The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Episode 8 Review: The Prom Equivalency

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It's never too late to have a prom, is it?

When I first heard that The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Episode 8 was going to be a prom episode, I wasn't sure what to make of it. The episode could easily have become cheesy and leaned too much on how awful high school was for them. Instead of sappy and sad, it was one of the best episodes of the show.

That said, I'm over the Howard's mother and Stuart bit. The funny jokes are about Mrs. Wolowitz and they will remain humorous whether or not Stuart is in the picture. For example, flying shrimp and a leaping mother. The relationship brings Howard down and that's not good for the series. He's at his best when he's trying to be witty and on the zany side. 

I also didn't care for the second cousin showing up. We don't need to see Howard ridiculed and beaten down all the time. It gets old after awhile. Not every bad moment of his life is as funny as his reunion with Emily. Clogzilla! That was roaring funny.

The prom theme allowed for some other retreaded territory about Penny's past as well. The joke about kissing the quarterback was unoriginal, but Bernadette's prom dress in the barn corner joke was one of the funnier ones that saved the scene. And, of course, Amy's dance with a mop. Did you picture it? So sad, yet so happy at the same time.

The prom episode was all about setting up the evolution of Sheldon and his relationship with Amy. Sheldon's prom journey was heartfelt and funny at the same time. It was a little surprising that he even considered the connection between prom and sex. If it was going to come up again before marriage, this was a good time.

Yet, it wasn't meant to be ... not yet. Instead, viewers got another touching moment that moved Sheldon and Amy closer together. It was reminiscent of their train car kiss when Sheldon was the one leaning in. He's definitely not afraid of making a move when it suits him. This time it was saying "I love you." Swoon!

Amy: Sheldon, there's something else I've been wanting to say, but before I do, I just... I want you to know that you don't have to say it back.I know you're not ready, and I don't want you to say it just because social convention dictates...
Sheldon: I love you, too.
Amy: You said it.
Sheldon: There's no denying I have feelings for you that can't be explained in any other way. I briefly considered that I had a brain parasite. But that seems even more far-fetched. The only conclusion was love.

There may be hope for Sheldon and Amy. It's a slow evolution, but their relationship isn't stagnant. If Penny and Leonard actually get married, that may be the push that Sheldon needs to make a big change in his romantic relationship. Until then, we get to enjoy these small gestures of love.

Since it was prom, there had to be some references to the great prom movies. The references were perfectly spouted by Raj.

Ever since I saw Pretty in Pink, I've wanted to go to an American prom. But then I saw Carrie, and I did not want to go to an American prom. But then I saw Never Been Kissed, and I'm back on the prom bandwagon. This prom thing's been a real roller coaster.


Did you enjoy the prom theme? What was the funniest moment? Are you tired of Stuart and Howard's mom too? Or do you want to see more of them on the show? 

Want to relive the show? Check out the funniest lines in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section and watch The Big Bang Theory online too!

The Prom Equivalency Review

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The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Episode 8 Quotes

Howard: They're not dating. They're just two friends who went out to dinner.
Raj: And then went back to the home they share where they probably fell asleep in the matching pajamas she got them because they both just love penguins.
Howard: Hey, lots of people wear matching pajamas who aren't dating.
Raj: Like who?
Howard: Like you and your dog.
Leonard: Don't rule out the dating.

Leonard: Oh, hey, we ran into your mom at Benihana last night.
Howard: Uh, yeah, she loves that place. Every time they flip a shrimp in the air, she practically leaps out of her seat to catch it. That's why I don't take her to SeaWorld.