The verdict is in: Adam West is the best Batman

By Lincee Ray
February 26, 2016 at 11:33 PM EST
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What better way to commemorate The Big Bang Theory’s 200th episode than with a huge celebration? Thanks to Penny discovering Sheldon’s birthday last year, the gang can finally celebrate years of awkward friendship by honoring him with a huge party. Once Amy helps him work through the disappointing birthdays he shared with his twin sister as a kid, Sheldon embraces the idea of a day devoted entirely to him. He barely notices Leonard rolling his eyes. Break out the balloons! Mylar only, of course. And who needs a playlist when Sheldon can entertain his guests with Tibetan throat singing? 

The guys brainstorm gift ideas, and Leonard fills Raj and Howard in on a story Sheldon shared earlier in the day. His sister and her friends once convinced Sheldon that Batman was going to come to their birthday party. Sheldon was crushed when he never showed. What if they hire Adam West to cameo at this party?

It only takes one phone call, and TV’s Batman is in! The guys discuss the never-ending debate of who is the best onscreen Batman on the way to pick up their special guest. Raj is convinced it’s Michael Keaton. Howard thinks it’s Christian Bale. Leonard warns them not to mention Batman rankings with Adam in the car. Never fear. Adam is so cool, he plays right along. In case you’re wondering, Adam’s roster is as follows: Adam West, Keaton, Bale, The Lego Movie Batman, and that pretty boy Clooney. 

Howard challenges Adam with a solid consideration: Christian Bale coined, “I’m Batman” in a way that catapulted the phrase (with appropriate voice infliction) into comic-culture stardom. Adam never backs down. He claims that when he showed up, he didn’t have to announce that he was Batman. People knew it. And don’t get him started on how the movie-version Batmans have built-in muscles in their suits. 

This is why Adam West is the best Batman of all time. We can’t deny this fact, even if he has no idea why we are all on edge when someone whispers the name Ben Affleck and Batman in the same sentence.

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Over at Penny’s apartment, Amy adjusts Sheldon’s tie and playfully asks if she will get to see him in his birthday suit later. Sheldon looks down at his actual suit and back at his girlfriend. He’s worried that she’s having a stroke, which will be a huge bummer for his birthday party. Bless his heart. Amy receives a text from Penny. It’s time to leave the staging area because everyone has arrived across the hall. Sheldon shuffles through the door, thanks his friends for being there, and succumbs to a panic attack. Did someone decorate his cake with chocolate frosting instead of strawberry?

Penny follows Sheldon so she can talk him down. She offers to bring a few guests into the bathroom so he can ease himself into the celebration. Adam West on the toilet? Wil Wheaton in the bathtub? Best Comic-Con EVER! Sheldon isn’t laughing. Penny takes a different tactic — by apologizing about his sister ruining birthday parties for him. She offers to stay all night in the bathroom with him. Sheldon looks at her with a concerned face. Won’t everyone think they are weird? Bless his heart again. Penny gently reminds him that he is the King of Weird, yet people still came to see him. 

In fact, a ton of familiar faces show up for the big day. Once Sheldon creeps out of the bathroom, Amy starts a night of toasting the birthday boy. She thanks him for being born. Howard calls him a friend. Wil claims life is more interesting with Sheldon in it. Leonard’s mom looks forward to his future endeavors while blushing at Barry Kripke’s advances. Raj takes a long time to say nothing and is cut off. Leslie Winkle (yay!) calls him a dumbass. Adam reminds everyone that he’s available for bar mitzvahs. Bernadette gets a little teary. Leonard calls Sheldon his brother. I get a little teary. Penny demands a rare Sheldon hug. Professor Hawking video chats in to sing “Happy Birthday.” And as soon as Sheldon blows out the candles, Adam asks for someone to take him home. 

Take that, pretty boy Clooney. 

Theoretical Laughter

Bernadette: What kind of cake do you like?

Sheldon: My favorite is chocolate with strawberry frosting, three layers, and if there’s writing on it, make sure it’s not all caps. I don’t need my dessert yelling at me.

Sheldon: I know you worked hard to put this party together. I’m sorry I’m ruining it. 

Penny: Oh please. You’re not ruining it. At some point Raj will try to get everyone to do the Electric Slide. That will ruin it. 

Episode Recaps

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