The Big Bang Theory recap: 'The Comic-Con Conundrum'
When we last saw our favorite astrophysicist, Raj had just announced to his friends that he would not be accepting any more money from his father. He’s ready to be a man with a budget. And what better person to whip him into shape than a person who likes to control other people and steal their joy? Say hello to Raj’s new accountant, Sheldon Cooper!
Raj is forced to cease and desist from all superfluous spending. This includes his emergency credit card and his intimate waxing account at Pink Cheeks. He’s also going to have to say goodbye to his surrogate penguin at the LA Zoo. With a pencil, calculator, and an old-timey green visor at his side, Sheldon makes Raj promise that he won’t spend another cent without Sheldon’s consent.
The pain of this reality hits Raj hard — especially when Sheldon reminds the group that Comic-Con tickets will be going on sale at the end of the week and Raj will NOT be joining them.
But guess who will be joining in on the fun this year? Penny. She’s not excited about attending, but if squeezing into an Ewok costume makes her husband happy, who is she to miss out on that experience? (P.S.: Since when did Amy become the cool one of the group?)
Unbeknownst to Penny, Leonard is struggling with Penny’s willingness to join him at Comic-Con. She hates lines, crowds, and panels. She will be miserable; therefore, Leonard will be miserable. The guys suggest that Leonard make it sound horrific so she won’t want to go. Challenge accepted.
Raj is determined to figure out a way to earn money so he can attend the convention. Howard suggests he charge people to punch him. Howard may be ribbing him, but Raj quickly points out that as a new father with a tiny baby, Bernadette may not want her husband traipsing off to Sand Diego for five days. He can’t very well co-parent from an Avengers panel, now can he?
While Howard offers to do all of the chores and housework for Bernadette in exchange for a five-day boys’ trip in the summer, Leonard attempt to dissuade Penny from joining them. He shows her pictures of jam-packed convention rooms, camping on the sidewalk, and the bed she will share with him and Sheldon in their hotel room. Penny remains firm. Even Raj’s trick to keep warm using a bottle full of pee doesn’t make her cave.
She’s a stronger woman than I am.
NEXT: Raj finds creative ways to get cash
That evening, Sheldon and Amy discover that both Leonard and Penny don’t want the other going to Comic-Con. Even though Amy instructs Sheldon to not get involved, she breaks up another one of Penny and Leonard’s silly quibbles by letting the cat out of the bag. Penny doesn’t want to go to Comic-Con and Leonard doesn’t want her there. Problem solved! Penny processes for a moment to see if she’s mad and quickly forgives her husband — now she doesn’t have to attend the convention covered in green paint as She-Hulk. It’s a win/win for everyone.
Meanwhile, Howard tries to outsource his chores to his Indian friend. Bernadette isn’t having it. Raj resorts to selling action figures to Stuart and flipping Comic-Con signs in his Aquaman outfit for some extra cash. He’s one step away from researching whether he can sell his blood or sperm when Team Wolowitz intervenes.
They offer Raj an envelope full of money as back payment from all the times he babysat Halley. Raj declines, noting that he wants to do this on his own. It’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t go to Comic-Con. Leonard and Howard feel sorry for their friends and follow his lead, promising fun weekends with their wives. Everyone looks to Sheldon, who rolls his eyes in disgust. Nuts to that idea. Comic-Con, here he comes!
The episode ends with Sheldon sidling up next to Amy, who is washing dishes at the sink. She knows he’s fishing for her to agree to go to Comic-Con with him since the rest of his friends have bailed. When he suggests “What’s in My Pants” may change her mind, Mayim Bialik’s face is golden, and Jim Parsons’ reaction is just as epic. Sure, he pulls a list of panelists from his pocket, but the unspoken chemistry between these two actors is lovely. I guarantee they laughed a few times in order to get that specific take.
Long live The Shamy.
BERNADETTE: If you don’t know how to make lasagna, Google does.
AMY: Tell him you don’t want to go.
PENNY: It will break his heart! And he always makes an effort to do things with me he doesn’t enjoy. Like going outside.
LEONARD: Now we’re going as Hulk and She-Hulk. I don’t want TO take my shirt off at Comic-Con.
SHELDON: If I may speak for Comic-Con, we don’t want to see that either.
Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, and Wolowitz, Amy, Bernadette—the gang keeps growing. Bazinga!