The Big Bang Theory “The Beta Test Initiation” Review


Continuing from last week’s unexpected Penny/Leonard re-hook-up, in this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, “The Beta Test Initiation,” the sort-of couple decides to treat their relationship like a new tech gadget. Together, they will make lists of all the bugs (literally things that bug them about each other), and if the software proves to be faulty, they can pull themselves off the market. I could have gone on with that metaphor, but you get the point. And you can probably see that it’s not going to end well.

Can I just say that while Penny has come a long, long way in five years, I can’t really get in the corner of anyone who doesn’t appreciate Doctor Who. I’m sorry, I just can’t. I would have loved to have seen Penny actually get into something that the guys like; she really hasn’t since the beginning of the show when she got addicted to online gaming. Doctor Who would have been the perfect choice, especially if they’d specified that they were watching the Tenth Doctor. No warm-blooded straight girl in her right mind doesn’t develop a bit of a crush on David Tennant.

Anyway, the beta test, as predicted, leads to Leonard almost accidentally shooting himself in the foot, a nice touch. Despite nearly nitpicking each other to death, they’re still going ahead with the second phase of their relationship. I’m glad. I didn’t want to see this story line just die.

But the Amy crushing on Penny thing…officially old. I would have much rather watched an hour more of Amy helping Sheldon with his flag video podcast than hear her wax poetic about Penny’s hair. Again I ask, “Is this leading to something?”

At least Raj got some action this week, although it was a doomed love affair from the minute Howard peeled the protective plastic off Raj’s new iPhone. Yes, poor Raj fell in love with Siri, the creepy Apple invention who reminds you about appointments and tells you where you can find good Indian food in the Valley. I loved Raj’s dinner party, especially how utterly weirded out Howard and Bernadette were. There’s a point when you look at a friend doing something crazy and all you can do is back away slowly.

Tonight’s episode was a great example of how The Big Bang Theory works best as an ensemble. Everyone got a fair amount of screen time, and Sheldon didn’t overshadow the rest of the cast. Don’t get me wrong; I love him. But I love the rest of them, too. Especially Raj.

Can we please find him a real girlfriend? One who doesn’t want his money and isn’t electronic.

Best Lines:

Sheldon: Why are you waving a white flag?
Amy: I’m surrendering…to fun.

Penny: You mean like a beta test?
Leonard: Technically, this would be an alpha test. A beta test requires people that weren’t involved in the development of…
Penny: Seriously, do I not get credit for knowing beta test?

Amy: For someone who has a machine that can travel anywhere in time and space, Doctor Who sure does have a thing for modern day London.

Raj: Why don’t women like me?
Siri: Let me check on that. How about a web search for “Why don’t women like me?”
Raj: No need. Already done that.

Bernadette: Who’s Siri? Is he dating somebody new?
Howard: Yes, his phone.
Bernadette: Oh. Is that cute or creepy?
Howard: Uh-huh.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!