarizing myself with female emotional crises by studying the comic strip, 'Cathy.' When she's upset she says 'Ack' and eats ice cream." - Sheldon
"Enjoy the accolades now, Wil Wheaton. But like your time on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' your smug self-satisfaction will be short-lived." - Sheldon