The Big Bang Theory season 6 episode 12 review: The Egg Salad Equivalency
The Big Bang Theory starts the New Year with one of the stronger episodes of the season so far. Here's Kaci's review...
This review contains spoilers.
6.12 The Egg Salad Equivalency
Sheldon Cooper has always been casually sexist. He throws out remarks like tonight's comment about women being dominated by their ovaries without batting an eye and no one ever really calls him on it. It doesn't usually overwhelm my enjoyment of his character because thankfully it's only one small part of who he is, but it would be disingenuous of me to deny that Alex had every right to talk to Human Resources and that it was about time someone said something to him about it.
It's hard for me to like Alex, though. I want to, because she keeps popping back up and if she's going to be around, I'd like to find something in her character to make her appearances a happy occasion, but I just can't. If she hadn't known that Leonard has a girlfriend, then fair enough. Nothing wrong with asking out someone you're attracted to. But she does know, and I personally have a hard time liking characters who go after people who are known to be in relationships. It feels skeevy to me and by extension, it makes the character feel skeevy to me, too. So I hope that soon Leonard will sit her down and explain that while it's obvious he's flattered by her attention, he'd like her to stop. (For the record: that's what should've happened in this episode, rather than Sheldon talking to her about it.) I could probably grow to like her character if that element of her storyline was removed.
And on the topic of the boys' visit to Human Resources, this episode is a testament to how smooth the character arc these writers have pulled off with Howard Wolowitz truly is, which is saying a lot since he didn't have a very large part in this episode. But think about it: when Sheldon mentioned he once built a six-breasted sexbot, well, of course we believe that, because yeah, that's Howard. Except it's not anymore, not at all. I can't imagine a post-Bernadette Howard doing such a thing. It really is a good job on their parts for being able to change what was once his defining characteristic without ever feeling forced or like we'd lost who he is. He's still our Howard. He's just no longer that Howard.
Finally, going back to a review I posted before the hiatus in which I talked about the theme of self-esteem and vulnerability in Leonard and Penny's relationship, I personally really enjoyed their final scene together in this episode in which Leonard realizes that he's not the only one who doubts if he is good enough for his partner; she has huge doubts of her own, too. They've always been there, of course; their fights over her feeling intellectually inadequate are well-documented in this series. But I think this might've been the first time where I felt like his response was the correct one. I remember once before he tried to get her to enrol in college classes, which of course just made the problem worse because it made her feel like he thought she was inadequate, too. There's none of that here. They're both just open and honest about the situation with each other, and it's really touching to see them handling something like this with maturity and grace. (Okay, maybe his cello solo wasn't the definition of maturity, but he was right: it was incredibly cute.)
I think this episode was a good one to come back from the hiatus with, and is definitely one of the stronger episodes this season.