For a show that heavily touted the appearance of Wil Wheaton in its all new episode, I believe it was the Howard and Bernadette storyline that captured almost everyone’s attention (until the end anyway), but I digress… and I’m getting ahead of myself.
We begin with Sheldon and Leonard in the comic book store staring avidly at a sword from Game of Thrones ( am I the only nerd NOT watching this show?!) and debating on whether or not to add it to their sword collection, because, you know, who doesn’t have a sword collection? They haggle with Stewart over the price, eliciting many a classic Big Bang quote, and finally settle on $200. Whilst Stewart is writing them up, Wil Wheaten enters the shop to buy a comic book and invites Stewart to a party that he’s having. Sheldon points his newly purchased sword at him, but instead of being hostile, Wil actually invites Leonard and Sheldon to the party as well (making me cock my head to one side in confusion… isn’t Wil supposed to be evil?). Sheldon laughs it off, but Leonard is seriously considering going.
Cut to the apartment where Sheldon is still pissy at Leonard for even contemplating going to Wil’s party. He even brings up Shrodinger’s Cat (yay! Consistency!) and tells Leonard that he is currently in a Shrodinger’s Friendship situation: until Leonard decides whether or not to go to Wil’s party, he is both Sheldon’s friend, and enemy (I can SO relate to this… ). Enter Howard who has some pretty epic news; he’s been selected to go into space (awesome) a dream he has had since he was a kid. Bernadette is none to happy about this.
Moving to the drive home for Bernadette and Howard… Bernadette is upset that she wasn’t included in the decision making process of Howard going into space. She’s worried about him, and is afraid to lose him. Which is a surprisingly touching scene that I wasn’t expecting to come out of the episode. Later when the two are in bed at Howard’s house (wait… Are they LIVING together or did they just decide to spend the night there?! THESE ARE THINGS I NEED TO KNOW!) Bernadette tells Howard that she doesn’t want to be the one to prevent Howard from living his dreams and lets him make the decision on whether or not to go into space. She SAYS that she supports him, but then goes to Howard’s mother who has a fit and basically says hell no my son is not going into space… um… Bernadette? WTF?!?!?! Way to be a total beyotch (although I am surprised at how quickly Bernie figured out a way to prevent Howard from going would be to tell his way too overprotective and involved mother on him). Cue Howard kicking Bernadette out of bed and making her go home.
Back at the apartment, Leonard and Raj are getting ready to go to Wil’s party, even though Sheldon tells him that if he goes, they pretty much won’t be friends anymore. Leonard and Raj leave only to return seconds later with the news that Brent Spiner (OMG IT’S DATA!! *nerdgasm*) will be at the party, an actor that Sheldon loves. Sheldon plays it cool even pretending that he doesn’t like Star Trek anymore (Oh Sheldon, you’re so full of crap).
Moving to Penny’s apartment (I feel like Penny’s role has been downgraded since the season premiere… and I miss her! You hear me creators? MORE PENNY I SAY!) where Penny, Bernadette and Amy are enjoying a glass of wine. They are discussing the situation with Howard and Bernadette comes to the conclusion that she is the bad person in this situation. Penny asks her if she is completely 100% sure that she wants to marry Howard. “With all my heart.” Bernadette replies. (awe, ok, short people love is adorable, there, I said it). Bernadette goes to Howard and apologizes and they make up. Cue Mrs. Wolowitz screaming that they can make up all they want but his behind is staying firmly grounded on earth.
Meanwhile, Sheldon decides to go to the party, albeit grudgingly. Wil shows up, Sheldon goes off, but Wil once again offers an olive branch to Sheldon: an autographed unopened limited edition Wesley Crusher action figure signed “To My Friend Sheldon, Sorry This Took So Long. Wil Wheaton.” (and cue my nerdy heart going pitter patter). A new found friendship is forged and Wil Wheaton is no longer on Sheldon’s mortal enemies list, Sheldon even goes so far as to hug Wil (which made me gasp. Sheldon hates touching ANYONE!) Next thing you know Brent Spiner comes by, exclaims how he hasn’t seen one of those Wesley Crusher action figures in a long time and rips it out of the box (I audibly gasp. WTF Brent… W.T.F.) Looks like we have a new mortal enemy to replace Wil Wheaton, and I am definetly excited about the prospect of an Evil Brent Spiner.
Amy: “Now Sheldon, I know you’re a left-handed monkey wrench, but you seriously have a mortal enemy?” Sheldon: “Yes, in fact I have 61. Would you like to see the list?” (cue Sheldon bringing out floppy discs and the best audience reaction ever.)
Sheldon: “Excuse me storm trooper, these are in fact the droids you’re looking for.”
Sheldon: *talking about Wil* “The one kid from ‘Stand By Me’ nobody remembers.”
Stuart: “Okay, if you’re going to question the importance of an actor’s signature on a plastic helmet from a movie based on a comic book then all of our lives have no meaning!”
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Overall rating: B+ I feel like the Howard and Bernadette storyline could have been one whole episode and the Sheldon/Wheaton storyline could have been another. Plus, not enough Wil Wheaton… that man is awesome, and should not be used so sparingly.
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