'The Big Bang Theory' recap: It's Sheldon vs. a dining room table in 'The Table Polarization'

jim-parsons-big-bang-theory-recap-cbs.jpgSeason 7 of "The Big Bang Theory" has been a one of transformation for Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) -- only you better not tell him that.

In Thursday's (Feb. 27) episode of the CBS comedy, something as innocuous as purchasing a dining room table for the apartment so everyone can stop eating their meals off their laps proves too much for the touchy nerd to handle.

The set-up is quite simple: Group dinners are growing uncomfortable, what with the limited space and all. A change is suggested: Buy a table to fit perfectly into that cluttered space in the apartment no one ever uses. The problem: Sheldon doesn't like change.

Except, what Sheldon's failed to realize is that he's been slowly changing all along. As Leonard (Johnny Galecki) points out when his roommate blames Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) for changing Leonard enough that he defied Sheldon and bought the table anyway, Sheldon's slowly changed just the same -- thanks to his relationship with Amy (Mayim Bialik).

After all, the Sheldon we met way back in Season 1 would've never had a girlfriend, let alone kiss her.

Naturally, Sheldon lashes out at his new self-awareness, insisting he break up with Amy for how he feels she's damaged him. She's able to trick him into not going through with it and the show lets Sheldon off the hook a bit by not forcing him to really accept that he's a person capable of change -- or one who needs to change, more importantly.

Because this is "The Big Bang Theory," Sheldon eventually wins out over the dining room table, convincing everyone to give up eating like adults and re-join him on and around the couch. It's an easy resolution that postpones the inevitable look inward that's so necessary for the character, but the events here have still furthered Shedon's momentum.

He's now aware that he's changing. He doesn't have to like it, yet -- but it's a safe bet that, if this season continues down the path it's created for itself, he will soon.

Spare Parts:

- Meanwhile, in B Story Land: Howard (Simon Helberg) is invited to take a second trip to space, which Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) doesn't think is such a good idea, considering how much he hated it the first time around. An intervention is staged, a mind is changed, the story's resolved. Howard will remain grounded.

- That magic wand remote control Howard and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) play with is a real thing. The company that makes them also makes a "Doctor Who" sonic screwdriver remote, as well. I know what I'm asking for this Christmas.

- "I know my mom's not dead. There'd be balloons." - Howard

- "This might be my second favorite brown magic wand." - Raj
"Well, that's the last time I play with that." - Howard

- "Sheldon, you didn't have a personality. You just had some shows you liked." - Leonard

- Why doesn't Sheldon like reclaimed wood? "He's afraid the original owners will come back."

- "Don't anthropomorphize him. He's got big eyes, but his feelings are not like ours." - Leonard

- "I'd love to, but I'm too busy falling back in love with Windows '98."
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