This week’s The Big Bang Theory is all about solving mysteries. In “The 43 Peculiarity,” Howard and Raj aim to find out what Sheldon does in a storage closet for 20 minutes every day. Meanwhile, Leonard can’t help but spy on Penny when she has a group project with an English guy.

The Players:

  • Director: Mark Cendrowski
  • WriterChuck Lorre, Dave Goetsch, Anthony Del Broccolo
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim ParsonsKaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Margo Harshmann

Episode Title: “The 43 Peculiarity”

When Howard and Raj discover a mysterious lapse of time in Sheldon’s schedule (from 2:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.), they set out on a mission. They want to know what he’s secretly doing during that time. Penny’s working on a school project with an English guy and Leonard tries to control his jealousy. Sheldon’s assistant Alex hints to Leonard that she likes him.

The Good:

  • The Assistant: When Sheldon hired a personal assistant in “The Higgs Boson Observation,” we thought it was a one-time-deal. Remember, he just needed someone long enough to scour the endless documents of his earlier works for Noble-worthy material. We’re glad to see Alex is still around.
  • Sheldon’s secret: We like that Sheldon has a very ordinary secret that he keeps to himself. We’re glad that Sheldon refuses to share. It gives him the opportunity to succeed in scaring his friends for once.
  • Wormhole Generator Test: The graphics on Sheldon’s Wormhole Generator Test were great. We want to point out how incredibly believable they were amidst such an unbelievable situation.

The So-So:

  • English Accents: Why are English accents considered the sexiest to girls? Leonard says it. Penny and Alex agree. But I disagree. See, it’s a matter of personal opinion! Too many people proclaim a love of the English accent. It gets annoying after a while. Why not proclaim a love for one of the many American dialects we have? Or a foreign tongue speaking English? Anyway, using something so nearly cliche as the English accent without an interesting twist is old and boring.
  • Leonard is Blind: We’re not Sheldon, so this isn’t a comment on Leonard’s actual vision. How does Leonard not notice that Alex is hitting on him? She couldn’t make it more obvious. Sure, it’s funny. But after a while we were beginning to wonder…
  • Those Three Words: So Penny finally told Leonard she loves him. We’re neglecting to use a spoiler alert on purpose because it’s so uneventful. We don’t understand why saying she loves Leonard is going to make her cry. And why would Leonard cry then? That is just bizarre. Maybe we’re missing something, but Penny is supposed to be the normal one. Why are they potentially crying over “I love yous?

The Quotes:

  • Leonard: “We’re still dating, right?”
  • Leonard: “I’m way above average in a lot of other things.” Sheldon: “Not height, vision, athleticism, or ability to digest dairy products.”
  • Sheldon: “You’re a real catch compared to some snoring guy with a fridge full of lousy grapes.”
  • Raj: “I don’t want to be a ninja. I want to be a cat burglar.”
  • Leonard: “Call me Leonard. Dr. Hofstadter is my father and my mother…and my sister….and our cat.”
  • Penny: “What is your problem? Do you use up all your thinking at work and then have none left over after you get home?”
  • Leonard: “Why is everyone taller than me!?”
  • Raj: “How’d you get your hands on that?” Howard: “Million dollar camera. Ten dollar lock.”
  • Sheldon: “You may not realize it, but I have difficulty navigating certain aspects of daily life: understanding sarcasm, feigning interest in others, not talking about trains as much as I want to.”

Overall:

The usual Big Bang quirkiness we love is back with The 43 Peculiarity.” Despite our reservations with some so-so issues, we loved the plot that centered on the workplace and the attention to detail (glow in the dark rabbits and corduroy pants were nice touches).

The Rating: 9/10

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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