The Big Bang Theory Review: "The Love Car Displacement"

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This was really an ensemble episode. Each character played to their strengths on "The Love Car Displacement," as the gang took a trip to a science symposium where all but Penny, obviously, was serving on a panel.  How could anything but hilarity not ensue?

Note to the writers: this is exactly the right level at which Sheldon should always function. He was still at his superior, anal-retentive best, but mostly restrained, which was a welcome change. I like him most when he's operating at more of a dull roar than a full-on thunderous boom.

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Even Amy Farrah-Fowler was used to just the right extent, particularly in her scenes with Penny.  It's highly amusing to hear Amy broach sexual topics with a naively inquisitive curiosity bubbling right under the surface of her stoic composure, whereas Sheldon typically has no interest in conversing on the subject in any shape or form.  For two people so much alike, that is one area where they differ greatly.

The brilliance of the show, as I've said before, is when Penny and Sheldon interact, but it's even striking a chord each time Penny and Amy are thrown together, such as tonight when Amy latched onto Penny as her "bestie."  Kaley Cuoco is a very gifted comedienne, and her reactions to the nuttiness of the supposedly genius minds around her are always my favorite parts of every episode. 

The game of revolving bunkmates felt a little borrowed, yet still yielded a few laughs.  Most importantly, though, it provided Leonard and Penny with a chance to almost reunite - or so Leonard thought.  I have a feeling this was merely a momentary lapse and won't lead to anything in the near future, most likely not even being referenced again.

Howard's feelings of inadequacy were to be expected after learning Bernadette once dated a guy who looks an awful lot like Rick Fox, and I felt myself yawning through most of that part, until it brought about the funniest segment of the night with the euphemism-laden exchanges at the panel.  Raj and Amy's retorts to the increasingly awkward expressions by Howard and Bernie had me rolling. 

Sheldon's confusion over what they were actually talking about was hilarious. Jim Parson's facial expressions alone are enough to warrant additional Emmy-love.

Back to Raj for a moment.  It's been three years. Any reason why he can't start talking in front of the ladies without the need for alcohol yet?  Sure, sometimes it's still funny, but that gag is starting to show some wear.

Other moments that stood out:

  • Sheldon using Star Wars call signs over the walkies.
  • Amy citing constipation as the reason she makes the perfect travel roommate.
  • Raj whispering something in Howard's ear about this Kegel exercises.
  • Raj texting Leonard in the other car to call Bernadette to tell her Howard uses nap as a euphemism for sex.
  • Howard and Bernadette's "I Got You Babe" duet prompting Penny to apologize to Sheldon over the walkie.
  • Amy eliciting Penny's thoughts on "penis envy."
  • Amy establishing boundaries with Penny by preemptively asking her not to touch her breasts.
  • Raj grabbing tissues, getting in bed, and then sobbing at Bridget Jones' Diary.


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I'm seriously going to need Penny && Leonard to officially get back together . It's BEYOND clear that Penny is still in love with Leonard and is just scared to get back together with him , but she needs to open up her heart again . It's clear Leonard would never hurt her and just wants to love her , sigh . But it's official that Amy is my new favorite character . Well . . . A close second right after Penny but before Sheldon . Her bluntness yet stupidity about sex and personal things make me giggle every time ! I'm glad she's a main cast member . :)


looove this season of TBBT,its soo funny also like sheldon not being the center of each episode i think works better
bring back Zach he was hilarious


Agree with the review.


Thought the episode was funny but, would have liked to see almost anyone other than Rick Fox (eeeewww!)as Bernie's old flame.


I loved this episode! Everything that was in it. And yay, Leonard/Penny stuff! Those two just need to get married already.


Great one and I agree with Jeffrey for Sheldon time and place. It was nice to see kaley stand up and walk normally also!


Season 4 has been disappointing so far. The successful "formula" has been tampered with and the writing has been diluted. The additions of Bernadette and Amy ... Fowler seem to have only increased the level of estrogen. Penny seems more "bitchy" since her break up with Leonard. Might have something to do with Kaley's breakup with Johnny. Her eyes are much more intense. I heard a quote from Cuoco once that she loved being the only woman on the show. Doesn't seem she loves NOT being the only woman on the show. Last night's episode reminded me of a badly written, old sitcom. The hotel room swapping scenes were boring. And then Penny "lets down her shields" Leonard jumps in like a lost puppy. Then I watched Cuoco on Letterman that same night and she looked very pale and not happy. The producers and writers screwed with a great formula, although the real life break up didn't help, and the staccato like humour is gone, replaced with boring dialogue. I guess this is what happens when you sign a huge syndication deal. Once again network television has managed to screw up a great thing. This used to be a "must watch" show for me. Now, it's just one show among others. All hail the merchandising and syndication demons who never worry about quality, only quantity of "moolah."

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The Big Bang Theory Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

You know, for a smart guy you really seem to have a hard time grasping the concept don't piss off the people who handle the things you eat.


Ok, so the same with extra spit on Sheldon's hamburger.