The Big Bang Theory Review: Sex-Crazed Gorilla Attack

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The Big Bang Theory season 7 premiere picked up with Leonard still on the ship, supposedly working on a research project for Stephen Hawking in similar fashion to how Howard was still in space at the beginning of season 6

However, Leonard's experience at sea was as opposite as it could be from Howard's. Instead of being bullied and isolated, Leonard was literally the life of the party. 

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Raj can finally speak to women! It's a relief that it wasn't a temporary cure. Finally, Raj will be able to have real interactions with woman and grow as a character.

Poor Mrs. Davis. How does she continue to work in Human Resources with these scientists around without going crazy. Though, Raj's inappropriate comment about her marriage and penguins was nothing compared to Sheldon's sexist and racist remarks. If it wasn't entirely inappropriate because of her position, a relationship with Raj could be quite funny. With her life experiences and confidence, she's the anti-Lucy and could teach Raj a few things. 

Raj: So if the fact that your husband left you makes you feel unattractive, just remember, penguins get cheated on and they're adorable. | permalink

It would be really awesome, if the writers would stop pegging Penny as an idiot that drinks away her problems and only talks about boys. She's also evolved. Amy and Bernie really could talk about other things with her. Let's see that more often.

It was interesting to see Bernie and Amy hang out together. Without Penny, there wasn't a calming agent to temper or turn their snide comments to each other into a joke. They are highly intelligent, but definitely don't understand the other's choice in men. That made their fantasy pick of a guy at the bar hilarious. They subconsciously recognize what their man is lacking and that was brought to the surface.

While Leonard was away, his roomie and best friend both missed him and sought company with each other. Sheldon and Penny both tried to play off how much they missed Leonard, but weren't successful at all. At least they had each other, especially after they called him and didn't believe he missed them too.

I was shocked that Sheldon went from not being able to console Penny to actually making a sarcastic joke at her expense. He doesn't usually do that in this way. Both of these exchanges were hilarious and showed the depth of their relationship and how Penny has helped Sheldon grow.

Sheldon: Well, if it's any consolation, i'm sure Leonard's tormented every moment he's away from your warm embrace and cherry lips.
Penny: Thanks.
Sheldon: Oh, seriously? | permalink

Sheldon: Now, I know how you felt getting mauled by that sex-crazed gorilla. | permalink

Leonard may have been partying it up at sea, but he didn't forget his sexy girlfriend back at home. It was actually touching to see him show off Penny to the others on board, even if it was a video of her showering and getting attacked by a gorilla.

Overall, "The Hofstadter Insufficiency" was an average episode for The Big Bang Theory. There were definitely some funny moments, but in its entirety it wasn't one of my favorites. As the season premiere, I was a little disappointed.

What was your favorite line? Are you glad that Raj can finally speak to girls? Were you disappointed in the premiere?

Don't forget to check out our The Big Bang Theory quotes section for some of the funniest lines from the episodes.


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We're getting repeats in the UK. Here's my belated verdict:
I enjoyed this episode a lot. It opened very well, with one of Sheldon’s dreams, manifesting itself only after the audience has been led to think he’s being unreasonable. The interplay between Penny and Sheldon was very good over the whole episode. As the show has developed, the writers sometimes struggle to match these two, the plots don’t always call for it. Sheldon has his own barometer for human interaction now and that’s Amy. Penny has almost become an afterthought.
Interestingly it was the shared dependency on Leonard that once again bound them (I remember Sheldon once kidded Amy it was he who bound the group socially, when clearly it really is Leonard – he just doesn’t see it).
The scene where Penny and Sheldon persuade each other it’s a good idea to call Leonard was excellent and so was the aftermath, when Penny is angry and Sheldon his usual pragmatic self. Overall there were some nice touches between them, funny lines and well scripted characterful phrases. They both at times acted like grown up children, trying not to tell the truth for fear of embarrassment at appearing weak. When the weaknesses did reveal themselves, the reactions were equally childlike. This fits well with Sheldon, but a little less so with Penny. It does however skew Sheldon’s character too far towards a social antithesis as he only shares a fairly humdrum secret with Penny. I particularly disliked his indignation that he’d shared something and expected her to be grateful and understanding, while he denied her any such comfort. This one-sided thought process has become more prevalent since the opening seasons. It seems Sheldon is hardly learning anything from his female friends.
It was nice to see Howard and Raj back together as a double act. They spark off each other very well. It was also pleasing the writers chose to allow Raj contact with women immediately, so we didn’t forget the thread from Season 6. It was good Raj struggled with his new-found social skill. It would have been too obvious if he’d leapt at it and succeeded immediately. The little play with Ms Davis from Human Resources was very good (Raj’s terrible penguin analogy had me in a stich) and it’s a relationship worth developing. While all the characters in TBBT are lovable, they all share rather impish behaviour; Ms Davis certainly would not and –like Priya – could be an active counter point to the main group.
The scenes with Amy and Bernadette were less successful. The duplicate telephone conversation was funny, particularly so for only telling one side of each chat. Things were less interesting in the bar. Amy naturally defends her relationship with Sheldon, but Bernadette’s inability to explain how she perceived it was an easy throw away. At some point, Amy needs a reality check – she was just hit on in a bar by a sexy man, for goodness sake – I bet that never happened before! Their closing bedtime two-hander was good though as they recognized the things they missed in their own partners were encapsulated in the others.
Lastly, Leonard: great to see him enjoying himself on his research trip. I hope the writers can bring some of this fresh and vigourous behaviour to the rest of the series.
Overall an excellent start, which continues well from the last episode of Season 6.


Some tell the actors and producers that Please dont drop off more of the geek/nerd/friki essence, or this show could turns into a 7-members-Friends,
The bromance essence in the 2nd episode was the most hilarious so far of this season.
I suggest that this show last longer, because there are more main cast that there was in the first seasons, maybe that last 1 hour (with the advertisements), per episode. The scenes are gonna be very short, and even more when raj finally has a girlfriend (or boyfriend, that guy need to choose)


Loved it. Sheldon and Penny as usual was the best mix. Loved the Howard and Raj parts too. Great to see Leonerd enjoying himself unlike Wolowitz in space. A strong start to season 7.


i thought it was funny. glad raj can still talk to the ladys


I thought the episode was just great. Penny and Sheldon together were like brother and sister, or maybe mother and son. Penny has matured so much. Raj will have to learn how to talk to women. Like a child.


Loved it.


I agree, this was not TBBT's best episode. Amy and Bernadette off on a trip together was good. Mrs. Davis is an interesting addition to the mix, though I can't see how she and Raj would EVER get together!


Loved it - the hype of a new season helped but there was some classic tbbt humour in there. "Racist"??? It was not at all racist. People just enjoy getting offended these days, to which I say: Live your life in a little box where there is no racism....or laughter, enjoyment, happiness and brilliant television.


did not like at all.


I loved this episode. Maybe it was because of the long wait from last season but I laughed a lot. Peny & Sheldon together were great and Raj talking to women is awesome.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 1 Quotes

Howard: There's a party for incoming post-docs tonight. Go to it and meet someone who isn't made of grease or pie.
Raj: You think you're so cool because your wife is a person?

Sheldon: Even the dung beetle chooses to plot its course by using the Milky Way.
Raj: Is that true?
Sheldon: Everything I say is true. Now, of course, the dung beetle also enjoys eating fece, living in feces and making little balls out of feces. So, pick and choose which aspects of its lifestyle you want to embrace.