The second episode of “The Big Bang Theory” arrived on CBS Monday night, and after a premiere that felt fun but cluttered (there were a lot of guest stars in there), we’re pleased that there was a little bit of room to breathe this time around.
The best part of this episode interestingly was the relationship that formed between Howard Wolowitz and Col. Williams, the new character played on the show by Dean Norris. It turns out that despite him being a military guy, at the same time he went to MIT and he is an engineer. Basically, the two can bond over their complete disdain for Sheldon, which is fairly easy to understand because not everyone out there is particularly fond of his antics. (Williams has a reason to hate him tonight after his rant.)
Sheldon’s ego basically forced his team into a super-tight window to try and complete their project, which means that they now have to scramble in order to get this done to prove themselves men of their word. Odds are, they’ll be busy for the next few months!
While the other storyline of the episode wasn’t particularly hilarious, hats off to the writers for actually giving Bernadette a story that was realistic for the real world. She was afraid that the lab learning she was pregnant, something that Penny revealed on accident to some of her coworkers, would cost her a valuable study. For Penny, this episode became about her trying to say sorry while Bernadette grappled with the results of the reveal. As we said, none of this sounds funny on paper, but some good one-liners from Melissa Rauch helped to lift the material.
Overall, we’d say that this was as solid of a “Big Bang Theory” episode as you’re going to find. Nothing stood out in a way you’ll remember it, but it was certainly good entertainment for half an hour. Grade: B.
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