‘Big Bang Theory’ Recap: Howard in Space and the ‘Date Night Variable’

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Big Bang Theory season five ended with a wedding, and season six picked up with all the relationships taking some new, and sometimes random, turns. In the season premiere, “Date Night Variable,” Howard (Simon Helberg) is still in space, but that doesn’t stop the fighting with the woman in his life.

Meanwhile on Earth, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) wants to go to the spa with the guys so little fish can eat dead skin off their feet, but they’re not available. Both Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) have ladies in their lives, and they’ve got dates planned.

“I eat alone, I sleep alone, I cry alone, it’s cool,” Raj says in yet another attempt to brush it off. But it isn’t cool, and just as this storyline has started to get old, someone new — but also old — comes into Raj’s life.

Will Howard and Bernadette move out?
Howard may be 250 miles up in space, but that doesn’t stop his mom from yelling at him when she learns that he and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) plan on moving out. And of course Bernie is mad at him for never telling his mom.

“If you want to be a man,” his mom yells, “you can’t let a woman tell you what to do.” In response, one of Howard’s fellow Russian astronauts says, “I can’t believe these people won the Cold War.”

What’s a guy to do? Well, since Howard is in space, he just lies, pretending to give in to them both. The Russian wants to know what he’s going to do about his lies when he gets home. That’s easy. “I’m never going back!” Howard declares.

Will Sheldon tell Amy how he feels?
Meanwhile on Big Bang Theory “Date Night Variable,” it’s Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon’s second anniversary, and according to the relationship agreement, Sheldon has a contractual obligation to take Amy on a nice dinner date. But that contract never stated that Sheldon couldn’t outsource some of the work. In other words, he brings Raj with.

“Isn’t this romantic?” Raj asks. To which Sheldon says, “I hope that’s a rhetorical question, because I have no clue.”

Once Amy gets rid of Raj — finally — she calls Sheldon a sexy preying mantis. But when Sheldon doesn’t get her “dessert is served” line, she’s through. She needs Sheldon to say something meaningful and from the heart, otherwise they’re over.

“Amy, when I look in your eyes, and you’re looking back in mine, everything feels not quite normal, because I feel stronger and weaker at the same time,” Sheldon says in his most heartfelt moment ever. “I feel excited and at the same time terrified. The truth is I don’t know what I feel except I know what kind of man I want to be.”

It’s a line from the first Spiderman movie, but Amy will “take it.” Then they split the bill.

Will Leonard and Penny last?
Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard are still reeling from the awkwardness that ensued when Leonard proposed during sex. To make things better, he plans a night all about Amy. Meaning, it’s a night dedicated to beers, wings, sliders, and sports — but he still asks her, “so where exactly are we in this relationship?”

She doesn’t want to answer the question, so luckily for her, Raj shows up to interrupt their date. Of course this backfires. Raj gets completely drunk and starts telling the two sometimes lovebirds how things really are. Penny has made Leonard grovel for her affection. But after everything they’ve been through? At least they can still say “I love you” to each other.

But there’s a problem, because Penny has never said “I love you.”

“Say you love him! Say it!” Raj shouts. But she doesn’t, and just throws him out.

Will Stewart replace Howard in Raj’s life?
Raj next goes to the comic book store. And despite an awkward moment over some Bossanova music, it’s clearly the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or something. They even make plans to go out the next night, Raj’s treat. As Stewart says, “I could do worse.”

What did you think of the Big Bang Theory season premiere “Date Night Variable”? Which relationship is your favorite?

Photo credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS Press Express

© 2012 Elizabeth SanFilippo

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