I'm Happy For You: Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Melissa Rauch

Leonard is offered his dream job in “The Bon Voyage Reaction,” The Big Bang Theory‘s season six finale. Sheldon is jealous of Leonard’s opportunity to work with Stephen Hawking’s team. Raj pushes Lucy too far out of her comfort zone by asking her to meet his friends.

The Players:

  • Director: Mark Cendrowski
  • Writer: Steven Molaro, Steve Holland, and Tara Hernandez
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bailik, Kate Micucci

Episode Title: “The Bon Voyage Reaction”

Leonard will work with Hawking on an overseas expedition. Sheldon attempts to talk Leonard out of taking the job. Meanwhile, Penny is surprised but supportive of her boyfriend’s venture. Raj wants Lucy to meet his friends. Lucy agrees to meet one of them, and Amy decides she would be the best qualified because she was once an outsider to the group as well. Having Amy over for dinner doesn’t go as planned. Raj opens up to Penny about his emotional anxiety in an unexpected way.

The Good:

  • The Bon Voyage Recurrence: This isn’t the first time Leonard has gone on a scientific expedition during the off season. It isn’t the first time someone works with Stephen Hawking, so we’re glad that was emphasized with Howard being the one to put in a good word for his friend.
  • Bon Voyage, Lucy: We’ve tolerated Lucy and her rather flat awkwardness since the beginning. We love Kate Micucci and she has grown on us with her bathroom escapes and general nervousness. It’s good for her to leave now, though, before that territory of her particular social ineptitude is completely mined empty. Like Zack in Season 4, she served her purpose and we’re ready to see her go.
  • From Bodacious to Loquacious: Raj’s transformation spurred by Lucy was the best kept secret of this episode. There was nary a mention in trailers or sneak peaks. It is a twist we find unexpected, humorous, and suitable to reveal now, after so many years. Raj rambling on through the credits was a nice touch too.
  • Three’s a Crowd: Sheldon once again lapses into the child role when Penny and Leonard are at the airport. He yaks throughout their comfortable (but not memorable) goodbye hug and kiss. It makes for a nice diversion from the fact that Penny and Leonard’s relationship is somewhat boring at this point. It also shows us that Sheldon’s childish nature is a joke that has yet to get old.
  • Saving Grace: The one-liners are often the glue that holds this show together, and this week is no exception.

The So-So:

  • No Wow Factor: Overall, this episode doesn’t pack much punch for a season finale. We still got some laughs and have a decent setup for next season. The character development of Leonard, Penny, and Raj was good–necessary even at this point–but predictable.

The Quotes:

  • Sheldon: “I used to be uncomfortable around people, and then I learned a trick. I pretend everyone I meet is a character from Star Trek.”
  • Sheldon: “Well, you know Star Trek. Should a guy in a red shirt with no name really start out on an expedition?”
  • Leonard: “I appreciate your signature blend of concern for me and incredible selfishness…”
  • Raj: “It’s exactly as lousy as advertised.”
  • Lucy: “I don’t know, how many are there?” Raj: “Let’s see…six. That’s pretty cool. I have six friends!”
  • Lucy: “Will you be there?”
    Raj: “Of course.”
    Lucy: “Well, that’s two. Including me, that’s three. Oh, this is getting out of hand.”
  • Penny: “My shirt was soaking wet. I got the biggest tip of my life.”
  • Leonard: “Do you remember when I said the similarities of the equations of  general relativity and hydrodynamics suggest you could find a procoptodon radiation in a body of water?”
    Penny: “I thought I said that to you.”
  • Penny: “On a ship? Aren’t they afraid Hawking will just roll overboard?”
  • Penny: “Sweetie, if you’re going to screw things up, it’s going to be while you’re here. Not while you’re away.”
  • Penny: “Sheldon, sweetie, shut up.”
  • Penny: “Bernadette, sweetie, shut up.”
  • Raj: “The only person getting inside this head is Dr. Phil.”
  • Raj (to Howard): “But you’ve got a big personality with your flashy clothes and your Woody Allen swagger.”
  • Bernadette: “Hey, you don’t think I’m pretty enough to scare your girlfriend?”
    Howard: “Calm down, Bernie, you’re very scary.”
  • Raj: “Why, so you can crack jokes about cutting open my brain?”
    Amy: “That was not a joke. That was a sincere request.”
  • Raj: “You can’t talk about social anxiety to someone who has social anxiety. It makes them socially anxious.”
  • Lucy: “I think I have to go to the bathroom.”
  • Sheldon: “There is a rich tradition of men at sea finding comfort in each other’s arms…and britches.”
  • Penny: “I smiled and said ‘I’m happy for you’ because that’s what friends do.”
    Sheldon: “They lie, so they don’t look petty.”
    Penny: “Yep.”
  • Raj: “My friends are like my family, unless you don’t like them, in which case they’re dead to me.”

Overall:

“The Bon Voyage Reaction  was predictable, average, and focused more on setting up next season than rounding out this one. However, Raj’s new breakthrough and Leonard’s return has the potential for some great writing and humor. We are looking forward to Season 7!  

The Rating: 8/10

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