The Big Bang Theory Review: Two Moons in the Sky

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Last Thursday, I asked, "Where are the laughs?"

Well, in "The Higgs Boson Observation," The Big Bang Theory found them.

I previously complained that Howard's stories were no different than those he had on Earth. I was thrilled to see that change. Howard's deterioration in space was unique to his circumstances and not feel forced at all. Of course, it's unfortunate for Howard, but funny nonetheless. When you are deprived of something for an extended time, all you want is that thing. For Howard, it was gravity. The simple joy he got from seeing an object on Earth fall. 

In the end, he cracked. He finally lost his Fruit Loops! Hmm ... that's a joke they could have used. I hope the drugs help because I wouldn't want to see Howard come back with any permanent damage. He's unique enough as it is. I'm glad we didn't see the second moon!

Sheldon Hires an Assitant

Back on Earth, his friends went on with their lives. These stories were much improved also. Sheldon has always been super-smart. The look into his childhood brain was impressive. It's no wonder that people thought he was a witch. 

Now that Sheldon has hired an assistant, I'm a bit surprised he didn't already have one. Given his stature, it would make sense, though keeping one would be a challenge. The addition of Ms. Jensen is a positive one in many ways. She already knew how to play him during the interview. Score one for the assistant! How much more will she be able to play him?

Though, he did hold his ground on eating together until Leonard overruled his decision. Sheldon's Downton Abbey defense was probably sound back a century ago, but not today. Having recently watched the first two seasons of the PBS show, I enjoyed the reference. (If you haven't watched it, you should give it a view. I don't generally like British shows, but love that one.)

In addition to showcasing a new relationship in Sheldon's life, the assistant revealed the true feelings of both Amy and Penny. Amy and Sheldon really are meant to be together. Amy sees Sheldon as the one for her and believes that others see him that same way. She may be deluded, but it is honest. If only he would grow a little to reciprocate.

By the way, Amy looked hot all done up nice and pretty by Penny. My favorite line of the night was after Penny explained an eyelash curler to her.

Amy: Looks like something used by Tinker Bell's gynecologist.
Penny: Who I hope for her sake is not Captain Hook. | permalink

Penny briefly saw a life without Leonard and didn't like it. She grabbed her man and swept him away. While that was only a short term solution for her, it showed she wasn't ready to give Leonard up just yet. At least not to a beautiful and smart woman. Will they stay together or not? Not sure, but I wouldn't mind her getting a little jealous after her recent behavior. It would serve her right! 

Overall, this was an improvement over the first two episodes of the season, but still not one of the funniest. Check out some of the best Big Bang Theory quotes.

Do you agree that it was better? What was the funniest moment or line for you? Let's hope the improvements continue!


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More of a question than a comment. Did anyone else notice the magazine cover with Sheldon's picture hanging on the wall ? No longer being an academic myself, what rag is that supposed to be from ?


@Jackson, I don't know which show you're watching; the Nowitzki character helped Sheldon focus on his work but at no point was she shown to be contributing any knowledge that helped him find answers. That she was buttering him up to ride his coattails was the point of the whole episode. Also it wouldn't be a mark against him to have emailed everyone that he had solved string theory since he didn't actually publish anything. Leslie Winkle correcting one part of calculations he was still working out on a dry erase board is insignificant, why do you think scientists often win prizes in groups?He even mentions having to credit Winkle on his Nobel.
Finally, when hasn't he shared credit with people who also contributed to papers?Leonard even went to present their results alone once.


I had most fun with Raj's scenes although it was by smaller portions this time. Assistant was a good addition since it made Penny go hmm... over Leonard.
Amy is really started to grow on me the past few episodes. Her scenes are now become one of the best in the story. Still 4 star to me. Hopefully TBBT brings a 5 star ep real soon.


I enjoyed this episode. I liked that, after Penny's doubts last week, she was still feeling territorial and protective of her man. Whether this will be a lasting feeling is another matter. It bothers me that Penny is always the one to break up with Leonard, and it's most always over him being at a higher emotional level than she is. She still hasn't told him she loves him, yet he asks her to marry him during sex? I kind of have to wonder what is wrong with Leonard that he consistently put himself in this position though...
I'm really hoping for Leonard to grow a pair at some point and be the one to break up with her for once, because as much as his world revolves around her, she isn't capable of giving him the same kind of attention. Maybe if he's the one to break it off, Penny will realize what he means to her, instead of knowing he'll always just be waiting around... Hopefully we'll get to see the tables turned at some point! I also hope that this week is the beginning of Penny realizing that Leonard means much more to her than she wants to admit.


I may be off the beam here, but not only did I get the impression that Alex will be a recurring character, I also got a vibe that she may even have an agenda. There was something about the way she was trying to ingratiate herself to members of the group that seemed as if she had a very specific motivation. I've long thought that the writers have been setting Sheldon up for a fall at some point. He can't be very popular in the physics community considering the number of times he's sought to heckle and humiliate other physicists. He also has quite a few black spots on his own record. He falsely claimed to have proven string theory after the monopolar expedition. He has claimed soul credit for papers that were contributed to by others. Like Leslie Winkle who corrected one of Sheldon's formulas and proved that quarks are asymptotically free at high energies. And of course Ramona Nowitzki who worked extensively helping Sheldon on one of his theorems but was denied any credit at all. He even crashed into a conference Dr. Leonard Hofstadter was speaking at about a paper they co-authored, Sheldon stormed the stage, claimed full credit, and attacked Leonard on stage. Most recently he presented a paper to Stephan Hawking that contained a simple arithmetic error that unraveled the entire theory. Could Alex be a plant? Someone a rival scientist has sent in (Kripke comes to mind) to help to take Sheldon down a few notches. Probably not true, but I just love conspiracy theories.


Show was much funnier when Sheldon and Amy were Sheldon's type of girfriend boyfriend. Amy is an absolutely perfect straight face actress bring her back
She is not funny at girlie stuff.


I enjoyed the episode a lot. I hope Howard comes back from space soon, for his sake! As for Sheldon and the guys, it's my understanding that Sheldon, Leonard and Raj are post-doctoral - they've completed their Ph.D.'s but apparently are doing research rather than teaching; in fact I've never seen any references to them having students. But even post-docs have grad students, working toward their Ph.D.'s, working for them.


I actually liked this episode a little less than the previous ones. I like Sheldon's new assistant, and I hope she sticks around. Although, after Ramona Nowitzki a few seasons back, you'd think he'd be leery of grad students! lol I was disappointed that Sheldon & Amy didn't have a scene together. And I'm getting dizzy from the teeter-totter that is Leonard & Penny. She seriously needs to make up her mind already!

Carla day

@Reg That makes sense. I've never seen that show, but he did make reference to "Upstairs ... Downstairs." The idea worked with Downton, so that's what I thought of while watching.


I thought Sheldon was referring to "Upstairs, Downstairs"?

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 3 Quotes

Sheldon: Flattery will not get you this job, Ms Jensen
Ms. Jensen: It's not flattery, if it's the truth.
Sheldon: Oh, well, thank you. Welcome aboard.

Penny: I'm just a blonde monkey to you, aren't I?
Sheldon: You said it, not me.