Whatever else you want to say about Penny, the girl has chutzpah. In “The Cooper/Kripke Inversion,” this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, she had the nerve to ask Sheldon the question that’s been on everyone’s minds since he started dating Amy: is he ever planning to have sex with his girlfriend?
The answer…after we talk about Howard and Raj.
Don’t worry; it won’t take long. After spending a lot of money for personalized action figures of themselves and ending up with terrible results, the boys pooled Bernadette’s and Raj’s parents’ hard-earned money to buy a 3-D printer in order to make their own. Bernadette liked her action figure…until she found out how much of her money Howard spent on it.
I’m glad that she not only got mad at him, but ended up taking him off their joint checking account until he learned his lesson. It was funny and it was not an entirely inappropriate or out of proportion response. But it is going to be awhile before he gets his privileges back as he blew his lunch allowance on Pokemon cards. That is one aspect of geek culture that the show gets right; most of us are compulsive shoppers and undisciplined collectors.
So, back to Sheldon. When the university paired him up with his nemesis, Kripke, on a research project, Sheldon was so loathe to admit that his work was substandard compared to Kripke’s that he went along with Kripke’s assumption that regular sex with Amy had started to affect his professional life. There were some truly great Sheldonisms about sex, but the real crux of the episode was when Penny flat out asked Sheldon if he was ever going to boldly go where (probably) no man has gone before with Amy.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that I was shocked and thrilled to hear Sheldon freely admit that not only is it possible, but that he’s working his way closer to it by starting to get over some of his hang-ups about touching. (He did let her hug him and even insisted that she keep doing it, despite his discomfort.) This is exactly what I needed to hear from him. Just when we were all starting to get antsy about this relationship that has never been consummated, and just when we thought that maybe the elephant in the room would never be mentioned, the writers found a way to move Sheldon’s character forward while acknowledging that they’re fully aware of our concerns and are trying to find a logical, yet organic way to develop this weird little romance.
It probably won’t happen before the end of the season, but it sure is nice to see the boys developing and growing and changing. Even Sheldon.
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