The Big Bang Theory Review: Like a Black Hole

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Stephen Hawking made a triumphant virtual return to The Big Bang Theory in "The Extract Obliteration."

Sheldon, ever desperate to make certain friends, was ecstatic when he started playing Word with Friends with Hawking. Surprisingly, neither Sheldon nor his pals mentioned the unfortunate mathematical error made during their previous actual meeting.

An Argument with His Idol

Hasn't everyone who has played Word with Friends wondered at one time or another why their opponent has stopped playing? Or possess that one friend they either always beat or always lose to? Add in playing against an idol and we have Sheldon's hilarious Word with Friends adventure.

Sheldon's superiority complex of being close with Hawking and his willing Hawking to play provided laughs. The best part was when Sheldon tried in all seriousness to use a Jedi mind trick to get Hawking to participate.

In the end, I was a bit surprised that Sheldon threw the game. That may be the first time we have ever seen Sheldon let someone best him. It was especially poignant after he reprimanded Amy for helping him with a word. Can you think of any other instances? 

While Sheldon was busy playing - or not playing - games, Leonard was dealing with the aftermath of finding out Penny was taking a college class. Penny knows Leonard so well, doesn't she? Of course he loves her, so he's going to want to help.

Only that always - yes, always - ends in disaster for him and hurts their relationship. At least this time, when Leonard butted in, it ending up helping Penny. The breakfast in bed and shoemaker's elves story was quite cute and I thought it would cushion the blow a little more than it did. But Penny was strong in her conviction.

I cheered for Penny when she showed Leonard her B-. Good for her. And Penny's imitation of Leonard cracked me up. I hope Penny pulls that out again, it's sure to make me laugh every time.

Penny ended up not doing it all on her own, though. Kudos for recognizing the need for help, that's what friends are for. Though, from the sounds of it, Bernadette and Amy had to give A LOT of assistance. I hope if the school thing comes up again that Penny is learning and growing from her experience.

In the past, a fight like this would have put a big dent in Penny and Leonard's relationship. This time, they didn't talk for a couple days, but seem to still be going strong. They do belong together, Leonard just needs to learn some boundaries.

Odds and Ends

  • Poor Bernadette using Mrs. Wolowitz's underwear as a towel. She really must convince Howard to move into their own place. 
  • Did Raj learn his American accent from watching cowboy movies? It was bad. Very bad. Howard had a much better Indian accent.
  • Hawking went from Wheels, to being called a baby, to Rolling Thunder. 
  • Leonard and Sheldon's fight was the only part I didn't really care for. It's situations like that which make me question why they even live together. That takes me out of the humor (if there is any) of the exchange. Though, the chess clock did add a nice uniqueness to the situation.
  • Amy: I feel like I'm in high school again.
    Bernadette: Yeah, doing the prom queen's homework, so she'll like us.
    Amy: I know. It's finally working. | permalink
  • Professor Hawking: What do Sheldon Cooper and the black hole have in common? They both suck. | permalink
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I didn't really understand Howard's mother's underwear either. Howard and Bernadette don't live with his mom. Remember when he came back from space to visit and his dentist was climbing out the window. They live at Bernadette's old place apparently. Of course, having his mom's underwear mixed in with their laundry does add a humorous creepy factor.


I liked this episode. One of my favorite parts was where Amy told Sheldon about men's testosterone levels increasing when they dominate other men. Her point? "I'm just glad you'll be getting a testosterone level." Sheldon & Leonard do well living together. They really are best friends, even if they annoy each other a lot. I'm finding Penny less and less likeable. Is it just me? First she's stringing Leonard along, then she's constantly drinking/drunk, now she's basically bullying her two friends into helping with her school work. She shouldn't be uspet with Leonard for wanting to help if she's only going to force the girls to help.


i am so glad we saw all 4 guys in one room this season. sheldon and leonard's fight with the chess clock was so fuuny. i thought howard and bernadette were living alone. love penny doing leonard's vocie


The Leonard and Sheldon 'fight' was some of the funniest stuff from the episode. Leonard: I did a bad thing.
Sheldon: Does it affect me?
Leonard : No.
Sheldon: Then suffer in silence. Leonard: Is it possible that we’re having two different conversations?
Sheldon: How do I know? I’m not listening to you. Leonard: You need to give me some advice.
Sheldon: Fine! Women, huh?
Leonard: Specific to my situation?
Sheldon: Blonde women, huh? Also the bit about Bernadette using her mother in laws panties as a towel was hilarious.


I think Leonard and Sheldon live together because they do care for each other, and neither are willing to move out of their comfort zones and live by themselves or with a girl yet. Living alone can be, well, lonely. There is a comfort knowing someone who cares about you (and vice versa) is less than a stone's throw away. Besides, just because you can afford to live in your own apartment, doesn't mean that it isn't more fiscally prudent to save that money and share an apartment. My grandfather would say they're being wise. I think living in your own apartment is a more recent evolution of societal norms, within the last generation (I'm talking my dad's and he was born in 1950). Most of my friends, especially my male friends, shared apartments until they moved in with significant others or got married.


I really liked that they are finally taking Penny's character forward in her life. It seems that she's maturing. I think in every relationship, boundaries can be hard to define and redefine over time. I'm glad Penny stood up to Leonard and didn't let him walk over her. His comment relating her cooking to her writing was great. Oh Shelly. So Shelly.

Sue ann

The look on Mayim/Amy's face when she delivered that line was what cracked me up. It was perfect. The only reason Sheldon and Leonard continue to live together is as a setup for the show. Both of them make enough money to live alone, even in Pasadena. Remember when Sheldon loaned Penny money? He had all those uncashed paychecks in his desk, and he has cash squirreled away all over the apartment. No one in his or her right mind would live with Sheldon. He is a nightmare. For a while, he appeared to be growing, but he seems to have come to a screeching halt again. Tiresome.


Amy: I feel like I'm in high school again.
Bernadette: Yeah, doing the prom queen's homework, so she'll like us.
Amy: I know. It's finally working.
Oh Amy, you had me laughing with this line


Mostly unfunny and unentertaining. Sheldon's nicknames for Hawking were funny. The Amy/Bernadette exchange quoted above was funny.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

What do Sheldon Cooper and the black hole have in common? They both suck.

Professor Hawking

Oh, it's only a matter of time before we're coming up with fun nicknames for each other. I'll be Coop. He'll be Wheels. If he's okay with that.