Your Turn: Mayim Bailik and Jim Parsons

Amy helps Sheldon cope with an unsatisfactory dénouement of his favorite TV show on The Big Bang Theory‘s “The Closure Alternative.” Raj encounters a cliffhanger of his own after uncovering a secret about Lucy. Meanwhile, Penny searches for her passion in life.

The Players:

  • Director: Mark Cendrowski
  • Writer: Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Tara Hernandez
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, JimParsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

Episode Title: “The Closure Alternative”

Sheldon’s upset when he learns the TV show Alphas is cancelled with a cliffhanger finale. Amy uses her knowledge in neuroscience to help him let go of his frustration regarding the conclusion. Leonard finds a show he’s excited about watching. Penny searches for something equally rewarding in her life. Raj learns a secret about Lucy that could change their relationship. He discusses his concerns with Howard, who’s happy to offer relationship advice.

The Good:

  • Making It Up: Penny’s nonchalant suggestion that Sheldon make up his own ending to Alphas was great. It was a subtle nod to the purpose of fan fiction. It provides the communal sense of closure that Amy attempts to provide for Sheldon.
  • Not Making It Up: We’re also glad that Sheldon’s source of frustration over a cancelled show could be Alphas. It was a real show that really got cancelled a few months back.
  • Cancel That: This week is chocked full of allusions to other shows and movies. We have mentions of Paul Blart: Mall CopAlphasFirefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even Heroes. It added to the believability of our characters. Also, it’s just fun to recognize the titles mentioned.
  • Shamy: Sheldon’s assumption that Amy doesn’t understand his frustration of “having a tension build up inside you and then it be denied any opportunity of release” is hilarious. The sexual undertones and dramatic irony really works here.
  • Terms of Agreement: Leonard and Penny discussed the weight of the words “cute” and “fun.” How often do we adopt certain words like “cute” to be a neutral, positive way of agreeing with someone politely? It’s interesting how quick we attach meaning to common responses.
  • Girly Man: Raj’s homosexual tendencies build more than ever with Lucy’s observations and his discussions with Howard. We feel this is an interesting way to comment on girls rather than homosexuality (Raj is dating Lucy, after all). Using Raj to comment on the behavior of girls in an odd and intriguing way to note gender-specific stereotypes.

The So-So:

  • Dog Kisses: Ugh. We could do without the dog kisses and other disgusting interactions. Funny, yes. But it’s been done before, so let’s move on.

The Quotes:

  • Penny: “I feel bad for whoever gets that phone call.” Leonard: “Ah, don’t feel bad. If they didn’t want to get yelled at by crazy nerds, they shouldn’t have started a sci-fi channel.”
  • Howard: “Why can’t you just watch porn like a regular guy?”
  • Raj: “Mommy was right. American girls are sexually voracious devils.”
  • Penny: “It’s six thirty in the morning.” Leonard: “I thought you grew up on a farm.”
  • Sheldon (on the phone): “No, I am not the same person who just called. That man was clearly a cowboy.”
  • Raj: “I was quoting a man who knows a thing or two about women: Sir Elton John.”
  • Amy: “Sometimes people seek the comfort of physical contact in moments like this.” Sheldon: “I am not flying back to Texas just so my mom can give me a hug.”
  • Raj: “I have to talk to her about this.” Howard: “Why do you girls always want to talk about these things?”
  • Howard: “Is it fair that girls like confident, normal guys more than nervous weirdos?” Raj: “No, it’s not! I’ve always thought that was unfair!”
  • Penny: “I am, I’m excited.” Leonard: “Well, then, tell your face.”
  • Sheldon: “Makes me want to tear off my face, tear it in two, and then again and again until there’s itty bitty Sheldon-face confetti!”
  • Sheldon: “You don’t know what it’s like to feel completely frustrated. To have a-a desire build up within you and be denied any opportunity for release.” Amy: “Yeah. Sounds like a drag.”
  • Howard: “However long you think the foreplay should be, triple it.”
  • Raj: “I’ve got to go be more butch. Tootles.”
  • Amy: “Missed one. Now your wish can’t come true.” Sheldon: “Lucky for you because I wished you were dead.”
  • Raj: “I do have a pretty balls-to-the-wall moisturizing regime.”
  • Sheldon: “Well, that all stinks. No wonder you all got cancelled. Bye.”

Overall:

After a brief hiatus we were pleased with the humor, references, and seriousness of “The Closure Alternative.” 

The Rating: 9/10

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

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