REVIEW - The Big Bang Theory S06E14 'The Cooper/Kripke Inversion'

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“My work is suffering because of all the laid I’m getting” - Sheldon

Why is The Big Bang Theory the most watched show on CBS? Why does it rank in the top ten most watched shows in America? And why is it watched in over seventy countries worldwide? The answer to all of these questions is simple: The Big Bang Theory is a funny show, and this weeks episode, ‘The Cooper/Kripke Inversion’, does not disappoint.

The main storyline of this episode revolves around Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Barry Kripke (John Ross Bowie) attempting to work together. As it transpires both Sheldon and Kripke are working on grant proposals “for a new fusion reactor”, but the university will only accept one proposal, so the two are made to work together. Sheldon, who considers everyone but Stephen Hawking below him intellectually, is mortified at having to work with Kripke. 

It’s always good to see these two characters interact, as Kripke is one of the few who will not cow-tow to Sheldon and his peculiarities. This means every scene in this episode between the two crackles with feisty one-liners and attempts at one-upmanship.

As it turns out, Kripke’s work is light years ahead of Sheldon's, and the one thing Sheldon hates more than working with someone else is admitting defeat. Fortunately for him, Kripke thinks the reason Sheldon’s work is not up to its usual standard is because he is in a relationship with Amy (Mayim Bialik). Sheldon, who finds physical contact of all kinds uncomfortable, has never had sex with a girl in his life. Rather than admit that to Kripke, Sheldon goes along with it, not wanting to seem unintelligent. Kripke gets a kick out of hearing about Sheldon’s supposed sex life, and Sheldon is forced to invent more and more outrageous stories about what he and Amy have done together, culminating in a hilarious end to a hilarious episode. 

This storyline more than makes up for the somewhat lackluster storyline involving Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar). Although their story certainly had it’s moments, it could not compare with watching Sheldon and Kripke trying to work together.

In this storyline, Howard and Raj, huge action figure collectors, fork out $500 each to get action figures made of themselves. Disappointed with the results, they decide to make their own using a 3D Printer. The catch? They don’t actually own a 3D Printer, but after some convincing on Raj’s part, Howard uses $5000 of his wife's money to buy one. Predictably, Bernadette (Mellisa Rauch) is furious, and makes Howard return the printer and use his own money to buy things until he learns some responsibility. Howard does not seem to learn his lesson, as at the end of the episode he has to go without lunch after spending his money on Pokemon cards.

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) did not feature heavily in this episode, but it still worked. What did YOU think of this episode? Let me know in the comments below!

Review by Heather Bale.


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