The Big Bang Theory Review: D&D Christmas Edition

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Dungeons and Dragons - The Christmas Edition made its debut on this week's The Big Bang Theory when Leonard showed off his creativity in developing the quest. Despite his distaste for the holiday, it was Sheldon that sang the Christmas tune to save their gaming lives, though he also killed Santa in the end.

"The Santa Simulation" was a mixture of funny and not-so-funny situations and lines. Perhaps, if I was a D&D player, I would have enjoyed it more, but I doubt it.

A Girl for Koothrappali

The opening segment showed just how much our geeky guys have grown. In the past, they would have just planned the gaming night and not even thought to mention it to their significant other. Now, they at least mention it, get "permission" and they joke about it.

Penny: Is having a real-life girlfriend that has sex with you getting in the way of your board games?
Leonard: A little bit, yeah. |

Amy: By rolling dice and playing make believe with little figurines?
Sheldon: Like a bunch of savages. | permalink

Howard: You see, I have to play Dungeons and Dragons ... for the marriage.
Bernadette: You're an idiot.
Howard: I'm your idiot. | permalink

Unfortunately, Raj still doesn't have a girlfriend, but he does have a Stuart. At least, he could bring his friend along with him as a fellow geeky game player.

The girls weren't going to sit around and mope while their guys played with their figurines. No, they were going to have fun. I loved that they showed up at Sheldon and Leonard's apartment to show off their sexiness. Their catwalk in front of the guys with Penny's commentary was hilarious. Poor Amy, though. Her uniqueness creates such a bounty of jokes.

Since Raj was killed and no one had a Rod of Resurrection to save him, he decided to go hang out with the girls. I had high expectations for their outing, but was left disappointed. There wasn't any new ground covered here. Instead it was old, recycled jokes.  Even the scene when Raj dissed Amy was blah despite Penny and Bernadette glaring at him. The only entertaining moment was when Raj and Amy bonded over their youthful woes with the opposite sex.

The D&D game wasn't much better. Sheldon breaking out into song and then the bell scene were both entertaining and unexpected. But the rest fell flat for me. Even Sheldon's antics came across as stale and unoriginal.

It wasn't all a loss, though, check out some of the best lines in our The Big Bang Theory quotes page.

Stuart: What's wrong with Christmas?
Sheldon: Where to begin? Trees indoors, overuse of the words "tis" and "twas," and the absurd custom of one stocking. Everyone notice socks belong in pairs. Who uses one sock?
Howard: A pirate with a peg leg.
Sheldon: Actually, that helps. Thank you. | permalink

What was your favorite moment of the episode? Do you want Raj to get a girlfriend? Or is Stuart a decent replacement for now?


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How much did "Forever 21" pay for that shameless plug of their stores? Does anyone OVER 21 shop there?


I didn't like this episode at all Sheldon was really annoying and it would be nice if NOT every episode was about him or centered around him. I'm really liking Stewart I like that he is more apart of the show.


i love it !!!!!!!!!!! amy was not shove down our throuts she away from sheldon the guys were being the belove geeks the we love and miss. this about them being them not about the couples.


Well Ba-humbug to you too Carla! Geez...lighten up a bit.


They keep telling us there's no laugh track so...
I'm not into D&D but that's not the part that bored me; Raj's lines did that. Look, the writers/audience may be unaware of this but people in India-especially those of the social class producing doctors, scientists and lawyers like Raj's family- have probably been speaking English for many more generations than most people living in the USA unless their ancestors were English.Therefore,it makes no sense at all to insinuate that he somehow doesn't grasp the nuances and interpretations of the ridiculous phrases they have him say to imply his homosexuality.Just because he has an accent doesn't mean English is a foreign language to him. Because I'm aware of that cultural fact, I don't see the humor there. At. All.
Have Raj come out, have him be straight: I'm fine with either option, but get on with it. And, after 6 years, have him talking to women even when he's sober, that selective mutism device was already getting old in season 2. Even if he couldn't afford therapy, he's on a university campus that would give him free help for that.


The laugh track made it unwatchable.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 11 Quotes

Penny: Is having a real-life girlfriend that has sex with you getting in the way of your board games.
Leonard: A little bit, yeah.

Penny: You are so butch.
Leonard: Oh, I got a little paper cut.
Penny: Of course you did, your hands are softer than veal.