Episode 19 - The Weekend Vortex
16 March 2012
Synopsis: Raj suggests that the guys spend the weekend playing a Star Wars video game. They all agree but Amy reminds Sheldon that he has already agreed to go to her Aunt's birthday party. He tries everything he can think of to get out of it and finally she lets him. She is miserable though and Penny comforts her. Bernadette joins the boys gaming much to Raj's displeasure.
The Good: This was very simple and perfectly watchable. It would be harder to find a more believable plot than four geeks wanting to play video games. It was especially pleasant to see Sheldon excited by someone else's plan for once. His selfish refusal to go with Amy was entirely true to his character and the scenes where Penny comforted Amy were sweet. We even got a cute Leonard-Penny scene where he asked her if she would mind him spending the weekend without her. Raj's desire to have guys-only weekend fit him well too and his sadness at being the only singleton in the group made perfect sense.
The Bad: Penny did take the shine off the cuteness by laughing at the suggestion that Leonard could ever hurt her.
Comic Highlight: Grand Theft Auto's notoriety as a game is in large part due to the ability of characters to randomly beat other characters to death on the street. The fact that many of those characters are prostitutes only adds to the outrageous nature of the imagery. Many TV shows have made jokes about this but I give the writers real credit here for putting a new spin on it when Sheldon is alarmed to learn that those women were prostitutes: "You said they were raising money for stem cell research!"
In Conclusion: Sheldon didn't really learn his lesson but maybe he took a step toward understanding Amy's position. Otherwise this was pretty basic.
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