Picking up almost exactly where last week’s Valentine’s Day episode left off, this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, “The Monster Isolation,” immediately thrust us into Raj’s coffee date with newcomer, Lucy. Unfortunately, Lucy pulled the old “bathroom escape” routine and bailed on Raj without so much as a goodbye, leaving him devastated.
Okay, I know this might be considered mean, but I find devastated Raj even more adorable than regular Raj, even if he does go around in his underwear eating lobster. There’s something so endearing about his character. Yes, he can be annoying every now and then, but he’s just one of those really sweet, really shy, totally socially awkward types that you can’t help but encounter in the geek community. I met about five Raj’s this past weekend at the big Doctor Who convention here in L.A.
We’re all rooting for Raj to make this work, and it seems like he might have found his match in Lucy, a girl with even more social anxiety than him. They might have some seriously silent dates, but at least they won’t be alone. That’s the thing, isn’t it? The idea that there is someone out there for everyone. We thought we learned that lesson when Sheldon met Amy, but maybe Raj is the ultimate example of perpetual romantic hope.
Since Raj’s story took up the bulk of the episode (and rightfully so), precious little time was spent on Sheldon’s latest segment of Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun with Flags. I really wish they would film whole episodes of this show within the show; I know I’d tune in every week. When Sheldon invited Penny to guest star, he got a lesson in acting for the camera, and when he was urged by Amy to thank Penny, he got an invitation to Penny’s acting class’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
No, Sheldon, there are no streetcars on stage, but what the gang discovered is that Penny is actually a pretty darn good actress, even if she couldn’t quite nail Blanche’s southern accent. Except for one season and a particularly terrible staging of Rent, the show has always maintained that Penny is a fairly decent actress who just hasn’t gotten a break yet. Will this be her break? I have to think that the scene meant something and wasn’t just tossed in there for no reason.
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