Did Sheldon solve the question of the meaning of the universe in “The 43 Peculiarity,” this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, by finding that Douglas Adams was off by one number? Were you surprised that it took Howard and Raj hours to even draw that connection, when it was probably the first thing that came to your mind?
After realizing that Sheldon disappeared into a Caltech basement room every day for twenty minutes and no one had any idea what he was up to, the heterosexual life partners set out to solve the mystery by grossly invading their friend’s privacy. The number 43 was the only clue Sheldon left behind and the boys agonized over it, finally deciding to set up a hidden camera to catch Sheldon activities.
To his credit, Sheldon found the camera and fed the boys a fabricated clip of him opening a wormhole and being attacked by a creature from another dimension, a pretty good prank for the king of the bazinga.
Oh, and 43 just stood for the number of times Sheldon managed to kick a hackeysack while using his alone time to unwind from having to act like a human being. Never change, Sheldon.
Now that we’ve got the B-plot stuff out of the way, let’s focus on what really happened in the episode. Yes, after six years, two breakups and lots of hemming and hawing, Penny finally told Leonard that she loved him. And even though it came in the middle of a fight, it was such a wonderful moment that I, like Leonard, got a little choked up.
The fight was about Leonard’s insecurities, as most of his fights with Penny are. She had a new friend in her night classes who happened to have a British accent, a panty-dropper for all American women. Leonard saw his girlfriend leaving him for Doctor Who and got possessive and jealous and distrusting. Same old, same old, except this time Penny got so frustrated she ended up blurting out her feelings when she tried to make the fight stop.
And fortunately Will Wheaton wasn’t around to mess it up.
I say it was about darn time. Penny has been so up and down lately, though, that I have to wonder if this confession will actually mean anything in the long run. Is Leonard going to expect more now? Or will finally find some security in his relationship?
The person I feel the worst for is Sheldon’s research assistant who has the biggest crush on Leonard, a crush that he absolutely refuses to see. I think I would have liked a little more build-up to that, though. It kind of came out of nowhere at a most convenient moment. Will we see her again? Will she play a bigger role in the saga of Leonard and Penny? I guess time will tell.
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