The Big Bang Theory Review: My Baloney Likes Girls

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Finally, an episode about Raj and his relationship woes! It was perfect, even if we still don't have a definitive answer about his sexuality. But does it really matter?

The Future Mrs. Koothrappali?

For years now, Raj's friends have made comments here and there indicating they thought Raj was gay. And, the writers have played that up with the friendship between Raj and Howard, even going as far as having them kiss virtually (remember that?).

But now, it's out in the open. Everyone, except Raj, thinks he is gay. His family, friends, his date Lakshmi and his entire hometown. The side comments and jokes were starting to get old, so it was a relief for The Big Bang Theory to finally address it.

Raj had some of the funniest lines of the night when he proclaimed that he likes "to boogie with women" and his "baloney likes girls," while talking about his unisex perfume and man purse. I'm glad that all it took was a cute little Yorkie dog to get him to give up the idea of a fake marriage.

With the other guys all pairing off, I hope Raj eventually finds someone perfect for him. But, for now, the dog will have to do. The show often doesn't carry over storylines, but the cute dog has to stay! Next week, we have to see them come up with a name.

While Raj was struggling with his love life, Sheldon was dealing with a relationship of his own ... with Spock. How hilarious were the Spock figurine poses during the first dream? Laugh out loud funny! Yep, LOL!

When it was first announced that Leonard Nimoy would be on the show, but only as a voice, I worried that it would be just in a throwaway moment. His integration into Sheldon's dream and voice of the Spock figurine couldn't have been better. Now we know how Sheldon would interact if he ever really met Spock, even if he ended up calling him a "green-blooded buzz kill."

It seems like it's been a long time since we've had some Penny, Leonard and Sheldon alone time. It was well worth the wait. From Penny giving Leonard a label maker, to the banter about "mint-in-box," to Sheldon revealing the truth ... it was all classic TBBT fun! It's be missing much of this season.

Check out the hilarious lines from "The Transporter Malfunction" in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section. Here are a few to get you started:

Sheldon: Yeah, I hate wedding receptions. Yeah, I wish the bride and groom would take a cue from Bilbo Baggins. Slip on the ring, disappear and everyone goes home. | permalink

Raj: No, I'm not gay. If anything, I'm metrosexual.
Raj's father: What's that?
Raj: It means that I like women, as well as, their skin-care products. | permalink

Raj: Let's go see if you fit in my man purse.
Bernadette: Heterosexual, my ass. | permalink


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I hope they keep him HETEROSEXUAL. Not EVERY show on tv has to have a gay person.


In desperation, it seems Raj may agree to a traditional Indian wedding, even if it is to the gay Lakshmi. Ironically Kunal Nayyar (Dr Raj Koothrappali) recently married former Miss India, Neha Kapur, in a typical Big traditional Indian Punjabi wedding.


Loved the episode as always, my inner geek squeed at Leonard Nemoy's voice! One thing though... For the last couple of episodes, Raj seems to be able to speak to women without drinking. Did I miss something?


I thought Penny was an important and delightful character and I understood her absence when Kaley broke her leg but now she really seems a forgotten character. We need to hear more of her earthy wisdom and see more of her in future episodes.


sheldon talking to the spock doll was so funny. i am so glad leonard nimoy came on the show. i am so glad we saw alot of leonard penny and sheldon togather i ha miss that all this seaon. but the best part of this whole show there was NO AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. like sheldon when he away from her. please can please keep this tread of no amy going please pretty please


For the record, I've never expected a serious conversation about Raj's sexuality. WHO CARES? I certainly don't. I'm more concerned that Raj's building allow pets right now. That Yorkie was adorable, and made the episode a standout IMO. The only part that was better was SpockDoll's poses & Sheldon's Dream Bedroom, complete with the Gorn. Look, people, this is the 21st century. Why does Raj have to be paired with anyone - male or female - to be content? Just let him be, and let the hijinks continue.


For me the best part of this episode was the fact that there was no Amy! However, I'm on the fence about the rest of the episode. While it was the usual funny interactions between Sheldon, Leonerd, and Penny the story line with Raja was another bait and switch. For what seems like the 100th time this season we thought we were going to have a serious conversation, this time about Raja and his future or identity, but instead the issue was resolved quickly and swept under the rug, this time with a dog. I know the show is a comedy but as characters evolve and the show focuses more and more on relationships the characters have to confront issues of, sexual identity, friendship, relationships, etc. with some serious dialog. Otherwise the characters will be the same people wearing disguises. All comedies have a few serious episodes where characters confront issues like regular people. I think it's about time the characters on the The Big Bang Theory did the same.


"Now we know how Sheldon would interact if he ever really met Spock, even if he ended up calling him a "green-blooded buzz kill." Sheldon has already met Leonard Nimoy - how else would Nimoy have a restraining order against him??? (go back and watch the episode with Stan Lee)

Carla day

@Ivesian I wasn't sure on a first listen which she said, so I checked the closed captioning and it said "Heterosexual, my ass."


Oh, and Carla, Bernadette didn't say "Heterosexual, my ass!" She said METROsexual, my ass!"

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The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

Well, you should. 50% of marriages end in divorce, but 100% of make-your-own-sundae bars end in happiness


Yeah, I hate wedding receptions. Yeah, I wish the bride and groom would take a cue from Bilbo Baggins. Slip on the ring, disappear and everyone goes home.