Big Bang Theory: The Monster Isolation


by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)

There are few things more uncomfortable than watching a man walk around in his tighty whities. But one thing that is? A man sitting around in his slovenly apartment with nothing on but his tighty whities and lobster bib. The newest episode of The Big Bang Theory, “The Monster Isolation” features Raj Koothrapali giving up women, cleanliness, and clothing and it is not a pretty picture.

After last week’s speech to the nerds at the local comic shop about being happy with ourselves, Raj starts of the newest episode on a date with the woman he met at said comic shop. It seems to be going well until she sneaks out of the bathroom window, throwing our resident metrosexual astrophysicist into a tailspin of despondency, garlic butter, and mustard stains.

The rejection by Raj’s date, Lucy, has given him the courage he needs to stay in his apartment, and never leave again. Of course, the longer he stays, the fewer clothes he seems to need or want. Unbeknownst to our burgeoning unwashed nudist, Lucy, the catalyst for the filth, is as messed up as Raj is. You had to know that when they introduce a romantic interest for Raj, she’d have to be…damaged. It seems Lucy is not only afraid to talk to men, she’s afraid to talk to anybody. She doesn’t even like comics! She only went to the comic shop in order to put herself in an uncomfortable situation. Maybe this initiative to help herself will be good for Raj. After all, they’ve agreed to go on a date: two sad, strange, little people in Pasadena, California. Yeah, that sounds about right.

While Raj increasingly needs a bath, Amy is getting kicked off her study of addiction. Apparently, according to Amy, “you can get animals addicted to a harmful substance. You can dissect their brains. But throw their own feces back at them, and suddenly you’re unprofessional.” But she can be inspired and uplifted by going to Penny’s play. She, Leonard, and Sheldon go to watch Penny in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

This trip to the theatre is not Sheldon’s thing, of course. But he had to repay Penny for her assistance. Penny appears as a guest on “Sheldon Cooper Presents: Fun with Flags,” and offers Sheldon some insight on how to act on camera. After some tips on how being relaxed actually invites the viewer in, we get a looksee into a “relaxed” Sheldon Cooper. It’s quite terrifying. I was reminded of an episode from season three, “The Adhesive Duck Deficiency,” in which Sheldon tries to comfort Penny at the emergency room. He goes from an obviously uncomfortable, and awkward (awkwartable? uncomforkward?), lounging on the couch, to creeper-worthy spreading of his legs as he tells Penny, “spread your legs. Invite them in.” But Penny did teach him something, and his repayment for the assistance is going to her play.

I don’t know whether to feel sad, or laugh, at the reaction Leonard, Sheldon, and Amy have as they watch Penny’s performance. It turns out Penny is quite good as an actress, although Sheldon can’t understand how she can remember all those lines and still forget he doesn’t want tomato on his hamburger. I’m glad the writers went there with Penny. It’s easy to forget that Penny still wants to be an actress. After the hemorrhoids commercial, and with work scenes only focusing on the guys at the university or Penny in her Cheesecake Factory uniform, we’ve forgotten that Penny still has dreams of being an actress. It’s nice to see her achieve something. It’s good for the others to see that Penny excels at her dream.

I can’t say this was the funniest episode ever, but still highly entertaining. The feces joke was hilarious, as was the “spread your legs” line. And it’s about time Raj has a chance with somebody other than his dog or Stuart.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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