Big Bang Theory: The Extract Obliteration


By Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)

Across the hall, Penny has been secretly taking a history class at the local community
college, and doesn’t want anyone to know just yet, especially Leonard. With good
reason. Amy and Bernadette talk Penny into telling Leonard, which turns out to be not-
so-good advice, not because of keeping secrets, but because of how mental Leonard is.

Penny does tell Leonard, and he, predictably, gets all weird, obsessive, and controlling.
He sneaks in, and not only amends her paper, but rewrites the entire thing, and decides
to make her breakfast in bed to soften the blow that he thinks she’s stupid. As tedious
as I think Leonard is, I do get it. I get trying to help out the people you love because you
love them. I understand wanting to help, but there comes a point where you have to let
some things go. You can’t control everything. As Penny astutely points out, you have
to let people fail or succeed under their own steam. Of course, this high-mindedness
is completely undone by the fact that Amy and Bernadette help her re-write her paper,
which earns her a B- on the assignment. (They had to make it “believable.”)

Amid the accent duel between Raj and Howard, the fragile ego of Stephen Hawking,
Leonard’s obsessive need to help, chess clock therapy, and some decent nerd
dancing, “The Extract Obliteration” continues a solid, though not necessarily stellar,
season of The Big Bang Theory.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

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