I genuinely liked this episode, which is more than I can say for most of this season of The Big Bang Theory. The plot was interesting, the jokes weren’t telegraphed miles ahead, and the show managed to effectively use all of its recurring and supporting players.
I have to admit, I didn’t like Mayim Bialik’s Amy Farrah Fowler when the character first appeared. Too stiff, too formulaic. The show didn’t need another Sheldon, especially another even more robotic Sheldon. However, Amy Farrah Fowler (hard to think of her as just Amy, isn’t it?) has definitely grown throughout this season. She’s spunky, she takes risks, she’s human and relatable.
I’m also glad the show has decreased Sheldon time these past few episodes. Jim Parsons is always a treat, but his character can easily dominate an episode (as Neil Patrick Harris’s Barney sometimes does for How I Met Your Mother).
This episode relied heavily on the slowly-developing bond between Amy and Sheldon, but left plenty of time for other characters to shine as well.
The two note the effects of gossip on their small group of friends, and decide to engage in a social experiment. The choice of gossip is particularly funny, if predictable, given the somewhat asexual nature of the Sheldon/Amy pairing.
Also in this episode, we find out that Bernadette and Howard’s relationship is on the rocks, in Bernadette’s opinion. Howard has no idea, and plans to propose. Complicating this plan is Raj’s previously-mentioned* secret love for his best friend’s girlfriend. I don’t really feel any tension here since Raj can only talk to women while drunk, making his potential for home-wrecking slim to null.
Hijinks ensue, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are relegated to the background, and Bernadette accepts Howard’s proposal. Champagne and sitcom confusion all around!
*Remember that odd Bollywood dance sequence?