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Oh, Big Bang, you and your trickery.
[Note before I go on, if you haven’t seen tonight’s 100th episode of The Big Bang Theory, off you go. Spoilers ahead.]Dirty puns aside (Ha! Sheldon wants wood.), tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was a nice departure from the norm and just special enough to feel like an important episode, without having to resort to the stunts that many shows turn to when celebrating their 100th episode.
Now, an argument against that statement could be valid. After all, the episode did feature an epic kiss (Penny to Leonard), a reunion (Penny and Leonard), some sex (Penny and Leonard), a wedding (see where I’m going with this…), and a pregnancy (Penny). But it all took place in a revealing series of daydreams.
You see, the episode began with Leonard exchanging glances with Penny while he stood in the hallway with Sheldon. From there, we saw Leonard approach his longtime love and ask her on a date. GUTSY!
Now, if you’re good at picking up on things (I’m not), you probably thought that it was an uncharacteristically bold move for Leonard. That’s because it was. The rest of the episode played out where it went from there (they went on a date, it went terrible, they ended up kissing and sleeping together, it went bad again, rinse, repeat). Then, it was revealed that the whole thing happened while Leonard was staring at Penny.
In the final minutes, we returned to where the episode began. Sheldon was complaining about receiving a Zachary Quinto as Spock standee instead of his Leonard Nimoy. The girls were chatting with Penny. And Leonard and Penny were exchanging sweet stares. Then, just when we thought Leonard would reconsider asking Penny out on a date (because he saw via his daydream that things would end badly), he did it anyway. She accepted. (The wedding was Penny’s vision, FYI. And at this wedding, she was with child, which, when she returned to reality, acted as a reminder to visit the pharmacy.)
In case you haven’t caught on, this was a Leonard and Penny heavy episode. And that’s great. Sure, the half-hour did have a bit of a tiresome “it was all a dream” quality. But when it comes to a couple like Leonard and Penny, I’d expect nothing else than for Leonard to over-think a situation and for Penny to have more in common with Leonard than anyone expected. (I loved that little parallel.) In sum? It fit.
At least, that’s my opinion, readers. I welcome your thoughts on the episode, and your thoughts on where it all goes from here. At the end, we saw Penny dressing for her date (as she daydreamed). So we’re to assume she went on it, correct? Did it all go as Leonard imagined? Are Leonard and Penny back on? So many questions. And, I hope, another 100 half-hours of answers.
(Also, quoteable of the night? “Live long and suck it, Zachary Quinto.” or “”I’m not some kind of nerd, I am the king of nerds.”? My pick is in the headline, but it was a close race.)