Review: Big Bang Theory – The Higgs Boson Observation


By Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)

Where can you find a man turned on by gravity, a brain scientist marking her territory by alternatively rubbing the phone under her armpits and licking the stapler, and a blonde who doesn’t know if she actually loves her boyfriend or is getting ready to let him go–a boyfriend who may or may not be the target of another woman’s flirtations, prompting the aforementioned blonde to become jealous and act accordingly, but not before the astrophysicist suffering from selective mutism declares his love for the flirter of said-boyfriend belonging to the emotionally-ambivalent blonde, all under the indifferent gaze of an egomaniacal theoretical physicist who keeps track of the size, shape, and consistency of his bowel movements?  The answer, of course, is the newest episode of the Big Bang Theory: “The Higgs Boson Observation.”

Howard’s still in space, and he isn’t handling it well at all.  It seems that he’s discovered something I know all too well: tight, enclosed places suck the breath and sanity right out of you.  I mean, really.  One would think that Howard’s cracking up due to his prolonged stay in the International Space Station would be the only craziness, but everybody in this show, everybody, is messed up.

As Howard drools in space, Sheldon hires an assistant, Alex, who happens to be a woman, which raises Amy’s hackles (if she has hackles, I mean.  I don’t want to assume she has hackles, but if she does, they were indeed raised), causing her to rub her scent on Sheldon’s office equipment.  This happens to be the same thing she did to the stuff in Penny’s apartment before they became best friends.

But upon visiting Sheldon’s office, Amy and Penny discover that Amy doesn’t have anything to worry about.  As Leonard shows a bit of kindness to Alex (of course the kindness is immediately balanced out by his attempt to get Alex and Raj to talk, forcing Raj to move to the next table), it becomes apparent that Alex might just be attracted to Leonard.  Predictably, this produces the effect of Penny “marking her own territory.”  It seems her Limbic system won the argument in her brain.

So, we end the episode with Howard spinning around in space in his underwear; Raj still not talking to women; Sheldon and Amy still contractually linked; Leonard and Penny performing “experiments” with one another as per usual, and Alex the unfortunate assistant to Sheldon.  We’ll have to see where they take her character, but her introduction has produced some entertaining situations.

Overall, a fun episode with some good one-liners, though not necessarily as “on” as the previous one.  Quote of the night comes from Sheldon: “If I have learned anything from British televisions shows on PBS, it’s that servants dine downstairs with their own kind.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. waschalOctober 12th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    This episode was really funny.
    I loved that Penny got jealous over Alex, and that Amy robbed it under her nose.
    Sometimes I wish we would get more scenes with Penny and the guys only. It is always Penny and the girls now.
    From time to time. I like to see the old gang together again

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