The Big Bang Theory Review: Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Have you ever wondered what an evening with James Earl Jones would be like?

Okay, probably not. I'm guessing that if you had, it wouldn't have been anything like the whirlwind adventure that Sheldon went on. Sorry, Bob Newhart, but you've lost the top spot for best cameo on The Big Bang Theory.

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 15 was by far the funniest episode of the season.

If you've ever tried to buy Comic-Con, concert or playoff tickets, the opening sequence looked quite familiar. Refresh! Refresh! The anticipation is exhilarating and nerve-wracking and the disappointment when you don't get tickets is devastating. At least with concerts or sporting events, it's not against the rules or illegal to buy scalped tickets. Stub hub is your friend.

Comic-Con on the other hand is strict. The moral dilemma that the guys went through over whether or not to buy the scalped tickets felt real, but played out with plenty of laughs. Raj is now a pinkie-swearing badass! Shaking my head at that one.

By far the best and more laugh-laden part was Sheldon and James Earl Jones' grand adventure of sushi, ice cream, a ferris wheel ride, "Lion Sleeps Tonight" Karaoke, ding dong ditching Carrie Fisher, the strip club, and a shared sauna. Oh, plus somewhere along the way Sheldon got a big stuffed bear. 

I'm not sure which was my favorite. The noise James Earl Jones made when he stuffed his mouth with ice cream is definitely towards the top of the list! Now, I can only hope we get a follow-up episode when James Earl Jones actually takes the guys to Comic-Con as his guests and heads to Tijuana with Sheldon.  A drunk Sheldon in Tijuana would be incredibly funny.

While the guys dealt with their Comic-Con disappointment in their own ways, the gals decided to act like grown-ups at an afternoon tea. Yeah, that didn't work out so well. Though, Amy was the belle of the tea party with her tiara. What does it mean to be an adult? Alcohol helps. 

Part of what makes The Big Bang Theory work is that none of the characters are stodgy, old adults. They all have a kept a bit of their youthful spirit -- some more, much more, than others. Heck, even James Earl Jones is just a big, ole kid! Never change!

Here are a couple of my favorite exchanges and moments, check out our The Big Bang Theory quotes section for more funny lines.

James Earl Jones: Let me guess. You like Star Wars.
Sheldon: [nods yes]
James Earl Jones: You know, I've been in other movies.
Sheldon: [nods yes]
James Earl Jones: But you don't care about you, do you?
Sheldon: [shakes head no]
James Earl Jones: I have one thing to say to people like you. I like Star Wars too.

Loved the two of them on the ferris wheel!

Sheldon: Hey Los Angeles! I'm on a ferris wheel with Darth Vader! He's nicer than you think!
James Earl Jones: I am!

The Carrie Fisher cameo was a nice addition. Loved the bat! I think that she'd easily take James Earl Jones if they faced off. By the way, how many of you Googled Angie Dickinson? It's okay, you can fess up!

What was your favorite Sheldon and James Earl Jones moment?

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 14 Quotes

Raj: Anyone in?
All the Guys: No!
Sheldon: Do not stop refreshing your screens!
All the Guys: Refresh. Refresh. Refresh....
Penny: Yeah, this is not gonna be enough coffee.

Raj: Oh, I have to go to the bathroom so bad.
Sheldon: Every year! I told you, wear a diaper!
Raj: And I told you I get diaper rash!