When we first heard that “The Big Bang Theory” was going to be casting a version of The Flash, we have to say that the last thing we were expecting to see was the show’s version of the superhero being a figment of Sheldon’s tired imagination encouraging him to get addicted on energy drinks. Yet, this happened, and it set off what was a pretty absurd episode. If you thought that Sheldon was frustratingly annoying to people before, imagine him hopped-up on caffeine.
The show from there took a pretty trivial look at Sheldon trying to recover from this addiction after just two drinks; we do have to say that this produced a couple of funny moments, but for than that, there was a surprisingly emotional moment in here where we saw him announce that the caffeine was really a mask for what he was really hiding: He was responsible for what happened with the timeline for the government project, and he ended up apologizing to Williams at the end for it. He couldn’t figure out the math, which means that he, Sheldon, and Leonard could be working on this for a good two years.
Hey, doesn’t this mean in the end that we could be seeing more Dean Norris? Hard to be mad about that.
Elsewhere, tonight’s episode brought us a really sweet sideplot in which Raj helped Bernadette realize that it is okay that she’s not excited about her pregnancy right now, thanks mostly to her father coming in and giving her some advice. As for Penny and Amy’s “scientist gathering,” it was probably fluff on top of fluff; yet, we aren’t going to be mad about a return for Brian Posehn, who is delightful pretty much every time he turns up.
In terms of emotional resonance, we’ll say that this is the strongest “Big Bang” episode of season 10. Yet, we’re still going to say that this is far from a classic. Funny, sweet, but ultimately somewhat forgettable. Great: B+.
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