Warm Welcome: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Bob Newhart, and Johnny Galecki

It’s all about the past in The Big Bang Theory‘s “The Proton Resurgence.” Sheldon learns that the host of his favorite childhood science show is available for parties–so he hires him. Professor Proton, now an elderly man, is less than enthused about meeting Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny. 

The Players:

  • Director: Mark Cendrowski
  • Writer: Chuck Lorre, Jim Reynolds, Steve Holland
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Bob Newhart

Episode Title: “The Proton Resurgence”

The host of Sheldon and Leonard’s favorite children’s show, now makes a living at science parties. Sheldon pays him to come to their apartment for a gig. Arthur, as he prefers to be called, doesn’t care for the show he once hosted. He’s tired of not being taken seriously as a scientist. Penny’s amazed by one of Professor Proton’s elementary demonstrations. Raj asks Howard and Bernadette to watch his dog while he’s away, which proves to be more difficult than they thought.

The Good:

  • Seeing Stars: Bob Newhart’s appearance as Arthur, also known as Professor Proton, is great. The dynamic his character adds gives a great juxtaposition of someone who overcomes tribulations on a daily basis to Sheldon’s idea of someone who can do no wrong. We’re looking forward to more from Professor Proton!
  • Blast From the Past: Sheldon and Leonard reminisce about a great memory from their childhood while Arthur laments that his stint on TV still haunts him. The dry humor was met with upbeat curiosity from the gang. Arthur sacrificed his career to inspire others to choose science as their path. There’s a great balance between Arthur and the team. His personality complements theirs in a uniquely comedic way.
  • Sweet Like Cinnamon: Raj treating his dog Cinnamon like a baby is steeped in ridiculousness. We can appreciate the hyperbolic nature of the situation. Also, we love the way it opens up a serious conversation in Howard and Bernadette’s relationship.
  • Meet the Would-Be Parents: Howard and Bernadette’s discussion about their child-rearing skills made for a good laugh. It also developed their relationship in a new way. If there was any doubt about there compatibility before, this dog-watching incident has shown us that they work well together.

The So-So:

  • Shame, Shame, Shamy: Sheldon’s so excited to meet Professor Proton that he can’t sleep and we don’t even see him tell Amy. We didn’t miss her involvement in this particular plot, but we noticed her absence in the episode.

The Quotes:

  • Leonard: “It was pretty cool.” Penny: “Aw, so cute when you use the word ‘cool’ wrong. Like when kids say ‘pasghetti.’”
  • Howard: “Why don’t you put her in a kennel?” Raj: “Why don’t you put your mother in a home?” Howard: “To be honest, she’d do better in the kennel.”
  • Howard: “I feel for you. I have a psychotic mommy, too.”
  • Howard: “Son of a bitch, she’s gone.” Bernadette: “Where’d she go?” Howard: “I don’t know. She didn’t leave a note.”
  • Proton: “Just call me Arthur.” Sheldon: “Leonard … Did you hear that? Professor Proton said I should call him Arthur. That means we’re friends.”
  • Proton: “Is he dangerous?” Leonard: “He’s a genius.” Proton: “Okay, but that didn’t answer my question.”
  • Proton: “Is the blonde girl really your girlfriend?” Leonard: “Yes, sir.” Proton: “You’re the genius.”
  • Proton: “You two are physicists, and want me to do a children‘s science show?”
  • Howard: “When this all blows over, remember that voice. It’s kind of a turn-on.” Bernadette: “It turns you on when I sound like Raj?”
  • Proton: “I power a clock with a potato.” Penny: “Shut up! You can do that?”
  • Penny: “If you don’t mind me asking…the potato clock. How does it work? Is it a trick clock or a trick potato?”
  • Proton: “I’m having trouble with my pacemaker.” Leonard: “I’ll call for help.” Penny: “Any chance we could plug it into the potato?”
  • Proton: “At this point, I’m just glad that I get to ride down the stairs.”

Overall:

“The Proton Resurgence is a strong episode of Big Bang, bringing us character development, moments of reflection and plenty of humor.  

The Rating: 9/10

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

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