The Big Bang Theory recap: 'The Gyroscopic Collapse'
Someone is moving, and someone is leaving.
Newton’s third law teaches us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So it makes sense that when Sheldon, Howard, and Leonard work for an entire year to build a top-secret gyroscope for the government, the government will steal it from their lab in the middle of the night.
It’s also a convenient way for the writers to get our favorite physicists back on campus working together.
The idea of being tossed out without a care in the world stings the egos of all three guys. As they make their way up the stairs to the apartment, emotions are thrown into a tizzy when they walk through the door and find completely empty living quarters. Why does the government need so many comic books, action figures, and commemorable swords? When does it end? How dare you, Uncle Sam.
Within seconds, Leonard realizes that they have walked into an empty apartment on the third floor. They were all so distressed, they didn’t even think about the fact that they were able to barge right into an unlocked door in a building somewhere in Pasadena. Onward and upward to the fourth floor!
The guys share their terrible news and count on the rest of the group to cheer them up. Although Amy has a rather big announcement to share, she chickens out and instead reports Raj’s big news: He’s finally moving out of Penny and Leonard’s apartment!
The next morning, Amy butters Sheldon up by preparing his favorite breakfast — bland oatmeal. Sheldon accepts the gesture with a humble heart. He tells Amy that he doesn’t know how he ever got by without her. In fact, he’s completely dependent on her and finds great comfort knowing she is there.
I like sweet Sheldon.
Amy persists that Sheldon doesn’t need her. This sends up a red flag. Sheldon pushes until Amy finally admits that she has been offered a summer research fellowship at Princeton. Sheldon insists she accept the offer and then hustles to the bathroom to be alone with his colon.
Later in the park, a set we’ve never seen before, Penny consoles Amy by reminding her that if the roles were reversed, Sheldon would hop the first train to New Jersey and not think twice. Bernadette agrees. If Amy doesn’t go, she’ll regret it.
Besides, with Amy gone, Howard has a friend he can play with. It seems that the engineer suffers from anxiety when he doesn’t have a project. He gets a little too clingy and could use someone who likes kite fighting and video game playing. This is a win/win/win.
While the girls figure out next steps for Amy’s trip, Leonard and Raj stumble upon Sheldon playing the harmonica in the empty apartment. His woman done left him and now he has the blues. When Raj suggests Sheldon can move into his old room now that he’s gone, Leonard escorts him out the door so he can have a real conversation with Sheldon. Leonard puts the kibosh on this old roommate nonsense and encourages Sheldon to not dwell on the negative. He should be happy for Amy. Plus, he has the chance to be a loving and supportive boyfriend.
Loving and supportive are two adjectives that hardly describe Sheldon Cooper, but he does make an effort by purchasing Amy a new suitcase for her trip. Amy thanks him with a big smooch. Sheldon returns the affection by suggesting that they partake in amorous activities, even though it’s not Amy’s birthday. The facts are simple: If Amy craves a “hit of Sheldon,” he won’t be able to Skype his body to her. Therefore, “We must go to the bedroom, remove our clothes, fold them neatly, and engaged in frenzied love making.”
It’s only logical.
BERNADETTE: So what happens next?
HOWARD: It’s phase two. We test it, perfect it, and hope to live long enough to see the movie based on our lives starring more attractive versions of ourselves.
BERNADETTE: You okay? Do you want me to put on some Neil Diamond?
HOWARD: No. You’ll get all sexed up, and I’m not in the mood.
SHELDON: Leonard pointed out that I am not always a loving and supportive boyfriend, so here’s some quality luggage. The salesman said it can survive a plane crash. Perhaps you can fly inside it.
SHELDON: I’ve never lived by myself. What if I become strange and eccentric?