'The Big Bang Theory' of humor measurement
I never had a brother, much less a genius brother. Tonight's episode of The Big Bang Theory made me more than glad of that fact. Of course, my two sisters have found plenty of ways to embarrass me over the years. Then again, I showed my older sister's dates her most humiliating baby pictures and convinced my younger sister she was adopted, so I probably had it coming to me.
We start off with the guys noting the pharmacology department is looking for test subjects for a new medication that could be used to treat... well, Rajesh. But that fact escapes all of them as they suddenly notice an incredibly attractive girl in Sheldon's office. They speculate on why she is there, but a moment later she informs them Sheldon spent nine months with her legs wrapped around his head. Because they are twins. And if that is not inappropriate humor on every humorometer, then I don't know what is. They are all introduced and when she asks Rajesh to repeat his name... well, he dismally walks away and off screen. Only to reappear a few moments later to collect the pharmacology flier and leave again.
Thus kicks off all the guys vying for Sheldon's sister, Missy. And I do mean all the guys as the drug works rather well for Rajesh, giving him a chance to deliver some of the funniest lines of the show and to outshine Howard's general skeeviness. At first, she is just passing through on her way to a Disney wedding, but the guys soon talk her into staying the night and continuing on in the morning. And allowing Leonard, Howard and Rajesh to debate who is most worthy of her attentions.
In an attempt to gain the upper hand, Leonard points out to Sheldon that his twin sister carries the same genetic material that created him. Which rubs me wrong, since Sheldon had already pointed out that they were not mono-zygotic and thus each have unique DNA, but whatever. He's the man of the family and he should have a say in who boinks his sister. You see where this is going, right? Could it go anywhere else?
Of course, Missy overhears part of a conversation in which Sheldon tells Leonard, "Eat this cheese without farting and you can sleep with my sister." Sure, it's an attempt on his part to prove the point that each of his friends have genetic deficiencies, but what is comedy if not argument taken out of context? Through some good old fashioned strong arming... or crotch punching, perhaps... it is decided Missy can date whomever she wants. Giving the guys all a chance to battle it out amongst each other and decide who is most worthy of her using that test by which all men are proved worthy: Nintendo Wii.
Of course, none of them are quite prepared when she decides that none of them are worthy. But Sheldon ends up the most humiliated, when he finds out that his twin sister brags to her friends about her brother, the rocket scientist. As he says, "Why don't you just tell them I am a toll-taker on the Golden Gate Bridge?"
Reintegrating the opening into the show's theme, as Rajesh remains confident on his psychopharmacological high until the very end of the episode, when he is reduced back to a whimpering mess at the precise moment that Missy shows interest in him.
Not really "bad," but I sure felt sorry for poor Rajesh by the end of the episode. Kunal Nayyar sure knows how to pout!
There were some great sight gags tonight, such as Howard's "magic" tricks, but these were my favorite lines:
Missy: Sheldon doesn't like company. Even as little boy he sent his imaginary friends away at end of day.
Sheldon: Those were imaginary colleagues.
Missy: (relating a story of how Sheldon turned her E-Z Bake Oven into a high powered furnace) I burned off my eyebrows baking muffins. I went through second grade with crooked eyebrows my mother drew on.
Sheldon: Really? I had thought the second-grade curriculum had made you quizzical.
Rajesh: Have you ever heard of the Kama Sutra?
Missy: The sex book?
Rajesh: The INDIAN sex book. If you ever wonder-wonder who wrote the book of love... we did.
Rajesh: Do you enjoy pajamas?
Missy: I guess.
Rajesh: We Indians invented them. You're welcome.
Howard: Oh yeah? Well my people invented circumcision. You're welcome.
Penny: I'm going to get my nails done, do you want to come?
Missy: God, yes!
Penny: You're welcome.
What were your favorite lines? Were you surprised to see Leonard mention Mike to Penny and in the same breath ask out Missy (I didn't think he had it in him)?