February 25th, 2011
03:33 PM ET
On Thursday night's "Big Bang Theory," Sheldon faced a real shock to the system. It turns out that our favorite group of geeks doesn't revolve around him.
In fact, Leonard is the de facto leader of the group. And so, with Leonard dating Priya, they're spending a lot more time in Raj's apartment.
This doesn't sit well with Sheldon: "We could also stop using the letter M. But I think that idea is isguided and oronic."
But at first, Sheldon tried to go along with the group and spend the evening at Raj's, though he found the television below his standards, so Leonard suggested reading a book. "And be a social pariah? You know that's not my style."
Sheldon soon went to the Cheesecake Factory, expecting Penny to play the role of the bartender, ready to lend an ear: "This evening, I am the Dark Knight roaming these mean streets alone; a windbreaker for my cape and a stern expression for my cowl."
Instead, she pointed out the obvious: "If you were a band, you'd be called Leonard and the Leonards!"
Amy Farrah Fowler, appearing via webcam, as usual, responded, "So needy."
So Sheldon finds his own new group of friends, made up of Stuart from the comic book store, Bawwy Kwipke ("You told me there was gonna be a waffle") from the university, and Penny's ex-boyfriend Zack. Despite Sheldon's best efforts (kudos on another "Zork" reference), they're basically interested in trading stories about past conquests (Zack mostly), and singing karaoke ("Don't go bweaking my heart...").
At the same time, Amy and Bernadette wanted to go out dancing with Penny. As Amy put it, "You do understand that it will distract you from the rich variety of sweet loving that your ex-boyfriend is currently receiving from the fiery jewel of Mumbai."
I'm kind of disappointed that there wasn't more of that plotline. Amy at a dance club seems ripe with comic possibilities.
Back at Raj's, after the guys seemed relieved to be rid of Sheldon, Leonard admitted he missed him. Since his new group was "having fun wrong," Sheldon knocked on the door (*knock-knock-knock*, "All my friends"), and Howard remarked, "I think it's like Beetlejuice. We said his name too many times."
The other group was still singing karaoke, when who should appear but Levar Burton, fresh from his guest appearance on that other Thursday night show, responding to Sheldon's tweet. Said Geordi LaForge himself, "I'm so done with Twitter!"
This was a tour de force for Sheldon, and definitely an episode that was a long time coming. Finally, we get to see what would happen if the group didn't want to hang out with Sheldon anymore.
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