The Big Bang Theory Review: Is Indiana Jones Irrelevant?

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Poor Indiana Jones. He's worthless. Pointless. Irrelevant. Or is he?

It's been decades since I've watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I wasn't completely sure of the accuracy of Amy's comment. That made the unfolding of the ongoing joke and question in "The Raiders Minimization" enjoyable for me to watch. And I'm intrigued enough to hunt down the movie and watch it again as soon as I have time.

Sheldon Vows Revenge

Almost without a doubt, the guys are never questioned when it comes to their geek cred and they do generally know their stuff. So, for Amy to raise the question of Indy's relevance and for them to take it seriously was an intriguing twist to the show. In the kitchen scene with Sheldon, she was convinced of her point of view and didn't waiver a bit. 

When Sheldon brought the argument to the guys, they attempted to come up with a scenario that discounted her point of view, but came up empty. And, even after watching the movie together they couldn't. Would the outcome have been the same if Indiana Jones wasn't involved?  Hmm... Given the popularity of The Big Bang Theory, I'm sure there will be a bazillion articles to support and disprove Amy's assertion.

We've learned that over the years watching Sheldon interact with his friends that he's not one to let things go. Amy ruined Raiders for him and he was going to pay her back. It wasn't easy, but he didn't give up. (At least it didn't take him as long to find an answer as it did Leonard to realize his mother didn't hide any eggs for him to find.)

There were quite a few funny lines in the episode and this was one of my favorites. It was such a Sheldon thing to say:

Sheldon: This is more like Little House of the Preposterous. | permalink

Unlike Sheldon, Amy's enjoyment of Little House on the Prairie wasn't destroyed by the show's historical inaccuracies. Sheldon tried to find a comparable example, but he failed. Amy found a fundamental issue with the plot of his favorite movie, which didn't come close to peanut butter or a telephone.

Sheldon and Amy's storyline was the funniest of the episode, but Leonard and Penny's wasn't far behind. Leonard's issues with his mother were reintroduced through a book she wrote in his childhood. Leonard definitely learned something from her. He demonstrated his ability to take advantage of a situation and manipulate Penny.

Two of my favorite exchanges both involved boobs, but in very different contexts:

Penny: Not even the chapter on the breast feeding crisis?
Leonard: It was not a crisis. Apparently, I favored the left one, she got a little lopsided.
Penny: Oh, my God, you still go left! | permalink

Leonard: They weren't boobies. They were muscles. And, the make-up was green, I was pretending to be the Hulk.
Penny: You were wearing her bra.
Leonard: That was to keep my muscles from sagging! | permalink

In the end, I was glad to see that Penny (with help from Bernadette) figured out what Leonard was doing and made him pay for his manipulation. The punishment fit the crime when he had to talk to his mother on video chat. Ha! Penny's sexy outfit and tricking him made it perfect.

As funny as those storylines were to watch, the Raj and Stuart online dating situation fell flat. I just felt sorry for the guys and there's nothing funny about that. It was a disappointing turn to see Raj presented that way after dating Lucy and even given his interactions with Mrs. Davis. I was looking forward to seeing Raj have more opportunities to date with fresh stories,but instead we got something that felt repetitive.

Will you be checking out the movie again to see if Amy was correct? Did you enjoy seeing Sheldon in a reactive situation? What storyline did you find the funniest? Do you want to see Raj date instead of spinning the drain with old stories?


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"By now it's not even remotely FUNNY any more"....


Well at least the first three episodes were good and funny - But this episode was a failure from the very first start. Why continue torment Stuart when he's been bordering on depression/suicide mode for years? - By now it's not even remotely any more. And that's remind me of something, WTF is wrong with Leonard, he's a sad pitiful puny whiny guy and how the hell can Penny be in love with that tool? He's not even funny, I don't get it all.
For the love of God please end Penny and Leonard because that shame for a relationship it's just sad and awkward. He didn't even wanna go and watch a football game and meet Penny's friends something that she clearly loves. Howard amd Bernadette was the best part of this episode, also please end Amy and Sheldon's "relationship" - These two are the best when they are apart and with others


Did it not occur to Howard that Bernadette would warn Penny of Leonard's deception?


The thing about Indiana Jones has been out there for a long time now. But, if Indy hadn't been there, Marion would have been killed and the Ark would have stayed lost on that island.


Bernadette ROCKS....the way she calls "BS" on Howard is hilarious!!!!! I agree with the reviewer about the Raj / Stewart story arc--it was a little too over-the-top and for me, the whole "poor single us" thing is getting a little tired. Meanwhile, I HAVE to ask "Exactly how much Merlot is being consumed by the person styling Kaley?" Squeezing her into jeggings was bad enough, but WHAT happened with the hair--and what color is it supposed to be?


It was fun, but i was hoping to see a mammaguedon, between the mothers of the guys
And how the parents in US are so idiots to not block the door during sex?

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 4 Quotes

Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story.


Amy: When you told me I was going to be "losing my virginity," I didn't think you meant you'd be showing me Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time.
Sheldon: My apologies. I chose my words poorly. I should have said you were about to have your world rocked on my couch.