Jump to content

FJ Reviews & Recaps

  • entries
  • comments
  • views

Contributors to this blog

  • crazyforkate 304
  • Maggie Mae 97
  • jinjy2 35
  • MarblesMom 33
  • Curious 9
  • GolightlyGrrl 8
  • kunoichi66 2

Worldly Distractions: The Big Bang Theory 8.15 - The Comic Book Store Regeneration




Not only is there NATHAN FILLION, but I've heard hints this will be a special episode (okay, I've read the spoilers). Let's go ahead!

Sheldon tells a joke about Edison, centering around Edison's plagiaristic tendencies. Amy approves. Kripke comes in to thank - Amy, for helping him with a paper. This leaves Sheldon rather miffed. He questions Amy's loyalty and compares her to some kind of science prostitute, though she doesn't see what the big deal is. "Why are you laughing?" he demands. "Did you learn something? Opening credits.

Howard's mom has gone to visit Aunt Gladys in Florida, and loves it. Howard is, of course, annoyed that she seems to miss Stuart more than him. Bernadette assures him that things will be different once the comic book store re-opens. In the laundry room, Penny and Sheldon discuss Amy's sudden interest in string theory. This confuses Penny, who thinks Sheldon should let it go and make way for science. He dismisses this immediately. At this point, Penny gives up.

Leonard and Raj help Stuart set up the new comic book shop, though they're still not convinced he didn't burn it down to begin with. Howard and Stuart even reconcile, though this is short-lived once Howard spots his mother's den furniture in the store. He throws a tantrum, unforgivable things are said, and Howard is banned from the store. For some reason, the writers all feel like explaining the jokes this episode. Stop it, writers.

Over more laundry folding, Sheldon asks Penny how to let things go. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Frozen yet, but I'm sure it's coming. Penny suggests that he think of other things. Doesn't help. She tries visualization. Unfortunately, he takes it way too literally. Because he's really on a roll, Sheldon decides to ruin Amy's other friendships by letting slip that Amy's been testing her chimpanzee tricks on Penny for the past few months. When Penny inevitably squawks, Sheldon advises her to let it go.

While she rants about how insulting this all is, Sheldon tries to make things better by claiming he was rooting for her. Penny kicks him out. Meanwhile, Howard mopes about the stolen (actually borrowed) furniture. Bernadette tells him that it's a good thing, because it will help Stuart become financially independent more quickly. Leonard and Raj to pick up their lunch order, and who should they see but NATHAN FILLION. That's right, the Canadian space cowboy himself is sitting in a cafe picking tomatoes out of his salad. The guys are all aflutter and decide to go up to him. However, the guy at the table grumpily claims he's not an actor. Raj can't fathom what just happened, but Leonard quietly ushers him away.

Amy says hello to Penny in the building, but is met with snarky comments about monkeys. When Penny tells her what she learned, Sheldon locks himself away, even getting naked behind doors to keep them away. Amy claims it's no different from a study with undergrads. Why this doesn't mollify Penny, Amy doesn't understand in the slightest. Meanwhile, Leonard and Raj approach the guy again and get him to admit he's Nathan Fillion. He even graciously lets him take a picture, but Raj questions whether this is actually true. Maybe-Nathan-Fillion starts to get annoyed, so they snap the picture anyway just in case.

Penny complains to Leonard about the testing, to which Leonard quickly realizes he's been an unwilling subject, too. Furthermore, Leonard couldn't pass. When Sheldon and Amy arrive at the comic book store, a big fight ensues. Bernadette asks Stuart why he and Raj didn't tell Howard about the furniture. Howard takes a call, and then comes back looking stunned. The moment we've known was coming since Carol Ann Susi died has finally happened - Mrs Wolowitz has shuffled off her mortal coil. The moment is completely grave. Sheldon even says something nice about their undying friendship. This is nothing like anything we've seen on this show.

To be honest, I'm kind of surprised they went this route. Since Mrs W is a non-seen character, they could have kept her out forever (or brought her back with a different actress) with little fanfare. I'm kind of glad she's no longer on the show. It's really a great way to honour Carol Ann Susi and to acknowledge her contribution. And yeah, in terms of story it does shake things up a little bit.

Everyone gathers at Sheldon and Leonard's, except for Howard and Bernadette, who are on their way to Florida. Stuart is especially broken up. Raj, too, remembers her kindness to him, especially when he was new to America. Even Sheldon will miss her yelling.  They have a toast to Mrs Wolowitz, "a mother to all of us". And thus we end the episode.

Well. It's safe to say that was a wham. An appropriate tribute to the actress, for sure, but also a real moment of drama - something that is always an interesting thing for a comedy show to do. Often it works very well - think Marshall's dad's death on How I Met Your Mother. I assume the next episode will be about the funeral and other things (or maybe not, since a Jewish funeral would take place pretty much immediately). Those few moments at the end of the episode, though, were spectacularly pulled off, to the point of eclipsing the rest - yes, even NATHAN FILLION. Even with its short duration, it left an impact.

FJ Discussion Thread


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Posts

    • Smee


      On 5/22/2024 at 4:36 PM, medimus said:

      A homeschooling, mommy blogger with 11 children who converted from evangelicalism to one of the above latin mass only, skirts only, mothers stay trad catholic groups (I forget which one) is Celeste of Joyouslessons.


      I read 'joyous lessons' as 'joylessness' first.

      20 hours ago, Jana814 said:

      I’m always fascinated when someone who was raised not religious & becomes extremely religious. I know 2 people who were raised not very religious Jewish & became very religious.

      I was raised atheist and became very religious in my teens. I was a deep thinking philosophical kid with big emotions, cracking under the pressure of adolescence in an extremely academic environment; Christianity offered me something to help answer the 'why' of it all (although even then, I always believed in the scientific account of the 'how'). I am also - although I didn't understand or have the label for it then - asexual, and the whole notion of no-sex-before-marriage was oddly reassuring to me, like a 'safe' way to date and fall in love with church boys who weren't supposed to want to touch me sexually (spoiler alert: they still did). While I was at university I worked for a Christian organisation and led the youth group at my church, then I got married and moved to a country town where I knew nobody, and the church community was my first 'in' into the community. I was a stay-at-home mother who spent my days going to church playgroup or hosting bible study with other stay-at-home mothers. Regardless of what's happening inside or what your private prayer life is like, when your social group is all religious it helps keep you religious. It's only in the past few years, with my kids all at school, my divorce finalised, working in secular arts organisations, plus time on more forums like this, that I've become a much more liberal Christian who doesn't let it dictate my entire life. 

      • Love 3
    • marmalade


      1 minute ago, Coconut Flan said:

      Looks like that's the Justice Dept response to the Duggar appeal not the Supreme Court final.  Reddit was a bit ahead of themselves.

      Yeah, the conclusion states that writ SHOULD BE denied. This is the Fed's response to The Felons plea. Remember, they were granted an extension until 5/24, so this makes sense.

      • Upvote 2
      • Thank You 1
    • Coconut Flan


      Looks like that's the Justice Dept response to the Duggar appeal not the Supreme Court final.  Reddit was a bit ahead of themselves.

      • Upvote 2
    • ADoyle90815


      • Upvote 1
    • JermajestyDuggar


      28 minutes ago, justpassingthru said:

      And yet Amy gives no fucks. 

      I think that’s pretty standard for the vast majority of people who make 7 figures. Most people don’t make that kind of money without stepping on some necks to get there. 

      • Upvote 1
      • I Agree 4

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.