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Worldly Distractions: The Big Bang Theory 8.22 - The Commitment Determination





First off, massive apologies for the delay in updates. It's been a rough week. However, everything will be up-to-date by tomorrow. In the meantime, let's enjoy this season's finale. I hear it's going to be big. Dun dun DUN.

We cut in on Sheldon and Amy sitting on the couch, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Cue a "wooooo" from the audience. It's their five-year anniversary, but Sheldon is pretty much focused on television. Amy's dismayed, to say the least. He accuses her of killing the mood. Yep, it's her fault, Sheldon. She accuses him of not being committed, though he counters that paying attention to a television series is a commitment in itself. Sheldon doesn't quite get it. Opening credits.

Stuart is closing the store early, because he's invited himself to eat at Howie and Bernie's. Emily is still exhibiting serial killer tendencies, which somehow fails to repel Raj. Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard return from the farmers' market, sporting some fresh goat bites. Sheldon complains about his love life. Unsurprisingly, Penny is Team Amy, once she hears the whole story. Leonard is not much better at explaining, though he's much more sympathetic on the TV side of it. Meanwhile, Raj and Emily are also joining the Wolowitz-Rostenkowskis for dinner, where Raj expresses his concerns about Emily's macabre tastes. (Er, sex in a cemetery?) He wonders if the relationship should continue. Er, Raj, you're lucky you haven't been turned into a dress. Howard thinks they should stay together, not least because it's someone who will willingly have sex with Raj the handsome astrophysicist. Geez, this series. Raj points out that they're being hypocritical, as they haven't managed to kick out Stuart yet. Ooh, kinky.

Sheldon and Penny argue about whose relationship is more stagnant, as neither of them seems to be moving forward. Sheldon wonders why they've been engaged for a year without setting a date. His friends make lame excuses, then tell him to shut up.

Bernadette and Howard talk about tossing Stuart out onto the street, and finally decide they will do it tonight. Of course, Howard makes Bernie handle it. Meanwhile, Leonard wonders why they haven't picked a date. She challenges him to pick a date. They argue about wedding details for a few minutes, and come to an agreement, but Sheldon points out that there's still no date. Hmmm.

Raj and Emily go for a picnic/fuckfest in a cemetery, which Raj is clearly not into. Emily, however, is extremely turned on. Sheldon gives a non-apology for being intrusive. However, Penny and Leonard are too wrapped up in their own problems to really pay attention. Penny wonders why they have to pick a date at all, because piece of paper =/= commitment and stuff. However, Sheldon thinks they're being ridiculous. So Penny tells Leonard she's free that night- and "Vegas isn't far away". At this momentous news, Sheldon even lets them sit in his spot for five whole minutes.

Bernie and Howie try to kick Stuart out, but he's so damn nice that they can't quite bring themselves to do it. Meanwhile, Raj and Emily continue their macabre rendez-vous. Finally, Raj manages to start breaking up with Emily, saying "You're dark on the inside and I'm dark on the outside." However, he says "I love you" instead. Stuart reveals it's his birthday, ending the kicking-out for at least a few more days.

Penny and Leonard speed towards a Vegas wedding chapel. "No surprises and no regrets," they say, without real conviction. Spurred by this, Leonard admits that he dilly-dallied with someone on the ship in the North Sea. Kinda. Penny accepts this kinda graciously. However, she never did anything similar, so Leonard is in the wrong. Also, she questions his sense of timing, which yeah, Leonard, what is with this sense of timing? They agree to move on and keep heading for Vegas. Reluctantly.

Sheldon and Amy finally Skype, during which Sheldon starts to apologize. However, Amy tells him they're going on a break before he can finish. Awww. This is made doubly heartbreaking when Sheldon hangs up the conversation and pulls a ring from his desk drawer.


Okay, now that I've gotten over my pique, lets talk about the episode. I thought it held up pretty well, with a lot of devotion to the characters and relationships (even poor Raj). It wasn't very funny (though it had some moments), but it definitely contained all the drama worthy of a season finale. So the question is, what comes next? I guess we'll have to wait until September.

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