Manipulation. Lots of manipulation, even from Sheldon, made The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 16 a funny half hour.
Who would have thought getting a dining room table would have been such a disruptive idea? When Sheldon's involved, it should be expected, right?
He doesn't like change. There's no such thing as good or bad change. Anything different is inherently bad where he's concerned.
1. Crowded Dinner Around the Coffee Table
The Bigi Bang Theory crew crowd around the coffee table for dinner.
2. Leonard and Sheldon Have Discussion
Will Sheldon or Leonard win this one on "The Table Polarization"?
3. Leonard Talks to Sheldon
Leonard talks to Sheldon while he's working on "The Table Polarization."
6. Howard Has a Stick
What is this stick? Both Howard and Raj look ecstatic about it on "The Table Polarization."
7. Howard Uses the Stick
Howard uses a stick of some sort. Is it a game? Raj looks enthralled by it.
8. Howard and Bernadette Discuss His Possible Return to Space
Howard is offered the opportunity to go back into space on "The Table Polarization."
9. Bernadette Talks to Raj
Bernadette's not sure whether to encourage Howard's return to space or not.
Sheldon's forced realization that he's changed since he started dating Amy was a positive revelation. Ultimately the table was just a catalyst for that to come to light.
His reaction to break up with her was a natural response from him and lead to the funniest exchange of the episode.
Sheldon: No, I've changed. Like the frog who's put in a pot of water that's heated so gradually he doesn't realize he's boiling to death.
Penny: Or you're the frog who's been kissed by a princess and turned into a prince.
Leonard: Or, you're just a tall, annoying frog.
- Permalink: Or, you're just a tall, annoying frog.
Amy's plan to manipulate Sheldon into not breaking up with her was brilliant. Whether he caught on or not, I'm not sure. Either way, Sheldon and Amy didn't break up which was a positive. I know many fans don't like them together or don't like Amy, but I find the two of them annoyingly charming.
They humanize each other and both continue to grow because of their relationship. Amy could probably find someone who's a better match for her, but she loves Sheldon and that matters. Plus, she's perfect for him. I love that she tried to trick him into moving in with her. I hope she keeps pushing him.
Amy: You don't need to explain yourself to him.
Sheldon: I don't need to explain myself to you!
Amy: You're sick of his nonsense and ready to move in wth me.
Sheldon: Keep the table! We don't use that space!
Amy: Damn it, I got cocky.
- Permalink: Damn it, I got cocky.
While a dining room table would make it easier to eat, there was a loss of casual community when they sat at the table. Will it be back next week? I doubt it. There's something so Big Bang Theory about their dinner gatherings around the coffee table.
I'm not sure what was going on with the magic wand remote control, but it did provide a few funny moments for Raj. It was weird, but any appropriate use of "muggle" is a win.
And, regarding Howard's offer to go back into space -- PHEW! I don't think I could handle more scenes of him in space. He hated it and was obnoxious at the space station. Once was more than enough. With the help of his friends, family, and Astronaut Massimino, Howard realized his error and manipulated his physical in order to get out of it.
Manipulations were the winner of the episode!
What was your favorite moment?