THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Wiggly Finger Catalyst” Review


THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Wiggly Finger Catalyst” Season 5 Episode 4 – It took me awhile to figure out why this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was titled “The Wiggly Finger Catalyst,” until I made the connection between wiggling fingers and sign language, which is what Raj has to learn in order to talk to his new, deaf girlfriend.

During a game of Dungeons & Dragons (which my brother pointed out was the first table-top RPG we’ve ever seen the boys play in five years…and which he just reminded me is spelled with an ‘&’ not ‘and’), Raj is eating his way through his depression over the fact that all of his friends (even Sheldon!) have girlfriends.

Over manicures and paraffin wax treatments, Penny and the girls decide to fix Raj up with a nice girl, preferably one who isn’t married to someone in Bernadette’s research program. Penny picks a nice deaf girl from her spin class, figuring that because she can’t hear Raj, that will mean that he’ll be able to talk to her. And it works!

With Howard’s help (he’s fluent in sign language…who knew?), Raj finds his American princess. Too bad she’s also a bit of a gold digger. As it turns out, Raj’s family is way more wealthy than we thought. I’m not sure why we didn’t see that coming; he’s always talking about his family’s servants.

When reasoning with Raj’s girlfriend doesn’t translate, Penny calls Raj’s parents who threaten to cut him off if he doesn’t end things. He chooses love (and that’s why we love him) and promptly gets dumped. Cheer up, Raj! If you marry an Indian girl, you’ll get a Mazarati!

Meanwhile, inspired by the random luck of the RPG dice, Sheldon decides to make all of his decisions based on what he rolls, so that his beautiful mind will be freed up for more important things. This leads to succotash, buttermilk and ball chafing.

For everyone who thought there was too much Amy in last week’s episode, this would be the antidote, as she was only in one very brief scene. Raj took center stage and he shines in the spotlight. We all want to date him. And that was before we found out he’s loaded. Find him a nice girl, Big Bang Theory writers!!

Also, the wedding of Bernadette and Howard seems to be chugging along with cake tastings and registering for gifts. Even if we don’t get to see some of these potentially hilarious milestones, will we get to see the blessed event before the end of the season? Crossing my fingers…

Best Lines:

Raj: I don’t know if I want to play anymore.
Sheldon: Because you don’t have a girlfriend? Good lord, if that becomes a reason not to play Dungeons & Dragons this game is in serious trouble.

Amy: Now I assume we use this same wax later on to neaten up each other’s bikini regions.
Penny: Yeah, my bikini region is fine.
Amy: Who’s shocked? I’m not!

Raj: Tell her…her eyes shimmer like opalescent lilies in the lake of the palace of the celestial maidens.

Sheldon: The Koothrappali’s aren’t just rich. They’re Richie Rich rich.
Penny: Well, how much is that?
Sheldon: About halfway between Bruce Wayne and Scrooge McDuck.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Were you momentarily confused by the title as well? What flavor of cake do you think Howard and Bernadette picked? Let me know below!