When Big Bang Theory last left Raj (Kunal Nayyar), he shouted "Later losers" and went on a date with a girl (Kate Micucci) from the comic book store. "Monster Isolation," which aired February 20, picks up where that left off, and Raj is enjoying a coffee with the quirky girl. "Raj is my name and stars are my game," he says and he thinks the date is going smashinglyÂ—until she runs away by escaping through the bathroom's high and tiny window.
Sheldon Cooper presents Fun With Flags
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and his web series are back, but this time he has a guest star: a flag novice. He calls her a "friend, neighbor, and flag virginÂ—but not a real virgin." He's of course talking about Penny (Kaley Cuoco). But Penny is doing more than spreading her legs to "invite them in."
She's giving Sheldon advice on his acting skills, like talking directly to Penny rather than the camera and opening his posture up. Of course, his "open" posture is a tad creepy, especially when he asks Penny what flag questions keep her awake at night.
Sheldon is feeling pretty good about that Fun With Flags episode though, and even calls Amy (Mayim Bialik) via Skype to tell her so. "Mommy's on the phone!" Amy yells to her nicotine addiction study monkeys. When she's done shouting, she has some more advice for Sheldon: Thank Penny for helping him.
And so Sheldon crosses the hall to thank her. But Penny opens the door as he reaches it so he does his requisite three knocks peppered throughout his thank you. (Back on the computer, Amy yells at the monkeys, "You want a cigarette, I want a normal boyfriend, so deal with it!")
Penny appreciates the thank you so much that she invites Amy and Sheldon to her acting class play. "Oh that sounds terrible, why would I want to do that?" Sheldon retorts. Of course, Amy sets him straight, yet again, and gives him yet another rule to follow: reciprocate and see her play.
"So yes, I'll go to your dopey play," Sheldon says. But Penny wants him to go because he wants to, not because he has to. And so ensues a wonderful exchange in which Sheldon asks Penny, "do what I want or do whatever I have to want?"
So, of course, Sheldon is going to the play. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) makes him empty his pockets, including his Nintendo DS, PSP, Game Boy, Rubix Cube, and eventually an Etch-a-sketch.
Will Raj find love?
Raj is determined to never leave his apartment; after all, he can get everything he needs through online shopping and delivery, and, yes, that includes lobster.
The Big Bang Theory gang thinks they may need to have to find a replacement for Raj, and Sheldon says, "Perhaps it's time we go Latin."
Just then, the girl who spurned Raj shows up with a note for him, which Howard gives to RajÂ—but not gladly. Raj is spiraling out of control, considering he's eating lobster in his underwear and a bib, nothing more. "My heart is stone. From now on I'm a monk. I renounce all wordly pleasures... except lobster, and garlic butter," Raj says and gives Howard the girl's number so he's not tempted.
But then Raj changes his mind and chases Howard down the street in his underwear.
The girl, still nameless, shows up at Raj's apartment after he calls, but she's not staying. She wants to apologize; she claims to have a hard time being around people she doesn't know so she's been forcing herself into situations she's not comfortable with. "I'm kind of broken," she says.
She may be the perfect match for Raj, but she needs some convincing. "There are many things seriously wrong with me," he says, " and not quirks either. Diagnosable psychological problems." And so she tells him to text her some time. "You won't regret it," he says. "I'm the most pathetic guy you've ever met."
So how did the play, A Street Car Named Desire, go after all this? Actually quite well, and everyone is impressed by Penny, even Sheldon who says, "How can she remember all those lines, but as a waitress she can't remember no tomato on my hamburger?"
Big Bang Theory airs on CBS Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.
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Â© 2013 Elizabeth SanFilippo