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The Big Bang Theory Review: "The Wheaton Recurrence"

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We must say, we were shocked it actually took The Big Bang Theory almost an entire season before Leonard had problems with a premature "I Love You."  As Leonard stated, he's been in the relationship for two years more than Penny and is dating a girl with looks way beyond his league.  We're shocked the guy didn't burst out an "I Love You" the first time they kissed.

Sheldon Vs Wheaton

Well if you can suspend the belief that Leonard managed to keep his cool for their nearly year-long relationship and get over some of the unnatural relationshipy aspects of the Penny and Leonard scenes, the rest of the "The Wheaton Recurrence" had plenty of great moments.

We were glad to see Wheaton's ridiculous characterization of himself back and for more than just a couple minutes of the episode.  Wil was featured much more prominently this time and was given a chance to show he could be even more evil than using a fake, dead Mew-Maw to win.  This time Wheaton managed to break up the show's premiere couple to win the bowling tournament.

While we're not sure of the breakup will stick beyond an episode or two, we're not particularly eager to see them get back together.  The two had some cute will-they-or-won't-they moments from the first two seasons, but since getting together, the strong chemistry just hasn't been there.

For the entire season the two have had a somewhat realistic relationship, despite their massive differences in social and intellectual status.  Yet at no point has that relationship been compelling enough for the audience to care whether they make or not.  Sorry guys, good riddance to one of the lamest television relationships.  Even if Penny can now quote Star Wars.

Our favorite part of the episode was probably Sheldon's trash talking.  Or possibly the guys debate of the various giant incarnations of animals.  Well you decide by going over our favorite of The Big Bang Theory quotes from the episode after the jump.

Sheldon: This is for you
Penny: Ice cream?
Sheldon: I've been familiarizing myself with female emotional crises by studying the comic strip, "Cathy." when she's upset she says, "ack" and eats ice cream.
Penny: Ack.
Sheldon: If you were a cat, I would have brought you lasagna. | permalink
Wolowitz: What did you do, Romeo? Did you pour maple syrup all over your body and ask her if she was in the mood for a short stack? | permalink
Sheldon: A common spare. The Miss Congeniality of the Bowling Pageant. | permalink
Wolowitz: Why is Leonard being a giant douche? That is, assuming, of course that giant douches are possible.
Sheldon: Of course they are -- Leonard's being one. | permalink
Wolowitz: Okay forgot giant ants. How about giant rabbits?
Raj: Big or small, I don't like rabbits. They always look like they're about to say something, but they never do.
Sheldon: Rabbits do have a respiratory system that would support great size. And as a side note, they are one of the few animals whose scrotum is on the front of the penis.
Raj: Maybe that's what they want to talk about. | permalink

Review

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I agree with ViddWizard. I have faith that they'll be endgame, and I love them together. Sorry, Mr. or Ms. Reviewer.

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Where's the new review? This site's dead or what?

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Count me as also in agreement with ViddWizard. The original concept of the show was the the humor would arise from the merry mix-ups in the relationship between two such different people. The show has been even better than advertised, not only because strong characters have been developed, but also because a realistic relationship has developed which has not become the central, single joke of just another romcom regurgitating the usual incompatibility plot lines. The most salient point is that the viewers want to see the nerds experience the occasional success mixed in with their various social failures. It creates hope for the future of all of them. I would rather see some bumps along the road of the couple growing together as only occasionally the main plot line of episodes. Breaking up the couple will be a fundamental failure in one of the principal attractions of the show.

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Has any one managed to hear the song just before Penny leaves the bawling place for the second time?

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and also a good quote was:
Wheaton: Embrace the Dark Side!
Sheldon: That's not even from your franchise!

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ViddWizard I totally agree with you!!! and said that, Wil Wheaton NEEDS to be back!!! and the next target, HOWARD!!! he already screwed up with Raj and Sheldon in the tournment, now Penny and Leonard!! Howard should be next! and them a fourth appearence, The Revenge of the Sheldon!!!! would be awesome!

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I have to disagree with The Barnacle, I think Penny and Leonard's romance was actually refreshing that it *wasn't* the focus of a lot of episodes. I *love* that Chuck Lorre figured out how to have them in a relationship that was not the prime focus of comedic awkwardness which so many other writers would have done. IMHO, I think you missed the point of their realistic relation. It's not that we don't care if they make it, it's that they are at a stage that we believe they will make it. I think they have done a great job of growing towards each other. Penny quotes Star Wars and actually knows which episode she quotes. And Leonard has become less insecure about being with her. I for one will be very disappointed if Chuck takes the easy way out and breaks them up. I do agree that Will Wheaton was absolutely AWESOME and I hope he is back for further evil and villainy in the future!