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The Big Bang Theory is a comedy about two physicists Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper who live and work together in Pasadena, California. They live a comfortable geeky existence until attractive wannabe actress Penny moves in across the hall. CBS 2007-???


Episode 23 - The Love Spell Potential

14 June 2013

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Synopsis: The girls head to Vegas leaving the boys to play Dungeons and Dragons. Raj ditches them when Lucy calls and the girls return after Amy gets into an altercation with airport security. Howard is a hit as Dungeon master and the girls enjoy playing along. However things become awkward when Penny tries to make Sheldon and Amy's characters get romantic. Meanwhile Lucy runs away when Raj tries to help her overcome her fear of sending back food.

The Good: Raj and Lucy were pretty sweet as they make snail paced moves toward a relationship. I enjoyed the idea that they have a rule about what happens after three minutes of silence on the phone. Raj's admission that finding someone with bigger emotional problems than he has was a turn on was funny and makes perfect sense.

Even more affecting was Amy and Sheldon taking a similar small step toward intimacy. Again the writers showed good awareness of their characters. Amy was uncomfortable with the public acknowledgment of their lack of intimacy while for Sheldon their current status is far beyond anything he's experienced before. The D&D scenario which allowed them to play out a sexual encounter was a typically creative use of the show's genre-love to achieve the desired results. It was very pleasing to have their relationship issues addressed in a touching and organic way.

Simon Helberg does excellent impressions and again D&D gave him the opportunity to show off. I liked the way Sheldon became besotted with this new element of the game and how it incorporated the girls' aborted Vegas trip. It also showed us a moment where we could easily see why Bernadette would find Howard attractive which was an added bonus.

The Bad: Maybe the final impression was one too many but that's a real nitpick.

Comic Highlight: Lucy admits that there are lots of things she wishes she could do but can't. One of those is to tell her hairdresser that she doesn't actually like bangs. "I like your bangs" says Raj affectionately. "Oh thanks, I like them too" Lucy responds automatically before they both look away in confusion. A perfect little character-based gag.

In Conclusion: A lovely episode which managed to address character dynamics in believable fashion while throwing us the usual geeky entertainment with style.




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  • When I watched this episode, I almost died of cuteness. While in my opinion the Raj/Lucy relationship was a bit long and boring, the Sheldon and Amy part more than made up for it. The Dungeons and Dragons, especially with Simon Helberg's impressions, were fantastic. I also absolutely love the Shamy relationship. Sheldon will take suggestions and criticism from Amy and will apologize to her which he rarely does with the rest of the gang. During Howard's launch into space, Sheldon took Amy's hand, which is the first time in their relationship that Sheldon was the party initiating a physical contact. Although in quite a different way, Sheldon seems to hold about as much affection for Amy as she does for him, as she is only one he will let change his mind if he is dead set against something, the only one he will (albeit relunctantly) comfort by cuddling, the only who he lets criticize him, the only one he doesn't act consending to (except for his idol, Stephen Hawking) and the only one who he will regularly break his own rules for. And, finally, Amy is only person he doesn't seem to mind being in his bedroom. I just think Shamy is the cutest thing in the whole world. i was waiting for this forever!

    Viewer score: 100 / 100

    Posted by Kristen, 14/06/2013 1:28am (6 years ago)

  • This was one of the best BBT episodes and especially progressed the maddeningly static pairing of Sheldon-Amy in an organic manner. Raj and Lucy really played their socially awkward persona so well I can't believe it took so long for the writers to give Raj an actual proper storyline instead of the 'homosexual stereotype' he's been forced to bear.

    And Howard steals the show with great mimicry. Simon has made Howard so likable that he has stolen the march on Leonard as the second most popular character after Shelly.

    Viewer score: 80 / 100

    Posted by Avishek, 13/05/2013 3:31pm (7 years ago)

  • Briefly: I liked this epsiode a lot, most of the puns worked for me. Especially the Sheldon-Amy-Part was a clever way to further develop their relationship. The rest was above average, too.

    Viewer score: 72 / 100

    Posted by Isladir, 13/05/2013 9:58am (7 years ago)

  • @GT -- It does seem like the romantic relationships and gender equality has drained much of the actual humor from TBBT. The show - and a lot of TBBT reviewers on various sites - seem to be more concerned with whether Raj is gay (and how great it would be for Raj and us if he were) and whether Amy and Bernadette (as well as Penny and now Lucy) get equal screen time.

    Shame about the comedy though. But we still have the daily reruns of older seasons, when entire episodes were "Comic Highlights".

    Posted by JStrange, 12/05/2013 3:03am (7 years ago)

  • I liked this episode. Raj spends some time with a lady and it feels real; not contrived or a set-up to highlight his hopelessness.

    Same with Sheldon: He has a real moment with Amy where she confesses the others consider their relationship "a joke." And Sheldon, for once, doesn't undercut the revelation (like TBBT so often does).

    I knew that Howard could do celebrity impressions and though I didn't think they were as good as Sheldon thought, I like that Howard wasn't stuck doing his "Raj impression" alone.

    All around good use of the entire cast.

    Viewer score: 60 / 100

    Posted by JStrange, 10/05/2013 3:33am (7 years ago)

  • Is this show turning into a romantic comedy?

    Raj-Lucy was a boring sub-plot
    Sheldon-Amy is too inconsistent for the sake for jokes.

    Howard's impersonations were funny thought.Simon Helberg was great.

    Viewer score: 50 / 100

    Posted by GT, 10/05/2013 2:16am (7 years ago)

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