Quick thoughts on last night's "The Big Bang Theory" coming up just as soon as I get out my scanning wand...
I seem to find a blog-worthy "Big Bang Theory" episode about once a month, and an episode that guest-starred Summer Glau from "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," not to mention one that largely kept Penny on the sidelines (and used her well when she wasn't) seems to qualify.
Though "BBT" has become, rightly, The Sheldon Show, this was a good episode for the whole ensemble, while still leaving plenty of moments for the other actors to stand back and let Jim Parsons riff. (My favorite of those was Sheldon's monologue about SkyNet sending back Terminators who look like actors who have played Terminators, but his packing explanation was also nice.) And in those moments when Penny did pop up, it was to set up Sheldon's increasingly exasperated and desperate reactions to her as she tried (or didn't try) to follow his instructions about the USB drive.
But at the same time, we got to see Leonard grow frustrated with his inability to use sarcasm as a coping mechanism with Sheldon, and to see Raj turn all suave with the placebo effect of some near-beer, and (somewhat more predictably, and more horrifyingly) to see Howard's epic fail with Summer Glau.
Despite having been present at several different press conferences for Glau-related shows, it's still so strange to me to see her acting like a normal person instead of a robot or a surgically-enhanced mental patient. And then, towards the end of the episode as she had to listen to Howard drone on and on, it was amusing to see how closely her "I'm miserable and want to kill myself" affect resembles her portrayal of River Tam.
Fun episode, though it wasn't a patch on the "HIMYM" that followed it.
What did everybody else think?