The Big Bang Theory Review: Firm and Perky

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After a somewhat dissatisfying season 7 premiere, The Big Bang Theory followed it up with one of the funniest scenes in the show's history via "The Deception Verification."

To be perfectly honest, when it was initially revealed that Howard's unusual behavior was caused by his exposure to estrogen, I was not amused. The first jokes were focused on overdone stereotypes of women and feminine behavior. For example, "Sex, really? That's your solution for everything."

But I changed my mind soon after because overall the writers got it right and it was hilarious.

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The Howard and Raj scene when he's concerned that he's developed breasts was absolutely hilarious. While getting the quotes down for that scene, I watched it several times and burst out laughing each time. There were so many subtleties that I saw something new on each viewing. Bernadette's reaction when she quietly walked in the two men was hysterical.

Howard: I need you to be honest with me. Do my boobs look bigger to you? | permalink

Raj: Jump up and down -- let's see if they jiggle | permalink

Howard: Hey, easy. My nipples are sensitive. | permalink

Howard: No, I am definitely up a cup size.
Raj: You, know, b-but they're very firm, so you've got that going for you.
Howard: You think?
Raj: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Very perky.
Howard: Thank you. I really needed to hear that today. | permalink

The lines don't capture the entirety of the scene. Howard and Raj jiggling and shaking is an image that I will be able to go to anytime I need a laugh. I may have to find gifs to save forever. A few seasons ago a scene like that would have had sexual innuendos and wouldn't have worked as well.

Here it was just two friends helping each other out by comparing and checking out each other's breasts. Yes, I just wrote that. I'm still surprised by how amusing that scene is. I'm not sure how Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar were able to remain so serious and keep from cracking up while filming it. 

In comparison, the fight between Sheldon and Leonard didn't compare even though they had their funny moments as well. Though as a Lost Girl fan, I loved when Amy recounted Sheldon's comment about Penny being a succubus. Too bad Penny's not a fan, she would have taken the comment as a compliment.

Penny: He's still mad at Leonard, huh?
Amy: Well, he's mad at you, too. He said you were the succubus that led his friend astray.
Penny: I don't know what succubus is, but it has "suck" in it, so that can't be good. | permalink

Overall, the episode was one of the best. It had funny jokes from beginning to end. Howard and Raj talking about Dr. Octupus, Spider-Man, Freaky Friday, and a Butterball Turkey. And, Sheldon's conviction that Penny was cheating on Leonard because her Chinese food containers were actually in the trash can. And, of course Sheldon reassuring Amy that he knows what a kiss sounds like ... he has watched Star Trek after all. 

And, then the closing joke about the Vagisil coupon. There was no holding back here. A hilarious episode. Loved it!

There were so many funny lines, I wish I could include them all in the review. Check them out in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section for some of the best lines.

Did you laugh uncontrollably like I did? Best Howard-Raj scene, ever? Other than that, what was your favorite joke?


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It’s always fun when Sheldon gets the wrong end of the stick and this was another great example. The best scene by far was his dramatic entrance into Penny’s flat and his swift reentry, having decided to go back and knock, closely followed by his charming sailor’s hat and lastly by finding Penny’s overtly neat apartment suspicious. Amy’s reaction to his suspicions was priceless (long pause and open mouth: ‘Poor Leonard’). A great Shamy moment there!
The Leonard-Penny deception works only on the same level as a bedroom farce always works: we know its a plot device, the fun is in the dialogue. His reluctance to tell Sheldon (and her reluctance too) both tells us they at times find his presence overbearing and intrusive, yet cannot bring themselves to tell him for fear of his rejection – which is what they get anyway. Sheldon’s ability to have his cake and eat it is well established now, but every now and then he needs to be brought down a peg or two, like the fabled on-off trip to the Hadron Collider. Amy could have helped in this respect, in fact she’s very short with Sheldon when he turns on her for backing Penny, but the moment is almost lost in the cheery mayhem.
Leonard scores again when he refuses to drive Sheldon to work. The crack about New Jersey was very good. The interplay between Jim Parson’s and Johnny Galecki has rarely been better. Their fight is resolved by an estrogen high Howard and while this story is secondary, he probably has the best laughs and provides the best performance as he begins to exhibit female emotions. I loved the short scene with Bernadette which neatly turned their relationship on its head. Equally his man-boobs discussion and fondle with Raj was excellent, with the writers constructing the interplay as if they were adolescent girls at a sleepover comparing bar sizes. This is a much better constructed view of the characters latent infancy than some of the more obvious traits such as World of War Craft and comic books.
Speaking of which, nice to see Stuart back and nice to see him deceiving Sheldon not once but twice - it is rare the genius’ gullibility is left unattended.
An almost vintage episode.


These was great, Sheldon and Penny scenes was the best part and yeah this is for the the both episodes. Raj and Howard was good too and I love that Raj can spealk to women now. But this awful relationship between Penny and Leonard has to end - They are not even remotely funny and it it's awkward between and anyone with a half of brain can see that. Then again I never thought that Leonard was funny and he is the least likeable person for me in the cast. Leonard is a douche, why hasn't anyone mentioned what he did in the end of the first episode? Showing his girlfriend like that to the others was disgusting and this is suppose to be a comedy show, I mean WTF was funny about that?


My biggest problem was that leonard actually did a shitty thing by hiding away from sheldon. No matter what, they are friends, and the least he could do was be honest.


Didn't work for me. Acting as women argh.... No need to revert to such lengths to get humor since TBBT cast gets it automatically. Hopefully a much stronger storyline in next ep.


Simon Helberg is the most versatile, most underrated member of the cast. The writers have given Howard the greatest range of any character, and he takes every advantage of his opportunities. (He also does great impressions.) I agree with Douglas: Howard's scene at the lunch table was a great moment.


all my world this one was so funny i laugh my butt with howard and raj. i also like to how those and melissa kept it cool to tape it. it did make relize how i miss those 2 togather with no else with them


Very disappointed with both episodes of the new season' BBT. Thought it tasteless in places and lacking in humor overall. Hope it improves from here but as every program starts to get old and then starts to 'reach' to find themselves again. Usually marks the beginning of the end.


I love the show i thought the scene with raj and Howard was funny i couldn't stop laughing and Sheldon and amy spying on penny and Leonard funny and i thought is was romantic when Leonard surprised penny like tha well done


I loved the show. But you know what put the icing on the cake? It was when Howard (supposedly while in an estrogen haze) took Sheldon and Leonard to task for their petty squabbling. It was a solid dramatic moment when he nailed the root of their rage: that Sheldon missed Leonard. That one hit home, and the actors portrayed the gravity of that comment perfectly. Nice to see. Man, I've missed this show over the summer. You can only watch so many reruns before it starts getting old. :)


Usually love this show - but it just didn't work for me this time.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

Don't try to trick me into buying something I don't want. Now, let's talk Aquaman.


Leonard: I didn't tell Sheldon so we could have a few days alone.
Penny: Oh, that is so romantic.
Leonard: Uh, sure, that's why I did it.