After a two-week hiatus, it's time to get reacquainted with the nerdiest cast Â aroundÂ that aren't on Community. Let's get to it.
Sheldon really has to pee, but can't leave the computer because he's trying to decide between an xBox 1 and a PS4. According to him, research demonstrates that people with full bladders make better decisions, though I would hardly call pulling over by the side of the highway just as a moose ran by a good decision, MOM. Penny arrives from a successful audition, but when she mentions that she could even pull off "the waterworks" (fake tears), it's too much for Sheldon and he runs to the bathroom. Opening credits. Gee, what an auspicious start.
Bernadette, Amy and Penny have another girls' night, and Penny is knocking back the wine. I can't wait for her rehab plot next season. Bernadette asks her friends for some advice on what sounds like an excruciating work issue. Turns out she confused a get-well card for a retirement card, and now her coworker has a very rude message next to her hospital bed. Penny gets a call from her agent - she didn't get the part, butÂ Serial Apist IIÂ is available again. What's more, she's considering taking it.
Raj runs into Emily (Laura Spencer), his previous disastrous blind date, at a coffee shop. She's still weirded out by him, but he makes a nice apology, so she suggests they give it another try. He's overjoyed, if still awkward in the Rajiest of ways. Meanwhile, Sheldon bores Amy with video game console minutiae. He gets annoyed when she "doesn't take it seriously", so she fakes enormous and completely unbelievable interest. Mayim Bialik kills it. She is definitely the best addition to this show in ages. "PLEASE PASS THE BUTTER!"
Penny and Leonard read the script for the monkey movie and conclude that it sucks, though Leonard points out that it could still open doors for Penny. She tries reading a few lines, and immediately goes into despair. Leonard still thinks she should take it, since it's experience and might even be fun. Despite his attempts to paint a brighter picture, though, she's still crushed.
Sheldon and Amy end their date, and when Amy prompts him, he kisses her without hesitation. DAMN. Sheldon's downright carnal these days. In fact, he clings quite a long time, and starts talking about the consoles while still attached to her face. It's incredibly sexy, yes?
Raj tells the gang about his date with Emily, which went well and resulted in another. He has plans for "romantic astronomy", and I don't get why the rest of the gang is so skeptical - we've all seen a half dozen rom-coms where they look through a telescope. Raj practices his romantic talk on Penny, which is rather nonsensical but also quite sweet. Penny falls for it, anyway. Sheldon arrives, polls his friends about the console problem, and comes up with nothing. Suddenly, Raj gets a text from Lucy (his shy ex), who misses him and wants to reunite. Looks like everything's coming up Raj this week!
This prompts a major crisis, as Raj can't decide which woman to choose. His friends suggest dating them both and keeping it all secret, but this is way out of Raj's comfort zone. This also prompts a bunch of arguments between the various couples over whether they dated other people at the beginning. Smooth, guys.
Stuck over her career options, Penny consults Wil Wheaton (and brings Leonard along). She offends him by dissingÂ Star Trek, but he's game to help her anyway. He essentially tells her that some jobs are "soul-crushing", but in the end you gotta pay the bills. They commiserate about the brutal nature of show biz. Soon enough, the conversation is all about Wil's depression. Leonard tries to steer them back on topic, but it doesn't quite work. Over at the apartment, Bernadette reports that her coworker is in critical condition, but luckily, she's in a coma, so she didn't read the card.
Penny's still stuck about the movie. Raj has come to a decision about his dating problem - he's going to be a "Yes Man", like that Jim Carrey movie, choosing every new experience ahead. They all conclude he'll die alone.
The fateful day arrives, and Sheldon and Amy go to choose the new console. He's decided to go with the xBox, but when they get to the display, he hesitates. You see, he's always had a history of making the wrong decisions - BetaMax over VHS, HD-DVD over Blu-Ray, Zune over iPods. Um, you're not exactly broke, why not go with both? That's what Amy decides - and she'll get him each system. Okay, there's a difference between being accommodating and being a patsy. Of course, Amy crossed that point long ago.Â Eventually, they come down to a coin toss, but Sheldon rejects the result. Back to the drawing board.
Raj and Emily have their date, which is going swimmingly, but Raj can't handle the guilt and tells her about his two-girlfriend dilemma. She agrees to discuss it, and when she hears that they never slept together, she finds the whole problem more adorable than anything. What's more, she wants to stick around. I have to say, she's pretty adorable. What's the catch?
Sheldon and Amy lie on the store floor, exhausted by the strain of choosing. An employee comes by and tells them that they're closed - they'll have to come back the next day. Sheldon quietly weeps. Amy suggests some food to make him feel better, but once again, he can't choose.
Penny gets into costume on set, only to find that Wil Wheaton is also in the movie. Things are looking up. End credits.
So it was a pretty serviceable show. All the characters dealt with indecision in believable ways, and the humor didn't feel too forced (well, by Season 7 standards). It was a good step forward for Penny in her neverending "actress" arc, and hey! Raj got some screentime! I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this story develops. While we wait, however, the question of the console still remains...