Yep, it has taken 100 episodes for me to write about this show. Why? It's not because I don't dig the show, because I do, but because writing about any CBS show makes me feel a little sick. It is the biggest network with the most uninspired shows. The masses sure do like shit spoonfed to them stupid.
However, THE BIG BANG THEORY is one of maybe two shows on CBS that is actually, dare I say, original, well written, and well acted. Sure, at times I cringe at how generic they can make such a unique show feel, but many times I do think it is a show made by nerds and geeks for nerds and geeks.
Let me just quickly sum up this episode. Leonard and Penny go out on a date, having broken up 2-years ago. Things don't work out because Leonard sees right through Penny's bullshit and she doesn't like it. However, she still bangs the shit out of him later that night. After, the two decide not to tell anyone about their new relationship and instead pretend their date resulted in nothing but bad blood. The gang can't see through their ruse and totally buy into their later argument at the Cheesecake Factory, which results in another bout of late night post-fight sex.
Tossed in the episode is a poor-man's timeline where both Penny and Leonard envision scenarios of either the past or future. After seeing a brilliant COMMUNITY episode tackle seven different timelines, this one just feels like an afterthought. Plus, the episode comes off as nothing more than a dream sequence anyway.
For the 100th episode, it was surprisingly light on story or shock value. Sure, Penny and Leonard hooking up again, or starting a new relationship, was newish, but I guess I expected more from this show. The episode did have some fun bit of a dialogue though.
When Sheldon receives his life-size cardboard Mr. Spock he opens it up only to discover an error.
Sheldon: Oh no! They sent the wrong Spock! Live long and suck it, Zachary Quinto!
The boys discuss Leonard's affection for Penny.
Sheldon: The reason you're fixated on a good-natured simpleton like Penny, is that she's the exact opposite of your first romantic attachment. Your brilliant yet intimidating mother.
Leonard: Where on Earth did you get that from?
Sheldon: It's in her book, 'Needy Baby, Greedy Baby.'
Leonard: That doesn't make it true.
Sheldon: It's called non-fiction for a reason, Leonard.
After Leonard leaves, the boys continue the conversation.
Raj: If they ever make a movie version of that book, you know who should play Leonard's mother? Sandra Bullock.
Howard: [flippantly] Why?
Raj: [defiantly] Because she's great in everything.
After Leonard and Penny argue at the Cheesecake Factory and she rushes off to get the gang a different waitress, Sheldon has a request.
Sheldon: Leonard, promise me that when our new waitress comes over, you will not start a complicated on-again/off-again relationship with her, because I'm very very hungry.
If I had to rate this one, I'd give it:
82 out of 100
Interesting but not anything to write home about... which is why I wrote it here.