Not quite a checkmate on 'The Big Bang Theory'
May 6th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

Not quite a checkmate on 'The Big Bang Theory'

You know it's a wild episode of "The Big Bang Theory" when Sheldon's creation of a bizarre three-person chess game is the least crazy thing to happen.

Thursday night's show continued to hint at some sort of reconciliation between Penny and Leonard in the not-too-distant future. Or at the very least, a breakup between Leonard and Priya.

This time, Amy Farrah Fowler decided to assist Penny in getting revenge on Priya for an innocuous remark about Penny's struggling acting career, with Bernadette playing the role of a spy, while on a double date.

I've found that certain things are always funny no matter what, and one of them is Bernadette getting upset. Her panic-turned-anger when her story about Penny's acting career fell apart is one of the funniest things of the season. Unfortunately, her plan didn't succeed and she gave up on her mission (though it certainly revealed that Leonard still had some feelings for Penny).

Then there was the uproarious sight of Raj losing all of his clothes in a coffee shop after an experimental anti-anxiety medication works all too well. Obviously, it's back to the drawing board for him, when it comes to speaking to women while sober.

Despite these great moments, my favorite came at the very end, where Sheldon's creation of the "serpent and old woman" chess piece was only the beginning. Apparently three-person chess involves a teleportation pad, a golf cart, a time machine and a jet pack. I have a feeling someone out there is going to figure this out and put the rules online.

In Sheldon-chess terms, this episode "released the swarm." What did you think? Share your iReport or comment below.

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  1. Cameron

    catapult- launches a person
    serpent-poisons some one for 2 turns and then they die
    old woman- removes the poison and becomes a combination of a knight queen and serpent
    beekeeper- if capture a piece can release a swarm on one space and no one can land there
    queens gorilla-can only capture a old women and the old women cant be used until the gorilla is taken out by any other piece
    prince joey- has a 1/5 chance of killing himself
    transporter pad- telaports a piece from one place to another depending on the spinner
    pope- can switch with the king once to protect checkmate
    golf cart- once charged it can move a piece 2 times for a few turns
    time machine- can decrease the time of golf cart charging time
    jetpack- can be equiped to only to 1 piece and is imune to all except queens gorilla 1
    queens gorilla 1(yes theres a 1st gorilla)- can get jetpacked pieces

    June 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. T

    Three person chess that includes a jet pack, teleport pad, golf cart and a time machine ?
    That'll be an interesting game to play.
    Love that Raj ! Too funny ! And love that Amy Farrah Fowler....a good addition to the group.
    I think the Leonard / Penny thing is played out and the Priya/Leonard duo will probably break up by the end of the season, how about a new woman that Leonard gets involved with that's actually smarter than Sheldon and pushes his buttons and is pretty as Penny......
    Question: why hasn't Howard moved out by now ? He has a master's degree, you think he could afford a place of his own to get away from the blood-curling screeching of his mom.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mara Jade

      Howard hasn't moved out because while he constantly complains about his mother, he has no desire to take care of himself, as demonstrated when he briefly moved in with Bernadette, he expected her to do his laundry and make him food.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rumen Rachkov

      Three player chess really exists. It doesn't include a jet pack, teleport pad, golf cart and a time machine 🙂 but it is also real fun. You can search for ThreeChess and try it.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. wakabaloola

    that chess board is pure genius ...
    but, why is there less physics and maths than in the first couple of series ???
    we want more physics and maths, please, and less fake girly stuff!

    May 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sunless

    it's crap... better that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    May 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. amanda

    I love how they're showing more and more of characters Amy and Bernadette. That Amy Farah Fowler is something else!!! Who knew Blossom had it in her!!! Sheldon is still my favorite character.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Adrianne

    I love this show but this episode left me not laughing. It's a silly show to begin with, but usually with great comedic results, but not this time. It would be nice to see Sheldon and Amy have more interaction. I'm not wild about Priya but I understand the need to have a love interest for Penny to be jealous about. I hope this isn't the beginning of a downturn for this show because I really like it.

    May 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. keldoran

    One of the best written shows around.Great comedy!

    May 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |

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