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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 13 Recap

by Oliver Miller, posted Jan 21st 2011 7:05AM

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O-kaaaay then. There are episodes of sitcoms, and then there are episodes of sitcoms. And then there was this latest episode of 'The Big Bang Theory.'

Just to make it clear before we delve a little bit, I like 'The Big Bang Theory,' I really do. But this episode seemed ... odd. And much like the episode before it, it seemed to hang upon the thinnest of plot threads.

Here was the set-up for the episode: All the characters have to go to a science convention, including Penny, who didn't really want to go, but who had to be dragged along. Because by going to the the convention, she'd also get to go to a spa. Because otherwise, if Penny wasn't in it, it wouldn't really be a normal episode of the show, y'know?



Why are they going to the convention? We're not really sure. Is Penny so hard up that she can't afford to go to a spa, ever? Well, y'know what, that's a dumb question -- like asking if the characters in 'Friends' could afford to live in their New York City apartments that must have cost $1 million each to live in. And to be fair, we don't watch sitcoms for their absolute adherence to the laws of physical reality. But when a show contains such gaping plot holes, then the mind sort of starts to wander.

So, I have a few mild issues with this episode, and again, this episode was funny. But it was also very, very odd. Here are some reasons why:

1) The episode involved the characters going to a science convention, but the science convention was only shown for about the last 60 seconds.

2) The contrivance that brought Penny along to the convention was that she would get a free trip to a spa, which was discussed over and over again, but then we never saw it happen, and it wasn't mentioned again once the plot contrivance had been accomplished.

3) Rick Fox was the "celebrity guest star" on the show, except he was on the show for all of 25 seconds, which = likewise weird.

4) At any rate, the whole plot of the show involved a very 'Three's Company'-type sort of thing, wherein everyone pretty much ended up in the same room, more or less, and a comedy of errors was the result.

What happened was, everyone had to go to the convention, which led to a fight between Howard and Bernadette, which led to a fight between everyone else on the show. Howard got jealous after running into guest star Rick Fox, who played Bernadette's super-studly ex-boyfriend, which would have been a funny joke -- since Rick Fox is 6'7" and Howard is short and nerdy -- but the show dropped that plot device fairly quickly. It dropped it very quickly, which led to the rest of the show. Penny snuck into Leonard's room, and the two of them almost had sex. Penny and Leonard getting back together would have been an interesting development, but ... what happened with that? Nothing. So, nothing.

Obviously, sitcoms kind of drag the "will they, or won't they" issue out to an excessive degree. But, in this case, the whole issue was just dropped. Penny went home from the conference with Rick Fox. And again, that would have been funny. Except that the series didn't bother to show that either. Are we just supposed to imagine these things? Is Rick Fox's pay-rate so high that the series can't really afford to pay him for longer than half a minute? Again, as we've said before, this whole episode was just weird -- but funny. Did we also mention that it was funny? But still, the episode dropped the ball on a few major plot points, sigh.

Random jokes:

"Superbacteria -- global apocylaypse or research opporutinty?"

"No matter how much you stroke Amy's hair, she bites!"

"Red Leader to Red Five; come in."

"The Neutral Zone. You know ... Star Trek"

"Because we're going 120 miles an hour."

'The Big Bang Theory' airs Thursdays, 8PM ET on CBS.

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Bryon

I think I should make a clip video of the best scenes from “The Big Bang Theory” and the one with Raj and Howard are going to wrestle to determine which one will be the sidekick. Rats for superheros are an amusing idea to say the least, and I mean I couldn’t say any “less.” Honestly I wouldn’t even have time to watch TV if I hadn’t come across a website called besttvforme.com that told me that DISH Network has a device called a Sling adapter that gives me live or recorded TV from my employee DVR anywhere I go. 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.

July 20 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CB

I actually liked the episode of TBBT. I've been a little apprehensive this season because it just didn't seem as funny, but this episode was great. Maybe it's because I've been watching reruns of Three's Company and am getting used to the zaniness (however, I hate I Love Lucy and The Three Stooges, so go figure).

I thought Sheldon was actually less annoying in this episode than he has been in others.

Penny tagging along did not seem strange - she is a waitress, she has no money (although she can afford to live by herself, while Sheldon and Leonard have to share), and I don't think she ever goes "on vacation". I do wonder how long the convention was for - I thought they mentioned three or four days, but are we to assume they drove back home right after that incredibly awkward panel?

January 22 2011 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wiz5

I didn't like it at all.

A lot didn't make sense for reasons above, it wasn't that funny, and Sheldon is slowly becoming a straight up jerk rather than an obvious over-technical annoyance.

January 21 2011 at 11:39 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dave369

Sounds like somebody has a crush on Rick Fox

January 21 2011 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fleurdelilas

I also thought it was a funny episode.

As far as Penny jumping on a free trip - treatments at a spa at a four-star hotel may run into thousands of dollars. And Penny is a waitress, whose financial troubles were mentioned multiple times. There's no way that someone on a very tight income would turn down a free weekend of pampering. Just saying.

January 21 2011 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joan

I loved it.

January 21 2011 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cjcno9

I am officially done reading TV Squad recaps. The ep last night, much like the MF ep on Wed was funny yet, both reviewers hated in the recap. Just sit back and relax and laugh .. they are sitcoms ... don't take them too seriously and go for the ride given.

Bye y'all!!

January 21 2011 at 9:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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