Amy Farrah Fowler, Indiana Jones hater. Who knew?
With “The Raiders Minimization” on Thursday (Oct. 10), “The Big Bang Theory” continues the evolution of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), as spurred on by his relationship with Amy (Mayim Bialik). Sheldon’s never been comfortable with feelings, so when Amy trashes “The Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Sheldon’s favorite movie, by pointing out that the Nazi’s defeat would’ve happened whether Indy was involved or not.
Initially, Sheldon only admits to being bothered that something he cherished was proven fallible and so, he sets out to give Amy a taste of her own medicine. But once the show has fully wrung enough laughter out of Sheldon’s revenge quest, it calls the nerd on his BS and forces him to face his hurt like an adult.
After inviting Amy over for a night of “Little House on the Prairie,” wherein he continually points out the many anachronisms in the classic series, she realizes what he’s trying to do and forces him to speak openly. It’s a great moment between Parsons and Bialik (who deserves some Emmy hardware for her stellar work), allowing Sheldon to admit how hurt he was that she dumped on something he holds so dear.
As in the season premiere, when Sheldon and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) shared secrets, the show is forcing Sheldon to mature and open up to people, while also forcing those in his life to realize that his feelings won’t always feel “normal” to them. It’s to the show’s credit that it’s not simply forcing Sheldon to become “normal” with his maturation. Instead, it’s allowing the character to learn how to better express his feelings so those around him may better understand him as well. These characters, Sheldon especially, aren’t just jokes, freaks to be pointed at. On a lesser series, they may be treated as such, (and in early seasons of this very show, they were) but “The Big Bang Theory” has evolved into a comedy that has a deep compassion for its characters.
Amy may have easily found fault with “Raiders,” but I suspect she’d have a tough time doing the same with “The Big Bang Theory.”
– Penny and Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) storyline didn’t have quite the heft of Sheldon and Amy’s, but it still managed to work in Leonard’s severe mother issues, when Penny’s assigned his mom’s book in her psych class. It led to some truly really funny work from Galecki, though the Christine Baranski cameo, however fun the reveal was, felt like a throwaway due to its brevity.
– Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Stuart’s (Kevin Sussman) storyline, about the two venturing into online dating, continued Raj’s forward movement in the romantic department, but felt like the very definition of slight.
– “When you told me I was going to be ‘losing my virginity,’ I didn’t think you meant I’d be watching ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ for the first time.” – Amy
– “Which celebrity would you say I look like most?” – Raj
“Halle Berry.” – Howard
– “As a student of psychology who got a check-plus on her first assignment, I think it’s good to open up about these things.” – Penny
– “Can you think of anything she’s fond of that has a bunch of flaws she hasn’t noticed?” – Sheldon asks Leonard about Amy, not realizing he’s mostly talking about himself.
– “When someone views your profile, does it make you feel naked?” – Raj
“Well, they’re not running away naked, so, no.” – Stuart