Another fall Thursday means another episode of Big Bang Theory on CBS and despite six years of geeky goodness, the show hasn’t yet run dry on ideas. From the ongoing relationship struggles between Leonard and Penny to the always golden hijinks of Sheldon, Big Bang Theory again turned in another great episode with “The Raiders Minimization”.
There are two main plots that run through the episode, as Amy Farrah Fowler casually ruins Sheldon’s love for Raiders of the Lost Ark by stating that Indiana Jones was completely irrelevant to the story and how it played out. As Sheldon listens on in horror, Amy explains that with or without Indiana Jones, the Nazi’s would have still found the Ark of the Covenant, opened it and all died the way they did.
Meanwhile, Penny buys a book written by Leonard’s mother for her psychology class and ends up learning all of his deep, dark secrets from his childhood. This of course leads to plenty of encounters where Penny confronts Leonard about random things like “favoring the left breast” with both his mother and with Penny. It also leads to Leonard using being “depressed” about Penny reading his mother’s book as a reason to have sex.
The best story of the night was the one about Sheldon trying to seek revenge on Amy for ruining his love of Raiders of the Lost Ark for him. Sheldon decides to invite over Amy for an episode of Little House on the Prairie with the intention of ruining it for her. But as he tries to ruin it for her, they end up sharing a heart-to-heart which still remain some of the best moments of the show.
With Penny and Leonard, you can only get so many jokes about her feeling sorry for how geeky he is and him using it to both get pity and sex, usually at or around the same time. We get it, Leonard doesn’t know anything about sports and would rather watch the extended Blu-Ray version of The Hobbit with commentary track while eating take-out.
Still, like Sheldon’s defense of Pride and Prejudice the whole formula of the show works. While it’s far from flawless, for some reason it all just works and the stronger bits like Sheldon and Amy make up for the weaker, quicker drying bits like Penny and Leonard.
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