The Big Bang Theory Review: A Train Ride Surprise

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Oh my golly gosh! I can't believe it actually happened. It did, right? I hope I wasn't dreaming....

Someone acknowledged that Penny drinks a lot and may have a problem! Sure, Leonard said it as a joke, but there was a thread of truth behind it.

Since It's been a long discussed topic on the reviews, I'm glad it was finally brought up. 

A Romantic Trip

Okay ... that's not really what had my jaw on the ground, but I didn't want the real shocker to spoil anyone in the introduction.


It's been a long time coming. Three years! I'm quite impressed with how it finally happened. I feared that their first kiss would feel forced or just not be the right time. The Big Bang Theory writers found the perfect way to make it happen. It felt authentic to the characters, while being epic. 

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 15 is an episode that will be watched over and over again just to watch Sheldon and Amy's kiss. The best part about the moment wasn't that Sheldon kissed Amy to prove a point, but that once their lips touched Sheldon was overcome by the connection. He was drawn physically towards Amy. His hormones superseded his mind. 

I just made me smile. Even thinking about how it went down is making me smile now. Absolutely loved it!

Amy: I deserve romance, and I didn't know how else to make it happen.
Sheldon: Well, if you want romance, then let's have romance! Oh, look, there's wine. Mmm. Grape juice that burns. Uh, now let's gaze into each other's eyes, hmm? You blinked I win. Let's see. What's next? Oh, kissing's romantic.
Amy: That was nice.
Sheldon: Good.

The kiss was only made better when Sheldon asked Amy to go with him to see the train's engineer. He saved the otherwise disastrous evening with that invitation. Sheldon and Amy's relationship lived to see another day. Will his heart and body win out over his mind? We'll have to keep watching to find out.

Other than those few moments and then when Sheldon returned home and mentioned the kiss to Leonard, the train trip was horrible. I wasn't sure if the episode could be saved, but it was. Sheldon's typical behavior with the other train enthusiast was awful. I would have been perfectly okay with Amy breaking up with him on Valentine's Day.

Poor Howard and Bernadette were just a sideshow. Though, Howard probably doesn't mind since he is getting a huge R2-D2 lego kit when he gets back. They were sweet together. Bernadette's controlling nature fits Howard's demeanor so well. At least Sheldon's behavior gave them an excuse to look at the stars.

Back at home, Leonard and Penny nearly kill Cinnamon. And, Raj gets a woman's number. A vet! I hope we see her again. She seemed to have a good head and someone that would be good for Raj. He deserves to date a "normal" person and have a chance at happiness. Anytime he has someone watch Cinnamon for him it ends up begin a disaster, so a vet for a girlfriend would be perfect!

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I still like Leonard and Penny together -- but was thinking in this episode that it has been awhile since they acted like a couple dating who's already said, "I love you," to each other. In the past scenes when Penny's been obviously in love with Leonard, it makes more sense that she puts up with all-the-things-Jonas-hates-about-Leonard. It's a stereotypical joke thrown in her giving half-eaten chocolates (and a lot of "girls" as she's being depicted would give nothing more than sex which they would expect to be received as a rare and precious commodity no matter how often she had sex with her boyfriend). I get the comedy show making jokes -- but I also felt that in this episode they were more like a ten years on married couple in their conversations and level of romance??


The reason Penny drinking more and actually evolved from being cutely dump to just plain embarrassingly stupid and more immature is because they are trying to make that relationship more believable. If I had a relationship like Penny and Leonard has I would have killed myself and the same goes for Amy and Sheldon. What moron Thinks that 9 minutes is a while anyway? Sheldon and his new friend on the train and Yvette's dig at Penny and Leonard saying it was "good" they didn't own a pet was the only this episode. Howard, Bernadette and Raj was okay and I'm hoping more from Yvette in the upcoming chapters. Conclusion: Penny and Leonard has zero Chemistry now and Penny started drinking more when she got back with the whiny hobbit.
The hobbit a.k.a Leonard saying that Penny shouldn't go to Napa because that is what wine come from was ment for a dig at her, it was NOT for concern just to be clear. But be careful what you wish for Leonard, having Penny sober and not drinking a lot works in favour for you and that heinous relationship. Without having Penny buzzed and numb and not thinking clearly works wonder for Leonard, just sayin'

@ Jonas

"Penny *NOT sober and drinking a lot works in favour for you and that heinous relationship" - You should never write when you're tired ans somwhat angry


I have two thoughts on the episode. 1. I am glad that Sheldon could not prioritize the three highlights from the evening since it meant that he thought of the kiss as a highlight.
It was clear during the kiss, but happy that he acknowledges it in his own way (Remember how he hates holding hands). 2. Leonard needs to break up with Penny, even if they are meant to end up together.
Leonard is such a wuss, he needs to man up to Penny.
They are clearly not happy together and in order to be so, Leonard needs to man up and Penny needs to learn how to appreciate what she has.
My prediction is Leonard breaks up with her and becomes a man. Penny realises what she had and wants to win Leonard back, but in order to do so she needs to be serious about her life, meaning quitting the juice and getting some actual work done.


Not sure how Sheldon "redeemed" himself with a kiss which began as a sarcastic gesture. And it's obvious that Raj's heavy handed and immature attempt at humor will probably nix what might have been a relationship with Yvette, the best new character to surface. Actually, I didn't think Leonard was making a joke about Penny's problem, just was too insecure and cowardly to confront the issue head on. He really has become a putz.


"an episode that will be watched over and over again just to watch Sheldon and Amy's kiss" - Yes, Carla, I rewound that scene a few times to analyze lip placement (open or close mouth) and hand placement. I love a man that knows what to do with his hands during a kiss (on the hips or small of the back are always nice). " I would have been perfectly okay with Amy breaking up with him on Valentine's Day." - I had this exact same thought during the episode! Sheldon was way more Sheldon than he needed to be in this episode.


I liked the episode. Sheldon was a bit too much Sheldon at the dinner but redeemed himself with the kiss. I used to love the Penny character but now she isn*t likable. She seemes to look down at everyone. She used to be the nice one that cared about everyone and now she couldn't care less. As for the drinking I do hope they deal with it. She has had a glass in her hand most of the time.

@ hege

Leonard and Penny are becoming boring as a couple and rather crabby with each other, aren't they? And she sure doesn't seem to care if she does enough as a girlfriend to keep him around. I agree, it's about time the writers addressed the wine issue

@ hege

She's not that great of a girlfriend either. I mean, he spends big money on something he knew she'd like (even though he doesn't like it), and she gives him a half-eaten box of chocolate that she didn't even pay for? Seriously? She has known him long enough to find something special for him, if she'd just put in the effort. She really takes him for granted. It's getting annoying.

@ Jennifer

You two don't clearly have the facts straight, Leonard and Penny is not good for each other.
Sure they hadf something in begining but that is all over now, just think about it with a open mind and you two will see that also. They're not even funny anymore and to be fair Leonard has been a dimwit to Penny this whole season and you can't deny that fact.


"The kiss was only made better when Sheldon asked Amy to go with him to see the train's engineer. He saved the otherwise disastrous evening with that invitation." Mmmmmm......I dunno about that. Don't get me wrong--Lord knows the kiss was LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG overdue, but I think they missed the follow-thru. Wasn't there a car with a glass roof for stargazing? Wouldn't THAT have been better "redemption" for Sheldon? Otherwise, I,agree with the reviewer--the ep was rather painful otherwise.

@ MrWriteSF

Asking her to meet the engineer was more in line with Sheldon's personality. Besides, Howard & Bernie were watching the stars. ;)

@ Jennifer+Gibbs

Split the difference: I suppose you're right about Sheldon's personality--I guess we'll have to see if the writers "evolve" his character more. As for the stargazing, I hardly think it's a private / reserved car--not on a train meant to accommodate dozens of people.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 15 Quotes

Leonard: Plus, I'm not sure it's a great idea to take Penny to where wine comes from. [chuckles] What? It's a joke. Oh, come on. We bust on each other. I wear dorky glasses, you might have a problem -- it's all for laughs.
Penny: That would really piss me off if I didn't have a buzz going on.

Amy: I'm sorry, but "Gollum" and "Flakey" are not acceptable.
Sheldon: Well, you don't like "Princess Corncob," you don't like "Fester" -- you're just impossible to please.