REVIEW - The Big Bang Theory - S07E04 - ‘The Raiders Minimization’

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On this week’s The Big Bang Theory Leonard’s mother makes her return, Sheldon makes a revelation to Amy, and Raj and Stuart make online dating profiles.

As part of her psychology class at school, Penny is required to read a book by Dr Beverly Hofstadter (Leonard’s mother), which contains some less than flattering stories about Leonard’s childhood. Leonard begs Penny not to discuss what she reads with him, but she does anyway. This upsets Leonard greatly, so to make it up to him Penny does whatever Leonard wants her to. Realising he has found a way to manipulate Penny, Leonard pretends to be sad a lot. He reveals his secret to Howard, who tries it out on Bernadette. Bernadette sees through Howard’s attempts to manipulate her straight away, and tells Penny what Leonard has been doing. In order to set Leonard straight, Penny seeks a higher power: Beverly Hofstadter.

Christine Baranski as Leonard’s mother is always an amusing guest-star, so it was good to see her again. However, all of these continual references to Leonard’s ‘mummy issues’ are wearing a bit thin. They were funny the first few times Leonard’s mother appeared, but it seems she is only bought back in order to embarrass Leonard rather than to develop his character.

After watching Raiders of the Lost Ark with Sheldon, Amy reveals a large plot-hole that ruins the movie for him. Determined to get his revenge on Amy, Sheldon starts trying to find something she loves that he can ruin for her.

Although this seemed like a rather light storyline following a petty thing that Sheldon would do, it led to a rather touching scene wherein we learn a bit more about the way Sheldon ticks as a result of his upbringing and the example set by his parents about relationships. Sheldon has been taking baby-steps in opening up to Amy since meeting her, and I found this one to be the most genuine so far. (See, this is the type of character development they should be doing for Leonard when his mother next appears, something subtle yet believable).

Meanwhile, Raj and Stuart sign up for online dating. After going through the hurdles of taking an attractive picture and writing an alluring profile, they realise that online dating may not be all it is cracked up to be...

I always enjoy seeing Stuart and Raj hanging out together, and some of the funniest lines in this episode were spoken by Stuart. It’s good to see that Raj and Stuart have continued to hang out, even if Stuart is not always included with the rest of the gang.

This was a good, solid episode of The Big Bang Theory. Last week’s excellent episode was a tough act to follow, so I am satisfied with this episode overall and will continue to be optimistic about the rest of this season.

Review by Heather Bale.


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