First things first. Leonard, Howard, and Raj, flipping through comic books, alternatively railing against and geeking out over the latest edition of Mystic Warlords of Ka’a (Wild West and Witches!), while Sheldon defends the honor of comic books to a skeptical Amy Farrah Fowler — that has to be the most deep-dish geeky opening in the history of The Big Bang Theory, right? I mean, I may as well just hand my Best Geekery award to this entire plotline right now, if only for the sight later on in the episode of Sheldon in a cowboy hat and boots (with spurs) while the fearsome Big Bang foursome play cards like Wild Bill Witchcock (hey-o!), a tribe of Abra-Comanches, and Hocus Pocus Pocahontas. And meanwhile, what on Earth was Raj wearing in that opening scene? Whoever put together that black poly jacket with kelly green and deep purple stripes, yellow-and-brown argyle sweater, and cream pink dress shirt with a ’70s wide collar deserves all the special editions of the Mystic Warlords of Ka’a the Big Bang props team can mock up.
Meanwhile, while last week’s Big Bang was all about Leonard and Penny considering the boundaries of their somewhat unusual relationship, this week’s episode was all about Sheldon and Amy pushing their highly unusual relationship into a bold new frontier altogether. Well, for them, anyway. It all started after Stuart met Amy for the first time at his comics shop. The two discussed the pneumatic magnitude of most female comic book characters and Amy, in Stuart’s words, “didn’t look through me with soul-sucking, ball-shriveling hatred and contempt.” So Stuart asked Leonard if Sheldon would be cool with him asking Amy out on a date. Sheldon, being Sheldon, professed that he didn’t care, but, even if he did care, a brilliant scientist like Amy wouldn’t bother wasting her time with a dweeb like Stuart. Stuart asked, and Amy, being Amy, said, why not?
After a half-hearted attempt to get Penny to go on a date with him, Sheldon finally realized that he cares enough for Amy that he wanted to officially make her his girlfriend. Or, as Sheldon put it to Amy, “With the understanding that nothing changes whatsoever, physical or otherwise, I would not object to us no longer characterizing you as not my girlfriend.” (Very nice touch staging Sheldon’s tortured declaration of paradigm-shifting companionship in a movie theater showing a romance with a swelling, sentimental score.) Amy, naturally, said yes, and Sheldon, naturally, worked up a Relationship Agreement with draconian restrictions on hand holding and broad mandates with regard to ouchies and boo-boos.
NEXT: So is this relationship, like, a good thing? And the best Sheldon triple-knock gag yet