The Big Bang Theory Review: A Chicken Pecking for Corn

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This week's installment of The Big Bang Theory, "The 43rd Peculiarity," wasn't bad - but it wasn't particularly high on the funny chart either.

I'm trying to figure out why, but I can't quite put a finger on it other than there weren't as many great quips as usual. Bernadette and Amy weren't seen, but that was okay by me. In the end, it was an enjoyable episode built around two specific scenes.

Following Sheldon

Weeks after Penny wondered if Leonard was for her, in the midst of an argument, she threw the "I love you" out into the world. It was the perfect moment for her to recognize and acknowledge her feels for Leonard. While Leonard probably shouldn't have been jealous of the British classmate, it was only natural for him to feel that way. His relationship with Penny this time around was never clearly defined.

Penny: Leonard, why do you always do this? Listen to me, you are the one that I'm with. You know that I love you. So, will you please relax, because you are driving me crazy. | permalink

Their parting afterwards to keep from crying was the perfect response. I don't know about you, but when she said those three magic words, my eyes welled up. While Leonard was worrying about Penny, she should still be worrying about Sheldon's assistant. She is hot for Leonard! He may not know it, but eventually she will make an unmistakable move. How will he handle having a beautiful, smart woman throwing herself at him? Penny's never even done that!

The other main storyline surrounded Sheldon's mysterious disappearance each day at exactly 2:45 p.m. That he kept to a particular schedule was not odd, but where did he go? And why? Raj and Howard couldn't let it go. It wasn't clear why now all of a sudden they noticed it or cared, but oh well. It made for an intriguing mystery with a brilliant and funny payoff.

When Howard and Raj broke into the storage room, they found nothing but the number "43" on the chalk board and went into investigative mode. What did the "43" mean? 

The real payoff came from their next attempt to spy on Sheldon. They put a camera in the room and witnessed a miracle. Sheldon was creating a wormhold to look into other worlds. When he came out of the black hole with that creepy creature thing on his face, I laughed so hard. It was shocking and hilarious! What made it even better was that he was standing behind them watching their reactions. Sheldon played a trick!

It's not often Sheldon gets into his trick mode, but he did here and it worked. He freaked them out and it made for a classic Sheldon moment.

After all Howard and Raj went through to find out what Sheldon was up to, it ended up being something quite simple. Hacky sack! Sheldon liked to chill out alone for a period each afternoon and try to beat his record of 43.

While this wasn't the overall funniest episode of The Big Bang Theory, it had two moments that will be forever remembered. That made the episode well worth watching! Plus, there was this line and Sheldon's chicken movement!

Sheldon: The mind's a mysterious thing, Leonard. He could be having the time of his life, while she thinks she's a chicken pecking for corn. | permalink

What did you think of Sheldon's fake out for Howard and Raj? Hilarious, right? And hacky sack? What about Penny's "I love you?" Glad she finally said it and in that way?

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Ok cue embarrassment! I ducked to the little girls room for 30 seconds and missed the Douglas Adams reference. I only caught it just now when I rewatched this ep. I must say though that, whilst I enjoyed this ep, the funny was slightly lacking so I hope they lift the laughs soon!


I need to ask a question: What's wrong with Big Bang this year??? It seems lost...a major change since last year! Has something changed with cast or crew or writers or what??? Anyone have a clue???


I am in the minority for I thought Sheldon's story line was the weaker of the two. It was out of character; he acknowledged one of his "limitations" in a much different way than usual. It appears that he has been changing over the past few weeks. The writers are taking us someplace new or have lost a little. As for Leonard and Penny - excellent. Penny and Leonard are a much better couple than the assistant would be. The oil and vinegar that is L & P is great.No Amy? She was an excellent foil at the outset but is getting on my nerves.


It's not the alien eating his face, Sheldon just thinks he's a chicken pecking for corn. Ha!!


Also, how come Sheldon didn't know what a hicky was a couple of episodes ago, but all of a sudden he knows about 'a chicken pecking for corn'? Someone has been reading up when he wasn't doing the HackeySack.


Of course Sheldon's assistant is a better match for Leonard --logically-- but I've yet to see one guy go for the smart, logical choice when there is a 'Penny' around. I'd like to see Sheldon's assistant take up with the comic store owner.


Well said, Ann. I found that scene to be a great insight into who Sheldon is. It was touching without being heavy-handed. Thanks for pointing it out.


The worm hole fake-out was pretty darn funny. My problem now is, after waiting all this time for Penny to drop the L word, I'm starting to thinkSsheldon's assistant is a better match for Leonard. Why are life and sitcoms always so complicated? What I liked is that Loenard was jealous because he tought Penny was getting hit on, and yet he was completely unaware he was being hit on himself. makes you think he was proabbly right, and Penny is as clueless as he is.


@Alihan Raj and Howard did throw the Douglas Adams theory out there when brainstorming.


Thats funny... it was one of my favorite episodes EVER- awesome!

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 8 Quotes

Leonard: Who you talking to?
Penny: Just this guy I met at school.
Leonard: We're still dating, right?

Howard: Do you expect me to build this?
Sheldon: I expect you to wipe the pudding off your chin. Gentlemen.