December 17th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
Full disclosure: I am a huge "Archie" comic book fan, which means I have something in common with Penny's on-again dude, Zack.
He's that cute, lovable doofus who is so good at being... you know, cute and lovable. He's back in the picture – if only for the New Year's holiday – so Penny doesn't have to be alone.
I have to say, I really like this kid. He is the perfect dizzy foil to our geniuses. When the guys make fun of him for being an idiot (mostly cause he's a bit of an idiot) he manages to come off as both sweet and hapless. Those are the characteristics which made me fall in love with Sheldon, Leonard and the gang in the first place.
Their desire to make amends after they hurt Zack's feelings by inviting him to the comic book store is how we learn that Zack has a love for "Archie" comics, which make the perfect read for his weekend, ummm, bathroom sessions. (TMI, Zack. TMI.)
But seeing him in the store got the guys thinking. They realize they might be able to finally win the group costume award at the comic book store's New Year's Eve Party if they dress up as the Justice League and enlist Zack as Superman. The only problem is that Superman won't go without his lady, Penny, as Wonder Woman.
Allow me to say I was just as amused by Sheldon as The Flash as I was disturbed by Raj's enthusiastic desire to dress as Wonder Woman when Penny didn't want to. Sure Raj wasn't loving being Aquaman, but dude, seriously?
This episode was a throwback to the days when it was all about the ensemble and the emotional tension between Penny and Leonard – and I liked it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a Bernadette and an Amy Farrah Fowler thrown in every once in awhile, but sometimes it's just nice to get back to your roots.
For me, this show continues to thrill – though there seemed to be no justice in its lack of a SAG nomination Thursday by the Screen Actors Guild. But that's another blog.
What say you Bangers? Was Thursday night's show good for you too? And just for fun, a little video of "Big Bang" star Simon Helberg:
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