November 5th, 2010
01:40 PM ET
“Big Bang Theory” is officially destination desirable for geek hotties.
On Thursday night’s episode, Eliza Dushku flowed through as an FBI agent investigating Howard for security clearance. Dushku – who has earned major geek cred thanks to roles on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse” – was less comedic than she was the set-up for our guys to be hilarious.
Leonard’s attempted pick-up of her (“I’m going to pick you up at eight and show you a night you will never forget”) was so typical of him that it was as familiar as an old pair of jeans. When it comes to Leonard and the ladies, hope springs eternal.
But it was Sheldon’s sit down with Dushku which further exhibited why this show is such a hoot. Watching our favorite nit-picker list the many ways that Howard should be deemed unreliable - including damaging his “Lord of the Rings” Blu-Ray case - was such good writing.
The series also upheld its reputation for having the inside track into nerd nirvana with an appearance by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Let's count the ways "BBT" was great last night: Tyson and Dushku both in the same episode; the appearance of the Gorn in Sheldon’s favorite spot during the dream sequence; Raj’s plea to not be sent back to India because it’s so crowded and "It’s like the whole country is one endless Comic-Con, except everybody’s wearing the same costume – Indian guy!"
"BBT" just hit so many sweet spots that it’s like we should rename the series “Geeks Gone Wild”!
As excited as I was to see Dushku, my heart really cheered with the return of Penny. It was good to see Sheldon back to alternately insulting Penny and seeking out her help on how to get Howard to forgive him for torpedoing his chances for security clearance.
My heart was warmed by Sheldon gifting Howard his sacred spot on the couch. And if we didn’t know how much that little piece of leather real estate meant to Sheldon before, he cleared it up for us with his response to Howard’s observation that Sheldon loves that place on the couch. “No, I love my mother,” he said. “My feelings for my spot are much greater.”
All in all, a most satisfying episode this week. Do you agree?
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