The Big Bang Theory – Recap & Review – The Egg Salad Equivalency

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The Big Bang Theory
The Egg Salad Equivalency

Original Air Date: Jan 3, 2013

Kym – Senior Reviewer

I love Giant Jenga! Of course, Sheldon would need a helmet to be willing to play. I can also see why Tiny Twister would have been a bit awkward at the very least. Alex’s arrival to pick up Sheldon’s latest nocturnal musings – Sheldon After Dark – puts a kink in things though when she blatantly asks Leonard out. I knew this would happen eventually.

So, what will Leonard do?

Raj, of course, is upset by it – he’s been “working it” for weeks with her. Of course, he has yet to be able to actually talk to her and I’m sorry, but his “eyes” aren’t saying what he thinks they are. Meanwhile, Leonard is thrilled – this is new territory to him – to have another girl interested in him when he already has a girlfriend. Sheldon’s upset too, but not for the same reason – he’s her boss – she’s supposed to be solely focused on his needs. He calls on his “Council of Ladies” for advice on the matter since he feels he needs the “collective wisdom” of Penny, Bernadette and Amy. He tries to change the identities of Leonard and Alex, but fails miserably since it’s still obvious who he’s talking about. Penny wants to kill her right off the bat – but Bernadette and Amy assure her that Leonard would never cheat on her, which is probably true. Amy does, however, offer her lab full of “cocaine addicted monkeys with nothing to lose” to handle the problem. Of course, Sheldon doesn’t realize how much it further bothers Penny that Alex isn’t making Leonard uncomfortable with her advances, but that he’s actually loving it.

Bernadette’s advice is that he talk to Alex about it – prompting his disappointment that they don’t have anything better to offer, and the forced surrender of the t-shirts he’d made them – but that’s what he tries to do anyway. He says he can’t blame her – that according to his father a woman is “like an egg salad sandwich on a warm Texas day, full of eggs and only appealing for a short time.” Ouch. He offers her an illustrated book of sexually transmitted diseases to leaf through when she needs to curb her uncontrollable urges to reproduce. The conversation has clearly made Alex very uncomfortable – I think it would have that effect on just about any woman – and she leaves. I think Sheldon may be the one who just got himself in trouble for inappropriate behavior in the work place. But first, Penny runs into Leonard in the hallway and tries to get him to confess as to why he’s in such a good mood. It doesn’t work and she ultimately gives in to her jealousy and snaps at him before storming into her apartment – leaving him standing in the hall confused – at least until he goes in to confront Sheldon and learns what he told Penny. This is cut short though with a call from Human Resources – as expected, Alex has filed a complaint against Sheldon – who’s totally clueless as to why.

The next day, Sheldon meets with Human Resources and shows how clueless he really is – as he explains his encounter with Alex and why she should be grateful for his attempt to lead her away from a life of promiscuity by making her look at those pictures. He then digs his hole even deeper by telling the woman interviewing him that he wasn’t singling Alex out – all women are “slaves to their biological urges”. The black woman. Oh dear, in defense of himself he’s now telling her about Leonard bragging about his desirability and Howard’s sex robot, and that Raj had once referred to her as “brown sugar” and she’s taking notes. He’s going to get them all in trouble and doesn’t even realize it.

As this is going on, Leonard makes a very cute attempt to make peace with Penny and he’s right – he is cute – and so is the song. I wouldn’t have been able to resist either. It’s kind of endearing that she has insecurities too, and I’m not surprised that it made Leonard smile, at least until the call from Human Resources. Yep, they’ve all been called in. We don’t get to see the full meeting though, just the aftermath. Sheldon apologizes to Alex, then tells her he’s too busy for the mandated online sexual harassment seminar and that he needs her to take it for him. Really? As for Penny and Leonard – Penny decides that she needs to stop being insecure and looks into taking the science classes before deciding it’s not for her – she’d rather just look like a scientist – with some very geeky looking glasses that completely turn Leonard on. Nothing further is said, so I’m guessing Human Resources focused on Sheldon as the problem and just gave the others a slap on the wrist and told them to behave themselves.

I was entertained this week, but maybe a little disappointed as well. I really think Alex would be a better match for Leonard, but Penny has his heart and since she’s now admitted to loving him I’m willing to wait it out and see where things go. Sheldon’s complete inability to understand what he did wrong was not surprising. The surprising thing was that the others didn’t seem to get in any trouble. I would have thought that Howard at the very least would have been in trouble for the six breasted sex robot. Maybe there’s more to come on that.

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3 Responses to The Big Bang Theory – Recap & Review – The Egg Salad Equivalency

  1. FK says:

    Was I the only one that understood what “Sheldon After Dark” referred to? Gotta love when shows refer to other shows on their network. Good job, CBS.

    I liked the episode because for me, it seemed to deepen Penny and Leonard’s relationship. It showed her there are other women who will want him (he’s not just a geek scientist stuck in a lab…and we’re not counting Priya because, let’s be real…she was just dating Leonard to fulfill a need and anger her parents..) but that she’s still the only one he wants, no matter if she’s an actress, a waitress or a doctor. Am I looking too deep into that? That’s what I got from it. 🙂

  2. ttckym says:

    I did get the Sheldon After Dark reference – and I hope a lot of viewers did too.

    That said, I agree it did deepen their relationship, but at the same time, I’ve seen relationships like theirs in the real world and more often than not it seems like after a few years, they run out of things to talk about and discover that they really have very little in common. I fear that for Penny and Leonard. He may love her now just as she is, and still love her later on, but will they still enjoy each other’s company? Which is why in the long run I think Alex would be a better match for him. As for Priya – she counted, but not in the same way. Whatever her motivations for the relationship, Leonard was fully invested, so it counts, but it didn’t have the same impact on Penny because they weren’t in a relationship at the time. There were twinges of jealousy that showed every now and then, but nothing like her hatred of Alex.

    • FK says:

      I see where you’re coming from. But I think things are different this time. They broke up for a reason the first time. Now they’ve both grown up, they’ve both seen other people (oh Zack, how I miss his stupidity..) and now I think they truly understand what love is. Neither one of them did before. They compliment each other – she makes him feel cool, he makes her feel smart (and with those new glasses…LOL – JUST KIDDING.). And if you think about it, how boring would it be to see two people who are exactly the same date? (In fact, I think that’s the reason we don’t see a lot of Howard/Bernadette alone.) The only reason Sheldon/Amy work is because of his social awkwardness.

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