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'The Big Bang Theory' recap: 'The Allowance Evaporation'

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The Big Bang Theory

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
8
run date:
09/24/07
performer:
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Scott Halberstadt, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Frank Pacheco
Producer:
Chuck Lorre
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

I wish this episode of The Big Bang Theory had a little more meat to it. I understand that Raj and Sheldon experienced epiphanies, but their progressions fell a little flat for me. Luckily, the last few minutes had an unexpected revelation that made me giggle.

Let’s start with Raj. We know he’s a spoiled child who doesn’t take care of his own financial needs. When Dr. Koothrappali voices his concern for his son, stating that no woman wants a man who can’t get by without an allowance from daddy, Raj is upset. His father no longer wants to force an arranged marriage? How mean!

Raj processes this rejection using retail therapy. He buys Halley a brand new crushed velvet baby cape from Gucci. It’s just what she’ll need should she go yodeling in the Alps. Raj explains to his friends that his father has officially given up on him. He surveys the group see if he indeed is a spoiled little rich kid.

Survey says? A resounding yes.

Raj doesn’t pay his rent, his car note, or his credit cards. He doesn’t know what he spends on food because the housekeeper does all the shopping. Let the judging begin! Howard and Leonard assure him that he can live on his salary if he just makes some changes to his budget. Or better yet, he should actually make a budget.

The obvious place to start is for Raj to find a cheaper place to live. Option one is to move in with Bernadette and Howard. Stuart already lives there. What’s one more vagabond? Howard puts the kibosh on that idea and offers up option two: Raj can move into Sheldon’s old bedroom. Penny falls on her sword and is quick to let Raj know he is welcome at Hotel Hofstadter any time he wants to stay. Raj politely declines. CRISIS AVERTED!

The next time we see Raj, he’s brown bag lunching it in the cafeteria. He’s ditched his dog walker and is ready to live the life of a normal person. We’ll see how long this lasts.

NEXT: Sheldon and Amy’s first big fight

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