The Big Bang Theory recap: The Viewing Party Combustion
Someone's going to the hospital after this
It’s a brutal battle of House Sheldon versus House Leonard — with the couch as the Iron Throne — on this week’s Westerosian episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Coinciding with the real-life return of Game of Thrones to HBO this Sunday for its sixth season, our favorite physicists are in for another round of the Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization effect, and this time all their friends (and GFs, of course) are caught in the middle of their vicious vortex. As any GoT enthusiast knows — Jon Snow especially — betrayals and secondary skirmishes are bound to happen when a war of this magnitude is declared, and so they do.
The tension first begins when Raj boasts about his newfound status as a two-timer (newsflash: That doesn’t make you cool, Raj, even if people do believe you) after getting a call from one of his two lady friends. This mercifully interrupts the guys’ comic book shop discussion of whether Man-Bat is really a bat-man or a man-man or a bat-man-bat — gotta love ‘em — and leaves Leonard scratching his head about Raj’s relationship status instead.
Although they might celebrate in some supreme nerdery sometimes, when it comes to Game of Thrones premiere night, Sheldon and Leonard are basically all of us. Maybe even more subdued in the geekery department than most right now (imagine that!). They’ve decided to host a viewing shindig together, as one does, complete with party subs for their not-a-party-party.
Sheldon: Why did you get a party sub?
Leonard: People are coming over; it’s fun.
Sheldon: We’re only watching Game of Thrones. A party sub implies that it’s a party.
Leonard: Your attendance implies that it’s not.
But before the on-screen “dragons, snow zombies, and [dead] hot guys” (Penny’s rather accurate show synopsis) fun can begin, Sheldon wants to remind his roomie(s) that their quarterly roommate meeting is happening tomorrow, per their agreement. Penny’s even memorized the Pledge of Allegiance this time.
But Leonard — the self-proclaimed “only adult of the apartment” — is giving that a hard pass because he has zero interest in determining whether they go with the Post or Kellogg’s Raisin Bran boxes and other trivialities, especially since Sheldon’s the only one who even eats the stuff.
Even after Penny says she’s still game for the meeting (“We made a deal”), Leonard’s basically the human form of beryllium (that’s geek speak for inflexible) about the matter, holding as strongly to his refusal as Ned Stark clung to his honor, even after Sheldon breaks out his travel gavel. So since stubborn is as stubborn does, the two erupt into a shouting spar, and Leonard’s left pouting in the armchair.
Meanwhile, Raj is quickly beginning to make Howard ill with all his “complaints” (wink wink) about all the restless nights he’s having now that he’s making whoopee for two. He even drags Bernie into the matter when she says she’s going to nap since she’s worn out from all the human-cooking she’s doing at present. “That sounds great. A bed to yourself. I can’t even remember what that’s like,” he says. Grooooss.
He then follows that up by agreeing with Howard’s concerns about possibly having a daughter, saying, “Guys are the worst. I let Emily make me a frittata, and I kept the leftovers in Claire’s fridge that night. I’m such a dog.” Stahhhhp Raj!
NEXT: Sheldon gains an unlikely ally …
Back at 4A, Amy is totally taking Team Leonard’s side in the roommate dispute — but only to spite Penny and Sheldon’s brosismance. Sheldon’s surprised at Amy’s sympathy for the other side, saying that she obviously doesn’t understand the importance of the Roommate Agreement, but all she can say is that she did not enjoy all the “Relationship Agreement meetings” he once forced on her either, if you catch her drift (oohhhh).
That, of course, opens up a giant can of worms all its own because the suggestive banter series sounds like Amy’s just told everyone she faked orgasms during said interludes — ouch! — so the insult to injury is officially added, which equals a sadface Sheldon right now.
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Meanwhile, Howard and Raj arrive to their apartment — not walking side by side up the steps, Raj notices, because Howard’s grown sick of his braggadocio, albeit for the wrong reasons, but still. They arrive to find that the GoT viewing party battle lines have been drawn thusly:
4A: Leonard, Amy, and Howard will stick around and enjoy all of Amy’s spinach dip (and the giant sub!), book-spoiler-free.
4B: Sheldon, Penny, and Raj will set up to watch at the other apartment, thankyouverymuch.
Enter poor Stuart (to 4A), dressed to the hilt in his best Night’s Watch cosplay gear because Howard said this was a costume party, and when his subterfuge is followed by no apology, Stuart decides to join the 4B crowd, thinking they’re the Howard-hating household right now.
Amy does admit to Leonard that she could “care less” about their silly dispute — she was just trying to buck against the closeness of Penny and Sheldon — but he doesn’t buy that. Amy then offers a “yes huh” example, pointing out that Penny’s the only one who can get Sheldon to take his medicine when he’s sick (does she bandage up his boo-boos, too?) and that she’s even been known to successfully submit for a Roommate Agreement shift when it behooves her, Leonard’s interests be darned. That’s the “et tu, Ollie?” stun moment that stings most for Leonard, so he hops to the hall to reprimand Penny for using Sheldon to get her way. She then attacks Amy for telling him that, and suddenly it’s an open-field word battle right there in the hall.
There’s nothing like a little poison to put a pin in things, though, and since Leonard accidentally got an Italian sub that had pistachios in it — he says he didn’t know, but Raj thinks there are some Joffrey comparisons to be made — they’ll have to table the tension to escort their friend to the emergency room.
This gives Sheldon and Penny a much-needed moment to reconnect and for Amy to accept that, yes, Sheldon and Penny do have a “weird, twisted brother-and-sister” thing going on right now, and that’s okay. And also for Raj to throw out some other possible similarities between this situation and GoT, as follows:
- “[Penny] using Sheldon to do your dirty work is like when Cersei uses her Kingsguard to manipulate men.”
- “Stuart’s dressed like a brother of the Night’s Watch, and they don’t have sex.”
Sheldon might not get his roommate meeting as he so meticulously planned, but at least he can say he was right when he guessed that Leonard’s sub would ruin the night. And also, he gets to watch Stuart make a fool out of himself by trying to ride a bike with his Jon Snow getup on. “They don’t wear bicycle helmets on Game of Thrones; it’s thematically inaccurate, but I applaud your commitment to safety,” he teases Stuart before the poor guy faceplants on the sidewalk. It won’t cost him another trip to the ER, though — just bathroom privileges at the comic book store. So, Sheldon wins something after all.