The Big Bang Theory recap: 'The Romance Recalibration'
Sheldon introduces another Relationship Agreement
Who would have thought 10 seasons ago that Sheldon and Amy would be the couple with the least amount of drama on The Big Bang Theory? Chuck Lorre is simply brilliant. Shamy is by far the most fun to watch.
Especially since Penny and Leonard are practically an old married couple. Penny misses the days when her husband used to woo her on a daily basis. It’s not hard. All she needs is some pink wine, mini pizza bagels, and a heartfelt poem plagiarized from the lyrics of her favorite NSYNC song. Is that too much to ask? Who is this man sitting on her couch, sans pants, burping so hard his character dies in the video game he’s been playing for hours?
Penny finds sanctuary in a girls’ night across the hall. Amy is extra pumped. Hosting girls’ night at her place deems her the official leader of the group. As they drink and snack, Amy praises Sheldon for his newfound goal of being more intentional with others. He’s like her boyfriend in college, only this time he’s real! When Penny complains about Leonard phoning in integral parts of their relationship, Amy shuts her down. There’s no bumming people out during girls’ night.
Across the hall, Leonard and Sheldon have a boys’ night. (You can’t call it a mans’ night due to the simple fact they spend entire allowances on comic books.) When Penny returns home, Sheldon asks about her time with Amy and Bernadette. He becomes irritated by her one-word answers. Leonard warns him not to test his wife, which upsets Penny. At least Sheldon is asking about her day. A confused Leonard looks on as Penny berates him for taking her for granted. The spat escalates into a full-blown argument, and Penny decides to take Amy to a spa weekend she was planning to attend with Leonard.
The next day, Leonard and Penny watch as Amy and Sheldon share a passionate goodbye kiss. My, have these two come a long way from tight-lipped pecks! Was that Amy’s leg I saw wrapped around Sheldon’s body? The uncomfortable PDA morphs into an adolescent game of who will miss whom more. Add the scientific nerd version of “I’ll miss you infinity” and you have a recipe for the Hofstadters’ worst nightmare. Penny jerks Amy away from Sheldon and forces her into the hallway.
Sheldon notices Leonard is sad. He makes his buddy a cup of tea, of course, and asks his old roommate which game would make him happiest to lose. Leonard settles into a depressed state and Sheldon concludes Leonard is not only phoning it in with Penny, he’s doing the same with him. Leonard defends himself. It’s not that he’s stopped trying in his marriage. It’s more complicated. The infatuation has transformed into a mellow comfort. Sheldon nods. He feels the same way about the Pythagorean theorem.
Don’t we all?
To put forth some effort, Leonard and Sheldon drive to the spa so Leonard can make things right with his wife. This annoys Penny, which in turn annoys Leonard. Neither knows what they want. Nothing seems logical. They need structure and a plan.
Enter: The Relationship Agreement.
It’s a binding contract that enumerates, iterates, and codifies the rights and responsibilities of Penny and Leonard, according to one Sheldon Cooper. It may not include a bathroom schedule, but there is an entire section on scenarios requiring pants. I doubt the agreement will ever come up again in future episodes, but I absolutely adored this mutual indemnification storyline.
In other news, Halley’s floor squeaks in her nursery. Although this sounds like a boring subplot, the writers did a decent job of putting Simon Helberg in various situations where he could showcase his physical comedy. Howard and Raj brainstorm how they can get to Halley’s crib without touching the floor. This leads to some solid bits of Helberg swinging from a rope, using a pulley system, and sling-shotting himself across the room, only to come crashing down in defeat.
The guys end up mapping out the room in a grid-like fashion. They determine the squares that are squeak-free and are eager to demonstrate to Bernadette how simple bedtime will be. It’s just a step, step, hop onto the ottoman, sit, spin, stand, stretch, step, grab, tiny pivot, and you’re there.
No need to worry about doing all that while holding a newborn baby in the dark. The grid is made of glow tape.
MIT graduates think of everything.
Penny: “Is it normal for the husband to kinda completely stop giving a crap?”
Bernadette: “What’s going on?”
Penny: “Leonard used to do all these things, like bring me flowers and wear pants.”
Howard: “I have to get Halley hooked on TV or one day she’ll want me to play outside.”