The Big Bang Theory Season Three Finale Review: "The Lunar Excitation"

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Week in and week out, The Big Bang Theory is definitely one of the most consistently funny shows always guaranteed to have us laughing, or at the very least smiling throughout the entire episode.

Sheldon and Amy

The show rarely does anything bold beyond its clever, nerdy take on classic sitcom devices.  There's never any overall story arcs, and rarely do new characters and plots last beyond an episode or two.

So really, what did we expect from the season three finale?  For some reason we really hoped "The Lunar Excitation" would be different from say, any other episode.

This week's big events?  Penny drunkenly slept with Leonard, only to crush hit little heart as he thought there was a chance of them getting back together.  Oh and Sheldon met his perfect female counterpart, Amy (Mayim Bialik).

Now the latter might seem like a big deal, but it only appeared as a teaser at the end.  I suppose that's supposed to be the season's big cliff hanger, but really we've seen many interested girls come into Sheldon's life.

What makes Sheldon Sheldon is his asexual nature.  The nice aspect to Amy is she took coitus right off the table, so maybe these two will have a better chance than his previous lady friends.

We hate sounding so negative because the show literally had us laughing the entire episode.  We're definitely still giving it a high rating, we were just hoping for some more plot out of a season finale.

Anyways, you know we'll be tuning in next year and be sure and come back here for the most complete set of The Big Bang Theory quotes after each episode.  Here's our favorite from this week:

Leonard: Don't worry about the moon. We set our laser to "stun." | permalink
Sheldon: Yes, in 1917 when Albert Einstein established the theoretic foundation for the laser in his paper "Zur Quantentheorie der Strahlung," his fondest hope was that the resultant device be bitchin'. | permalink
Sheldon: Hello, Amy Farrah Fowler. I'm sorry to inform you that you've been taken in by unsupportable mathematics designed to prey upon the gullible and the lonely. Additionally, I am being blackmailed with a hidden dirty sock.
Amy: If that was slang, I'm unfamiliar with it. If it was literal, I share your aversion to soiled hosiery. | permalink
Raj: I'm telling you, dude. The only way to feel better about Penny going out with other guys is for you to get back on the whores. | permalink


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@Keith Vlasak : I agree with you.. I think the most amazing element that this show has since the beginning was the nerds with a relationship with pretty girls. It was hilarious :)


@dave I kind of agree -- especially after the episode with Leonard's mother suggests they had gone beyond the possibility of breaking up over whether or not they loved each other?? Besides, one of the nerds actually having a long term relationship (and with someone hot) was one of the several good ideas/developments of the show. As things stand, Penny has become a nasty piece of work who will not be missed if her character is cut. All this time has gone by and I'm still hot about this!


dont you think, if sheldons "new girl" was a little more pretty would have been better? i mean funnier? cause u know, they will all get jealous and Sheldon wouldnt even know it, cause he doesnt know what hot or sexy is?


I love this show, but the last few episodes have not been that great. Firstly, the whole Penny and Leonard breaking up over saying "I love you" is the worst cliche in the book -- it's astonishing that such good writers would stoop so low. As a result of that, Penny's character has dramatically changed, now resulting in this horrible selfish version of herself we see in the season 3 finale. Seriously, Big Bang Theory writers, try harder. Put down the cliche and back away slowly. You are better than these last few scripts. These have been generic, off-the-shelf, multicam comedy scripts, which could just as easily have been written for Friends, Three's Company or Mary Tyler Moore. Write something new, you CAN do it.


i wonder if this will go any further... haha, Sheldon's got a girl..


i just love this show. I love all the characters here.


It's crazy. Sheldon's got a girl now. OH dear God hows it gonna go?


I hate the way penny treated leonard. i just hate her character because she uses leonard in all possible way and disposes him when she doesnt need him, i'd want leonard to have a great stable relationship with a gal hotter than her and so that she can burn up in jealousy and have no man and work at cheesecake factory the rest of her life

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The Big Bang Theory Season 3 Episode 23 Quotes

Don't worry about the moon. We set our laser to "stun."


Sheldon: I should have brought an umbrella.
Leonard: What for? It's not gonna rain.
Sheldon: I know that, but with skin as fair as mine, moon burn is a real possibility.