The Big Bang Theory Review: By Thor's Hammer!

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It's the Comic Con episode! Well, sorta.

In "The Bakersfield Expedition," the guys set out on a trip to the Bakersfield Comic Con, but they never actually made it there. What a tease! That's not to say it wasn't a good or funny - because it was both. I hope that at some point, The Big Bang Theory gang will actually attend a con, though.

Given the girls' sudden interest in Thor, perhaps they should join in that adventure.

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The two stories that split up the guys and the girls this episode worked well, especially when the former returned home to hear them arguing about Thor. Out of the two stories, I definitely laughed more during the girls' comic book squabble. While I enjoy Fables, I'm glad that they bought Thor just for the hilarious hammer argument. I've never read those comics, but I've seen the movie and never realized what an in depth conversation could be had about Thor and his hammer.

The real turning point of the argument and when it got serious was when Penny brought up Harry Potter's wand and Amy said, "I can't even take you seriously anymore." What the heck got into them? 

Just about every line the girls said in their argument was hilarious, but this bit was probably my favorite:

Bernadette: Well, what if Hulk picked up Thor while Thor is holding the hammer?
Amy: Yeah?
Bernadette: Then by the transitive property of picking things up Hulk picked up the hammer.
Amy: No. Hulk picked up Thor. Thor picked up the hammer.
Penny: Okay, hang on. If I go to a bar and pick up a guy and he picks up a girl and then we all leave together. Did I pick up the girl?
Amy: Did that ever happen?
Penny: Hey, are we talking about me or are we talking about Thor? | permalink

The Big Bang Theory doesn't often have continuity from episode to episode, but I hope that this conversation comes up again. Or at least that their new found interest in comic books is further explored. Maybe Amy should start a new Web series called Comics Cross Fire or Convoluted Comics with both Penny and Bernadette.

The male road trip was not without laughs either. Of course, Sheldon replaced the GPS device's voice with his own. He's Sheldon! The trivia was a nice added touch. And, yes, I answered, "Eisenhower" out loud to my TV screen. I have no shame in admitting that. It's something I've known since I was a child because I'm in Chicago and we have a highway named the Eisenhower in his honor. I was surprised that Sheldon just assumed no one would know that though.

The GPS bit may have gone on one joke too long, but the end with the car thieves made up for it. Instead of being annoyed by it and busting it off, the thieves unexpectedly were entertained by the trivia. 

The Next Generation costumes and makeup jobs were so realistic it bordered on freaky. Even though they didn't make it to Comic Con, they have great pictures in their costumes and from before Sheldon was slushied. Glee reference?

Even though I watched ST:TNG when it originally aired, the references to the show weren't my favorite part. Sometimes it's the stupid banter that gets me laughing the most.

Raj: Wool pants in the desert. I feel like I've got poached testicles.
Leonard: Oh, you poor thing, you're sweating. That is so much worse than having your car stolen.
Raj: Your insurance is going to buy you a new car. It's not gonna de-funk my junk. | permalink

Though, the cop assuming they needed their moms called and then Howard saying he talked to his mom provided a nice chuckle.

Overall, "The Bakersfield Expedition" was hilarious and one of my favorite episodes of the season. It's right up there with "The Re-Entry Minimization" and "The Parking Lot Escalation.

For more of the LOL-worthy moments from the episode, check out our The Big Bang Theory quotes.

What was your favorite moment or line? Which story made you laugh more: the girls or the guys? 


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I don't think the slushie was a specific reference to Glee. Unfortunately, nerds have been victimized like this for ages. I'm remembering a slushie incident in the 1985 movie Weird Science.


I'm a big Big Bang Theory fan and I rarely find an episode I don't like.
I enjoyed this one well enough and did laugh a few times, I agree the girls parts were funnier, and I think I know why, because it was kinda sad to see the guys get picked on, and Amy's comment about wish fulfillment and comic books with bullied kids is very true. Although the part where the guy in the passing car screams "Nerds" and throws the slushy is hard not to laugh at, though I feel bad for laughing, because its so true, things like that happen to nerds, sad I know some really great, smart, funny geeks and nerds, comic book geeks and computer guys that have added allot to this world, sad people cant just let people be and dress how they want customs of not. As for the Girls Thor argument and understand I am a total geek. I have one beef with the whole Thor argument, The issue of Thor the girls appear to be reading is pretty current. I had stopped reading comics for 20 years or so and just in he last year got back into reading the modern comics and story lines. I know the issue is "Thor God of Thunder" Issues #2 it's part of the new Marvel Now thing and all the issue numbers have started over at # 1 The New Thor story line is perhaps the best comic books I have ever read and I hope this episode gets people to buy this current run of "Thor God of Thunder" With that said, the New Thor run has no mention of the whole who can pick up Thor's Hammer thing in the story line at all. It's about Thor tracking a God Butcher over 3 time periods and never even talks about his hammer and who is worthy to pick it up, although that is always a great geek argument to have and I know for a fact that Captain America has picked it up because it appears to be a worthiness kinda thing. Just FYI for the geeks out there lol


i like the show. i love the hair and the makeup. the make up and hair people did an real good job on the guys. love the girls and the fight about thor's hammer. i came to relize the only time i can kind of like amy is when amy is away from sheldon


First fail of this season. Didn't enjoy this ep. borders on boredom. Had some funny moments like Cops scene at the end and thieves enjoying Sheldon's GPS commentary. But overall not the best story line and girl's story is just off putting.


Mediocre at best. The latter part of the women's storyline was the best part.


@Michael - It would indeed be hilarious if the girls' interests became more genre-like while the boys' starts to broaden. After all, I'm a girl and I've always been a geek because - DUH! - there are HOT, smart guys in genre tv & movies. Think about it...LOST IN SPACE had the hunky Maj. Don West, ST: TOS had Kirk & Chekov (face it, he was cast for his resemblance to the Monkees' Davy Jones), SUPERMAN & BATMAN had cute guys running around in tights, BSG: TOS had Richard Hatch & Dirk Benedict, and STAR WARS had *Harrison Ford*. As Penny put it so succinctly, "Ooo, THOR! He's hot!" IMHO, they should have the girls lead the road trip to Comic-Con next season when they discover that Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans could all make appearance promoting their AVENGERS-related movies.


Yeah, that was a really good episode..
Hey, Sheldon's face in the car with the GPS voiceover really reminded of Mr.Bean...


How come NONE of the guys remembered the ST:TNG episode 'Relics' in which Scotty was found trapped in a transporter beam and reanimated to teach the new lads how it's done. That episode, and the first one which featured Bones McCoy telling Data to treat the Enterprise like a lady and she would always bring him home, were always my favorites.


If those folks who weren't on board with Stewart's being added to the cast didn't appreciate this episode's scene in the comic book shop, I'll be very surprised. It was priceless. MissMonty, were you referring to Stewart's appearances, instead of apparitions? An apparition is a ghost or phantom, normally. The dictionary does have it as one definition of appearance, but in the context of an apparation (noun) coming into existence.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 13 Quotes

Oh, this is the best. You have booze with breakfast on a Tuesday, you have a problem. You do it on the weekend, you have brunch.


Penny: Damn. You have more make-up than I do. You've got better make-up than I do. Yep, I'm borrowing ing this.
Leonard: Hey, hey, hey. This is my comic con make-up. I love you, but there are some things a man doesn't share with his girlfriend.