THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Desperation Emanation” Review

THE BIG BANG THEORY The Desperation Emanation

THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Desperation Emanation” Season 4 Episode 5 – This week kicks off the Penny-less episodes which were filmed after actress Kaley Cuoco broke her leg in an accident. As such, the tone is slightly different in parts, but don’t fear, this episode is definitely not lacking a female presence this week.

Sheldon has been continuing his virtual friendship with Amy and it seems to be going well, right up until she proposes that he meet her mother. Panicked, Sheldon decides to go “off the grid”, even going so far as to change the number on the front of their building. Of course, Amy’s been there before and finds it with no problem. Sheldon tries to avoid her by making Leonard cover for him (sort of) and even donning a nifty Groucho-Marx-in-winter disguise, but Amy catches him anyway. She explains that their ‘relationship’ would just be a ruse to appease her mother. This leads to an hilarious scene in which Sheldon enthuses about their fake sex life to Amy’s bewildered mother.

Meanwhile, Leonard is lonely. He finds that everyone, even Raj and Stuart from the comic shop, have girlfriends. So, after a little advice from Sheldon and Amy, he tries to pick up girls by posing as an Apple Genius bar worker. Apparently it doesn’t work, because he turns up at Howard’s invoking the girlfriend pact. This leads to a double date with Howard, Bernadette and a crass, annoying woman who is disturbingly Howard-like (even if she’s more butch than he could ever hope to be). It seems like a bust and Leonard is about to leave when she asks him to her cousin’s wedding next week. It has an open bar and she’ll be ‘giving it away’. He agrees to go.

This was a strange episode. It felt odd not having Penny involved, especially as this felt like one situation where Sheldon would have welcomed her advice. I also thought the gross out humor from Howard’s mother felt out of place. And the sudden mention of Raj’s girlfriend was a bit of a let down. Hopefully we’ll meet her in future.

That said it was an hilarious episode. The final scene with Sheldon ‘meeting’ Amy’s mother made me laugh right out loud, as did the “Gotcha back, Jack, bitches be crazy”/”Oh dear, they really do be crazy” lines, delivered perfectly by Sheldon.

This episode was probably written at the last minute to accommodate Cuoco’s absence, so all things considered it was very well done. And I’m always happy to see Stuart, he’s sadly underused.

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