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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 21 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 29th 2011 11:15AM
the big bang theory s04e21['The Big Bang Theory' – The Agreement Dissection']

And Sheldon is the odd man out. Again.

It's hard to fault 'The Big Bang Theory' for revisiting the "let's annoy Sheldon" well for the hundredth time this season. Who can resist cracking up at the sight of Jim Parsons being forced to dance the Cha-Cha or burning his taste buds while chewing on icky lamb kabobs (or "little cubes of charred meat that taste like sweat!").

Sheldon joined Team Anti-Priya on this week's episode, which featured all of our regular cast members clearly ceding the ground to Parsons.

The thin white geek was the star of every scene, and it felt like everyone else was only hovering in his orbit, which was fine, because he's brilliant. And he did the Cha-Cha. And he tried to match wits with a rude smoking monkey, which sounds like a tired sitcom set-up but proved to be worth a laugh or twelve.

After Priya and the boys ganged up on him, Sheldon embarked on a most excellent adventure with Penny, Amy and Bernadette on their girls' night out. While the girls downed cosmos (or whatever it is that girls drink), we learned that our man smells like baby powder, is an excellent dancer, and has never kissed a girl other than his mother, his sister and his "mee-maw."

Keeping the "ca-razy" girls night out theme going, an inebriated Amy couldn't coax Sheldon to experiment on her lips, so she kissed Penny instead. Ca-razy indeed! Amy was finally able to plant one on Sheldon's face later on at her apartment (after he apparently wooed her with some skilled dancefloor boogying). But the moment went from romantic to gross-funny in two seconds when Amy's cosmos made a ... er ... surprise return visit. I loved Leonard's Spock-like response to the kiss: 'Fascinating."

I liked that the show kinda sorta addressed the sexual tension (or lack thereof) surrounding ShAmy. It was a little disappointing to see that things didn't progress beyond the kiss, but it makes sense to take baby steps with the Sheldon character, especially when introducing him to new concepts like physical contact with the opposite sex. (At this rate, we'll be lucky to see ShAmy holding hands by the season six premiere).

Sheldon danced (awkwardly and hilaroulsy) and kissed and traveled a little out of his comfort zone here, but this episode was really about the series slowly reestablishing the status quo. After their wild night out together, Sheldon and Amy decided to treat their relationship like a crashed computer and restore it to pre-kiss status. And Sheldon, citing Captain Kirk's dilemma with a Frank-Gorshin-shaped alien, forced Leonard to sign another binding roommate contract after Priya threw the old one out the window.

But, most importantly, Sheldon forced Leonard to doubt his relationship with Priya by threatening to reveal her secret affair with "the whiter-than-marshmallow-fluff Leonard Hofstadter" to her parents. Leonard is now full of self-doubt about his relationship, and Priya is obviously not going to find that attractive. The breakup clock is ticking, and it's bound to go off before the end of next week's episode.

Quotes:

- "Top of her class. Cambridge University. Licensed to practice law in three countries -- and your face!"

- "Leonard doesn't trim his nose hair. He thinks because he's short that nobody can see up there."

- "The mean Indian lady tried to make me eat lamb."

- "A girls night? I don't know if I'm up for an evening of talking about rainbows, unicorns and menstrual cramps."

- "You're like a sexy toddler."

- "I totally wanna see Sheldon dance. I bet he looks like a spider on a hot plate."

- "In the south, pre-adolescent children are forced through a process called cotillion, which indoctrinates them to all the social graces and dance skills needed to function in 18th century Vienna."

- "It's hard to say no to Yoo-Hoo. The name literally beckons."

- "You may have gone to Cambridge, but I'm an honorary graduate of Starfleet Academy."

- "They were out of menthols, get off my back!"

'The Big Bang Theory' airs Thursdays at 8PM.

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Salazar

they wont break up, leonard moves out! duh, writing about tv and u dont even know ur spoilers?!

May 02 2011 at 3:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Moody

I try to stay away from spoilers, as I find they can sometimes, you know, spoil the fun of watching the show ... just like you just did for me, right here, right now. (:

May 02 2011 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Salazar

they wont break up, leonard moves out! duh, writing about tv and u dont even know ur spoilers?!

May 02 2011 at 3:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Piecar

Congratulations to the Day Player older Chinese guy who got hired solely to fondle Penny's butt! Good job, buddy!

It was a very good episode, and it humanized Amy a lot. I can see that they're slowly evolving her appearance as well. It was good to see Sheldon out of his element and at the mercy of others for a change. It was nice that Leonard got to put one in the win column on the frakking Roommate Agreement...But I'm sorry it got reinstated so quickly. And with such a bogus ploy....Easy to deny, and avoid.

But Leonard really should have known better than to try to stop a laptop by pulling the power adapter out...HE deserved to fail for that alone.

April 29 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I laughed so much during this episode. I think it maybe my new favorite!

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