The Big Bang Theory – Recap & Review – The Plimpton Simulation

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The Big Bang Theory
The Plimpton Simulation

Original Air Date: May 10, 2010

Theresa – Staff Writer
theresa@thetwocentscorp.com

As we all know, Sheldon is unmoved by all things romantic or sexual, and has positively no interest in changing this. That’s why, when he tells Leonard that he’s having a “non-related female” at their apartment for the following two nights, everyone’s reaction is essentially, “Whaa?”

Actually, Raj has to give his reaction through a napkin and from another table, after Sheldon witnesses not one, but TWO unexplained sneezes from him! These will remain his conditions until such time as he can provide two negative throat cultures. But back to the point.

Turns out Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton (guest star Judy Greer), a renowned cosmological physicist, will be coming by. To make her feel at home, Sheldon places various feminine hygiene products in the apartment, including maxi-pads and yogurt specially formulated for female digestion. Leonard is a big fan of Dr. Plimpton’s work, and is starstruck (no pun intended) when he meets her, though she seems a little… eccentric. Afterward, Sheldon shows Elizabeth to his room, demonstrating the windows and how to browse his comics with disposable gloves. He also gives her a welcome packet with escape routes and bathroom schedules. I love you, Sheldon.

However, the good doctor seems much more interested in Leonard. She goes into his room late at night, where he’s reading her book in bed, and shares a little tidbit – she wrote some of it naked. And oh, look, this tidbit comes with re-enactment!

The next morning, it’s pretty obvious what happened. Well, not to Sheldon, of course, but definitely to Penny, who stops by looking for a ride to work because her gas tank is empty. When Sheldon realizes Leonard has slept with Elizabeth, he is appalled by the betrayal because Leonard “played with his friend.” It’s also not obvious to Raj or Howard, because for some reason, Leonard prefers to give them really vague hints about his night, so they think he stayed up making Lego movies. And then it gets weird.

Howard shows up for Halo night at Raj’s house only to discover Elizabeth beat him there. And by the way, he’s also now the “delivery man” that she and Raj can’t pay – how ever will they compensate him? That’s right; it would seem our flaky physicist is one excited atom. Anyway, she goes to change into something more revealing, and just as the two boys are considering the proposition, Leonard comes by. Game change! Now Raj is her new landlord and Howard and Leonard are moving men! Quite the imagination on this one. Howard, who explains that he’s single now, is in until Leonard reminds him they all have to be naked. Raj eventually tricks them into leaving… but he still gets to be the landlord.

In the end, Penny holds back from going off on Leonard, whose only explanation for sleeping with Dr. Plimpton is that “she let him”. She knows she has no right to care, but she’s still going to judge him.

I don’t know what it is about Judy Greer, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her play someone who wasn’t in some way completely bizarre. She worked well in the role, though, and I am beyond happy that they did not play up another non-interest for Sheldon. Though I have to wonder: why no love for the Moon-pie? He doesn’t get propositioned? What’s up with that?

Besides that, I’m pretty sure Leonard’s never gotten as much play in his whole life as he’s gotten this season, and same goes for Raj – love it when he gets himself a girl! And of course, that leads us to the one thing we cannot NOT talk about – WHEN and WHY did Howard break up with Bernadette? What a kick in the face that was! I’m actually shocked! What did you all think of that reveal? Give me your Two Cents about the loss of Bernadette and the freaky doctor below the quotes.

Best Lines
Howard: I have a two-part question: A) are you kidding me? and B) Seriously, are you freaking kidding me?!
Sheldon: A) I rarely kid, and B) when I do kid, you’ll know it by my use of the word “bazinga”.

Sheldon: Over here, you’ll find emergency provisions – an eight-day supply of food and water, a crossbow, Season 2 of Star Trek: The Original Series on a high-density flash drive.
Elizabeth: What if there’s a disaster that destroys all the USB ports?
Sheldon: Then there’s really no reason to live, is there?

Leonard: It involved another person.
Raj: Did you get a Japanese love pillow?
Howard: How is a Japanese love pillow another person?
Raj: It is if you love her and give her a name.

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6 Responses to The Big Bang Theory – Recap & Review – The Plimpton Simulation

  1. Farrah says:

    I LOVED this episode. Seriously, just when I think BBT can’t get better, IT DOES!!!

    Judy Greer was amazing in her role and I can’t wait until Mayim comes on as another “friend” for Sheldon. He’s such a … not with it kinda guy it’s gonna be HILARIOUS.

    I loved when the crazy doc was sitting with the boys and Leonard goes to get her coffee and he says “black right?” and she looks at Raj and goes “no, I changed my mind. I like it hot, brown and sweet now.” I seriously spit out my cereal (that happened several times actually it was so funny).

    I’m sure there will be a flashback moment or explanation of Howard’s breakup. We had so much time invested in Bernadette and Howard. Kind of.

    I watched an interview with Jim Parson’s about Sheldon and it was pure genius. Even HE doesn’t understand Sheldon sometimes. LOL.

    Kudos BBT. Kudos.

    • Theresa says:

      I wasn’t sure I should mention Mayim, but that’s why I was thrilled Judy Greer’s character didn’t make a play for Sheldon. How many girls can get cast opposite the asexual guy? Good move on their part.

      I really hope they do explain the breakup, that was so random. Just when Howard had a real live woman!

  2. Maria says:

    Yay! Raj finally got laid! Even if the woman had already slept with Leonard, which is a bit squicky but still…

    I’ve suspected Howard and Bernadette were broken up for a while, ever since he stopped talking about her. If it’s because the actress was unavailable, I still suspect a flashback but from Howard’s POV where Bernadette is a smoking hot babe who he breaks it off with.

    Big Bang Theory is as funny and as entertaining as ever x

    • Theresa says:

      Hm, I didn’t think of it that way – it IS a bit squicky!

      I questioned the absence of Bernadette, but assumed that they didn’t bring her up since she was only contracted for occasional episodes or what not. I was so sad when he said they broke up!

  3. Ramya says:

    Love BBT to bits! Sheldon is spared from “Dr. Slut Bunny” ‘s advances because *spoiler alert* the show director wants to slowly introduce the yester year’s Blossom as a potential love interest for him.
    They are nervous as to whether the fans (that is us) will like that change for Sheldon.

  4. Theresa says:

    They should be nervous! No matter how appropriate the girl may be, I just can’t see them doing this with Sheldon. It’s dangerous territory. In fact, Shenny shipper that I am, I still think it would only work if Penny develops an irrational and comic crush on him that he’s oblivious to.

    That being said, the BBT writers have never steered me wrong before, and I will be along for whatever ride they’d like to take me on 🙂

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