‘The Big Bang Theory’ season 8, episode 20 review: Sheldon and Amy’s blanket fort; Penny’s big offer

Big Bang Theory -Tonight’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory” was about major steps forward, and this is not something we’re accustomed to most of the time. Every character saw some significant movement in one way or another.

First of all, we have to talk about Penny and Leonard, who realized in the form of an awkward podcast with Wil Wheaton just how different their lives are versus where they were a year ago. Leonard realized that Penny is way more financially successful now than he is, even though he went to college for many years and now has a doctorate. He also learned that she is saving money back and is in very good standing. Suffice it to say, Penny being offered a role in “Clerks 3” was something that could change their relationship, depending on whether or not it is successful.

What we were probably the most surprised by was how Kevin Smith fared in his brief guest-starring role, where he offered Penny the aforementioned job. Mostly, we were surprised by just how many digs we saw made at the expense of the director over the course of the episode.

Also, Sheldon and Amy had their first sleepover! After the two built a blanket fort, Amy found a way to have so much fun with her boyfriend that she convinced him to let her stay the night without much effort. Granted, this was the G-rated version. While this wasn’t particularly hilarious, it was a nice step.

The most interesting news tonight was learning about Howard’s brother, who arrived completely out of the blue. There was not a whole lot of conflict here, but we could see him becoming a valuable recurring player who gives him someone else to talk to outside of his circle of friends. This story was the final bit of proof that change can be good. This episode featured it as a theme, and it was as a whole very entertaining. Grade: B+.

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