The Big Bang Theory season 6 episode 17 review: The Monster Isolation

Review Kaci Ferrell
22 Feb 2013 - 07:30

This week's episode of The Big Bang Theory sets up some promising directions for the rest of the season...

This review contains spoilers.

6.17 The Monster Isolation

In this week's episode of The Big Bang Theory, Raj continues his awkward courtship with the equally awkward girl he met at the Valentine's Day party last week. Her name is Lucy and, during their coffee date, she does a runner out the bathroom window, leaving Raj a broken pathetic mess. Well, more broken and pathetic than he usually is, and lest you accuse me of being hard on poor Raj, those are his words, not mine! 

After spending most of the episode refusing to leave his apartment (before anyone asks... yes, I checked, and you really can buy both lobster and steak on Amazon; the real question is what on earth The Big Bang Theory writers were actually searching for on there when they found that out), Raj finally gives in and calls Lucy for another date after she gives Howard a note in which she apologizes for running. When she tries to leave again, he asks why, and she tells him that she's not good with new people but is trying to force herself to step out of her comfort zone - that's how she ended up at the party in the first place. I know that feeling well, but it still doesn't make what she did okay. Raj, however, insists that he's just as "broken and pathetic" as she is and convinces her to go out with him - and this time, he will be completely sober. I'm not a big fan of this Lucy plotline yet but if it means we get to watch Kunal Nayyar do that silent comedy he's so brilliant at, then I just may change my tune. 

Meanwhile, Penny gives Sheldon some great advice on his "Fun With Flags" show, and Amy insists he has to repay the favour by agreeing to attend a play put on by her acting class. The territory is well-trodden, but the big surprise here is that Penny is actually really good... so good that even Sheldon is somewhat impressed. If this is a sign that maybe Penny will get an actual acting job at some point this season, then I forgive the repetitiveness of the Sheldon half of the plotline, utterly and completely. 

I didn't find many laughs in this episode, to be honest. It felt like the set up for a joke, rather than the joke itself. (Raj going on a date sober could be hilarious; Penny getting actual acting work could be amazing/ripe for comedy.) Still, I'm excited about the potential it set up, so here's hoping that it follows through.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, The Tangible Affection Proof, here.

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