The Big Bang Theory recap: The Valentino Submergence
Bernadette has some big news
Love is in the air on The Big Bang Theory, and all of our favorite scientists have exciting Valentine’s Day plans with their significant others. For Sheldon and Amy, it’s the first-ever live episode of “Fun with Flags.” How sweet. The Hofstadters plan on sharing a romantic dinner. And Raj is waffling between breaking up with Emily so he can pursue the hot comic book store girl, Claire.
Bernadette definitely wins in the gift-giving department. Howard is confident that christening the new hot tub after a naked parade of his freshly shaven naughty bits is a beautiful, totally normal, completely unfortunate way to show how much he loves his wife. Bernadette had a different tactic. Guess who has a bun in the oven?! Mazel tov, Wolowitzes!
I’ve been a fan for years and have long awaited a Big Bang baby for a few seasons. Next to Sheldon losing his v-card, it’s one of the more obvious story lines that the writers have conveniently left untouched. I hope it’s a boy, and I hope they dress him in teeny-tiny belt buckles and colorful dickies.
Before we get too caught up in Baby Wolowitz, we have to discuss Raj’s girlfriend drama. The boys are tired of his relentless complaining. They encourage him to just break up with Emily already. In Raj’s defense, he’s never broken up with anyone before and doesn’t know what to expect. He looks around at his friends and all are made uneasy by the fact that they have zero experience in this department. Raj turns to an expert for advice — Penny.
Penny preps Raj for the big moment. She instructs him to keep it short, tell the truth, and be prepared for lots of tears. To be clear, we’re talking about Raj’s tears. Emily was a little bit more on the angry side of the emotional scale. Her boyfriend just dumped her days before Feb. 14. Uncool, Raj. Uncool. Undeterred, Raj calls Claire to ask her out and is devastated to learn that she is back with her boyfriend. He has no choice but to beg for Emily to take him back. Tough break, Raj. Emily is single and ready to mingle.
Across town, Howard asks Bernadette if their new hot tub came with a soaked rat floating around in it? He cheers Bernadette on as she uses a spaghetti strainer to scoop out not a rat, but a scared baby bunny. Howard and Bernadette bond with little Valentino, proud that he has a hairy chest and an overbite just like the Wolowitz men. Valentino takes offense to that last statement and bites Howard. Bernadette convinces him that he does not have rabies, but he insists on making a trip to the emergency room. That’s when Bernadette looks at little Valentino and says, “We’ll find another time to tell him I’m pregnant.” Yay!
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Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard become frustrated waiting for their dinner reservation at a swanky restaurant. When Leonard’s attempt to slip the maître d’ some money fails, Penny gets her flirt on. Except this time, it doesn’t work. The young man calls her “ma’am” which is the gateway phrase that shepherds women into old lady territory. She drowns her sorrows in fast food while Leonard figures out a way for them to feel young again. They will have fun this Valentine’s Day!
Speaking of fun, Sheldon is not having any during his live stream of “Fun With Flags.” Amy is having a great time. Not only does Sheldon include her name in the show (Happy Valentine’s Day, Amy Farrah Fowler!), but people are actually calling in to ask questions! Of course, the callers are Raj and Barry Kripke, both of whom want to discuss their abysmal love lives instead of boring flags, but that’s okay. Amy quickly adopts the role of “concerned hostess” and tries to talk Raj through his difficult time. Sheldon interrupts by comparing Raj’s relationship with red flag trivia but soon gives up when he sees Amy helping their friend.
Raj spotlights Sheldon and Amy’s breakup, and it’s Sheldon who interjects that he knows first-hand how hard breakups can be. He explains that he was grateful for having gone through a painful time with Amy because now he believes their relationship is stronger than ever. It was one of those sweet moments that make you love Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik’s tender acting. And it was completely ruined by Leonard and Penny barging in the door wearing cupid outfits and throwing confetti.
I’ll forgive the interruption because I’m still riding a high, thanks to the baby news. Any guesses on names? I’m thinking Han Solo Wolowitz has a nice ring to it!
Sheldon: If any of you are looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day, Amy and I will be streaming our first-ever live episode of “Fun With Flags.” You’re welcome to join us as we celebrate the timeless love affair of wind and flapping fabric.
Howard: This is not my hypochondria. When I sat on the mute button and thought I had gone deaf, that was my hypochondria.