The Big Bang Theory “The Recombination Hypothesis” Review


If you’ve been missing Penny and Leonard as a couple, “The Recombination Hypothesis,” this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was what you’ve been waiting for. Well…at least it seemed like it might have been. If it hadn’t mostly been in Leonard’s head.

After seeing Penny in her apartment with the girls, Leonard proceeds to have one of the most vivid flash-forwards since…um…the show Flash-forward. Even in his mind his relationship with Penny is dysfunctional. Yet it somehow still works. I’ve missed this element in the show. The geek getting the girl of his dreams; it’s a modern day fairytale.

Even after acknowledging that he and Penny have issues, Leonard was still willing to give it a shot once Sheldon shook him out of his thoughts. It’s painfully obvious that he’s never gotten over her and that Priya was purely ornamental.

It was great to see the guys playing one of my favorite games, Settlers of Cataan. Perhaps the wood jokes went on a little long, but I enjoy a touch of low-brow humor every now and then. Jim Parsons played it so perfectly that you couldn’t help but snicker along with the boys.

Amy and Bernadette took a bit of a back role this week as most of the action was in Leonard’s head, but the writers still managed to push Amy’s creepy Penny obsession onto us. I can’t decide if it’s actually funny or just funny because of how much it disturbs everyone else. I do wonder if it’s building up to anything. Not that I expect Amy to come out of the closet, but it does seem like a lot of creative energy goes into this weird level of their friendship.

Is there a future for Penny and Leonard? I honestly don’t know. They are so very different and Penny clearly has a lot of issues that we haven’t even begun to see. Leonard has his fair share, too, but he’s not as damaged in terms of relationships as she is, perhaps because he has nowhere near the numbers that she does.

The return of Leonard and Penny. I have to say…didn’t see it coming. Well played, Big Bang Theory!

Best Lines:

Sheldon: Live long and suck it, Zachary Quinto!

Bernadette: I’m a very vengeful person.
Howard: Really?
Bernadette: With access to weaponized smallpox.

How do we feel about Leonard and Penny 2.0? Let me know below!