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The Big Bang Theory Review: A New Thanksgiving Tradition

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I laughed ... out loud ... a lot!

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 9 is the episode I've been waiting for all season long. Not only did I laugh at more jokes than I didn't, I burst out laughing more in this half-hour than I think I have so far during The Big Bang Theory season 7.

With one notable exception, I loved the episode.

Thanksgiving Dinner

The only disappointment from "The Thanksgiving Decoupling" was the inclusion of Sheldon's slavery comments. Those were not only unnecessary, they were insulting and weren't even funny. Perhaps I missed the point. At least Amy spoke up and told him they were inappropriate, but still ... writers, why go there?

I also wasn't entirely thrilled about Penny being portrayed as an idiot, but that set up some hilarious moments. Penny and Leonard's relationship is lop-sided and this was a perfect example. He's super-smart and she's ... not. Should he have made her feel less than worthy about it? No, but given their history it felt realistic.

It is kinda ridiculous that drunk people can get married on the whim like that by an Elvis impersonator. In college, I met someone who actually did that. Hmm ... wonder if they are a writer on the show now? It seems crazy, but it happens. Though, she at least realized it was a real wedding. 

This long exchange cracked me up from start to finish. Kaley Cuoco did a great job of playing clueless, while the others portrayed the appropriate amount of dismay over the situation. Loved it!

Penny: We had one of those silly fake weddings.
Leonard: Penny ... you know those are real, right?
Penny: No, they're not.
Leonard: Yeah, they are.
Penny: No, they're not.
Leonard: Yeah, they are.
Sheldon: He's right.
Amy: They're real.
Penny: But, it didn't seem real.

And Zack's arrival at dinner and interaction with Penny and Leonard just proved how much better off she is with him. And despite Penny's ill-advised decisions at times, they really are a good match.

The other over-the-top situation was when Sheldon got drunk. He's hilarious when he drinks. He should definitely get drunk more often. He's much funnier after a drink or two than he is when he acts self-righteous or is ignorant of social norms. 

His knowledge of football is nothing new since he's mentioned before that he's from Texas where everyone knows football. It was sad to see Bernadette's father bonding with the normally socially awkward Sheldon and not Howard. At least by the end of dinner, he warmed up a tad to Howard.

Sheldon burping Pi should be the new "Bazinga!" Okay, maybe not but it was hilarious. Though, my favorite drunk Sheldon line was when Bernadette walked into the room and reprimanded them for being mean to Howard.

She's so tiny. It's funny when she's mad.

Sheldon

Good job, Sheldon. Since Thanksgiving was at Mrs. Wolowitz's, I wondered for a second if we would finally meet her. We didn't and I'm glad about that. I hope we never do. Seeing her in person would never live up to the image that's been built up over the seven seasons. Though, she did make her presence known.

The closing exchange was a funny way to end the Thanksgiving feast of family and friends.

Bernadette's Dad: Hey, Sheldon, what do you say we go outside and throw around the old pigskin.
Sheldon: This is a Jewish house. I don't think they have pigskins.
Mrs. Wolowitz: Did someone say "pigskin"?

There were lots of great lines. Check them out in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section. Share your favorite lines and moments in the comments.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (105 Votes)

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Fifty

Drunk Sheldon was Awesome !!! Hilarious episode and really made me realize why I love the show this much. The expression on Amy's face when Sheldon spanked her was hilarious. Zack always brings out some great expressions on people around him and in this one Kaley did it amazingly. Kudos gang. 5 stars for me.

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typo corrected, since that part of commenting isn't working: I like Leonard and Penny together -- and I think their argument was completely reasonable and likely. Penny loves Leonard because in part (or broad terms) because he appreciates what she has to offer and even listens to what she has to say, meaning she can trust him and rely on him ... so when he jumps all over her for something she did, that even she knows is dumb, it would hurt her, make her doubt her trust in him, maybe scare her, and surely make her mad (and finding out the girl you love is married and doesn't even know it would surely drive Leonard out of his mind for a little while, so he would act like he did).

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I like Leonard and Penny together -- and I think their argument was completely reasonable and likely. Penny loves Leonard because in part (or broad terms) because he appreciates what she has to offer and even listens to what she has to say, meaning she can trust him and rely on him ... so when he jumps all over her for something she did it would hurt her, make her doubt herself, maybe scare her, and surely make her mad (and finding out the girl you love is married and doesn't even know it would surely drive Leonard out of his mind for a little while, so he would act like her did).

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Penny is a very sweet girl she is not a gold-digger because if she was she wouldn't be with Leonard. I don't like how stupid they have made her and how her acting career is going nowhere. She should have been in plays by now, maybe be on a soap even though soaps are pretty much dead now, a spokesperson on a national ad, been a dead person on CSI…something. Move Penny along already instead of making her the butt of the joke. Sheldon drunk was funny. I don’t like how this year for some reason the writers are having Sheldon do racist jokes. Sheldon is not a racist! What is up with that?!

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I think I laughed the hardest when Sheldon came out of the bathroom at the end and said he threw up all over the clowns...his laugh at that moment had me rolling.

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I have to agree with one comment of sheldon on the pilot episode, penny and leonard are not of the same species. And penny is possibly a goldigger
Poor Howard, apparently he doesnt use wii sports a lot

Wolfshades

I LOVE drunk Sheldon. And, you know - it was cool to see him and Bernadette's dad bonding so wonderfully, even if it was a little bit at Howard's expense. All of that talk about clown cars made me laugh out loud. This was a great episode.

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How could Penny not know those Vegas weddings are real? Doesn't she watch "Friends"? :-)

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Mrs. Wolowitz's is a lot like AL mom from Home Improvement we will never see her and she will most likely be killed off when the show ends

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@ Mike

You mean Peggy's mom from Married with Children

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@ Mike

You mean WILSON, not Al.

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@ MrWriteSF

No, he definitely meant AL BORLAND, not Wilson. Tim was always making jokes about AL's overweight mom, who we never saw. It was AL's mom who died just before the series ended, when AL told her he was going to marry Trudy.

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@ Marco

oops....I,stand corrected.

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 9 Quotes

Leonard: It'd actually be nice to not hear Sheldon complain about my cooking all day.
Sheldon: Yo ... uh, excuse me, but every year you prepare a terrible meal and every year I criticize it. Do our traditions mean nothing to you?

Raj: That's horrible. Why would you push a cow over? They're sacred.
Penny: Oh, stop it. I've seen you eat, like, a million hamburgers.
Raj: Hey, an animal can be both sacred and delicious.

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