‘Big Bang Theory’ Recap: Disney Princesses on ‘Contractual Obligation Implementation’

On Big Bang Theory “Contractual Obligation Implementation,” Leonard (Johnny Galecki) is looking for a way to encourage women in the field of science. Meanwhile, the girls head to Disney Land, and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) has a first date with Lucy (Kate Micucci)… in the library.

Will the guys inspire?
Leonard is serving on a university committee by coming up with a way to help females become interested in science. But Howard (Simon Helberg) and Sheldon (Jim Parson) aren’t very helpful in coming up with ideas on how to stir up interest. That’s because they’re too busy playing a sexist video game with a character that has mammary glands that can nurse a family of 30.

But when Leonard strokes Sheldon’s ego and reminds him of how smart he is, Sheldon pipes in with the best plan: create an outreach program that targets middle schoolers. “Some people are otters, some people are rocks,” Sheldon says, comparing his intelligence level to that of Leonard’s.

The guys head to Howard’s old middle school for a test run, but first Sheldon needs to do some research. He googles, “How do I get 12-year-old girls excited?” And that’s most definitely not going to return the results he wants.

At the middle school, Leonard tries hyping up science, and all he gets is lackluster applause. Then it’s Sheldon’s turn. “Hello female children, allow me to inspire you,” he says. But his story of Madam Curie, and how she poisoned herself to death, was not inspiring. “With a little hard work, I don’t see why that couldn’t happen to you.”

Howard then gives it a try as he talks about his foray into space. But since Howard never went to the moon and didn’t fly the rocket, a girl compares him to her uncle, a flight attendant. “I’m an American hero, your uncle brings people nuts,” he retorts.

Leonard tries again by talking about his beginnings in science, but he ends up ranting about how his parents forced him into the field. Clearly this outreach program isn’t working—but Sheldon has one last idea.

Raj’s first date
Worried about his first date with Lucy, since she’s so socially awkward—like himself—Raj crashes a girl’s night to get some advice from Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Amy (Mayim Bialik). But Amy’s advice to show himself as “steady in the face of danger” doesn’t work, and Bernadette’s suggestion of Disney Land just reminds him of India. They’re out of ideas for him, but they know what they want to do on Friday: ditch work and go to Disneyland on Big Bang Theory “Contractual Obligation Implementation.”

So what does Raj do? He plans a picnic in the library, and since they have to be quiet there, it will be a texting date, which is perfect for this pair. But, “as you’re reading, remember I have an adorable accent,” Raj says.

Of course, auto correct almost gets in the way of their gynecologist and pun jokes. Raj thinks that she said she’s a web designer for porn websites. Turns out, she meant prom.

At the end of the date, Lucy speaks and thanks Raj for a nice date. But she wants to do one more scary thing before she goes: give him a kiss. But as she leans in to his puckered lips, she freaks out. “Panic attack! Maybe next time!” she declares. To which Raj says, “I’m counting that as foreplay.”

The girls play Disney princesses
How did the girls get out of work on a Friday? Amy, of course, did it in stages. She told her boss she was going for sushi. Then she said the scallops tasted weird. And then she claimed to be throwing up like a fire hose. And then she called while dry heaving. “And now I’m going to Disney Land!”

Penny just left the Cheesecake Factory and said, “bye.”

Bernadette has big plans for the Disney visit. She wants a princess makeover. And while Penny wants to get drunk and go on rides, she agrees. After all, they get to pick a princess, and get their hair and makeup done, the works. But when they all say they want to be Cinderella, Bernadette says no. She’s going to be Cinderella; “Ya bitches got a problem with that, I can stop the car right now.”

And this is where the guys’ storyline meets the girls’. Sheldon’s one last bright idea is for the students to talk to two successful female scientists. So while Bernadette is dressed as Cinderella and Amy dressed as Snow White, they ironically extol the virtues of not caring about looks but focusing on their minds.

“We can be anything we want to be,” Bernadette tells the girls over the phone. “Except Cinderella,” an unhappy Penny says from a nearby bench.

The girls return home, and the guys like what they see. Howard strips in seconds when he sees his Cinderella. The same goes for Leonard and Penny. But what of Amy and Sheldon? “All Snow White needs is one little kiss to wake up,” Amy says from the couch.

From his desk, Sheldon doesn’t even look her way. Instead he says, “Heard you the first time.” Yep, that sounds about right.

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

Photo credit: Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

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