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The Big Bang Theory Review: The Zachary Quinto of Change

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What initially appeared to be another Big Bang Theory episode of the guys and girls splitting up to have fun on their own turned out to be something entirely different.

"The Love Spell Potential" ended up slightly reminiscent of the game night episode, but not nearly as funny. Though absent from the the first game night, Howard (and especially Simon Helberg) stole the night with his spot on and seemingly endless impersonations as Dungeon Master.

Even the adverse-to-change Sheldon was won over by Howard's abilities. He's the Zachary Quinto of Dungeon Master!

Do Girls Play?

The exchange at the beginning between Leonard and Sheldon about the latter's inability to accept change was a nice set-up for the episode. Sheldon didn't realize it, but he was going to have to face plenty of changes this night and he did a surprisingly good job of accepting them.

Leonard: Sometimes change is good. You were worried about Zachary Quinto being the new Spock, but you ended up liking him.
Sheldon: Leonard, please, every time the topic of change comes up you throw Zachary Quinto in my face. I'm upset the mailman has a new haircut -- Zachary Quinto. I'm upset daylight savings time started -- Zachary Quinto. I'm upset daylight savings time ended -- Zachary Quinto. I'm saying this for the last time. Zachary Quinto was a weird, wonderful, unrepeatable event, so stop using him against me. | permalink

Even though I've never played D & D and some of the very inside game references were a little lost on me, the use of the impersonations and descriptions provided plenty of insight to make the jokes funny. And even better was Penny's co-opting of the game and turning it into a craps-style D & D mash-up. They all got into the excitement of the dice throwing, even Sheldon.

The tone shifted when the game was used to push an intimate relationship between Sheldon and Amy. A love potion in the game between their characters started out as a harmless way to help Sheldon, but instead it upset and humiliated Amy. She desperately wants Sheldon to be able to demonstrate his affection for her in a normal, sexual manner, but he's incapable of that.

The night began with the guys playing D & D and then shifted into a D & D Vegas party, but in the end it turned into a more somber and serious moment as Sheldon went to Amy in his bedroom. His inability to really comprehend her issues was made abundantly clear when he said they were finally on the same bed after three years. No joke intended. As much as, Amy is the center of jokes, she really does love him and it turned out he loves her too even if he doesn't express it overtly.

They may not have made passionate love in Sheldon's bedroom, but they were able to find a way to share intimacy in their own unique manner: D & D virtual intimacy. Fantasy land for the both of them. And, for now, it appeared to be enough for Amy. And, perhaps, over time Sheldon will become more comfortable with his own sexuality and be able to share that with Amy.

Amy's response to Penny and Leonard checking in on them was a highlight of the episode.

 Go away, Sheldon is nibbling on my ... 14. Yes! | permalink

While the D & D fest was going on, Raj and Lucy were going through their own relationship issues. While their insecurities brought them together, those same feelings caused complications as well. Raj thought he was helping Lucy overcome her fear of asking for what she really wants, but she wasn't ready for that step and she did what she does. She escaped through a window. 

When Lucy was trapped, she reached out to Raj and that took courage on her part. Despite their issues, they were honest with one another. Their kiss through the chain-link fence was adorable. It's taken until The Big Bang Theory season 6 for Raj to find a girlfriend and I hope that he and Lucy can continue to stick it out and grow together.

Check out some of the funniest lines from "The Love Spell Potential" in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

Which of Howard's impersonations was your favorite? Hit up the comments and share your favorite! And, do you want to see Sheldon and Amy become truly intimate? Or, would that take away from their unique relationship?

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There was a lot to like about this episode (though there have been relativley few actual un-funny episodes in the whole run, so that's not a surprise). I'm re-restating the obvious, but how good was Simon Helberg in this one. Serious comedic talent there above and beyond the chops he brings to playing the Wolowizard so well. I was very, very impressed, also thrilled to see how overjoyed Sheldon was with it, I had to think Jim Parson's must have been really enjoying them (or else he's an even better actor than I already think he is). Touched as I was by the very Sheldonesque declarations of intimacy, and character consistent as they were, I have to say I'm still not a fan of the Shamy thing. I think it lessens my respect for Amy's character to have her be so obviously into Sheldon that way and have him change so very slowly to meet her needs. I think she ought to walk away, but I am also pretty rigid in what I expect form Sheldon's character. Rigidity. Writers risk over-softening him and losing his humor potential. And I think deep down we all know Sheldon IS the show, no matter how good the rest of the cast are, it's a one trick pony at its base and it would be sad to lose that. It's one exceptionally good trick.

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It’s episodes like “The Love Spell Potential� that make me tune in to Big Bang Theory each week. The writing has been great this season, and I loved this week’s episode; I’m surprised they haven’t had a Dungeons and Dragons episode before now. Today has been the first time I’ve had the opportunity to watch the episode because I’ve been working most nights at DISH and I haven’t been home to watch the show air. Thankfully I have been able to watch this season on my schedule because the season has been recording to my DISH Hopper each week. Since I can record up to six shows at once during primetime; I don’t have to worry about Big Bang Theory getting cut off prematurely due to a DVR conflict with my family’s favorite shows.

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mac i am with about amy has to go. shamy has to break up. love howard tonight. yes sheldom and amy should of had this talk an long time ago but it should not beem sheldon that went to see how she was doing it should been the 3 who made go out the room. did like what sheldon told amy what whatever they thing he likes like that

Fifty

Every time a D&D game comes up, Raj is taken away by the writers. Even though it's great that Raj got a love interest, it would've been best that he stick around with the group this episode.
I loved Simon's impression as a tree allowing girls to play.

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Nice episode - not game night funny, but still good. Loooved Howard's impressions, especially the Nicholas Cage one! Hilarious! He truly IS the Dungeon Master. I can't believe how far he has come from being a little gross at the beginning of the show.
I also like how slow things are going between Sheldon and Amy, otherwise it would feel forced and unnatural. Non-caring Sheldon is the funniest Sheldon! Please don't push them towards physical relationship until viewers are comfortable with it (which I don't think will happen soon).
Finally, it's nice to give Raj a love interest that would stick around for awhile. They look good together in a weird way.

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Nice episode - not game night funny, but still good. Loooved Howard's impressions, especially the Nicholas Cage one! Hilarious! He truly IS the Dungeon Master. I can't believe how far he has come from being a little gross at the begging of the show.
I also like how slow things are going between Sheldon and Amy, otherwise it would feel forced and unnatural. Non-caring Sheldon is the funniest Sheldon! Please don't push them towards physical relationship until viewers are comfortable with it (which I don't think will happen soon).
Finally, it's nice to give Raj a love interest that would stick around for awhile. They look good together in a weird way.

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Loved last nights show Simon's impersonations were spot on. Should have Chris Walken do a guest spot. Wondered what would happen with Sheldon and Amy didn't expect it to be oral sex :)

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Sorry, my bad Christoper Watkins! lol

Vee325

That was a hilarious episode! The group is really growing now as a unit. Simon's impersonation had me rolling! I keep rewinding to them, so spot on my favorite was Christopher Hawkins. Sheldon's amusement by it all was great to see.

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oh and I almost forgot....the mention of the TSA and the drone following them home was great. Odd that Hollywood dare make a joke at Obama's expense, but I'm sure it probably went over most viewers heads anyways.

The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 23 Quotes

We have a new rule if no one talks for three minutes you can just hang up. I'm so into her.

Raj

Penny: Vegas here we come.
Bernadette: No husbands. No boyfriends. No rules
Amy: No rules. We're not going to get drunk and have a six-way with the Blue Man Group, are we?
Penny: No.
Amy: So there are some rules.
Bernadette: Okay. No husbands. No boyfriends. Some rules.
Amy: Thank you. VEGAS!

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