I loved the way last week’s episode fully integrated all of the recurring characters. Unfortunately, this episode was another Sheldon showcase.
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Priya (Aarti Mann) get caught violating the roommate agreement. Priya uses her legal-fu to crack Sheldon’s roommate agreement. This sends Sheldon (Jim Parsons) into a tizzy. He pulls himself together after a night out with the girls and a talk with Amy Farrah Fowler (Miyam Bialik).
That’s it for plot. There’s a lot of filler in this episode, some of it funny, some of it fairly poimntless.
First off, I’m not liking the negative picture the writers are painting of Priya. Yes, she’s the new girlfriend, and the audience is supposed to be rooting for Kaley Cuoco’s Penny, as the once and probably-future love interest. We get it. We’re not supposed to like her. However, it’s improbable that every single other sympathetic character would also dislike Priya.
This makes things too simple for Priya’s eventual exit. Personally, I like the character. I never “bought” Leonard and Penny as a couple, and the reappearance of Priya has given Raj a much larger role in the series. (Kunal Nayyar is still underutiliized, though. The man is funny; give him more lines!)
Priya aside, I do appreciate the coterie of girls that has sprung up this season with Penny, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Amy Farrah Fowler. The girls provide a nice counterpoint to the core group of men, especially with the Amy/Sheldon mirroring.
Speaking of Amy and Sheldon, I suppose one can’t ignore the kiss that occurs near the end of the episode. Not terribly surprising, but still not exactly natural. Amy is not Sheldon. While Amy is awkward, analytical, and more intelligent than most people, Sheldon is all those, while also most likely landing somewhere on the autism spectrum. I’m not sure where the writers are going to take this relationship, especially seeing how Sheldon has never before expressed any interest in women (or men, for that matter).
“The Agreement Dissection” had some great lines. One of my favorites was Sheldon’s “Need I remind you not a lot of scientific discoveries were made by people having a good time?”
Also, this exchange:
–Amy: “You’re like a sexy toddler.”
–Sheldon: “I don’t know how to interpret that.”
–Bernadette: “I do!”
One final note: I thought the smoking monkey was in poor taste. I know the effects were mostly digital, but many nasty things are done to animals in the name of science. No need to make it a joke as well.