‘Big Bang Theory’ ‘Habitation Configuration’ Recap: Wil Wheaton Returns, Amy & Sheldon Fight

The relationship conundrums continue on Big Bang Theory “Habitation Configuration,” but this time Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) are relegated to advice givers. It’s Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) turn, as well as Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette’s (Melissa Rauch), to face a few rough waters.

Will Amy forgive Sheldon?
It all starts with an installment of Sheldon’s “Fun with Flags.” Wil Wheaton is a guest star, and Amy is a director — but Amy doesn’t like Wil’s acting. While Sheldon thinks Wil is a young William Shatner, Amy just doesn’t see it, asking Wil to act more like a real boy and less Pinocchio. And then Wil acts completely rude to Amy, and she’s fed up.

Of course, Sheldon doesn’t pick up on the cue, and when she offers to leave, he says, “Could you? That would solve everything.” Leonard is, clearly, not around to hold up a sarcasm sign. But Leonard does show up later to try and knock some sense into Sheldon. Still, Sheldon doesn’t get it until he Skypes Amy. When he realizes the truth, he declares, “Amy is mad, and Leonard was right. What a weird day.”

Thinking he has the solution, Sheldon heads to Amy’s to give her a gift of Star Trek DVDs, so she becomes familiar with Wil’s work and realizes that she was the one acting rude to a “national treasure.” It doesn’t work.

So Sheldon goes to the one person he thinks can solve his ills: Penny, who is working at The Cheesecake Factor. When Sheldon says he wants to talk about girls, she responds, “I had a feeling we’d have a talk about this sooner or later. Are you getting fuzz in weird places?”

Sheldon not only needs advice, he needs a comforting drink. Rather than chamomile tea, Penny recommends a Long Island Ice tea. “That’s a treat that’s hard to beat,” he declares after slurping it down. And then the real fun begins. Sheldon calls Amy a “unique blend of saint and squirrel,” because she eats the nuts he doesn’t like. He doesn’t want her to leave him.

Following Penny’s advice, he goes to defend his “womanfolk.” Extraordinarily drunk, he forgets how many times he knocks on Wil Wheaton’s door. When he puts his fists up to fight and declares, “My fists are not up here because I’m milking a giant invisible cow,” Wil just apologizes to end the “fight.” And that’s when Sheldon pukes in his bushes.

Will Howard move out of his mom’s house? Howard may spend most nights at Bernadette’s apartment, but on Big Bang Theory “Habitation Configuration,” his things are still at his mom’s house. Since Bernie wants him to officially move out, he agrees — and then makes excuses.

While at dinner, at The Cheesecake Factory of course, he says he’s not supposed to do work on the Sabbath. This as he chows down on a bacon cheeseburger. Plus, he claims, he doesn’t want to be treated like a child and told what to do — even though Penny has seen his mom burp him. Finally angry, he claims he’ll move out when he’s ready and he doesn’t want to be badgered. But all that anger is just for Penny’s benefit; he promises to move out and begs Bernie not to leave him.

That Saturday, Leonard and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) help him pack his things as he reminisces about what his bedroom walls have seen. “They’d say, why does he touch himself so much?” Leonard proposes. To which, Howard just says, “Yeah.”

Finally moved into Bernadette’s, Howard starts talking about how he’s more worried about leaving his mom alone than anything. He recounts a story of his magic shows as a kid. “For a few minutes, she’d forget how lonely she is.” And with that story, Bernadette says — in her best Mrs. Wolowtiz voice — that they can go sleep at his mom’s place, because, “No husband of mine is going to break his mother’s heart.”

Howard and Bernadette’s story wasn’t all that hilarious, but Sheldon and Amy’s was. So, of course, “Habitation Configuration” ends with them.

Levar Burton is on “Fun with Flags,” but Amy thinks he’s worse than Wil Wheaton. So much for that argument being over.

Big Bang Theory airs on CBS Thursdays at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

© 2012 Elizabeth SanFilippo

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