I normally look upon stunt casting with a wary eye. When done right ( Paul Rudd’s sweet Mike on the final two seasons of Friends, Leslie Jordan’s wickedly fey Beverley on Will and Grace), it’s magical. When done just because ( Britney on anything), it’s cloy and distracting. It’s best if the stunt casting makes sense. It’s better when the guest star gets smashing lines. TBBT had been doing the stunt casting thing well. Till this week.
Summer Glau, star of The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox ( but produced by WB- hence the crossover), is actually quite dynamic on her show ( she’s honestly the best thing about it). But she was wasted on this episode with mostly monosyllabic answers to the constant attention of Howard and Raj. When the guest star gets no real funny lines on a sitcom guest spot, you have to wonder.
Fortunately, the Penny-Sheldon dynamic was fabulous despite the fact they were barely on screen together. Kaley Cuoco is truly turning into a charming and funny lead as the show goes on, because even without the guys to play off of, she was great, nonchalantly painting her nails as Jim Parson’s Sheldon gives wackadoodle directions to get his flash drive out of his locked desk drawer. ( The show is getting better with it’s callbacks recently, with mentioning of Howard’s new “relationship” with Leslie Winkle and the come back of “wackadoodle”). Jim Parsons, gifted physical comedian, spent nearly the entire episode sitting down, but still managed to be utterly delightful every second he was on screen. Johnny Galecki’s Leonard was also great this week, as he is having a ” I hate Sheldon” week and needles him more than usual ( but still plays peacemaker between Sheldon and a nosy Penny).
Things we learn this week:
- Given enough time, Howard can actually come up with a clever pick up line.
- Given the opportunity, Raj will steal that pick up line.
- Penny has a job playing Anne Frank in a small 99 seat theater above a bowling alley. Hey, it’s an acting job, folks.
- Sheldon keeps his flash drive locked in his desk, but the key for the desk in in his room, and nobody is allowed in his room.
- Sheldon is way obsessed about trains.
- Raj is susceptible to the placebo effect, and apparently cannot read labels on beer bottles.
- Howard, though in a relationship, has a flawless reason to try and sleep with Summer Glau- ” It’s Summer Glau!”
- The guys go to the Apple Store and mock the people at the Genius Bar.
- Sheldon has a new packing system involving RDF tags, a scanner wand, and a complex cross referencing system.
- Sheldon takes all the fun out of sarcasm, according to Leonard.
- Sheldon’s vote outweighs the other three.
- Sheldon is wary of voiding warranties, but is more obsessed with keeping season 1 of BSG on TiVo. Leading me to ask- don’t they have the DVDs?
- Sheldon’s MeeMaw calls him ” Moonpie” because he is so ” nummy, nummy”. And only MeeMaw can call him that. For the first time, Sheldon shows a streak of sentimentality.
- Leonard is reading Noble Laureate George Smoot’s ” Wrinkles in Time”.
- Are you meaning to tell me Penny doesn’t know a USB port from a power button?
Overall, there were funny moments, but the use of Summer Glau was limited, and the real story got lost to the B story, simply because Jim and Kaley shine as the adversarial friends.
Penny line of the week: ” What up, Moonpie?”
Sheldon line of the week:’ It’s like talking to a chimp.”
Howard line of the week: ” One beer and it’s like he’s M. Knight Charmalamalan.”
Raj line of the week: ” You got me. Now, what are you gonna do with me?”
Leonard line of the week : ” Looks like you’re between a rock and a crazy place.”