I love when The Big Bang Theory writers put Sheldon in uncomfortable situations. And I’m not talking about the contraption he wears to simulate the woods coupled with an evergreen air freshener to stimulate his senses. I’m talking about an actual forest complete with woodland creatures and hippie teenagers with guitars. There’s only one thing that could make this scenario more entertaining: alcohol.
When Amy shares a scientific article explaining the cognitive benefits of spending time off the grid in the wilderness, Sheldon has no desire to participate in such nonsense. Leonard and Penny are game. A female doctor in Penny’s rotation has a cabin where they can stay for free. It only takes one phone call and a promise to join the good doctor at an Indigo Girls concert. Sheldon balks. Mother Nature is no friend of his. Amy tries a different tactic. What if Leonard comes back from the woods smarter? Sheldon is in. Hooray for manipulation!
Meanwhile, Raj has taken on the role of caregiver when it comes to Bernadette’s maternity needs. He accompanies her to appointments, carries the groceries, and even offers a list on top-rated lactation consultants. That fact that he has a favorite among the list isn’t as disturbing as sending Bernadette a link to a woman giving birth in a river. When he barges into the house with a stuffed teddy bear the size of a small Buick, Howard sets some boundaries. This baby is a Wolowitz. Not a Koothrappali. Raj gathers his ginormous bear and shoves it out of the front door with as much dignity as he can muster.
Back at the cabin, Sheldon wonders if they should check each other for ticks. When he drops his pants, Amy is first to volunteer. Safety first! Unfortunately, an unexpected rain storm thwarts their plans to rough it outdoors. While Leonard and Sheldon discuss the mechanics behind building a fire, Penny actually builds one, and the four friends stare at each other. There is no Internet, no television, no cell phone service, and no board games. What they do have is wine.
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Penny suggests they play the drinking game: Never Have I Ever. The rules are simple. One person states something that they have never done. If you HAVE done that thing before, you take a drink. Leonard kicks it off after Penny can’t readily recall anything she’s never done before. The first one out of the gate is a doozy: Never have I ever been arrested.
Sheldon drinks and everyone is dumbfounded! Including Sheldon, who is floored by the fact that Penny isn’t taking a sip. After the shock and awe subside, Sheldon explains that he was arrested for jaywalking. He had to avoid an aggressive Girl Scout in the peak of cookie season. The only way around was to break the law. In fact, the police man didn’t even notice. Sheldon accused him of impersonating an officer. Hence, the arrest.
Here’s what else we learn during Never Have I Ever:
- Who used Sheldon’s toothbrush to clean the sink? (Penny)
- Who came up with a nickname for their genitals? (Leonard — it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks)
- Who rocked his girlfriend’s world in bed? (Sheldon!)
- Who keeps a secret bank account from his wife? (Leonard)
The fact that Leonard doesn’t trust her enough to share their entire bank account infuriates Penny. Especially when he mentions her massive credit card debt. She stalks out of the room, and Leonard follows. When she finds out that the balance is significant, she confesses a secret she’s been keeping from Leonard. She hates her job. But she knows that she needs to do the grown-up thing and pay off her debt. Could Penny be switching jobs in the future? Raise your hand if you miss the Cheesecake Factory.
Over in civilization, Bernadette’s baby hormones have kicked into overdrive. She feels bad about tossing Raj out and she really wants the comfort of her friend, as well as the snuggly arms of the huge bear. Raj returns, promising not to get carried away. Howard suggests they use the ultrasound microphone (that Raj bought) to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. Raj asks to squirt the jelly on Bernadette’s stomach (uh, no), and all three friends smile as Baby Wolowitz’s heart rapidly beats. Howard places his head on Bernie’s shoulder. Raj does the same on her other shoulder. Ten bucks says he’s in the delivery room when this kid makes his or her debut.
Sheldon: You be sure to say hello to all the mosquitoes, bees, bears, snakes, possums, poison oak. And last, but not least, teenagers with guitars.
Leonard: I bought a baseball cap!
Penny: I see that. What team did you get?
Leonard: Hufflepuff from Harry Potter.
Sheldon: I’m down to one bar on my cell phone. If anyone needs medical attention or to tell a stranger that their political views are stupid, now’s the time.