The Big Bang Theory is back after a short break, and it would seem to be all about Sheldon, who – surprise, surprise – is incapable of making decisions. In this episode, Sheldon and Amy debate over whether to purchase a XBOX one or a PS4, Penny is in a state of inner turmoil about whether to accept a role in a sequel to a terrible ape movie, Bernadette does something silly and Raj has two dates. No, the last one is real, promise.
Beaming in from the Star Trek universe is Wil Wheaton, who is back, and hairier than ever, as he stars alongside Penny in the sequel to the terrible ape movie she previously turned down. The sight of Wil and Penny in a mix of bikini and ape suit is certainly pretty spectacular to behold and was a highlight of the episode for sheer eccentricity. Penny reciting some of her lines from the ghastly script also added a few laughs to the episode, as did Leonard’s giggling school girl type laugh in retort. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting certainly seems well suited to the role and always manages to bring home the laughs; making the character her own over the ever-changing seasons.
The dynamic duo of Bernadette and Howard didn’t really feature much in the episode, apart from as a sort of crutch for Raj – and with a brief sub-plot to do with Bernadette, who accidently wrote an inappropriate comment in what she thought was a retirement card for a co-worker, but was actually a get well soon card – awkward. With a relatively large ensemble cast it is of course inevitable that some episodes will be more focused around other characters, so this is understandable, and did not detract too much from the main storyline.
Entertaining and mostly satisfying, this week’s episode manages to ensure it is not a dud of the season, but doesn’t bring enough laughs or added elements that would place it among the greats of the series, such as the ‘tiara!’ episode, or ‘bobbing for Sheldon in a ball pit’ episode, which were just some of the most memorable from the TV series.