Quick thoughts on tonight's "Big Bang Theory" coming up just as soon as I lecture you about your religion...
I never got around to writing about last week's episode, in part because it felt less like an episode of a half-hour sitcom than a couple of intertwined extended comedy sketches. (Sheldon trying to use conditioning therapy on Penny was funny at times, but incredibly slight.)
"The Pirate Solution" had more of a plot, and just when I feared it was going to turn into one of those episodes where Sheldon is just an insufferable ass for a half-hour, he said "Bazinga!" and everything turned out to be okay. Sheldon was still obnoxious, but at an amusingly tolerable level, and not at the Larry David levels he can sometimes reach. And the "Eye of the Tiger"/"Rocky" spoof of Sheldon and Raj just thinking about the problem was inspired. (I just wish they hadn't gone back to the well at the end of the episode, as the use of the song wasn't as clever in that later context.)
And on my usual internal debate about whether the show laughs with or at its characters (as opposed to whether Raj was working with or for Sheldon), I still can't decide how I feel about Raj's inability to talk to women without the aid of booze. On the one hand, it feels incredibly lame and stereotypical. On the other, Kunal Nayyar always does a great job of flipping the switch between timid Raj and liquid courage Raj, and I thought the set up this gag particularly well with the professor's talk of drinking times in other solar systems.
What did everybody else think?