Sheldon melts down after Leonard and Penny pretend to reunite, while Raj and Howard end up locking lips

By Breia Brissey
November 19, 2010 at 04:16 AM EST
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Oh, frickity frack. Much to Sheldon’s dismay, Penny and Leonard (pretend) re-started their relationship because Penny didn’t want to admit to her father they’d already split. Leonard wanted a more impressive back story to their supposed reconciliation, but Penny made it clear: “Get over yourself. I whistled. You came running.” And really, that seems pretty accurate to me. (Because she’s his lobster!)

Naturally, Penny’s father, Wyatt, adored Leonard mostly because he doesn’t have any babies, neck tattoos, or outstanding warrants. Penny and Leonard continued this ruse long enough that Sheldon had to amend the roommate agreement to account for all of Penny’s “annoying personal habits.” Eventually, they came clean to her dad. Wyatt made it clear he didn’t want Leonard to give up on Penny. And all of Sheldon’s work on the agreement was for naught.

Meanwhile, Raj and Howard planned spending 12 hours monitoring a telescope. Raj ignored his professional duties by consuming a large amount of wine to account for the arrival of Bernadette. In a rather endearing back-and-forth, the two bonded at the expense of Howard. But Raj’s happy drunkenness quickly turned into depression over his failed love life. Bernadette’s pep talk was just enough to convince Raj to go in for a kiss. And in an epic use of slo-mo, Howard was the one to intercept the lip lock! Hilarious. Their relationship just keeps growing. How long do you think they’ll keep that moment hidden from the rest of the gang?

My top 10 quotes and moments of the episode:

10. Penny’s other lies to her father: That baggie in her drawer was not potpourri, and that pee stick was definitely not to check for diabetes.

9. “For over 300 years, people carried pizzas upstairs. Be part of that proud tradition.” –Sheldon to the pizza delivery man

8. The thought of Sheldon working at the Thinkatorium after being transported there by telepathically controlled flying dolphins.

7. Howard and Raj playing Starship, the paper version of Battleship.

6. Bernadette not knowing if she washed her hands after working with penicillin-resistant gonorrhea.

5. “Yes, but she stopped calling you slumdog millionaire.” –Howard talking about his mother to Raj

4. Sheldon throwing the roommate agreement into the air after learning Penny and Leonard “broke up.” I could not stop laughing at that lingering paper stuck to the side of his head.

3. “My only friends would be a genetically engineered monkey butler and the little people I hire to be my living chess set.” –Raj during his existential crisis

2. “I did it with you when we rented The Notebook.” — Howard to Bernadette after she asked if they just stare at the telescope’s screen waiting for something to happen.

1. “The money’s in rupees. Instead of hotels you build call centers. And when you pick a chance card you might die of dysentery.” –Howard’s description of Indian Monopoly, which made me laugh and want to play Oregon Trail

So Big Bang Theorists, what did you think about last night’s episode? And what were your favorite moments from “The Boyfriend Complexity?” (Fret not, your regular recapper, Adam B. Vary, will be back next time!)

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Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, and Wolowitz, Amy, Bernadette—the gang keeps growing. Bazinga!
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