The Big Bang Theory season 12 episode 17 is coming on CBS in two weeks (yeah it’s a bit o a wait), but when it returns you’re going to see a story unfold about experiments. Whenever we tend to think of that, our childhood-brain immediately kicks in and we think mostly in terms of test tubes, lab coats, hypothesis, and whiteboards filled with numbers that make our minds spin – kind of like what we tend to see from Dr. Sheldon Cooper himself.
And yet, this may not be precisely what we have within this particular episode. Through “The Conference Valuation,” you will see an experiment that is done with some unusual subjects: Kids.
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Typically, Sheldon + kids don’t mix altogether well. You’ve seen a big part of the reason why over on the Young Sheldon spin-off. This is a man who exists on a separate plane from the rest of reality; he does not understand why the rest of society does not look at the world in the same way he does. He knows that he is extraordinary and he embraces that, but there is an underlying longing within him who wants others to be the same. If he could, he’d find a way to bring others to his level — which is probably why he likes to rope others into his experiments and schemes as an adult.
Now that we’re done psychoanalyzing a sitcom character, why not explain some actual context for this episode? For that, take a look at the official The Big Bang Theory season 12 episode 17 synopsis that CarterMatt has for you below:
“The Conference Valuation” – When Penny and Bernadette go to San Diego for a pharmaceutical sales convention, Wolowitz is in charge of the kids. Also, Sheldon finds a book on experimenting on kids, and the guys plus Amy make a day of it, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, March 7 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
At some point during this episode, Sheldon will go from reading about experiments to actually trying to do them, and that will probably go exactly as you would imagine — horribly. Comedically, it may be worth a number of laughs, but you do have to wonder about the emotional ramifications that lie on the other side. We’re at the point in the run where there need to be lessons learned and we need to be going somewhere. Otherwise, what has been the point of this journey? What makes this show distinct beyond the laughs has been the growth in these characters and we want to say good bye feeling satisfied with what they’ve learned and the people they’ve become.
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